NHL Three Stars: Hossa goes 1,000; Stamkos snipes; MacKinnon (finally) scores

 No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago winger notched his 1,000th point as part of a one goal, one assist night in Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa. Finished second amongst Hawks forwards with 20:37 of ice-time.

No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos fired two goals and added an assist in Tampa’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

No. 2 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Avalanche sophomore notched his first two goals of the season in Colorado’s 5-0 victory over the Islanders.

Honorable mention: St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen made 24 saves in shutting out the Anaheim Ducks … Chicago captain Jonathan Toews recorded two goals … Hawks goaltender Scott Darling won his second career NHL game, pulling out his first career NHL shootout win … Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson played 30:56 in the shootout loss … Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom picked up his eighth assist, which tied him for second amongst blueliners … Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second shutout of the year with 36 saves against Los Angeles … Boston’s Brad Marchand scored two goals, including the game winner over the Sabres … Buffalo’s Drew Stafford scored a goal and added an assist …  Florida netminder Roberto Luongo stopped 32 of 33 Arizona Coyotes shots on goal in victory … Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves … Avalanche center Matt Duchene notched two assists … Daniel Sedin from Henrik Sedin is a beautiful thing. 

Did you know?: The New Jersey Devils won their first shootout since March 10, 2013. They had lost 18 straight before Thursday.  

Dishonorable mention: Arizona’s Mike Smith lost his fourth game in his last five contests, this one to the hapless Florida Panthers …  The Islanders Chad Johnson made just 18 saves on 23 Colorado shots on goal … The Bruins were 6:30 away from losing to the Buffalo Sabres before Marchand’s third period goal. Boston won the game in overtime … Meanwhile the Sabres fired just 15 shots on goal … According to eye-witness Twitter reports, Evgeni Malkin and Justin Williams fought, but both were assessed roughing minors.

Footballers tell their scariest stories for Halloween

Roy Keane

You want a scary story, do you? Fine. I’ll give you one. There once was a bitter old man called Sir…Andrew…Shmerguson. He was very good at what he did for a living, which was managing a very successful shop of some sort — it doesn’t matter what kind, so don’t bother asking. But what does matter is that he was a liar and wouldn’t know loyalty if it punched him in the face, which it might if it ever sees him in person again.

The moral of this story — and yes, this is a scary story with a moral, so deal with it — is that I’m coming for you Shmerguson. I don’t care that you’re old. The devil is old too and no one holds back on him. So you’d better watch yourself because when I’m through with you, you’ll be thinking Alf-Inge Haaland got off easy.

That said…happy Halloween, everyone.

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Michael Owen

It was an unusually sunny Tuesday morning. The stairs creaked as I walked down them, which I thought was strange since I had just had a new Italian marble staircase put in. It was very expensive. I then realized that it wasn’t the stairs creaking, but my knees. They always do that, so it made a lot more sense than it being the stairs. 

Once I reached the first floor approximately 30 minutes later, I went to the kitchen because I was feeling a bit parched, as I usually am in the morning. I then opened the fridge so I could pour myself a nice glass of milk, but there was no milk to be found. Only orange juice. I don’t like orange juice. I know other people love the stuff, but it tastes like battery acid to me and I just don’t like it. Since there was no milk, I decided to give it another try, though. I poured it into the glass I had hoped to fill with delicious milk. I took a sip. I took another sip. Then I took a third sip. And it was then that I decided that I would never drink orange juice again.

To this day, I can still taste that acidic taste in the back of my throat. Though to be fair, this did just happen about an hour ago.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

A world without Zlatan. That would be the scariest thing. The end.

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Fernando Torres

Dun-na-na! It’s time for the adventures of Fernandoooo Gingerbread! Halloween edition! Dun-na-na!

Fernando Gingerbread was once one of the most powerful knights in the whole Chocolate Bar Galaxy. But when he arrived in the Blueberry Kingdom, suddenly all his powers were gone. For years he toiled as the other knights were now able to stop all of his attacks without any effort whatsoever. The vegetable weapons he once wielded with expert precision no longer heeded his will. Eventually Fernando Gingerbread moved to the Pizza Palace, hopeful that he would leave whatever curse afflicted him behind in the Blueberry Kingdom. But his affliction persisted.

One day, Fernando Gingerbread went to see the mystical Dr. Bubblegum. As soon as Fernando Gingerbread shook Dr. Bubblegum’s hand, the doctor gasped. Fernando Gingerbread then told the doctor his problem and the doctor said, “I know what is wrong with you, Fernando Gingerbread…you’ve been a ghost the whole time!”

At first, this made Fernando Gingerbread very sad because he could no longer be a powerful knight. But then he became friends with Haley Joel Osment and lived happily ever after.

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David Beckham

I saw this animated documentary about underpants gnomes one time. They were these little gnomes who would come into your bedroom at night while you sleep and steal all your underpants. I found that terrifying since underpants are very important to me. Anyway, that would be the scariest story I know. Underpants gnomes.

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Neymar

I don’t usually remember my nightmares, but this one has stayed with me for some reason. It starts off as my dreams always do — with Brazil hosting the World Cup and me scoring all of our goals and everyone so happy. But then something terrible happens. There’s a collision on the pitch and my back is broken in the quarterfinal. I cannot play in the rest of the tournament. My teammates treat me like I’m dead and in their overzealous mourning, they completely forget how to play football. They lose 7-1 to a Germany team that isn’t really that good. All the Germans are happy and all of the Brazilians are crying, including me. Every goal is like a dagger to my heart, which is even more broken than my back.

Then there is even more torture. A third-place match against the Netherlands that I must watch, as well. In this we lose 3-0. The Germans play Argentina, of all teams, in the final and win. Brazil finish fourth in a World Cup on home soil — even worse than 1950. At this point, I woke up, sweating and terrified. Eventually I realized that something this awful could never happen in real life. For that, I am thankful. But I still can’t shake the feeling of how real it seemed at the time.

I told several of my friends in Brazil about it and they all said, “Neymar, we had the same exact nightmare.” It gives me chills just thinking about it.

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Heisman Watch: Marcus Mariota’s opportunity awaits

This weekend is Marcus Mariota’s time to shine.

Stanford has been a thorn in Oregon’s side and Mariota has had just OK games in the past two contests between the teams, which has contributed to the Ducks’ losses. This Stanford team isn’t as good as the past two, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be ready and waiting to make Mariota look average again. It seems like this game is always the one that knocks Mariota out of Heisman contention. If he can shine against the Cardinal the way he has against almost every other opponent this season, he’ll give Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott a run for his money.

Here’s Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch for Week 10:

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Not surprisingly, Mississippi State had a little trouble with Kentucky, but the Bulldogs managed to escape. Prescott accounted for 304 total yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw his third interception in the past two games and fumbled twice (though he recovered both). Saturday’s game against Arkansas should be interesting. The Razorbacks haven’t played a lot of defense this season, so Prescott should have the ability to put points on the board, but he’ll also be under pressure to keep up with the sometimes-potent Arkansas offense.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: Week in and week out, Melvin Gordon doesn’t disappoint. He continues to be the majority of the Badgers’ offense with 1,168 yards and 17 touchdowns, including the three he added against Maryland last weekend. There’s no reason to think Gordon is going to slow down this weekend against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are allowing 178.3 yards per game on the ground, which is 12 yards more than Gordon’s season average.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Oregon got into a shootout with Cal last Friday, but Mariota had little trouble moving the ball against the Bears’ porous defense. While he had five touchdowns, he did also throw his first interception of the season and it was in the end zone, no less. Things will definitely get more difficult this weekend against Stanford. The Cardinal has been the Ducks’ Achilles’ heel the past couple years and this will be the best defense the Ducks have faced all season. Stanford is second in the country, allowing just 250.6 yards and 12.5 points per game.Ameer Abdullah. (USAT)

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska: It might be time to Fear Ameer. After rushing for 225 yards and three touchdowns against Rutgers last week, it’s clear Abdullah needs consideration for the bronze statue. He leads the country in rushing with 1,249 yards, and like Melvin Gordon, he should be able to continue to pad his stats against a Big Ten that hasn’t figured out how to stop the run. Purdue, this week’s opponent, is allowing 173.8 rushing yards per game and 16 of the team’s 30 offensive touchdowns allowed have been on the ground.

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU: While Boykin’s seven-touchdown performance against Texas Tech last week certainly piqued the interest of everyone around the country, he’s been putting up stellar numbers all season and he has the Horned Frogs on the cusp of the College Football Playoff top six. Now we’ll see how grounded Boykin and his teammates are. West Virginia shouldn’t be a challenge on defense, but the Mountaineers can score. Boykin will have to be at the top of his game again if he wants to keep up.

BY THE NUMBERS
  Comp. % Pass Yds. Pass TDs INTs Rush Yds. Rush TDs
Dak Prescott
60.3
1,694
15
5
664
10
Marcus Mariota
68.8
2,283
24
1
325
5
Trevone Boykin
58.7
2,306
21
3
374
3
 
Yds./carry
Yds./game
Rush yards
Rush TDs
Rec. Yds.
Rec TDs
Melvin Gordon
7.6
166.8
1,168
16
39
1
Ameer Abdullah
6.9
156.1
1,249
17
169
2

Jeremy Affeldt builds bridge to Madison Bumgarner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Before MadBum’s triumphant finishing number in the World Series, there was Jeremy Affeldt’s effective warm-up performance that put the San Francisco Giants in a position to win another championship.

When starting pitcher Tim Hudson couldn’t get the Giants all of the way through the second inning of Game 7 on Wednesday night, manager Bruce Bochy called on Affeldt to keep the Kansas City Royals off the scoreboard until Bumgarner could enter and possibly finish. Affeldt responded with 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, a beautiful bridge to Bumgarner, who took over in the fifth and didn’t leave Kauffman Stadium without the Series MVP award and a new pickup truck.

Affeldt did some heavy lifting, too, as the middle man, getting two ground balls for double plays that stymied the Royals offense, which had scored twice in the second inning against Hudson. One of the double plays, turned by Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, was one of the key plays of Game 7.

Affeldt said he figured to be ready for anything considering it was the deciding game, but the quickness of his appearance against the Royals caught him a little by surprise.

“I don’t remember the last time I warmed up in the second inning let alone pitched in it,” Affeldt said.

Affeldt has averaged just under one inning per appearance as a reliever, though he did two-inning stints three times during the regular season, plus another two-inning stint in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. He said he was game for another inning against the Royals, but Bochy went with Bumgarner instead.

Affeldt also pitched with a knee brace in Game 7, something Bochy required because of the planned length of his outing. Affeldt began the season recovering from a right knee sprain, and sometimes he wears a brace when he pitches as a precaution. 

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The entire experience left Affeldt with a cracking voice and glistening eyes, considering his major league career began with the Royals in 2002. The rest of Affeldt’s career has worked out much better than the K.C. part, though he returns to Kauffman Stadium with no hard feelings about not fully succeeding with the Royals.

The best part of the World Series experience for Affeldt is winning another ring he can give to one of his sons. Two of them have a ring from the 2010 and 2012 seasons.

“I started with the Royals and it was a tough time for me,” Affeldt said. “So to come back here and feel this… all three of my boys have championship rings to wear now. It means a lot to me.”

The official scorer originally gave Bumgarner the victory because he pitched five innings — he also happened to finish, and was in the game when it became official — but that decision was reversed afterward. The rules state that, because Affeldt pitched effectively and was the Giants pitcher when they took the lead on Mike Morse’s RBI single in the fourth, that he should get the decision.

Bumgarner gets a save. Affeldt gets the win. It was not important to him that he did.

“He deserves it,” Affeldt said of Bumgarner. “In that situation, he had to pitch so long into the game. He sealed it up. The longer you pitch into that game, and the less outs there are, the more the pressure increased to make pitches. So he deserves it.”

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Bandy

300px-Bandy_playersBandy is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal.

The sport has common background with association football, ice hockey and field hockey. Like football, the game is normally played in halves of 45 minutes each (however, in the World Championships the halves can be 30 minutes each), there are eleven players on each team, and the bandy field is about the same size as a football pitch. It is played on ice like ice hockey, but like field hockey, players use bowed sticks and a small ball.

If it is very cold or if it is snowing, the match can be broken into thirds of 30 minutes each.

A variant of bandy, rink bandy, is played to the same rules but on a field the size of an ice hockey rink and with fewer people on each team. Bandy is also the predecessor of floorball, which was invented when people started playing with bandy sticks and light balls when running on the floors of indoors gym halls.

Reference: Wikipedia Bandy