Friday, July 12, 2013

It's Friday











It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is July 12th, the 193rd day of 2013. There are 172 days left in the year.

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Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement from NHL.

Canucks GM plans to meet soon with Luongo.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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Today's Birthdays: Bill Cosby is 76; Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe on Charlie's Angels) is 62; Topher Grace (That '70s Show, Spider-Man 3) is 35; Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, Fast & Furious 6, Lost) is 35.

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Must Watch: Smith's 61-Yard Catch & Run TD.

Moffat: Als entering the age of the dinosaur.

Visit the CFL's official website, cfl.ca.

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The U.S. Congress authorized the Medal of Honor on this date in 1862.

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Kory Sheets ran for nearly 200 yards and a major, while Taj Smith caught two long touchdown passes, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders stayed unbeaten Friday night, with a 39-28 win over the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre in front of 18,211 fans.

The Argos took the opening kick and quickly drove into scoring position, where Noel Prefontaine kicked a 44 yard field goal 3:47 into the contest, giving the homestanding Toronto team an early 3-0 lead. A Rider penalty for too many men set Prefontaine up for a 46 yard field goal on the Argos' next possession, but the kick was wide right and Weston Dressler decided not to run the ball out, conceding the single point with 6:02 remaining in the opening quarter, for a 4-0 Toronto lead. Saskatchewan started to move the ball on the next possession, with a couple of passes to Rob Bagg helping move the green and white into enemy territory. The Riders reached the 13 where, from there, Darian Durant would throw the 100th scoring strike of his CFL career, an 11 yarder to Bagg, who tip-toed into the end zone. Chris Milo capped the 7 play, 71 yard drive with a successful convert and with 2:23 to play in the first, Saskatchewan was up by 3, at 7-4. The quarter would end with the Argonauts using the big play to drive quickly into scoring possession once again. Andre Durie ran through a couple of tackles after taking a swing pass from Ricky Ray and scored a 10 yard touchdown. Prefontaine converted, giving Toronto an 11-7 lead after one.

On the Riders second possession of the second quarter, a pass interference penalty took an 87 yard Boatmen interception return touchdown off the board, giving the Green and White the ball deep in Toronto territory. Kory Sheets would bull his way in from 3 yards out to cap the drive. Milo converted with 7:21 left in the half, putting Saskatchewan back on top, 14-11. The Riders would take the ball at their own 49 with 1:00 to go and Durant would find Taj Smith on a fly pattern down the right sideline for a 61 yard touchdown. Milo kicked the convert, putting Saskatchewan up 21-11, with 50 seconds to play until two quarter time. Prefontaine would come on to kick a 44 yard field goal for the Argos on the half's final play, cutting the Roughrider lead to 7 at 21-14 at half time.

Ricky Schmitt kicked a 56 yard punt single 3:51 into the third quarter, giving Saskatchewan a 22-14 advantage. On their next possession, Durant found Smith down the left sideline for 70 yards and a major on the first play. Milo kicked the convert with 7:53 remaining in the third and the Riders went up by 15, 29-14.

Saskatchewan would put more points on the board, finishing off a drive that started late in the third quarter. Kory Sheets had several big runs, helping drive the ball deep into Toronto territory, before settling for a 21 yard field goal 2:14 into the final period. The 19 play, 95 yard drive took over six minutes off the clock and gave the Riders a 32-14 lead. On the ensuing possession for the Argonauts, Ray found Chad Kackert behind the defense for a 44 yard catch and run play. The major, followed by the Prefontaine convert, capped a 5 play, 79 yard drive, making the score 32-21 in favor of Saskatchewan, with 9:59 to play. With Durant knocked out of the game with an apparent ankle injury, Drew Willy came on at quarterback for the Roughriders and moved his team across midfield, where, aided by a penalty, a Schmitt punt pinned Toronto back at their own 1/2 yard line. That mattered little to Ray, as the veteran pivot quickly moved his team upfield. On 3rd and 5 from their own 41, Ray threw incomplete, with 3:02 to play and the Double Blue turned it over on downs. On the first play after the 3 minute warning, Sheets put the exclamation point on the game by busting one off between left guard and tackle for 37 yards and a touchdown. Milo converted with 2:15 to play and Saskatchewan was up 39-21. Zack Collaros came on at quarterback for Toronto and moved the team deep into Rider territory. On first and goal from the 2, Collaros scrambled out of pressure and ran it in for the major, ending a 7 play, 102 yard drive. Prefontaine kicked the convert with 23 seconds left, making the score 39-28 Saskatchewan, which ended up being the final.

For the Roughriders, Darian Durant was 14-of-19 passing for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns, Drew Willy was 1-of-1 for 9 yards. Kory Sheets ran the ball 26 times for 178 yards and a major, Taj Smith caught 3 passes for 141 yards and 2 scores, Rob Bagg caught 3 passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, Rey Williams had 8 tackles, 2 sacks and a knockdown, Ricky Schmitt kicked a punt single and Chris Milo kicked a field goal and 5 converts. For the Argonauts, Ricky Ray was 27-of-37 passing for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns and in relief, Zack Collaros was 6-of-9 for 107 yards and a rushing touchdown. Chad Kackert ran 9 times for 35 yards and caught 5 balls for 64 yards and a touchdown and Andre Durie caught 7 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, while Robert McCune had 7 tackles and Noel Prefontaine kicked 2 field goals, 3 converts and a missed field goal single. Saskatchewan had 478 yards to Toronto's 517 and 23 first downs to the Argos' 27. The Riders out rushed Toronto 224 to 76.

With the win, Saskatchewan remains unbeaten at 3-0, while Toronto slips to 1-2. The Riders next play on Sunday, July 21st at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 7:00pm EDT. The Argonauts next play on Friday, July 19th at Winnipeg at 8:00pm EDT.

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GO NAKED THIS WEEKEND - Sunday is International Nude Day.

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Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay will bring its rookies and first-year players into camp next Wednesday, and the veterans a week later, as the NFL as a whole gets ready to get back to work.

Read the rest here.

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New research says that doctors cut the umbilical cord too soon. [My mother didn't cut mine until my first year of college.]

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Matt Moore did everything he needed to do Thursday afternoon while leading the Rays to a 4-3 win en route to his Major League-leading 13th victory this season.

Read the rest here.

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The Twinkie returns on Monday, and Hostess has set up an official countdown clock on their website. They've also started a social networking campaign that encourages people to record a video of their best "cake face," a look of incredible excitement about the return of the Twinkie. You can check out a wall of videos here.

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San Diego, CA. -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval knew how to make Kensuke Tanaka feel at home while expressing gratitude.

Employing a familiar Japanese gesture of respect, Sandoval bowed to Tanaka as the latter returned to the dugout with Thursday night's go-ahead run. Tanaka indeed gave the Giants much to appreciate, galvanizing their offense in a much-needed 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.


Read the rest here.

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In Maine (Cornish) a convenience store owner was told that a lack of evidence would likely mean that a shoplifting case would remain unsolved. So the owner posted surveillance photographs on Facebook and offered a $100 reward for information. After about an hour the store owner began receiving tips, and after three hours the unnamed alleged shoplifter turned himself into police.

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It's Captain America Jimmy!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Despicable Me 2, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1954 - Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records and a one-year personal management contract with Scotty Moore.

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If you haven't read Gone Girl you know someone who has. Tell them Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling thriller.

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - "The Ballad of John & Yoko" hit #8 in the U.S.

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IN THEATERS TODAY - Pacific Rim (PG-13) and Grown Ups 2 (PG-13)

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Today in Sports History:

1901 - Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) got his 300th career victory. He ended his career with 511 wins.

1931 - A major league baseball record for doubles was set as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs combined for a total of 23.

1979 - At Comiskey Park, "Disco Demolition Night" lead to fans going wild which caused the White Sox to forfeit the 2nd game of a doubleheader to the Tigers.

1984 - Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies) recorded his 100th strikeout for the 18th consecutive season.

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"The Adventures of Sam Spade" was heard on ABC radio for the first time on this date in 1946.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Car Race 1 at Toronto, Ontario 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- CNBC Prime The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Car Race 2 at Toronto, Ontario 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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