Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Today is August 22nd, the 234th day of 2010. There are 131 days left in the year.


Optimism in Ottawa.

Governor Quinn welcomes Cup to Springfield.

Lecavalier to have surgery.


Today is Be An Angel Day.


Winning is Gothberg's primary focus.

Gamblers to raise money for youth hockey.


Today is Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day.


U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team Drops 7-2 Decision to Canada
in Final Game of 2010 Women's Under-22 Series

Kessel and Koyne Score for Team USA

TORONTO, Ont. - Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) and Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) each scored, but the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team fell to Canada, 7-2, here tonight in the final game of the Women's Under-22 Series.

"Overall, I was impressed with the way we battled back from a 3-0 deficit," said Digit Murphy, head coach of the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. "The team fought back with a lot of energy, but a couple of momentum shifts in the third period changed the course of the game."

Canada scored two first-period goals to take an early 2-0 lead. Marie-Philip Poulin then extended Canada's lead one minute into the second period, but Team USA rallied with two goals in four minutes to reduce its deficit to 3-2.

Kessel started the U.S. scoring with a goal at the 12:16 mark of middle frame. Montana Vichorek (Moose Lake, Minn.) fired a slap shot from the point that Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse kicked away. The rebound ended up on the stick of Kessel at the back post, where she flipped the puck in behind Lacasse for the score.

Just over three minutes later, Coyne pulled Team USA within one goal of Canada. Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) sent a cross-ice pass to Coyne, who raced along the boards, beat the Canadian defenders, and released a low shot that found the back of the net.

Despite the U.S. response, Canada scored four unanswered goals in the third period to claim the 7-2 win.

Goaltender Alyssa Grogan (Eagan, Minn.) stopped 27 shots for Team USA in the loss.

NOTES: The U.S. finished the series with a 0-0-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record during the three-game series ... The 22 players hail from 12 states ... The University of Minnesota leads the way with six players on the U.S. roster, while the University of Wisconsin boasts three ... Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) all played on the silver-medal winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... Jocelyne Lamoureux is the twin sister of Monique Lamoureux. Both play at the University of North Dakota ... Digit Murphy, head women's ice hockey coach at Brown University, is serving as the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. She is assisted by Linda Lundigran and Hilary Witt, who are both assistant women's ice hockey coaches at Northeastern University.


Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 2 - 0 - 2
CAN 2 - 1 - 4 - 7

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Fortino (Saulnier, Rougeau), 7:19 (pp); 2, CAN, Poulin (Lacquette), 13:13 (pp). Penalties: USA, Yung (holding), 7:08; CAN, Poulin (high-sticking), 9:28; USA, Bozek (hooking), 11:45; USA, Ammerman (high-sticking), 14:06; CAN, White (cross-checking), 16:23; USA, J. Lamoureux (hooking), 18:46.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, CAN, Poulin (Karpenko), 0:58; 4, USA, Kessel (Vichorek), 12:16; 5, USA, Coyne (Pucci), 15:33. Penalties: CAN, Birchard (cross-checking), 1:19; CAN, White (high-sticking), 6:20; USA, M. Lamoureux (holding), 7:07; USA, Pucci (interference), 9:32; CAN, Bendus (hooking), 16:59.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, CAN, Johnston (Poulin), 0:08; 7, CAN, Saulnier (Wakefield, McKeough), 8:27; 8, CAN, Bendus (Kohanchuk), 11:44 (sh); 9, CAN, Poulin (McKeough), 13:17. Penalties: USA, M. Lamoureux (holding), 2:17; CAN, Wong (interference), 2:35; USA, West (delaying-the-game), 6:18; CAN, Rougeau (holding), 9:45.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 8 7 16 31
CAN 13 6 15 34

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Grogan, 60:00 13-11 6-5 15-11 34-27
CAN, Lacasse, 60:00 8-8 7-5 16-16 31-29

Power Play: USA 0-7; CAN 2-8
Penalties: USA 8-16; CAN 7-14

Referee: Gabrielle Ariano-Lortie
Linesmen: Lacey Senuk, Vanessa Stratton

Team USA 2010 Women's Under-22 Series Schedule
August 18-21 • MasterCard Centre • Toronto, Ont.

Date Opponent Time (EDT)/Result

Wed., Aug. 18 Canada L, 1-4
Thurs., Aug. 19 Canada L, 5-6 (SO)
Sat., Aug. 21 Canada L, 2-7

U.S. Under-17 Select Team Tops Switzerland, 5-3,
at 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament

Rowe and Stepan Score Twice for Team USA

HUTTWIL, Switzerland - Jack Rowe (Cary, Ill.) and Zach Stepan (Fairbault, Minn.) each scored twice, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Switzerland, 5-3, here today at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. Team USA will face Germany tomorrow (Aug. 22) at 5:00 a.m. EDT in its final game. A regulation win will guarantee the U.S. a first-place finish at the tournament.

"We talked as a team prior to today's game about what we needed to do to win, and we proved successful," said Sean Tremblay, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "We will carry that into tomorrow's game and hopefully take home the championship."

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead five minutes into the first period. A.J. Michaelson (Lakeville, Minn.) sent a feed to Rowe, who split the Swiss defensemen, pulled the puck to his forehand and fired a shot high to the blocker side.

Four minutes into the middle frame, Stepan tipped in Jordan Master's (Rochester, N.Y.) shot from the half boards to put the U.S. up, 2-0. Less than three minutes later, Team USA struck again. Tim Davison (De Pere, Wis.) chipped the puck to Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.), who fired a slap shot from the point that was turned aside. But Rowe picked up the rebound and flipped it behind Swiss goaltender Robin Kuonen for his second goal of the game.

Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) extended Team USA's lead to 4-0 at the 13:34 mark of the second period. While on the power play, Sam Piazza (Darien, Ill.) slipped a pass to Koules, who skated in alone and released a shot that beat Kuonen high to the glove side.

Switzerland reduced its deficit to 4-1 near the end of the second period, but Stepan scored a shorthanded tally three minutes into the third to help the U.S. regain its four-goal advantage. Though the Swiss notched two more goals in the final frame, Team USA held on for the victory.

U.S. goaltender Jimmy Howe (Northville, Mich.) made 32 saves in the win, while Kuonen stopped 23 shots in the loss.

NOTES: Team USA went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Switzerland was 1-for-12 with the man-advantage ... Zach Stepan now leads the U.S. in scoring and in total points (3-3--6) through three games, while Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) leads the team with four assists ... Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) is second in points with five (2-3) ... Eight different players have scored Team USA's twelve tournament goals ... The U.S. currently holds a 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record ... There will be Live Scoring and Live Video for Team USA's final game against Germany ... The 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament includes teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Sean Tremblay is serving as head coach and Matt Herr as assistant coach. Tremblay served as the assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2006 Under-17 Three Nations Tournament in Rochester, N.Y. He serves as general manager and head coach of the Eastern Junior Hockey League's New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. Herr has been the head varsity hockey coach at the Kent School in Kent, Conn., since 2005. Tremblay and Herr are both Level 4 USA Hockey certified coaches ... For the full Team USA roster, click here ... The U.S. Under-17 Select Team was chosen following the annual USA Hockey Boys' Select 16 Player Development Camp, held June 25-July 1, at the Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y. The camp provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at a national level against other players from their age group.


Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 3 - 1 - 5
SUI 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Rowe (Michaelson), 5:24. Penalties: USA, Barber (hooking), 0:08; SUI, Zangger (interference), 6:23; USA, Barber (holding), 9:10; USA, team (too-many-players), 10:00; SUI, Lanzarotti (holding), 12:52; USA, team (too-many-players), 17:20; SUI, Sterchi (boarding), 19:04.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Stepan (Masters), 3:49; 3, USA, Rowe (Osterberg, Davison), 6:54; 4, USA, Koules (Piazza, Schilkey), 13:47 (pp); 5, SUI, Schmutz (Sterchi), 16:45. Penalties: USA, Masters (charging), 1:32; USA, Donnay (interference), 8:49; USA, Davison (cross-checking), 10:01; SUI, team (too-many-players), 13:25; USA, Davison (delaying-the-game), 17:25.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Stepan (unassisted), 2:58 (sh); 7, SUI, Studer (unassisted), 6:02; 8, SUI, Praplan (unassisted), 12:29 (pp). Penalties: SUI, Lanzarotti (interference), 0:37; USA, Barber (slashing), 1:31; USA, Dries (hooking), 3:49; USA, Donnay (holding), 8:42; USA, Wade (holding), 11:08; USA, Osterberg (interference), 19:03.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 11 10 7 28
SUI 9 12 14 35

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Howe, 60:00 9-9 12-11 14-12 35-32
SUI, Kuonen, 60:00 11-10 10-7 7-6 28-23

Power Play: USA 1-5; SUI 1-12
Penalties: USA 12-24; SUI 5-10

2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament • Team USA Schedule
August 18-22 • Huttwil, Switzerland

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)/Result

Mon., Aug. 16* Switzerland W, 6-3
Wed., Aug. 18 Czech Republic W, 5-3
Fri., Aug. 20 Slovakia L, 2-3
Sat., Aug. 21 Switzerland W, 5-3
Sun., Aug. 22 Germany 11:00 a.m./5:00 a.m.

U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team Defeats Canada, 4-3,
in Final Game of 2010 Women's Under-18 Series

Team USA Posts 2-1-0-0 Record against Canada in Three-Game Series

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Emily Field (Littleton, Mass.) scored two goals, including the game-winner with 36 seconds remaining in regulation, as the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team defeated Canada, 4-3, here today in the final game of the 2010 Women's Under-18 Series. Team USA finished with a 2-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Canada during the three-game series, its best finish since the series began in 2007.

"Today's game was the best these teams played," said Jodi McKenna, head coach of the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. "Our team did a fantastic job handling the pressure and responding. We kept our composure until the very end and found a way to win."

Canada opened the game's scoring 17 minutes into the first period, but Team USA answered just 50 seconds later. Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) dropped a pass in the slot for Field, who fired a wrist shot that beat Canadian goaltender Amanda Makela.

Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) scored the lone second-period goal to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. Demi Crossman (Livonia, Mich.) sent a pass through the neutral zone to Darkangelo, who skated in uncontested and released a shot to the top right corner of the net.

Canada scored two goals early in the third period to take the lead, 3-2. But Team USA responded once again, tying the game with a power-play goal at the 7:51 mark. Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) sent a pass to Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) at the back post, where she lifted a shot past Canadian goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens.

With 36 seconds remaining in the third period, Field scored her second goal of the game. After a battle in front of the net, Field found the loose puck and poked it through Desbiens to lift the U.S. to the victory.

U.S. goaltender Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) made 22 saves in the victory, while Desbiens and Makela combined to stop 34 shots in the loss.

NOTES: The 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 11 states ... Alex Carpenter is the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter ... Layla Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) is the cousin of 2010 U.S. Olympian Gigi Marvin ... Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, is serving as the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. She is assisted by Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Emily McKissock, former assistant women's ice hockey coach at the University of Vermont ... The roster was selected following the annual USA Hockey Girls' Select 17 Player Development Camp, which provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at a national level against other players from their age group.


Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 1 - 2 - 4
CAN 1 - 0 - 2 - 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Fulton (unassisted), 16:46; 2, USA, Field (Pfalzer), 17:36. Penalties: CAN, team (delaying-the-game), 1:32; USA, Brandt (tripping), 18:06.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Darkangelo (Crossman), 13:51. Penalties: CAN, Connery (tripping), 1:23; USA, Boulier (body-checking), 17:45; USA, Stecklein (hooking), 18:16.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, CAN, Josephs (MacDonnell), 3:50; 5, CAN, Mercer (Ambrose), 5:10 (pp); 6, USA, Carpenter (Picard), 7:51 (pp); 7, USA, Field (Pfalzer), 19:24. Penalties: USA, Pelkey (body-checking), 1:50; USA, McMillen (body-checking), 4:04; CAN, Dufault (hooking), 7:13; USA, Marvin (holding), 12:01.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 16 10 12 38
CAN 9 7 9 25

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miller, 60:00 9-8 7-7 9-7 25-22
CAN, Makela, 30:11 16-15 8-8 -- 24-23
CAN, Desbiens, 29:49 -- 2-1 12-10 14-11

Power Play: USA 1-3; CAN 1-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; CAN 3-6

Team USA 2010 Women's Under-18 Series
August 18-21 • Olympic Center 1980 Rink • Lake Placid, N.Y.

Date Opponent Time (EDT)/Result

Wed., Aug. 18 Canada W, 4-1
Thurs., Aug. 19 Canada W, 3-2 (OT)
Sat., Aug. 21 Canada W, 4-3


The U.S. annexed New Mexico on this date in 1846.


The Saskatchewan Riders will carry their 5-2 record back into to game action next Saturday, August 28th at Edmonton against the 1-6 Eskimos, with kickoff set for 7:00pm 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."


Today is Tooth Fairy Day


Today in Sports History:

1934 - Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat the White Sox 3-2 in 12 innings.

1947 - In the 14th NFL All-Star Game, the All-Stars beat the Chicago Bears 16-0, in front of a crowd of 105,840.

1951 - 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.

1972 - Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games.

1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters.

2001 - Brett Hull signed a 2 year deal for $9 million with the Detroit Redwings.

2003 - Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) went 0-5 to end a 30-game hitting streak.


OAKLAND -- The Tampa Bay Rays rallied in the eighth inning last night, scoring three times to grab a 5-4 comeback win over the Oakland Athletics, in front of 16,202 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The Athletics scored twice in the first. Coco Crisp scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff's sacrifice fly and Daric Barton scored on a single by Mark Ellis, putting Oakland on top 2-0. Evan Longoria got the Rays on the board with his 18th homer of the year leading off the second, utting the deficit to 2-1. Tampa Bay would tie the game in the sixth, as Carl Crawford would come home on Ben Zobrist's sacriofice fly, knotting the game 2-2. The Athletics would respond with 2 runs in their half of the sixth. With two outs, Ellis doubled home Barton and Rajai Davis would single home Ellis, putting Oakland 2 up, at 4-2.

Athletics starter Brett Anderson kept the Rays' bats mostly in check over seven innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits, with 8 strike outs and 2 walks. But, once Anderson left at the start of the eighth in favor of reliever Craig Breslow, Tampa Bay was able to construct the winning rally. With two outs, Carlos Pena, who had drawn a one-out walk, came home on a double by Willy Aybar, closing the gap to 4-3. Then, moments later, Sean Rodriguez launched a 1-1 moon shot to left center, scoring pinch-runner Reid Brignac ahead of him. His 8th home run of the season gave the Rays the runs they needed to beat Oakland 5-4.

Randy Choate pitched the seventh and allowed 1 hit, but fanned 2. He was the beneficiary of the eighth inning rally, getting the win and squaring his record at 3-3. Chad Qualls picked up his 7th hold of the season thanks to a pair of strike outs to end the eighth, and a perfect ninth by Rafael Soriano earned him his 36th save of the season. Craig Breslow blew his 2nd save of the season and saw his season's record slip to 4-4, after getting roughed up for 3 runs on 2 hits, with 1 strike out and 1 walk in 2/3 of an inning.

The Rays are 75-48, and trail the Yankees by 1 game in the A.L. East. Tampa Bay is on top in the Wild Card race, leading the Red Sox by 5 1/2 games and the White Sox by 8. The series finale at Oakland gets underway at 4:07pm EDT, on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After today's game, the Rays move on to Anaheim for 3 games with the Angels starting tomorrow, with first pitch set for 10:05pm EDT. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: Jeremy Hellickson who got a no decision in a start non Friday, was sent to Class A Charlotte, where he will work out of the bullpen. He's a possibility to work out of the bullpen, should the Rays make the post season. David Price filled the same role in 2008....Matt Garza(12-7, 3.74) goes to the hill today for the Rays. He'll be opposed by Oakland's Dallas Braden(8-8, 3.44)....Both pitchers have thrown no-hitters this season. Garza no-hit Detroit on July 26th, while Braden pitched a perfect game against the Rays on May 9th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is just the second time in the past 20 years, where both starting pitchers in a game had thrown no-hitters that season. The other time came earlier this season, when Arizona's Edwin Jackson opposed Philadelphia's Roy Halladay....Braden has won 4 of his last 5 starts, after struggling following a stint on the 15-day D.L. that ended in mid-June. Garza has never beaten Oakland, while Braden is 4-2 lifetime against Tampa Bay.


France closed their jail on Devil's Island on this date in 1953.


The Yankees are first in the A.L. East, 1 game ahead of Tampa Bay. Boston is 6 1/2 back(The Red Sox trail by 5 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase) and Toronto is 11 1/2 back(They trail in the Wild Card race by 10 1/2) and Baltimore is 32 1/2 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 4 games(Chicago trails by 8 games in the Wild Card race), they're 11 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 19 back and Cleveland 21 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads both Oakland and the Angels by 7 games, with Seattle trailing by 19 1/2 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 1/2 games(The Phillies lead the Wild Card chase), Florida trails by 9 1/2 games, the Mets are 10 behind, and Washington(Stephen Strasburg left yesterday's start with pain in his forearm) is 19 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 3 1/2 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 2 games behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 12 behind, Houston is 17 1/2 back, the Cubs are 20 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 31 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 5 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail Philadelphia by 1 game in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado and the Dodgers are tied for third, 11 games out, with Arizona behind by 25.


Jimmy and Daddy with Dee Jay during Cancer Survivor's Night at the Dunedin Blue Jays game.

Strike three!

Baseball is more fun when you can watch it with your Mommy!

And your Daddy!

Jimmy took this picture.

Nice block.

Baseball is always more fun when you can watch it with your toddler!

Look out!

Jimmy got a baseball.

Hit the ball, will ya please? I'd like to go home.

Game's over. Time for us to go home.


St. Louis -- Tim Lincecum grasped progress Saturday night, but victory continued to elude him.

Lincecum performed much better than he did in either of his previous two starts, when he failed to last past the fourth inning. But the results remained constant: another loss, Lincecum's fourth in a row, as the Giants dropped a 5-1 decision to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Read more here.

Notes: Barry Zito(8-7, 3.56), starts today's 2:15pm EDT game for the Giants, against the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia(10-6, 2.58)....After today's series wrap in St. Louis, San Francisco will be home for 9 games starting Monday. They'll play 3 games each against Cincinnati, Arizona and Colorado.


An assassination attempt against French President Charles DeGaulle failed on this date in 1962.


In this week's NFL action, Buffalo beat Indianapolis 34-21 and New England topped Atlanta 28-10 in games played Thursday. On Friday, Cincinnati clubbed Philadelphia 22-9. In last night's action, Baltimore beat Washingto 23-3, Pittsburgh beat the Giants 24-17, Tampa Bay topped Kansas City 20-15, Miami edged Jacksonville 27-26, St. Louis tipped Cleveland 19-17, New Orleans pounded Houston 38-20, the Jets won 9-3 over Carolina, Oakland beat Chicago 32-17, Dallas knocked off San Diego 16-14, Detroit slipped past Denver 25-20 and Green Bay was a field goal better than Seattle, 27-24. Minnesota is at San Francisco on today and, on Monday, Arizona is at Tennessee.


The first complete ring around Neptune was discovered on this date in 1989.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was originally entitled "The Reno Brothers."

1959 - The Elvis Presley song "My Wish Came True" hit #12 in the U.S.

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Such A Night" hit #16 in the U.S.

1970 - It was announced that Elvis Presley would be going on his first U.S. tour since the mid-1950's.

1977 - The Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock" was released on DVD.


Retro profile: Tom Clements.

Injured QB Calvillo released from hospital.

Visit the league's official website:


Today in Beatles History

1964 - Liberty Records reported the album "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles" was selling 25,000 copies a day.

1968 - Cynthia Powell Lennon sued John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery.

1969 - The Beatles filmed a film short for "The Long and Winding Road."

1979 - George Harrison's autobiography "I Me Mine" was published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.

1998 - Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed "Double Fantasy" album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was is prison for the December 8th, 1980 murder at the time.



Bristol, Tenessee - After Brad Keselowski played to the Bristol Motor Speedway crowd by calling him a horse's behind in driver introductions, Kyle Busch spent most of the evening showing his tail to the rest of the field.

Busch knew winning three races in one weekend, particularly at Bristol, wasn't going to be a piece of cake. But at the halfway point of Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race, he had to wonder where everybody went.

Running second to Johnson on Lap 126, Stewart slowed to avoid a spinning David Ragan, only to get drilled from behind by Tony Raines. Stewart wound up having to make two pit stops for repairs and returned to the track in 25th. However, his troubles continued, as he slid sideways on Lap 212 and whacked the Turn 2 wall. A stop shortly thereafter under green put Stewart three laps down, and he eventually wound up 27th.

Edwards was running fourth when he had to pit twice to tighten loose lugnuts, which put him at the tail end of the lead lap cars. He rallied to finish 12th, but never was a factor the rest of the way.

That left Johnson, who led all but one of the first 128 laps, as perhaps Busch's closest competition. But on the first lap following a restart just past halfway, Johnson was clipped by Juan Montoya and sent head-first hard into the outside wall. Extensive repairs to replace an oil cooler ended any chances of repeating his win here last spring.

"It was a restart so everybody is out there running hard," Johnson said. "I think I left (Montoya) enough room on the outside lane there. And we were on the straightaway there for a little bit and all the sudden, I got hooked with force.

"It wasn't like we bumped and banged and I squeezed him. But we were on the straightaway and everything was fine, and then around I went. So I don't think it was something intentional and I don't think he was trying to dump me."

The beneficiary of all that craziness, Busch realized he had the best car remaining, but he could be next.

"I could have trouble," Busch said. "You know, so anything can happen in this game and at this stage. But you know, I don't even know what happened to Jimmie. From what I understand and saw, he kind of got spun, I guess, nose into the fence.

"But he was fast. I mean, he was really good. I felt like our car was definitely better than anybody's (by Lap 60)."

But about the time Busch thought he had clear sailing to the weekend sweep, Jamie McMurray and David Reutimann had other ideas.

"Surprisingly, McMurray ran me down in that one long run, and I was like, 'Whoa, where'd he come from?'" Busch said. "So I let him go. I knew we had another pit stop still yet to go, and I knew there was another opportunity for me to work on my car, get some fresh tires, and once we got tires, you know, it was only going to be probably 100 laps that we had to go the rest of the way.

"So I felt like we were better than much of the field. But you know, Reutimann was fast, and he was good. And I'm not going to say why I beat him because then he'll fix it. But it has to do with behind the wheel. He wasn't driving the place right, I'm sorry. If he fixes how to drive this place, he'd be right there with me."

And as is his custom, the glory of this victory -- and the ones on Wednesday and Friday -- will quickly fade for a guy who constantly looks forward rather than worrying about records and history.

"This one is over," Busch said. "We just won. It's awesome, it's great for the team. You know, we've got an off-day (Sunday). We can celebrate, do whatever we want to do. I'm sure (crew chief Dave Rogers) is going to invite me over to the new pool."

And so it's another first for Kyle Busch, although he admits he'll treat it just like he treats the taunts from other drivers and boos from fans. He'll let it slide off his back and put it behind him, literally.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.


On this date in 1942, Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.


DAY 12 - Beavers break camp; Gwacham adds to highlight reel.

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 and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.


Coming up:

Tonight --

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


That's it for today. See you tomorrow

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