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Flyers' Boulerice out 25 games for hit

Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Friday for striking Vancouver's Ryan Kesler across the face with his stick, the longest single-season ban in league history. The suspension was handed down by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell. "This was more than a careless and reckless play," Campbell said. "It was senseless." Campbell said there would be a "whole heap of problems" had Kesler been seriously injured. In 1998, Boulerice was suspended for one year by the Ontario Hockey League for violent stick-swinging.

Crumbling dynasty?

Is Joe Torre out the door? And, if so, will the Yankees' dynasty fall? The Bee hits downtown Modesto to ask locals their opinion in this week's edition of 'The Word.' Page C-2

NLCS prime-time ratings worst ever

The National League Championship Series opener between Colorado and Arizona was easily the least-watched LCS prime-time game ever. Colorado's 5-1 victory over Arizona on Thursday night received a 3.6 national rating, TBS said Friday. The previous low for a prime-time LCS game was 4.9, set by Game 4 of the ALCS between the Chicago White Sox and the Angels on Fox in 2005 and matched by Game 3 of the NLCS between St. Louis and the New York Mets on Fox last year. Both those games were on Saturday nights, usually the lowest-rated night of the week because fewer people are at home. Baseball, Page C-6

Pats' Kraft donates $5 mil to Columbia

After winning three Super Bowls as owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft is turning his attention to the athletic department at his alma mater: Columbia University. Kraft, an undersized player on the Lions football squad before his 1963 graduation, donated $5 million to kick off the "Columbia Campaign for Athletics," the university announced Friday.

'Bachelor' attempts another Ironman

Andy Baldwin's attempt at finding a wife on last season's edition of "The Bachelor" fizzled. Now, the Navy lieutenant is putting his heart -- and legs and guts -- on the line as a competitor in today's Ironman triathlon in Hawaii. The grueling race involves a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. It'll be Baldwin's eighth Ironman competition. He finished each of his previous attempts, so the 17-hour cutoff should be no problem. "The nerves are kicking in," he said Friday by cell phone from Hawaii. "There's nothing to be cavalier about at all. It's a tough, tough day."