--Bob Cole will be back in the broadcast booth for his 50th and final year on Hockey Night in Canada, beginning with the first Saturday of the NHL season next month. Cole is scheduled to call 10 games, all of which will come in the first half of the 2018-19 season. Cole’s first game of the year will be on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the game between Montreal and Pittsburgh. Further details of a tribute in his honour will be announced at a later date. Cole is 85 and started in TV in 1973.
--Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 465 yards and five TD's as LA improved to 4-0 with a 38-31 win over the Vikings. Los Angeles is 4-0 on the season.
--The Rockies and Cubs did exactly what they needed to Thursday by earning wins and extending their division leads to a full game. Entering play Thursday, the Rockies and Cubs were in a position where they could be heading into their final series of the season in a tie for the division lead, but thanks to a 5-3 win over the Phillies by the Rockies and a 3-0 win over the Pirates by the Cubs, both teams can lock up their respective divisions by winning out. Not to say that is going to be easy, the Cubs have to defeat a Cardinals team that is on the ropes and the Rockies have to take down a Nationals team fighting for some dignity, but the fact is if the teams win, the divisions are theirs.
-- Seth Jones, who will be out 4-6 weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a sprained right knee, said he feels fortunate the injury was not more severe. "I'm thankful it wasn't as bad as it could have been," the defenseman said Thursday, two days after he strained his medial collateral ligament in the second period of a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres in the Kraft Hockeyville USA game at Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York. "Still, it [stinks] that I'm missing the start of the season with the guys and not being able to be around. "It could be a lot worse. You see Corey Perry and what happened. Same thing with me. He had an MCL and a couple of other things in there." Perry, the Anaheim Ducks forward, had surgery Wednesday to repair the MCL and meniscus in his right knee and is expected to be out five months.
--The NBA announced an innovative new aspect to its League Pass package on Thursday, introducing partial-game pricing for out-of-market regular-season contests. Fans will now be able to purchase a single out-of-market game on NBA League Pass from the end of the third quarter to the conclusion of the contest for $1.99. By December, the league plans on giving fans the option to buy from the start of any quarter. The base price for an entire single game will remain $6.99.
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