Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Friday!











It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 13th, the 225th day of 2010. There are 140 days left in the year.

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Top prospects at NHL's RDO camp.

Hall key in Oiler's plan to get younger, faster.

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Got triskaidekaphobia? That's the fear of the number 13. Today is Friday the 13th, the only one of 2010. (So, that's why our car wouldn't start this morning....)

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7 USHL players invited to NHL's RDO camp.

Storm acquires Kolomatis from Steel.

Megna to UNO.

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Children in America are safest in Madison, Wisconsin, according to data crunched and compiled by Men's Health.

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Riders duel threat Durant dismantles Lions.

The Riders enter their bye week 5-2 in the West. Their next action is August 28th at Edmonton, with kickoff at 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

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

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You can now buy airline tickets on Facebook. Delta Air Lines has launched a new "Ticket Window" on the social network that will allow passengers to book without leaving the site.

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Today in Sports History:

1986 - United States Football League standout Herschel Walker signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

1990 - Magic Johnson announced the indefinite postponement of his wedding to fiancé Earletha Kelly.

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In that "other" football league last night:

New England beat New Orleans(How come no one calls this the "Battle of the New's?) 27-24(Stephen Gostkowski's 28 yard field goal with 53 seconds left was the difference), Baltimore beat Carolina 17-12(Joe Flacco 8-of-12 for 120 yards and a touchdown), and the Raiders beat Dallas 17-9(Cowboys settled for 3 field goals in 4 trips to the red zone).

On Saturday: Tampa Bay at Miami, Detroit at Pittsburgh, Cleveland at Green Bay, Houston at Arizona, Minnesota at St. Louis, Chicago at San Diego and Tennessee at Seattle.

On Sunday: San Francisco at Indianapolis, Denver at Cincinnati and the Giants at the Jets(Nor the Jets at the Giants. BTW: Did they ever find Jimmy Hoffa in the Meadowlands' endzone?)

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Today is the 150th birth anniversary of cowgirl sharpshooter and performer Annie Oakley (1860-1926).

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ST PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays, who had yesterday off, get back to action this evening at home against the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles, who lost at Cleveland 4-1 last night, have won 8 of their last 10.

The Rays, who had their modest 2 straight win streak stopped on Wednesday, are 69-45, and are second in the A.L. East, 2 games behind the Yankees, while leading Boston by 4 games and the White Sox by 5 1/2 in the Wild Card race. Tampa Bay begins a six-game home stand tonight, with 3 games against Baltimore and 3 against Texas. 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 Saturday August 14th game against Baltimore will be on FOX.

Notes: James Shields(10-10, 4.91) goes to the hill tonight for the Rays. He'll be opposed by Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie(6-11, 4.04)....Tonight's game will feature a post-game concert by disco-legends, The Village People.

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In Ohio an intoxicated woman was being arrested. While officers tried to put cuffs on her she decided to call 911 for help.

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The Yankees lead Tampa Bay by 2 games in the A.L. East, Boston is 6 back(They trail the Rays by 4 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 11 back and Baltimore is 31 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 1 game, they're 9 1/2 games ahead of Detroit, with Cleveland 17 games and Kansas City 18 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 7 1/2, Oakland trails by 8 and Seattle is 22 games behind.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 games, Florida trails by 8 1/2 games, the Mets are 9 behind and Washington trails by 17 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads Cincinnati by 1 game for first, Milwaukee is 11 1/2 behind, Houston is 16 games behind, the Cubs are 17 back and Pittsburgh is 25 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 2 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants 1 game up on Philadelphia and 1 1/2 on Cincinnati in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado sits in third, 8 1/2 games out, with the Dodgers trailing by 9 games and Arizona by 22 1/2.

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Nothing like a good breakfast (and Dinosaur Train) to start your day.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Andres Torres didn't start Thursday's game because of tightness in his legs.

But by the time he stepped into the batter's box in the ninth inning, Torres' legs were more than loose.

Torres spent the bottom of the ninth pacing up and down the dugout, anxiously awaiting his chance to hit. With one out and the bases loaded, Torres got his chance, hitting a game-winning single to center field to give the Giants an 8-7 win over the Cubs at AT&T Park.

Read the rest here.

Notes: The Giants are 66-50, and are 2 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the N.L. West(The Padres beat Pittsburgh 3-0 yesterday). San Francisco currently leads Philadelphia by 1 game and Cincinnati by 1 1/2 games in the N.L. Wild Card race, is home tonight at 10:15pm EDT for the first of a three-game series with San Diego. Jonathan Sanchez(8-7, 3.55) will be opposed by Clayton Richard(9-5, 3.83). This Saturday's game with the Padres airs regionally on FOX, with the Sunday game against San Diego showing on ESPN.

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Today in Elvis History:

1952 - The original version of "Hound Dog" was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton.

1963 - The Elvis Presley album "Girls! Girls! Girls!" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1966 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley's movie "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" hit #7 in the U.K.
2002 - The Elvis Presley movies "Love Me Tender", "Flaming Star" and "Wild in the Country" were released on DVD.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed on "Live with Regis and Kelly."

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Warm welcome for Hall of Fame inductees.

Tsoumpas set to return Sunday.

Bombers' Pierce ready to roll.

Visit the league's official website: CFL.ca.

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Today in Beatles History

1965 - The Beatles album "Help!" was released in the United States.

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The Spokane Shock defeated the Milwaukee Iron 60-57 in front of 8,151 Thursday night and will advance to the ArenaBowl as the National Conference Champions.

Kyle Rowley completed 76% (28/37) of his passes with 334 yards and seven touchdowns. The Nifty Playmaker of the Game, Huey Whittaker led Spokane with a game-high 14 receptions for 165 yards and four receiving, plus one rushing touchdowns. WR Markee White added two touchdown receptions, while WR Greg Orton was second on the team in receptions with eight for 94 yards.

For Milwaukee, Chris Greisen completed 77% of his passes for 235 yards and five touchdowns, while completing at least one pass to six different receivers. Burns led the Iron receivers in receptions (8), while WR Tiger Jones led the team in touchdowns (2).

Tomorrow night, the Tampa Bay Storm are home against their arch-rivals, the Orlando Predators. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm EDT.

Go to arenafootball.com to download the nifty-tv player to watch the games.

The ArenaBowl will be held on Spokane Tribe Field at the Spokane Arena on Friday, August 20th, kicking off at 8:00pn EDT. Tickets for the Championship game are on sale through TicketsWest and can be purchased by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

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A Baltimore man was sentenced to a year and a half in jail for faking seizures in restaurants to avoid paying the bill. (My wife did something similar on our wedding night.)

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Rookies feed off vets on road to Arena Bowl XXIII.

The "War on I-4" returns tomorrow night, with the AFL's American Conference Final between the number three (#3) seed Tampa Bay Storm and the number four (#4) seed Orlando Predators at the St. Pete Times Forum. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm EDT. Brighthouse Sports Networks will broadcast the game on cable channel 47 or digital channel 1147 and the game can be heard on 1250 WHNZ-AM with Jack Harris and Jason Dixon calling the action.

Fans can purchase playoff tickets by visiting the Times Forum Box Office, ticketmaster or by calling 813-301-6600.

Who: Orlando Predators vs. Tampa Bay Storm
What: AFL Playoffs – American Conference Championship
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Kickoff: 7:30 PM EST

Where: St. Pete Times Forum
401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

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Today is Blame Someone Else Day.

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From http://www.mlb.com:

Rodriguez on restricted list; Mets vow support.

Cueto, Baker, LaRussa suspended.

Braves G.M. saddened by Jones' injury.

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Today is not only International Left-Hander's Day, but it is also Kool-Aid Day (Linky Linky) in beautiful uptown Hastings, Nebraska.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 4:10pm EDT

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins 7:00pm EDT

Arena Football: Orlando Predators at Tampa Bay Storm American Conference Finals 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 1:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:07pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:07pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Tennessee 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 7:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 9:07pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 2:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 4:07pm EDT

Indy Car: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California 5:00pm EDT

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That's all for now. See you tomorrow!

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