Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's Saturday!











It's Saturday, first day of the weekend. Here's what's happening....

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Hockey Playoff Roundup ----

AHL

Calder Cup Finals

Hershey 2, Dallas 1, overtime (Hershey leads series 3-2)

Tonight --

No games

Next game --

Texas Stars at Hershey Bears Monday, June 11th 7:00pm EDT (Game six)

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Celebration shows Hawks have taken city by storm.

Photo gallery of Hawks victory parade.

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Today is Machine Day.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Don't sack the bats too early on the Rays -- they die hard.

For all intents and purposes, the Marlins had the Rays at hello as they built a 6-0 lead after just three innings and a 9-0 lead after four turns at bat. But rather than call it a night, Tampa Bay fought all the way to the last out before coming up short, 14-9, on Friday night before 19,338 at Tropicana Field in the opener of a weekend series.

Read the rest here.

The Tampa Bay Rays, with a record of 39-22 are now just 1 ahead of the Yankees in the A.L. East. They continue their home stand tonight, with the second of three games with the Florida Marlins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. The Rays games with the Marlins tomorrow starts at 1:40pm EDT. Tampa Bay hits the road on Tuesday for six games, with three at Atlanta and three against the Marlins.

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Rob Pitingolo is a blogger and economist who's compiled a 52-city list called the educational attainment density. Cities can get labeled as smartest or dumbest, depending upon the number of college-degree holders per square mile.

It turns out Jacksonville is the second most uneducated city on the list, reports News4Jax.com. San Francisco emerged atop the list with 7,031 bachelor's and graduate degree holders per square mile. Rounding out the top five was New York with 6,357 degree holders per square mile, Boston with 3,871, Washington with 3,395 and Seattle with 2,853. Oklahoma City was at the bottom of the list with 159 degree holders per square mile, followed by Jacksonville; Birmingham, Ala.; Louisville, Ky.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Densely populated cities with smaller land area and larger populations generally rank higher than other cities because of Pitingolo's methodology.
Pitingolo said he doesn't mean to call the people of Jacksonville dumb, but many locals said they aren't too happy with the distinction, reports News4Jax.com.

A couple of other Florida cities made the ranking: Tampa, No. 33, and Orlando, No. 36. Smartest Florida city? Miami is No. 10. The Sunshine State did have a bright side.

Check out the Density of Smart People List.

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The Roughriders have completed day 6 of their main training camp. Read all about it here.

Filling the void: How the Riders are handling the loss of defensive ends John Chick and Stevie Baggs.

Tomorrow, the Riders begin what they hope will be a return to the Grey Cup game in 2010, with the first of two preseason games. Kickoff against the BC Lions is at 5:00pm EDT. Listen to the game with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM.

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And for all you parents of toddlers(like us), you should probably know that June is Potty Training Awareness Month. (Just another excuse for our Jimmy to play with his Elmo Goes Potty book!)

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Giroux gives Bears 3-2 lead.

Stars fall to Bears in overtime, trail 3-2.

NHL Network to air remainder of finals.

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June is also Fight the Filthy Fly Month.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are 39-22 and lead the A.L. East by 1 game over the Yankees, 4 over Boston and 5 1/2 over Toronto. Baltimore is 22 games off the pace.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 4 1/2 games, the White Sox by 8 1/2, Kansas City by 10 1/2 and Cleveland by 11 1/2.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 1/2 game, Oakland is 2 back and Seattle trails by 10.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1 1/2 games, Philadelphia by 2 1/2, while Florida is 4 1/2 back and Washington is 5 behind.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 1/2 game, the Cubs are 7 1/2 behind, Milwaukee is 8 1/2 back, Houston trails by 10, and Pittsburgh is 11 1/2 behind.

The Dodgers and San Diego are tied for first in the N.L. West. San Francisco is 2 1/2 games behind, Colorado is 5 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 12 1/2 games out of first.

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The Buzzard Day Festival is today in Glendive, Montana.

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From http://www.arenafootball.com

Huntsville, AL - In a tale of two halves the Tampa Bay Storm (6-3, 2-1) defeated the Alabama Vipers (5-5, 1-2) in front of a National television audience Friday night at the Von Braun Center.

Tampa Bay jumped out to a 41-20 lead in the first half as Alabama turned the ball over three times in the first half, including a 10-yard interception return for a touchdown by Michael Hawthorne from the linebacker position.

Rookie defensive back Erick McIntosh intercepted Vipers quarterback Kevin Eakin on the opening drive to jump start Tampa Bay for the game. Eakin finished the game with seven touchdowns and 396 passing yards, the second highest tally allowed by the Storm secondary in franchise history, but the two interceptions proved costly.

The next Viper possession Kelvin Kinney forced a fumble near midfield recovered by Hawthorne to stake Tampa Bay to a 13-0 lead.

Brett Dietz looked sharp in the first half as he had 156 yards for five touchdowns on only 11 completions. He spread the ball among five receivers including an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tom Kaleita.

Alabama ramped up the defensive pressure in the second half and the play of Tampa Bay turned sloppy as the Storm were forced to attempt three field goals, making two in the second half as Alabama was able to cut into the Tampa Bay lead, taking it from 20 points to six with under a minute to play in the game.

"We sure do find a way to making it exciting," said head coach Tim Marcum. "We played as well as we could in the first half, the second half was a different story."

However, the Vipers hurt themselves with penalties in crucial situations allowing the Storm to avoid a four-and-out late in the third quarter and an illegal defense penalty that wiped out a sack by Eric Scott for a huge loss. Several penalties on the offensive side of the ball caused the Vipers to draw out possessions when they needed to score quickly to have a chance to get back into the game.

Larry Shipp, who led all receivers with 14 receptions for 208 yards and four touchdowns, scored with 0:26 left in the game to bring it within six. The Vipers attempted an onside kick that was recovered by Cliff Dukes as Tampa Bay ran the clock out to end the game and leave Huntsville, AL with not only a win but a victory against a division rival.

1 2 3 4 Final
TAMPA BAY 13 28 10 10 61
ALABAMA 7 13 14 21 55

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Local, International players expected at Muskegon camp.

Force coach started career in Fargo.

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National Flag Week starts tomorrow.










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Today in Elvis History:

1965 - Elvis Presley's single "Crying In The Chapel" hit #3 in the U.S.

1965 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Preslye movie "Girl Happy" hit #8 in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley recorded Kui Lee's "I'll Remember You."

1967 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "Speedway."

1968 - The Elvis Presley movie "Speedway" premiered in Charlotte, NC.

1971 - Elvis Presley's single "Life/Only Believe" hit #53 in the U.S.

1976 - The album "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" hit #29 in the U.K.

1989 - Graceland opened the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which contained over 20 cars owned by Presley.

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Help Daddy! I'm slipping out of chair!






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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, Michigan 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

CFL Preseason Football: BC Lions at Saskatchewan Roughriders 5:00pm EDT

Monday --

Calder Cup Finals Hockey Game Six: Texas Stars at Hershey Bears 7:00pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Calder Cup Finals Hockey Game Seven(If necessary): Texas Stars at Hershey Bears 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Tampa Bay Storm at Utah Blaze 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

Indy Car: Iowa Corn 250 at Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa 1:30pm EDT

CFL Preseason Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California 3:00pm

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That's it for today. Have a great day!

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