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Fishing report, Oct. 31, 2013

■ LAKE MEAD — Striped bass have been somewhat elusive, not following their usual habits. Be flexible with each outing and ready with various lure and bait options. Variety is the key to enticing these fish. Jigging spoons in about 50 feet of water has worked near the mouth of canyons. Those anglers who have been able to find and catch shad also have had success. With the new moon on Sunday, anglers can expect the night bite to improve; for best results fish under a light. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on hard plastics and crankbaits. They can be found toward the back of coves in water as shallow as 6 inches.

FIELDER’S CHOICES: Bedridden analyst ready for perfect score

After a rough start last week, my picks finished with a flurry. I’m still in search of the elusive 8-0 week, but being bedridden has given me extra time to study this week’s schedule, so I’m feeling confident.

Cancer can’t dash Palo Verde pitcher’s dream

Michael Spada called his mom from the airport on Sunday with the news. And Denise Spada started crying, because that’s what moms usually do when they hear their son will be attending college.

Red Sox win World Series

Shane Victorino drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday night in Game 6.

Bronze statue honors ‘Tark the Shark’ on UNLV campus

There was a Shark sighting on the UNLV campus Wednesday. But this Shark was bronze. And it sure looked like Jerry Tarkanian. The school officially dedicated a statue to the 83-year-old Hall of Fame basketball coach.

Leftovers: Barkley’s top-10 list stirs debate

While LeBron James often is compared to Michael Jordan, widely considered the best basketball player ever, many believe the Miami Heat forward still ranks behind several other of the game’s greats.