Amsoil Arena to make NCAA Regional bid; Thoughts from Ciskie; UMD season tickets on sale; Gophers to seek another outdoor game; Sleeper buses in the WCHA

Amsoil Arena’s Jeff Stark said Wednesday that a  bid for Division I men’s regionals in 2015 and 2016 will be submitted on behalf of the DECC and Minnesota Duluth. The News Tribune has an update here.

Bruce Ciskie provides insight on the regional tournament bid process here.

UMD 2013-14 season tickets for men’s and women’s hockey, and football, went on sale Wednesday. Information from the school is here.

Let’s Play Hockey is reporting that the University of Minnesota is in talks with Intersport on hosting an outdoor game versus Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium on Jan. 18, 2014 in Minneapolis. Intersport, based in Chicago, among its services, produces live sporting events.

The reconfigured 10-team WCHA will have some particularly long road trips, and not just to Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. The Bowling Green (Ohio) State Falcons, in anticipation of being on the road for many hours, will use a sleeper bus, which will also reduce travel costs. Instead of flying to Minnesota State-Mankato and Bemidji State, the Falcons will drive overnight. Kevin Gordon of the Bowling Green Sentinel has an update here.

Blackhawks have long NCAA alumni list; Canadian perspective of NCAA hockey; Hockey East to have new playoff format

College Hockey Inc. reports that the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have strong ties to the NCAA in the front office, on the ice and among alumni in a story here.

Former Minnesota Duluth teammates Norm Maciver and Bill Watson are among those listed.

From the web site Hockey Now a story on Canada’s perspective of NCAA Hockey is here.

U.S. College Hockey Online reviews the recent NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee discussion on rules enforcement in a story here.

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News is reporting Hockey East athletic directors voted Tuesday to finalize a new playoff format with an extra round of play, according to two coaching sources.

Scott Keenan oversees his final Grandma’s Marathon; 2014 U.S. Women’s team announced

Duluthian Scott Keenan, who has led Grandma’s Marathon from its first step in 1977, said goodbye to the race Saturday after 37 editions of the event.

The News Tribune has an update here.

The 2013-14 U.S. women’s national hockey team, leading to the 2014 Winter Olympics, was announced Monday morning. All of the information from USA Hockey is here.

Ethiopian short of course record in Grandma’s Marathon victory; Women’s course mark is demolished

Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku lived up to his favorite tag Saturday in winning the 37th Grandma’s Marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth. The News Tribune has an update here.

The Grandma’s Marathon women’s course record was demolished by Kenya’s Sarah Kiptoo. A News Tribune story is here.

Marathon wheelchair winner stories are here and here.

USA Half Marathon Championships stories are here and here.

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon stories are here and here.

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Grandma’s Marathon race day predicted to be cool and wet; William A. Irvin 5K results

The races of Grandma’s Marathon get underway at 6:15 a.m. Saturday with the USA Half Marathon Championships. The marathon is at 7:45 a.m. The News Tribune will have updates and video during  the day at Duluth News Tribune.

The weather is predicted to be favorably cool in the 50s and 60s, yet rain is also likely along the North Shore.

The News Tribune offers an editorial as race executive director Scott Keenan looks toward retirement after a 37-year association with the marathon here.

There were 1,653 finishers in Friday night’s William A. Irvin 5K in Canal Park. Winners were Matthew Grey, 25, of Minnetonka, Minn., in 15:25 and Savanna Plombon, 20, of Frederick, Md., in 17:36. Jon Nowacki of the News Tribune details the race here and photos of Grey here and Plombon here and Complete results are available here.

One of the News Tribune’s own, computer whiz Dan Moller, won the 2013 Marsh Nelson Media Award from Grandma’s Marathon on Friday. His story is here.

Grandma’s weekend starts out wet; Beardsley says course record could fall; Security increased for marathon; Goucher fifth in 10K; Gwozdecky and Alabama-Huntsville

The Summer Solstice has arrived, yet spring-like weather remains in Northeastern Minnesota. Rain and 50 degrees Friday, the eve of the 37th Grandma’s Marathon, 23rd Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships. A 60 percent chance of rain is predicted for Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

Is Dick Beardsley’s 1981 marathon course record in jeopardy? The News Tribune has some thoughts here.

Security will be increased at Grandma’s Marathon, especially in the finish line area in Canal Park. Mike Creger of the News Tribune has an update here.

Kara Goucher finished fifth in Thursday’s U.S. Track and Field Championships women’s 10,000-meter event in Des Moines, Iowa. Her teammate, Shalane Flanagan, won the race. The Portland Oregonian has all the details here.

Former Denver coach George Gwozdecky is in the mix for the vacant Alabama-Huntsville job according to U.S. College Hockey Online here and UAH Hockey.com here and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville Times has a brief update here.

Grandma’s defending women’s champion returns; Mayor Ness to try half marathon; WCHA women’s tournament to Bemidji; Lamoureux twins sign with Nike

Defending women’s champion Everlyne Lagat of Kenya will wear No. 1 in Saturday’s 37th Grandma’s Marathon and carries the good wishes of her siblings, all nine of them. The News Tribune has her story here.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness, a former Duluth Central basketball player, is entered in Saturday’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. News Tribune writer Jon Nowacki checked in on Ness and his training for a story here.

The WCHA women’s playoff tournament is coming to Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., in 2014. A news release is here.

Two of the top players in WCHA women’s history, twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, candidates for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, have signed an endorsement contract with Nike following the end of their college careers. Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has the story of the sisters here.

Goucher to be in town, as spectator; Anchorage hires coach; Crunch season ends

Duluthian Kara Goucher has a busy week, running the 10,000-meter event Thursday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and then driving to Duluth to watch Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon and USA Half Marathon Championships. A News Tribune update is here.

Alaska Anchorage hired Matt Thomas on Tuesday with the hopes of ending 20 straight losing seasons. Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has stories here and here and here.

And there’s an update on Anchorage’s athletic director search here.

The Syracuse Crunch and J.T. Brown ended their season Tuesday night, losing to Grand Rapids (Mich.) 5-2 in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series in Syracuse, N.Y. Grand Rapids won the series 4-2. The Syracuse Post-Standard has stories here and here.

Yes one final farewell column; Marty Sertich update; Michigan Tech unveils new scoreboard

Yes a third, and final, farewell column by the Rink and Run editor with a look back at 35 years of covering Grandma’s Marathon right here.

Minnesotan Marty Sertich, a former Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and nephew of former Minnesota Duluth coach Mike Sertich, is featured on the Colorado College web site here.

A new video scoreboard at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at Michigan Tech was unveiled recently. Stephen Anderson of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette has an update here.

First-time marathoner prepared for Grandma’s; Syracuse Crunch stays alive in AHL playoffs; McLeod looking forward to WCHA of 2013-14

A first-time marathoner from Duluth (Vinnie Surges) and a runner from Superior entered in his 106th race (Tim Sandor) are featured in the News Tribune leading to Saturday’s 37th Grandma’s Marathon here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch stayed alive in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series with a 5-2 road victory Saturday night against Grand Rapids (Mich.) The series returns to Syracuse, N.Y., on Tuesday. Grand Rapids leads 3-2. A Saturday game story from the Syracuse Post-Standard here.

Commissioner Bruce McLeod is looking forward to the new look WCHA in 2013-14. Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press talked with McLeod for a story here.