Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 20th, the 231st day of 2014. There are 134 days left in the year.

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Veterans' health tops Red Wings' five questions.

Islanders announce new ownership structure.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 66. TV weatherman Al Roker is 60. Amy Adams (Julie & Julia, Enchanted, Man of Steel) is 40. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man films) is 31.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting a third jersey this season to go along with that Maple Leafs-meets-Flash-Gordon jersey that some love and some loathe. Because really, what says “Florida sunshine” better than a dark noir jersey …

Read the rest here.

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Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska on this date in 1741.

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Regina, SK. -- This week on Rider Rewind, host Dan Plaster catches up with Rob Bagg and John Chick in the locker room after their stand out performances against the Alouettes this past Saturday. Also, find out why Luc Mullinder thinks the Rider defence is playin...

Read the rest here.

Up next for the 5-2 Roughriders is a road game against the 5-3 BC Lions on Sunday, August 24th. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620CKRM, 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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"The Mikado", by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on this date in 1885.

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Winnipeg Unveils Signature Uniforms.

LeFevour out for season with torn ACL.

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

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 2.4 million: Things shared on Facebook every minute.

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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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Iceland has raised its volcano alert. [You know the situation is dicey when the TV weatherperson's 5-day forecast includes the word "run."]

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- What happened in the 11th inning of the Rays' 8-6 loss to the Tigers defied logic, but it served as a microcosm of the season and a series of frustrating losses.

Read the rest here.

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The first American dirigible, the "Shenandoah," was launched in Lakehurst, NJ on this date in 1923. The ship began its maiden voyage from the same location on September 4.

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Chicago, IL. -- The Giants lost a game Tuesday night that was halfway played, which left them completely furious.

Read the rest here.

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A New Jersey man spent his 101st birthday at work in the job he has held for 73 years. Herman 'Hy' Goldman still works four days a week at a light fixture company (Capitol Lighting in East Hanover).

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I'm Jimmy the baseball guy.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a meat lover's pizza, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1960 - 
Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" hit #1 in the U.S. 

1983 - The Elvis Presley album "I Was The One" hit #83 in the U.K.


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Colonel Horace A. Hanes, a U.S. Air Force pilot, flew to an altitude of 40,000 feet on this date in 1955. Hanes reached a speed of 822.135 miles per hour in a Super Sabrejet.

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Today in Beatles History:


1964 - 
The Beatles single "I'll Cry Instead"/"I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" was released. 

1966 - The Beatles single "Yellow Submarine" hit #1 in the U.K. 

1969 - The Beatles recorded together for the last time. The finished "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."


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Three men in Pennsylvania (Lancaster County) used $500 in counterfeit cash. Police say the men passed five bogus $100 bills to pay for a Shih Tzu puppy.


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Today in Sports History:


1920 - 
Representatives of four professional football clubs met in the first of two meetings in Canton, Ohio. The meetings led to the founding of the American Professional Football Association. Two years later the APFA officially became the National Football League. 

1939 - The National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, MI. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African- Americans. 

1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league ball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old. 

1949 - Cleveland’s Indians and Chicago’s White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd, 78,382 people, to see a nighttime major-league baseball game. 

2005 - Thomas Herrion (San Francisco 49ers) collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver.


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The Wall Street Journal reports the National Football League has eyed three possible performers for the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay.


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 4:05pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills 4:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 1:35pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma, California 4:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 7:00pm EDT

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

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