Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's Thursday











It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is July 14th, the 195th day of 2011. There are 170 days left in the year.

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Pacioretty makes 'weird' successful step in recovery.

A look at some of the biggest deals in NHL history.

2011 Free Agent list.

Trades completed since 2011 Entry Draft.

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Todays Birthdays: Actor Vincent Pastore ("Big Pussy" on The Sopranos) is 65; actress Jane Lynch (Glee, Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) is 51; actor Matthew Fox (Lost, Speed Racer) is 45.

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2011 U.S. Under-18 Select Team Announced
U.S. Team to Compete at the
2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-two players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament from Aug. 8-13 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

The Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp took place from July 7-13 at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y.

The U.S. roster features five players who helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament last year, including defensemen Teddy Doherty (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Justin Wade (Aurora, Ill.); and forwards Joseph Cox (Chelsea, Mich.), Jordan Masters (Rochester, N.Y.) and Nicholas Schilkey (Smiths Creek, Mich.).

For a complete roster click here.

NOTES: The 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Team USA finished in second place last year ... Seth Appert will serve as head coach, while Matt Herr and Matt Greason will serve as assistant coaches for the 2011 U.S. Under-18 Select Team ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 11 different states. Illinois, Massachusetts and Michigan each have four representatives ... The annual USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at a national level against other players from their age group. For a full stat breakdown from the event, click here.

Team USA 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 8-13 • Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (EDT)

Mon., Aug. 8 Finland Piestany 8 a.m.
Tues., Aug. 9 Russia Piestany 8 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 10 Slovakia Piestany 11:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 12 Semifinals TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 13 1st/3rd Place TBD TBD

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This is Hot Dog Night in Luverne, Minnesota. (Linky Link)

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Defending the Defence.

The Parenteau Report -- Episode 3.

Pedersen: Riders need new Marshall plan.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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This is National Nude Day.

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By the Numbers: Week #3.

Allen ready to see Calvillo break TD record.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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How does that work Mommy?

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A Ukrainian man raising money for his mini-zoo plans to spend 35 days locked in a cage with a couple of lions. Making it even harder, the guy is quitting cigarettes and beer for the attempt. (Not a bad idea since lions are opposed to cigarettes.)

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ST PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays are off tonight. Tomorrow they'll host the Boston Red Sox at 7:05pm EDT. Andrew Miller goes to the hill for Boston, while the Rays have yet to name their starter.


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Are you ready to pay even more for bottled water? At the Fancy Food Show in Washington a company (Illanllyr) was showing off something called organic water. The company's website says the water "comes from our sources beneath certified organic fields in west Wales in the UK."

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Francisco Giants get back to action tonight in San Diego against the Padres. Madison Bumgarner starts for San Francisco, Aaron Harang for the Padres. First pitch is at 10:05pm EDT.

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Today in Elvis History:
1988 - The Nashville radio station WYHY offered $1 million dollars to anyone who could produce Elvis Presley alive.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley peformed her new single "Sinking In" on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

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A husband and wife in Sunland Park, Texas, were awakened by the sound of dogs barking at about 3am last Thursday and spotted a man standing in their front yard. The man was dressed as a ninja, complete with a ninja sword. The husband went outside but the ninja fled.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966The Beatles song "Paperback Writer" was certified gold by the RIAA.

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Oregon Trail Days starts today and runs through Sunday in Gering, Nebraska. (Linky Link)

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Today in Sports History:

1951 - The first sports event to be shown in color, on CBS-TV, was the Molly Pitcher Handicap at Oceanport, NJ.

1967 - Eddie Mathews of the Houston Astros hit his 500th career home run.

1968 - Hank Aaron (Atlanta Braves) hit his 500th career home run.

1969 - U.S. President Nixon signed a baseball from the baseball Hall of Fame that had the signatures of nine other U.S. Presidents.

1970 - U.S. President Nixon threw out the first ball at the major league baseball All-Star Game.

1981 - The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. The game was held on August 9.

1981 - U.S. President Reagan met with Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirates) to discuss sickle cell anemia and funding for the National Institute of Health.

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Coming Up: 
Tonight --
MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tigercats 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:35pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 8:05pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, be sure to tell your friends about this blog. See you tomorrow.            

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