Monday, August 2, 2010

It's Tuesday!











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

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Today is August 3rd, the 215th day of 2010. There are 150 days left in the year.

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A look at the biggest salary walk-aways in the past five years.

USA Hockey World Junior evaluation camp blog.

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Today is Watermelon Day. (Linky linky.)

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Gothberg makes good impression in Lake Placid.

Louis Leblanc signs two-year deal with Montreal.

Phantoms looking for Director of Ticket Sales.

McCauley signs with Buffalo.

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National Night Out is tonight.

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U.S. Roster Set for International Games
at USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

Team USA Will Face Finland and Sweden in Four Games in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Twenty-eight of the original 42 players attending the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will remain to face Finland and Sweden in a series of international games here this week.

The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

"We're excited to see these players perform against top international competition this week," said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "As the World Junior Championship approaches, we'll continue to monitor all American players who can help us win the gold in Buffalo."

Among those remaining are eight returning members of the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including goalie Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.); defenseman John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo.); and forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.), Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y.), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.), Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.).

For the complete current roster, click here.

The U.S. will face Finland and Sweden twice each from Aug. 3-7. Five of the six international games at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, including all four of Team USA's games, will be webcast at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: The 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp began with three intrasquad scrimmages July 30-Aug. 1, involving all 42 original camp attendees. For full camp coverage, including a blog, photos, videos, stats and rosters, click here ... The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships will take place Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. Additional information including a full tournament schedule and ticket information can be found at BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ...The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp that will begin in mid-December ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at Yale University, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Allain will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter, USA Hockey's national goaltending coach ... Mark Carlson, head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, and Greg Brown, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Boston College, will also participate in Lake Placid as camp coaches ... Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel.

2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Game Schedule
July 30 - Aug. 7 -- Lake Placid, N.Y.

Date Event* Time (EDT)/Result
Fri., July 30 Blue vs. White Scrimmage WHT 4, BLU 1
Sat., July 31 Blue vs. White Scrimmage WHT 4, BLU 2
Sun., Aug. 1 Blue vs. White Scrimmage WHT 8, BLU 3
Mon., Aug. 2 Finland vs. Sweden 4 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 3 USA vs. Sweden** 4 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 4 USA vs. Finland** 4 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 5 Finland vs. Sweden** 4 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 6 USA vs. Sweden** 4 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 7 USA vs. Finland** 4 p.m.

* all games at USA Rink
** games streamed live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com


Reagan Carey Named Director of Women's Hockey

Former Colby College Captain Comes from Atlanta Thrashers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Reagan Carey (Atlanta, Ga.), former captain of the Colby College women's ice hockey team who spent the past nine years working for the National Hockey League's Atlanta Thrashers, has been named USA Hockey's director of women's hockey.

"We're extremely excited for Reagan to become part of our national-office staff," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "She's had a huge impact on hockey in Georgia and brings a vast amount of experience to lead our growth and development efforts on the women's side."

"I am honored and excited to join the USA Hockey organization at this pivotal and energizing time within the sport," said Carey. "I am eager to team up with the best players, coaches, volunteers and supporters of girls' and women's hockey and look forward to continuing the positive momentum that has already been set in motion."

As director of women's hockey, Carey's primary focus will be on the management of the women's national program, including elite development efforts of both players and coaches.

For the past two years, Carey has held the position of director of fan development and youth marketing for Atlanta Spirit, LLC, the parent company of the Thrashers and the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. In this role, she led a new branch of marketing that integrated a youth focus throughout all areas of the teams' sales, marketing, programming, sponsorship and promotional efforts. Carey also helped the Atlanta Thrashers become the first NHL team to adopt and promote USA Hockey's American Development Model.

Carey has worked for the Atlanta Thrashers under both Atlanta Spirit and AOL Time Warner's Turner Sports, the former parent company of the Thrashers, for the past nine years. A trainee for the Atlanta Thrashers' marketing department during the 2001-02 season, Carey joined the department full-time for the 2002-03 season as marketing and special projects assistant, before being named the marketing coordinator in September 2003.

She assumed the role of manager of hockey development for the Thrashers the following season in August 2004. By implementing several programs, she developed and expanded the local hockey community and established a portion of the Thrashers' website that has become the "information hub of Atlanta hockey." In January 2006, she was promoted to senior manager of fan development, before being promoted again in September 2007 to director of fan development. In that role, she created and produced the first-ever Junior NHL All-Star Hockey Tournament, lauded by the NHL and proven to be a huge success.

Through these positions, Carey has played a vital role in growing the sport of hockey at the grassroots level in the Thrashers' local community and the state of Georgia as a whole. Additionally, she serves on the Women's Sports Foundation's GoGirlGo! Marketing Committee.

A 2001 graduate of Colby College with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Carey played four years of collegiate hockey, serving as team captain both her junior and senior year. She simultaneously played collegiate volleyball for the Mules, captaining the team from 1999-2000.

NOTES: Carey is replacing Michele Amidon, USA Hockey's first-ever director of women's hockey, who shifted gears after four years in the role to become a regional manager for USA Hockey's American Development Model.

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Police in Ohio arrested a woman accused of drunkenly dialing 911. They say Bernadette Music called 911 a number of times to ask dispatchers to go out with her.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced yesterday that punter/kicker Louie Sakoda has been released. Sakoda signed with the Riders last October after an injury to Jamie Boreham. Sakoda stayed with the Riders at the start of this season after the team sent Boreham to Toronto, but was replaced two weeks ago by Eddie Johnson, after a poor effort against Edmonton.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders take their 4-1 record on the road this coming Friday, when they take on the Montreal Alouettes for the second time this season. Kickoff from Montreal is set for 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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August is Happiness Happens Month.

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Today in Sports History:

1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four olympic gold medals.

1949 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

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This is Audio Book Appreciation Month.

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Jeremy Hellickson made his big league debut count, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins last night, before 17,689 at Tropicana Field.

Hellickson, up from Triple-A Durham to give Tampa Bay's starting rotation an extra day of rest, was impressive, allowing single runs in the fourth, when Jason Kubel singled home Alexi Casilla and in the sixth, when Kubel touched him for a one-out homer.

Reid Brignac scored the first run of the game when he scored on an Evan Longoria two-out single in the third inning. Carl Crawford's one-out, fifth-inning double plated John Jaso, putting the Rays back on top 2-1. With two outs in the fifth, a Matt Joyce double brought home Crawford and Longoria, putting Tampa Bay on top 4-1, on their way to the 4-2 win. That, combined with New York's 8-6 loss to Toronto, moved the Rays back into a tie for first in the A.L. East.

Hellickson went 7 innings for Tampa Bay, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, with 6 strike outs and 2 walks. He's now 1-0. Dan Wheeler got the last two outs of the game for his 3rd save of the season. Carl Pavano allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings for the Twins, striking out 4 and walking 2. He's now 13-7.

The Rays improve to 66-39, and are now tied with New York for first place in the A.L. East. Game two of four against the Minnesota Twins, which will wrap up this season-high 11-game homestand, is tonight, starting at 7:10pm EDT. Wednesday's game is also a 7:10pm EDT start, with first pitch Thursday scheduled for 12:10pm EDT. 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 Detroit will be on FOX.

Notes: A week after pitching the first no-hitter in Rays' history, Matt Garza was named a co-winner of the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 1st. Garza shares the honor with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who extended Major League-leading home run total to 32....To make room for Hellickson to pitch Monday, the Rays placed Andy Sonnanstine on the 15-day D.L. retroactive to July 23rd, with a left hamstring strain....Hellickson was sent back to Durham following last night's game. He was replaced by infielder Dan Johnson. Johnson is hitting .303 with 30 homers and 95 RBIs in 98 games with Durham this season....Ben Zobrist, out with a lower back injury and Carlos Pena, out with a right foot injury, both are making progress, but still weren't ready for action yesterday. Zobrist says he expects to be ready to go by Wednesday. There still is no time table for Pena's return to the lineup.

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August is Motor Sports Awareness Month. (And no, the last four words of the National Anthem are NOT: "Gentlemen, start your engines.")

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The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East(They're also tied for the Wild Card lead), 6 1/2 games ahead of Boston. Toronto is 11 1/2 back and Baltimore is 34 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, the White Sox lead Minnesota by 1 game, Detroit trails by 7, Cleveland and Kansas City are 15 games behind.

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

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 games, Florida is 7 behind and the Mets are 7 1/2 back, with Washington trails by 13 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 11 behind, Houston is 13 games behind, the Cubs are 13 1/2 back and Pittsburgh is 23 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 2 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado is 7 1/2 behind, the Dodgers trail by 9 and Arizona is 22 games back.

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Jimmy has breakfast while watching Dinosaur Train.

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The San Francisco Giants are now 2 games behind first-place San Diego in the N.L. West. The Padres, who pounded the Dodgers last night 10-5, gained a half-game on San Francisco, who had Monday off.

The Giants are 61-45, 2 games behind first-place San Diego in the N.L. West. The Giants are on top of the N.L. Wild Card race. San Francisco, winners of 20 of their last 25 games, hit the road for six games, starting tonight with three at Colorado, followed by three in Atlanta starting Friday, before returning home next Monday for four games with the Cubs and three big games with division-leading San Diego starting next Friday. Next Saturday's game with the Padres airs on FOX, with the Sunday game against San Diego showing on ESPN.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - In Miami, Elvis Presley began a week-long tour of Florida.

1957 - Elvis Presley's single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" hit #3 in the U.K.

1964 - Principal photography for the Elvis Presley film "Girl Happy" was finished.

1963 - The Elvis Presley single "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" hit #1 in the U.K.

1974 - Elvis Presley's single "If You Talk In Your Sleep" hit #17 in the U.S.

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The Tampa Bay Storm (11-5, 3-3) look to avenge a season-opening loss to the Tulsa Talons (10-6, 6-0) on Saturday as they travel to the BOK Center to take on the Southwest Division champs in the Divisional Round of the 2010 AFL Playoffs. In the season opener, the Talons defeated the Storm 69-58 at the BOK Center April 3.

Tulsa enters the contest as winners in four of its last five, while Tampa Bay comes in as losers in two of its last three after putting together a season-high eight-game winning streak.


Who: Tampa Bay Storm vs. Tulsa Talons

What: AFL Playoffs – Divisional Round

When: Saturday, August 7, 2010
Kickoff – 8:05 PM EST on 1250AM WHNZ

Where: BOK Center
200 South Denver
Tulsa, OK 74103

For more information regarding playoff schedule and tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, call 813.301.6600 or log on to http://www.tampabaystorm.com/.

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Jimmy's future's so bright, he's gotta wear shades. And an Elmo hat!

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August is National Panini Month. (Now, that's one I can embrace!)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:35pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Zippo 200 at the glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen International, New York 1:30pm EDT

Arena Football: AFL Divisional Round Playoff Game Tampa Bay Storm at Tulsa Talons 8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen International, New York 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 1:35pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series: Honda Indy 200 presented by Westfield Insurance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio 2:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow!

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