Sunday, June 20, 2010

It's Sunday!











Hello to you. Happy Sunday! Here's what's happening....

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Today is Father's Day.










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Blackhawks' McDonough gets his Cup day.

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Today in Sports History:

1912 - The New York Giants and the Boston Braves combined for 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored 7 to the Braves' 10 runs. The Giants won the game 21-12.

1936 - Jesse Owens set a 100-meter record at 10.2 seconds.

1950 - Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants.

1960 - Floyd Patterson knocked out Ingemar Johansson to become the first heavyweight fighter to regain his own crown.

1966 - The U.S. Open golf tournament was broadcast in color for the first time.

1967 - Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the conviction.

1980 - Robert Duran won a fifteen-round decision over Sugar Ray Leonard. It was the first defeat in twenty-eight professional fights for Leonard.

1982 - Pete Rose played in his 3,000th major league game. It was also his 523rd consecutive game.

1993 - The Chicago Bulls won their third consecutive NBA title. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 with a score of 99-98.

1994 - The Tigers' streak of 25 straight games with at least one home run ended. The lost the game 7-1 to Cleveland.

1994 - O.J. Simpson pled innocent in Los Angeles to the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

1998 - Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) hit two home runs for the second straight game. The feat set a major league baseball record of 16 home runs in June.

1999 - Lawrence Phillips became the first NFL Europe player to rush for more that 1,000 yards in a season.

1999 - The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six. The game actually began on June 19th.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 38th home run of the season. The home run broke the major league baseball record for homers before the midseason All-Star break.

2002 - Luis Castillo (Florida Marlins) set a major league record for second basemen when he got a hit in his 34th straight game.

2003 - Jose Canseco was arrested after testing positive for steroids, a violation of his probation that stemmed from a nightclub brawl.

2004 - Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati Reds) got his 500th career home run.

2007 - Sammy Sosa (Texas Rangers) got his 600th career home run. The hit came against the Chicago Cubs, his former team.


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MIAMI -- After a botched three-run lead, a controversial batting-out-of-order call and 11 innings of inundating droning noise from giveaway vuvuzelas at Sun Life Stadium, it was two pitchers who were never even supposed to see the field who recorded the final six outs for the Rays.

Read the rest here.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 42-26 and still tied for first with the Yankees (who have lost 3 straight) in the A. L. East, meet the Florida Marlins this afternoon, in the finale of a three-game set. First pitch today is scheduled for 1:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. The Rays come home for six games, with three against San Diego and three against Arizona, starting on Tuesday.

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Today is Ice Cream Soda Day.

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Riders hold annual general meeting.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to wrap up pre-season action today in Calgary. The game against the Stampeders will kick-off at 1:00 pm at McMahon Stadium and will be broadcast live on 620 CKRM with Rod and Carm calling the play by play.

Read the rest here.

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On the way to an exciting day at the Flea Market.









Hold on Mommy, there might be some Elmo toys back that way.









Bye-bye Bunnies.






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The Tampa Bay Storm (7-3, 2-1) extended their season-high winning streak to five games on Saturday with a 65-40 win over the Utah Blaze (1-9, 0-6). The victory marked Tampa Bay’s fourth consecutive win on the road, while also prolonging its opponent’s losing streak to six games.

Tampa Bay’s defense forced five turnovers in the contest, its highest single-game total of the season, including three that were converted into scores. Brandon Hefflin intercepted a pass late in the game to seal the win, while Kelvin Kinney, Erick McIntosh and Michael Hawthorne each created turnovers as well on the night. The Storm’s defensive effort also resulted in allowing the fewest number of opposing points to date this season.

Quarterback Brett Dietz earned AFL Player of the Game honors, completing 23 of 37 passes, throwing for 323 yards, and helping his team post 65 points, good for a season-high total. Dietz’s nine touchdown passes also came just short of tying his career-high single-game touchdown record of 10 set in 2008. His primary target, Hank Edwards, led all receivers on the night, pulling in a career single game-high14 catches and 195 yardsm while tying a career-high five scores. Teammate Tyrone Timmons collected nine receptions good for 117 yards and three touchdowns as well for Tampa Bay, while Utah’s Aaron Boone amassed 10 receptions totaling 106 yards and a pair of scores.

Tampa Bay came out from the opening kickoff much like it did a week ago in the team’s 61-55 win at Alabama with a relentless offense complimented by an opportune defense. The Storm scored three times in the stanza, with each of Dietz’s touchdown passes finding different receivers. On the game’s very first play, Dietz set the tone by launching a 36-yard score to Edwards to give the visitors an early 7-0 lead. Timmons doubled the lead before Utah’s Damian Walker trotted in for six to cut the deficit to eight points following a missed extra point.

Midway through the quarter, Hawthorne racked up his second interception in as many games as he picked off a pass from Utah signal caller Brett Elliott, which was converted into an additional six points on the ensuing possession after Dietz hit wideout DeAndrew Rubin on a corner route to make the score 21-6. Tampa Bay nearly capitalized by forcing a second turnover late in the period after Cliff Dukes blocked Ben Scott’s field goal, but the ball was stripped after Hefflin gained control, allowing Utah to maintain possession as the second quarter opened.

The Blaze climbed right back into the contest in the second frame, matching their opponent’s touchdown total from the first quarter to bring a 15-point disadvantage to within one in the half’s final minute. Elliott found Boone in the paint to spark the rally before finding the receiver a second time on the team’s next offensive series. Edwards put the Storm out to a 28-13 lead when he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dietz, but the Storm passer was picked off by Patrick Body on Tampa Bay’s next drive leading to an opposing score made possible by the Blaze’s Chris Francies. Edwards reeled in his third touchdown reception of the night with eight seconds left to cap the first half scoring, while also providing the Storm with a 35-27 lead at the intermission.

A myriad of penalties overshadowed the game’s scoring following the half, as Tampa Bay was cited for 109 penalty yards in the third quarter after amassing just 35 in the first half alone. The infractions however, which included a number of unsportsmanlike conduct calls, did not halt Tampa Bay’s effort to maintain the lead. Hawthorne came up big a second time as he forced a fumble, which he later recovered to give the offense a chance to increase the lead. Dietz did not disappoint, as he lofted a pass into the redzone, which Edwards hauled in before sprinting nine yards into the paint. Utah countered with a score from Elliott to the fullback Chris Solomona, but Kelvin Kinney returned a blocked extra point attempt downfield into the endzone to give the Storm an additional two points on the scoreboard. Both clubs then traded a pair of touchdowns, with Dietz finding Timmons for six and Elliott responding with a touchdown pass to Akamu Aki. The score would be Elliott’s last, finishing the game with 179 yards and five touchdowns.

Despite the Storm finding the endzone twice more to cap the game’s scoring in the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay’s defense sealed the win with a number of spectacular plays to close out the Blaze. Following Timmons’ touchdown reception, Erick McIntosh intercepted Elliott’s pass that led to the contest’s final score, a 25-yard completion from Dietz to Edwards. The defense took over from there, as Kinney forced and recovered a fumble before Hefflin finished things off with an interception to close the game.

The Storm hosts the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings next Friday, June 25th. Kickoff is set for 8:00pm EDT on 1250AM WHNZ and the NFL Network.

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Carl Edwards swooped past Jacques Villeneuve on a restart with nine laps to go, then ran away from the field to win the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Road America on Saturday.

Villeneuve made a wild charge to the lead with 12 laps to go. But another caution bunched up the field, allowing Edwards to make his decisive move. Ron Fellows finished second in a Chevrolet, 4.302 seconds behind Edwards’ Ford. Brendan Gaughan finished third in a Toyota. Villeneuve had mechanical problems in the closing laps, costing him a potential second-place finish.

With the win, Edwards showed he could hold his own against some top-notch road course racers. “It feels good,” Edwards said in a television interview in Victory Lane. “To race with Jacques Villeneuve all day, to hold off Ron Fellows at the end, it’s just cool.”

It was Edwards’ third straight win in the series’ annual trip to Wisconsin -- but this time at a new venue, as the scenic four-mile road course replaced the financially troubled Milwaukee Mile on the schedule this season.

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Today is the start of Carpenter Ant Awareness Week.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are 42-26 and are tied for first in the A.L. East with the Yankees. Boston is 1 back, Toronto 4 1/2 and Baltimore is 23 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 1 1/2 games, the White Sox by 5 1/2, Kansas City is 10 1/2 back and Cleveland is 12 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 2 1/2 games, Oakland is 8 back and Seattle trails by 13.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1 1/2 games, Philadelphia by 4 1/2, while Florida is 8 1/2 back and Washington is 10 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1 1/2 games, the Cubs are 8 games behind, Milwaukee is 10 back, Houston trails by 12 1/2, and Pittsburgh is 14 behind.

San Diego leads the Dodgers by 1 game in the N.L. West, San Francisco is 1 1/2 games behind, Colorado is 3 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 12 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is Husband Caregiver Day(Not last Tuesday as I previously thought. So, thanks again Sweetie!) Today is also:

Family Awareness Day

United Nations World Refugee Day

Flag Day in Argentina

The movie Jaws was released 35 years ago today

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Muskegon Lumberjacks hire Mike Fountain as goaltender coach.

USHLers headed to U.S. National Junior camp.

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Today in Elvis History:

1968 - At Western Recorders, Elvis Presley began recording sessions for the 1968 TV Special "Elvis".

1970 - Elvis Presley's song "Kentucky Rain" hit #21 in the U.S.

1973 - Elvis Presley began a 14-date tour in Mobile, AL.

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My future's so bright....Well, you know.





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Coming up:

Tonight --

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 now. Enjoy your Sunday and Go Riders!!!!

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