Thursday, July 18, 2013

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is July 18th, the 199th day of 2013. There are 166 days left in the year.

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Stream of high picks ready to help Panthers.

Ference comes full circle with Oilers.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Civil rights leader Nelson Mandela is 95; businessman Richard Branson is 63; Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) is 52; Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan, The Fast and the Furious movies) is 46; Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars) is 33.

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Reed shifting focus back to the gridiron.

Cauz: 10 thoughts from Riders vs. Argos Week 3.

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

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The new TV drama Under the Dome has been another huge hit for CBS. [And that's even before people found out it was written by J.K. Rowling.]

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Regina, SK. -- The Canadian Football League and the 101st Grey Cup Festival Committee is pleased to announce that tickets to the 101st Grey Cup Championship Game are officially sold out.

Read the rest here.

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.


Visit the team's official website, riderville.com.

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"The New York Weekly Journal" published the first half-page newspaper ad on this date in 1743.

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Tampa, FL. — The Buccaneers have signed veteran K Lawrence Tynes, the NFL's second-leading scorer in 2012, after losing K Connor Barth to a torn Achilles.

Read the rest here.

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Asiana Airlines has dropped its threat to sue a San Francisco TV station for an on-air goof-up identifying the pilots in this month's plane crash by racially offensive names.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- When the tornado formed May 20 near Newcastle, Marnie Wright desperately tried to get in touch with her husband, Jamey, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Wrights moved to Dallas a few years ago, but parents on both sides of the family live in the Moore area.

Read the rest here.

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The new issue of Rolling Stone magazine has caused controversy because of the cover subject: Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. CVS issued a statement Wednesday saying that its store will not be carrying this issue of the magazine. Walgreens tweeted Wednesday that it will also not be selling the issue.

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San Francisco, CA. -- If the Giants somehow return to the postseason, they'll reflect on the last weekend of the first half as one of the wakeup calls that roused them.

Read the rest here.


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Julie Kay Harper of Florida (Vero Beach) said she was "awesome." A sheriff's sergeant had stopped Harper after she was accused of nearly causing a crash. Harper was asked how she was doing. She replied, "I'm awesome." Harper, who smelled of booze and had bloodshot eyes, said she was driving home. When asked her address she replied, "53".

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Time to go down the slide.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching golf hilites, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History



1946 - Elvis Presley's family moved to Commerce Street in Tupelo, MS. They had not been able to make their house payments on Berry Street.

1953 - Elvis Presley privately recorded "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" at the Memphis Recording Service. The office manager left a note for Sam Phillips that Elvis was a "good ballad singer."

1960 - Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" was released.


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Cory Monteith's body was cremated Tuesday in Vancouver following a private viewing with his family and girlfriend Lea Michele.

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Today in Beatles History:



1974 -  The U.S. Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge.

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A Sharknado sequel is in the works. This time the shark-filled tornadoes will hit New York City. The original Sharknado, which aired last week, gets a rerun tonight (Thursday) on SyFy.

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Today in Sports History:


1927 - Ty Cobb set a major league baseball record by getting his 4,000th career hit. He hit 4,191 before he retired in 1928.

1964 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds hit the only grand slam home run of his career.

1970 - Ron Hunt of the San Francisco Giants was hit by a pitch for the 119th time in his career.

1985 - Jack Nicklaus II, at age 23 years old, made his playing debut on the pro golf tour at the Quad Cities Open in Coal Valley, IL.

2000 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. He was stopped for speeding and then failed to pass a sobriety test. Abdul-Jabbar was the leading scorer in National Basketball Association (NBA) history at the time.
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The first Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago, IL on this date in 1936.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

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

Saturday --

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

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

Sunday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway 3:00pm EDT

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

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:00pm EDT

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

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