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[VO-NAT]
[ENG#1]

Coming up on News 7 Sunday Morning - Local marine reservists are getting in all the training they can before heading to Iraq
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[VO-NAT]
[ENG#2]

And Sony's latest video game system hits the market this morning. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[11Marine-Training]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-40 TC-1:31:13]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]


A group of Marines from Roanoke is preparing to fight the War in Iraq.
Yesterday, they got in some last minute practice.
Jeremy Butterfield explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Around 90 marine reservists]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Capt. John Knapp/USMC; :12]
[SUPER=01-Corp. Nicholas Comas/USMC; :47]
[SUPER=01-Lance Corp. Roberts/USMC; 1:12 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=19-Jeremy Butterfield/jbutterfield*wdbj7.com; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=News7, Roanoke.]

((Within the next few months, nearly 90 marine reservists out of B-Company will be heading to Iraq. This weekend the grunts brushed up on their training during their last days in Virginia.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:54:00]
[IN Q=This is our last drill]

((CAPT. KNAPP/THIS OUR LAST DRILL WEEKEND. THE MARINES WILL BE OFF FOR THE HOLIDAY'S AND THEN ON FOUR JANUARY WE ARE ACTIVATED TO REPORT IN HERE IN ROANOKE. WE DO OUR FINAL PREPARATION AS FAR AS ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEDICAL EVENTS FOR MOBILIZATION AND THEN WE ACTUALLY DEPLOY IN TWO GROUPS. ONE'S GOING DOWN TO CAMP LEJEUNE NORTH CAROLINA AND THE OTHER IS GOING TO 29 PALMS CALIFORNIA.))
[RUNS= :20]
[OUT Q=is going to 29 palms Californina.]

The engineering company will have four general tasks in Iraq. Mobility, Counter-Mobility, Survivability, and General Engineering. The training Saturday had the marines brushing up on their counter-mobility skills by putting up razor wire barriers.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18:02:40]
[IN Q=I don't want to say]

((CORPORAL COMAS:I DON'T WANT TO SAY IT'S CRUNCH TIME BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN TRAINING-- TRAINING IS CONTINUOUS. BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S MORE OR LESS REFRESHING THE SKILLS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY LEARNED.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=that we have already learned.]

After this last weekend the reservists will spend the holidays with their families before being split up and sent into more intense training at larger bases in North Carolina and California. Then it's off to Iraq where the Marines have only heard one consistent thing from the marines their now.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:50:06]
[IN Q=They said it's hot.]

((LANCE CORPORAL ROBERTS:THEY SAID IT'S HOT. SO...THEY HAVE GIVEN ME SOME ADVICE.))
[RUNS= :06]
[OUT Q=have given me some advice.]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[SOT 18:07:51]
[IN Q=No specifics have been given]

((JEREMY BUTTERFIELD:NO SPECIFICS HAVE BEEN GIVEN YET BUT COME EARLY JANUARY THESE MARINES WILL BE MOVING FROM A COLD VIRGINIA WINTER TO An ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CLIMATE IN IRAQ. JEREMY BUTTERFIELD, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=News7, Roanoke.]))



[11Bike-Donation]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-41 TC-19:49]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Gifts]
[ENG#=4]


While the Marines were training for active duty this weekend, some were getting geared up for the holidays.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The Star City Corvette Club and some B-Company reserves collected more than 500 new bikes and delivered them to the Salvation Army warehouse yesterday. It took eight trucks and two trailers to deliver all the bikes-- which were then escorted by a fleet of Corvettes. It's no small feat to get the funds for a program like this and the Corvette Club uses every resource it can.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:15:25]
[IN Q=Neighbors, friends, co-workers]

((BILLY TEAFORD/NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS. WE HAD A FEW CORPORATE SPONSORS THIS YEAR BUT MOST OF IT IS CLUB MEMBERS NET WORKING WITH OTHER CLUB WORKERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Teaford/Star City Corvette Club President;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=workers and family members.]
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[VO-NAT]

The Marines help out as part of their Toy's for Tots program. They don't get to see the children's reaction to their new bikes -- but that doesn't seem to matter.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:18:14]
[IN Q=No I don't.]

((SGT. CARNEY/NO I DON'T. UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T. I WOULD LIKE TO BUT I'M SANTA CLAUS YOU KNOW... I CAN'T SEE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Carney/B-Company Marine Reserves]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=I can't see that.]
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[VO-NAT]

Organizers say they bought-out the Valley View Wal-Mart's bike section-- and had to look to other stores around the area to get as many new bikes as they could.
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[Playstation]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=hold]
[ENG#=1]


Thousands lined the streets of Tokyo this morning to get their hands on Sony's first handheld game machine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]

The "PlayStation Portable" sports high quality graphics and plays movies, games and music. About 200- thousand new devices hit the market this morning. It's Sony's effort to compete with Nintendo's new D-S machine launched ten days ago- which has a wireless connection and two screens. Analysts expect both devices to sell well this holiday season - bringing the biggest buzz to the sector since Sony launched its PlayStation Two four years ago.
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[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
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[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-43 TC-55:59]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


Hundreds took great strides to help ease the pain of others in Roanoke this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The Jingle Bell Run is a national event held to raise money to benefit those who suffer from arthritis. Runners of all ages dawned their holiday apparel and secured bells to their shoelaces. Amy Craft works in Carillon's rehabilitation department and says yesterday's event won't go unnoticed.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:06:09]
[IN Q=They know what it's like]

((AMY CRAFT:THEY KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HURT FROM THE PAIN OF ARTHRITIS AND THEIR DAY TO DAY LIVING IS AFFECTED. KNOWING THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE RAISING MONEY TO FIND A CURE OR EVEN SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR THEM REALLY HELPS THEM OUT TO KNOW THAT WE ARE DOING THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Craft/Carilion Employee]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=that we are doing that.]
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[VO-NAT]

Participants paid a fee to run the 5- K loop around downtown Roanoke. Money raised will go towards research to find a cure for arthritis.
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[ANCHOR=JENN]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=N7 Sports]
[ENG#=]


In sports, Vitali (VIH'-tah-lee) Klitschko (Klitch- Co) keeps his heavyweight title after knocking out Danny Williams last night in Las Vegas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]


Klitschko (Klitch-Co) dominated the fight.
Williams, who K-O'd Mike Tyson last year, was knocked down in the first round and barely recovered.
The end came at one-26 of the ninth round after a left- round combination by Klitschko (Klitch-Co).
After last night's T-K-O, Klitschko stands at 35 and 2 with 34 knockouts and his first title defense.
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[ANCHOR=Jenn]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT]
[ENG#=Aprisa]

Coming up- Richard Kiser joins us live in our studio for our Sounds of the Season series
[ANCHOR=Brent]

and
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[VO-NAT]


Salem takes the State Championship. We have highlights of that game in sports.
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[Health-Review]


[ANCHOR=Jenn]
[NEWSCAST=sun am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=Health Review 5 45:55]
[GRAPHIC=Health Review]
[ENG#=1]


Steroid use among high school athletes-- some say the pressure to win trickles down from the pro's.
And a Virginia Tech study finds low carb diets may not be as healthy as you think.
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[TAKE HEALTH REVIEW BOARD FS]
Joy Sutton has those stories and more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Tech professor Janet Walberg]
[SUPER=01-Janet Walberg Rankin/Virginia Tech Professor; :08]
[SUPER=01-Tim Bane/Certified Athletic Trainer; :58]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Delmas Bolin/Virginia Tech Associate Team Physician; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire-EMS Department; 1:43]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 2:00]
[RUNS=2:16]
[OUT Q=that's health review, I'm Joy Sutton]


(([TAPE 504-14 00:20]
Tech professor Janet Walberg Rankin had her concerns about the low carb diet --so she decided to conduct a study comparing it to a low-fat one.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=I was very concerned]

((I WAS VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE IT WAS VERY LOW IN ANTIOXIDANTS VITAMIN C, VITAMIN E. THINGS THAT ARE IN FRUITS VEGETABLES AND GRAIN))
[RUNS= 06]
[OUT Q=and grains]


Instead of measuring cholesterol --she decided to look at something else in the blood.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=It's called C-Reactive protein]

((IT'S CALLED C-REACTIVE PROTEIN AND THAT INDICATES A CHRONIC STATE OF INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY. AND RECENT RESEARCH TIES THAT TO PREDICTING WHO GETS HEART DISEASE)) [RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=gets heart disease.]


Low carb dieters had a 43 percent increase in this inflammation marker --while the low fat group had a 25 percent decrease --meaning the low carb dieters had increased risk for heart disease.
[TAPE#=504-09 30:39]


In other news, athletic trainer Tim Bane is concerned about how steroid use among the pro's could impact young athletes.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=If they see an athlete like Barry Bonds]

((IF THEY SEE AN ATHLETE LIKE BARRY BONDS CHASING THE ALL TIME HOME RUN RECORD AND HE'S IDENTIFIED IN THEIR MINDS IF WE TAKE THESE DRUGS MAYBE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THE SAME KIND OF THINGS HE'S DOING))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=he's doing]


Steroids promise quick benefits and can be attractive to a young athlete.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Those have the ability]

((THOSE HAVE THE ABILITY TO BOOST PERFORMANCE BY ENHANCING THE BODY'S NORMAL PROCESS TO FORM STRONGER MUSCLES, ENHANCE MUSCLE GROWTH, USUALLY THEY DO THEM BY THEMSELVES BUT OFTEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH A STIMULUS SUCH AS LIFTING A HEAVY WEIGHT ))
[RUNS= 18]
[OUT Q=lifting a heavy weight]


But steroids can increase the risk of heart disease, liver cancer, depression, hostility, anger, and acne.
[TAPE#=504-08 40:15]

And finally, some advice for buying toys this holiday season.
Every year more than 200-thousand children end up in the emergency room for toy related injuries.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:18]
[IN Q=We could run 3, 4, 5]

((WE COULD RUN 3, 4, 5 TOY INJURIES SEVERE ENOUGH TO VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM OVER THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND. WITH CORRECT PARENT SUPERVISION WE COULD AVOID THAT ))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=we could avoid that]


Parents with small children should avoid toys with small parts because of the risk of choking.
You also have to be careful with electrical toys because they have potential burn hazard.
And toys with cords longer than 7 inches can cause unintentional strangulation.
Grigsby says it's parent to follow the age guidelines on the toy.
That's health review, I'm Joy Sutton.))
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[Weekend-Diner]
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[ANCHOR=Brent and guest@ Kitchen Set]
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((Brent and guest Ad Lib Diner))

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If you would like a copy of today's recipe, check out the recipes section of our web site at WDBJ-7-dot com. And don't forget you can always send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope to... Weekend Diner Care Of WDBJ7.....P.O. Box 7 Roanoke....Virginia 24022-0007. You can also sign up to recieve all of our recipes by e-mail.
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[ANCHOR=Jenn]
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[WRITER=jen]
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In sports, the Salem Spartans are crowned State Champions and Gretna takes the division title. Travis Wells has more.
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[IN Q=Good Sunday Morning]
[RUNS=4:35]
[OUT Q=see ya then everybody]



[Richard-Kiser]


[ANCHOR=Jenn 2-shot]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]


Richard Kiser is a gospel guitarist who travels across the country with his music ministry.
[ANCHOR=BRENT 2-SHOT]


He is joining us here in our studio this morning as we continue our
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[ENG#1]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

Coming up on News 7 Sunday Morning- Flooding and exposions devastate the Philippines
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[VO-NAT]
[ENG#2]

And Roanoke marine reservists are doing some fine tuning before heading to war. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[Philippines]


[ANCHOR=Jenn]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]
[ENG#=3]


At least three people have been killed and several injured in an explosion at a crowded public market in the southern Philippines.
Officials say the blast was apparently caused by a homemade bomb in General Santos city.
Police have reportedly cordoned off the area because they fear more explosives may have been planted there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Real, Philippines]


Also in the Philippines, the search for survivors under a collapsed building has been called off.
Crews have been working to excavate bodies for twelve days.
Provinces east and north of Manilla have been devastated by a typhoon and three tropical storms.
While some have been able to evacuate, millions of others have been left to rebuild their homes and lives.
Nearly 18-hundred people have been reported dead or missing since the storms began.
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[Dems-Meeting]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
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[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Democrats]
[ENG#=4]


Former presidential hopeful Howard Dean is back on the campaign trail- this time vying to become the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL;]

The former governor of Vermont is one of eight people interested in the position. Yesterday candidates spoke to state party leaders in Florida about communicating better with voters, party positions on moral values and attracting the rural vote.
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[SOT :27 Pathfire]
[IN Q=We won in a lot]

((HOWARD DEAN/DEMOCRAT: WE WON IN A LOT OF STATES THAT ARE SO-CALLED RED STATES. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RED STATES OR BLUE STATES. THEY ARE ALL PURPLE STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Howard Dean/Democrat;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=are all purple states]
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[VO-NAT]

Others interested in the job include former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former Michigan governor Jim Blanchard and outgoing Texas Congressman Martin Frost. The D-N-C will pick its new chairman in February.
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[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jwi]
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[GRAPHIC=President Bush]
[ENG#=1]


Despite a few minor health problems, President George Bush is "fit for duty" as commander in chief.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bethesda, MD;]

That from doctors after the president's annual physical exam. The 58- year- old's cholesterol is up slightly from last year. Possible small calcium deposits were also found in his coronary artery- prompting doctors to put him on cholesterol- lowering medicine and aspirin. Bush says he put on a few pounds during his campaign and is resolving to shed the weight in the new year.
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[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
[SS=hold]

Meanwhile, the president is gearing up to host an economic forum this week aimed at promoting his second- term agenda.

The conference will focus on everything from jobs to limits on lawsuits.[11Christmas-Store]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-44 TC-1:02:46]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Gifts]
[ENG#=3]

One local charity is helping make sure all the children in the Roanoke Valley have a something under the tree this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

The Christmas Store strives to provide gifts and food around the holidays to low income families that might not be able to afford it otherwise. The volunteers work directly with the families and say it's not hard to see the appreciation on their faces.
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[SOT 09:18:54]
[IN Q=Some of them come in]

((TERRI URQUHART:SOME OF THEM COME IN HAPPY, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, AND BY THE END THEY ARE CRYING BECAUSE THEY ARE SO OVERWHELMED WITH THE VOLUNTEERS BEING SO NICE AND FUN TO BE WITH AND THEIR GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT THEY HAVE GOTTEN.))
[SUPER=01-Terri Urquhart/Christmas Store Director]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=that they have gotten.]
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[VO-NAT]

Throughout the year gifts, food, and household items are gathered through donations -- and distributed two days before Christmas. The store has been in operation for eleven years and organizers say each year the effort grows. Nearly 700 families will benefit from this year's giveaway.
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[ANCHOR=Jenn]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jen]
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[BOTH MICS HOT]

[ENG#=Aprisa]


Coming up - Richard Kiser joins us again for more Sounds of the Season
[ANCHOR=Brent]

and
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[VO-NAT]


The fight continues off the ice between the players union and owners. We'll take a look at how things stand a little later.
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[ANCHOR=Jenn 2-shot]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]


Earlier this morning, gospel guitarist Richard Kiser helped put us in the Christmas spirit through song. Richard is in a "full-time" ministry that takes him on the road across the country.
[ANCHOR=BRENT 2-SHOT]


We're so glad he has made a stop here with us this morning to help us continue our
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[Hockey]


[ANCHOR=Jenn]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=NHL]
[ENG#=1]


Hockey has been on thin ice for months - and talks apparently haven't been warming up owners or the players union.
But who's hurting more from the stand-off - the sport or the fans?
Kelly Cobiella has more.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dix Hills, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barry Leibowitz/Hockey Fan; :19]
[SUPER=01-Jed Ortmeyer/NY Ranger - Hartford Wolfpack; :48]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Cobiella/CBS News; 1:34]
[SUPER=01-Stan Fischler/Sports Writer; 1:56]
[RUNS=2:16]
[OUT Q=KC, CBSN, NY]

(("READY LAUREN? YEAH.." Barry Leibowitz is an ultimate hockey fan and his daughters are too. (NAT GIRL SCREAMS) "SCORE!" but THIS is as close as they've come to seeing a game in months. His loyalty to his beloved New York Islanders is being tested like never before. (BARRY LEIBOWITZ/HOCKEY FAN) "DO YOU BLEED ORANGE AND BLUE? I GUESS I DO, BUT RIGHT NOW I'M NOT BLEEDING AT ALL BECAUSE THERE'S NO HOCKEY GAMES TO BE WATCHED" (nat hockey game) (nats pop slamming on the board) NHL players are skating in the minors, in Europe...or not playing at all...locked out of the NHL since mid-Sep
tember in a labor dispute. (sot kelly) "IS IT FRUSTRATING FOR YOU? UM, SOMEWHAT." Jed Ortmeyer played for the New Yor

k Rangers last season -- but these days he skates in the minors to stay sharp. Still, he thinks the union has to stand
firm. (SOT JED ORTMEYER/NY RANGERS/HARTFORD WOLFPACK) "TO MAKE SURE THE WHOLE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION IS TAKEN CARE OF, NO

T JUST THE TOP GUYS BUT THE LOWER END GUYS, THE YOUNGER GUYS, TOO." (GRAPHIC) The average NHL salary has more than doubled in ten years, from just over 700 hundred thousand to one point 8 million dollars. (SHOWS: $733,000: Average NHL player salary at time of 1994 lockout. $1,830,126: Average NHL player salary last season. $224 Million: Amount NHL says its clubs lost last season. $273 Million: In losses NHL claims in 2002-03 season. ) Team owners say the league is hemorrhaging money... More than half a billion dollars in the last two years. Their solution to stop the bleeding: a salary cap. (SHOWS: $224 Million: Amount NHL says its clubs lost last season. $273 Million: In losses NHL claims in 2002-03 season. ) (bill daly) "I DON'T THINK WE WOULD, I KNOW WE WON'T CONTINUE IN OUR CURRENT FORM IF WE DON'T CHANGE OUR SYS
TEM DRAMATICALLY." The player's union long resisted a salary cap... (SOT UNION) "WE THINK THERE ARE WAYS OTHER THAN

A SALARY CAP TO LIMIT PLAYERS SALARIES AND WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THAT." But this week did offer a 24 percent salary rollback - their biggest concession so far. (STAND UP) "THE NHL WAS ALREADY STRUGGLING TO GET A PIECE OF THE SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT PIE. WITH TELEVISION RATINGS SLIDING, AND FEWER FANS WILLING TO PAY THE HIGH TICKET PRICES, THE EMPTY ICE COULDN'T COME AT A WORSE TIME." Stan Fischler has been writing about the sport for nearly fifty years, says it's about tim
e the layers gave a little. (SOT STAN) "THE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD FOR FAR TOO LONG AND THEY NEED T
O SNAP OUT OF IT!" Fans like Barry Leibowitz have just one wish: (SOT) GO OUT AND GET THIS THING DONE SO WE CAN WATC

H HOCKEY AGAIN." Even the most optimistic are saying it'll take a miracle. KELLY COBIELLA, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK. ))



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[ENG#=2]


In sports, Virginia Tech takes on James Madison on the hardwood, a quarterback once again wins the Heisman and a look at the Stagg Bowl lineup. Travis Wells has details.
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[Sunday-Shapeup]


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[WRITER=jen]
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We're getting more of a workout with weighted jump ropes
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[take sunday shapeup board fs] in today's Sunday Shapeup.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well this is something]
[SUPER=01-Ashley Beamer/Roanoke Athletic Club; :17]
[RUNS=2:28]
[OUT Q=Sunday morning, stick around]

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