Friday, August 5, 2011

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Today is August 6th, the 218th day of 2011. There are 147 days left in the year.


Six years ago today, my lovely bride Kim and I got married. It has been, by far, the greatest day of my entire life. I love you Dear and I'm really looking forward to growing old(er) with you. You are the greatest girl in the history of girl, the greatest wife in the history of wife and the greatest mommy in the history of mommy. You are the foundation of my life and I'll love you forever! Thanks for saying yes!!!!


Report: Selanne won't decide until September.

Recuperating Kane has high hopes for new season.


Today is Hiroshima Day.


Yanakeff to Participate
in USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

Camp Begins Tomorrow in Lake Placid
in Preparation for 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Will Yanakeff (Jerome, Mich.) will participate in the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp that will begin tomorrow (Aug. 6) and run through Aug. 13 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The goaltender will join 43 other players who are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.

Last year, Yanakeff played in 14 games for the Michigan State University men's ice hockey team, compiling a 6-5-1 (W-L-T) record, 2.11 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

For the full list of players invited to the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here.

The USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international games featuring Finland, Sweden and the United States. For complete coverage of the event, including stats, player bios and a camp blog, click here.

NOTES: Will Yanakeff will replace Mac Carruth, who is unable to attend the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp due to injury ... The 2012 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp to be held in Alberta, Canada ... All games from the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will be streamed live and on demand at ... Dean Blais, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, will serve as head coach of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Scott Sandelin, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Tom Ward, head ice hockey coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary's School's boys' prep team; and Joe Exter, assistant men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University ... Dan Bylsma, head coach of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins, and Mike Sullivan, assistant coach of the NHL's New York Rangers, will also participate in Lake Placid as camp coaches ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the third consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his third straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel.

2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
Aug. 6-13 • Lake Placid, N.Y. • Olympic Center • USA Rink

Date Event Time (EDT) Live Webcast
Sat., Aug. 6 USA Blue Practice 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 7 Sweden Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 8 Finland Practice 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 9 Sweden Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 10 USA Practice 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Finland Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 11 Finland Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
USA Practice 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 12 Sweden Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 13 USA vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m.
*all game and practice times subject to change


The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began on this date in 1787. The articles of the U.S. Constitution draft were to be debated.


Riders stumble again, BC grabs first win

Vancouver, BC -- Mistakes and a slow start offensively at Empire Field Friday night cost the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the BC Lions would pick up their first win of the 2011 CFL season, 24-11 in Vancouver, BC tonight in front of 25,238.

After stopping BC's opening possession, the Riders began their first possession at their own 12. Neal Hughes caught a swing pass and gained 20 yards on the Green-and-White's first offensive play. After another first down on a pair of carries by Hugh Charles, the drive stalled on a dropped pass and a throw-away ball, forcing a punt which the Lions returned to their own 45. BC attacked wide with running plays and short passes, steadily marching into scoring position. The drive reached the 19, but after an incomplete pass in the end zone intended for Geroy Simon, Keith Shologan sacked Travis Lulay at 26 and from there, Paul McCallum kicked a 33 yard field goal with 5:38 left in the first, putting the Leos up 3-0.

BC moved deep into Rider territory on a drive that started late in the opening quarter, reaching the goal line catches on three straight plays by Simon, the big one being a 28 yarder. Tim Brown capped the 6 play, 56 yard drive with a one yard plunge for the major score. McCallum's convert with 12:21 left in the first half, put the Lions up 10-0. After a fourth straight Saskatchewan possession ended with an Eddie Johnson punt, Lulay found Simon streaking down the right side line for a 62 yard scoring strike. McCallum converted again and suddenly BC looked to be on the verge of turning the game into a rout, taking a 17-0 lead with 10:06 still to play until two quarter time. Johnson would respond with a 42 yard field goal to get the Riders on the board with 7:16 still on the first half clock. The Lions, attacking a Saskatchewan defense that appeared to be playing  too far off the BC receivers, moved into scoring position once again late in the half, getting a  30 yard field goal from McCallum with 3:00 left in the half, jumping back into a 17 point lead, at 20-3. The Riders, however, responded nicely on their next possession. Medium range passes under pressure and a nice run by Durant, gave Saskatchewan their first crack at the end zone in the game. They would accept the opportunity and Durant would find Chris Getzlaf, who had made a nice outside move to the end zone side line, with a 13 yard touchdown pass. Johnson's convert with 26 seconds left, brought the Riders to within 10, at 20-10 at halftime.

Saskatchewan would go 2-and-out from their own 45 to start the second, but a Johnson punt would pin the Lions back at their own 15 to begin their opening possession of the third quarter. The Riders would allow a couple of first downs but that was it and they would get the ball out to their own 35 on the change of possession. After a one yard gain by Charles, Durant would scramble for 11 yards and a first down. The drive moved down field but would then stall at the BC 26 where, after some confusion on who should be out on the field, Johnson's 33 yard field goal attempt grazed the outside of the left goal post for no points, keeping the Leos' advantage at 20-10. Tristan Jackson would come up with an interception two plays later and Saskatchewan was back in business at their own 50 yard line. They would turn the pick into just a single point, as Johnson missed wide right from 40 yards. The conceded single with 61 seconds left in the third, cut the BC lead to 20-11.

The Roughriders would get their hands on the ball again 1:36 into the fourth quarter, starting at their own 11, but would quickly go 2-and-out. Johnson, who had been so steady the past couple of weeks, would shank the punt and with a 15 yard no yards penalty thrown in for good measure, the Lions would start on the change of possession at the Saskatchewan 29. BC could gain much and would have to settle for a 30 yard McCallum field goal with 10:17 left in regulation time, giving the Leos a 12 point lead, 23-11. A McCallum punt single from 45 yards out with 3:34 to play increased the BC advantage to 24-11. The Riders were stung by a suspect pass interference call against Getzlaf that would have set them up at the Lions 20, then two short passes gained just 10 of the 15 yards needed and the ball would go back to BC on downs. The Lions would run most of the time off the clock and Saskatchewan could again do little with their final touch of the ball and BC would leave with the 24-11 win.

Travis Lulay would lead the Lions, going 18-for-27 passing for 257 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was sacked 3 times. Geroy Simon would have the 58th 100+ receiving yards game, grabbing 7 balls for 134 yards and 1 touchdown, a 63 yarder. Tim Brown would rush for a major and Paul McCallum would boot 3 field goals, 2 converts and 1 punt single. For the Roughriders, Darian Durant was 25-for-36 passing for 236 yards and 1 touchdown, while being sacked 3 times. Chris Getzlaf caught a touchdown pass and Eddie Johnson was just 1-of-3 on field goals and added a convert and a missed field goal single. Tristan Jackson had an interception and tackle Gene Makowsky broke Saskatchewan great Roger Aldag's all time team record for games played by appearing in the 272nd game of his illustrious 17 year CFL career.

The Riders had 20 first downs, 105 yards rushing and 236 yards passing, gaining 317 yards of total offense, while holding the ball for 29:44. They were penalized 12 times for 95 yards, allowed 3 sacks and turned the ball over once on downs. The Lions also had 20 first downs, rushed for 117 yards and passed for 257 yards, gaining 352 yards of total offense. They held the ball 30:16, were penalized just 3 times for 33 yards, allowed 3 sacks and turned the ball over once on an interception.

Both teams are now 1-5. The Riders are home next Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders, whom they lost to at Mosaic Stadium by 4 points one week ago. Kickoff with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network is set for 9:00pm EDT. BC hosts the 5-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday, August 13th at 10:00pm EDT. The Bombers beat previously unbeaten Edmonton Friday night, 28-16.

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This is National Mustard Day.


Bombs away: Bombers battle back for win.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

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Today is National Fresh Breath Day.


Hey Daddy. Daffy Duck is dressed up like a Ray Guy!


The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis II abdicated on this date in 1806.


ST PETERSBURG -- Joe Maddon believes his team can get back into the American League East race. According to the Rays' manager, such an undertaking will require a simple-sounding equation.
"One game a week, that's what we've been trying to do since the end of July," Maddon said. "[Gain] one game a week [in the standings]. If you can pick up one game a week, by the time you get to the end of the season, all of a sudden it's very doable."
Just last week, knocking off one game a week sounded challenging. Losing nine out of 12 games will do that to a team. But suddenly the Rays are hot, winning six of their last eight games, including Friday night's 8-4 win over the Athletics that featured everything a team could want: solid starting pitching, quality defense, and above all else -- some offense.
Read the rest here.

Warner Brothers premiered its Vitaphone system in New York on this date in 1926. The movie was "Don Juan," starring John Barrymore.


SAN FRANCISCO --  While the bench-clearing fracas that broke out in the sixth inning Friday night could certainly be described as ugly, the rest of the game didn't go too well for the Giants, either.
Making his first start since June 24, Jonathan Sanchez seemed to be pitching like a new man through 3 1/3 innings. But the left-hander gave up four runs in the fourth and another in the fifth, and the Phillies continued to pour on the runs in a 9-2 win over the Giants in front of 42,165 at AT&T Park.
Read the rest here.


Joseph Force Crater, a New York Supreme Court Justice, mysteriously disappeared on this date in 1930. He was declared legally dead in 1939.


Today in Elvis History:

1955 -Elvis Presley's single "Mystery Train" was released.

1966 - Elvis Presley's single "Love Letters" hit #6 in the U.K.

1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley made a public appearance in Budapest. Jackson was shooting a video.

2002 - The "Elvis, Then & Now" book-a-zine went on sale.


Dinah Shore started her own show on the NBC Blue radio network on this date in 1939.


Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Beatles scouted a drummer named Pete Best. Best was playing at the Casbah Coffee Club.

1965 - The Beatles album "Help!" was released in the U.K.

2002 - The album "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents" was released by Ringo Starr and His New All-Starr Band.


The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on this date in 1965


Today in Sports History:

1879 - The first Australian rules football game to be played at night took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game was to promote the introduction of electricity to the city of Melbourne.

1890 - Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.

1926 - Gertrude Ederle became the first American woman to swim the English Channel. She was 19 years old at the time. The swim took her 14 1/2 hours.

1949 - Chicago White Sox player Luke Appling played in the 2,154th game of his 19-year, major league career.

1952 - Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major league baseball game.

1969 - The first fair ball to be hit completely out of Dodger Stadium occurred. Willie "Pops" Stargell, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit the ball 506 feet from home plate.

1981 - Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when he had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself.


Fire fighters in Indianapolis, IN, answered a false alarm on this date in 1981. When they returned to their station it was ablaze due to a grease fire.


Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 3:45pm EDT

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

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 12:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 7:10pm 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 Kansas City Royals 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 Kansas City Royals 1:05pm EDT

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

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


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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