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Commissioner Goodell says NFL playoffs won’t expand in 2013

Roger Goodell (NFL photo)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday that the league will not be adding any teams to the playoffs for the 2013 season.

There had been talk and speculation that the NFL would expand past the current 12-team format.

The other topic at the owners meetings in Phoenix yesterday was that there is a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Ravens opening at home due to the Baltimore Orioles game on the same date.

The Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles at Camden Yards, just across the streek and the two stadiums share the same parking lots.

Traditionally, the NFL season opens with the Super Bowl winners playing host on the Thursday night after Labor Day.

The Ravens will not have that opportunity unless the Orioles move their night game on September 5 to the afternoon.

The NFL will not have the option of using September 4 because it is the first night of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.

Goodell says he has twice talked to MLB commissioner Bud Selig to help get a resolution with the Orioles, but has not heard anything back.

The NFL has moved opening nights before. Last year, the opener was moved to Wednesday avoiding a conflict with President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 26, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Thursday, August 26, the 238th day of 2010. There are 127 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

State of Alaska was voted into statehood on this date in 1958 (file)

* On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was certified in effect.

* In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain but achieved limited success.

* In 1910, humanitarian and Nobel Peace laureate Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in present-day Skopje, Macedonia.

* In 1910, Thomas Edison demonstrated for reporters an improved version of his Kinetophone, a device for showing a movie with synchronized sound.

* In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.

* In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

* Five years ago, August 26, 2005, Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

75 Geraldine Ferraro, former Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

68 Vic Dana, singer.

64 Valerie Simpson, rhythm & blues singer of the group Ashford & Simpson with husband Nick Ashford.

50 Branford Marsalis, jazz musician.

30 Macaulay Culkin, actor from the Home Alone movies.

30 Chris Pine, actor from Star Trek.

compiled from staff, various almanac books, celebrity & entertainment magazines

ENTERTAINMENT FOR MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2010: Alamanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday August 16, the 228th day of 2010. There are 137 days left before 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

* In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

American forces won the Revolutionary war on this date in 1777 (file photo)

* In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

* In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

* In 1894, George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, was born in New York.

* In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

* In 1960, Britain dropped control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

* In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. told a Capitol Hill hearing that he did not commit the crime, saying he was set up by a man named “Raoul.”

* Ten years ago, August 16, 2000, Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

82 Ann Blyth, actress.

80 Frank Gifford, sportscaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Husband of Kathie Lee Gifford.

79 Eydie Gorme, singer and wife of entertainer Steve Lawrence.

57 Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality, singer and wife of Frank Gifford.

52 Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone in the Detroit area, singer and dancer.

52 Angela Bassett, actress.

47 Steve Carell, actress.

38 Emily Robison, country singer of the Dixie Chicks.