Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Saturday!












It's Saturday and for most of us, start of a three-day weekend. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 4th, the 247th day of 2010. There are 118 days left in the year.

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Kovalchuk deal registered as NHL, NHLPA reach settlement.

Pens' Staal not ready yet, but hopeful for opener.

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September is International Square Dancing Month.

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USHL officials head to camp.

Steel name Jon Waibel Head Coach/General Manager.

Equipment Manager returns to help Black Hawks.

Video Report: Tri-City Storm press conference.

Former Muskie Louis Liotti enters spohomore season in pro hockey.

USHL Alumni Voices: Cameron Burt.

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Today is Newspaper Carrier Day.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to rebound from Week 9's 17-14 loss at Edmonton, as they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this coming Sunday at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. The Riders, who have lost 3 of their past 5, trail Calgary by 4 points in the CFL West. Saskatchewan enters the Labour Day Classic with a 5-3 record while the Bombers, who dropped a 39-17 decision at Montreal on August 19th in their most recent game, are 2-6. Kickoff on Sunday is set for 4:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog. The Riders will travel to Winnipeg for the Banjo Bowl, starting at 1:00pm EDT on Sunday, September 12th.

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

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September is Better Breakfast Month.

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Today in Sports History:

1948 - The longest pro tennis match in history was played when Pancho Gonzales and Ted Schroeder played 67 games in five sets.

1953 - The New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships.

1972 - Swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich, Germany. Spitz was the first Olympian to win seven gold medals. World records were set in his seven events.

1993 - Jim Abbott, pitcher for the New York Yankees, pitched a no-hitter. Abbott had been born without a right hand.

2002 - The Oakland Athletics won their AL-record 20th straight game. The A's gave up an 11-run lead during the game and then won the game on a Scott Hatteberg home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game hosted the largest crowd (55,528) ever for a regular season game at the Coliseum.

2002 - St. Louis manager Tony La Russa got his 1,905th major league win. He tied Casey Stengel for eighth place.

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September is National Blueberry Popsicle Month.

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Baltimore - A pair of two-run innings helped propel the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night in front of 13,507.

The Rays scored twice in the third and twice in the fourth. In the third, Carl Crawford singled home Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria doubled home Crawford, for a 2-0 Tampa Bay lead. In the fourth, Brignac singled home Matt Joyce and B.J. Upton scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Zobrist for a 4-0 lead. The Orioles scored in the bottom of the fourth when Ty Wigginton scored on a sacrifice fly by Felix Pie but that's as close as they'd get, as the Rays held on for the 4-1 win.

Matt Garza allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 3 strike outs and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings to get the win for Tampa Bay, he's now 14-7. Chad Qualls(10), Randy Choate(15) and Joaquin Benoit(24) recorded holds, and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 41st save of the season. Baltimore starter Kevin Millwood went 5 2/3, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, with 3 strike outs and 5 walks, dropping to 3-15 on the season.

The Rays are 83-51, and trail the Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the A.L. East. First pitch tonight is set for 7:05pm EDT on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After tomorrow's game in Baltimore, Tampa Bay will then play three in Boston and three more in Toronto, before returning home on Monday, September 13th, for a big three-game set with the Yankees to jump start a six-game home stand, that includes three games with the Angels. After that short stay at home, the Rays play four at New York on the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. All games for the remainder of the season can be seen on Sun Sports with the exception of the September 18th game at Anaheim, which will be available online at MLB.tv. Two Wednesday games with the Yankees, September 15th and September 22nd, will air on ESPN.

Notes: James Shields(13-11, 4.73) will start for Tampa Bay tonight against Baltimore. He'll be opposed by the Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie(8-14, 3.94)....The Rays are 10-3 against the Orioles and a Major League-best 40-25 on the road this season. The 40 road wins matcg their franchise record for one entire season....Tampa Bay leads the all-time series against Baltimore, 110-107. Shields has earned a victory in five of his past eight starts. Shields is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in eight career starts at Camden Yards....Manager Joe Maddon received a nice personal milestone on Friday, when his team's victory pushed him to 391-391 for his career. Maddon hadn't been at .500 since owning an 8-8 record all the way back on April 20 of the 2006 season. Prior to Maddon's arrival in '06, the Rays had posted a 518-775 record under previous management....The Rays have held the best record in baseball for a total of 76 days this season, which is 36 more than in their first 12 seasons combined.

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Today is Internation Drive Your Studebaker Day.

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The Yankees lead Tampa Bay by 1 1/2 games in the A.L. East, Boston is 8 1/2 back in the division race and trail in the Wild Card race by 7 1/2, Toronto is 15 1/2 back and Baltimore(Eliminated from post-season contention) is 36 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 4 games, they're 11 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 21 1/2 back and Cleveland 24 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 9 and the Angels by 10 1/2 games, with Seattle trailing by 22 1/2 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 1 game(The Phillies lead the Wild Card race by 3 games), Florida trails by 9 (They're 8 back in the Wild Card race), the Mets are 12 behind and Washington is 21 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 7 games,(The Cards are 5 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race), Houston and Milwaukee are both 16 back, the Cubs are 20 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh(Eliminated from post season competition) is 33 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 3 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail the N.L. Wild Card chase by 3 games). Colorado is 6 1/2 behind(They're 6 1/2 back in the Wild Card), the Dodgers are fourth, 8 games out(They trail by 8 games in the Wild Card race), and Arizona is 21 games behind.

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Run Jimmy, run!






My turn to drive Daddy!









I like my new Big Boy car seat!








Jimmy wants to join the band, after the drummer gave him a pair of sticks.








This car, a 1966 Dodge Charger, belongs to the drummer of the Flashback Band, who played at last night's car show at Biff Burger in St. Petersburg. (I used to drive a '67.)





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Los Angeles - Barry Zito endured another defeat Friday night, but didn't absorb punishment from Bruce Bochy with it.

The Giants manager lifted Zito after the fourth inning, in which the left-hander walked the first two hitters -- both of whom scored on opposing pitcher Chad Billingsley's bases-loaded single. Those runs made the difference in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-2 victory, which prevented the Giants from gaining a game on first-place San Diego in the National League West standings.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Matt Cain(10-10, 3.11) starts tonight against the Dodgers, who start Ted Lilly(8-9, 3.59).... Cain has lost 8-of-9 decisions lifetime to the Dodgers, but he's 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 2 starts this season....Second baseman Freddy Sanchez is batting .431 over his past 17 games....Catcher Buster Posey has hit safely in 24 of 31 contests versus NL West competition....The Dodgers own a 231-187 record against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

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Today in Elvis History:

1964- Elvis Presley's single "Such A Night" hit #13 in the U.K.

1982- The album "Romantic Elvis/Rockin' Elvis" hit #62 in the U.S. 

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Lions pound Montreal 38-17.

GMs hope to bolster rosters for stretch run.

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

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Today in Beatles History

1962 - The Beatles began recording at EMI's Abbey Road for the first time. They reluctantly record Mitch Murray's "How Do You Do It." "Love Me Do" was also recorded.

1970 - George Harrison released "My Sweet Lord."


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Today (and tomorrow) is Oatmeal Day.

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The Beavers begin the 2010 season against the TCU Horned Frogs tonight 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.

Here's news and notes on tonight's game from the Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers.

Here's a look at tonight's game from FoxSports.com.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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September is Healthy Aging Month.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs Atlanta 1 9:00am EDT

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs Florida Eels 6:00pm EDT

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

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees 7:00pm EDT

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

College Football: Oregon State Beavers at TCU Horned Frogs 7:45pm 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 --

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs Atlanta 2 11:00am EDT

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees 1:00pm EDT

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

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs TBA 3:00pm or 5:00pm 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

Monday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

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

Tuesday --

Baseball: Florida State League North Division Playoffs, Game One Dunedin Blue Jays at TBA Time TBA

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Florida State League North Division Playoffs, Game Two TBA at Dunedin Blue Jays Time TBA

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Florida State League North Division Playoffs, Game Three TBA at Dunedin Blue Jays Time TBA (If necessary)

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Richmond 250 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia 7:00pm EDT

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Minor Juniors 5:15pm EDT

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia 7:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Major Juniors 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Minor Juniors 9:30am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Major Juniors 12:15pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow. Go Beavers!

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