Friday, August 1, 2014

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

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Today is August 1st, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

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Islanders stock up for last season at Nassau Coliseum.

Flyers goalie Mason has broken finger.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Blues musician Robert Cray is 61. Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54. Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show) is 41.

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Tampa, FL. -- Anthony DeAngelo, who the Lightning drafted in the first round at the NHL Draft, says he's calm off the ice but watch out once he steps onto it...

Read the rest here.

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Christopher Columbus landed on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela) on this date in 1498.

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Regina, SK. -- On a regular basis, I conduct a lighthearted interview with a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Given that approach, defensive back Macho Harris - who was actually named Victor when he was born 28 years ago in Highland Springs, Va. - was a natural interviewee.

Read the rest here.

Next up for 2-2 Saskatchewan is a matchup with the 1-3 Ottawa REDBLACKS tomorrow, August 2nd in Ottawa. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri 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 ESPN3.com.

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Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly on this date in 1774.

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Comeback Kid: Willy's late-game heroics stun Ticats.

Moffat: Als surrounding Smith with new eyes and ears.

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

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The first U.S. census was completed on this date in 1790 with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia

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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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AUGUST IS - Happiness Happens Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children's Vision and Learning Month, Make Your Reading Be A Haven Month, National Catfish Month, National Inventors' Month, National Toddler Month, Mental & Educational Wellness Month, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The speculation is over. The Rays traded David Price to the Tigers in a three-team deal that also involved the Mariners prior to Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Read the rest here.

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Pope Francis released a list of the top 10 things to do in order to be happy. The list includes: Live and let live; and Don't be negative. [And save money by learning to do things yourself -- except for colonoscopies.]

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San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants' best Trade Deadline acquisitions will have to come not from another team, but from their own disabled list.

Read the rest here.

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Congratulations, Cheesecake Factory - of all the fat-delivering franchise restaurants in the U.S. you are the best! The Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating survey has named Cheesecake Factory America's most unhealthy restaurant.

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Jimmy waits his turn.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going school clothes shopping, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1960 - 
Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, "Young World." 

1960 - Elvis Presley began pre-production work on the movie "Flaming Star." It was his sixth movie. 

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "The Wonder of You" hit #1 in the U.K. 

1972 - Elvis Presley's single "Burning Love" was released. 

1977 - The book "Elvis - What Happened?" went on sale. The book was written based on the experiences of three of Elvis' ex-bodyguards, Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler 

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Live", "Elvis Movies" and "Elvis R&B" were released.


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The elephants, giraffes and bears at California's Oakland Zoo got to nosh on African jackfruit and bananas this week thanks to an overturned big rig that dumped 60,000 pounds of fruit. About 35,000 pounds fed humans at a food bank, and another 15,000 pounds fed the animals.

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Today in Beatles History:


1963 - 
The Beatles recorded a show for the BBC called "Pop Go The Beatles." 

1971 - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar's Conert for Bangladesh took place at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston all performed. 

1978 - Dhani Harrison was born. He is the son of George and Olivia Harrison. 

1980 - George Harrison formed a production company called "Hand Made Films Productions." 

1992 - George Harrison's "Live In Japan" hit #126 in the U.S. 

2006 - Madison Square Garden celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh by installing a permanent plaque it its "Walk of Fame".


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One man has been arrested and police are searching for another after a drone carrying marijuana, tobacco and cell phones was discovered next to the security fence of a prison in South Carolina.


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Today in Sports History:


1945 - 
Mell Ott hit his 500th career home run. 

1972 - Joe Namath signed a two year contract worth $500,000 with the New York Jets. 

1976 - The Seattle Seahawks played their first (preseason) game. The Seahawks lost 27-20 to San Francisco. 

1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds ended his streak of hitting in 44 consecutive games. 

1986 - John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal were married. 

1986 - Bert Blyleven became only the 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in his career. 

1993 - Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. 

2005 - It was announced that Raphael Palmeiro would be suspended for 10 days after testing positive for steroid use. Palmeiro stood by his statements to the U.S. Congress on March 17, 2005, that he had never taken steroids.  


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IN THEATERS - Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) and Get On Up (PG-13).


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Coming Up:


Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Angels of Anaheim 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Ottawa REDBLACKS 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Angels of Anaheim 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 Presented By New Holland at Iowa Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Gobowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Angels of Anaheim 1:40pm EDT

Verizon Indycar Series -- Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 3:00pm EDT

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




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