Friday, August 26, 2011

It's Saturday












It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 27th, the 239th day of 2011. There are 126 days left in the year.

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Lightning look to build off already great strides.

Report: Modano will decide on retirement next month.

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Today is The Duchess Who Wasn't Day.












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"Buy Week" Blowout Sale continues.

Vanstone: Riders players, take note.

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

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The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper on this date in 1858. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.

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7-1: Bombers continue to roll with win over Ticats.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, Pennsylvania on this date in 1859.

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Okay, let's go to the next store now Mommy.

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Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet on this date in 1889.

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TORONTO -- Joe Maddon felt pretty good about his team's attitude after three losses in four games to the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field this week.

The Tampa Bay Rays' manager said there was "good chirp" in the clubhouse before their series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

"The boys were good when I walked in today, chirping nice," Maddon said before Friday's game at Rogers Centre. "There was good chirp going on, I like that. I like when they chirp."

The Rays showed plenty of spirit hitting four home runs in the game, including three against Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (0-2), in a 6-1 victory before 20,491.

Meanwhile, James Shields (12-10), was solid, as he held the Blue Jays to six hits and one run and struck out 12 to earn his 10th complete game of the year.

Evan Longoria hit two homers with Desmond Jennings and John Jaso hitting one each for the Rays.

Read the rest here.

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The original Metropolitan Opera House in New York was seriously damaged by fire on this date in 1892.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner continued to receive poor run support but made the most of what he got on Friday night, as the Giants outlasted the Houston Astros, 2-1.

Bumgarner (8-12) entered the game with the National League's lowest offensive backing, an average of 2.94 runs per game. This game wasn't much different, as Jeff Keppinger's two-run double in the fifth inning accounted for the Giants' scoring. But Bumgarner limited Houston to one run in 6 1/3 innings, and received ample relief help from right-hander Ramon Ramirez, who struck out three in 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" was published for the first time.

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Today in Elvis History:

1965 - The Beatles spent the evening with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

1977 - Ten Elvis Presley albums re-charted.

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Mariner 2 was launched by the United States on this date in 1962. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - Elvis Presley played host to the Beatles at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

1967 - Brian Epstein was found dead in his home from an overdose of sleeping pills. Epstein was the manager of the Beatles.

1992 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day In The Life" sold for $87,000 at an auction.

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On this date in 1985, the Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed.

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Today in Sports History:

1889 - Boxer Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche.

1921 - The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.

1986 - Nolan Ryan, while with the Houston Astros, earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.

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Federal troops were ordered to Florida on this date in 1992 for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- At age 26, Kyle Busch made history in Friday night's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano to the checkered flag in a near dead heat (.019 seconds), Busch won his 50th race in the Nationwide Series, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for the top spot on the career victory list.

The margin of victory was the smallest for a race at Bristol since the institution of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.

"It's awesome," Busch said of the 50th win, his 23rd in his past 51 Nationwide starts. "We had Mark with us there in Loudon [when Busch tied the record July 16], and it was a phenomenal way to win 49 races and tie Mark Martin. And then to come here and to be able to beat his record here at Bristol, one of my favorite places and one of the team's favorite places, it was certainly an awesome race."

Behind Busch and Logano, Clint Bowyer ran third, followed by Carl Edwards and Aric Almirola.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1996, California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 6:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Baltimore Grand Prix at Streets of Baltimore TBD

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

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That's all for another day. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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