Took a stroll through Costco earlier today (Sept. 10). I don’t know what happened to September, October and some of November — perhaps I slept through them — but please allow me to be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas.

When the U.S. Open tennis tournament began, Sloane Stephens had been on tour for seven years and had career earnings of US$4,519,709. Of course, she won the tournament. For that, she put a cheque for $3.7 million into her bank account. Asked if the Open victory might provide her with motivation, Stephens replied: “Of course, girl! Did you see that cheque that lady handed me?” . . . And what’s the biggest cheque ever to have been handed to you?

Hey, Home Hardware, I think those two must have built their moun-tayne by now so it’s time to retire that commercial. Please. Mercifully.

If you’re on Twitter, give a follow to Concerned Mom (@ConcernedMom9) and prepare to have your eyes opened on Friday evenings when she pays particular injury to high school football injuries.

Well, the first two days — Thursday and Sunday — of a new NFL season weren’t much. So far, two of 13 games have been decided by seven points or fewer. . . . If anything, maybe there’s an opening or two for outcast quarterback Colin Kaepernick now. If you’re a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, perhaps you might give them a lead on an offensive lineman or two.

If you were watching Sunday night’s NFL game, between the New York Giants and host Dallas, you heard analyst Cris Collinsworth said this on the subject of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott: “Forgive us if we just talk about him as a football player.” . . . Makes one wonder how much of Collinsworth’s script comes from the NFL office?

The 10th annual Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24. My wife, Dorothy, will celebrate the fourth anniversary of her kidney transplant by taking part in her fourth walk. If you would like to support her with a donation, you are able to do so right here.

ICYMI, the Cleveland Indians have won 18 straight games. Think about that for a moment or two. Their starters are 16-0 with a 1.94 ERA during this run. The Indians have made this run without southpaw Andrew Miller, their best reliever, who is on the DL with right knee tendinitis.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 10 in a row and 15 of 16. No other team in MLB this season has lost 15 of 16 games. Gee, wasn’t it only three weeks ago when fans, at least some of them, were wondering where the Dodgers ranked on the list of the all-time great teams. (Earlier this season, Sports Illustrated had them on the cover, with this headline: BEST. TEAM. EVER?) . . . Still, the Dodgers lead the NL West by nine games and, somehow, still own the best record (92-51) in the majors.

Since moving to Los Angeles from New York in 1958, only the 1961 and 1987 Dodgers have suffered the ignominy of a 10-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Dodgers have never lost 11 in a row as they open a three-game series against the host San Francisco Giants tonight (Monday).

F Karel Hromas (Everett, 2004-06) has signed a one-year contract with Annecy (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite), he had 13 goals and 17 assists in 50 games.

The Swift Current Broncos added some size and depth to their forward ranks on Sunday by acquiring Max Patterson from the Kootenay Ice for G Bailey Brkin, 18, and a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

Patterson, who is to turn 18 on Dec. 27, is starting his third WHL season. He has two goals in three exhibition games this month. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Kamloops had eight goals and seven assists in 63 games with the Ice last season. In 2015-16, as a freshman, he had seven goals and three assists in 64 games.

Patterson was a fourth-round selection by the Ice in the 2014 bantam draft. His father, Ed, is a former WHLer/NHLer who now is the head coach of the junior B Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

With Brkin gone, the Broncos are down to two goaltenders — veteran Taz Burman and Joel Hofer, a 17-year-old freshman from Winnipeg. He was 2.86, .915 in 14 games with the Pursuit of Excellence’s midget prep team last season, and also got into 11 games with the U-18 team (3.10, .883).

The Ice, meanwhile, now has three goaltenders on its roster, with Brkin likely to compete with Jesse Makaj, a 16-year-old from Vancouver, for the backup spot behind Mario Petit, 20, who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips during the offseason.

Brkin, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was 5.19 and .890 in 42 appearances with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs last season. An undrafted player, he signed with the Broncos after attending training camp in 2016.

F Mason Shaw of the Medicine Hat Tigers won’t play again in the NHL rookie tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, after injuring his right knee during a game with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News tweeted Sunday that Shaw will have an MRI on Wednesday.

Michael Russo of The Athletic reported Sunday that Shaw, who will turn 19 on Nov. 3, had suffered “what appeared to be a serious” injury while playing for the Wild against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brent Flahr, the Wild’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, told Russo that Shaw likely will return to Minneapolis to see the Wild’s orthopedist.

Last season, Shaw had 27 goals and 67 assists in 71 games with the Tigers. The Wild selected him in the fourth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft.

Shaw’s first WHL season (2014-15) was ended after just 23 games because of an injury to his left knee. In 2016-17, he put up 17 goals and 43 assists in 67 games.


In Langley, B.C., F Ethan O’Rourke’s goal at 4:18 of OT gave the Prince George Cougars a 4-3 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . O’Rourke also scored the game’s first goal. He and teammate Aaron Boyd scored shorthanded goals 33 seconds apart early in the first period as the Cougars grabbed the lead. . . . Victoria F Igor Martynov erased a 3-1 deficit with goals at 1:49 and 17:26 of the third period. . . . O’Rourke also had an assist. . . . Prince George (3-2-0) was 1-7 on the PP; Victoria (1-3-0) was 0-4. . . . G Taylor Gauthier started for the Cougars and stopped 10 of 11 shots in 29:59. DiLaura Isaiah finished up by stopped 15 of 17. . . . The Royals went with Hunter Arps, who blocked 34 shots in his first appearance since coming over from the Brandon Wheat Kings late last week. . . .

In Langley, B.C., the Vancouver Giants erased a 4-2 deficit with three third-period goals and beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-4. . . . F Orrin Centazzo’s third goal of the game, 31 seconds into the third period, gave the Silvertips a 4-2 lead. . . . F James Malm cut the deficit to one at 8:19, with F Aidan Barfoot tying the game at 15:47. . . . F Alex Kannok-Leipert notched the winner at 19:52. . . . Everett got a goal and three assists from F Martin Fasko-Rudas. . . . Everett (3-1-1) was 0-4 on the PP; Vancouver (5-1-0) was 0-6. . . . G Todd Scott earned the victory with 34 stops, 11 more than Everett’s Danton Belluk. . . .

In Edmonton, G Matthew Armitage blocked 32 shots to help the Calgary Hitmen to a 3-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . F Justin Gurney had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen, who held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0. . . . Calgary (2-2-0) was 1-7 on the PP; Edmonton (0-4-0) was 0-7. . . . The Oil Kings started G Boston Bilous and he stopped 14 of 16 shots in 29:35. Travis Child came on in relief to stop 25 of 26 shots. . . . Edmonton D Conner McDonald was tossed with a cross-checking major just 26 seconds into the game. He is likely to hear from the WHL office. . . .

In Swift Current, F Arthur Miller scored twice to help the Broncos to a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Miller has three goals in the exhibition season. . . . F Ethan Regnier helped the Broncos with a goal and two assists. . . . Swift Current (2-3-0) was 1-6 on the PP; Lethbridge (1-3-0) was 1-7. . . . G Taz Burman stopped 38 shots to earn the victory over Bryan Thomson, who made 21 saves.

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