Saturday, July 30, 2011

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It's Sunday, the second half of the weekend. Here's what's happening....

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Today is July 31st, the 212th day of 2011. There are 153 days left in the year.

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Summer with Stanley: Souped up Cup.

Offseason assessment: Southeast Division.

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Single Working Women's Week starts today.

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Stamps squeak by Riders

Regina, Saskatchewan -- The Calgary Stampeders remained perfect on the road in 2011 with a 22-18 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of a sell-out crowd of 30,048 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.

After the two teams battled back and forth defensively to start the game, the Stampeders got on the board first on a drive that was highlited by a 32 yard pass catch by Jabari Arthur. Rene Paredes capped it off with a 34 yard field goal with 3:34 left in the opening quarter for a 3-0 lead.

They would add a major early in the second on an 8 yard scoring scramble by Calgary pivot Henry Burris. Paredes converted with 12:38 to go in the half, extending the lead to 10-0. The Roughriders finally got untracked, thanks to a 48 yard punt return by Brandon West. It would take Saskatchewan 3 plays to go the remaining 33 yards, with Darian Durant dashing up the middle for the final 9 yards. Eddie Johnson converted, pulling the Riders within 3 at 10-7 with 7:40 to go until two quarter time. Johnson would cut the deficit to 10-8 just over three minutes later thanks to a 54 yard punt single. Poor clock management late gave the Stamps one more chance to end the first half and they took advantage, getting a 45 yard field goal by Paredes on the half's final play, giving Calgary a five-point lead, 13-8.

Saskatchewan took their first home field lead of 2011, as Durant found Weston Dressler in double coverage for a 58 yard major score. Johnson's convert put the Riders on top 15-13, just over one minute into the second half. Johnson would concede a safety touch with 10:40 left in the third, tying the game, 15-15. Then, just 2:09 later, Paredes booted a 32 yard field goal, putting the Stampeders back on top, 18-15. Paredes would miss a 32 yard field goal with 4:23 to go in the third, boosting the Calgary lead to 19-15.

Saskatchewan moved into scoring position late in the third, but after a drop by Jason Clermont in the endzone on a difficult catch, had to settle for Johnson's 20 yard field goal 13 seconds into the fourth, drawing to within one, at 19-18. Both teams played solid defense, but another field goal by Paredes, his fourth of the game, from 47 yards out with 4:10 to play in regulation time, increased the Calgary lead to 22-18. The Stamps would allow the Riders just one first down before forcing a punt, then didn't give the ball back until there were just 11 seconds left. Saskatchewan could do nothing offensively from there and fell to 0-3 at home in 2011 with the 4 point loss, 22-18.

For Calgary, Henry Burris was 24-for-36 passing for 255 yards and 1 interception, while rushing 4 times for 47 yards and 1 touchdown. Nik Lewis caught 6 balls for 90 yards and Rene Paredes was 4-for-5 on field goals, while also kicking 1 convert and 1 missed field goal single. For the Riders, Darian Durant was 16-for-28 passing for 215 yards and 1 touchdown, while rushing 2 times for 10 yards and 1 touchdown. Weston Dressler had 6 catches for 103 yards and 1 touchdown, Hugh Charles, filling in for the banged up Wes Cates, rushed 11 times for 48 yards. Kicker Eddie Johnson had a big game, kicking 1 field goal, 1 convert and 1 punt single, punting 10 times for a 44.6 yard average with a long of 64 yards and boomed 5 kickoffs for a 65.6 yard average.

With the win, the Stampeders improve to 3-2 on the year, with all 3 wins coming on the road. Saskatchewan, losing for the third time in as many home games, fall to 1-4. The Riders hit the road next Friday, August 5th, to play the 0-5 BC Lions at Empire Field in Vancouver, BC. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call all the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with kickoff set for 10:30pm EDT. Calgary is home against 3-2 Hamilton this coming Saturday, August 6th, at 9:30pm EDT.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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The cornerstone of the Philadelphia Mint, the first US government building, was laid on this day in 1792.

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2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time on this date in 1928. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, "White Shadows on the South Seas."

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Oh boy, it's Super Hero Jimmy again!

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“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” This popular crime and suspense program premiered on CBS Radio on this date in 1930. Originally, the Shadow was just the narrator of the changing stories, but later he became a character with his own adventures—with the alter ego of Lamont Cranston. Orson Welles was the first Shadow.

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SEATTLE --  Alex Cobb has seen enough of Mariners rookie Dustin Ackley.
"He's battled me well for two years now going back to Double-A and the Fall League," Cobb said. "He must just see me well, but I've always had a little trouble with him."
Saturday afternoon brought Tampa Bay's 23-year-old right-hander a haunting reminder of that fact.
Ackley hit a two-run homer off Cobb in the first inning and in the sixth he doubled with one out then scored on Mike Carp's single for what turned out to be the winning run in a 3-2 Mariners win over the Rays at Safeco Field with 24,985 watching.
In defeat, the Rays moved to 55-51 on the season while having their two-game winning streak snapped.
Read the rest here.

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U.S. President Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field on this date in 1948.

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CINCINNATI -- 
For whatever reason, whether it's coincidence or something more tangible, the Giants simply don't play well against the Cincinnati Reds.
Sauntering into Great American Ball Park after subduing the formidable Philadelphia Phillies twice in a row, San Francisco has dropped the first two games of this series to the Reds, including Saturday night's error-plagued 7-2 decision.
The Giants have lost 15 of their last 25 games against Cincinnati since 2008. They also sealed their first series loss since the A's swept them June 17-19 in Oakland. Since then, the Giants had won eight series and split two.
Read the rest here.

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The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon's surface on this date in 1964.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley received a speeding ticket in Hattiesburg, MS. He was on his way to Memphis.

1969 - Elvis Presley performed his first live concert since March 25, 1961. He opened a four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

1971 - The album "Love Letters From Elvis" hit #7 in the U.K.

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On this date in 1971, men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - In Birmingham, AL, citizens burned Beatles albums and memorabilia. The incident arose from a John Lennon interview with Maureen Cleave in "Datebook" magazine.

1968 - The Beatles' Apple Boutique in London closed after heavy losses.

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U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on this date in 1991.

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Today in Sports History:

1932 - Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name.

1961 - The first tie in All-Star Game major league baseball history was recorded when it was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston's Fenway Park.

1981 - The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.

2001 -
Korey Stringer (Minnesota Vikings) collapsed during practice. The 27-year-old died the next day of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke.


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CLERMONT, Ind. -- Calm, droning racing wasn't getting it done for Brad Keselowski in Saturday night's Kroger 200 Nationwide Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway. The defending series champion needed a bit of mayhem, and when he got that late in the race, it resulted in his second victory of the season.

Keselowski, a non-factor through the middle portion of an atypically unremarkable race at the .686-mile track, jumped ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on a green-white-checkered restart and cruised to a .987-second victory. The race went four laps beyond its scheduled 200.

"It's a very special win being from Michigan," Keselowski said. "I've been coming to this race track for years. I've been to Victory Lane as a team guy and a mechanic but never a driver. It's so special to win here and win here in a Dodge."

The battle for second place was so close that NASCAR officials had to review video. Several minutes after the race ended, second place was taken from Stenhouse and given to James Buescher, who had finished second in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race at the track.

Read the rest here.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:15pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 10:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 4:05pm EDT

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tell your friends about us. See you tomorrow.

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