Saturday, September 24, 2011

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It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 25th, the 268th day of 2011. There are 97 days left in the year.

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Penguins score four PP goals in win over Wild.

Minnesota's Staubitz suspended pending hearing.

Columbus' Wisniewski suspended pending hearing.

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National Chimney Safety Week starts today.

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Thud! goes the win streak as B.C. routs Riders

Regina, Sk -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders, on a high after winning three straight, allowed 40+ points for the third time this season, as the B.C. Lions administered an old-fashioned beat down, rolling to a 42-5 win over the Riders, in front of 30,048 at Taylor Field in Regina.

The B.C. Lions opened with the ball and turned it into points, driving from their own 31 to the Saskatchewan 9, eating up 6:59 of the opening quarter in the process, ending with a 26 yard field goal from former Rider Paul McCallum, his 23rd straight successful boot, to grab a 3-0 lead. After holding Saskatchewan to a 2 and out, the Leos dominated the ball on their next possession, driving from their own 18, before having to call on McCallum again, this one from 37 yards out, for a 6-0 lead, with 2:19 to play in the opening quarter. Disaster struck the Riders on their next possession, with a Marc Parenteau snap sailing over Durant's head, with B.C. recovering at the Saskatchewan 22.

Tim Brown rumbled in from 13 yards out on the first play of the second quarter, with McCallum converting for a 13-0 Lion lead just 37 seconds into the period. The Regina boys, who ran just five plays in their first two possessions, started their next drive, thanks in part to a major penalty, near midfield and got one first down, but stalled and had to punt. Out stepped kicker Chris Milo, who drilled a punt 56 yards on his first try. This one, while not as far, was even better, bouncing out of bounds at the 5. On second down from the 10, Travis Lulay scrambled out of pressure and found Arland Bruce at the 45 and Bruce did the rest, rumbling for a 100 yard catch and run major score. McCallum converted with 11:03 left and the sell-out crowd sat stunned as B.C. built their lead to 20-0. Aided by a hit out of bounds on the next punt that resulted in the ejection of Saskatchewan's Nick Graham, the Lions picked up another 37 yard field goal from McCallum for a 23-0 lead, with 7:33 still to play in the first half. Just when it appeared that the Roughriders were getting their offense untracked on their next possession, a Durant pass in the left flat intended for Dallas Baker was picked off by B.C's Ryan Phillips at the 29 and returned 81 yards for a major score. McCallum converted and with 4:10 still to play in the first half, the Lions' lead grew to a shocking 30-0. Milo, one of the few 1st half sparks for Saskatchewan, kicked a 30 yard field goal on the final play of the opening half, slicing the deficit to 30-3 at two-quarter time.

A 51 yard McCallum punt single 5:09 into the third made it a 31-3 game. The B.C. lead would then grow to 38-3 late in the quarter, as Geroy Simon hauled in a 14 yard pass for the 95th touchdown of his career. With the McCallum convert with 1:36 left 'til three-quarter time, the rout, if it wasn't before, was officially underway. The stats would show it too, as the Lions had a 364-183 advantage in total yards through 45 minutes.

McCallum kicked a 62 yard punt single 1:14 into the fourth, for a 39-3 B.C. lead. A 16 yard McCallum field goal with 6:29 left, which put him 2 away from Dave Ridgeway's CFL-record 28 straight, made it 42-3 Leos. Ryan Dinwiddie replaced Durant as Rider QB and immediately led the home team into scoring position, reaching the B.C. 1 at the three-minute warning, but ended up turning the ball over on downs. McCallum conceded a safety touch with 1:49 left and the Lions cruised from there for the 42-5 win.

For B.C., Travis Lulay was 19-for-27 passing for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns, Jarious Jackson was 5-for-6 for 40 yards and Mike Reilly was 1-for-2 for 12 yards. Arland Bruce caught 2 passes for 116 yards, one of them that 100 yard scoring strike, with Geroy Simon hauling in 9 balls for 96 yards and a major. Tim Brown rushed for a touchdown, Ryan Phillips ran back an interception for a major and Paul McCallum kicked 4 field goals, 2 punt singles and 4 converts. For the Riders, Darian Durant was 15-for-25 for 188 yards and 2 interceptions, Ryan Dinwiddie was 6-for-13 for 90 yards and Chris Milo kicked a field goal.

The win squares the Lions' record at 6-6, putting them just two pints behind West co-leaders Calgary and Edmonton while Saskatchewan falls to 4-8 for 8 points, fourth in the West.

The Roughriders travel to Calgary next Saturday, October 1st for a showdown with the Stampeders. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri have the call on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, beginning at 4:00pm EDT. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network and ESPN3.com. B.C. re-opens the newly remodeled B.C. Place Stadium on Friday, September 30th at 10:30pm EDT against the Edmonton Eskimos. That game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network and ESPN3.com.

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

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Today is the start of National Keep Kids Creative Week.

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Wild night: Boatmen edge Bombers at home.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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World Ataxia Awareness Day is today. (Linky Link)

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OSU tries, but can't overcome slow start

Corvallis, Or. -- An 0-3 start for the first time in the Mike Riley era at Oregon State left the Beavers in a mood somewhere between discouraged and disgruntled.

“It’s hard to find the good in a loss,” safety Lance Mitchell said after OSU’s 27-19 loss to UCLA (2-2) Saturday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Reser Stadium. “The whole thing is bad.

“We’re 0-3. It’s hard to swallow. We have a lot of season ahead of us, and we have a lot of work to do.”

In his 11 years at Oregon State, Riley had started 0-2 before. But never 0-3. The wait for the first win continues.

Read the rest here.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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

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Gold Star Mother's Day is today.

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The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week two results:

Week 2
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 18th
At Detroit 48, Kansas City 3
At Buffalo 38, Oakland 35
Tampa Bay 24 at Minnesota 20
At New Orleans 30, Chicago 13
Baltimore at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Cleveland 27 at Indianapolis 19
At NY Jets 32, Jacksonville 3
At Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 0
At Washington 22, Arizona 21
Green Bay 30 at Carolina 23
Dallas 27 at San Francisco 24
San Diego at New England 4:15 PM
Houston 23 at Miami 13
At Denver 24, Cincinnati 22
At Atlanta 35, Philadelphia 31

Monday, September 19th
At NY Giants 28, St. Louis 16

Week 3
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 25th
Houston at New Orleans 1:00 PM
NY Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Carolina 1:00 PM
New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Miami at Cleveland 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Denver at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Baltimore at St. Louis 4:05 PM
NY Jets at Oakland 4:05 PM
Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 PM
Arizona at Seattle 4:15 PM
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 4:15 PM
Green Bay at Chicago 4:15 PM
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

Monday, September 26th
Washington at Dallas 8:30 PM

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This is National One-Hit Wonder Day.

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All kids who love cotton candy get sticky faces!

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On this day in 1492, the crew of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus' ships, mistakenly thought that they had spotted land.

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ST PETERSBURG, Fl. -- Tropicana Field had a playoff atmosphere Saturday night as a rookie paved the way for a pivotal 6-2 Rays win over the Blue Jays.

With a raucous crowd of 27,773 watching, the Rays moved to within 1 1/2 games of the American League Wild Card-leading Red Sox. Boston lost to the Yankees, 9-1, on Saturday afternoon.

"It's outstanding," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "If you would have told us at the beginning of Spring Training we'd be in this position right now, I think the whole organization would take it, the players would take it and the fan base would take it."

Read the rest here.

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Christopher Columbus left Spain on this date in 1493 with 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

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PHOENIX, Az. -- As the Giants began pregame batting practice Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy equated the Giants' postseason chances to "trying to hit a lottery ticket."

The jackpot eluded the Giants as they fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 15-2. San Francisco's fourth loss in five games eliminated the defending World Series champions from Wild Card contention, one night after the D-backs clinched the National League West title and excused the Giants from the division race..

Read the rest here.

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The Pacific Ocean was discovered on this date in 1513 by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was truly just the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

1954 - Elvis Presley's "Good Rockin' Tonight" was released. The b-side was "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" from Disney's "Cinderella."

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One of America's earliest newspapers published its first and last edition on this date in 1690. The "Publik Occurences Both Foreign and Domestik" was published at the London Coffee House in Boston, Massachusetts, by Benjamin Harris.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, turned down an offer of 3 1/2 million pound offer to sell his management contract.

1965 - The half hour Saturday morning cartoon "The Beatles" premiered on ABC-TV. The show ran until September 7, 1969.

1967 - The Beatles record "Fool On The Hill" in London at Abbey Road Studios.

1969 - John Lennon recorded "Cold Turkey." The backing band included Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman.

1970 - Ringo Starr released "Beaucoups of Blues."

1976 - The Wings play a benefit show to raise money for the restoration of water-damaged art treasures in St. Marks Square in Venice.

2006 - The George Harrison album "Living in the Material World" was released.

2006 - Sean Lennon's CD "Friendly Fire" was released.

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Nicolas Joseph Cugnot was born on this date in 1725. He was the inventor and builder of two steam-propelled tractors. They are considered to be the world's first automobiles.

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Today in Sports History:

1882 - The first major league double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams.

1965 - Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.

1965 - Satchel Paige (Kansas City Athletics), at the age of 59, pitched three shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox.

1978 - Melissa Ludtke, a writer for "Sports Illustrated", filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.

1993 - Charles Barkley and Nirvana were guests on "Saturday Night Live."

1997 - NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.

2001 - Michael Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA as a player for the Washington Wizards. Jordan became the president of basketball operations for the team on January 19, 2000.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Boston Bandits 1:40pm EDT

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

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs South Shore Kings 2:10pm EDT

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

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

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 3:45pm EDT(Final game of regular season)

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Thursday --

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders 4:00pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens at Quebec City, QC 7:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Arizona State Sun Devils 10:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway 2:00pm 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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