Friday, August 27, 2010

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It's Friday. Thanks for stopping by. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 27th, the 239th day of 2010. There are 126 days left in the year.

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McDonough says Blackhawks will be ready to repeat.

Report: Stall has setback with foot.

Blues hope Halak will lead way.

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Today is Global Forgiveness Day.

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2010 Preseason schedule set.

Race is on to finish Dubuque arena.

Phil Falcone's riskiest trade ever?

Force return just nine players.

Gopher Freshman Spotlight: Erik Haula.

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Today is Just Because Day. (Finally, you have a chance to do something without a rhyme or reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, or we want to, or it's expected of us. None of those reasons apply today.)

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Riders' Morgan a lifelong student of the game.

Eskimos will have fresh start on offensive line.

It's football time in the Prairies tomorrow night, as the 5-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders, trailing Calgary by 2 points in the CFL West, visit Commonwealth Stadium to face the 1-6 Edmonton Eskimos, in what is shaping up not only as another opportunity for the Riders to catch Calgary in the standings, but as a must-win game for Coach Richie Hall and his Eskies. Kickoff tomorrow night is set for 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog. A huge crowd is expected, with over 45,000 tickets already sold for Saturday's game at Commonwealth Stadium.

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

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Today is Oil and Gas Industry Appreciation Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1889 - Boxer Jack Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche.

1921 - The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.

1986 - Nolan Ryan, while with the Houston Astros, earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.

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The Rays are 78-49, and are tied with the Yankees for first in the A.L. East. Boston trails by 5 1/2 games in both the division and Wild Card races. After having yesterday off, the Rays are back home tonight to begin a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at 7:10pm EDT, on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After three games against Boston, Tampa Bay hosts Toronto for three games beginning Monday. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: David Price(15-5, 2.97) will start tonight's game one of the Rays' three-game series with Boston. He'll be opposed by the Red Sox' Jon Lester(13-8, 3.26).

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State fairs in Maryland, Nebraska and Oregon begin today. All three run through September 6th. (Our state fair is a great state fair, don't miss it, don't even be late. It's dollars to donuts that our state fair is the best state fair in our state.)

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The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East, Boston is 5 1/2 back(The Red Sox trail by 5 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 12 back and Baltimore is 33 1/2 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 3 1/2 games, they're 9 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 18 1/2 back and Cleveland 21 1/2 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 8 1/2 and the Angels by 9 1/2 games, with Seattle trailing by 22 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 games(The Phillies trail in the Wild Card race by 1/2 game), Florida trails by 8 1/2 (They're 6 back in the Wild Card race), the Mets are 10 behind(7 1/2 back in the Wild Card race) and Washington is 19 1/2 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 4 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 1 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 14 behind, Houston is 15 back, the Cubs are 19 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 30 games off the pace(They trail in the Wild Card by 27 1/2 games. Go Pirates!).

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 6 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado is third, 10 games out(They're 4 games back in the Wild Card race), the Dodgers in fourth, 11 games out(They're 5 back in the Wild Card race), with Arizona behind by 27.

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Hi everybody. It's good to see you!

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The Giants had Thursday off. Tim Lincecum(11-8, 3.72) goes against Arizona's Barry Enright(4-2, 2.73) in the opener of a six-game home stand. San Francisco plays 3 games each with Arizona and Colorado, before hitting the road for 10 games, beginning next Friday, September 3rd. The Giants will play 3 at Los Angeles, 3 at Arizona and 4 at San Diego.

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Today in Elvis History:

1965- The Beatles spent the evening with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

1977- Ten Elvis Presley albums re-charted.

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Team retro profile: BC Lions.

Solid season a long time coming for Franklin.

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

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Today in Beatles History

1965 - Elvis Presley played host to the Beatles at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

1967 - Brian Epstein was found dead in his home from an overdose of sleeping pills. Epstein was the manager of the Beatles.

1992 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day In The Life" sold for $87,000 at an auction.

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The British defeated the Americans in the Battle of Long Island on this date in 1776.

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Beavers Sports Radio Network expands for 2010 season.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

The Beavers begin the 2010 season against TCU on Saturday, September 4th at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is 7:45pm EDT, with TV from ESPN, online video stream at ESPN3.com and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.

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The battleship USS Iowa was launched on this date in 1942. In 1943 it became the only U.S. Navy ship with a bathtub; which was installed to accommodate President Roosevelt who would have had difficultly using a shower.

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In that other football league last night, St. Louis beat New England 36-35 and Green Bay beat the living daylights out of Indianapolis 59-24. Tonight, it's Atlanta at Miami, Washington at the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets, Philadelphia is at Kansas City and San Diego is at New Orleans.

Tomorrow night, Cleveland is at Detroit, Cincinnati is at Buffalo, Jacksonville is at Tampa Bay, the Giants travel to Baltimore, Dallas is at Houston, Seattle plays at Minnesota(When did they rename the Metrodome Mall of America Field?), Tennessee is at Carolina, Arizona visits Chicago and San Francisco crosses the bay to meet Oakland(Think the Niners will bus, or fly? Why not fly? I actually flew from one side of the bay to the other, about a zillion years ago).

Pittsburgh plays at Denver on Sunday.

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The Bare and Ye Cubb is performed on this date in 1665 by three local residents of Virginia, becoming the first play performed in America. They were fined for performing in public.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 7:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joiliet, Illinois 7:00pm EDT

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

NFL Preseason Football: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec 2:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8:00pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 9:15pm EDT

Thursday --

NFL Preseason Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

CFL Football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 7:30pm EDT

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That's it for now. See you tomorrow.

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