Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Jaguars player gets $600K bonus on last play of ‘TNF’ — You probably didn't watch Thursday Night Football between the Jaguars and Titans, and if that's the case, congratulations on utilizing those hours for good. But if you were broadening your horizons instead of watching TNF, then you missed what can only be described as above average drama.

President Obama called James Franco ‘James Flacco’ and the internet went wild with Joe Flacco jokes — President Obama, in a press conference on Friday, was speaking about his disappointment that the release of 'The Interview' was cancelled after threats and an embarrassing hack of Sony.

Michael Phelps gets support from ‘close friend’ Ray Lewis in court appearance — BALTIMORE - When the Ray Lewis statue was unveiled outside M&T Bank Stadium in September, Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps was there to salute his friend and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker. Friday, Lewis was in the courtroom in a show of support for Phelps as he entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.

Jim Harbaugh destroyed a 10-year-old during laser tag at his bachelor party — Jim Harbaugh, is without question, in the top percent of very competitive people in the world. So when it came to his bachelor party, according to an amazing report from, he made sure that he won what was supposed to be a fun game of laser tag.

Vin Scully’s lost World Series ring was in a bag of ribs from Costco — A whirlwind investigation concluded after only nine minutes on Thursday after legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully lost his 1988 World Series ring: While Christmas shopping today, Vin Scully lost his 1988 World Series ring. If you find it, please contact the Dodgers at (323) 224-1500. - Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 18, 2014 Great news!

Did 2014's Marketing Predictions Come True? (Infographic) — Every year, those of us who work in marketing, PR and advertising come out with some bold predictions about what the future will hold for our respective industries. It makes for some interesting reading. It makes for some splashy meeting conversation. But are those predictions as accurate as they should be?

Steve Weatherford’s guide to surviving last-minute Christmas shopping — I don't know about you guys, but this count down to the holidays has been a very busy one for me and my family. One of my favorite days of the year is when I take kids in need on a holiday toy shopping spree.

Stephen Colbert played Stephen Colbert to perfection for nine years — Note: This post contains details about Thursday night's series finale of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. If you do not want to find out what happened in the episode, do not read the rest of this post. This is your SPOILER ALERT.

Fan uses Matthew McConaughey to convince Jim Harbaugh to go to Michigan — Michigan has reportedly offered Jim Harbaugh $48 million to return to the college ranks and become the team's next head coach, and while we're sure that's a lot to consider, he should also look at this fan-made video that stars the voice of Matthew McConaughey.

Miguel drops surprise 3-song EP and it’s really, really good — This has been a very good week for surprise music. R&B singer Miguel dropped 3 songs to his Soundcloud page on Friday morning, "NWA (Feat Kurupt)," "Hollywood Dreams" and "Coffee." There wasn't any big announcement or anything, and it's unclear if this is a 3-song EP or just some songs he felt like releasing.
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Dec 17, 2014

Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons more than just Latvian 'rock star' via @usatoday

Dec 17, 2014

Red Wings goalie can't stop anything in shootout, and it's hurting his team via @forthewin

Dec 16, 2014

bNHL teams postpone public appearances amid mumps concern via @usatoday

Dec 16, 2014

A Predators win would put general manager David Poile second on all-time win list via @forthewin

Dec 15, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Ted Berg was there as Epix put together the first episode of Road to the Winter Classic. His story: via @usatoday

Dec 15, 2014

Judge: Kings' Slava Voynov can be tried on felony case via @usatoday

Dec 15, 2014

Can surging Blue Jackets make up lost ground? via @forthewin

Dec 15, 2014

Sidney Crosby no longer contagious with mumps. Another Penguins being isolated. via @usatoday

Dec 15, 2014

Edmonton Oilers fire coach Dallas Eakins via @usatoday

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