Thursday, August 11, 2011

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It's Friday. And it's once again Rider game night. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 12th, the 224th day of 2011. There are 141 days left in the year.

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Lucic keeps Vancouver Stanley Cup visit private.

Jets' debut, Euro games highlight NHL pre-season.

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Todays Birthdays: Actor Bruce Greenwood (Captain Christopher Pike in the 2009 Star Trek film) is 55 ... Actor Michael Ian Black is 40 ... Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 40 ... Tennis player Pete Sampras is 40 ... Actor/director Casey Affleck is 36 ... NFL player Plaxico Burress is 34.

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Rider rosters set for Friday night football.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to reverse their fortunes tonight, when they host the Calgary Stampeders for the second time in three weeks at Taylor Field in Regina. The Riders, who lost to the Stamps by 4 points two weeks ago, have added some new players and are hopeful it will pay off with a win. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network tonight at 9:00pm EDT. Listen link is on the right side of this blog.

The view from Regina: Roughriders looking to regain Mosaic magic.

The view from Calgary: Stamps won't take Riders lightly.

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

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Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine on this date in 1851.

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Beasts of the East dominate Esks.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Sunday is the UK Backward Running Championships in Manchester, England. Competitors negotiate a mile-long course backwards.

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There's that award-winning Jimmy smile!

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Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister on this date in 1865.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- If the Rays want to make a run for a playoff spot this season, manager Joe Maddon believes that they will need to make up one game per week in the standings.

So far, so good.

The Rays completed a four-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-1 victory on Thursday in front of 13,942 at Tropicana Field to gain a half-game on the idle Red Sox and keep pace with the Yankees.

Read the rest here.

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Today is IBM PC Day.

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MIAMI -- The San Francisco Giants look to get back on the winning track tonight against the Florida Marlins. Matt Cain goes to the mound for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Florida's Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is set for 7:10pm EDT.

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The Pentagon released the names Thursday of the 30 American military personnel, including 22 members of the Navy Seals, killed last week when the Taliban shot down a Chinook transport helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, the largest loss of life in a single day during the decade-long war.

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley visited his mother in the hospital. She had been diagnose with acute hepatitis.

1964 - Elvis Presley was released by the studio after concluding work on the film "Girl Happy."

1972 - The compilation album "Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies, Volume 1" hit #87 in the U.S.

1977 - The Angola Coach Company sold Elvis Presley's original former tour bus.

1992 - RCA and the RIAA presented Elvis Presley's estate with 110 gold and platinum records.

2002 - In Memphis, TN, Mobile Graceland began a tour of 31 cities.

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An Angry Birds cookbook is coming. "Bad Piggies Egg Recipes" will feature recipes for egg-salad sandwiches, egg sushi and more. The title refers to the game's thieves, who become targets for an enraged group of birds after stealing their eggs.

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Today in Beatles History:

1960 - Pete Best passed a drumming audition to join the Silver Beatles. He was the son of Mona Best, the owner of the Casbah Coffee Club.

1966 - John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago, IL, for his remark that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."

1989 - Paul McCartney's single "This One" hit #18 in the U.K.

1991 - Paul McCartney's album "Tripping The Live Fantastic - Highlights!" was certified platinum by the RIAA.

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Ashton Kutcher is developing another reality show, one that will focus on California DMV offices. (Doncha just love it when some one comes up with a great idea? Too bad this isn't one of them.)

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Today in Sports History:

1879 - The first National Archery Association tournament took place in Chicago, IL.

1964 - Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he hit home runs from both the left and right sides of the plate in the same game.

1969 - The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million. To date it was the highest price paid for a pro basketball team.

1973 - Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title. The win broke the record that had been held by Bobby Jones for 50 years.

1986 - Rod Carew became the first player in the history of the California Angels franchise to have his uniform (#29) retired.

1994 - Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.

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In theatres this weekend: The Help; 30 Minutes or Less; Final Destination 5; Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:00pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Car Series -- Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2:00pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:00pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 7:30pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  8:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villenueve 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  2:05pm 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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