Friday, July 30, 2010

It's Friday!











It's another Friday. Here's what's happening....

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It's National Cheesecake Day!

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Bowman expect Niemi decision on Saturday.

Interactive segments highlight World Hockey Summit.

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A Facebook page called "I'm lost. Help me find my family" has been set up in an attempt to reunite a tattered stuffed animal with his owner. UK cafe owner Liz Everett started the page after the lost bear was accidentally left in her Suffolk cafe. There's also a Twitter page.

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USHL releases 2010-2011 schedule.

Muskies promote Paulsen to assistant coach.

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Today is Father-In-Law Day.

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Durant bounces back.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders put their 3-1 record on the line this coming Saturday, when they host the 1-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium is set for 6:30pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

Check out Riderville.com for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."

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Today is the 35th anniversary of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. He was declared dead July 30, 1982.

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Today in Sports History:

1930 - Uruguay won soccer's first World Cup. They beat Argentina 4-2.

1966 - England's soccer team won the World Cup.

1968 - Ron Hansen of the Washington Senators made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years.

1971 - U.S. President Nixon gave the keynote speech at a banquet honoring seven new inductees into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

2001 - Former Dallas Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin entered an innocent plea for a felony charge of possession of less than a gram of cocaine. The charges stemmed from Irvin's arrest August 9, 2000.

2001 - Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.

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A new study shows that having more sex can make your brain bigger. (But, you know, only for a few seconds.)

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Carlos Pena belted a mammoth second-inning home run, and smoked a pair of singles to drive in three more runs, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers yesterday, in front of 26,716 fans at Tropicana Field.

Pena's homer, his 23rd of the season, bounced off the D ring catwalk in right field, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead. Detroit's Will Rhymes, who led off the top of the third with a triple, later scored on a fielder's choice, tying the game 1-1. But Tampa Bay would respond with two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. With two outs and the bases loaded, Pena smoked a shot off the glove of Tigers' first baseman Miguel Cabrera, scoring both Kelly Shoppach and Carl Crawford, giving the Rays a 3-1 advantage.

Detroit got a run back in the seventh, on Austin Jackson's one-out single up the middle, scoring Danny Worth and bringing the Motowners to within one, at 3-2. With the Tampa Bay lead down to one, they cued Pena one more time. With one out and runners at the corners, he once again smoked one that Cabrera couldn't handle at first, scoring Sean Rodriguez with the final run of the day, sending the Rays on to the 4-2 win.

David Price went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits, with 9 strike outs and 2 walks, running his record to 14-5, tying the Tampa Bay record for most wins in a season. Dan Wheeler was masterful out of the bullpen, striking out 2 and not allowing a baserunner over the last two innings, to get his second save of the season. Rick Porcello took the loss for the Tigers, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks, falling to 4-9.

The win moved Tampa Bay to a season-high 25 games over .500, extended their winning streak to six games and also gave them their 19th win in the past 25 games. Their four-game sweep of Detroit was the first four-game home sweep at Tropicana Field since July 28th through 31st, 2005.

The Rays are now 63-38, and are 2 games behind the Yankees in the A.L. East. They also lead the A.L. Wild Card chase. Tampa Bay continues their 11 game home stand tonight, with the first of a huge three-game set with the Yankees, with first pitch set for 7:10pm. After the three games with the Yankees, Minnesota co0mes to town for four games, starting Monday, August 2nd. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports. The Sunday, August 1st game will be on TBS, and the Saturday August 14th game against Detroit will be on FOX.

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Today is Talk In An Elevator Day. (Third floor please.)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and 7 1/2 over Boston. Toronto is 12 1/2 back and Baltimore is 33 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Minnesota by 1 1/2 games and Detroit by 6, while Cleveland and Kansas City are both 15 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 8 1/2, and the Angels by 9, with Seattle trailing by 21 1/2.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 1/2 games, the Mets are 6 1/2 behind, Florida is 7 1/2 back and Washington(Pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is on the 15-day disabled list) trails by 14 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St.Louis by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 9 behind and the Cubs trail by 10 1/2, Houston is 14 behind, and Pittsburgh is 20 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 3 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase), by 7 over Colorado, 9 over the Dodgers and 24 over Arizona.

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Jimmy says "I love my Mommy!"

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Anibal Sanchez allowed just one-hit and three baserunners, and Mike Stanton had a pair of RBI doubles, leading the Florida Marlins past the San Francisco Giants yesterday 5-0. Pablo Sandoval's fifth-inning single was the Giants' only hit on a day where Sanchez, who pitched a no-hitter against Arizona in 2006, ended Buster Posey's 21-game hitting streak. Posey finished one-game shy of tying Willie McCovey's rookie San Francisco hitting streak of 22 games, set in 1959.

Stanton led the Marlins' attack, with RBI doubles in the second and fourth, and scoring on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

41,152 at AT&T Park watched as Sanchez took just 2 hours and 7 minutes to tie a career high with 8 strike outs, while walking only 1 and earning his second career shutout, running his record with Florida this season to 8-6. Madison Bumgarner pitched well for the Giants, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings work, striking out 5 and walking 2. His record slips to 4-3.

San Francisco is 58-45, winners of 17 of their last 22 and trail West Division leading San Diego by 3 1/2 games. They continue their seven-game home stand with the first of 3 games against the hated Dodgers tonight, starting at 10:15pm EDT. The Giants have a big 3-game series at home against San Diego coming up August 13th through 15th. Next Saturday's game with the Dodgers airs on FOX, with the Sunday game against the Dodgers showing on ESPN.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley made his professional debut in Memphis. It was his first concert to be advertised.

1957 - The Elvis Presley movie "Loving You" opened in the U.S.

2003 - Sam Phillips died at the age of 80. He was the founder of Sun Records and was the first mentor of Elvis Presley.

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From http://www.tampabaystorm.com

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm and the St. Pete Times Forum are pleased to announce that playoff tickets for the 2010 Arena Football League playoffs are now on sale. Fans that are, or become, 2011 season ticket holders are eligible for the Cheer Now Pay Later promotion.

With the Cheer Now Pay Later (“CNPL”) promotion playoff tickets are available at a discount from the Box Office price and are only charged following each Storm home Playoff game.

Box Office ticket prices for the Divisional Round begin at $12.75 and range to $127.75 for Row A/XO VIP Club seats; however for those fans that participate in the CNPL program prices start as low as $6.25 and range to $100.00.

Final seeding of the playoff teams has yet to be determined, however, there are three possible home games for the Storm at the St. Pete Times Forum.

•Divisional Round – Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 PM
•Conference Championship – Saturday, August 14 at 7:30 PM
•ArenaBowl XXIII – Friday, August 20 at 8:00 PM
**Times are subject to change**

For more information regarding tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, call 813.301.6600 or log on to http://www.tampabaystorm.com/.

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Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Orlando Predators at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT (Final game of regular season.)

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Iowa 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 8:00pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:35pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Zippo 200 at the glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen International, New York 1:30pm EDT

Arena Football: AFL Divisional Round Playoff Game at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen International, New York 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 1:35pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series: Honda Indy 200 presented by Westfield Insurance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio 2:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow!

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