Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Timbers Fall To CD Olimpia In Honduras; Portland Eliminated From CONCACAF Champions League

At Tegucigalpa, Honduras:

Goals from Rommel Quioto (2') and Antony Lozano (4', 54') carried CD Olimpia to a 3-1 Tuesday night home victory over the Portland Timbers in the CONCACAF Champions League Group Five finale for both clubs.  With both clubs level on overall points with nine and each team having scored five goals in the two clubs between them, the Honduran club, with the two goals scored last month in the match played in Portland, as opposed to the one that the Timbers scored on Tuesday in Honduras,  won the group and advanced to the quarterfinal round on away goals.

The Timbers' Major League Soccer regular-season finale will take place at Frisco, Texas as Portland will pay a visit on FC Dallas on Saturday (5:30 PM Pacific Time; ROOT Sports Northwest.  A Portland win, combined with a Vancouver defeat or draw at home, would give them the fifth and final Western Conference playoff berth.  The Timbers would also qualify should they gain a draw against the Hoops and the Whitecaps fall to visiting Colorado.

2014 World Series: Giants Overpower Royals In Opener As MadBum Has Solid Pitching Performance

At Kansas City:
Madison Bumgarner (that's him, folks) pitched seven strong innings on Tuesday night while outfielder Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the opening inning as the San Francisco Giants dominated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in the opening game of the World Series.  The defeat ended the Royals' run of eleven straight post-season wins (eight this year).

USA Today photo by Jamie Square

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Payton Manning Sets Career TD Pass Record As Broncos Buck Visiting Niners

At Denver:

Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 22 of 26 passes for 318 yards and four touchdown passes on Sunday to set a new National Football League career record for touchdown passes (510) as the Denver Broncos (5-1) dominated the visiting San Francisco 49ers (4-3) 42-17.

Riders Crumble In Second Half, Lose To Eskimos At Home; Cannot Host Playoff Game

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Kendial Lawrence returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown while quarterback Mike Reilly completed 20 of 30 passes for 260 yards and ran five yards for another major score on Sunday as the Edmonton Eskimos (11-5) locked up second place in the Canadian Football League's Western Division and a home playoff game with a 24-19 road win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-7), who have now lost four games in a row and five of their last six starts.

Ducks Climb In Both Polls; Beavers Coaches Poll Support Vanishes

After their victory on Saturday over visiting Washington, the Oregon Ducks climbed up three spots to #6 in the Associated Press poll, two spots to #7 in the USA Today/Coaches' rankings.

After being knocked off at home Thursday night by Utah, what support the Oregon State Beavers had in the Coaches' poll evaporated.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ducks Dominate Huskies At Home

At Eugene, Oregon:

True freshman running back Royce Freeman ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (#9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 6-1 overall, 3-1 in Pac-12 play) dominated the visiting Washington Huskies (5-2, 1-2) 45-20.  Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 336 yards and two TDs. The victory was Oregon's eleventh straight over the Huskies.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Timbers Held To Scoreless Home Stalemate By RSL; Draw Level On Points With Caps For Final Western Conference Playoff Berth

At Portland, Oregon:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Real Salt Lake held the home-standing Portland Timbers to a 0-0 draw.  RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando (who made six saves) and his Portland counterpart Donovan Ricketts each delivered a shutout in the match.

The Timbers are now level on points with Vancouver for the final Western Conference playoff berth (with Portland having the superior goal differential) with one regular-season contest left.  The Whitecaps, with a game in hand,  will travel to Santa Clara, California for the San Jose Earthquakes' final game at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday night.

The Timbers will close out the regular season next Saturday at FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas (5:30 PM Pacific Time, ROOT Sports Northwest).

Wellllllllllllllllllllll, Doggies!

Here's the cast of The Beverly Hillbillies (standing, left to right, are Donna Douglass, Max Baer, and Buddy Ebsen, with Irene Ryan, seated) on the cover of the November 10-16 issue of TV Guide magazine.


Here's the cover of the December 26, 1959-January 1, 1960 issue of TV Guide magazine with Loretta Young.


Here's the cover of the March 23-29, 1957 issue of TV Guide magazine with that ol' pea picker himself, Tennessee Ernie Ford!

Time For Dean and Jerry!

Here are Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on the cover of the June 5-11, 1953 issue of TV Guide magazine.

Ernie and Edie

Here's the cover of the May 14--20 issue of TV Guide with Ernie Kovacs and his wife, Edie Adams.


Here's a 1962 magazine advertisement for Bubble Up, a lemon-lime soda that was competing with Seven Up.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beavers Fall To Runnin' Utes In 2 OT

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Running back Devontae Booker ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner from 19 yards out in the second overtime period on Thursday night as the Utah Runnin' Utes (#20 in the Associated Press poll, #23 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll; 5-1 overall, 2-1 in Pac-12 play) knocked off the Oregon State Beavers (4-2, 1-2) 19-13 on the road.


At San Francisco:

After Michael Morse (batting for starting pitcher---and series Most Valuable Player---Madison Bumgarner) equalized the game with his eighth-inning lead-off pinch-hit homer, Travis Ishikawa, in the ninth inning, crushed a walk-off three-run shot (the first game-ending home run in National League Championship Series history) as the San Francisco Giants locked up their third National League pennant in the last five years with their 6-3 championship series game-five home win on Thursday over the St. Louis Cardinals and took the series four games to one.

The Giants will face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, which starts on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NCLS: Giants Overcome Three-Run Deficit With Five Runs In Fifth And Sixth Innings, Beat Cards 6-4, Take 3-1 Series Lead; Can Close Out Series With Home Win In Game Five

At San Francisco:

Buster Posey drove in three runs on Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants came back from a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to upend the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in game four of the National League Championship Series.

The Giants, who now hold a three-games-to-one lead in the series, can wrap up their third National League pennant and trip to the World Series in the last five years with a game-five home victory on Thursday.


At Kansas City:

Jason Vargas combined with three relievers on a four-hitter while Greg Holland picked up his fourth save of the series on Wednesday as the Kansas City Royals completed a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series with a 2-1 game-four win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the series' Most Valuable Player.

Thanks to the American League's victory in this year's All-Star Game, the Royals, league champions for the first time since 1985, will have home-field advantage in this year's World Series, with the opening game to take place at Ewing Kaufman Stadium on Tuesday against the winner of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ACLS: Royals Trip O's Again, Take 3-0 Series Lead; Kansas City One Victory Away From First World Series Since '85

At Kansas City:

Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals racked up their tenth straight post-season victory by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 at home in Tuesday's third game of the American League Championship series.

The Royals, who now lead the series three games to none, can lock up their first American League pennant and first World Series appearance since 1985 with a game-four home win on Wednesday. 

NLCS: Tenth-Inning Defensive Boo-Boo Allows Brandon Crawford To Score Winning Run, Give Giants 2-1 Series Lead Over Cardinals

At San Francisco:

An errant tenth-inning throw from relief pitcher Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run as the San Francisco Giants recovered from blowing a four-run lead and defeated the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in game three of the National League Championship series on Tuesday as the Giants now hold a two-games-to-one series lead.