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Columbus Crew re-signs Leandre Griffit

Leandre Griffit (file photo)

The Columbus Crew has re-signed French midfielder Leandre Griffit.

The 5’8, 155-pound Griffit, who received call-ups at several levels of the French National Team youth program, originally signed with the Crew on May 14, 2010. He made his MLS debut on July 24 against the Houston Dynamo and scored an unassisted, 91st-minute goal. Griffit appeared in two more regular season games and was a key contributer in the Crew’s qualification to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round. He played in five CCL matches, starting four, and scored the game-winner on September 14 against Joe Public. He also played in one U.S. Open Cup match as a substitute.

The French midfielder joined the Crew after playing with Union Royale Sportive du Centre of the Belgian Third Division in  2009, where he scored seven goals and four assists, including one goal in cup play.

He is a native of Maubeuge, France.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

MLS Expansion Draft claims Brunner & Moffat from the Crew

Adam Moffatt (courtesy of MLS)

Eric Brunner (file photo)

It seems like everyday we pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio, watch the television or open up our e-mails, in the latter case for members of the media, the Columbus Crew are losing members of the team.

They’ve made more headlines in this off-season than when they won the MLS Cup two years ago.

Recently, they lost defender Eric Brunner and midfielder Adam Moffat, who were selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS expansion draft.

The Crew has 15 roster spots to fill to get back to 30 players by the time they play Real Salt Lake in a Champions League quarterfinals match on February 22, which is a scant 12 weeks away.

Crew management were very surprised that the both Brunner and Moffat were selected because expansion teams have a salary budget of $2.67 million which is augmented by the league allocation money and could sign a couple of star players.

Both Brunner and Moffat are 24 years old and not considered star players, but are solid role players.

Brunner started 36 games the past two seasons. The graduate of Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio and former Ohio State soccer player was acquired from the New York Red Bulls just before the 2009 season.

Moffat, who married the sister of teammate Steven Lenhart last year, started 36 games in four seasons with the Crew.  He played in 24 games this past season after three injury-plagued seasons. He scored five goals and had one assist in his years with the team.

One bright note, Leandre Griffit, was eligible to enter the MLS waiver draft, but the Crew did not make him available. The team is trying to re-sign the French midfielder, who is a goal-scorer and showed alot of promise after the team brought him in during the spring. They’re trying to get a salary for him which is less than what his option year contract called for.

compiled from staff & Columbus Crew news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 22, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday, October 22, the 295th day of 2010. There are 70 days left before 2011 rolls in January1.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

Princeton University was first chartered on this date in 1746 as the College of New Jersey (file photo)

*On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment shipped to Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet-built missle bases on the island.

* In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.

* In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from aheight of about 3,000 feet over Paris.

* In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.

* In 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

* In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.

* In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

93 Joan Fontaine, actress.

72 Christopher Lloyd, actor in the Back to the Future movies.

68 Annette Funicello, actress on The Mickey Mouse Club.

67 Catherine Deneuve, actress.

58 Jeff Goldblum, actor.

46 TobyMac, Christian singer-rapper from the group, DC Talk.

25 Zac Hanson, pop musician from the group, Hanson.


Roger Federer will add Mandarin to his list of languages

Roger Federer (file photo)

Tennis star Roger Federer will be adding Mandarin to the list of languages that he speaks, which now totals four.

Federer was in China for the Shanghai Masters tournament. He used his off-the-court time taking lessons in Mandarin.

Federer, the third-ranked player in the world, also speaks German, English and French.

The Swiss player is a 16-time Grand Slam winner.

compiled from staff & Tennis news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 15, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday, October 15, the 288th day of 2010. We have 77 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS DATE

* On October 15, 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, New York, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln suggesting growing a beard would improve his appearance. (it must’ve worked!).

* In 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside of Paris.

* In 1964, It was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev had been removed from office.

* In 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country as part of a moratorium against the Vietnam War.

* In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Jim Palmer during his days with Baltimore. He is 65 today. (MLB)

86 Lee Iacocca, former auto executive who singlehandedly saved the Chrysler Corporation.

68 Penny Marshall, actress from Laverne & Shirley TV show.

65 Jim Palmer, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher of the Baltimore Orioles.

64 Richard Carpenter, singer, songwriter & musician who along with his late sister Karen, formed the group. The Carpenters in the late 60′s and early 70′s.

51 Sarah Ferguson, Britain’s Duchess of York.

51 Emeril Lagasse, famous chef.

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