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Thursday, October 30, 2014

CKRM'S WEEK 19 CFL PICKS

SCHEDULE
Friday: Hamilton at Ottawa
Saturday: Winnipeg at Calgary
BC at Edmonton
Sunday: Toronto at Montreal

ANNCR/RECORD/PICKS
LUC (54-20): HAM - CGY - BC - MTL
CARM (53-21): TBD
REMPLE (53-21): HAM - CGY - BC - MTL
SHARKY (50-24): HAM - CGY - EDM - MTL
BALLSY (50-24): TBD
PHIL (50-24): HAM - CGY - BC - TOR
ABOU (49-25): TBD
SCHULTZ (48-26): HAM - CGY - EDM - MTL
SCRUFFY (48-26): HAM - CGY - EDM - MTL
R.P. (48-26): HAM - WPG - BC - MTL
SAM (47-27): HAM - CGY - EDM - TOR
LYNCH (45-29): TBD
COIN (44-30): OTT - CGY - BC - MTL

* Winner gets a $100 gift card to the Press Box Sports Bar!

THIS WEEK IN COUGAR ATHLETICS

Rams Football – The Rams (2-5) collected a huge 56-41 victory over No. 9 Manitoba on Saturday to stay alive in the Canada West postseason race. Rookie running back Atlee Simon earned CIS Offensive Player of the Week honours after tying U of R records with four touchdowns scored and three touchdown runs and finishing with 243 all-purpose yards (154 rushing, 89 receiving) in the victory. The Rams finish the conference schedule at home this weekend against Alberta (3-4), needing a win and a little help from the out-of-town scoreboard to qualify for the postseason.

Men's Hockey – After a weekend off, the Cougars (0-8-0) return to action with a pair of home games this Friday and Saturday against UBC (4-2-2) at The Co-operators Centre. Both games will face off at 7 p.m. The two games against the Thunderbirds mark the first of a stretch of five consecutive two-game weekend sets for the Cougars, who will also face Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, Mount Royal, and Lethbridge again before taking a break from the Canada West schedule during the month of December.

Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 8) – The Cougars were rewarded for posting an 8-3 record against CIS competition in non-conference play with the No. 8 slot in this week's CIS Top Ten, the first poll of the season. They'll lift the lid on the conference schedule this Friday and Saturday with a road trip to Vancouver Island to take on the Victoria Vikes in a two-game weekend set. Both games will be webcast live at www.canadawest.tv.

Men's Basketball – The Cougars closed out their non-conference schedule at Brock last weekend, losing a pair of two-point heartbreakers to both York and host Brock along with a Saturday setback to No. 5-ranked Windsor. The Canada West schedule begins this weekend for the Cougars, who will travel to the West Coast for a pair of games against the No. 10-ranked Victoria Vikes.

Women's Volleyball – The Cougars (1-3) registered a weekend split with Winnipeg in their first home matches of the Canada West schedule, losing in five sets on Friday but recovering for a four-set victory on Saturday. Tori Glynn had a fine weekend for the U of R, leading the Cougars in both kills (32) and digs (33) while hitting a team-high .253 over the two matches. The team is back in action this weekend with two road matches against Thompson Rivers (2-4).

Men's Volleyball – The Cougars (0-4) were defeated twice by Winnipeg last weekend in the U of R's first conference matches of the season at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Fifth-year middle Steve Carston had team highs in both kills (13) and hitting percentage (.429) over the weekend for the Cougars, who will now prepare for a pair of matches at Thompson Rivers (0-6) in Kamloops, B.C.

Wrestling – Jacob Luczak highlighted the University of Regina's first competition of the season, placing first at 100 kg in last Saturday's Dinos Invitational in Calgary. Sean Belisle also medalled for the Cougars, finishing third at 90 kg. The women's team will split the squad this weekend, sending Iyanu Adetogun, Emily Foerster, and Sydney McIntyre to the Can-Am Open in Jamestown, N.D. and entering Vicki Busch, Dalynn McKay, and Dakoda Sinclair in the Clan International hosted by Simon Fraser in Burnaby, B.C.

Swimming – The Cougars have their first road meet of the 2014-15 schedule this weekend, as they'll travel with a full squad to compete in the Odlum Brown Colleges Cup hosted by the University of British Columbia on Saturday and Sunday. It'll serve as a major tune-up for the Canada West Championships for the Cougars, which will be held Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 in Lethbridge, Alta.

Women's Hockey – Another weekend, another split for the Cougars as they move to 1-3-3-1 on the season with a 3-2 overtime win over UBC on Friday and a 2-0 loss to the Thunderbirds on Saturday. Brooklyn Moskowy scored the game-winning goal on Friday for the Cougars, who now sit in sixth place in the Canada West standings with 10 points. The U of R will have this weekend off before returning to the conference schedule on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at home against Lethbridge.

Cross Country – Matt Johnson again provided the highlight for the cross country teams at the Stewart Cup in Calgary on Saturday, finishing in first place to win his fourth race in as many starts this year for the Cougars. Both the men's team and the women's team finished in third place in the overall standings, and the Cougars will now prepare for the CIS Championships hosted by Memorial University on Nov. 8.

(Courtesy Braden Konschuh)

CFL EXECS FINED

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday that it has fined two executives.

Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker has been fined $2,500 for violating the league's sideline policy by positioning himself on the goal-line directly behind an official in an attempt to communicate with that official, during last Saturday's game between the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I made a mistake and I accept the fine and the subsequent sanction as determined by the CFL office,'' Barker said in a statement. "It was not my intention to be outside of the player box as per the CFL sideline policy. In fact, I was making my way to the designated area and I was waiting for the series end. My actions were in no way pre-meditated and I did not intend to communicate with the official.''

Barker has also been informed that he will not be permitted on the sidelines during play for the remainder the Argos' 2014 regular and post-season.

Hamilton Tiger-Cat owner Bob Young has also been fined $10,000 for public comments criticizing CFL officiating.

(The Canadian Press)

PAT C'S WIN 9TH IN A ROW

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Yorkton RawTec Maulers on Wednesday and won their ninth game in a row, coming away with a 3-2 victory. Riley Woods scored from Jake Tesarowski and Riley Mohr at 2:27 of the overtime period to lift the Pat C's to the victory.

Jake Tesarowski had 1 goal and 1 assist, while Tyler Adams had the other regulation time goal. Riley Woods had the O/T winner and 1 assist.

Clarke Flegel stopped 21 of 23 shots directed his way in the victory.

The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Sunday, November 2, when the Notre Dame Hounds are in town - puck drop is 7:30 PM.

(Courtesy John Smith)

THURSDAY EYE-OPENER

Predictably, it all came down to Madison Bumgarner. He pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series. It is San Francisco's third championship in five seasons. Bumgarner put in a historic performance throughout the World Series, earning the MVP Award.

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Craig Smith scored twice as the Nashville Predators bounced back from their first regulation loss of the season to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in NHL play. The loss snapped Edmonton's four-game win streak. Earlier, the Detroit Red Wings doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2.

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DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors topped the Atlanta Hawks 109-102 in Toronto's home opener. Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 10 assists for Toronto.

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LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 106-89. The Thunder only suited up nine players. Most notably they were without reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, who had surgery for a fractured bone in his right foot this month and will likely be sidelined until December.

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Las Vegas has taken a step toward getting an NBA or NHL franchise. Developers say they're starting construction on a privately-funded $1.4 billion dollar retractable-roof sports arena and resort backed by a former UNLV and NBA player Jackie Robinson. Although they await final approval from several agencies, the plan is to have the 22-thousand-seat All Net Resort & Arena opened in early 2017.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps' Major League Soccer season ended on a bitter note. A late penalty-kick goal created by a controversial handball call gave F-C Dallas a 2-1 win over Vancouver in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. Midfielder Michel stutter-stepped and slid his shot into the left side of the net in the 84th minute for the winner.

(Canadian Press)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TAMAN ON THE 9-8 ROUGHRIDERS

In his weekly radio appearance on 620 CKRM, Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman fielded questions on the state of his 9-8 team, the losers of five games in a row.

ON FRIDAY'S 40-27 LOSS IN CALGARY

BT:  To sum it up it's been two weeks in a row where we haven't been able to finish off a football game.  At halftime against Edmonton we were up and didn't finish and in Calgary we were up after three quarters and didn't finish so that's disappointing. When you lose a fourth quarter 25-0, you've got some problems.  It's frustrating and disappointing and it's something we have to get fixed because we're not going to go very far when you play like that.

IS THE TEAM GETTING BETTER?

BT:  From my perspective not really because when you lose a football game, you lose a football game.  The optics and the optimism just because certain guys played well here and there doesn't change the results for me.  I think we've shown signs in certain phases that we're better but, again, when you can't string four quarters together in all three facets of the game you're not going to win and we haven't for five weeks.

ON THE PLAY OF QB KERRY JOSEPH

BT:  He sort of mirrored the team.  He did a lot of good things for most of the game but had some throws he'd like to have back.  I think he gave us a good chance to win the game when he was on his game.  But like everybody else when you have a breakdown or two, it cost us.  However to be fair to him he's still pretty fresh to this whole situation so I can't be too hard on him.  I thought he did a good job for most of the game.

ON PREPARATION FOR THE EDMONTON GAME NOV. 8

BT:  It's something you fight with on a daily or hourly basis.  When Corey Chamblin gets back we'll sit down and discuss how we'll approach that final regular season game of the year because, really, we don't control anything at all in that game.  For us, the last thing we need is to have somebody good get hurt and in a weird way it's almost going to be like an exhibition game, unfortunately, because of that situation.  Although when you've lost five in a row, you have to get some momentum in your mind.

You're weighing what is smart and what we need to do to get a win, but quite frankly winning that game won't change anything in terms of who we'll play in the playoffs.  We have to be smart about it and there's a lot of tough decisions we've gotta make going into that game.  Obviously we want to play good football and we want to win but we have to be smart about it and if a guy needs another week to be fully ready, we're probably going to have to go that way.

WILLY'S GOT O'SHEA'S VOTE

WINNIPEG (CP) - He's closing in on 4,000 yards passing but couldn't get his Winnipeg Blue Bombers into the playoffs, yet quarterback Drew Willy is still coach Mike O'Shea's nominee for the team's most outstanding player this season.

"I think that's an easy choice,'' O'Shea said Wednesday.

"He missed a game so if he's in for that game he probably throws for over 4,000. He won us a bunch of games early. He's been a good player for us, very good. He's the guy you build everything around.''

Willy will start again Saturday when the Bombers (6-11) bring the curtain down on their disappointing season in Calgary against the Stampeders (14-2). This is the third season in a row the Bombers have missed the playoffs.

The Bombers saw their faint playoff hopes disappear last Saturday when they dropped a 28-23 decision to the B.C. Lions.

Despite their problems, they've had some outstanding performances from some players besides Willy.

Receiver Clarence Denmark has followed through with his pre-season promise and topped 1,000 yards for the first time in his four years in the CFL. He's currently at 1,022 yards, second only to Edmonton's Adarius Bowman.

The Bombers also scored big in rookie kicker Lirim Hajrullahu. The native of St. Catharines, Ont., came out of Western and his 141 points are good for third on the CFL kicking points list right now.

And if that wasn't impressive enough, he's had to handle punting duties as well because of Mike Renaud's injury issues. Hajrullahu has averaged a respectable 43.8 yards a punt.

O'Shea acknowledges both, despite favouring Willy for the team's top honour.

"Clarence Denmark's had a very, very good season. Without throwing the ball, he doesn't get those yards, right?'' he said of his top receiver.

CHL WEEK 6 TOP TEN

1 Kelowna Rockets (12-1-0-0)
2 Erie Otters (11-0-0-1)
3 Rimouski Oceanic (13-4-0-1)
4 Medicine Hat Tigers (11-2-1-0)
5 Sault Ste. Marie (10-3-0-0)
6 Brandon Wheat Kings (11-3-1-0)
7 Saint John Sea Dogs (9-3-0-3)
8 Oshawa Generals (11-2-1-0)
9 Sherbrooke Phoenix (12-5-0-0)
10 Everett Silvertips (8-1-2-1)

Honourable Mention:
Belleville Bulls (9-3-0-0)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11-5-0-1)
Edmonton Oil Kings (9-3-0-1)

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER ... WITH PHIL ANDREWS

With Phil Andrews
Happy Wednesday! Let’s get right to it:

Regina Pats star rookie forward Sam Steel is off to Sarnia Ontario today ahead of the 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge which gets underway this coming weekend. Steel will represent Team Canada Black for the tournament as they open on Sunday against Team Russia at 2 o'clock. The Sherwood Park native has 3 goals and 9 assists in 15 games this season with the Pats and is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points. Add to that the fact that he leads the team at plus 10, he has been even or on the plus side of the ledger in every game besides one where he went -1.

Steel says he he can't wait for the opportunity. "I've been looking forward to it ever since I was named to the team. It just started to set in after that last game (on Sunday). That's my main focus for the next 10 days or so and then once I get back then it's all business again here (in Regina)."

Sam is not the only standout rookie from the WHL that will be playing with Team Black. Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants and Cale Klague of the Brandon Wheat Kings are on his team.  All three of them top 5 picks in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Add to that list Calgary Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean, Vancouver d-man Ryely McKinstry and Seattle forward Nolan Volcan as the other WHLer's. Won't be the last time we see the likes of Steel dawn the Canadian colors.

Steel will miss three games for the Pats for the tournament, this weekend against Saskatoon and Swift Current and then next weekend versus the Calgary Hitmen.

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SLAPSHOTS

- Fans of the WHL are being treated to quite the crop of rookies breaking into the league this year. The 16 year old class is better than I have ever seen. I'm sure there are people who have been around a lot longer than I have but we will be seeing these 1998 born kids light up the league for the next 3-4 years. Sam Steel and Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings each have 12 points, Kamloops Jake Kryski has 11 along with Vancouver's Tyler Benson. Star players with bright futures.

- The Pats finally got the puck to go in on Sunday against the Lethbridge Hurriances. I have never seen a team so snake bitten as the Pats were in the previous four games where they scored just once in each contest, all of them losses. From posts to bad bounces to missing wide open nets the team just could not score a second goal in their games but it all came together against the Canes on Sunday. Yes people will argue that it was just the Hurricanes but Lethbridge had won three in a row coming in, including against the defending memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

- Seems like Morgan Klimchuk has come into full form 6 games in. The 19 year old Flames 1st rounder had his first multi-point night on Sunday with a goal and two assists. That's a welcome sight for the Blue and White.

- The Leafs aren't getting my hopes up this year, a 4-4-1-0 start is mediocre. No parades are being planned and I'm not going to get duped into thinking they are contenders this year. At least not at the moment. The Blue Jays did it to me this summer, quite possibly the most hope I've had for the team only to have those dashed. Don't get me wrong I want them to win and do well however I'm not sure I can take another year of ups and downs.

- Talking with Luc Mullinder on the Sportscage on Monday we came to the conclusion that while the Riders may have up and down years, they always get it together at the end of the year it seems and validate the early season hopes of Rider Nation. Everyone seems pretty optimistic over the first three quarters of Friday's game in Calgary. Kerry Joseph looked pretty darn good, yes the fourth quarter was one to forget but I for one feel a lot better about their chances with KJ at the helm.

- It's almost a guarantee the Riders will head East for the playoffs. Yes I know it always seems tough to win out there but at the end of the day it won't be as bad going to Hamilton, Toronto or Montreal as opposed to Edmonton and Calgary on the road to the Grey Cup game. I'm not sitting here thinking the Riders will be there at the end but they have a chance and in the playoffs that's all that matters.

- Interesting comments from General Manager Brendan Taman on Monday's Sportscage on the decision he and the coaching staff face when it comes to who should play in the final game of the regular season against the Eskimos. It's a fine line between getting guys healthy for the playoffs and wanting to get a win and some momentum before the elimination games start. One thing for sure is that the Eskimos likely will rest some guys as they will be locked into second place in the West Division. Taman said it will likely be a lot like an exhibition game. Tough to say whether guys should sit or if they should play to get some good mojo going.

- Congrats to the Saskatoon Hilltops on yet another PFC Championship over the weekend in their win over the Calgary Colts.

- The Kansas City Royals didn't look nervous in the least last night in game 6 of the World Series hammering the San Francisco Giants 10-0. Rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura was unfazed on the big stage in an elimination game going 7 scoreless innings. Giants veteran arm Jake Peavy on the other hand struggled and didn't get out of the 2nd inning. The home team has won 9 straight game sevens in the World Series and I for one hope the Royals make that streak 10 games. They are the feel good story in baseball and I am on board.

- Pats in the pro's update: Dyson Stevenson has played three games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators and has 11 penalty minutes. Lane Scheidl has his East Coast season off to a good start in Kalamazoo with 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. Colton Jobke has 2 assists in 6 ECHL games with the Alaska Aces. Chandler Stephenson with the Hershey Bears of the AHL has a goal in 6 games played.

- Lots of rumours floating around yesterday on Twitter that Jordan Weal might get a call up to play with the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar did not play last night because of an injury and people were speculating that Weal would get the call to play against the Philadelphia Flyers. That didn't happen - some quoted cap issues as the reason why but he would make just 610 K in the NHL under his entry level deal so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. At any rate it won't be long before we see the Pats third all-time leading scorer on the big stage. He has a goal and 5 assists in 5 games so far with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

- Pats TV this week on Access 7 on Wednesday at 7 o'clock features defencemen Colby Williams and Carter Hansen as well as Athletic Therapist/Trainer Greg Mayer.

That's it from me today, have a good week!

Phil
@PhilTheThrill18

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PATCHAT

The Week That Was
Four games last week had the Pats busy as they played their second three-in-three weekend in a row.  The Blue and White opened the week against the Portland Winterhawks Tuesday and ran into some hot goaltenders in a 3-1 loss to the defending Western Conference champs.

A trip to Swift Current on Friday saw a similar result for the Pats as the Broncos scored a pair of powerplay goals in the second period in a 3-1 win over Regina.

The back-half of the home and home saw the teams battle to a draw after forty minutes Saturday evening, but Brett Lernout scored in the third to down the Pats 2-1 at the Brandt Centre.

On Sunday the Queen City Kids wrapped up the weekend with an offensive storm in an 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Braden Christoffer, Adam Brooks and Patrick D’Amico each scored twice in the win.

The Week Ahead
Friday, October 31st – Pats vs. Saskatoon (7:00 p.m.)
Calling all ghosts and ghouls for the Pats Halloween matchup with the Saskatoon Blades.  Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume with prizes for the best costumes on the night.  Get more information on the Pats Spooktacular Halloween below.  On the ice, it’s the first meeting of the season between the Pats and Blades after Regina won all eight contests last year.

Saturday, November 1st – Pats vs. Swift Current (7:00 p.m.)
The Pats host their second Saskatchewan Roughriders night at the Brandt Centre to kick off the month of November.  The Blue and White go green with special edition jerseys that will be up for silent auction throughout the evening.  Get the full details below.  It’s the third matchup of the season between the Pats and Broncos with Swift Current taking both tightly contested games.

To the International Stage
Pats rookie Sam Steel departs Wednesday to join Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton.  Steel is tied for 3rd in WHL rookie scoring with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 15 games played and is an impressive +10 in the plus/minus category.

Career High
Adam Brooks’ two goals against Lethbridge pushed the third year forward to a new career high in goals with five on the season in just 15 games.  The Winnipeg product has ten points (5G, 5A) which is just two away from his career high of 12 points in 2012-13.

Pats Spooktacular Halloween
After some trick-or-treating, don’t take off your costume!  Come down to the Brandt Centre and celebrate Halloween with the Pats.  Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume.  Add to your candy stash with giveaways at the game and there will be prizes for the best costumes in the rink.  To get your free ticket to the game, show off your costume at the Brandt Centre Box Office.

Roughriders Night Presented by Mosaic
For the second year in a row, green is the colour as the Pats take on the Swift Current Broncos.  The Queen City kids don newly designed special edition Riders themed jerseys.  The Rider Drum Line will be at the game to get everyone pumped up before puck drop and select Roughriders players will be on hand for an autograph session during one of the intermissions.  Lucky fans in attendance will receive green Pats/Riders glow sticks at the doors and game sponsor Mosaic will have a green screen set up to make your very own hockey card!          

Important Dates
Friday, October 31st – Pats Spooktacular Halloween vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1st – Saskatchewan Roughriders Night vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m.

(Courtesy Daniel Fink)

TUESDAY EYE-OPENER

In Monday night football action, Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal in overtime for a 20-17 victory that snapped the Dallas Cowboys' six-game winning streak. McCoy, the former Texas star playing at the home of the Cowboys for the first time since his final college game in his home state, calmly drove Washington to the winning points.

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SEASON-ENDING INJURY: Dallas linebacker Justin Durant sustained a season-ending injury when he tore an arm muscle in the fourth quarter.   His brother Darian of the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders was in attendance for the game at AT&T Stadium.  The starting trio of Durant, Rolando McClain and Bruce Carter never made it through a full game together.

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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo left the game in the third quarter following a sack. Romo stayed on the ground for several minutes after turning backward and ducking while linebacker Keenan Robinson closed in on the QB. He came back for a drive in the final two minutes of the fourth and played in overtime as well.

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Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in the Edmonton Oilers' 3-0 victory over the league-leading Montreal Canadiens. Benoit Pouliot, Nail Yakupov and Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers, who have won four in a row. Dustin Tokarski stopped 16-of-18 shots for the Canadiens.

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Anthony Duclair's first goal in the NHL tied it 4-4 and Mats Zuccarello put the Rangers ahead 37 seconds later as New York rallied to stun the Minnesota Wild 5-4. The Wild appeared to be in complete control when they carried a 3-0 lead into the third but goalie Darcy Kuemper was rocked for five goals in less than a period.

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The San Jose Sharks fight-filled 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks has resulted in a pair of players missing time. Sharks forward John Scott is suspended two games for his role in a fight with Anaheim's Tim Jackman. Scott came off the bench on a legal line change and immediately engaged Jackman in a fight. Also, Ducks defenceman Ben Lovejoy will be out six to eight weeks after breaking his finger in a fight. Lovejoy hurt his right hand punching Joe Pavelski.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver will run the first three miles of the New York City Marathon as part of a 24-person relay of basketball luminaries. Dikembe Mutombo will cross the finish line for the group, which is trying to encourage kids to exercise.

(Canadian Press)