Sunday, September 18, 2011

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Greetings to you, It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 18th, the 261st day of 2011. There are 104 days left in the year.

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Not looking back, Bolts ready to start new journey.

No contact, but Crosby able to skate at top speed.

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Deaf Awareness Week starts today.

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Darian Durant, Chris Milo lead Riders past Toronto 30-20.

Regina, Saskatchewan -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders lost Andy Fantuz to injury in the first half, but rallied behind the passing of Darian Durant and the kicking of Chris Milo to defeat the Toronto Argonauts 30-20, before the usual sell-out crowd of 30,048 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Toronto would open the scoring on their second possession. Aided by a circus catch at the 11 by Brandon Rideau, Noel Prefontaine would drill an 18 yard field goal with 8:47 left in the first, putting the Boatmen on top 3-0. Prefontaine would kick another three-pointer, this one from 41 yards with 1:36 to play in the first, giving Toronto a 6-0 lead. The Argos would go on to out-gain the Riders 153-22 in the opening quarter, keeping the ball for 11:29.

Prefontaine's third field goal of the game, this one from 36 yards out with 5:42 remaining in the first half, put the Toronto lead at 9-0. The Saskatchewan offense would finally respond on their next possession. The duo of Darian Durant and Chris Getzlaf would connect on a couple of long plays, the second finding pay dirt down the right sideline from 28 yards away. Chris Milo toed the convert and with 4:09 to play 'til two quarter time, the Argo lead was down to 2 at 9-7. Yet another Prefontaine field goal, this one a 32 yarder with :51 seconds left in the half, upped the Argonaut lead to 5, at 12-7, a lead they would take to half-time.

Early in the third quarter, it looked like a Rider drive might die shy of centrefield, but Durant hooked up with Getzlaf again, this time on a 64 yard bomb to the Toronto 6. Weston Dressler took the hand-off on the next play and scooted around right end for the final 6 yards and the major score. Milo converted with 9:52 still to play in the third and Saskatchewan had their first lead of the day, 14-12. Andre Durie would beat Lance Frazier down the left sideline on a circle route six minutes later and Steven Jyles would find him about five yards into the left side of the endzone and Durie would haul in the pass for the major score. Prefontaine kicked the convert with 3:10 to go in the third, putting the Argos back on top, 19-14. For Toronto, it was their first offensive touchdown in 33 possessions, spanning 186:39. It was also Jyles' first scoring pass as the Argonaut pivot.

The Roughriders would drive through the end of the third and into the early fourth, looking for more digits on the scoreboard. Set up by a pass interference call on Toronto's Sean Smalls who fouled Dallas Baker at the 10, Saskatchewan would get close, but were forced to settle for an 11 yard Milo field goal, cutting the Boatmen's advantage to two, at 19-17, with 12:41 yet to play in regulation time. The Riders would create the contest's first turnover on Toronto's next possession, as James Patrick intercepted a Jyles pass at the 48, returning the ball to the 41, then turning it into points. After Wes Cates broke a tackle on a swing pass for a big first down to the 29, the drive would stall two plays later and Milo would come on to boot a 30 yard field goal with 9:07 to play, putting Saskatchewan back on top, 20-19. After Toronto's next drive stalled. a 60 yard punt single by Prefontaine with 5:34 to go in the fourth would tie the game 20-20. The Regina Boys would grind out some more points on their next possession, starting at their own 35, reaching the Argo 18 at the three minute warning, before Milo drilled a 25 yard field goal with 2:31 left on the clock, putting Saskatchewan back on top, 23-20. Toronto would run a pooch kick back to centrefield, but Jyles, under huge pressure on the next scrimmage play, coughed up the football at his own 50 with 2:19 to play, where Dario Romero would cover it up for the Roughriders. After one first down, two runs were stuffed and Milo would come on to punt the ball back to the Arogs at their 15, with :56 to play. On second down, Jyles' pass to the right flat was picked cleanly by Chris McKenzie at the 33 and he ran in untouched from there for the major with :39 left. Milo converted and Saskatchewan would hold on from there for the 30-20 win.

For the Roughriders, Darian Durant was 21-for-34 passing for 279 yards and 1 touchdown. He was sacked twice and ran the ball 5 times for 40 yards. Chris Getzlaf caught 7 passes for 170 yards  and 1 touchdown, Wes Cates ran the ball 12 times for 56 yards and Weston Dressler ran once for a 6 yard touchdown. Chris Milo kicked 3 field goals, 2 converts and punted 8 times for a 40.13 yard average. Defensively, Jarrell Freeman and Barrin Simpson had 7 tackles each, Dario Romero recovered a fumble and James Patrick and Chris McKenzie each intercepted a pass, with McKenzie returning his for a major late in the game. For Toronto, Steven Jyles was 19-for-33 passing for 254 yards and 1 touchdown, while being intercepted twice and being sacked 3 times. Mike Bradwell caught 4 passes for 78 yards, Andre Durie caught 5 balls for 71 yards and a major. Cory Boyd ran 15 times for 90 yards and E.j. Kuale led the defense with 9 tackles.

Toronto won most of the statistical battles, leadng in total offense 466 to 374 and in first downs, 22 to 21. They had the edge in passing yards 293 to 279, in rushing 188 to 106 and in net yards 466 to 374. The Argos were penalized 12 times for 145 yards, while Saskatchewan took 7 penalties for 85 yards. Toronto had the advantage in time of possession 32:54 to 27:06, but gave up the ball twice on interceptions and once on a fumble, while the Riders didn't give the ball up once. When turning the ball over more than their opponent in a game since 2008, the Argonauts are now a staggering 1-40.

With the win, their third straight, Saskatchewan improves to 4-7, while the loss drops Toronto to 2-9.

Next up for the Riders is a home date with the BC Lions on Saturday, September 24th. Kickoff time with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, is 4:00pm EDT. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network and ESPN3. The Argonauts next action is next Saturday, September 24th at home against Winnipeg, kickoff is at 7:00pm EDT.

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

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Today is the start of National Clean Hands Week.

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Lions claw to victory in Hall of Fame Game.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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National Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week starts today.

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Beavers make it seven straight with Pac-12 opening win over Arizona State.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

Visit the school's official athletics website by clicking here.

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Today is the start of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.

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The 2011 NFL season has begun. Here's the week one schedule:

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 8th
At Green Bay 42, New Orleans 37

Sunday, September 11th
At Chicago 30, Atlanta 12
Cincinnati 27 at Cleveland 17
Buffalo 41 at Kansas City 7
Philadelphia 31 at St. Louis 13
At Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14
At Baltimore 35, Pittsburgh 7
At Houston 34, Indianapolis 7
Detroit 27 at Tampa Bay 20
At Washington 28, NY Giants 14
At Arizona 28, Carolina 21
At San Diego 24, Minnesota 17
At San Francisco 33, Seattle 17
At NY Jets 27, Dallas 24

Monday, September 12th
New England 38 at Miami 24
Oakland 23 at Denver 20

Week 2
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 18th
Kansas City at Detroit 1:00 PM
Oakland at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Chicago at New Orleans 1:00 PM
Baltimore at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Seattle at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Arizona at Washington 1:00 PM
Green Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM
Dallas at San Francisco 4:05 PM
San Diego at New England 4:15 PM
Houston at Miami 4:15 PM
Cincinnati at Denver 4:15 PM
Philadelphia at Atlanta 8:20 PM

Monday, September 19th
St. Louis at NY Giants 8:30 PM

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National Singles Week starts today.

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That's the ol' ball yard behind us Jimmy.

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Pollution Prevention Week begins today. (Linky Link)

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BOSTON, Ma. -- Tampa Bay scored early en route to a 4-3 win over Boston on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

By winning, the Rays (84-67) moved to within three games of the American League Wild Card-leading Red Sox (87-64) with one game remaining against their AL East rival and 11 games remaining in the season.

Read the rest here.

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Substitue Teacher Appreciation Week begins today.

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DENVER, Co. -- It is yet to be determined whether the Giants' desperate late-season push will result in a playoff spot. But either way, San Francisco is taking its fans on another exciting ride.
The Giants rallied late on a chilly Saturday night at Coors Field, as Brett Pill's big night led the way in a 6-5 win over the Rockies.
It was the seventh straight win for the Giants, who trail the National League West-leading D-backs -- who lost to the Padres, 3-1, on Saturday -- by five games with 10 to play. The Giants also trail the Braves by five games in the NL Wild Card race.

Read the rest here.

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Tolkien Week starts today.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 -Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland signed up to be Elvis Presley's guitar player.

2005 - The TV mini-series "Elvis" received nominations in six categories for the 57th Annual Emmy Awards. The categories included Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, Outstanding Lead Actor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Randy Quaid), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Camryn Manheim). 
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Turn Off Week starts today. (Linky Link)

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Today in Beatles History:

1974 - John Lennon was a guest DJ on WNEW-FM in New York.

1984 - The Beatles shared the Video Vanguard category, with David Bowie, at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards.

1993 - New Musical Express ranked John Lennon's album "Imagine" #34 on its list of The Greatest Albums of the 70's.

2009 - The George Harrison inspired 2008-built Mini Cooper S Hatchback was sold at auction for £23,000.

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It was reported on this date in 1763 by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in the United States. The instrument was named the spinet and was made by John Harris.

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Today in Sports History:

1915 - The first asphalt covered automobile race track was opened in Cranston, RI.

1956 - Mickey Mantle hit his 50th home run.

1962 - Charlie Finley was denied permission to move the Athletics to Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.

1965 - Mickey Mantle played in his 2,000th game.

1972 - Art Williams became the first black umpire in National League history.

1993 - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks played the Pittsburg Penguins in their first NHL pre-season game.

1997 - Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo were elected to World Golf Hall of Fame.

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This is National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day.

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JOLIET, Ill. -- A full schedule of double-duty driving didn't hurt Brad Keselowski, who won Saturday's Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in a prelude to his debut Sunday in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Keselowski won his third Nationwide race of the season and the 15th of his career, cruising to a decisive victory over Carl Edwards, whose chances at a victory evaporated when his No. 60 Ford ran out of fuel moments before a scheduled pit stop on Lap 124 of 200.

Pole-sitter Brian Scott came home third, followed by Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. in a race that saw 10 cars finish on the lead lap. Series points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. held the top spot in the standings with an eighth-place finish.

Read the rest here.

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Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System made its debut on this date in 1927 with its network broadcast over 16 radio stations. The name was later changed to CBS.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings 1:10pm EDT

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

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

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues at Orlando, Fl. 7:00pm EDT

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

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

Thursday --

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

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

Friday --

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

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

Saturday --

Pac-12 College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs UCLA Bruins 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:00pm EDT

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

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 4:15pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

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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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