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What do you need to know about the weekends big stories? Joe McDonald gives us his take on the biggest and best. Bernardo Silva Manchester City Jersey . This is where we say, Morning, Joe.Torts is tops:?Coach John Tortorella, 58, became the first American-born coach to reach 500 career wins in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 OT win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. He has won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04, of course, but reaching this milestone is an impressive accomplishment as well. Is he the greatest U.S. coach? Like him or not, he wears his heart on his sleeve and he holds players accountable. He was fired by the Vancouver Canucks after only one season (2013-14), and his decision to step away from coaching probably saved his career. He took over in Columbus after Todd Richards was fired seven games into the 2015-16 season, and Tortorellas presence has been influential for the Blue Jackets. The results speak for themselves: He should be considered among the elite American coaches.Let the truth be told:?There was never a goalie controversy with the New York Rangers. While Henrik Lundqvist sat on the bench four consecutive games for the first time in his career as a healthy backup, Antti Raanta went 3-1-0. The brief hiatus as the No. 1 proved crucial for Lundqvist. Since his return, hes 3-0-0 in his past three starts, with a 0.98 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage. He now has 389 career wins, tying Dominik Hasek for the most wins by a European goaltender. Overall, Lundqvist is 14-5-1, with a 2.19 GAA and a .927 SP. He continues to make timely saves and hes made 87 on 90 shots during the streak. It should serve as evidence that he can take a few games off to stay fresh because Raanta is more than capable of doing the job.Blackhawks tightening up:?Just when you think the Chicago Blackhawks, winners of three Stanley Cups since 2010, are struggling, they rocket to success once again. Chicago has won five consecutive games and owns the best record (22-8-4) in the league with 48 points. With No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford (appendectomy) sidelined, backup Scott Darling has stepped in and has been outstanding. So, what happens after Crawford returns, expected to be as early as Friday? Its a no-brainer. He gets his job back. When that does happen, hell notice a better defensive team in front of him than before his illness. The Blackhawks are back to being the gold standard. Benjamin Mendy Manchester City Jersey . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. Fernandinho Jersey . Siddikur, whose previous win on the circuit came in Brunei three years ago, finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the 18th for a total of 17-under 199. Indias Shiv Chowrasia, who has finished runner-up in this tournament twice, was in second place after a 66. http:///...chester-City-Jersey/ .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- After a scramble to finish the regular season, baseballs playoffs are finally on deck. With 10 teams left, here are 10 questions to carry fans through October.- TORONTO -- The Orioles led the majors in homers this season and the Blue Jays were fourth. But pitching, not power, is likely to decide Tuesdays wild-card game between AL East rivals.- SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have a way of thriving in even-numbered years. Well, its 2016 and their postseason chase begins Wednesday in New York against the Mets in the NL wild-card game.- Two managerial moves: Walt Weiss is out as manager of the Rockies after four seasons; Rick Renteria gets a second chance to manage in Chicago -- this time with the White Sox as the successor to Robin Ventura.- The Supreme Court leaves in place rulings that found the NCAAs amateurism rules for big-time college basketball and football violated antitrust law. The suit originally was filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed OBannon and others.- WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejects a long-shot appeal from the Washington Redskins challenging a law that bars offensive trademarks. But the justices could still resolve the same issue in another case.- MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings, backed by a dominant defense and one of three unbeaten clubs in the NFL, play a New York Giants team that is 2-1 and led by Eli Manning and Odell Beckhaam Jr. Luke Bolton Jersey. Game starts 8:30 p.m.- Not since Tim Tebows welcome-to-the-NFL moment six years ago has a quarterback tried to trot into the end zone and taken such a blast. The Panthers Cam Newton didnt protect himself, and he paid the price with a concussion.- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots begin anew with Tom Brady, who has completed his four-game Deflategate suspension and rejoins a banged-up team that leads the AFC East.- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos have another quarterback quandary: Go with Trevor Siemian, who 4-0 as a starter, or rookie Paxton Lynch, who was strong in relief of Siemian on Sunday?- CHASKA, Minn. -- His shirt soaked with champagne from a rare American victory in the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson already is looking toward the next one.- College football coaches appreciate how Twitter allows them to show their personality to fans and recruits, but theyre also wary. Arkansas Bret Bielema and Notre Dames Brian Kelly understand that all too well.- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 Alabama has dismissed overmatched competition and survived SEC West challenger Mississippi. Now comes a much tougher stretch -- No. 16 Arkansas, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 8 Texas A&M.- NHL previews of the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference.- LONDON -- Ex-U.S. national soccer coach Bob Bradley is hired by Swansea, becoming the English Premier Leagues first American manager. ' ' ' 
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