Saturday, June 30, 2012

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


Today is June 30th, the 182nd day of 2012. There are 184 days left in the year.


Team breakdowns heading into July 1.

Reports: Brodeur hires agent, could test market.

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The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train on this date in 1841.


Simon re-writes record books in Grey Cup rematch.

Ray expecting boos from Edmonton crowd.

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On this date in 1859, Charles Blondin became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.


Hamilton, ON. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders clicked on both sides of the ball Friday night in their season opener, beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43-16, in front of 25,682 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Riders got on the board first, taking their second possession 86 yards in 9 plays, ending with a Darian Durant to Weston Dressler 9 yard touchdown pass. Chris Milo converted, giving Saskatchewan a 7-0 lead with 4:06 to play in the first. The Ti-Cats responded, getting a Luca Congi field goal with 1:11 left, cutting the Rider lead to 7-3 after one.

It was a one point game 4:45 into the second, as Congi kicked a 23 yard field goal, slicing the deficit to 7-6. On Saskatchewan's next possession, Durant threw to Dressler, who snagged the ball on the turf, got up and ran for a 52 yard gain. Hamilton didn't challenge the play and the Roughriders had the ball at the Tiger-Cat 29. Soon after, Durant found Chris Getzlaf for a 26 yard major. Milo converted and the lead was 14-6 at the 6:23 mark. Hamilton made a bid to get back in it, as Chevon Walker would take a hand-off on the Ti-Cat's first play of their next possession. After clearing the line, Walker did the rest, rumbling 89 yards for a touchdown. Congi converted and the Saskatchewan lead was down to 1 at 14-13 with 7:57 left in the opening half. The lead grew by a deuce to 16-13 when Hamilton punter Josh Bartel conceded a safety with 4:35 to go in the half. The Riders would take that lead into halftime, after Milo hit the left upright from 30 yards out on the final play of the half.

Saskatchewan would put it away in the second half, outscoring the Ti-Cats 27-3. In the third, Durant found Dressler along the left side for a 22 yard major. With the Milo convert, the lead was up to 23-13 just 1:27 into the third. Congi's 37 yard field goal with 9:20 left in the third made it 23-16 Riders, who would then pull away from there. Milo hit a 49 yard field goal with 9:01 left for a 26-16 lead, Durant hit Dressler in the left flat with a 6 yard major and Milo converted, putting the lead at 33-16 with just 3 ticks left in the third.

Saskatchewan's lead grew to 36-16 4 minutes into the final period on a Milo 41 yard field goal, then the capper came with 1:35 to play. Kory Sheets finished up a 3 play, 58 yard drive, going 14 yards around right end for his first CFL major. Milo converted and the Riders would go on to win, 43-16.

For Saskatchewan, Darian Durant was 25 of 34 passing for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns. Weston Dressler caught 13 balls for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, Chris Getzlaf had 3 catches for 96 yards and 1 touchdown, Kory Sheets rushed 12 times for 80 yards and 1 touchdown and Chris Milo kicked 2 field goals and 5 converts. For the Tiger-Cats, Henry Burris was 28 of 39 passing for 284 yards and 1 interception, Chevon Walker had 7 carries for 132 yards and 1 touchdown and Luca Congi kicked 3 field goals and 1 convert.

The Riders take their 1-0 record home to Mosaic Field on Sunday, July 8th, when they host the Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, as well as TSN in Canada and in the U.S. Hamilton tries to even their record on Friday, July 6th, when they travel to Vancouver to meet the defending Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions.

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The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed on this date in 1921.


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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Don't bury the Rays just yet.

Perhaps the Zim Bear giveaway fired up the troops, maybe they just get up for big games -- like when they're facing a Justin Verlander -- or, more than likely, the Rays might have just reached a point where they had had enough and finally decided to fire back. And fire back they did in an emotional 4-2 win over the Tigers on Friday at Tropicana Field with 19,557 watching.

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Margaret Mitchell’s book, "Gone with the Wind," was published in New York City on this date in 1936.


San Francisco, CA.--
On Friday night, the Giants for once found themselves on the wrong end of an impressive pitching performance.

The 5-1 loss to the Reds saw Matt Cain's first pitch sent to the left-field seats to end the Giants' streak of four shutouts and 36 scoreless innings, and Cincinnati starter Mike Leake stymied Giants bats throughout the night in his first career complete game.

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On this date in 1952, CBS-TV debuted "The Guiding Light."


Today in Elvis History

1960 - The album "Elvis Is Back" hit #1 in the U.K.

1960 - The ablum "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2" hit #4 in the U.K.

1962 - The Elvis Presley EP "Follow That Dream" hit #34 in the U.K.

1968 - Taping ended for Elvis Presley's first television special, "Elvis," at NBC studios in Burbank, CA.

2006 - U.S. President George W. Bush took Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on a private tour of Graceland. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley were the tour guides.


The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI on this date in 1953. It sold for $3,250.


Today in Beatles History:

1985 - John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce was sold at auction for $2 million.

1989 - The surviving Beatles filed for an injunction against Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) to prevent him from selling copies of the Beatles on "Ready Steady Go!"

1979 - The Wings single "Old Siam Sir" hit #35 in the U.K.

1979 - The Wings album "Back To The Egg" hit #6 in the U.K. and #8 in the U.S.

2006 - In Las Vegas, the Cirque de Soleil show "LOVE" officially opened at The Mirage Hotel.


On this date in 2000, U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.


Today in Sports History:

1962 - Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets.

1970 - The Cincinnati Reds moved to their new home at Riverfront Stadium.

1978 - Willie McCovey hit his 500th career home run.

1984 - The longest professional football game took place in the United States Football League (USFL). The Los Angeles Express beat the Michigan Panthers 27-21 after 93 minutes and 33 seconds.

1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.


Today is NOW (National Organization For Women) Day.


SPARTA, Ky. -- In his 26th Nationwide Series start -- in his first full season in the series -- pole-sitter Austin Dillon administered an emphatic, definitive, no-doubt-about-it beating to 42 also-rans in Friday night's Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

How decisive was Dillon's first Nationwide victory?

Dillon led 192 of 200 laps, the most ever by a Nationwide race winner at the 1.5-mile track.

He beat runner-up Kurt Busch to the finish line by 9.828 seconds.

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On this date in 2001, in his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut, Roger Connor is honored with a four-foot-high marble monument at St. Joseph's Cemetery. The gravestone, which also includes the names of his wife and grandson, notes that the one-time all-time home run leader is a member of baseball's Hall of Fame.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway 6:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 4:05pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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