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+ Hockey legend Gordie Howe's back pain and high blood pressure are under control, but he faces a daunting road to recovery according to his son Mark. Getting his 86-year-old father anywhere near normal "is going to be like climbing Mt. Everest," Mark Howe said. Gordie Howe suffered a major stroke on Oct. 26 and another in mid-November.
- Monday was a tough day for hockey, with news of the deaths of longtime coach and executive Pat Quinn, legendary Soviet coach