July 3, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
June 21 - 25, 2010

Last Update - July 3, 2010 at 1:00 AM EDT

This 'Reading And Viewing List' entry includes title links and teaser snippets for web items posted June 21 through June 25, 2010. It's just a sampling of what caught Junior's Eyes during that time.

I'm a little behind in posting this, but I'm sure the stuff in this list can still be of interest. The topics covered this time include super hero comics movies, music, hockey (Washington Capitals) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

A few more 2010 F1 European Grand Prix Preview posts made it into this list.

June 25, 2010

2010 NHL Entry Draft: Washington Capitals
Select Center Evgeny Kuznetsov

Posted on YouTube by WashingtonCapitalsHD

*Dan, Jr / Junior's Eyes Note: Love the sly wink and smile of satisfaction from GM George McPhee.

Live Blog from 2010 NHL Entry Draft
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

8:14 PM Caps take Evgeny Kuznetsov at No. 26. Back from the Kuznetsov, McPhee and Mahoney press scrums. My first reaction is that Kuznetsov sounds a lot like Alexander Semin. Ross Mahoney told us that he shares the puck better than Semin did at the same age and that Kuznetsov has the ability to play center. Kuznetsov told us that he has two years remaining on his KHL contract and that he will definitely attend the Capitals’ July development camp...

Highlights From Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival
To Be Shown In Theaters Across The U.S. On July 27th

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Can't make it to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival tomorrow at Toyota Park in Chicago? Well, there is another chance to catch at least some of the performances in the not too distant future, at least if you reside in the United States that is...

Friday analysis - blown diffuser promising for Ferrari
Posted at Formula1.com

Many teams were keen to get out and try significant modifications to their aerodynamic packages in Valencia on Friday. The programmes were relatively uncomplicated on the medium compound Bridgestone prime tyres on the dusty track. That changed when they attempted to go quicker on the super soft compound option tyre, which grained laterally and transversely in the morning. The track temperature all through the second session was a consistent 24 degrees Celsius, however, and even though the surface was still ‘green’ things were much better. We take a team-by-team look at day one in Spain...

Petter to hold ‘shoot-out’ for co-driver
Posted at WRC.com

Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg is aiming to have decided on his co-driver for the rest of the season by Monday, after evaluating three potential candidates in a shoot-out for the job.

Solberg will drive with each person for a short while, to give himself a feel of how they perform under pressure...

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com

Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg bettered both McLaren drivers in Friday morning’s session to take the top spot, but in the afternoon Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took charge of the timesheets. The leading teams and their rivals reflect on their early progress in Valencia...

Practice Two - Alonso pips Vettel in Valencia
Posted at Formula1.com

Fernando Alonso made best use of Ferrari’s new aero package to set the fastest lap in the second practice session in Valencia on Friday afternoon. The local hero’s 1m 39.283s best was 0.056s faster than Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel who recorded 1m 39.339s, and 0.144s ahead of the German’s team mate Mark Webber on 1m 39.427s...

Practice One - Rosberg and Mercedes in front
Posted at Formula1.com

Nico Rosberg pipped the two McLarens for the fastest time in Valencia on Friday morning, stopping the clocks for Mercedes GP with 1m 41.175s. That was 0.164s faster than Lewis Hamilton’s 1m 41.339s, and 0.208s better than Jenson Button’s 1m 41.383s.

It’s early days, however, as the number of drivers running wide in Turn Two testified to the ‘green’ nature of the track, which remained extremely slippery...

Pre-Europe analysis - Ferrari feeling upbeat for Valencia
Posted at Formula1.com

Ferrari are very optimistic that they will turn a corner this weekend and fight for victory, now that their F10 is fitted with the ‘blown’ diffuser that is one of the keys to Red Bull’s aerodynamic advantage. The system basically uses the positioning of the exhaust system to direct hot air over the double diffuser, increasing the level of downforce. Cleverly, Ferrari gave Fernando Alonso a brief shakedown run in the revised car at Fiorano last week, as part of a filming project...

Awards/Draft Vlog Part 2: The Hardware
Posted on Caps365 at WashingtonCaps.com

June 24, 2010

Glenn Hughes Records New Duet With Late Guitar Wizard
Tommy Bolin

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

According to a news piece on Deep Purple web site The Highway Star, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze, Black Country Communion) last week went into the studio to record a "duet" with his late former Purple bandmate - guitar legend Tommy Bolin...

Loeb to make Ferrari debut
Posted at WRC.com

Despite deciding to give the Le Mans 24 Hours a miss this year, Sebastien Loeb will return to endurance racing this weekend.

The six-time World Rally Champion will take part in the next round of the French GT3 Championship, at the Val de Vienne circuit in central France from June 26-27...

FIA Thursday press conference - Europe
Posted at Formula1.com

Drivers: Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Pedro de la Rosa (BMW Sauber), Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault).

Q: Tonio, a very good performance in Canada. Has the change of chassis made a huge amount of difference to you?
Vitantonio Liuzzi: Quite a bit. I think we realised what happened in races like Barcelona and Turkey where we had a lot of problems and they were two different ones...

The Rolling Stones 'Stones In Exile' DVD Documentary
On Making Of Exile On Main Street In Stores Now

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Eagle Vision 'the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment' is proud to announce the release of Stones In Exile, out as of June 22, a compelling hour long documentary look at the recording of what many rock historians call the greatest album in history: 1972's Exile On Main Street. The packaging comes complete with 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus footage...

Europe Preview - who’ll seize mid-season advantage?
Posted at Formula1.com

This weekend’s European Grand Prix marks the notional halfway point of the 2010 world championship title fight, and sees a whole load of teams bringing updates to try to make ground on their rivals.

Local hero Fernando Alonso and team mate Felipe Massa are pinning their hopes on a big aerodynamic upgrade to the Ferrari F10, with which the Spaniard was a threatening third recently in Canada. McLaren have more new bits for their MP4-25, the winner of the last two races in the hands of Lewis Hamilton...

June 23, 2010

Live Blog From Las Vegas
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

6:35 PM Congrats to Alex Ovechkin, who joins Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur as the only players to win the NHLPA’s most outstanding player award for as many as three straight years. Congrats also to Jose Theodore, who becomes the first Capital ever to win the Masterton Trophy. And condolences to Mike Green, who was Norris Trophy runner-up for a second straight year.

Ovechkin (for the fifth straight year) and Green (second straight) both earned First-Team All-Star recognition. They are the first teammates to repeat as First-Teamers since Gretzky and Paul Coffey with the Edmonton Oilers in 1985-86...

Thirteen rallies and multiple tyre manufacturers in 2011
Posted at WRC.com

The FIA has announced that next year's World Rally Championship will be made up of 13 rounds, and that all tyre manufacturers will be able to supply the series - not just one.

The decisions were taken by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council which met in Geneva earlier today...

LAVO Las Vegas's Photos - Alex Ovechkin and JR party
Posted by tj at Alex Ovetjkin

LAVO Las Vegas's Photos - Alex Ovechkin and Jeremy Roenick Pre NHL Awards Party

NHL players took in the scene at LAVO on Tuesday as Jeremy Roenick and Alex Ovechkin hosted a pre-awards party. Roenick, a retired 18 year NHL veteran, and Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals were joined on the red carpet by actor DB Sweeney and Roenick’s wife Tracy as fans gathered around.

After dinning in the restaurant everyone headed up to the nightclub where they took over an entire section of VIP tables on the LAVO stage...

Pirelli tyres, adjustable rear wings among 2011 changes
Posted at Formula1.com

The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has agreed a number of significant changes to the Formula One regulations. Among them are a new single tyre supplier, aerodynamic revisions designed to boost overtaking, a ban on F-ducts, and the return of a 107% qualifying rule.

Pirelli will take over as the sport’s sole tyre supplier from 2011, following Bridgestone’s decision to withdraw at the end of this season. The Italian company will provide all teams with rubber for the next three years, in compliance with existing F1 sporting and technical regulations...

Raikkonen ready for action after successful asphalt test
Posted at WRC.com

Former Grand Prix star Kimi Raikkonen has been encouraged by an extremely successful two-day asphalt test in the south of France, as he prepares to make his WRC competition debut on sealed surfaces.

Raikkonen, who won the Formula One World title in 2007, has only ever driven his Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC on gravel, with a best result so far of fifth on the Rally of Turkey in April...

June 22, 2010

Estonian World Rally Car outing a one-off, says Martin
Posted at WRC.com

...Martin, 34, will tackle the Mad-Croc Rally Estonia between 16 and 18 July in a 2003-spec Ford Focus RS WRC - the model he drove to his five victories at World Championship level.

The Estonian retired from full time competition after a tragic accident in 2005 which claimed the life of his co-driver Michael Park...

June 21, 2010

Batman Fan Film 'City of Scars' Leaves Its Mark
By Jill Pantozzi at MTV's Splash Page

...Fan-films have never been easier to create now that everyone has access to some type of video camera (even if it’s their cell phone) and a place to upload it. Shot with high-definition cameras and a budget of just over $27,000, “City of Scars” is obviously not your average fan-film. In fact, you could say it’s something Robin would have made with his weekly allowance...

Marvel To Produce Short Films Featuring Lesser-Known Characters?
By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

...According to Latino Review, Marvel is rumored to be considering properties like "Doctor Strange," "Black Panther" and "Luke Cage" for 10-minute short films that would introduce the characters to moviegoers without taking the financial risk of a full-length feature...

Hirvonen warms-up for Bulgaria in style
Posted at WRC.com

Mikko Hirvonen has described the Serbia Rally as the “perfect warm-up” to the four upcoming Tarmac rounds of the World Rally Championship, despite torrential rain blighting the opening day of the two-day event.

The 29-year-old Finn and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen were using the Belgrade competition as a dress rehearsal for next month’s Rally Bulgaria, which uses similar stages to those found in Serbia...

Super 2000 outings confirmed for Henning Solberg
Posted at WRC.com

Henning Solberg will contest the four remaining asphalt rounds on the FIA World Rally Championship 2010 calendar in a Ford Fiesta Super 2000, making his debut in the car at Rally Bulgaria next month.

The Norwegian will be entered in the Eastern European event under the Stobart M-Sport Ford banner, but will not be nominated to score manufacturer points...

Wendy Dio Reveals Full Details Of Cancer Fund
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Wendy Dio has issued a statement, with full details on the recently established Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

As reported on Blabbermouth.net, here’s her full announcement:...

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