7-21-10 July 21 2010 Update

JULY 21 2010 UPDATE

 

KFC World Cup of Softball Television Schedule

July 22 at 7 p.m. – USA vs. Canada – ESPN and ESPN3.com

July 23 at 7 p.m. – USA vs. Japan – ESPN and ESPN3.com

July 24 at 1 p.m. – USA vs. USA Futures – ESPN (tape delay from 11 a.m.) and ESPN3.com

July 24 at 7 p.m. – USA vs. Japan – ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

July 25 at 4 p.m. – USA vs. Canada – ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

July 26 at 8 p.m. – No. 1 vs. No. 2 – ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

All times are local (CST) and subject to change.
Note: the Sunday game between Team USA and USA Futures will not be televised.

REMINDER
Under Armour All-America Softball Game

July 24 – 7-10 p.m., ET, ESPNU

 

COMMITMENTS

Pennsbury Gems Gold-Verbal Commitments

Chelsea Dimon (2011) : Boston College

Lacey McKeon (2011) : Temple University

MORE PLAUDITS FOR JENNIE FINCH

Press release from Chicago Bandits

Jennie Finch to Play the USSSA Florida Pride in her last Professional Softball Series in the State of Florida

Kissimmee, Fla. – Softball phenom Jennie Finch announced yesterday her plans to retire from professional softball following the end of the 2010 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season.

 From July 29 through Aug. 1, Finch will be right here in Central Florida as she pitches for the Chicago Bandits when they take on the USSSA Florida Pride at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This series will mark the last time that Finch will play on Florida soil.

 Finch, 29, has spent the past ten years playing softball with the United States National Team and most recently with the NPF’s Chicago Bandits. A standout at the University of Arizona, Finch went on to win gold with Team USA at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver four years later in Beijing.

Now turning her attention to her family, including husband, pitcher Casey Daigle and their four-year old-son Ace, Finch states plans to remain involved in the sport, running camps and possibly serving as an ambassador if asked to participate in that way.

“I hope to stay involved,” she said. “It’s been such a big part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without it.”

Finch’s final series in Florida will be the last opportunity for fans of Finch’s career in Central Florida to see the beloved star, who by many accounts has become an icon for the sport, play in their hometown. The first game of the series is slated to begin on July 29 at 7:05 pm EST.

PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) — International Softball Federation President Don Porter today commented on the impending retirement of pitcher Jennie Finch, who will compete for Team USA for the last time in a tournament that the world governing body’s leader is attending.

“I’m sorry to see Jennie leave the sport after a great career and her contributions to the development and recognition of the sport,” the ISF president said.  “She has been a great ambassador and the dedication she has displayed tells me that while she no longer will be on the playing field, Jennie will surely continue to stay involved with the game in other capacities.

“She is a great role model for not only up-and-coming softballers, but women in sports,” Mr. Porter concluded.

The 2004 Olympic softball gold medalist and 2008 Olympic silver medalist is coming off of a gold medal finish at the ISF XII Women’s World Championship that ended 19 days ago in Caracas, Venezuela.  She had also played in the two prior editions of that tournament (2006 in China and 2002 in Canada).  Yesterday it was announced that Finch will participate with the Americans in World Cup of Softball 5, an ISF-sanctioned invitational tournament that starts tomorrow in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA), before retiring from the national team.

The ISF president is currently in Oklahoma City, having arrived there yesterday from Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was attending the softball competition at the Special Olympics USA National Games.  Next year softball will again be on the programme of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, with the 2011 edition taking place in Athens, Greece.

 ATTACK ALERT!

Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division
601 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20535
 
Attention: Beneficiary,
 
Attached to this email is a 1 page document containing vital information about 
your Lottery Winnings.
 
Carefully scroll through and comply as requested.
 
Robert Anderson, Jr.
Special Agent in Charge
 
THIS IS NOT A VIRUS, IT CONTAINS VITAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LOTTERY 
WINNINGS!!!
 

SPY received this bogus alert, which had nothing to do with an attack on the USA,but alleged that RFH had won $850,000 in the British lottery, and could receive the funds after paying a $295 processing fee to the person who sent the email – who was not Robert Anderson, nor affiliated with the FBI.  The first clue: no FBI letterhead.  Second clue: Director Robert S. Mueller, III has appointed Robert Anderson, Jr. special agent in charge (SAC) for the Intelligence Division in the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO). Most recently, Mr. Anderson served as chief of the Counterespionage Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters.  I happen to know Director Mueller and have sent him this phony email.

TENSION IN BOGOTA

Colombia claims that Venezuela is providing a safe harbor for Colombia guerillas.  Venezuela denies the charge, but Bogota is seriously pressing the issue and has called home its Ambassador to Venezuela, an action which falls short of breaking off relations but adds to an escalation of existing tensions over trade and borders.  Why worry?  Because the USA Junior Women’s Team will be travelling to Bogota in August to compete for a berth at the ISF Junior Womens Gold Medal championship in 2011 in South Africa.  (Ironically, some topsiders in ASA think the USA should automatically qualify as the defending world champion at this level, but, ASA does not believe the ASA Gold Champion should automatically have a return berth.) Meanwhile, the public face of good will displayed by Chavez during the XII World Championship disappeared the next day as he resumed his crackdown on media outlets critical of him.

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