Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 12th, the 132nd day of 2014. There are 233 days left in the year.

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Must see: St. Louis delivers passionate speech.

Bruins bracing for desperate Canadiens in Game 6.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Rock Hall of Famer Steve Winwood (Spencer David Group, Traffic) is 66; Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible films) is 55; Kim Fields (The Facts of Life's Tootie) is 45; Jason Biggs (American Pie) is 36.

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Tampa, FL. -- The offseason is here but here are five things to keep an eye on as the Lightning prepare for the 2014-15 season.

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William Clayton invented the odometer on this date in 1847.

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U.S. Men's National Team Tops Belarus, 6-1, to Begin 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship
Trouba Scores Twice, Gaudreau Adds a Goal and Two Assists
MINSK, Belarus – Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./University of Michigan/Winnipeg Jets) scored twice andJohnny Gaudreau (Carneys Points, N.J./Boston College/Calgary Flames) had a goal and two assists to help the U.S. Men’s National Team past Belarus, 6-1, in its opening game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship here today. Goaltender Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./University of Vermont/Dallas Stars) made 20 saves.

Leading 1-0 late in the second period, Team USA had a three-goal outburst over a 2:43 span to seize command of the game.

"Tonight was a very close game and in the first period it was ultra competitive," said Peter Laviolette, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team. "I thought that Belarus played extremely hard and I liked the competitiveness of our guys as well. In the second period, the play was being taken to us and then a few goals went our way. I thought the power play was good tonight."
Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn./University of North Dakota/N.Y. Islanders) gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with a power-play marker 12:22 into the first period. Tyler Johnson (Spokane, Wash./Tampa Bay Lightning) started the scoring play when he took a pass at the top of the right circle, walked in and fed the puck to Craig Smith(Madison, Wis./University of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators) in the slot. Smith redirected the pass towards the net, and Nelson turned and batted it over Belarus goaltender Andrei Mezin’s leg.
The U.S. built a 4-0 lead by 17:42 of the middle frame thanks to a three-goal outburst in less than three minutes. Trouba gave Team USA a 2-0 lead at 14:59 when he one-timed a Danny DeKeyser (Clay Township, Mich./Western Michigan University/Detroit Red Wings) pass from the point just inside the far post. Gaudreau tallied 54 seconds later when he picked up a pass entering the zone, used the Belarus defender as a screen and picked a corner. Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, Conn./Providence College/N.Y. Islanders) knocked a cross-crease pass into a wide-open net at 17:42.
After a late second-period goal by Team Belarus cut the U.S. lead to 4-1, Trouba and Jake Gardiner(Minnetonka, Minn./University of Wisconsin/Toronto Maple Leafs) each notched power-play goals in the third period to give the U.S. a 6-1 victory.
The U.S. Men’s National Team (1-0-0-0) will continue preliminary-round action tomorrow (May 10) against Switzerland. Puck-drop is schedule for 1:45 p.m. ET and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:45 p.m.Live
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:15 p.m.Live
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal GameMinsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live
NOTES: Tonight's box score, photos and more comments from Head Coach Peter Laviolette are availablehere ... Jimmy Hayes was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Eleven players factored into the scoring tonight ... Jake Gardiner, Johnny Gaudreau, Colin McDonald and Brock Nelson each scored a goal in their first career game with the U.S. Men's National Team ... The U.S. improved to 5-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) all-time against Belarus in the IIHF Men's World Championship ... Peter Laviolette is serving as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2004-bronze, 2005). The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato ... For Team USA's roster, click here ... Twenty of 25 announced members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 25 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams are competing at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, divided into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is televising and streaming all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:45 p.m.Live
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:15 p.m.Live
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal Game


Minsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live




U.S. Men's National Team Edges Switzerland, 3-2, at 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship
Mueller, Smith, Johnson (GWG) Score; Thomas Makes 27 Saves
MINSK, Belarus – Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.), Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./University of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators) and Tyler Johnson (Spokane, Wash./Tampa Bay Lightning) scored to help the U.S. Men's National Team to a 3-2 victory over Switzerland in its second preliminary-round contest at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship here today.
“We’re really happy with our effort tonight,” said Peter Laviolette, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team. “I think our guys did a terrific job of showing up in the second night of back-to-back games. They didn’t quit and kept playing in the third period. It was a competitive game both ways, there was a great atmosphere in the building and those are the types of games you want to be in.”
Smith and Johnson scored third-period goals to help the U.S. erase a 2-1 Switzerland advantage. Smith evened the score at 1:28 when he tapped home a rebound from the edge of the crease on a power play. Johnson sent a pass into the slot that Brock Nelson (War road, Minn./University of North Dakota/N.Y. Islanders) pushed towards the net. His try was blocked, but Smith found the loose puck and scored. Then, with 6:45 remaining in the game, Johnson took a pass from Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Nashville Predators) at the top of the left circle and quickly sent a shot through traffic and past Swiss goaltender Rote Berra to give Team USA a 3-2 lead.
Following a scoreless first period, Switzerland struck first at 1:28 of the second stanza.
Team USA responded when Mueller converted on a breakaway at 6:15 to knot the score at 1-1. Just after a penalty to Mueller ended, Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill./University of Minnesota Duluth) made a perfect outlet pass to spring Mueller in on the break. Mueller moved towards the net, slowed and fired a shot through Berra’s legs. Jeff Petry (Ann Arbor, Mite./Michigan State University/Edmonton Oilers) was credited with the second assist on the play.
The Swiss responded with a goal to retake the lead at 9:39 of the middle period and carried the 2-1 edge into the second intermission.
U.S. goaltender Tim Thomas (Flint, Mite./University of Vermont/Dallas Stars) made 27 saves and was named Team USA's "best player" in the post game ceremony. Berra had 35 saves for Switzerland.
The U.S. Men's National Team (2-0-0-0) will continue play in the IIHF Men's World Championship Monday (May 12) at 1:45 p.m. ET vs. Russia. The game can be watched live on NBC Sports Network.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk ArenaW, 3-2Live
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:15 p.m.Live
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal GameMinsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live
NOTES: Tonight's box score, highlights, photos and more comments from Head Coach Peter Laviolette are available here ... Team Usa's nine goals in the tournament have been scored by eight different players. Peter Mueller, Craig Smith and Tyler Johnson each lit the lamp for the first time tonight ... Tyler Johnson tallied a goal and an assist to take over the team lead in points (1-3=4) ... The U.S. improved to 15-0-1-7-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) all-time against Switzerland in the IIHF Men's World Championship ... Peter Laviolette is serving as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2004-bronze, 2005). The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato ... For Team Usa's roster, click here ... Twenty of 25 announced members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 25 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabers, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Greenhorn (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poole (Nashville), Ray Shore (Pittsburgh), Dale Talon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Servers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams are competing at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, divided into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is televising and streaming all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk ArenaW, 3-2Live
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:15 p.m.Live
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal Game




Minsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live


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Manitoba entered the Confederation as a Canadian province on this date in 1870.

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The Great Debate: Who will go 1st overall?

Bombers like what they see in Willy.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1926, the airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

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Tampa, FL. — A wrap-up of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft. Click here for a full list of Buccaneers draftees.

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It's National Police Week.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Chris Archer's struggles continued on Sunday as the last-place Rays lost for the fifth time in six games on this homestand, 6-5, to the Indians before 23,679 at Tropicana Field.

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The rumors have reemerged that Dolly Parton's breasts are secretly covered in tattoos. [Reportedly, the tattoo artist was able to retire.]

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Los Angeles, CA. -- To summarize the Giants' current excellence, try tweaking the title of a well-known Journey song that's played on the public-address system in the late innings at AT&T Park to inspire fans.


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British sports scientists have delivered some new research that says when athletes fear losing, they're more likely to choke. Is this why Denver lost the Super Bowl?


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T-Ball is fun, huh you guys?


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as washing a sink full of dishes, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Heartbreak Hotel" hit #15 in the U.K.

1960 - Elvis Presley guest-starred on "Welcome Home Elvis." The timex-sponsored variety TV special was hosted by Frank Sinatra. Elvis sang "Witchcraft" and Sinatra sang "Love Me Tender."

1965 - Elvis Presley began the studio sessions for the soundtrack to "Frankie and Johnny."

2003 - In London, Lisa Marie Presley performed at a nightclub. She performed songs from her debut album "To Whom It May Concern." 


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Like your beer in a chilled glass? According to the food and drink blog The Kitchn, a chilled glass is best used for room temperature beer. When a beer is at room temperature, the chilled glass brings the temperature of the beer down to the optimal flavor range, usually between 40 and 55°F. Beer already at that optimal range (like beer you've kept in the fridge) suffers when poured into a chilled glass.

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Today in Beatles History:

1973 -  The retrospective album "The Beatles 1967-1970" hit #2 in the U.K. 

1973 - The retrospective album "The Beatles 1962-1966" hit #3 in the U.K. 

2003 - In Rome, two women returned a diary they had stolen from Paul McCartney in 1980. They had taken the diary from his home while it was being restructured. 

2003 - Yoko Ono's singles "Walking On This Ice #1" and "Walking On This Ice #2" were released.  
  
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A dashboard camera captured the moment an Iowa cop almost died last week when a large oak tree randomly cracked and slammed directly into an SUV he was ticketing. Jeremy Veach was talking to the driver, who had neglected to put her headlights on, when the 30-foot tree cracked and fell, totaling the car and slamming Veach to the ground. There was no wind in the area that night and the owners of the tree said they had no idea it had rotted because it "appeared healthy" and continued to sprout green leaves each season. Veach and the driver walked away without major injures. The SUV, which Veach was able to duck behind, bore the brunt of the damage. | Video


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Today in Sports History:

1917 - Omar Khayyam became the first imported horse to win the Kentucky Derby. 

1950 - The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years. 

1955 - Sam Jones (Chicago Cubs) became the first black to pitch a no-hitter. The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

1957 - A.J. Foyt won his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, MO. 

1966 - The St. Louis Cardinals played their first game at Busch Memorial Stadium. They won the game 4-3 over the Atlanta Braves. 

1970 - Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) hit his 500th home run. 

1972 - The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings. The game was actually completed on May 13. 

1982 - The United States Football League (USFL) was formed. 

1985 - The New York Knicks won the first NBA Draft Lottery. 

1996 - Lance Armstrong became the first cyclist to repeat in the American Tour DuPont. 

1997 - Larry Bird was announced as the new head coach of the Indiana Pacers. 

1998 - Indiana Pacers head coach Larry Bird became only the third rookie head coach to win the NBA Coach of the Year award. 

1998 - The Atlanta Braves tied a national league record when they hit a home run in their 24th consecutive game. 

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit a 527-foot home run at Busch Stadium. It was the longest home run in the history of the stadium. 

1998 - St. Louis Cardinal manager Tony LaRussa recorded his 1,500th victory. 

2003 - Churchill Downs stewards announced that they had determined that Jose Santos had not done anything prohibited in his Kentucky Derby win.

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The new film Neighbors easily won the box office battle this weekend. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron's frat comedy earned an estimated $51.1 million. Last week's No. 1 movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fell to second.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jeff Gordon held off Kevin Harvick over the final laps and went on to win the 5-Hour Energy 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on this date in 1978 that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.

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Speedway, IN. -- Spectators streaming into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway mid-morning to secure prime vantage spots were quickly joined by tens of thousands of other ticket-holders on a glorious spring day to witness the first-ever Verizon IndyCar Series race on the new road course.

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In the U.S., the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents on this date in 2008.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10:05pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 9:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Get To Know Newton 250 Presented By Sherwin William at Iowa Speedways 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 4:05pm EDT

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

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