SbB LIVE FROM LA (Oct 31, 2014 @ 6:38pm ET)
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7:30 PM: For tonight's game against the L.A. Kings, the Detroit Red Wings are giving out "Get Well Gordie" signs as Gordie Howe recovers from a stroke. Fans at Joe Louis Arena will also be able to sign larger "get well" signs for Howe.

7:15 PM: New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton wasn't happy about his team having to play a Thursday night game following a Sunday night game: "I just think it's foolish."

7:00 PM: In tonight's Tulsa-Memphis football game, Golden Hurricane coach Bill Blankenship faces Tigers coach Justin Fuente, who Blankenship had coached in high school 20 years ago.

5:15 PM: From The Onion: "Alabama Boosters Under Fire After Paying For Nick Saban's Sex Change"

5:00 PM: Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reivew reports Steelers cornerback William Gay was not fined by the NFL for wearing purple cleats during last Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Gay was wearing the cleats to promote domestic violence awareness.

4:45 PM: Grigor Dimitrov, who did not qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, does not want to go as an alternate: "If I go, it is because I deserved to be there, not hope someone gets hurt so I get to play. So no, I don't think it's my thing."

4:30 PM: Florida A&M alum Al Lawson, whose name is on the Rattlers' home basketball arena, criticized the school & athletic director Kellen Winslow Sr. for firing football coach Earl Holmes during homecoming week: "There's no one - not even in high school - that would interrupt homecoming."

4:15 PM: Two South Carolina high school football players face assault charges over a brawl that broke out in the handshake line following a game between Camden & Dreher. Both teams have been banned from the state playoffs over the brawl.

4:00 PM: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has received a contract extension through the 2019 season.

3:45 PM: Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says that defensive end Greg Hardy should be allowed to play this year if Hardy's domestic violence trial is postponed until after the season.

3:30 PM: A Reading, Pennsylvania collectibles company is selling an 18.25-inch-tall replica of the Joe Paterno statue that was removed from outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The replicas are available for $590 each.

3:15 PM: The Chicago Cubs announced on Friday they have fired manager Rick Renteria and are hoping to hire Joe Maddon.

3:00 PM: Former Washington Redskins player Billy Kilmer doesn't think the team should have to change its name: "Everybody's got to be so politically correct today .... I think it's all politically connected and I think it's festered by liberals against (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder, who's a conservative."

2:45 PM: 2014 Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo reportedly failed a doping test and will not receive her expected $500,000 prize money from World Marathon Majors until her case is resolved.

2:30 PM: Nine members of the Pulaski (Wisconsin) High School boys' soccer team were suspended from Friday's Division 2 state semifinal against Brookfield East for "athletic code violations".

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