Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 30

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 30

Good column from Nick Kypreos, who says its time for the silent majority of NHL owners to get involved with the CBA negotiations before its too late. They may be the one thing that could keep the entire season from being lost.

Five questions with Claude Julien and NHL.com where the Bruins coach talks about the rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks. Just hearing him speak about it makes even the casual Bruins fan pine for hockey to come back.

Jesse Spector from the Sporting News wonders if the players and teams are crazy enough to create a rebel league with the NHL appearing set on a kamikaze course.

Interesting video between noted NHL crazy guy Trevor Gillies and Nasty Mirasty where theyre setting up negotiations for a second fight later in the same European game.

Down Goes Brown attends a Halloween party hosted by Gary Bettman. This ought to be good.

NHLPA Exec Director Donald Fehr says the more things change, the harder it becomes in high-stakes negotiations, and divulges more in a one-on-one interview with Michael Russo.

Scott Burnside with a good piece on Adam Oates honing his head coaching skills at the AHL level before his gig begins with the Washington Capitals.

For something completely different: SportsNet reporter Ian Mendes smoked in the ankle with a batted ball right before a live TV hit, and he doesnt break a sweat. That right there is a pro.

WNBA: Ogwumike helps Sparks win sixth straight, beat Sun 87-79

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WNBA: Ogwumike helps Sparks win sixth straight, beat Sun 87-79

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 87-79 on Tuesday night.

Candace Parker added 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the Sparks (10-3), who have won six straight.

Los Angeles led by six at the half thanks to Ogwumike, who made her first eight shots. The Sparks scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second half to open up a double-digit lead. Riquna Williams, who is filling in for injured guard Essence Carson, spearheaded that burst and finished the game with 13 points.

The Sun (6-7) were down by 19 and got to 68-61 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as Los Angeles scored the next eight points..

Jasmine Thomas led Connecticut with 19 points. Jonquel Jones added 13 points and 17 rebounds.