Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's Thursday!

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


Today is National Lasagna Day.


Niemi and Hawks wait for arbitrator's decision.

Ladd, Thrashers avoid arbitration.


Police in Vermont say a street sweeper backed over a construction worker, leaving only his boots sticking out from under the vehicle. He escaped with only minor injuries.


Regg Simon returns to Des Moines as Head Coach and General Manager.

Three from USHL join Mercyhurst Class of 2014.

Former Musketeer Brian Bales, Newcastle North Stars compete for Goodall Cup.

Wojtala chooses Bowling Green.

Six more USHLer's commit to Vermont.

Council approves contract for Young Arena addition.

Orthopedic Specialist to Advise Black Hawks on injuries.

Former Force speedster Birkholz leaves UM for WHL's Everett Silvertips.

Brandon Carlson could be bright spot in Fargo.


Today is National Chili Dog Day.


2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Set to Begin Friday

44 Players to Audition for a Spot on the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Forty-four of the top U.S. players under the age of 20, including 29 first- or second-round NHL draft selections, will descend on Lake Placid, N.Y., beginning this Friday (July 30) for the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The camp, which will continue through Aug. 7, includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international competition between teams from the United States, Finland and Sweden. The 44 U.S. players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

FASTHockey will webcast five international games (see schedule later in this release) from the camp. Games will be available on a pay-per-view basis at FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at Users may then buy game credits - a single game ranges from $6.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $4.99 (when 100 game credits are purchased). Game credits can be used to watch live games or on-demand archives and never expire.

In addition, will provide exclusive coverage of the camp, including live stats of the international games, camp statistics, videos, photos and feature stories. The USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp homepage can be found here.

NOTES: For the full list of players invited to the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here ... The U.S. roster will be trimmed Monday (Aug. 2) in preparation for the international games against Finland and Sweden ... The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships will take place Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. Additional information including a full preliminary-round tournament schedule and ticket details can be found at ...The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp that will begin in mid-December ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at Yale University, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Allain will be assisted by Mark Osiecki (Burnsville, Minn.), head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter (Saline, Mich.), USA Hockey's national goaltending coach ... Mark Carlson, head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, and Greg Brown, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Boston College, will also participate in Lake Placid as camp coaches ... Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel.

2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Game Schedule
July 30 - Aug. 7 -- Lake Placid, N.Y.

Date Event* Time (EDT)
Fri., July 30 Blue vs. White Scrimmage 4 p.m.
Sat., July 31 Blue vs. White Scrimmage 4 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 1 Blue vs. White Scrimmage 4 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 2 Finland vs. Sweden 4 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 3 USA vs. Sweden** 4 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 4 USA vs. Finland** 4 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 5 Finland vs. Sweden** 4 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 6 USA vs. Sweden** 4 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 7 USA vs. Finland** 4 p.m.

* all games at USA Rink
** games streamed live at

2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Announced

Ten Players Return from Gold Medal-Winning 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Ten members of the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team highlight the 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, which was announced today by USA Hockey.

The roster was selected following tryouts in Rochester, N.Y., last weekend. The 16-member team will represent the United States at various international exhibitions and International Paralympic Committee-sanctioned events throughout the season.

"Every year the quality of players who participate in our national team tryouts improves," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team since 2008 and head coach of the 2010 Paralympic squad. "We've got a great mixture of youth and experience on this roster, and I'm looking forward to keeping our momentum going throughout the year."

Among the returnees from the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team are goalie Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.); defensemen Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Jimmy Connelly (Galloway, N.J.), Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) and Josh Pauls (South Plainfield, N.J.); and forwards Tim Jones (Mt. Ephraim, N.J.), Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.) and Greg Shaw (Park City, Utah).

Joining the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster for the first time are four members of the 2009-10 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team, including defenseman Tyler Carron (Berthoud, Colo.) and forwards Daniel McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.), Danny McDevitt (Abington, Pa.) and Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa).

Rounding out the squad are newcomers goalie Jen Yung Lee (San Antonio, Texas) and forward Rico Roman (San Antonio, Texas).

NOTES: For a more detailed roster, click here ... Nine states are represented among the 16 members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... A full 2010-11 schedule will be released later this summer ... Both head coach Ray Maluta and assistant coach Bill Corbo, Jr., are returning to the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the third straight season ... The U.S. has won the last four IPC-sanctioned tournaments dating back to the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic ... Goalie Steve Cash was named USA Hockey's 2010 Disabled Athlete of the Year and received a 2010 ESPY Award as the Best Male Athlete with a Disability following his 2010 Paralympic Winter Games performance in which he did not allow a goal in five outings.


Britain's Ivy Bean, the world's oldest Twitter user at 104, has passed away. Ivy joined Twitter back in May 2009, and Facebook in August of 2008.


Fantuz Flakes hit store shelves in Saskatchewan.

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


NASA was established on this date in 1958.


Today in Sports History:

1754 - The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.

1874 - Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.

1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.

1983 - Steve Garvey (Los Angeles Dodgers) set the National League consecutive game record at 1,207.

2003 - Bill Mueller (Boston Red Sox) became the first player in major league baseball history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game. He had a total of three home runs in the game and collected 9 RBIs. It was only the 12th time that a player hit two grand slams in a single game.

2003 - Marcus Giles (Atlanta Braves) tied a major league record when he went 5-5 to give him hits in nine straight at-bats. The record was shared by 10 players at the time.


Today is the 65th anniversary of the sinking of the American cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis, which had just delivered the atomic bomb to Tinian Island. Only 318 of 1,196 crew members survived.


It was Deuce Night at Tropicana Field Wednesday, as the Detroit Tigers scored twice in the first inning, but the Tampa Bay Rays scored twice in the third, fourth and eighth innings, on their way to a 7-4 win in front of 16,209.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first, as Will Rhymes scored on a Johnny Damon double, and Damon scored on a Jeff Larish single. Both runs came with no outs and put the visitors up 2-0. Tampa Bay got one back in their half of the first, when Ben Zobrist scored on Matt Joyce's soft liner to left.

Damon got that run back with a two-out homer in the third, putting Detroit back up by two, 3-1. The Rays tied the game in their half of the third. Carl Crawford scored on a Carlos Pena single, and Evan Longoria scored when Willy Aybar hit into a fielder's choice.

Tampa Bay grabbed the lead with two in the fourth. Jason Bartlett singled up the middle to score Reid Brignac, then Bartlett, who took second on the throw home from center trying to get Brignac, scored when Crawford grounded out to second. That gave the Rays a 5-3 lead.

Miguel Cabrera's two-out homer in the sixth brought the Tigers back to within one at 5-4. However, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Longoria belted his 15th homer of the season, scoring Crawford ahead of him, giving Tampa Bay all the runs they would need in the 7-4 win.

Jeff Niemann went 6 innings for the Rays, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, with 4 strike outs and 2 walks to get the win, improving his record to 9-3. Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th saves of the season. Eddie Bonine started for Detroit and took the loss, getting roughed up for 5 runs on 8 hits and 3 1/3 innings, with 1 strike out and 1 walk. He's now 4-1.

The Rays are now 62-38, have won 18 of their last 24, 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 this afternoon, with the finale of a four-game set against Detroit, with first pitch set for 12:10pm. After today's game, the Yankees come to town for three, followed by a four=game set against Minnesota. 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 Monday, July 26th game with Detroit will air on ESPN, the Sunday, August 1st game will be on TBS, and the Saturday August 14th game against Detroit will be on FOX.


Today is Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day.


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

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Minnesota by 1 game and Detroit by 5, while Cleveland and Kansas City are both 14 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 7 1/2, and the Angels by 8 1/2 back, with Seattle trailing by 20 1/2.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games, the Mets are 7 1/2 behind, Florida is 8 1/2 back and Washington(First in war, first in peace and last in the N.L. East) trails by 15 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis and Cincinnati are tied for first(St.Louis actually leads by .001), Milwaukee is 9 behind and the Cubs trail by 10 1/2, Houston is 14 behind, and Pittsburgh is 19 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 6 over Colorado, 9 over the Dodgers and 23 over Arizona.


Jimmy starts the day with a good breakfast. (He almost cried when I told him we didn't have any Fantuz Flakes.)


Andres Torres' bases-loaded in the bottom of the 10th sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-9 victory over the Florida Marlins last night, in front of 35,945 at AT&T Park.

The Giants threatened to bust the game wide open early, stringing four hits into four runs, the big blow being a one out, two-run single by Juan Uribe.

After Florida got a run in the third, San Francisco scored 3 more in their half of the inning, with Uribe tripling home Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey the big hit. Uribe later scored on a wild pitch and the Giants had a 7-1 lead.

Ronny Paulino hit a two-out, solo homer in the top of the fourth for the Marlins, but San Francisco scored twice more in the sixth, as Torres blasted a two-run homer into McCovey Cove, putting the Giants on top 9-1.

Safe lead, right? Wrong. Florida hung a five-spot in the seventh, keyed by 3-run homer by Donnie Murphy and a two-run homer by Dan Uggla. The Marlins scored twice in the ninth to tie the game. Hanley Ramirez scored on a ground out by Gaby Sanchez to slice the deficit to 9-8, then Emilio Bonifacio scored on a ground-rule double by Uggla, tying the game 9-9.

San Francisco grabbed the win in the 10th, stringing four straight singles off reliever Clay Hensley. Aaron Rowand singled to left, Renteria singled off the glove of the third baseman, Nate Schierholtz ripped a line single to right, then Torres dropped a single into center scoring Rowand, giving the Giants the 10-9 win. Torres ended the night going 4-for-6 and Buster Posey stretched his hitting streak to 21 games. Huff went 2-for-3 and also got his 1,500th career hit.

Chris Ray came out of the bullpen to pitch a perfect tenth with one strike out to get the win for San Francisco, improving to 4-0. Florida's Clay Hensley was tagged with the loss, allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 1 strike out and 1 walk in 1 1.3 innings, slipping to 1-4.

San Francisco is 58-44, winners of 17 of their last 21 and trail West Division leading San Diego by 2 1/2 games. They continue their seven-game home stand tonight, with the finale of a 4 game series against Florida, with 3 against the Dodgers to follow. 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.


Today in Elvis History:

1978 - The reissue of the Elvis Presley single "Don't Be Cruel" hit #24 in the U.K.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Thursday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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


That's all for today. See you tomorrow!

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