Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's Tuesday!

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


Today is August 17th, the 229th day of 2010. There are 136 days left in the year.


Kaberle to remain with Leafs.

Complete RDO camp coverage.


Congrats to Pennsylvania's Vic Kleman on his 4,000th roller coaster ride. On Sunday the 78-year-old road for five hours on the wooden Jack Rabbit coaster outside Pittsburgh. Kleman's been riding it since 1959 and has racked up 4,000 spins.


USHL Alumni Voices: Colby Cohen.

Stamps' Day commits to Yale.

Saints offer new ticket package.

Former Black Hawk signs with Blackhawks' AHL affiliate.


Today is the Meaning of "Is" Day. (What is the meaning of is? You can't even ask the question without using the word, so it's pretty hard to define. It's the third person singular form of the word "be," which is also hard to define without going into existential mumbo jumbo. Spend today trying to define is in your words without using the word be. It's actually sort of a challenge.)


U.S. Under-17 Select Team Defeats Switzerland, 6-3,
in Exhibition Prior to Under-17 Five Nations Tournament

Team USA to Open Tournament Play Against the Czech Republic Wednesday

HUTTWIL, Switzerland -
Jordan Masters (Rochester, N.Y.), Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) and Zach Stepan (Fairbault, Minn.) each collected a goal and an assist, and Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) notched three assists, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Switzerland, 6-3, here tonight in an exhibition game prior to the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

"Our players wore the USA jersey with great honor and pride tonight in their first international experience," said Sean Tremblay, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "We will certainly be ready when Wednesday comes."

Masters gave Team USA a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the first period. After the U.S. won a faceoff in the attacking zone, Barber slipped the puck to Masters, who fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle for the goal.

After Switzerland tied the game early in the second period, the U.S. scored three straight goals to gain a 4-1 advantage. Fitzgerald netted a goal at 8:35 of the second off of a three-on-two rush and A.J. Michaelson (Lakeville, Minn.) connected on rebound just two minutes later. At the 16:05 mark of the middle frame, Nicholas Schilkey (Smiths Creek, Mich.) collected a pass from Sheldon Dries (Macomb, Mich.) in front of the net and buried the chance to give Team USA a three-goal advantage.

Team USA extended its lead to 6-1 in the third period with goals by Stepan and Teddy Doherty (Hopkinton, Mass.). Switzerland notched two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game, but the U.S. held on for the victory.

U.S. goaltenders Brandon Hope (Canton, Mich.) and Jimmy Howe (Northville, Mich.) combined to make 27 saves in the victory, while Swiss netminders Melvin Nyffeler and Robin Kuonen stopped 31 shots in the loss.

The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will face the Czech Republic in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday (Aug. 18) at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

NOTES: For the full Team USA roster, click here ... 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 ... The 20 players on the U.S. roster represent nine states, with eight players coming from the state of Michigan ... The players were selected following the annual USA Hockey 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 - 2 - 6
SUI 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Masters (Barber), 8:14. Penalties: USA, Barber (roughing); USA, Donnay (charging); USA, Webermin (tripping).

Second Period - Scoring: 2, SUI, Zangger (unassisted), 3:29; 3, USA, Fitzgerald (Koules, Stepan), 8:35; 4, USA, Michaelson (Morgan), 10:46; 5, USA, Schilkey (Dries, Doherty), 16:05. Penalties: SUI, Schmutz (cross-checking), 12:37; USA, Masters (roughing), 12:37.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Stepan (Fitzgerald, Barber), 3:12 (pp); 7, USA, Doherty (Masters, Barber), 9:58; 8, SUI, Balmelli (Studer), 10:13; 9, SUI, Schmutz (Sterchi), 11:18. Penalties: SUI, Kreis (hooking), 1:55.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 13 11 6 30
SUI 8 13 16 37

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Hope, 30:00 8-8 5-4 -- 13-12
USA, Howe, 30:00 -- 8-8 16-14 24-22
SUI, Nyffeler, 30:00 13-12 4-3 -- 17-15
SUI, Kuonen, 30:00 -- 7-5 6-4 13-9

Power Play: USA 1-1; SUI 0-3
Penalties: USA 4-8; SUI 2-4

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 4:30 p.m./10:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 20 Slovakia 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Sat., Aug. 21 Switzerland 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 22 Germany 11:30 a.m./5:30 a.m.


The Riders are in their bye week with a 5-2 record, good for second in the West. Their next action is August 28th at Edmonton against the 1-6 Eskimos, 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."


A panda in China that is the equivalent of humans in their 60s has astonished scientists by giving birth. (They're gonna name the cub Rod Stewart.)


Today in Sports History:

1894 - John Wadsworth of Louisville set a major league record when he gave up 28 base hits in a single game.

1973 - Lee Trevino got the first hole in one of his career at the U.S.I. Golf Classic, in Sutton, MA.

1986 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was struck out for his last at bat to San Diego Padres relief pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage.


In that "other" football league last night:

The Giants throttled the Jets 31-16(Jets' Mark Sanchez 11-of-19 for 119 yards and 1 touchdown, Giants' Eli Manning knocked out of game with gash to head requiring 12 stitches to close, Victor Cruz 6 catches for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns).


Today is National Thrift Shop Day.


ST PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays scored 4 times in the eighth last night, to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4, before 18,319 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, thanks to a one-out single by Willy Aybar that drove home Carlos Pena and Sean Rodriguez. Texas would take the lead, scoring twice in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Mitch Moreland grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, with Bengie Molina scoring on the play. David Murphy would then score on a two-out single by Elvis Andrus, tying the game 2-2. In the top of the eighth, the Rangers scored twice more to take the lead. Joaquin Arias scored as Vladimir Guerrero grounded into another double play, then Jorge Cantu would score on Molina's single, giving Texas a 4-2 lead.

Tampa Bay would rally in their half of the eighth against Rangers' starter Cliff Lee. Carl Crawford would reach on a fielder's choice, with B.J. Upton scoring on the play to bring the Rays within a run, at 4-3. Moments later, it became a 4-4 tie, when Evan Longoria singled home Jason Bartlett. Then Pena, fresh off the D.L., singled through the middle, bringing home Crawford to put Tampa Bay on top, 5-4. The rally was complete when, with two outs, as Ben Zobrist single plated Longoria, and the Rays would go on to grab the 6-4 win.

Lance Cormier, the fifth of six Tampa Bay pitchers, would get the win. Despite walking a batter, he would get the final out of the eighth inning, then become the beneficiary of the Rays' eighth inning rally, to improve to 4-3. Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth with two strike outs, to record his 34th save of the season. Cliff Lee would go 7 2/3, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, with 10 strike outs and 1 walk. The loss drops him to 10-6, 2-3 since joining the Rangers in a trade with Seattle.

The Rays are 72-46, and are once again tied with the Yankees for first in the A.L. East. The Red Sox trail by 5 1/2 and the White Sox by 7 in the Wild Card race. Tampa Bay meets Texas again tonight at 7:10pm EDT. Wednesday's get-away day game is slated for a 1:10pm EDT first pitch. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. Tampa Bay hits the road Thursday, traveling to Oakland for 4 games and Los Angeles for 3. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: Matt Grrza(11-7, 3.92) goes to the hill tonight for the Rays. He'll be opposed by the Rangers' Tommy Hunter(9-1, 3.38)....In theree starts since his July 26th no-hitter, Garza is 0-2, with 17 strike outs and a 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings pitched....Tonight's game will be the 11th straight for Tampa Bay against A.L. West opponents....Gabe Kapler's right ankle sprain has sent him to the D.L....Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis both threw bullpen sessions yesterday, in their comebacks from right shoulder strains. Both are on track to return to action next week.


Happy Birthday today to Davy Crockett(224 years old) and Mae West(117 years old).


The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East, Boston is 5 1/2 back(Boston trails by 5 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase, the White Sox are 7 games back, and Toronto trails by 9), Toronto is 9 back and Baltimore is 30 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 3 games, they're 10 games ahead of Detroit, with Cleveland and Kansas City both 19 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 8, Oakland trails by 10 and Seattle is 22 games behind.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 1/2 games, the Mets are 10 behind, Florida trails by 11 1/2 games, Washington is 18 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is once again in first, 1 game up on St. Louis. Milwaukee is 12 1/2 behind, Houston is 15 1/2 back, the Cubs are 17 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 27 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 4 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail Philadelphia by .001 in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado sits in third, 9 games out, with the Dodgers trailing by 11 games and Arizona by 24.


I theenk my Mami ees comeeng home.

Yaaaaaaaay! Mommy's home!

Smoke's plans for world domination are foiled again.

Jimmy sure does love his Mommy!


Philadelphia -- The San Francisco Giants, who are now 3 games behind San Diego in the N.L. West following yesterday's day off,open an important 3-game series against the Phillies tonight in Philadelphia. Going into the series, the Phillies lead San Francisco by .001 in the N.L. Wild Card race, with St. Louis just 1/2 game behind. First pitch tonight is set for 7:05pm EDT.

Notes: Barry Zito(8-6, 3.44) gets the start tonight for the Giants. He'll go against Roy Oswalt(7-13, 3.34)....San Francisco plays three at St. Louis starting Friday, then returns home for a nine-game home stand(Three games each with Cincinnati, Arizona and Colorado) next Monday).


Today in Elvis History:

1969 - Elvis Presley's TV special was re-broadcasted on NBC-TV. The song "Blue Christmas" was edited out and replaced with "Tiger Man."

1977 - Elvis was scheduled to perform a concert, however, he had died the day before.

1977 - U.S. President Carter issued the statement, "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable."

1991 - The Elvis Presley single "Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live)" hit #68 in the U.K.

2006 - The Jerry Schilling book "Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley" was released.


Stamps sitting pretty heading into bye week.

Superstition is the way for Bombers and Head Coach Paul LaPolice.

It's Rivalry Night in Toronto Friday.

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


Today in Beatles History

1960 - The Beatles began their first engagement away from England when they arrived in Hamburg West Germany. It was the first time the group played under the name the Beatles.


ArenaBowl XXIII 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.

Go to arenafootball.com to download the nifty-tv player to watch the game. Jurt Warner, AFL legend and former Super Bowl M.V.P. will provide commentary for the telecast of the big game.


The electric self-starter for motor vehicles was patented on this day in 1891.


Here's a look at the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

Joe Halahuni Named To 2010 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List.

Johnny Hekker and James Rodgers Make Preseason Watch Lists.

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


The capital of the U.S. moved from New York to Philadelphia on this date in 1790.


Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Arena Football Arena XXIII Championship Game: Tampa Bay Storm at Spokane Shock 8:00pm EDT

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

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

Saturday --

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

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

NFL Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm 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


That's all for now. See you tomorrow

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