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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Sunday October 24, 2010, Alamanacs & Celebrity News

DAILY ALMANACS

Sunday was October 24, the 297th day of 2010. 68 days remain in 2010.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

The United Nations came into existence on this date in history back in 1945 (file photo)

* On October 24, 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect. On this date in 1949, construction began on United Nations headquarters in New York.

* In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln.

* In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially dedicated. It opened to traffic the next day.

* In 1939, Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded his signature theme, Let’s Dance.

* In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

* In 20o2, authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo near Myersville, Maryland in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks.

CELEBRITY CELEBRITIES

74 Bill Wyman, rock bassist of The Rolling Stones.

30 Monica, singer.

Brigham Young University & West Virginia to play on the gridiron in 2016

FedEx Field home of Washington Redskins (NFL)

The announcement coming out of Morgantown, West Virginia on Thursday afternoon was that the football programs from BYU and West Virginia will meet for the first time ever in 2016.

The game will be played at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins of the NFL. The stadium is located in Landover, Maryland.

FedEx Field hosted the September 2010 matchup between Boise State and Virginia Tech. Other key matchups being held in the huge stadium include Penn State and Indiana on November 20, Notre Dame against Maryland and Army-Navy in 2011, Virginia Tech against Cincinnati in 2012 and Texas playing Maryland in 2018.

Info courtesy of West Virginia Athletics

OHIO STATE GAME 4 PREVIEW: Eastern Michigan Eagles of the Mid-American Conference

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

It was not long ago that Eastern Michigan University, located in the west Detroit suburb of Ypsilanti, was nicknamed the Hurons. But after much rumblings by several groups who didn’t much care for Indian tribe names being used as athletic teams mascots and nicknames, Hurons became Eagles.

Ohio State’s fourth opponent this week is from the Mid-American Conference West Division.

The Eagles were an embarrassing 0-12 overall, 0-8 in the MAC. Some people in the media and several former coaches have said that the administration had basically ignored the needs of the program and that is why it has fallen to these lowly depths.

But in came Ron English last season. He is no stranger to EMU, having coached at the University of Michigan which is next door to Ypsilanti in Ann Arbor, just 7 miles away, as the defensive coordinator under Lloyd Carr. After that stint, English spent some time in the same capacity at the University of Louisville.

Coach Tressel turns his attention to Eastern Michigan in Week 4 (WAXX-TV photo)

OSU AD Gene Smith served in same capacity at EMU in the 1980's (OSU photo)

Eastern Michigan is 0-3 in the 2010 season. They lost two close games against Army (31-27) and at Miami (28-21). But last week against a tough offensive juggernaut like Central Michigan, they were blown out 52-14.

Coming into the season, the Eagles returned 44 lettermen and 12 starters.

At tailback, there was alot being expected of tailback Dwayne Priest. If he could stay healthy, he would be a factor. He had played in 34 games the past three years, but nagging injuries have held back his progress. He did produce 633 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009.

So far Priest has held up so far in 2010. He was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending September 5. The honor marked the first time Priest has collected the weekly accolade after running for a career-best 142 yards on 26 rushes and scoring two touchdowns in the loss to Army on September 4.

Another threat on the Eastern Michigan offensive side of the ball is tight end Ben Thayer. He caught 29 passes a year ago for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.

This season, he is off to a start that might push him pass those 2009 stats. Thayer has 10 catches for 109 yards, a 10.9 average with 1 touchdown.

One weakness on offensive to most observers was at quarterback where Alex Gillett was very inconsistent while being pressed into action last year because of an injury to the starter. Gillett’s pass completion percentage was below 50%.

After three games this season, Gillett has made some improvement. In three starts, he is 34-of 59 passing with 3 interceptions, 4 touchdowns, 350 yards an efficiency rating of 119.66. He can also rush the ball with 39 carries for 172 yards, a 4.4 average with 1 touchdown while averaging 57.3 yards per game.

During last week’s loss to Central Michigan, both quarterbacks were called upon. Gillett from Green Springs, Ohio-Clyde High School, started the game and completed 12-of-20 passes for 148 yards and 1 touchdown pass while redshirt freshman Devontae Payne of Cleveland, Ohio- South High School, completed 13-of-24 passes for 134 yards.

Not much is expected of the Eagles program, as far as the media is concerned. They were picked to finish sixth in the Mid-American Conference West Division as voted on by 26 members of league’s media contingent at the annual media day held at Ford Field on July 30.

The Eagles received 20 votes in the annual poll with Northern Illinois picked to finish first followed by Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

The 2010 season is the 35th year that the Eagles have been a part of the Mid-American Conference football race. EMU was admitted into the league in 1971, but a complete league schedule was not available until 1976.

This season also marks the 118th for the Eastern Michigan University football team. The first year of intercollegiate football in Ypsilanti was 1891 when the team had an 0-2 record. EMU fielded a team every year since 1891 with one exception, when the 1944 season was canceled because of World War II.

Military veteran and 2-time Championship manager Ralph Houk, dies at 90

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

Ralph Houk, who guided the powerhouse New York Yankees of the early 1960′s to two World Series championships as manager, died at age 90 on Wednesday.

Houk also was manager of the Boston Red Sox(1981-84) and Detroit Tigers (1974-1978).

Before becoming involved with Major League Baseball and the Yankees in 1947, Houk served in the Army in World War II and rose to the rank of major.

(File)

Houk was a part of the Yankees for eight seasons as a backup catcher, playing in just 91 games.  He played behind Hall of Fame catchers Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.

Houk managed 3,157 games and won 1,619 with a winning percentage of .514. He had the tough task of following a legend, fan-favorite and successful manager in Casey Stengel with the Yankees in 1961 and was George Steinbrenner’s first manager in 1973. He resigned after one year and left for the Detroit Tigers.

Houk was also the Yankees general manager in 1964 and 1965.

Big Ten Player of the Week honors go to Ohio State’s Hurley

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Communications

Four the fourth time in five weeks, a Buckeye Baseball player has received the weekly honor. This time, its Zach Hurley earning his second career Player of the Week honor. It is the second time in three weeks for the Springboro, Ohio native.

Zach Hurley Ohio State (OSU)

The senior co-captain batted .643 (9-for-14) with nine runs scored, four RBI, three doubles and a pair of home runs as Ohio State won three games over Eastern Illinois, Bucknell and Army. Hurley ranks among the Big Ten’s top 10 in average (.414), slugging (.743) and on-base percentage (.481).

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