Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is National Fried Chicken Day.

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Feared NHL tough guy Bob Probert dies at 45.

Oilers sign top pick Hall to first NHL contract.

Report: Red Wings target Modano.

2010 Free Agent news.

2010 official Free Agent list.

Free agent tracker.

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In Russia a man is teaching his dog how to scuba dive. (Big deal. Let me know when he teaches it how to shut off an underwater oil well.)

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Today in Sports History:

1933 - The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.

1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.

1983 - Fred Lynn of the California Angels hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League defeated the National League 13-3.

1985 - Martina Navratilova won her 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title.

1995 - In Los Angeles, the prosecution rested at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

1996 - Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title.

2000 - In Orlando, FL, the body of Cory Erving was found in his vehicle in a pond near his family's home. Julius "Dr. J" Erving had reported his son missing on June 4, 2000.

2000 - A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unconsented use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.

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An Austrian jeweler has sold a gold and jewel-encrusted vuvuzela to a Russian businessman for over $21,000. The plastic vuvuzela horn is decorated with expensive white gold and diamonds.

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CFL Replay: A look back at week one.

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

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A new study shows it takes longer to read books on an e-book reader versus a printed book. The study found that reading speeds declined by 6.2% on the iPad and 10.7% on the Kindle compared to print.

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If you've followed the Tampa Bay Rays with anything more than just mild interest this year, you've probably learned that it pays to stick around and not give up on them. Last night was the latest example, as the Rays overcame a 5-1 deficit after four innings to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in front of 28,568 at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay grabbed the lead in the first, as Carl Crawford doubled home Ben Zobrist. The Red Sox responded with four in the third to take control of the game. With two outs, Eric Patterson homered to tie the game 1-1. David Ortiz scored on a Kevin Youkilis triple to put Boston up 2-1, Youkilis scored on an Adrian Beltre single to left, then Bill Hall grounded a single up the middle to score Beltre, giving the Red Sox a 4-1 lead. The lead grew to 5-1 in the fourth, as Patterson homered for the second straight inning.

A two-spot in the fifth brought the Rays to within two, at 5-3. Zobrist scored on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly and Crawford scored on a passed ball. Tampa Bay tied the game with another two-spot in the sixth. With none out, John Jaso plated Sean Rodriguez and Carlos Pena with a single up the middle to tie the game 5-5. And the Rays, seemingly on the way to yet another home loss just three innings earlier, scored the winning run in the seventh, when B.J. Upston scored on Jason Bartlett's sacrifice fly and the comeback was complete. Jaquin Benoit pitched a perfect eighth and Rafael Soriano allowed just a meek single to Ortiz in the ninth and Tampa Bay had the 6-5 win.

Rays starter Matt Garza was shaky, giving up 4 runs, all earned, on 7 hits in 3 innings, with 1 k and 2 walks. The bullpen came through behind him, with Randy Choate getting the win. Choate struck out the only batter he faced, improving to 2-2. Soriano's 9th inning effort notched him his 22nd save of the season. Ramon Ramirez, the second of three Boston relievers to follow starter Daisake Matsuzaka(who allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, on 8 hits with 4 strike outs and 4 walks in 5 innings), was tagged with the loss, allowing a run on 2 hits in an inning and a third, slipping to 0-2.

Tampa Bay is now 48-33 and are back in second in the A.L. East, 1/2 game ahead of Boston and 2 games back of the Yankees. The Rays are home against Boston again 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 seen on on Sun Sports. Tampa Bay takes on Boston again tomorrow night, then hosts Cleveland for four starting Thursday, to lead into the All-Star break. 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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Over 200,000 people have been tricked into clicking on a malicious link that is spreading across Facebook. The link is posted on user walls by a rogue program.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and 2 1/2 over Boston. Toronto is 10 1/2 back and Baltimore is 26 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Detroit leads Minnesota by 1/2 game, the White Sox are 1 game behind, 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 3 1/2 games, Oakland is 8 back and Seattle trails by 14.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 2 games, Philadelphia by 4, while Florida is 8 1/2 back and Washington is 12 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 2 games, Milwaukee is 10 1/2 back, the Cubs are 11 1/2 behind, Houston trails by 15 1/2, and Pittsburgh is 17 games behind.

San Diego leads the Dodgers by 4 games in the N.L. West, Colorado trails by 5, San Francisco is 7 behind and Arizona is still last, 17 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day.

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Most USHL teams have released their rosters. Click here to see who's playing where.

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Jimmy puts Elmo in the high chair so he can have nummy.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Sam Phillips gave Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips an acetate of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)" to play on his radio show.

1955 - "Baby Let's Play House" became Elvis Presley's first top 10 country hit.

1966 - The Elvis Presley movie "Paradise Hawaiian Style" opened in theaters.

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Way Down" was released.

2004 - A specially designed Elvis 50th Anniversary NASCAR was unveiled at Sun Studio.

2004 - Pamela Clarke Keogh's book "Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend." was released.

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July is National Recreation and Parks Month.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Wednesday --

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

Thursday --

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. Have fun, see you tomorrow!

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