Saturday, September 18, 2010

It's Saturday!












It's Saturday and it's the weekend. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 18th, the 261st day of 2010. There are 104 days left in the year.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors locked horns with the USF Ice Bulls last night and, in a back-and-forth game, prevailed 5-4 in a shootout.

Pat Trizis and Patrick Rodgers scored at 2:18 and 6:09 respectively, giving the Juniors a 2-0 halftime lead. (The game consisted of two 25-minute halves.)

When Scott Vargas scored at 4:54 of the scond half for a 3-0 lead, it appeared as though Tampa Bay might roll to the win. However, USF responded and wiped out the deficit, on goals by Doug Hill at 6:16, Ben Leonard at 7:46 and Matty Anderson at 14:50, tying the game 3-3. Chase Anderson was credited for a goal at 17:06 that originally appeared to be deflected by a defender, putting the Juniors back on top 4-3. USF didn't fold, getting a goal by Aly Dhanani at 20:35, tying the game 4-4 and forcing a deciding shootout.

The deciding goal came in the very first round, as Chase Anderson slipped one home stick side, allowing Tampa Bay to escape with the 5-4 win.

Both teams had 25 shots on goal on the evening. Braxton Schulz made 21 saves for the Juniors, while Jason Smith and Zach Works teamed up for 21 saves for USF. The Bulls were 1-for-4 on the power play, Tampa Bay was 1-for-1.

Next up for the Tampa Bay Juniors is an MJHL contest tonight against the Florida Eels. Both games start at 8:00pm EDT at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. Admission is $5, 12 and under, plus current Gulf Coast Flames players are free. Both games can be seen on fasthockey.com.

The Juniors' SEJHL team has the weekend off.

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Today is Chiropractic Founders Day.

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Register now for a chance at Winter Classic tickets.

Caps show defiance at training camp.

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Today is National Respect Day.

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Hopeful Herd prepares for USHL season.

Youngstorn Phantoms raise money for Akron Children's Hospital.

15 former Stampede players to participate in NHL training camps.

Pride on Ice: New arena a winner.

Make-A-Wish Walk and 5K in Cedar Rapids.

Hockey is right around the corner as summer ends in Indianapolis.

Gaede pressures himself to excel.

Game recaps:

USHL preseason scoreboard.

Dubuque loses to Cedar Rapids.

Storm beats Lincoln in OT.

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Happy Birthday today to the United States Air Force, formed this day in 1947.

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In an emotional night at Mosaic Stadium in Regina that saw the lead change hands eight times, the Saskatchewan Roughriders rallied from an 11 point 4th quarter deficit Friday to defeat the Calgary Stampeders 43-37 in overtime, in front of a ninth-straight sellout crowd of 30,945, for the team's 10th straight home win. Calgary scored first when  Milt Collins ran an interception back 55 yards for a major score. Rob Maver's convert gave the Horsemen a 7-0 lead with 12:38 remaining in the first. With 1:32 left in the first, Maver punched through a 25 yard field goal, giving Calgary a 10-0 lead through 15 minutes.

In the second, Eddie Johnson's 53 yard punt single 80 seconds into the second for Saskatchewan made it 10-1 Ponies. Wes Cates ran 8 yards for a major score and Luca Congi converted with 5:55 left in the half, then Darian Durant found Weston Dressler for a 77 yard catch and run touchdown, Congi converted with 3:43 left, then Johnson drilled a 93 yard kickoff single 22 seconds later, put the Roughriders on top 16-10. Calgary responded with a Drew Tate 1 yard touchdown run, a Maver convert with 1:35 left, and a Maver 22 yard field goal with one tick left game the Stampeders a 20-16 halftime lead.

The fireworks continued in the third as each team added a major score. Saskatchewan scored on a 30 yard run by Hugh Charles and with a Congi convert, regained the lead at 23-20 with 2:53 left in the third. Calgary took back the lead with a Jon Cornish 30 yard touchdown catch from Henry Burris and with the Maver convert, the Stamps were back on top 27-23, with 46 seconds to play in the third.

Congi kicked an 18 yard field goal 1:05 into the fourth, cutting the Calgary lead to one, at 27-26. Joffrey Reynolds scored on a 4 yard touchdown run and Maver converted with 4 minutes gone, then Maver kicked a 30 yard field goal with 8:27 left, putting the Stampeder lead, 37-26. Durant conneced with Andy Fantuz for a 60 yard major score, then Cary Koch caught Durant's pass for a two-point conversion and, with 2:13 still to play, the Roughriders were down by just 3, at 37-34. Congi drilled a 44 yard field goal  with 2:13 to play in regulation, tying the game 37-37. Saskatchewan had a chance to win in regulation, but turned down what many thought was a sure field goal, instead opting for Johnson to try and win it with a punt single. However, that decision failed, and the game went to overtime.

The Riders got the ball first, and scored on a 5 yard run by Cates.The two point conversion failed, leaving the Saskatchewan lead at 6, 43-37. Calgary had an opportunity to tie, then win the game, but a third and goal pass fell incomplete, giving the Roughriders the 43-37 win.

For Saskatchewan, Darian Durant was 23-of-39 passing for 500 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, while also rushing 5 times for 69 yards. Andy Fantuz caught 10 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown, Weston Dressler caught 3 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, and Jason Clermont grabbed 3 balls for 66 yards. Wes Cates ran 10 times for 35 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 3 passes for 23 yards and Hugh Charles ran the ball just once but made it count, scoring a touchdown from 30 yards out. Luca Congi kicked 2 field goals and 3 converts and Eddie Johnson had 2 singles. Cary Koch added to the scoring by catching a two-point conversion pass. For the Stampeders, Henry Burris was 29-of-40 passing for 348 yards and 1 touchdown, Jon Cornish caught a pass for a major score, Joffrey Reynolds and Drew Tate ran for touchdowns, Milt Collins scored an interception return touchdown and Rob Maver kicked 3 field goals and 4 converts.

With the win, the Riders improve to 7-4 in the CFL West, 4 points behind the now 9-2 Calgary. The Riders will play again on September 25th, a Saturday against the Hamilton Tigercats, Kickoff on 620 CKRM is set for 6:30pm EDT.

Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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Today is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day.

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Here's the Week 2 NFL Schedule:

Sunday, September 19th (All times Eastern)--

1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

1:00 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons

1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings

1:00 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns

1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers

1:00 p.m. Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys

4:05 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos

4:05 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders

4:15 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers

4:15 p.m. Houston Texans at Washington Redskins

4:15 p.m. New England Patriots at New York Jets

8:20 p.m. New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts

Monday, September 20th (All times Eastern)--

8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

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This is World Water Monitoring Day.

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The Beavers play their home opener this afternoon, against the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff at Reser Stadium in Corvallis is set for 5:30pm EDT. You can listen to the game on the Beaver Sports Network. Fox Sports Northwest has the T.V.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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Today is Big Whopper Liar Day.

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It was never right for left-footed Medlock.

Sharun overcomes all odds on road to CFL.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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This is International Eat An Apple Day.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- A baserunning gaffe and a late home run did in the Rays in a 4-3 loss to the Angels on Friday night at Tropicana Field with 23,215 watching.

By losing, the Rays (88-58) dropped to a half-game behind the Yankees (89-58), who defeated the Orioles, 4-3, in Baltimore on Alex Rodriguez's three-run homer in the ninth.

Read the rest here.
Notes: David Price (17-6, 2.75 ) is on the mound for the Rays tonight against the Angels' Joel Pineiro(10-7, 4.18 ).....Dan Johnson was named the Rays' Minor League Player of the Year and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was named their Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Friday. Johnson hit .303 for Triple-A Durham with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs Although he was recalled to the Majors on Aug. 2, he led the International League in homers, on-base percentage and slugging. The left-handed batter was named International League Most Valuable Player and a midseason and postseason All-Star. Johnson has hit .225 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 26 games for the Rays this season. Hellickson spent the majority of the season at Durham, but has had three stints in the Majors. He went 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA (117 2/3 innings, 32 earned runs), allowing 103 hits and 35 walks while striking out 123. For the Rays, Hellickson has posted a 3-0 record in seven appearances (four starts) with a 3.30 ERA this season....With Price moved up to Saturday, Jeff Niemann was pushed back a day and will start Sunday's game.... One more win will give the Rays 270 over the last three seasons, an average of 90 wins per season. The Rays would become the fourth team all time to average 90-plus wins over three consecutive seasons after averaging 90-plus losses the previous three seasons, joining the 1988-93 Atlanta Braves, the 1975-80 Milwaukee Brewers and the 1996-2001 Oakland A's.

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Today is International Coastal Cleanup Day.

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In the American League East, the Yankees lead Tampa Bay(who lead the Wild Card) by 1/2 game, Boston is 7 behind (They trail the Wild Card by 6 1/2), Toronto lags behind by 15 and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 30 1/2 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota is 9 ahead of the White Sox, Detroit is behind by 15, while Cleveland(Eliminated trails by 27 and Kansas City(Eliminated) sits 27 1/2 in arrears.

In the American League West, Texas leads Oakland by 9, the Angels are 10 1/2 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 26 1/2.

In the National League East, Philadelphia leads Atlanta(Braves lead the Wild Card race) by 3 games, the Mets and Florida are both 13 out and Washington(Eliminated) is 24 1/2 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 6 games, Houston is 11 1/2 back, Milwaukee is 14 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 16 1/2 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 33 1/2 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1/2 game ahead of San Diego(The Padres are 1 1/2 game behind in the Wild Card), Colorado is 1 1/2 behind(2 1/2 out in the Wild Card), the Dodgers is 11 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 24.

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This is National Seat Check Saturday.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Friday night should have been a culmination of sorts for the Giants. Instead, it was an abomination.


The Giants faced the Milwaukee Brewers, whom they swept in a four-game series July 5-8 to start the renaissance that hoisted them atop the National League West standings. Expecting the Giants to sustain such dominance would be risky. But they could have been counted on to deliver their typically spirited effort on their first full day in first place.

That didn't happen. The Giants performed as if their orange jerseys were Halloween costumes disguising them as a contending team. They struggled on defense and mustered virtually no offense in a 3-0 loss at AT&T Park.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Tim Lincecum(14-9, 3.60 ) goes to the mound tonight for the Giants against the Brewers'
Yovani Gallardo(12-7, 3.64 )....When a team loses a player as important as Andres Torres, it's going to take awhile for the club to respond. Giants manager Bruce Bochy maintained Friday that the Giants would continue to split center-field duties between Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross. Bochy said he and his staff "(try) to keep them both involved and give them some at-bats and look at matchups." For those looking to make an educated prediction for Saturday's starter, Rowand is 3-for-13 with three doubles in his career against Yovani Gallardo, while Ross is 0-for-3.
 
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Today is National Responsible Dog Owner Day.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland signed up to be Elvis Presley's guitar player.

2005 - Elvis Presley received the songs that director Gene Nelson and musical director Fred Karger had chosen for "Kissin' Cousins."

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "There's Always Me" hit #56 in the U.S.

1972 - The "New Musical Express" reported that "Elvis Says No To Britain." Colonel Parker had sited unsuitable venues as the reason.

2003 - Elvis Presley's estate closed Elvis Presley's Memphis restaurant-nightclub. The venture had been open for six years.

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Here's Jimmy, one year ago today, with three of his best friends. Flipper, Snoopy and his thumb.



Here's Jimmy last night as Mr. GQ.






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Today in Beatles History:

1974 - John Lennon was a guest DJ on WNEW-FM in New York.


1984 - The Beatles shared the Video Vanguard category, with David Bowie, at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards.

1993 - New Musical Express ranked John Lennon's album "Imagine" #34 on its list of The Greatest Albums of the 70's.

2009 - The George Harrison inspired 2008-built Mini Cooper S Hatchback was sold at auction for £23,000.

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Today is National Cheeseburger Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - Jim Bottomley knocked in 12 runs in a single game setting a major league baseball record.

1953 - The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

1988 - Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball.

2004 - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman imposed a lockout due to an impasse in contract negotiations. The players union and NHL officials did not meet again until December 9.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Florida Eels at Tampa Bay Juniors 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Saturday:

Nascar Nationwide Series: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 11:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:40pm EDT

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

Monday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 3:00pm

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Blades TBA

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow. Have a great day, okay?!?!

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