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Today is July 17th, the 198th day of 2011. There are 167 days left in the year.


Bowman adds size, toughness to Blackhawks roster.

2011 Free Agent list.

Trades completed since 2011 Entry Draft.


Today is the start of National Independent retailers Week


Hamilton outplays Riders to win big in Week #3 clash, 33-3

Hamilton, Ontario -- The Hamilton Tigercats, who scored just 26 points in a pair of season opening losses, dominated from start to finish Saturday afternoon, embarrassing the Saskatchewan Roughriders 33-3, in front of 22,245 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario.

Hamilton ran the opening kick out to their 35, then found success with their running game off the tackles, before the drive stalled near midfield. Justin Medlock shanked his punt, putting the Riders in business at their own 29. Darian Durant's first play was a pass behind Efrem Hill and into the waiting arms of the Ticats' Rey Williams, who ran it back to the Riders' 6. A run netted 2 yards, a second down pass sailed incomplete, forcing Hamilton to settle for an 11 yard field goal by Medlock with 3:57 gone in the opening quarter, for a 3-0 lead. After holding Saskatchewan to a 2 and out, Marcus Thigpen gave the Ticats instant field position, running a punt back to the Rider 53, but the drive stalled after one first down. Medlock would came out and booted a 42 yard field goal, giving Hamilton a 6-0 lead with 6:52 left in the first quarter. The Cats moved quickly down field on their next possession. Two deep passes barely missed major scores, before the drive stalled at the Saskatchewan 35. Medlock then booted his third field goal of the opening quarter, a 42 yarder with 2:35 on the clock, putting Hamilton on top 9-0. After the Cats held the Riders to their fourth straight 2 and out, Thigpen would again run a punt back to the Saskatchewan 53, starting a drive that would reach the 12 yard line by the end of the first quarter, which would see the Riders outgained in total yardage 82 to 4, while going 2 and out on all four possessions.

On the third play of the second quarter, Kevin Glenn found Chris Williams with a 5 yard touchdown pass, the first major score of Williams' CFL career. Medlock's convert with 1:53 gone in the second put Hamilton up 16-0. Saskatchewan thought they had stopped stopped the Ticats at the Hamilton 40, but a major face mask foul moved the ball to centre field and kept the drive alive. The Tigercats converted the gift into six points moments later, with Glenn zipping a 12 yard strike to Williams, who scored his second major of the quarter. Medlock converted with 7:12 left, extending Hamilton's lead to 23-0. Saskatchewan finally caught a break at the three-minute warning, as Jerrell Freeman recovered a Thigpen fumble at the the Ticat 21 yard line. The Riders would get just one first down, before Durant, on a second down scramble, was stripped of the ball, with Hamilton's Justin Hickman recovering at the 12, ultimately preserving their 23-0 lead into halftime.

The two teams would jockey for field position throughout the early parts of the third quarter, before the Ticats' Bo Smith would intercept a Durant pass at his own 37 yard line. Tad Kornegay would get flagged for pass interference 7 plays later at the Saskatchewan 5 yard line, and Thigpen, who was cut from the Riders' practice roster in 2010, carried it in from there and with the Medlock convert, Hamilton's lead was 30-0, with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter. Saskatchewan would finally put a drive together, starting at their own 27 yard yard line, moving to the Hamilton 43, where the drive stalled. From there, Eddie Johnson would sneak a 50 yard field goal over the cross bar for the Riders' first points, cutting the Tigercats' lead to 30-3, with 1:51 still to play in the third.

Marcell Young intercepted a Durant pass early in the final quarter, giving Hamilton the ball at the Saskatchewan 20 yard line. Medlock would boot his fourth field goal three plays later, this one from 35 yards, making it a 33-3 Ticats lead with 12:01 to play. Ryan Dinwiddie would relieve Durant on the next Rider possession and he would come out firing the ball deep, with Chris Getzlaf making an outstanding catch under pressure, with the 36 yard completion coming at the Hamilton 10 yard line. On third and goal from the 5, Terrence Nunn would interfere in the end zone, the third pass interference call on the drive, giving Saskatchewan a first down at the 1. The Riders would move early, moving the ball back to the 6. From there, Wes Cates couldn't hold the ball attempting a diving catch on the right side of the end zone, then Ryan Hines knocked the ball away from Getzlaf on the left side of the end zone. On third down, Dinwiddie led Getzlaf just a bit too far and the pass bounced away, denying Saskatchewan a major score. The Ticats would march from there, but Quinton Porter, who took over from Glenn midway through the drive, was intercepted by Freeman at the Rider 27 to end the drive. Dinwiddie would lead Saskatchewan from there, reaching the 12 yard line, before turning the ball over on downs. Hamilton ran out the clock from there, coasting to the 33-3 win.

For the Tigercats, Kevin Glenn was 19-for-31 passing for 203 yards passing and 2 touchdowns and Quinton Porter went 3-for-6 passing for 29 yards and 1 interception. Marcus Thigpen had a big day, rushing 9 times for 40 yards and 1 touchdown, catching 2 passes for 23 yards and returning 5 kicks for 93 yards. Chris Williams caught 5 passes for 38 yards and 2 touchdowns and Justin Medlock was successful on all 4 field goal attempts, while also putting the toe to 3 converts. For the Riders, Darian Durant had one of his worst days as a pro, with 9-for-23 passing for 95 yards and 3 interceptions, while Ryan Dinwiddie went 5-for-11 for 115 yards. Wes Cates rushed 10 times for 38 yards and Efrem Hill caught 5 passes for 87 yards. Eddie Johnson kicked one field goal. Hamilton had 119 yards rushing and 242 yards passing for 348 total yards. They had 25 first downs, possessed the ball for 34:33, recorded 2 sacks, turned the ball over twice(1 fumble, 1 interception) and were penalized 11 times for 101 yards. Saskatchewan had 45 yards rushing and 210 yards passing for just 238 yards of total offense, while picking up only 12 first downs. They held the ball for 25:27, recorded 1 sack, turned the ball over 6 times(3 interceptions, 1 fumble and 3 times on downs) and were penalized 11 times for 112 yards.

With the win, Hamilton improves to 1-3 on the year, ahead of a Week #4 battle at the BC Lions next Friday, July 22nd. And things don't get any easier for Saskatchewan, who must win at Montreal next Sunday, July 24th against the two-time defending Grey Cup champs, whom they lost to 39-25 in Week #2. Next Sunday's game, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, kicks off at 7:00pm EDT. The game can be seen on TV in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network and

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National Zoo Keeper Week starts today. (Linky Link)


Eskimos remain perfect in win over Lions.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super Jimmy!


This is National Ice Cream Day.


ST PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay's offense continued to garnish the attention, but on Saturday, that attention had a negative connotation.
After scoring a season-high nine runs Friday night, the Rays had a chance to put away the Red Sox early Saturday. They didn't get the job done en route to a 9-5 loss at Tropicana Field with 32,487 fans watching.
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Today is Wrong Way Corrigan Day. (Linky Link)


SAN DIEGO -- Barry Zito's resurgence took a statistical U-turn Saturday as the Giants absorbed an 11-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, who ended a seven-game losing streak.
Jesus Guzman, who played briefly for the Giants in 2009, drove in a career-high four runs, including three with a first-inning homer, to help snap San Francisco's four-game winning streak. The margin of defeat was San Francisco's largest of the season.
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Today in Elvis History:
1956 - Elvis made the first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "She's Not You" was released with the B-side "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello."

1965 - The Elvis Presley single "It Feels So Right" hit #55 in the U.S.

1976 - The album "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" hit #41 in the U.S.


This is Yellow Pig Day. (Linky Link)

Today in Beatles History:

1968The Beatles’ feature-length cartoon, "Yellow Submarine," premiered at the London Pavilion.

2009 - Paul McCartney played the first concert ever at Citi Field in New York.


Spain ceded Florida to the U.S. on this date in 1821.


Today in Sports History:

1941 - The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games. The streak had begun on May 15, 1941.

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers made history as the first team with a majority of black players.

1994 - Brazil won a record fourth World Cup in soccer. They defeated Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks.


Loudon, New Hampshire -- It was a day of major milestones for Kyle Busch, who tied Mark Martin for the career victory lead in the Nationwide Series with Saturday's win in the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The victory was Busch's sixth of the season in 15 starts and the 49th of his career, tying Martin. At the same time, Busch, 26, won for the 100th time in NASCAR's top three series combined.
"Happy 49, happy 100," crew chief Jason Ratcliff radioed to Busch after the driver crossed the finish line .304 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick, who said warnings from NASCAR a few weeks ago had handcuffed him when it came to making the moves necessary to win the race.
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Authorization was given on this date in 1866 to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709.
Coming Up: 
Tonight --
Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 8:05pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT


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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT


Izod Indy Car Series -- Edmonton Indy at Edmonton City Centre Airport 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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


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