Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's Wednesday!











It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is Chocolate Day.

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Blues ink Halak.

Chiarelli busy this off season retooling Bruins.

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Today is National Strawberry Sundae Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1937 - During the All-Star Game, Earl Averill hit a line drive that broke one of Dizzy Dean's toes.

1985 - Boris Becker became the youngest, the first unseeded and the first German player to win the Wimbledon men's finals.

1990 - Martina Navratilova won a record ninth Wimbledon women's singles title.

2003 - In Florida, Darrell Armstrong (Orlando Magic) was arrested after being accused of fighting with a female police officer outside a nightclub. Armstrong was booked into the Orange County jail on charges of battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

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The Running of the Bulls begins today in Pamplona. Spain.

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Riders launch Centennial envelope.

Durant and Fantuz win weekly awards.

CFL Power Rankings: Week #2.

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 Las Vegas woman has won $10 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket -- and it's not her first win. She's won lottery millions three other times.

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The Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth straight game, and sixth in their last seven last night, with a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox, before another smallish crowd of 19,902 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays scored first, when Jason Bartlett's single brought home John Jaso in the third, putting Tampa Bay up 1-0. The Red Sox drew even in the fourth, when a two-out single by Daniel Nava scored J.D. Drew, knotting the game at 1-1.

The Rays grabbed the lead once again in the fifth, thanks to a fielder's choice by Jaso that plated Sean Rodriguez. Tampa Bay then added a big insurance run, when Carl Crawford led off the eighth with a home run, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead.

That run proved to be significant when, in the ninth, when Boston's Bill Hall scored on an Eric Patterson two-out triple triple. With Kevin Youkilis having left the game in the fourth with an ankle injury, David Ortiz was walked intentionally, bringing Niuman Romero to the plate. Closer Rafael Soriano induced a one-strike grounder to second to end the game, giving Tampa Bay the 3-2 win.

Jeff Niemann allowed just 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings, with 5 strike outs and 3 walks to get the win for the Rays, he's now 7-2. Soriano's save was hios 23rd of the season. Felix Doubront, called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the place of injured Clay Bucholz, allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts and 5 walks over 5 1/3 innings for the Red Sox, he's now 1-1.

Tampa Bay is now 50-33, second in the A.L. East, 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 also seen on on Sun Sports. The Rays host Cleveland for four starting tomorrow night, leading 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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Police in Minnesota got a call about a driver brandishing a gun. When cops pulled over and searched the vehicle they found guns of the water variety. Yep, the car was loaded with Super Soakers.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and 3 1/2 over Boston. Toronto is 11 1/2 back and Baltimore is 27 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 12 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 2 games, Philadelphia by 5, while Florida is 9 1/2 back and Washington is 12 behind.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 2 games, Chicago and Milwaukee are both 10 1/2 back, Houston trails by 14 1/2, and Pittsburgh is 17 games behind.

San Diego leads the Dodgers by 3 games in the N.L. West, Colorado trails by 4, San Francisco is 6 behind and Arizona is still last, 17 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day.

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Jim Montgomery and Adam Micheletti of the Dubuque Fighting Saints got an inside look at the NHL Draft recently. Read all about it here.

The City of Cedar Rapids has signed a concession deal for both the Veterans Memorial Stadium baseball park and the ice arena.

Read more here.

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Jimmy works on his car.








Can this be Daddy-Schnauzer Take a Walk together Day?








No walking for me please. I'm nice and comfy right here.






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Today in Elvis History:

1968 - Elvis Presley recorded "Charro."

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley's album "To Whom It May Concern" was certified Gold.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Monique Weber (Rogers, Minn.) and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (Eagle River, Wis.) were today added to the roster for the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which runs from August 13-21 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The two replace Felicia Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Holly Roberts (Warroad, Minn.) on the 22-player roster, which was announced on June 24.

Weber is a newcomer to the Festival, while Zaugg-Siergiej is returning for a fourth time after competing at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, increasing the number of Olympians attending the training camp to 13.

NOTES: The updated USA Hockey Women's National Festival roster can be found here ... The U.S. Women's Under-18 and Under-22 Select Teams will also participate in the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival ... The schedule for the Festival will be available in early August on USAHockey.com. All practices and scrimmages will be open to the public.


Falmouth Youth Hockey Selected as Grow the Game Award Recipient

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- The Falmouth Youth Hockey League of Falmouth, Mass., was chosen as the second annual winner of the USA Hockey Grow the Game Award, presented by Total Hockey. The award recognizes efforts to spread the game of hockey through various programs and initiatives.

The Falmouth Youth Hockey League created an after-school program in four area elementary schools that ran twice per week during a six-week period last spring and will run again this fall. Children were bused to the Falmouth Ice Arena, where they were provided with equipment and snacks. On-ice volunteers created a fun environment while participants learned skating techniques and hockey skills on a cross-ice playing surface. FYHL's objective was to feed kids into its youth hockey programs offered during the summer months, including Summer Shootout, Hockey 101, Learn to Skate and Power Skating.

In April, Total Hockey and USA Hockey challenged youth hockey associations nationwide to tell their stories of growing the game at a local level. Entries came from across the nation, describing endeavors about unique and creative ways to increase interest in hockey among America’s youth. Entries were judged on four criteria: creativity, media/marketing potential, transferability to other local programs interested in growing the game and the overall impact the program had on the local youth association. As the winning entry, FYHL received a $2,500 Total Hockey gift card to help further support its efforts to grow the game.

USA Hockey will begin accepting applications for the 2011 Grow the Game Award, presented by Total Hockey, in the spring of 2011. E-mail growthegame@usahockey.org for more information.

As the exclusive ice hockey equipment retailer of USA Hockey, Total Hockey continues to help grow the game by encouraging hockey in the community and creating awareness of the sport.

ABOUT USA HOCKEY
USA Hockey, Inc., founded in 1937 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the National Governing Body of the sport of ice hockey in the United States. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey seeks to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.

ABOUT TOTAL HOCKEY
Total Hockey is a privately-held hockey equipment retailer based in St. Louis, Mo., dedicated to providing the latest in hockey equipment, superior quality merchandise and excellent customer service. Committed to growing the game of hockey, Total Hockey initially partnered with USA Hockey in 2008 as the official ice hockey equipment retailer of USA Hockey and, in 2009, became the exclusive ice hockey equipment retailer of USA Hockey. Inc. magazine named Total Hockey one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States in both 2008 and 2009. Founded in 1998, Total Hockey has embarked on a broad-scale expansion in specialty hockey operations through retail stores in the greater St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul areas, as well as reaching customers worldwide through an e-commerce facility at totalhockey.com. For more information, call toll-free at 866.929.6699.

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The United States began it's first military draft on this day in 1863. Exemptions cost $100.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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 it for today. Be good, see you tomorrow!

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