Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's Thursday!











It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is Video Games Day.

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Yip signs with Colorado.

Niederreiter, Nelson get taste of Island life.

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Lindsay Lohan says her fingernail message was not directed at the judge who sentenced her to 90 days in jail. She tweeted Wednesday that the explicit message was a joke with a friend. (I think we all know what, or more precisely who, is the real joke in this story.)

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Today in Sports History:

1889 - John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain, in the last championship bare-knuckle fight. The fight lasted 75 rounds.

1953 - Notre Dame announced that the next five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.

1970 - Jim Ray Hart (San Francisco Giants) became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted (RBI) during a single inning.

2003 - Dominik Hasek announced that he planned to come out of retirement and rejoin the Detroit Red Wings.

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An unemployed woman in Texas is offering $1,000 as a reward for finding her a steady job. The 51-year-old decided to offer the reward after 15 months of fruitless searching.

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CFL.ca's Jaime Stein and Mitch Ward debate if last week's win over Montreal really was the "Game of the Year."

Rod Pedersen's CFL/Rider Notebook.

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

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A 75-year-old woman drove her car through the front of an Atlanta liquor store Monday. She said her brakes went out while she was attempting to pull into a parking space in front of the store. She also told officers this is the second time she has done this at that liquor store.

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David Price showed why he should be the A.L.'s starting pitcher in next week's All Star Game, striking out 10 in 7 2/3 innings on the way to his 12th win of the season, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, before 24,356 at Tropicana Field.

Evan Longoria put the Rays on top 1-0 with a solo homer to lead off the fourth, followed by a single that scored Carlos Pena, making it 2-0. Tampa Bay tacked on three more runs in the fifth, as Kelly Shoppach scored on a passed ball and Ben Zobrist scored on Pena's single to right. Longoria later scored on a botch Boston play of an infield grounder by Sean Rodriguez, putting tha Rays up 5-0.

The Red Sox finally got on the board in the sixth, when Darnell McDonald scored on a David Ortiz double. Tampa Bay got that run right back in their half of the sixth, when Carl Crawford singled home Zobrist, pushing the lead up to 6-1. Boston tried crawling back into it, getting a seventh inning solo homer by Mike Cameron, then a ninth inning sac fly by Cameron that brought home Daniel Nava and a McDonald double that scored J.D. Drew, but that's as close as they would get, with the Rays holding on for the series sweep, beating the BoSox 6-4.

David Price fanned 10 and walked just 1, while allowing 2 runs on 8 hits for Tampa Bay, running his record to 12-4. Matt Garza came out of the bullpen to get the final two outs, recording his 1st save of the season. Knuckelballer Tim Wakefield took the loss for Boston, allowing 6 runs on 4 hits over 5 2/3 innings, with 3 strike outs and 6 walks. He's now 3-7.

Tampa Bay is now 51-33, second in the A.L. East, 2 games back of the Yankees. The Rays are home against Cleveland tonight, with first pitch set for 7:10pm EDT. You can hear all the action on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. Tonight's game can be also seen on on Sun Sports. MLB's All-Star break comes up after the Cleveland series. After this home stand and the All-Star Break, the Rays head out for nine games, starting with a huge three-game set at the Yankees beginning on Friday, July 17th. Tampa Bay will also play three at Baltimore and three at Cleveland, before returning home on Monday, July 26th for their longest home stand of the season, 11 games, with the first of a four-game set against Detroit, to be followed by three against the Yankees and four against Minnesota.

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34% of Facebook users say they check the site first thing in the morning -- even before they go to the bathroom. (Don't forget to jiggle the mouse.)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and 4 over Boston. Toronto is 11 1/2 back and Baltimore is 28 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Detroit leads Minnesota by 1 game, the White Sox are 1 1/2 game behind, Kansas City is 8 back and Cleveland is 13 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 5 1/2 games, Oakland is 10 back and Seattle trails by 16.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 3 games, Philadelphia by 6, while Florida is 9 1/2 back and Washington is 12 behind.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 3 games, Chicago is 10 1/2 behind and Milwaukee trails by 11 1/2, Houston is 14 1/2 behind, and Pittsburgh is 18 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the Dodgers and Colorado by 3 games in the N.L. West, San Francisco is 5 behind and Arizona is still last, 17 1/2 games out of first.

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Tiger Woods isn't playing so well in Ireland. (You can tell the guy is losing it -- his aim is totally off, and now he's starting to show up on the course in a Snuggie.)

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USNTDP Captain Jarred Tinordi happy with pick by Montreal.

Steel goaltender Wilson commits to Yale University.

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Here's Jimmy one year ago today. I think he's saying "Hi Daddy, want some Dog Soup?








Here's the Boys one year ago today. I think Smoke is saying: "Could you pleeze tell Jeemy to stop playeeng wif our toys?"

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips played "That's All Right" on his radio show. Later that night, Elvis Presley, came in for his first interview. Elvis did not know he was on the air until after the interview.

1968 - Elvis Presley reported to National General for preproduction work for the film "Charro!"

1972 - Colonel Parker announced that there would be a worldwide satellite broadcast of an Elvis Presley concert from Hawaii in October or November.

1975 - Elvis Presley flew to Oklahoma City to begin his third tour (17 dates) of the year.

1997 - The 1962 Elvis Presley movie "Kid Galahad" was released on VHS. The DVD version was released on December 6, 2005.

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July is Smart Irrigation Month.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: 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 --

Baseball: Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

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

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

Sunday --

Baseball: Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

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

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