Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's Sunday!











It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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My Dad, (who went to Heaven on November 7th, 2008) if he were still with us, would be celebrating his 90th birthday today. Happy Birthday Daddy-o!

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Today is Sun Glasses Day.










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After five trades during Friday night's opening round of the NHL Entry Draft, the dealing didn't take long to resume on Day 2.

In fact, the deals started even before Saturday's second round began, with the Philadelphia Flyers acquiring a third-round pick next year from Pittsburgh in exchange for the rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Read the rest here.

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Today is the second day of American Radio Relay League Field Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1876 - Dave Force (Philadelphia Athletics) became the first National League player to get six hits in a nine inning game.

1939 - Cleveland Municipal Stadium hosted its first night game. The Indians beat the Tigers 5-0.

1972 - Bobby Hull signed a 10-year hockey contract for $2,500,000. He became a player and coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association.

1986 - Anne White wore only a body stocking at Wimbledon.

1986 - Robby Thompson (San Francisco) was caught stealing bases four times in one game.

1988 - In Atlantic City, Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.

1990 - Jose Canseco signed a contract with the Oakland A's worth $4,700,000 per year.

2004 - The Boston Red Sox scored 10 runs before making an out against the Florida Marlins. The final score was 25-8.

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Hi there sports fans








Daddy's have the best laps for afternoon napping








It's only 93 outside, I'm freezing!






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The Tampa Bay Rays posted a three-spot in the sixth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie on their way to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, in front of 23,945 at Tropicana Field.

Rays scored first in the second, as Ben Zobrist scored on a Jason Bartlett sacrifice fly. Arizona tied the game in the fourth, as Justin Upton homered to right.

Tampa Bay regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Joyce and Bartlett scored on a Sean Rodriguez single, then B.J. Upton(Justin's brother) scored on a Carlos Pena ground out. The Dbacks shaved a run off the deficit in the seventh, as Rusty Ryal scored on a double by Chris Snyder, but the Rays got that run back in the bottom half of the inning. Bartlett bunted up the first base line, with pitcher Chad Qualls deflecting the ball to first baseman Adam Larouche for the out with Zobrist scoring on the play. Chris Young led off the ninth with a homer, but Arizona could get no closer, and Tampa Bay escaped with the 5-3 win.

The Rays' David Price became the American League's first 11-game winner yesterday, allowing 2 runs of 7 hits with 11 strike outs in 8 innings. He's now 11-3. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth and recorded his 18th save of the season. Ian Kennedy allowed 4 runs on only 2 hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out 7 but walking 9 for the Diamondbacks to take the loss, he's now 3-6. The game took 3 hours and 1 minute to play.

Tampa Bay is now 44-30 and are tied for second in the A.L. East with Boston, 2 games behind the Yankees. The Rays wrap up their home stand with the final of their three-game set with Arizona this afternoon at 1:40pm EDT, with coverage on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. After this homestand, the Rays head out for a six-game road swing starting this coming Tuesday, with three games at Boston and four at Minnesota.

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Today is Decide to be Married Day.

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The following players have been added to the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster:

Import DB Willie Byrd
Non-Import LB Christian Houle
Import DL Ikenna Ike
Import DB Ladarius Key
Import WR Cary Koch
Non-Import DL Ryan Lucas
Non-Import WR Scott McHenry


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Today is Descendants Day.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and Boston. Toronto is 6 1/2 back and Baltimore is 24 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit and the White Sox by 1/2 game, Kansas City is 10 1/2 back and Cleveland is 14 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 4 1/2 games, Oakland is 10 back and Seattle trails by 14.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1 1/2 games, Philadelphia by 3 1/2, while Florida is 8 1/2 back and Washington is 11 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 8 1/2 back, the Cubs are 9 1/2 behind, Houston trails by 13, and Pittsburgh is 16 1/2 games behind.

San Diego leads San Francisco by 3 1/2 games in the N.L. West, the Dodgers by and Colorado by 5. Arizona is last, 15 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is Independance Day in Iowa. (Do they have their headquarters at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter? But, come to think of it, I didn't know they wanted to be their own country anyway. Better renew my passport then, huh?)

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Here's a list of players who skated in the USHL during the 2009-2010 season, taken in Saturday's portion of the NHL Entry Draft:

Second Round --

Pick #37 by Carolina Hurricanes -- Justin Faulk of the USNTDP. Faulk, from South Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a 6'0" 196lb defenseman for the USNTDP's U-18 team. In 21 games, Faulk had 9 goals, 3 assists and 46 penalty minutes. He was a +8 at the World U-18 tournament with the champion U.S. team. Will attend Minnesota-Duluth this fall.

Pick #38 by New Jersey Devils -- Jonathan Merrill of the USNTDP. Faulk, from Brighton, Minnesota, is a 6'3" 198lb defenseman for the USNTDP's U-18 team. Faulk had 1 goals, 8 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 22 games. Going to the University of Michigan this fall.

Pick #50 by Minnesota Wild -- Connor Brickley of the Des Moines Buccaneers. Brickley, a 6'0" 190lb center from Everett, Massachusetts, had 22 goals, 21 assists and 68 penalty minutes in 52 games. He also had 6 goals and 11 assists on the power play. Brickley played for the U.S. in the World U-18 championships, with 4 assists and a +5 rating for the gold medal winning U.S. team. He has committed to the University of Vermont.

Pick #60 by Chicago Blackhawks -- Stephen Johns of the USNTDP. Johns, a 6'3" 215lb defenseman for the U-18 team, is from Wampum, Pennsylvania and had 1 goal, 7 assists and 28 penalty minutes and was a +12 in 23 games.

Third Round --

Pick #80 by Pittsburgh Penguins -- Bryan Rust of the USNTDP. Rust, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is a 5'10" 190lb right wing for the USNTDP's U-18 team. In 27 USHL games, Rust had 10 goals, 13 assists,6 penalty minutes, 4 game-winning goals and was a +15. He also had 4 goals and 2 assists in 7 games at the World U-18 tournament, won by the U.S.. He'll skate for Notre Dame in the fall.

Fourth Round --

Pick #108 by Calgary Flames -- Bill Arnold of the USNTDP. Arnold, a 5'11' 185lb center from Needham, Massachusetts, had 8 goals, 15 assists, 20 penalty minutes, 2 power play goals and was a +15 for the USNTDP's U-18 team. He was a +5 for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the World U-18 tournament. He'll attend Boston College.

Fifth Round --

Pick #148 by Los Angeles Kings -- Kevin Gravel of the Sioux City Musketeers. From Kingsford, Michigan, Gravel is a 6'4" 175lb defenseman who tallied 3 goals, 3 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 53 games.

Pick #149 by Philadelphia Flyers -- Michael Parks of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Parks is a 5'10' 184lb right wing from O'Fallon, Missouri. In 51 games last season, Parks had 11 goals, 11 assists and 57 penalty minutes and was a +4. He also had 2 power play goals, 3 shorthanded goals and 2 game winning goals.

Pick #150 by Atlanta Thrashers -- Yasin Cisse of the Des Moines Buccaneers.
In 18 games, he had 13 goals, 6 assists, 16 penalty minutes, 5 power play goals and 3 power play assists, before his season ended with a torn ankle tendon. Cisse is a 6'3" 208lb right wing from Westmount, Quebec and is headed to Boston College in the fall.

Sixth Round --

Pick #168 by Nashville Predators -- Anthony Bitetto of the Indiana Ice. Bitetto is a 6'2" 208lb defenseman from Island Park, New York, who had 11 goals, 29 assists and 99 penalty minutes in 58 games. He also notched 6 goals and 8 assists on the power play, 2 shorthanded assists, 5 game-winniung goals and was a +11.

Pick #177 by Anaheim Ducks -- Kevin Lind of the Chicago Steel. Lind, a 6'3" 200lb defenseman from Homer Glen, Illinois, had 6 goals, 10 assists, 76 penalty minutes, 2 goals and 4 assists on the power play, 2 game-winning goals in 55 games.

Pick #180 by Chicago Blackhawks -- Nick Mattson of the Indiana Ice. Mattson, a 6'1" 190lb defenseman from Chanhassen, Minnesota, scored 5 goals, added 14 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 61 games. He also had 3 goals and 6 assists on the power play.

Seventh Round --

Pick #196 by Ottawa Senators -- Bryce Aneloski of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Aneloski is a 6'1" 197lb defenseman from Pekin, Illinois and was his teams' 2nd leading scorer, with 15 goals and 39 assists for 54 points. He had 34 penalty minutes, 8 goals and 18 assists on the power play, 1 shorthanded goal and was a +10.

Pick #197 by Colorado Avalanche -- Luke Moffatt from the USNTDP. Moffatt, from Paradise Valley, Arizona, is a 6'0" 190 defenseman, who had 5 goals and 10 assists for the USNTDP's U-18 team.

Pick #200 by San Jose Sharks -- Christopher Crane of the Green Bay Gamblers. Crane, a 6'1" 193lb right wing from West Chester, Ohio, had 15 goals, 14 assists and 107 penalty minutes in 52 games. He had 1 goal and 1 assist on the power play, plus 2 goals and 2 assists on the penalty kill.

In all, 19 players who skated in the USHL were taken in the Entry Draft, 9 from the USNTDP's U-18 team and 10 from the rest of the league.

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Today is America's Kid's Day.



I'm a kid, so yay for me!






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It was a day of positive numbers for Kyle Busch, winner of Saturday's New England 200 Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch pulled away after a restart on Lap 183, when Joey Logano -- in second place at the time -- spun his tires and allowed series points leader Brad Keselowski to surge into second place. Busch beat Keselowski to the finish line by .644 seconds.

Thirty-four laps earlier, on Lap 166 of 200, Busch led his 91st lap of the afternoon and passed Mark Martin to become the all-time lap leader in the series with 8,083. By the time he had chalked up his sixth win of the year and the 36th of his career, Busch had led 8,117 laps in 186 Nationwide starts.

Busch, who won at New Hampshire last June, is the first repeat winner in 24 Nationwide races at the 1.058-mile track. Tied with seventh-place finisher Kevin Harvick for second on the Nationwide career wins list, Busch needs 13 more victories to pass Martin for the lead in that category.

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Today in Elvis History:

1925 - Songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Solon Felder) was born in Brooklyn, NY.

1954 - Sam Phillips paired Elvis Presley with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black.

1965 - "Tickle Me" opened in London.

1966 - Elvis Presely reported to MGM Studios for a music meeting and for wardrobe fittings for the film "Doubel Trouble."

1968 - Elvis Presley began taping his first television special, "Elvis," at NBC studios in Burbank, CA.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "The Wonder Of You" hit #9 in the U.S.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' doin'.

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-cola at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Arena Football: Chicago Rush at Tampa Bay Storm 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Dayton International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

Indy Cars: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York 3:30pm EDT

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That's it's for today. See you tomorrow!

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