Friday, June 20, 2014

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

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Today is June 21st, the 172nd day of 2014. There are 193 days left in the year.

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Rangers buy out forward Brad Richards.

Desjardins to be Canucks' next coach: report.

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

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The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it on this date in 1788.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will play a total of six preseason games in 2014, the team announced Friday.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1834, Cyrus McCormick patented the first practical mechanical reaper for farming. His invention allowed farmers to more than double their crop size.

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders hosted the Edmonton Eskimos Friday night at Mosaic Stadium in Regina in the pre-season finale for both teams and 15,353 fans saw the Eskimos post two third quarter touchdowns, to grab a 19-14 comeback win.

The Riders moved the ball a couple of times in the opening quarter, before turning the ball over on a fumble deep in Edmonton territory once, then on downs near midfield another time. Penalties also slowed both teams and the first period ended up scoreless, but with Saskatchewan again with the ball deep in Eskimo territory.

The first play of the second quarter netted the first points of the night, as Darian Durant fired a strike to Taj Smith from 26 yards out. Chris Milo added the convert to cap the 4 play, 38 yard drive and with 26 seconds off the clock in quarter number two, the Roughriders had a 7-0 lead. A long punt return and a major foul set up Saskatchewan on their next possession, in the Edmonton half of the field. On 2nd and 14 at the Eskimo 39, Durant found Smith streaking down the sideline, with Smith making an over-the-shoulder catch for the touchdown. Milo converted at the end of the 5 play, 45 yard drive and with 7:40 to play in the half, Saskatchewan was up 14-0. Edmonton got on the board on the ensuing possession on a Grant Shaw 50 yard punt single with 5:16 left, making the Rider lead 14-1. The Eskimos drove across centre field late in the half but settled for another 50 yard Shaw punt single, this one with just 25 seconds remaining on the clock, making it a 14-2 Saskatchewan half time lead.

Edmonton narrowed the gap further on their first possession of the third quarter, getting a 20 yard touchdown pass from Matt Nichols to Adarius Bowman. The Zackary Medeiros convert was good with 2:32 gone, and the Eskimos were within 5 at 14-9. Edmonton would then score on their next turn with the ball to grab the lead. John White ran up the middle 41 yards for the major and with the successful Medeiros convert, the Eskimos went on top, 16-14, 6:26 into the third.

The Roughriders alternated quarterbacks Seth Doege and Adam Weber in the fourth quarter, but weren't able to generate much offense and Edmonton added a 32 yard Hugh O'Neill field goal with 13 seconds left in the final, grabbing the 19-14 win.

For Saskatchewan, Darian Durant was 7-of-11 passing for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns, Tino Sunseri was 2-of-4 for 23 yards and an interception, Adam Weber was 0-for-2 and Seth Doege was 1-of-5 for 16 yards. Keith Toston rushed 7 times for 67 yards and Taj Smith caught 2 passes for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. Chris Milo kicked 2 converts and John Mark punted 3 times for a 44.3 yard average and missed a field goal attempt. Tyron Brackenridge led the defence, with 2 tackles and 3 special teams tackles. For the Eskimos, Matt Nichols was 8-of-11 for 155 yards and a touchdown, Mike Reilly was 9-of-15 for 60 yards and Pat White was 2-of-2 for 9 yards. Tyler Thomas ran 12 times for 96 yards, John White ran 4 times for 57 yards and a touchdown and Adarius Bowman caught 4 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Zackary Medeiros kicked 2 converts, Hugh O'Neill kicked a field goal and Grant Shaw punted 8 times for a 43.1 yard average and 2 singles.

The Roughriders open the regular season and defence of their Grey Cup championship on Sunday, June 29th, when they host the defending Eastern champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff is at 7:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can also be seen on TSN.in Canada and ESPN3.com in the U.S.

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On this date in 1859, Andrew Lanergan received the first rocket patent.

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Walker's TD trio leads REDBLACKS to win over Als.

Logan's massive first half carries BC over Calgary.

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

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HELLO, SUMMER - Summer begins Saturday (6:51 a.m. ET).

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Tampa, FL. — The Bucs are currently carrying 88 players on the roster after some recent maneuvers, but there’s no question they’ll be back at 90 by the start of camp…Here are some ideas for filling those two spots.

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The Ferris Wheel was introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL on this date in 1893.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- David Price dominated the Astros in every way a pitcher can Friday night. But he committed the mortal sin of Rays starters these days: He made one mistake.

Read the rest here.

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Georgia Broadwick became the first woman to jump from an airplane on this date in 1913.

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Phoenix, AZ. -- The D-backs got the best of Tim Lincecum in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field and came out of it with a 4-1 win Friday night.


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In Washington, U.S. President Roosevelt signed the $3.75 billion Emergency Relief Appropriation Act on this date in 1938.


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Jimmy tries out his Spiderman cup.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the first day of Summer, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
King Bumiphol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand visited the set of the Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues." 

2004 - An exclusive One Night Only screening of a specially created 100-minute edition of the digitally re-mastered "Elvis: '68 Comeback Special" took place at 42 Regal Theaters across the U.S.


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Pan Am announced an 88-hour round-the-world flight at a cost of $700 on this date in 1945.

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Today in Beatles History:

1946 - 
Brenda Holloway was born. She supported the Beatles on tour in 1965. 

1963 - It was reported in the press that John Lennon had assaulted Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler at Paul McCartney's 21st birthday party three days earlier. The headline was: Beatle in brawl says 'Sorry I socked you.'
  
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On this date in 1954, NBC radio presented the final broadcast of "The Railroad Hour."

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Today in Sports History:

1932 - Heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling lost a title fight by decision to Jack Sharkey. Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, exclaimed "We was robbed!" 

1939 - Lou Gehrig quit baseball due to illness. 

1942 - Ben Hogan recorded the lowest score (to that time) in a major golf tournament. Hogan shot a 271 for 72 holes in Chicago, IL. 

1954 - Australian John Landy ran the mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds. He was the second person to achieve the feat. 

1963 - In St. Louis, Bob Hayes set a record when he ran the 100-yard dash in 0.09.1. 

1970 - Tony Jacklin became the second British golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open golf tournament. 

1997 - The Women's National Basketball Association made its debut. The New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57. 

1999 - Pantera rode a float in the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Dallas. Pantera is responsible for the Stars' theme song.

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SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan and piloted by Mike Melvill, reached 328,491 feet above Earth in a 90 minute flight on this date in 2004. The height is about 400 feet above the distance scientists consider to be the boundary of space.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up By Johnsonville at Road America 2:45pm EDT

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

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

Sunday --

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 3:00pm EDT

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

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 Presented By Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Verizon Indy Car Series -- The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park Race One 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park Race Two 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 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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