Monday, October 20, 2014

Wheeler News - Morning State Sports - 10/20/14

Wheeler News Service - Monday, October 20, 2014 - Morning State Sports

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In the N-F-C North...
Green Bay 38, Carolina 17
Detroit 24, New Orleans 23
Miami 27, Chicago 14
Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16

Here are the details:

The Green Bay Packers easily shook off Carolina at home yesterday, 38-to-17. But the Pack could not shake off the Detroit Lions, who beat New Orleans in the final minutes to remain tied with Green Bay atop the N-F-C North Division.  Green Bay led 21-nothing in the first quarter, 28-3 at the half, and 38-3 before a pair of Carolina passing T-D's in the final quarter.  Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers became the first in N-F-L history to throw for at least 18 touchdowns with one-or-no interceptions in the first seven weeks.  Rodgers also joined Tom Brady as the only ones to have four straight games with three T-D passes and no picks.  He tied Bart Starr for a 50-year-old Packers' record of six straight games without a pick. And Rodgers extended a career-high streak of 192 pass attempts without an interception.  He came close to breaking that string on the first series, when Carolina's Roman Harper picked him off -- but it was negated by an off-side penalty. Rodgers completed 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards before giving way to Matt Flynn early in the fourth quarter.  Rodgers had the third-highest completion percentage in Packers' history at 86-plus, and the third-highest passer rating in team annals at 154-and-a-half.

Randall Cobb caught six passes for 121 yards and a T-D -- his eighth in seven games -- while Jordy Nelson had four catches for 80 yards and a score.  Eddie Lacy had 63 rushing yards and a score, as the Packers amassed 122 yards on the ground while out-gaining Carolina 363-to-331 on the day.  Packers' running back James Starks left with an ankle injury in the second half.  Green Bay has won four straight, while Carolina now has just one win in its last five.  Cam Newton threw for 205 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.  The Packers kept his running in his check, as he had just 41 yards on the ground.  Fox Valley native A-J Klein from Kimberly had three tackles for the Panthers, who fell to 3-3-and-1. Green Bay is 5-and-2, with a ten-game winning streak in October.  They'll play at New Orleans next Sunday night.


Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly could get some major punishment, after he was ejected in the third quarter of yesterday's Panther loss to Green Bay. Kuechly was the N-F-L's defensive player-of-the-year last season.  He appeared to swing a leg at Packers' tight end Richard Rodgers, in a pile for a fumble recovered by Green Bay.  After he got up, Kuechly swung his arms while restrained in the back by official Steve Freeman.  The defender calmed down when he saw that it was an official who was holding him.
Meanwhile, former Green Bay linebacker Erik Walden of Indianapolis was ejected for touching an official shortly before halftime of the Colts' 27-nothing win over Cincinnati.  Head linesman Bruce Stritesky had an arm on Walden when the player swiped it down and pushed it away.  Walden, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 2010, was suspended for one game last season for head-butting a player after his helmet was knocked off against Tennessee.


Green Bay and Detroit have opened up a two-game lead in the N-F-C North, after both won yesterday.  The Packers and Lions are both 5-and-2.  Detroit kept pace with a 24-23 home win over New Orleans. Chicago's in third place at 3-and-4, after losing at home to Miami 27-to-14. Minnesota remains last in the division at 2-and-5, after a 17-16 loss at Buffalo.
Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. Corey Fuller caught the game-winner with 1:48 to play. 
The Bears trailed 14-nothing at the half, and could never catch up to Miami after that. Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed his first 14 passes.  Matt Forte scored both of Chicago's touchdowns with a run and a catch.  After the game, various media said Bears' receiver Brandon Marshall was overheard outside the locker room yelling at quarterback Jay Cutler and others.  Both Marshall and Cutler confirmed ramped-up emotions afterward.  Marshall said Chicago's offensive performance was "unacceptable."
The Vikings' came loss came with just one second left, as Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for the decisive two-yard scoring strike.  Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon rushed for 103 yards for Minnesota.


Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre congratulated Peyton Manning for breaking Favre's N-F-L career touchdown pass record last night.  Manning went into Denver's home game with San Francisco two T-D's short of Favre's record of 508.  Manning's third T-D of the night was an eight-yarder to Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter.  On the giant scoreboard after the play, Favre said he wasn't surprised Manning broke his record.  Favre said he enjoyed both competing against Manning and watching him.  Favre held the record for seven seasons, when he broke Dan Marino's career mark of 421 touchdown passes in September of 2007 at Minnesota.  Manning had four T-D passes in Denver's 42-to-17 win over San Francisco, giving up 510 and counting.


Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth has advanced to the final eight in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  The Cambridge native made the Eliminator Round after placing second yesterday in the Geico-500 at Talladega.  Four drivers were eliminated from the Chase after that event -- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Junior, and Kasey Kahne.  The other eight are still in contention for the season championship in NASCAR's top series, which Kenseth won in 2003. Kenseth is currently fifth in the standings, but the Top-Eight drivers will all have their points re-set at four-thousand.  Winners of the next three races will automatically be among the four finalists for the title in the year's final Sprint Cup race at Miami.  The driver with the most points will be the other finalist. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was sixth in yesterday's race.  Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished 19th.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire was 36th after a crash ended his day early.


In golf, Fox Point native Skip Kendall tied for sixth place at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on the senior P-G-A Champions Tour.  Kendall shot a five-under-par 66 in his third-and-final round yesterday at Rock Barn in Conover North Carolina.  He finished at 11-under-202 -- six strokes behind the winner, Jay Haas.  It was Kendall's first Top-ten finish on the senior tour, which he joined almost a month-and-a-half ago when he turned 50.  Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 66th, at two-over-215.  He shot a four-over-75 in his final round yesterday.


The Marquette women's soccer team lost its first Big East Conference home match last night, 3-to-2 in double overtime to DePaul.  Alexa Ben scored off a corner in the 104th minute, as the 12th-ranked Blue Demons improved to 5-0-and-2 in the conference and 13-0-and-3 overall.  Marquette's Mary Luba tied the match late in regulation, and sent it to overtime.  The Golden Eagles had a 15-to-9 shooting edge.  The loss dropped them to 4-2-and-1 in the Big East and 8-7-and-2 overall.


The Camp Randall Rowing Club of Madison took first in the men's championship-four category yesterday at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge Massachusetts.  The Madison boat with four Badger alums ran the three-mile upstream course in 16-minutes, 13-point-153 seconds.  The Cambridge University Boat Club was more than three minutes back in second.  The current Badger men placed sixth.  The top Badger women's boat was the championship-eight which placed ninth.


World / National Morning Summary - 10/20/14

Soldiers from North and South Korea exchange gunfire along the heavily-militarized border.  South Korea broadcast warnings and then fired warning shots when 10 soldiers from the North approached the military demarcation line.  Two shots thought to have been fired by North Korean soldiers were found near a South Korean guard post.  The Sunday shot exchanges lasted about 10 minutes.


Clashes between riot police and protesters turned violent early Sunday in Hong Kong.  Pro-democracy activists confronted police despite the talks which are to start today between government leaders and protest leaders.  The Hong Kong police force has been struggling to contain the movement led by youths for the last three weeks.  Hundreds of thousands of people have filled city streets demanding a full democracy be restored.


President Obama will go to Congress this week to ask for additional funding to combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  There has been no indication how much money the president will ask for.  Bloomberg News is reporting the package could be moved on an emergency basis where it wouldn’t count toward the federal deficit.  A White House spokesman says the president hasn’t decided whether the money is needed.


Confirmation could come as early as today indicating the remains found in a rural area of Virginia are those of missing college student Hannah Graham.  The discovery was made Saturday and forensic teams spent Sunday combing the surrounding area.  Graham disappeared from Charlottesville September 13th.  Jesse Leroy Matthew has already been charged with abduction in the case. 


While he was confessing to killing a woman found dead in a motel, an Indiana man told investigators where the bodies of three more dead women could be found.  The 43-year-old suspect reportedly admitted killing teenager Afrika Hardy in Hammond, Indiana.  She had been strangled.  Gary police were looking for the three bodies in locations specified by the man now held in the Hammond City Jail.  He should be charged today.

Nebraska Morning Summary - 10/20/14

U-S Senator Deb Fischer says the country has to upgrade its nuclear weapons.  The Nebraska Republican has toured nuclear facilities at the Los Alamos Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.  Fischer says the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal is aging.  She says the president and Congress have committed to the upgrade, but nothing has been done yet.  Fischer is a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. 


Bellevue Police report an intruder was shot to death Saturday night.  Investigators say the interviewed several witnesses who say 21-year-old Tyrell Laronn Dalia was armed with a handgun.  The witnesses say the Omaha man broke into the apartment and the people inside confronted, one of them shooting him to death.  Police say there is no evidence the people inside knew Dalia.  Court records show the dead suspect was out on bail while awaiting trial from a January incident.  He was facing two felony charges after police had to break up an argument between him and his girlfriend last January.


Lincoln city officials say they have acquired about two-thirds of the land they need to create a prairie corridor in the southwest portion of that city.  The seven-and-a-half-mile corridor would run along Haines Branch, a tributary of Salt Creek, connecting nature centers at Pioneers Park and Spring Creek Prairie with a recreational trail.  Users would be able to see wetlands, woodlands and tallgrass prairie in the area consisting of 74-hundred acres.  The land was acquired through conservation easements or land purchases. 

Missouri Morning Summary - 10/20/14

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he struggled with teenager Michael Brown in his police S-U-V before fatally shooting him.  The “New York Times” quotes unnamed government officials connected to the civil rights investigation as saying evidence so far doesn’t support charges against the officer.  The report indicates Wilson’s service weapon was fired twice inside the S-U-V, one bullet hitting the black 18-year-old in the arm.  The white officer reportedly has told investigators Brown repeatedly punched and scratched him.  An attorney for Brown’s family says the published account still doesn’t explain why Wilson shot Brown after getting out of the S-U-V.


Family members say six-year-old Angel Hooper had gone to a local convenience store to buy gum when she was killed in a drive-by shooting.  Kansas City police say they have made no arrests so far.  Police Chief Daryl Forte has urged the shooter to surrender, saying he knows they have a conscience.  Family and friends held a vigil for the girl last (Sunday) night.  Witnesses say the child was getting into a car to return home when someone inside a passing vehicle fired several shots.  She was rushed to a local hospital where she died.


Developers plan to build six replica baseball stadiums on the site of a former outlet mall in Branson.  Ground could be broken this fall on the 15-million dollar first phase of the project.  Backers hope to attract traveling Little League teams to the southwest Missouri tourist town on Table Rock Lake.  The two-thirds scale stadiums would be based on Chicago’s Wrigley Field, St. Louis’ Busch Stadium and Detroit’s former Tiger Stadium, among others.  Developers say they already have letters of interest from specialty retail stores, restaurants and other businesses about the facility.


U-S Senator Roy Blunt is among several members of Congress calling for tighter restrictions of travel from West Africa to this country.  The Missouri Republican was interviewed on N-B-C’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.  Blunt discussed several areas of the attention-grabbing Ebola story.  He says he supports a temporary suspension of travel visas for passengers who would be coming from Ebola-stricken countries.  He joined other Republicans in offering criticism for the way the Obama administration has handled the situation.


A southeast Missouri woman faces a drug charge after a family fight involving a one-year-old child.  Michelle Marshall of Sikeston was arrested when Scott County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance report in Benton.  Witnesses said they had heard screaming coming from inside a parked car.  A father was agitated at the one-year-old, saying she was “getting on his nerves.”  He reportedly yelled at her and started to squeeze her, causing her 18-year-old mother to scream at him to stop.  While deputies investigated the incident, they found Marshall was in possession of a controlled substance.  The child was taken into protective custody.

Iowa Morning Summary - 10/20/14

A beef processing plant which has been closed for more than 10 years is scheduled to re-open in Tama.  Iowa Premium Beef has spent almost 49-million dollars renovating the operation which will process about 11-hundred cattle each day.  The plant could eventually have more than 600 workers on the site.  Company officials say they have already received more than one-thousand job applications.  Iowa Premium Beef officials say they plan to sell about 70-percent of their product in the U-S, exporting the rest.


More than 100-thousand people have signed a petition calling for the U-S Attorney General to investigate the death of a 20-year-old man from Clive.  Brandon Ellingson drowned after falling off a Missouri Water Patrol boat last May while he was handcuffed.  The petition drive started by Ellingson’s mother calls for a federal investigation into the actions of Trooper Tony Piercy.  Signatures are being taken online at  Ellingson was being brought to shore on a charge of boating while intoxicated when he went overboard and drowned.


Police say the 15-year-old stabbing suspect they have in custody is responsible for a similar attack last August.  The juvenile has been charged with attempted murder and going armed with intent for the Saturday attack at the Snell-Crawford Trail in Fort Dodge.  He’s also charged with assault for the August incident.  The latest victim was stabbed in the neck and arm as she was jogging just before 11 a-m.  She suffered injuries which aren’t life-threatening.  The suspect is being held in a juvenile detention facility pending his initial court appearance.


Des Moines police say the 20-year-old hit-and-run driver who caused the death of 55-year-old Kenneth Wallace was remorseful when police arrested her.  Ashley Brown admitted to being the driver of the car which hit Wallace.  She has been charged with not having insurance and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.  Investigators say if Brown had not left the scene she likely wouldn’t have been arrested and would just have been given a ticket.  There were no witnesses, so police are checking for possible video surveillance evidence.

Morning Kickers - October 20th

A cemetery has resorted to unusual marketing techniques to draw in new costumers. Located in central Illinois, Springdale Cemetery has started a new marketing campaign including 5-k races with actors dressed as people buried there. In an effort to encourage more people to buy plots, officials at the cemetery held tours, the Ron Santo Walk, and the 5-K to Cure Diabetes and plans to hold the Screaming Pumpkin Race just in time for Halloween.
A Louisiana teenager is behind bars after robbing a convenience store while donning a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask and using a stick wrapped in plastic. Eighteen-year-old Lacorrion Detron Turner has been charged with first-degree robbery after swiping two wallets and attempting, and failing, to open the register. The teen's plans were quickly thwarted as police officers apprehended him shortly afterwards. 
A toy company is capitalizing on Ebola with a new line of Ebola plush toys. Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes plush toys based on viruses among other microscopic organisms, is already sold out of its entire Ebola stock, which includes an Ebola doll and an Ebola Petri Dish toy. The Connecticut-based maker is promoting the plush as gag gifts that also have education value. The company has a wide array of other plushes to choose from, including Cholera and Anthrax.

Entertainment News - October 20th


The World War Two action film "Fury" was the number one film at the weekend box office with 23-million dollars. Following in second place was director David Fincher's adaptation of "Gone Girl" which has now passed the one-hundred-million-dollar mark domestically. Guillermo del Toro's animated film "The Book of Life" landed in third place with 17-million dollars its opening weekend.
Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Nicholas Brendon was arrested over the weekend. The 43-year-old was arrested Friday night in Boise, Idaho, on misdemeanor charges stemming from an altercation in a hotel lobby. Brendon, who also stars in "Criminal Minds," was scheduled to make an appearance at Boise's Tree City Comic-Con over the weekend.
"American Idol" alum Joanne Borgella has died at the age of 32. Her family announced the news via Facebook, saying that the model and singer died on Saturday following a battle with cancer. Borgella made it to the top 24 of "Idol" in 2008 and also won the first season of the Oxygen reality series "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" in 2005.

Today in History for October 20th

October 20, 2014

On this day,

2011 - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhaffi is killed in the Battle of Sirte.

1998 - Flooding in Texas worsens as the Guadalupe River widens to six miles across.
         - Paula Jones' lawyers present their argument to reinstate Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

1992- A World Series game is played outside the U-S for the first time.  The Toronto Blue Jays Beat the Atlanta Braves three to two.

1991- Country music singer Clint Black and T-V actress Lisa Hartman get married.

1982- 340 soccer fans are killed at a match between the Soviet Union and the Netherlands in Moscow.

1978- The Police give their first U-S performance ever in New York.

1977- Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynryd Skynyrd die when their rented plane crashes near Gillsburg, Mississippi.

1973- The White House announces President Nixon has dismissed Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelhaus.  Demands for Nixon's impeachment begin immediately and the move becomes known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."
     - "The Six-Million Dollar Man" premieres on A-B-C.

1968- Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis marry on a Greek Island.

1964- Seven Ku Klux Klan members are convicted of conspiracy in the murders of three Civil Rights workers in Mississippi.

1961- Singer Bob Dylan records his self-titled debut album.

1960- Elvis Presley's film "G-I Blues" premieres.

1944- U-S Army General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines.


1988- Model Candice Swanepoel

1979- Actor John Krasinski

1972- Rapper Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus)

1964- Hootie and the Blowfish drummer James Sonefeld

1953- Singer Tom Petty

1952- Actress Melanie Mayron, "Thirtysomething"

1946- News anchor Connie Chung
        - Writer Lewis Grizzard (died in 1994)

1935- Actor Jerry Orbach

1932- Actor William Christopher (Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H)

1931- Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle

1928- Psychologist Joyce Brothers

1925- Columnist Art Buchwald

1882- Hollywood horror legend Bela Lugosi

1859- Philospher John Dewey

Minnesota Sports from MNN - 10/20/14

"Minnesota Sports Summary"

Bills Edge Vikings On Late TD

(Orchard Park, NY)  --  Buffalo receiver Sammy Watkins hauled in a two-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left to play as the Bills clipped the Minnesota Vikings 17-16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday in upstate New York.  Watkins finished with nine catches for 122 yards and two scores as Buffalo improved to 4-and-3.  Orton had 283 yards passing with the two TDs and two turnovers.  C.J. Spiller had one carry for 53 yards but left the game with what the Bills believe is a broken collarbone.  Fred Jackson also left the game with an injury.  Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Minnesota.  The Vikings led most of the game, but had to settle for a pair of field goals in the second half after entering the red zone.  Jerick McKinnon ran for 103 yards as Minnesota fell to 2-and-5.  The Vikes are at Tampa Bay next Sunday.  The Buccaneers were on a bye week this weekend.

Vikings 2014 Schedule

(Undated)  --  Here is the 2014 schedule for the Minnesota Vikings (all home games at TCF Bank Stadium):

Sunday, September 7 - Vikings 34, St. Louis 6 (final)
Sunday, September 14 - New England 30, Vikings 7 (final)
Sunday, September 21 - New Orleans 20, Vikings 9 (final)
Sunday, September 28 - Vikings 41, Atlanta 28 (final)
Thursday, October 2 - Green Bay 42, Vikings 10 (final)
Sunday October 12 - Detroit 17, Vikings 3 (final)
Sunday, October 19 - Buffalo 17, Vikings 16 (final)
Sunday, October 26 - at Tampa Bay, noon
Sunday November 2 - vs. Washington, noon
Sunday, November 9 - BYE WEEK
Sunday, November 16 - at Chicago, noon
Sunday, November 23 - vs. Green Bay, noon
Sunday, November 30 - vs. Carolina, noon
Sunday, December 7 - vs. NY Jets, noon
Sunday, December 14 - at Detroit, noon
Sunday, December 21 - at Miami, noon
Sunday, December 28 - vs. Chicago, noon

NFC North:  Packers Handle Panthers

(Green Bay, WI)  --  Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers extended a historic streak and the Green Bay Packers continued their dominance in the month of October with a 38-17 shellacking of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.  Rodgers completed 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards and three scores, joining Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with four straight games of three touchdown passes and no interceptions.  Rodgers, who hasn't been intercepted since Week One in Seattle, also extended a personal-best streak to 192 pass attempts without a pick.  The 5-and-2 Packers have now won 10  straight games in October and 16 of their last 17.  Carolina is 3-3-1 and has just one win in its last five games.

NFC North:  Lions Sink Saints

(Detroit, MI)  --  Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pair of touchdown passes with under four minute to go as the Lions rallied by the Saints 24-23 from Ford Field.  Stafford ended with 299 yards and two interceptions.  Golden Tate had 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown for Detroit, which is tied atop the NFC North at 5-and-2.  Joique (Joyk) Bell added 48 yards and a TD on the ground in the win.  Drew Brees threw two touchdowns and an interception with 342 yards for New Orleans, which slipped to 0-and-4 on the road and 2-and-4 overall.  Marques Colston had six catches for 111 yards while Kenny Stills picked up 103 yards and a TD in defeat.

NFC North:  Dolphins Take Down Bears

(Chicago, IL)  --  Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins dominated the Bears 27-14 at Soldier Field.  Miami's defense forced three turnovers while Tannehill hit eight different receivers on 25 completions.  He tossed scores to Charles Clay and Mike Wallace.  Lamar Miller added 61 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Dolphins improved to 3-and-3.  Matt Forte ran fro 49 yards and a TD and hauled in six catches for 60 yards and a score for Chicago.  Jay Cutler threw for 190 yards with a touchdown and turned the ball over twice.  The Bears fell to 3-and-4 and are winless at home this year in three games.

Gophers Rally To Win

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Golden Gopher football team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Purdue on Saturday 39-38.  The victory came on homecoming on the University of Minnesota campus and propelled the Gophers to a 6-and-1 overall record and a 3-and-0 Big Ten mark.  The win means Minnesota is now bowl eligible, while also gave the Gophers their best conference start since 1990.  Head coach Jerry Kill won his 150th career game as a college head coach.  Minnesota visits Illinois this Saturday.  The Fighting Illini did not play over the weekend.

Gophers 2014 Football Slate

(Undated)  --  Here is the 2014 schedule for the University of Minnesota football team (all home games at TCF Bank Stadium):

Thursday, August 28 - Gophers 42, Eastern Illinois 20 (final)
Saturday, September 6 - Gophers 35, Middle Tennessee State 24 (final)
Saturday, September 13 - TCU 30, Gophers 7 (final)
Saturday, September 20 - Gophers 24, San Jose State 7 (final)
Saturday, September 27 - Gophers 30, Michigan 14 (final)
Saturday, October 4 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, October 11 - Gophers 24, Northwestern 17 (final)
Saturday, October 18 - Gophers 39, Purdue 38 (final)
Saturday, October 25 - at Illinois, 11am
Saturday, November 1 - BYE WEEK
Saturday, November 8 - vs. Iowa, TBD
Saturday, November 15 - vs. Ohio State, TBD
Saturday, November 22 - at Nebraska, TBD
Saturday, November 29 - at Wisconsin, TBD

Wild Lose Second Straight

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Los Angeles forward Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, while Jonathan Quick delivered another outstanding performance between the pipes in the Kings' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild yesterday in L-A.  Quick followed up Thursday's sensational 43-save effort in the Kings' 1-0 shootout decision over St. Louis by turning aside 40-of-41 shots on Sunday. Counterpart Niklas Backstrom, on the other hand, stopped 14-of-16 chances for Minnesota, which controlled the puck much of the game, but could not get enough shots by Quick.  Tanner Pearson also scored to help the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings move to 4-0-0 on their current six-game homestand.  Matt Cooke recorded the lone goal for the Wild, losers of two in a row after opening the season with a pair of shutout wins over Colorado.  The Wild return home to host Arizona on Thursday night.

Timberwolves Win Exhibition Game In Oklahoma

(Tulsa,  OK) --  Minnesota guard Mo Williams led six Timberwolves in double figures with 19 points as Minnesota downed the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-94, on Sunday in NBA preseason action in Tulsa.  Robbie Hummel, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin all scored 13 points in the victory, while Perry Jones led the Thunder with 21 points. Russell Westbrook committed five of Oklahoma City's 23 turnovers and shot just 3-of-12 from the floor for 11 points  Minnesota hosts Indiana tomorrow night in preseason action at the Target Center.

Wolves Extend Contracts

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised options on three second-year players yesterday.  In a move that was expected, Minnesota exercised the third-year options on center Gorgui Dieng (GOR-gee ZJENG), Anthony Bennett, and Shabazz Muhammad.  Dieng and Muhammad were drafted by the Wolves in the spring of 2013 spring and played for Minnesota last year.  Bennett was drafted by Cleveland in 2013 and traded to the Wolves prior to this season in the Kevin Love deal.

Big Ten Tourney Tickets On Sale

(Chicago, IL)  --  Tickets to the Big Ten Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments, set for Chicago in March, will go on sale today.  All-session tickets begin at 200-hundred-dollars for the men's event and at 90-dollars for the women's tourney.  The men's tourney will be held at the United Center from March 11-15, while the women's event will be held at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates from March 4-8.  Lower level tickets can be purchased through the 14 Big Ten university ticket offices, or through Ticketmaster outlets.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Today in History for October 19th

October 19, 2014
On this day,
2003- Pope John Paul the Second beatifies Mother Teresa.
1998- Nevada Athletic Commission returns boxing license to heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who lost it after biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.
1987- The Dow Jones industrial average drops 22-and-a-half percent, or 508 points.  It is the largest percentage drop ever. 
1986- Cyndi Lauper's hit "True Colors" tops the Billboard Pop Chart.
1985- The Norwegian trio A-Ha tops the Billboard Hot 100 with their hit, "Take On Me."
1973- Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years of marriage. 
1969- The Temptations tops the Billboard Pop Chart with their hit, "I Can't Get Next To You."
1960- The U-S government imposes an embargo on all exports to Cuba except medical supplies and certain foods. 
1957- Elvis Presley's classic, "Jailhouse Rock", tops the Billboard Pop Chart.
1951- President Harry S. Truman signs act formally ending war with Germany.
1950- United Nations' forces enter the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
1949- Frankie Laine's hit, "That Lucky Old Sun", is number one on the Billboard Pop Chart. 
1899- Robert Goddard designates this day as Anniversary Day to mark when he begins speculating about a spaceship that can travel to Mars.
1812- Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces begin their retreat from Moscow.
1781- English forces led by Lord Cornwallis surrender to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. 
1765- The Stamp Act Congress draws up a declaration of rights and liberties.
1976- T-V Host Omar Gooding
1970- Actor Chris Kattan
1969- T-V producer Trey Parker (South Park)
1967- Former "first daughter" daughter Amy Carter
1962- Champion boxer Evander Holyfield
1945- Feminist activist Pat Ireland, National Organization for Women president
        -Actor John Lithgow
1920- Actress LaWanda Page, Aunt Esther on "Sanford and Son"
1850- World reknowned mountain climber Annie Peck

Wheeler News - Sunday Prep Summary - 10/19/14

Wheeler News - Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Prep Scores

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PAIRINGS (copy-and-paste into your browser)

--Division 1 Pairings

--Division 2 Pairings

--Division 3 Pairings

--Division 4 Pairings

--Division 5 Pairings

--Division 6 Pairings

--Division 7 Pairings


--HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL (Saturday scores)

Menominee, Mich. 43, Marinette 22



Division 1 Singles
1.    Lexi Keberle, West Bend East
2.    Emily Kolbow, Arrowhead
3.    Gabi Kitchell, D.C. Everest

Divison 1 Doubles
1.    Katya Mikhailenko-Anna Kreynin, Homestead
2.    KK Doering-Lane McLaughlin, Divine Savior Holy Angels
3.    Bailey Chorney-Bobbi Stricker, Waunakee

Division 2 Singles
1.    Claire Czerwonka, Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy
2.    Tallie Piaskowski, Roncalli
3.    Audra Hoffman, Kohler

Division 2 Doubles
1.    Annie McGrail-Meredith Heckert, Big Foot/Williams Bay
2.    Paige Moritz-Lindsey Thomas, Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy
3.    Taylor Benard-Julia Veitinger, University School of Milwaukee


Wheeler News - Sunday Sports Summary - 10/19/14

Wheeler News - Sunday, October 19, 2014 - State Sports


--Division III
UW-Whitewater 52, UW-Eau Claire 3
UW-Platteville 31, UW-Stevens Point 13
UW-La Crosse 21, UW-Stout 7
UW-Oshkosh 37, UW-River Falls 7
  (Midwest Conference)
Mcalester 28, Beloit 21
St. Norbert 13, Ripon 10
Carroll 76, Lawrence 7
 (Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference)
Lakeland 34, Rockford 7
Wisconsin Lutheran 59, Concordia-Chicago 15
  (College Conference of Wisconsin & Illinois)
North Central 53, Carthage 23
Concordia-Mequon 49, Trine 46



Northern Michigan 4, Wisconsin 1
Minnesota 2, Wisconsin 1 (OT)



--American Hockey League
Milwaukee 4, Iowa 0


Here are the stories:

The Green Bay Packers know they have to find a way to stop quarterback Cam Newton from running all over them if they are going to continue to get better.  Newton ran for 107 yards last week.  More than a few starters will be missing when the two teams take the field today.  At cornerback, starter Sam Shields is out and Tramon Williams is questionable, but the Carolina receiving numbers are thin right now.  The Panthers have ruled running back DeAngelo Williams out, along with running back Fozzy Whitaker, cornerback Bene Benwikere, linebacker Chase Blackburn and guard Amini Silatolu.  Both teams have just two losses coming into the 12 noon kickoff. 


The Wisconsin men’s hockey team stays winless due to mostly to an inability to capitalize on power-play opportunities.  The Badgers suffered a weekend sweep after dropping a 4-1 decision to Northern Michigan Saturday.  Wisconsin actually outshot the Wildcats 25-18 while falling to 0-4.  The Badgers did score with 1:33 remaining to avoid being shutout in consecutive games at Green Bay’s Resch Center.   Senior Brad Navin scored the only U-W goal of the weekend, with assists from Chase Drake and Ryan Wagner.  Northern Michigan was able to kill a dozen penalty situations.  The Badgers have almost three weeks off to regroup, returning to action at home against North Dakota November 7th.


They came in ranked number-one in the country, but suffering a sweep by Minnesota will knock the Wisconsin women’s hockey team off that lofty position.  The Golden Gophers won Saturday afternoon’s contest at LaBahn arena 2-1 in overtime.  Wisconsin was actually ahead 1-0 with less than two minutes to go, but couldn’t hold the lead.  It was a wild offensive game, with Wisconsin outshooting Minnesota, 41-35.  The Badgers were one-for-five when they had the advantage due to penalty.  Wisconsin returns to action next Friday on the road at Bemidji State.  The Badgers will bring a 6-2 record into the weekend series.


The pressure is on Cambridge native Matt Kenseth when he lines up for today’s Geico 500 on the legendary Talladega race track in Alabama.  Kenseth is ninth in the standings for the Chase for the Sprint Cup and only the top-eight go on after today.  Brian Vickers will start on the pole after a good run in Saturday’s qualifying.  Jimmie Johnson starts second.  Kenseth will take off 13th.  Other Wisconsin drivers in the field are Janesville’s Travis Kvapil starting seventh, Eau Claire’s Paul Menard starting 20th and Beloit’s Danica Patrick starting 27th


Four trucks were basically side-by-side for the last two laps of the Fred’s 250 in the Camping World Truck Series at Talladega Saturday night.  Timothy Peters was the winner by a narrow point-143 seconds over Taylor Malsam.  It was Peters’ first win of the season.  An engine failure did big damage to Necedah driver Johnny Sauter’s hopes for a championship.  He coasted off the track in the 24th lap and finished 31st.  Sauter is now fourth in the point standings, 36 points behind his teammate Matt Crafton. 


A six-under-par 65 rockets Fox Pointe native Skip Kendall up the leaderboard at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.  Kendall is tied for 12th and is a half-dozen shots behind leader Jay Haas going into today’s final round in Conover, North Carolina.  The other Wisconsin competitor in the field, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman, slid into a tied for 43rd.  He had an even-par round Saturday and is 10 shots off the pace after the first two rounds.


Wheeler News - Sunday News Summary - 10/19/14

Wheeler News Service – Sunday, October 19, 2014 – News Summary

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Wisconsin Lottery Numbers (drawn Saturday night):

Powerball:            20 - 26 - 27 - 36 - 54  Powerball: 19  Power Play: 2
MegaBucks:         4 - 5 - 12 - 21 - 38 - 39
5 Card Cash:       5-diamonds, 8-clubs, 9-diamonds, 3-diamonds, 2-diamonds
SuperCash:          4 – 11 - 17 - 22 - 33 - 37   Doubler:  No
Badger 5:             8 - 10 - 17 - 23 - 26
Daily Pick 4:         3 - 7 - 7 - 1
Daily Pick 3:         0 - 4 - 1

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The Wisconsin Secretary of State’s office reports the John Doe investigation of campaigning by supporters of Governor Scott Walker has cost 900-thousand dollars in attorneys’ fees.  The current cap on that expenditure is set at one-point-one-million dollars.  The probe is focused on campaign activities between the governor’s camp and outside groups.  Prosecutors maintain the coordination was illegal, the other side says the investigation was politically motivated.  It’s on hold right now.  A federal judge had ruled some campaign coordination is legal, but that decision could be overturned on appeal. 


Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney is believed to be the first officer fired by that city as a result of a fatal on-duty shooting in more than 40 years.  Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says officer Manney didn’t use excessive force when he shot Dontre Hamilton to death last April.  The chief says he was fired because he failed to follow department rules in the minutes leading up to the shooting.  His department from the guidelines resulted in the struggle that left deadly force as Manney’s only option.  Hamilton was unarmed, but had a history of paranoid schizophrenia when he was killed.  The Milwaukee police union says the firing is unprecedented and it says the chief’s reasoning leaves officer questioning what they can do in certain confrontational situations.


Trial resumes tomorrow for a 55-year-old man accused of shooting Dale Meister to death six years ago.  Meister was involved in a custody dispute with Joseph Reinwand’s daughter at the time.  Reinwand could be given a life sentence if he is found guilty.  A jury was picked last Friday for a trial which is expected to last two weeks.  Evidence in this case has led to a reinvestigation of Reinwand’s former wife, Pamela.  She was 19 when she died of a gunshot wound 30 years ago.  Reinwand had told authorities she committed suicide.  He was charged with first-degree murder in that case last August, with trial set for next summer.  In the more recent case, Meister had told friends and family he was afraid Reinwand would try to kill him.  The first-degree intentional homicide charge was filed last year.


Discovery of a rural cabin filled with dried marijuana plants results in the arrest of a 45-year-old western Wisconsin man.  The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department raided the rural location outside La Farge Friday morning.  Deputies say the suspect ran from an outbuilding when they served the search warrant.  He was found hiding in the woods, along with some knives, marijuana and a pipe he tried to hide.  Investigators think the marijuana plants were grown about 20 miles away in Franklin


The U-S-S Detroit was christened at Marinette Saturday.  Senator Carl Levin’s wife, Barbara, broke the bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow to make it official.  The ceremony took place on the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard.  There is more outfitting and testing ahead for the littoral combat ship before it is delivered to the U-S Navy next year.  Its home port will be San Diego.  Construction on a sixth littoral combat ship starts tomorrow in northeast Wisconsin.  The ships are said to be capable of speeds greater than 40 knots and they can function in water less than 20 feet deep.