Friday, July 30, 2010

It's Saturday!











It's Saturday, welcome to the weekend. Here's what's happening....

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This is July 31st, the 212th day of 2010. There are 143 days left in the year. (And there's only 168 days left 'til my birthday. Shop wisely!)

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Arbitrator picked in Kovalchuk contract dispute.

Hawks like chances to repeat.

Camp allows officials to keep game in shape.

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Today is Mutt's Day. (Is that for mixed breed dogs, or some guy with a funny nickname?)

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USHL announces Fall Classic schedule.

Alfieri commits to Niagara University.

Muskegon first year USHL ticket/ad sales similar to last year's final season of pro.

USNTDP and Sioux recruit Grimaldi featured in Sports Illustrated.

Gopher Q & A with Nate Condon.

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The United States Patent Office opened on this date in 1790.

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Riders hoping to regain that winning feeling.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders put their 3-1 record on the line tonight, 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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The radio drama The Shadow debuted on this date in 1930. ("Who knows what evil lurks, in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.")

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Today in Sports History:

1932 - Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name.

1961 - The first tie in All-Star Game major league baseball history was recorded when it was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston's Fenway Park.

1981 - The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.

2001 - Korey Stringer (Minnesota Vikings) collapsed during practice. The 27-year-old died the next day of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke.

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Today is Parent's Day. (We celebrate that every day at our house!)

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The Tampa Bay Rays' win streak is now at 7, and they are within one game of first in the A.L. East, thanks to last night's 3-2 win over the New York Yankees, before a huge crowd of 36,973 at Tropicana Field.

New York got on the board in the first inning, when a Nick Swisher home run, which also scored Derek Jeter, gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Wade Davis kept New York in check from there, and got the runs he needed in the sixth. With two outs, John Jaso on third and Carlos Pena on first, Matt Joyce turned on a 2-2 pitch and belted it deep into the right field seats for his 4th home run of the season, giving the Rays a 3-2 lead. After pitching a perfect seventh, Manager Joe Maddon turned the game over to his bullpen, getting a perfect eighth from Joaquin Benoit and a perfect ninth from closer Rafael Soriano, to post the 3-2 win.

Davis went 7 innings for Tampa Bay, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, with 6 strike outs and 3 walks. His record's now square at 9-9. Benoit's eighth inning effort was his 14th hold of the years, with Soriano setting New York down in order in the ninth for his 29th save of the season. Phil Hughes went 6 innings for the Yankees, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, with 6 strike outs and 2 walks. He's now 12-4.

The Rays' win is their 7th straight, tying a season high, improves their record to 64-38, and brings them to within one game of New York in the A.L. East. The Rays are first in the A.L. Wild Card chase. Game two versus the Yankees is tonight at Tropicana Field, with first pitch set for 7:10pm. The season-high 11 game home stand continues with a 1:40pm EDT Sunday game with New York, before Minnesota comes to town for four games starting Monday. 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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During July 1861, Cherrapunji, Assam set an all-time record with 366 inches of rain.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 1 game over Tampa Bay and 7 1/2 over Boston. Toronto is 11 1/2 back and Baltimore is 33 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, the White Sox lead Minnesota by 1 1/2 games, Detroit trails by 6, Kansas City is 15 1/2 games back and Cleveland is 16 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 8 games, Oakland is 8 1/2 behind, and Seattle is 21 1/2 games in arrears.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games, Florida and the Mets are 7 1/2 back and Washington trails by 14 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads Cincinnati by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 9 1/2 behind, the Cubs trail by 11, Houston is 13 1/2 games behind, and Pittsburgh is 20 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 2 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase), by 7 over the Dodgers, 8 over Colorado and 23 over Arizona.

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Jimmy says "I love my Daddy!"

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The San Francisco Giants held off a late Los Angeles rally last night to beat the Dodgers 6-5, before a sell-out crowd of 42,847 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Los Angeles scored single runs in the second and third, while the Giants got 1 in the second and 2 in the third, getting a homer from Juan Uribe in the second and a two-run double from Aubrey Huff in the third.

San Francisco tallied twice in the sixth. Pat Burrell doubled home Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval doubled home Nate Schierholtz. They scored once in the seventh, thanks to Huff's 20th homer of the season.

Trailing 6-2 in the ninth, the Dodgers made things interesting. Jamey Carroll scored on a Scott Posednik triple, Posednik scored on a wild pitch and Rafael Furcal scored on a liner up the middle by Matt Kemp. With Brian Wilson unavailable out of the bullpen with a stiff back, the Giants used 4 different relievers in the ninth inning, before Chris Ray got the final out, preserving San Francisco's 6-5 win.

Tim Lincecum went 7 innings for the Giants, allowing 2 runs on 9 hits, with 9 strike outs and 2 walks. The win raises his record to 11-4. Ray picked up his second save of the season. Carlos Monasterios took the loss for Los Angeles, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, with 3 strike outs and 0 walks. He's now 3-3.

San Francisco is 59-45, have won 18 of their last 23 and now trail West Division leading San Diego by just 2 1/2 games. They continue their seven-game home stand this afternoon with the second of 3 games against the hated Dodgers, starting at 4:10pm 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:

1956 - Elvis Presley received a speeding ticket in Hattiesburg, MS. He was on his way to Memphis.

1969 - Elvis Presley performed his first live concert since March 25, 1961. He opened a four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

1971 - The album "Love Letters From Elvis" hit #7 in the U.K.

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The 11-4 Tampa Bay Storm wrap up the AFL regular season tonight, hosting the 7-8 Orlando Predators at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Storm, who have clinched a playoff spot, beat the Predators in Orlando 62-50 back on May 28th. Kickoff tonight is set for 7:30pm EDT. The game can be heard on 1250AM WHNZ. Tickets are available at the door.

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

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Doesn't Jimmy look cool in his Elmo slippers?

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

CFL Football: Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Saskatchewan Roughriders 6:30pm 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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