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Blue Jackets give nice tribute to former player Klesla

 

Rostislav Klesla with Blue Jackets in 2010 (photo by 5of7 via wikipedia commons)

When Rostislav Klesla played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was always amongst the favorite player for fans and media alike.

One of the reasons for his popularity was he was always accessible to fans for autographs and was always available to the media whether the team won or loss.

When was traded to Phoenix last February after 515 games with Columbus, fans that follow the team where very upset.

Last night (Friday January 13), Klesla, the Blue Jackets first-ever pick in the NHL’s entry draft, played his first game in Nationwide Arena since the trade to Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets honored him with a video tribute during the first period and the arena went into an applause with Klesla waving his hand and stick in appreciation.

The 29-year-old defenseman from Czechoslovakia in 531 NHL games has scored 42 goals and 92 assist for 134 points.

 

Info from game stats, Radio & TV news

Murray, looking for answers to slump, hires Lendl

 

Andy Murray in 2011 (photo by Christopher Johnson from Tokyo Japan via wikipedia commons)

Tennis star Andy Murray has hired Ivan Lendl, the winner of eight Grand Slam titles as his coach in a bid to win a major tennis title.

Murray, who is from Scotland, will begin working with Lendl, who is from Czechoslovakia in preparation for the Australian Open, which starts on January 16.

Murray, who is 24, spent all of last season ranked in the top four but ended 2011 without a Grand Slam title.

Murray has reached the finals of Grand Slam tournaments before but always finishes second.

 

Info compiled from ATP Tour, Radio, TV & Internet news

Fed Cup won by Czech Republic

 

Czech Republic Flag (by Phroziac via wikipedia commons)

The 2011 Fed Cup tennis title has been won by the Czech Republic.

Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke knocked off Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2 in the decisive doubles match to beat Russia 3-2 in the finals in Moscow.

It’s the first time in 23 years that the Czech Republic has won the Fed Cup.

Overall, its the sixth title in the tournament for the Czechs, but their first since 1988. At that time, they were Czechoslovakia and beat the Soviet Union in the finals, 2-1.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Tennis news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Thursday October 28, 2010, Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Thursday, October 28, was the 301st day of 2010. There are 64 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS DATE

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on this date in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland and rededicated on this date 50 years later by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 (file photo)

* On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

* In 1636, the General Court of Massachusetts passed a legislative act establishing Harvard College.

* In 1858, Rowland Hussey Macy opened his first New York Store at 6th Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.

* In 1918, the republic of Czechoslovakia proclaimed its independence.

* In 1919, Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.

* In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

* In 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba.

* In 2009, Angela Merkel was sworn in for a second term as German chancellor.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

66 Dennis Franz, actor from NYPD Blue.

48 Daphne Zuniga, actress from Melrose Place.

47 Lauren Holly, actress who got her start on All My Children as Julie Chandler.

43 Julia Roberts, actress.

38 Brad Paisley, country singer.

36 Joaquin Phoenix, actor and brother of the late actor, River Phoenix. His siblings include: Rain, Liberty, Summer and Jodean. Joaquin is the third-oldest of his siblings.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 20, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday August 20, the 232nd day of 2010. There are 133 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On August 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb.

* In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had actually stopped.

* In 1910, a series of forest fires swept through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning 3 million acres in what became known as the “Big Blowup.”

* In 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization drive.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

75 Ron Paul, congressman and former presidential candidate.

62 Robert Plant, rock singer of the group Led Zeppelin.

56 Al Roker, TV weatherman.

48 James Marsters, actor.

40 Fred Durst, rock singer of the group Limp Bizkit.

18 Demi Lovato, actress.

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