Friday, July 25, 2014

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

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Today is July 25th, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

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Babcock looks to learn more via advanced stats.

Predators' Fiala part of upward trend in Swiss talent.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Matt LeBlanc is 47. David Denman (Parenthood, The Office) is 41. James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) is 29.

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Tampa, FL. -- Did you know that the San Jose Sharks drafted Nabokov without ever seeing him play? Now you do. Learn 10 things about the Bolts new goalie...

Read the rest here.

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Bourbon may be booming and more wineries are cropping up all over the nation, yet Americans still prefer a cold brew over a glass of wine or whiskey. According to Gallup, 41% of U.S. drinkers say they typically drink beer, compared with 31% who generally prefer wine and 23% who reach for liquor. It's the biggest gap between beer and wine in six years.

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Regina, SK. -- On our debut edition of Countdown to Gameday we catch up with the Voice of the Riders Rod Pedersen, we take a look at an important community initiative Bleed Green and Alumni Luc Mullinder joins us to give his analysis on Chalk Talk.

Read the rest here.

The Riders were off last weekend. Their next action is tomorrow, Saturday, July 26th, when they host the Toronto Argonauts, in a rematch of their week two game, won by Toronto 48-15. Game time at Mosaic Stadium is 10:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen calling all the action. Catch the broadcast on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN2.

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On this date in 1850, Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon.

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Advantage Calgary: Stamps remain perfect in win over Esks.

Preview: Lions look to stay hot against Bombers.

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

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15 YEARS AGO TODAY - In Bath, England, fragments of a man's false teeth were found in his windpipe eight years after he thought he lost them in a traffic accident. Mike Russell had suffered severe breathing difficulties for years until doctors finally found four front teeth, still attached to a dental plate, wedged above the entrance to his right lung. They were removed in ten minutes and his breathing improved immediately.

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Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

Read the rest here.

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Hollywood announced that Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back until 2018. [Right behind Avengers 14 and Iron Man 27.]

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Scouting reports never lie. But sometimes they don't tell the whole truth. Particularly when heart and hustle enter the equation.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1854, the paper collar was patented by Walter Hunt.

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Philadelpphia, PA. -- The significance of the Giants' 2-1 loss on Thursday to the Philadelphia Phillies remains to be seen.

Read the rest here.

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Ben Affleck may already have a successor on his tail: Benedict Cumberbatch. At Comic-Con Thursday the Sherlock star responded to a fan's question over what classic comic book character he would most want to play. He replied, "Batman, I guess, yeah."

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Look everybody, I'm on first base!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a nice night out, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1962 - 
The Elvis Presley film "Kid Galahad" premiered. 

1970 - The live Elvis Presley album "On Stage-February 1970" hit #13 in the U.S. 

1997 - The themed restaurant Elvis Presley's Memphis opened to the public.


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On this date in 1939, W2XBS TV in New York City presented the first musical comedy seen on TV. The show was "Topsy and Eva."

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Today in Beatles History:


1964 - 
The Beatles album "A Hard Day's Night" hit #1 in the U.S. and the U.K. 

1967 - The Beatles and other U.K. rock groups urged the British government to legalize marijuana. Their comments were made in a London Times advertisement signed by all four of the Beatles. 

1987 - The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" hit #47 in the U.K. 

2002 - In Liverpool, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attended the opening of a new terminal at John Lennon Airport. 

2002 - In Liverpool, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attended a showing of Paul McCartney's paintings at Walker Art Gallery.


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Police in China have detained a man who stole 30,000 bottles of iced tea worth $27,000 and emptied them so that he could sell off the plastic.


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Today in Sports History:


1850 - 
In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match. 

1947 - Fortune Gordien of Oslo, Norway set a world record discus throw of 178.47 feet. 

1978 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games. 

1987 - The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won its 29th game in a row. 

1999 - Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. He was only the second American to win the race. 

1990 - Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was booed for her performance. 

2004 - Lance Armstrong won his record sixth consecutive Tour de France.  


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IN THEATERS - And So It Goes (PG-13); Hercules (PG-13); Lucy (R).


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Coming Up:




Tonight --


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT


Saturday --


Nascar Nationwide Series -- Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4:30pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT


CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Toronto Argonauts 10:00pm EDT


Sunday --


Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard 1:00pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:40pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8:07pm EDT



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





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