A dog jumps before the mass start of the eighth stage of the La Grande Odyssee sled dogs race in Bessans January 16, 2012. The race crosses the Alps in France covering over 1000 km (621 miles) over 11 days. Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
The death of Greg Halman Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman, right, was stabbed to death in Rotterdam on Monday and his brother, left, has been arrested in connection with the incident. Dutch-born Halman, 24, was signed as a free agent by Seattle in 2004 and after a long spell in the minor leagues he was called up to the majors last year. Photo: Reuters/Stringer
By a nose French stayer Dunaden prevailed in a thrilling nose-to-nose sprint to the line with British-trained Red Cadeaux to win the $6.2-million Melbourne Cup in a photo-finish at Flemington Race course on Tuesday. REUTERS/Racing Victoria/Handout
Gustavsson watching his mouth and net Jonas Gustavsson, however temporarily, has assumed the role as starting goaltender of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Accordingly, he should probably be left to think about the art of stopping pucks. His cameo as a medical practitioner is preventing that. Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters
Tickets aren’t so bad. Even in October, the drama was terrific although the hockey was not. Sure, there was no Stanley Cup cliffhanger to draw record audiences and create where-were-you moments — but the Vancouver Canucks’ new fall season started with drama and tension that teased and tortured their overwrought fans.