Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's Tuesday!











It's another Tuesday. (It is?) Well then, here's what's happening....

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Today is August 10th, the 222nd day of 2010. There are 143 days left in the year.

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Kovalchuk once again a free agent after arbitrator ruling.

Record overseas slate highlights preseason schedule.

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Today is National Banana Split Day.

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Lightning names Cooper to coach AHL Norfolk.

Megna commits to UNO.

Storm adds assistant coach for 2010-11.

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Today is National Duran Duran Appreciation Day.

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Canadian Football Hall of Fame events.

Roughriders add Cisco to practice roster.

Following Friday night's exciting, but disappointing 30-26 loss at Montreal, the 4-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders will return home this coming Thursday, August 12th, to host the BC Lions. The Riders topped the Leos 37-18 in Vancouver on July 10th, behind Darian Durant's 252 yards and 1 touchdown passing, plus 1 rushing touchdown. Kickoff from Mosaic Stadium is set for 9:00pm 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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The Perigean Spring Tides are today.

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From http://www.indycar.com

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Dario Franchitti always is looking to the “next” in the IZOD IndyCar Series: Next race, next victory, next championship.

For the student of motorsports history, however, it’s important to put his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance into perspective – with a little “next” worked in.

It was the 25th open-wheel racing victory for Franchitti, who moved into a tie with Gordon Johncock for 12th on the all-time list. Next up is Rodger Ward.

It was his first victory at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he holds the track record and won his first pole 12 years ago. Next up on the schedule is Infineon Raceway, where he won in 2009.

By fending off Will Power over the final 15 laps after a Lap 70 restart to win by 0.5234 (the third-closest road/street course finish in series history), Franchitti closed to 41 points of the overall championship leader. Next up, after the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, are four oval races to close the season.

Though it was too little, too late to wrest the Mario Andretti Road Championship Trophy from Power, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver was satisfied with the outing on the physically demanding course.

“Quite a lot of things running through my head right now, getting to that quarter century, doing it here at Mid-Ohio, a place I found almost every way to lose a race,” said Franchitti, who started second and recorded his second victory of the season. “Twelve years ago it was my first pole here. It’s very satisfying.

“I think the key to the race, obviously, was the Target car was very fast. I drove every lap like it was a qualifying lap today, whether I was behind Will or ahead of Will. But the key was that first pit stop by the Target boys to get me out ahead, especially a 35-foot pit box. It's the tightest we run. In practice, we couldn't get the thing out of the box with Will parked in his or get it in properly. But when the race win was on the line, it didn't seem quite as difficult and managed to pass him. I think that was the key today, because we were incredibly evenly matched on the track.”

That brief stop for tires and a 22-gallon load of ethanol – during the first full-course caution period of the race – came on Lap 25. Alex Tagliani, who pitted three laps earlier, assumed the point and led the next 30 laps. Franchitti and Power, running 1-2, both pitted on Lap 60 under green – with Franchitti again slipping out a tick of a second quicker.

“Dario, he just got out before us,” said Power, whose pit stall was the first at pit-out. “I mean, that was it. I couldn't do anything about it. Obviously those guys did a really good stop. Initially, I thought they might have short-filled some.

“It was tight for everyone. Some people had some troubles in pit lane when we all pitted under yellow. I mean, it's great for the series we've got so many cars. It's a good problem to have when you can't fit the cars into pit lane. It just shows that IndyCar is growing.”

Power remained on Franchitti’s rear wing for the closing laps, never more than 0.6157 of a second back.

“I was trying really hard at the end to make him make a mistake, letting him see me in his mirrors, letting him know if he made one little slip-up, I'm going to get him,” Power said. “That was the only way I was going to get by.”

Power’s Team Penske teammate, Helio Castroneves, finished third and Tagliani finished a season-high fourth in the No. 77 FAZZT Race Team car. Scott Dixon was fifth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing entry.

“The cars and the teams are so competitive that you see on the lap times, on the qualifying, we're talking about one second every 20 cars,” said Castroneves, who earned his first road/street podium finish this season. “It just shows there one second, it's difficult already to overtake. When you have all the guys running on the same pace, it's extremely hard. It's the nature of the track.

“Will was trying to make Dario make a mistake. He's probably the oldest one here. It's difficult to teach, what is it, an old dog a new trick.”

Ryan Briscoe, the third Team Penske driver, finished sixth and Raphael Matos gained 12 positions to finish seventh in the No. 2 HP de Ferran Dragon Racing car. Simona de Silvestro posted a season-best eighth in the No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing car, and Marco Andretti was ninth. Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay recovered from front-wing damage sustained while leaving his pit stall on Lap 25 to finish 10th. He started fourth in the No. 37 IZOD car.

"The IZOD guys did an excellent job of fixing a bent suspension under yellow there and getting us back out there without losing a lap,” he said. “But we still had big suspension problems for the rest of the race. The car was pretty diabolical, but we were able to hang on for a top 10, which is a miracle, considering."

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Today in Sports History:

1947 - William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.

1971 - Harmon Killebrew became the 10th major league player to hit 500 career home runs.

1973 - Arnold Palmer did not make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. It was the first time in his career.

1981 - Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,630 hit.

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DETROIT -- The offense awoke from it's recent slumber and pounded out 11 hits, helping a struggling David Price win his franchise-record 15th game of the season last night, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-3 before 23,932 at Comerica Park.

Detroit scored a two-out run in the second, when Gerald Laird doubled home Carlos Guillen, putting the Tigers on top, 1-0.

Tampa Bay strung together runs in the third, fourth and fifth to take control. In the third, Matt Joyce hit a lead-off homer to tie the game 1-1, Jason Bartlett scored on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly, putting the Rays on top, 2-1. They scored once in the fourth, when Evan Longoria scored on Joyce's sac fly, then once more in the fifth, when Zobrist scored on Longoria's two-out double, giving the Rays a 4-1 lead. Detroit got one back in the bottom of the fifth, as Ryan Raburn singled home Ramon Santiago, making it a 4-2 game.

The Tigers closed the gap to 4-3 in the eighth, when Brennen Boesch homered to right with two outs, slicing into Tampa Bay's lead once more. But, the Rays were able to put the game away with two runs in the ninth. B.J. Upton scored on a one-out single by John Jaso, who then scored on Carl Crawford's single to left, and Tampa Bay went on to the 6-3 win.

David Price struggled for command, going just 5 innings, but having enough to fan 9 while passing 4, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. The win raises his record to 15-5, setting a new record for most wins by a Rays pitcher in club history. Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth, with 1 strikeout, recording his 32nd save of the season. Armando Galarraga went 5 innings for Detroit, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 1 and walking 4. He's now 3-5.

The Rays, who snapped a five-game skid, are 68-44, and are second in the A.L. East, 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees, while leading Boston by 4 1/2 games in the Wild Card race. Tampa Bay continues their six game game road trip tonight in Detroit, with the second of a three-game set, starting at 7:05pm EDT. Tomorrow's series finale starts at 1:05pm EDT. On Friday, the Rays will return home for 3 games with 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: In tonight's game-two of this three-game series, Jeremy Hellickson(1-0, 2.57) will get the start for Tampa Bay in place of Wade Davis. He'll be opposed by the Tigers' Max Scherzer(7-8, 4.19)....Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis had their sore right shoulders examined, and neither was found to be seriously injured. As a precaution however, both were placed on the 15-day disabled list. Hellickson is up to replace Davis, while Niemann's spot will be filled by right-handed reliever Mike Ekstrom....David Price's win last night, his 15th of the season, set a new club record for most wins by a pitcher in one season. The previous record, 14, was shared by Edwin Jackson, James Shields and Rolando Arrojo.

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Today is Smithsonian Day.

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The Yankees lead Tampa Bay by 12 1/2 games in the A.L. East, Boston is 6 back(They trail the Rays by 4 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 10 back and Baltimore is 31 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, the White Sox and Minnesota are tied for first, Detroit trails by 9, and both Kansas City and Cleveland are 16 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 8 games, the Angels by 8 1/2, and Seattle(Who won for interim manager Daren Brown in his first game) is 22 games behind.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 1 1/2 games, The Mets trail by 8 1/2 games, Florida is 9 behind with Washington(Stephen Strasburg will start tonight) trailing by 15.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 1 games(The Cardinals won 7-3 at Cincinnati last night), Milwaukee is 11 behind, Houston is 15 games behind, the Cubs are 16 1/2 back and Pittsburgh is 24 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 1 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase by 1 game over both Philadelphia and St. Louis). Colorado is 6 1/2 behind, the Dodgers trail by 7 and Arizona is 21 1/2 games back.

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Jimmy really enjoys playing with his letters.











Jimmy likes to play with the lunch box.










Jimmy thinks walking around in Mommy's shoes is grand fun.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- After five straight games of not scoring more than three runs, the Giants finally got the elusive fourth run Monday night at AT&T Park.

More importantly, they got the win -- just their second in the past six games.

Read the rest here.

The Giants are 64-49, and are 1 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the N.L. West(The Padres were off Monday). San Francisco, which currently leads the N.L. Wild Card race by 1 game over Philadelphia and St. Louis, San Francisco is home tonight at 10:15pm EDT for the second of four games with the Cubs. Tim Lincecum(11-5, 3.15) will be opposed by Ryan Dempster(9-8, 3.76). The Giants have three big games with division-leading San Diego starting this Friday at AT&T Park. This 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:

1954 - Elvis Presley made an appearance in Memphis where he debuted "That's All Right (Mama)."

1963 - The Elvis Presley single "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" hit #3 in the U.S.

2002 - Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage were married in Hawaii.

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CFL Power Rankings: Week #7.

Bombers release Serna, add Sakoda to practice roster.

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Today in Beatles History

1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession after a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both were fined for the possession of cannabis.

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The AFL's conference finals are set. In the National Conference, the Milwaukee Iron travels to Spokane to meet the Shock. Kickoff is set for 11:00pm EDT.

Here's the news from Spokane.

And from Milwaukee.

On Saturday, the Orlando Predators travel to Tampa Bay to play the Storm. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm EDT.

Here's the word from Tampa Bay.

And from Orlando, apparently they don't feel the game warrants any press at this time. How amateurish is that?

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Former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson is a contestant on this year's Survivor. (The first immunity award goes to the person who can make Jimmy's hair move.)

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The number three (#3) seed Tampa Bay Storm will host the number four (#4) seed Orlando Predators in the American Conference Championship Game this Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum. Kickoff is at 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 S'Mores Day. (Naturally, there is a Linky Linky.)

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Keep up with the Bolts via the Lightning Web Calendar.

2010 Preseason schedule.

2010-2011 Regular Season schedule.

Get 2010-11 season tickets here.

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Today is Lazy Day. (I feel an afternoon of laying on the couch and watching Hogan's Heroes coming on.)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

Baseball: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm

Thursday --

Baseball: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm

CFL Football: BC Lions at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:00pm EDT

Arena Football: Milwaukee Iron at Spokane Surge National Conference Finals 11:00pm EDT

Friday --

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 it for now. See you tomorrow!

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