Sunday, July 4, 2010

It's Sunday!

Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday USofA! Happy Birthday to us! Here's what's happening....

Today is Independence Day; The Declaration of Independence was approved and signed this day in 1776 and “America the Beautiful” was published this day in 1895.

Here's what was waiting for me out our back door this morning:

"Doo, doo, doo, lookin' out my back door."

Gagne asked to waive no trade clause.

Souray clears waivers.

"America's Top 40" Radio show premiered 40 years ago today.

Today in Sports History:

1910 - Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.

1919 - Jack Dempsey won the world heavyweight championship when he defeated Jess Willard.

1934 - Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight.

1939 - Lou Gehrig retired from major league baseball.

1980 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) got his 3,000th career strikeout.

1980 - Martina Navratilova won her sixth straight Wimbledon singles championship and her eighth overall.

2003 - Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after turning himself in to police. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Today is Sidewalk Egg Frying Day.

By the numbers: Riders vs. Alouettes.

The Riders travel to Vancouver to play the BC Lions next Saturday at the reborn Empire Stadium. Kickoff is at 10:00pm EDT. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

Today is National Country Music Day. (At noon, face towards Nashville and bow to George Strait.)

Jimmy can't decide which toy to play with.

The Boys have breakfast.

The Tampa Bay Rays awoke from a seven-inning slumber yesterday by scoring seven runs in the eighth inning, beating the Minnesota Twins 8-6, before 40,852, the largest crowd ever in the brief history of Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Twins opened the scoring in the second on Jim Thome's 573rd career homer. Tampa Bay tied it in the third, when Gabe Kapler scored on a two-out single by Carl Crawford. Minnesota then regained the lead in the bottom of the third as Justin Morneau brought home Joe Maurer with him on a two-run homer. In the fourth, Thome homered again, giving the Twins a 4-1 lead. The blast, Thome's second of the game, was also the 574th of his career, moving him past Twins great Harmon Killebrew for tenth place on the all-time home run list.

Minnesota cruised through the next three innings, until the Rays' bats awakened in the eighth, scoring 3 with no outs to tie the game. Crawford's ground-rule double plated Jason Bartlett to make it 4-2. It was 4-3 when Sean Rodriguez scored on Evan Longoria's single and Tampa Bay tied the game moments later, when Crawford raced home on a Willy Aybar double. The rally almost fizzled, but, with two outs and Longoria at third, Aybar at second and B.J. Upton at first, pinch-hitter Matt Joyce stepped to the plate. Joyce, who started the year on the disabled list and was a recent call-up from Triple-A Durham, muscled a 2-0 pitch from Twins reliever Matt Guerrier over the center field wall for a grand slam home run and an 8-4 lead. Minnesota got two back in the ninth when Thome doubled home Michael Cuddyer, then scored on Denard Span's single to right, but Rafael Soriano shut the Twins down to preserve the Rays' win, 8 to 6.

Randy Choate, who came out of the bullpen to quiet a threat in the seventh, striking out one and inducing a double play, got the win for Tampa Bay, improving to 1-2. Soriano's save was his 20th of the season. Matt Guerrier, who gave up the grand slam to Joyce, allowed 4 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk in the eighth inning and took the loss for Minnesota. He's now 1-4.

The Rays are now 47-33 and are third in the A.L. East, 1 1/2 games behind Boston and 2 games in back the Yankees. Tampa Bay puts the wraps on their six-game road swing this afternoon, with the finale of their series at Minnesota. First pitch at Target Field is at 2:10pm EDT today on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. After this road trip, the Rays come home for seven games, with three against Boston and four against Cleveland starting tomorrow.

Today is International Drive Your Studebaker Day.

The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 1/2 game over Boston and 2 over Tampa Bay. Toronto is 9 back and Baltimore is 25 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Detroit and Minnesota are tied for first(The Tigers are actually .001 ahead). The White Sox trail by 2 games, Kansas City is 8 back and Cleveland is 11 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 9 back and Seattle trails by 15.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 3 games, Philadelphia by 5, while Florida is 10 1/2 back and Washington is 12 1/2 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1 1/2 games, Milwaukee is 8 1/2 back, the Cubs are 10 1/2 behind, Houston trails by 14, and Pittsburgh is 16 1/2 games behind.

San Diego leads the Dodgers by 3 1/2 games in the N.L. West, Colorado trails by 5, San Francisco is 6 1/2 behind and Arizona is still last, 16 games out of first.

Today is Independance from Meat Day.

Cound the Lancers be on the move again?

Ex-Gamblers switch teams.

Today is the start of Be Nice to New Jersey Week.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kevin Harvick started up front and finished up front in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, but what happened in between was a maelstrom of frenetic racing after a series of late-race accidents.

Streaking into the lead on the first lap of a green-white-checkered-finish, Harvick held off Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the rain-delayed Cup Series race.

With more than half the field eliminated or hobbled by a series of spectacular accidents, including one that red-flagged the race for 20 minutes with 12 laps to go, Harvick crossed the finish line a car-length ahead of Kahne and solidified his hold on the top spot in the Cup standings.

Jeff Burton ran fifth, followed by Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss and Scott Speed.

The victory was Harvick's second of the season and the 13th of his career. Gordon moved to second in the standings, 212 points behind Harvick. Earnhardt's fourth-place result put him back inside the top 12 with eight races left before the Chase field is set Sept. 11 at Richmond.

Today is Indivisable Day.

Today in Elvis History:

1954 -
This day is cited as the day that Elvis Presley began working with lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. However, the three had been practicing together for several months.

1956 -
In Memphis, Elvis Presley performed at a charity concert for the Memphis Press-Scimitar's Milk Fund.

1964 -
The soundtrack "Viva Las Vegas" hit #92 in the U.S.

1968 - Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to an auction for SHARE.

KARLSTAD, Sweden --
Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) scored three times and Pat Maroon (St. Louis, Mo.) collected two goals and two assists as the U.S. InLine National Team earned a 12-3 win over Canada Saturday night in the semifinal round of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship. With the victory, Team USA will face the Czech Republic in the gold-medal game today (July 4) at 12 p.m. EDT.

"We were moving and using our speed, and the score sheet showed that," said U.S. head coach Rob Chornomud. "With each game, we gain more chemistry and that's what we're building on. We worked to get into this game, so tomorrow will be a big day for us.”

Just 3:11 into the first period, the U.S. took a 1-0 lead when Gawrys released a shot from the right point and Maroon picked up the rebound for a power-play tally. Gawrys then increased Team USA's lead to 2-0 at the 6:17 mark. Two minutes later, with the U.S. on the penalty kill, Nathan Sigmund (San Diego, Calif.) beat Canadian goaltender Brett Leggat high on the glove side for a shorthanded goal at 8:18 to make it 3-0.

Only one minute into the second stanza, Maroon notched his second goal of the game on the power play to put Team USA ahead, 4-0. Kyle Kraemer (St. Louis, Mo.) added a goal at the 7:07 mark to send the U.S. into halftime with a 5-0 lead.

Two early third period goals by Gerry Osterkamp (Covina, Calif.) and Stephen Campbell (Corona, Calif.) gave the U.S. a 7-0 cushion. Canada reduced the lead to 7-1 at 4:12 of the period, but Team USA answered back just 29 seconds later when Gawrys scored two goals within 10 seconds to put the U.S. ahead, 9-1. Kraemer's second goal at the 8:03 mark pushed the U.S. lead to nine goals before Canada connected to make the score 10-2 after three periods.

Canada scored again midway through the final stanza, but Juaquin Chavira (Upland, Calif.) and Pat Lee (Shaumberg, Ill.) each found the back of the net to close out the scoring.

U.S. goaltender Troy Redmann (Brea, Calif.) made 17 saves in the win, while Canadian goaltenders Brett Leggat and Taylor Pears combined to stop 27 shots in the loss.

NOTES: Team USA went 3-for-4 on the power play, while Canada was 0-for-2 with the man advantage ... The U.S. has yet to surrender a first-half goal in the tournament ... Eleven U.S. players recorded points in the contest ... For the full U.S. roster, click here ... Results and statistics from the tournament can be found here ... Rob Chornomud is serving as head coach for the 2010 U.S. InLine National Team for the second consecutive year, while former U.S. InLine National Team member Josh Milewski is serving as the assistant coach … In the 13-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2006; silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2009; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.


Scoring By Period

USA 3 2 5 2 -- 12
CAN 0 0 2 1 -- 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Maroon (Gawrys), 3:11 (pp); 2, USA, Gawrys (Yoder, Miner), 6:17; 3, USA, Sigmund (unassisted), 8:18 (sh). Penalties: CAN, Corbeil (high sticking), 1:53; USA, Gawrys (tripping), 6:51; CAN, Carter (tripping), 11:53.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Maroon (Yoder, Beilsten), 1:00 (pp); 5, USA, Kraemer (Campbell), 7:07. Penalties: USA, Miner (roughing), 7:43; CAN, Henderson (hooking), 11:59.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Osterkamp (Maroon, Gawrys), 1:04 (pp); 7, USA, Campbell (Kraemer), 2:18; 1, CAN, Woods (Carter), 4:12; 8, USA, Gawrys (Yoder), 4:41; 9, USA, Gawrys (Maroon), 4:51; 10, USA, Kraemer (Miner, Osterkamp), 8:03; 2, CAN, Hammond (Terry), 10:29. Penalties: None.

Fourth Period - Scoring: 3, CAN, Hammond (unassisted), 6:20; 11, USA, Chavira (unassisted), 9:59; 12, USA, Lee (unassisted), 11:49. Penalties: CAN, Terry (tripping), 1:40.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
USA 12 8 11 8 39
CAN 7 3 6 4 20

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
USA, Redmann, 48:00 7-7 3-3 6-4 4-3 20-17
CAN, Leggat 24:00 12-9 8-6 -- -- 20-15
CAN, Pears 24:00 -- -- 11-6 8-6 19-12

Power Play: USA 3-4; CAN 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-3; CAN 2-6

Team USA 2010 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Schedule
June 28-July 4 • Karlstad, Sweden

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)
Mon., June 28 Canada W, 7-2
Tues., June 29 Czech Republic W, 4-0
Wed., June 30 Germany W, 10-5
Fri., July 2 Slovakia W, 9-0
Sat., July 3 Canada W, 12-3
Sun., July 4 Czech Republic 6 p.m./12 p.m.

July is National Blondie and Deborah Harry Month. (Call me....)

Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

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

Thursday --

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois 7:30pm EDT

Arena Football: Tampa Bay Storm at Dallas Vigilantes 8:00pm EDT

Saturday --

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 10:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

That's all for today. Be safe, see you tomorrow.

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