Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations













It's Monday once more. Here's what's happening today....

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Today is February 28th, the 59th day of 2011. There are 306 days left in the year.

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Lecavalier's tally downs Rangers.

Jackets come up short again in Nashville.

Thrashers rally, beat Leafs in OT.

Devils rebound with win over Panthers.

Hawks edge Coyotes in shootout.

One's enough for Flames to beat Blues.

Bruins continue dominance of Oilers.

Ducks edge Avalanche.

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Today's birthdays: Actor Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati) is 69; actress Mercedes Ruehl (Big, Frasier) is 63; actor John Turturro (Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski) is 54; actress Ali Larter (Heroes, Varsity Blues, Final Destination) is 35; actress Sarah Bolger (Princess/Lady Mary Tudor on The Tudors) is 20.

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Saints win battle of expansion teams.

Jacobson commits to Brown University.

Big crowd buoys Jacks in win over Chicago.

Fargo turns it on in third period against Stars.

Shots sparse for Muskies in yet another loss to Fargo.

Big victory on the big stage.

Riders on win streak after win over Waterloo.

Fargo downs Sioux City.

Youngstown Phantoms take third straight from Team USA.

Storm shutout at home by Musketeers.

Gamblers beat Omaha in overtime.

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Today begins Ignore Sarah Palin Week.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors' season is over. After giving themselves life with a convincing game two win, a mini-game overtime goal ended their season as the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers won 1-0, to advance to the league tournament next weekend in Atlanta.

Four goals from Paul Lochner, plus singles from Anthony Feldman, DJ Thomas and Dustin Disbro, plus 32 saves from Evan Weiss, propelled the Juniors to a 7-3 win, squaring the best-of-three series at a game apiece. Hampton Roads' Chris Radague, Kellan Lessard and Matt Culcasi scored first period goals, to forge a 3-3 tie after one. Tampa Bay would add Feldman's goal in the second, plus three more in the third, to force a deciding ten minute 'mini-game.' After the two teams battled through a scoreless ten minutes, they would saddle up for another ten minutes, this time being sudden death. The end would come at 7:55, when Rick Loveless scored in tight to win the game 1-0 for the Whalers. Hampton Roads outshot Tampa Bay 35-33 in the regular game, and 16-8 in the 'mini-game.' Evan Weiss stopped a total of 37 shots on the night for the Juniors, while the Whalers' Dylan Snyder and Justin Lindgren combined for 31 saves. Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play.

The Tampa Bay Juniors, including playoffs, finish the season with a record of 18-20-0-2.

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Director M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender won a Razzie over the weekend for the year's worst movie. It also won for worst screenplay, and Shmayalan picked up the nod for worst director. (It's amazing how far his fortune has dropped since his stunning debut with The Sixth Sense. The only thing dead he sees these days is his career.)

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2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Play Ball!







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Charlie Sheen will speak to ABC's 20/20 Tuesday. He'll also have interviews this week on ABC's Good Morning American and NBC Today.


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Today in Elvis History:

1970 - Elvis Presley's album "Portrait in Music" hit #36 in the U.K.

2004 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Inspirational", "Elvis Country" and "Elvis Rock" were released.

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A woman who thought she won a quarter of a million dollars is suing a TV station for being "severely damaged" after she learned it broadcast incorrect lottery numbers. Rakel Daniele seeks damages after relying on the "false and incorrect results" New York City station WABC-TV allegedly aired in June 2009.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed "From Me To You."

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A Rome, Georgia, man was arrested Saturday after police said he was drunk and swearing at a woman. And the 82-year-old Joe Smith Hall is also in trouble after he tried to hit an officer with a pool stick while resisting arrest at his residence.

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Today in Sports History:

1931 - The Canadian Rugby Union adopted the forward pass.

1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Garden in New York.

1948 - Bud Gartiser set a world record when he cleared the 50-yard low hurdles in 6.8 seconds.

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain set and NBA record with his 35th consecutive field goal.

1987 - Chick Hearn broadcasted his 2,000th consecutive Los Angeles Lakers game.

1988 - Pat Verbeek became the first New Jersey Devil to score 4 goals in a game.

1998 - Mark Messier (Vancouver Canucks) became the fourth NHL player to score 1,600 points.

1999 - Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day.

2002 - It was announced that John Madden would be replacing Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football." Madden signed a four-year $20 million deal with ABC Sports.

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Gnomeo & Juliet made $14.2 million, enough to move it to the No. 1 spot. Nic Cage's latest debuted in 9th place.


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 Kyle Busch held off a frenetic challenge from Carl Edwards in the closing laps of Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway and collected his 44th Nationwide Series victory, four behind career series leader Mark Martin.
Having won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at the 1-mile track, Busch will try for a weekend sweep Sunday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup event.

Read the rest here.

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Four new films open Friday, including The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon.


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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Gordon didn't just drive to end hunger Sunday -- he drove to end a famine.
With a convincing victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 1.137 seconds, Gordon ended a 66-race winless streak dating to April 2009 at Texas.
Read the rest here.
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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's Sunday













It's Sunday. Here's what's happening.

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Today is February 27th, the 58th day of 2011. There are 307 days left in the year.

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Stars rally to beat Predators.

Kings hang on to beat Avs.

Red Wings rally to beat Sabres in shootout.

Penguins top Leafs in shootout.

Canadiens top Hurricanes.

Senators stun Flyers.

Caps rally to beat Islanders.

Lucic powers Bruins to win in Vancouver.

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The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction on this date in 1801.

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Saints win battle of expansion teams.

Mathews, Lancers blank Waterloo.

Last-minute goal gives Stampede win.

Former Rider McConnell named coach in Chicago.

Shots sparse for Muskies in yet another loss to Fargo.

Des Moines Buccaneers lose fifth straight.

Ice's Erne, 15, is youngest in the league.

Lucas at Large: Kirk Daubenspeck.

Lincoln has 3 USHL all-stars, but there's no game.

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New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration on this date in 1827.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors have had an interesting season, to say the least. Four goals in 46 seconds in a mid-December game. Three goals in 37 seconds in a game earlier this month. Then, just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier, look at last night: Five power play goals against in a 5-4 first-game playoff loss to the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, Florida.

The Juniors built a 2-1 lead in the first period on even-strength goals from Patrick Rodgers (assisted by Andrew Silvers) at 9:42, and Silvers (from Paul Lochner) at 17:30, just 13 seconds after Matthew Culcasi scored Hampton Roads' first power play goal of the light.

After a scoreless second period, things heated up in the third, with the two teams comibining for six power play goals. Chase Anderson scored at 3:34 (assisted by Lochner and Scott Vargas) to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead. The Whalers would then score three straight power play goals to grab the lead: Dylan Woods at 9:18(5-on-3); Jamie Lasher at 9:40; and Culcasi at 14:08, taking a 4-3 lead. The Juniors would respond with a 5-on-3 power play of their own at 17:37, with Richard Hill tying the game (assisted by Rodgers) 4-4. With overtime looming, another Tampa Bay penalty would pave the way for Cody Pessig to score on the power play with just 4.4 seconds remaining in regulation time, winning the game for Hampton Roads, 5-4.

As you would expect, both goaltenders were busy. Braxton Schulz made 37 saves for Tampa Bay, while Dylan Snyder made 46 for the Whalers. Hampton Roads went a stunning 5-for-5 on the power play, while the Juniors went a solid 2-for-4.

With the Whalers' game one win, it sets up this scenario for tonights game two: Tampa Bay needs to win to square the best-of-three series and force a deciding 'mini-game:' 10 minutes (non-sudden death) played immediately following the conclusion of game two. If the 'mini-game' is tied, another one will be played, until a winner is determined. The action starts tonight at 7:00pm EST at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, with the live broadcast available at fasthockey.com.

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Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet on this date in 1867.

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Mullin: Changing the game - Old, new, borrowed.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Jimmy, assistant voice of the Tampa Bay Juniors.



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On this date in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.


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Today in Elvis History:

1962 - Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" was shipped with "Anything That's Part of You" as the B-side.

1963 - Elvis Presley had two dental crowns applied.

1970 - Elvis Presley began three days of performances at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. More than 200,000 people saw the shows.

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) hit #12 in the U.S.

1990 - Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis."

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On this date in 1896, the "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - "Beatles For Sale" hit number one on the U.K. Record Retailer chart.

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On this date in 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.

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Today in Sports History:

1908 - Major league baseball adopted a sacrifice fly rule for the first time. It was repealed, reinstated and the changed several times before being permanently accepted in 1954.

1912 - The New York Yankees announced that they would be wearing pinstripes on their uniforms.

1963 - Mickey Mantle signed a contact with $100,000 with the New York Yankees.

1973 - Dick Allen (Chicago White Sox) signed a contract worth $250,000 a year for three years.

1977 - Stan Mikita (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 500th goal.

1987 - The NCAA cancelled SMU's (Southern Methodist University) entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules on athletic corruption.

1996 - The Chicago Bulls reached 50 victories in 56 games to set an NBA record.

2001 - The New Jersey Devils began a streak of 10 consecutive road wins to tie the NHL record.

2002 - The Houston Astros announced that they had struck a deal with Enron to buy back the naming rights of their ballpark for $2.1 million. The ballpark would be called "Astros Field" until a new sponsor came along.

2003 - Emmitt Smith became a free agent for the first time when the Dallas Cowboys released him.

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Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record on this date in 1999, when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes. The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Saturday













It's Saturday. Here's what's happening.

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Today is February 26th, the 57th day of 2011. There are 308 days left in the year.

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Rangers rout Capitals.

Hurricanes lose Staal, beat Pens.

Jackets rally to beat Coyotes.

Sabres top Senators.

Panthers inch closer with shootout win over Thrashers.

Lightning snap Devils' streak.

Sharks rally to beat Flames in shootout.

Stewart leads Blues past Oilers.

Wild top Ducks in OT.

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Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba on this day in 1815. He then began his second conquest of France.

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Gamblers knock down Ice.

'Jacks Berrafato coming into his own in USHL.

Musketeers in familiar funk against Fargo.

Tibbett is forced into ironman duty for the Phantoms.

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On this day in 1870, In New York City, the first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public.

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Halldorson to Serve as Keynote Speaker; Ruzzi to Host
2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony in Erie, Pa.

Fourteenth Annual Award Ceremony Set for March 19;
Tickets Available at PattyKaz.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mike Ruzzi, sports director at WICU-TV (NBC) in Erie, Pa., will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie on March 19. In addition, Laura Halldorson, who led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships as head coach, will be the keynote speaker.

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. The award will be presented at a brunch ceremony, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 18 & 20). All four teams participating in the Frozen Four are expected to attend.

Ruzzi, a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, has been the sports director at WICU-TV since 1986, and also serves as an anchor and reporter. Along with covering the local events, he has worked the Super Bowl, World Series and Stanley Cup playoffs. In addition, Ruzzi has been actively involved in Erie City Special Olympics over the last 15 years serving as a host for their local events, and has been a co-host for the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for the last 15 years as well.

One of the most successful coaches in women's hockey history, Halldorson led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships (2000, 2004, 2005) and became the only women's ice hockey head coach to lead a program to five consecutive Frozen Four appearances (2002-06). In her 11 years at the helm of Minnesota, she amassed a 278-67-22 overall record for a .787 winning percentage. She also served seven years as head coach of the Colby College women's ice hockey team and finished her 18-year head coaching career with a 337-142-31 overall record.

Halldorson has received several coaching accolades, including ECAC Co-Coach of the Year in 1996; American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004; and Western Collegeiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2005. She coached five Olympians, including 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Krissy Wendell. Prior to coaching, Halldorson was a co-captain and all-conference performer for Princeton University from 1981-85, where she competed alongside Patty Kazmaier. Upon graduating, she served as an assistant coach at Princeton for two years before beginning her head-coaching career.

NOTES: Tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at PattyKaz.com). Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. A select number of sponsorships and program advertising are also still available. More information can be found here ... Twenty-six players have been nominated for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, including 17 forwards, five goaltenders and four defensemen hailing from 12 different schools in all four NCAA Division I women's ice hockey leagues. Mercyhurst College, host of the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, leads all schools with five nominated players. For a list of the nominees, visit PattyKaz.com. The top-10 finalists will be announced on March 3, while the top-3 finalists will be named on March 10 ... For more information and to sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit PattyKaz.com ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation. Other event partners include the NCAA and Marriott, while Harrington Industrial Laundry and Splash Lagoon are event sponsors.

ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.

ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

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On this date in 1907, the U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500.

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Special day for Coach of the Year Jim Barker.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Have a seat young man.



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Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract on this date in 1916.


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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Elvis Presley finished recording the song "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck." He added the piano part and guitar back-slap percussion part. The song was released in April 1958 with "Doncha' Think It's Time" as the flip side.

1964 - Elvis Presley arrived at Paramount to begin pre-production on the movie "Roustabout."

1966 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Elvis Presley on the set of the movie "Spinout."

2007 - The 36-track "Readymade Digs Elvis" was released.

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In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress on this date in 1919.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - The Beatles album "Beatles Again" was released in the U.S. It contained the song "Hey Jude."

1987 - Capitol Records released the first four Beatles albums on CD.

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New York City installed traffic lights on this date in 1930.

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Today in Sports History:

1935 - The New York Yankees released Babe Ruth. Ruth signed with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and a share in the team's profits.

1981 - Edgar F. Kaiser, Jr. purchased the Denver Broncos from Gerald and Allan Phillips.

1985 - Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers) became the third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

1989 - The New York Yankees announced that Tom Seaver would be their new TV sportscaster.

1997 - Philadelphia's "Legion of Doom" line scored 15 points against the Ottawa Senators.

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A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge on this date in 1933.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

Friday, February 25, 2011

It's Friday













It's Friday. Here's what's happening.

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Today is February 25th, the 56th day of 2011. There are 309 days left in the year.

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Flyers beat Islanders in OT.

Stars clip Wings.

Kessel powers surging Leafs to win in Montreal.

Blackhawks blank slumping Predators.

Canucks top struggling Blues.

Kings return home, beat Wild.

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Today's birthdays: CBS reporter Bob Schieffer is 74; former pro wrestler Ric Flair is 62; actress Téa Leoni (The Family Man, Fun with Dick and Jane) is 45; actor Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings movies, Rudy) is 40; TV host/comedian Chelsea Handler is 36; actress Rashida Jones (The Social Network, Parks and Recreation) is 35.

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Indiana Ice to celebrate charity night.

Barber shines on international stage.

Gamblers seek three-peat.

Loria new president of Herd, Pheasants.

Simon and Buccaneers capture three "Best of Des Moines 2011" awards.

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It's National Chocolate-Covered Peanut Day.

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CFL coach of year to be announced today.

Back in BC: Jarious Jackson re-signs with Lions.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Jimmy tries on Mommy's reading glasses.



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Paul McCartney is writing a score for a ballet. (No word yet on who will play the black swan -- Yoko Ono or his ex-wife.)


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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - It was announced that Elvis would receive $250,000 and 50% of the net profits for his third movie for MGM.

1961 - In Memphis, TN, Elvis Presley made his first concert appearance since 1958. During the show he was presented with a plaque by RCA to mark record sales of 76 million worldwide.

1967 - Elvis Presley's "Indescribably Blue" hit #33 in the U.S.

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The Oscars are Sunday night. Up for Best Picture: 127 Hours; Black Swan; The Fighter; Inception; The Kids Are All Right; The King's Speech; The Social Network; Toy Story 3; True Grit; Winter's Bone.

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Today in Beatles History:

1943 - This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock."

1963 - The Beatles released their first U.S. single "Please Please Me."

1992 - Yoko Ono's box set "Onobox" was released.

2003 - The album "Songs from the Material World - A Tribute to George Harrison" was released.

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After another radio rant by Charlie Sheen, CBS has shut down production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season, according to People.com.

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Today in Sports History:

1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.

1941 - The Boston Bruins set an NHL record after going 23 games unbeaten. Their record during the stretch was 15-0-8.

1951 - The first Pan American Games opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that baseball was the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws.

1964 - Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became heavyweight-boxing champion in an upset victory over Sonny Liston.

1978 - O.J. Simpson was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

1981 - The Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Northstars set a record for most penalties in a game. There were 84 penalties that totaled 392 minutes.

1989 - Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, fired head coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

1995 - Major league baseball announced that regular season games would be played in Hawaii for the first time.

2002 - Jayson Williams, the former NBA star, surrendered to New Jersey police. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Costas Christofi. Christofi was killed by a shotgun that was recklessly handled by Williams. Williams was released on $250,000 bail.

2005 - It was announced that the Walt Disney Co. had agreed to sell the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to billionaire Henry Samueli and his wife Susan. Samueli's company was the operator of Arrowhead Pond, the Mighty Ducks' home arena.

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Starting today (Friday) a London store is selling ice cream made from breast milk. The Icecreamists parlor is serving up a treat they call the Baby Gaga, which blends breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm

Saturday --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's Thursday













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

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Today is February 24th, the 55th day of 2011. There are 310 days left in the year.

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Sabres win Pegula's debut as owner.

Anderson, Butler help Sens end home skid.

Sharks' streak continues with OT win against Pens.

Bolts put an end to Coyotes win streak.

Oilers spoil Elliott's debut with Avs.

Kings end trip with win at Anaheim.

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Today's birthdays: Actor Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller, Fish) is 90; U.S. Senator from Connecticut Joseph Lieberman is 69; actor Barry Bostwick (Spin City) is 66; Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 56; actor Billy Zane (Titanic) is 45; boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars) is 34.

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Indiana Ice to celebrate charity night.

Lappin's two goals power Tri-City win over Omaha.

Profit seen for Ralston complex.

Black Hawks weekly notebook.

USHL update: Week #21.

Motte, Black Hawks shackle Des Moines.

Ex-Malamute commits to Mankato.

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It's National Tortilla Chip Day.

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National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. National Under-17 Team Blanks USHL Competition, Looks to Extend Win Streak;
Under-18 Team Prepares for Weekend Series Against Alabama-Huntsville

U18 TEAM VISITS UNIV. OF ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to the University of Alabama-Huntsville for games on Feb. 25 and 26. Puck drop is set for 8:05 p.m. ET at the Von Braun Center on Friday and 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.

U17 TEAM LOOKS TO EXTEND STREAK IN USHL: The U.S. National Under-17 Team puts its eight-game win streak on the line this weekend in two United States Hockey League games against the Youngstown Phantoms. Both games take place in Youngstown, Ohio at the Covelli Centre at 7:30 p.m. ET.

U17 TEAM BLANKS MUSKEGON 1-0: Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) notched the shootout winner and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) earned the shutout as the U.S. National Under-17 Team blanked the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 1-0, in USHL action at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Feb. 18.

U18 TEAM SHUTS DOWN CHICAGO, 4-0: Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 25 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team blanked the Chicago Steel, 4-0, in USHL action on Feb. 19 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Team USA did not allow a goal for the second straight game.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced Monday the 15 Division I players who are semifinalists for the 59th Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The semifinalists include three National Team Development Program alumni: Yale University forward Chris Cahill (North Andover, Mass./2003-04), Merrimack College goaltender Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass./2007-08) and Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky (North Marshfield, Mass./2007-08) ... The St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./2004-06) and center Jay McClement to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (Feb. 19), as well as a conditional 2011 or 2012 first-round draft choice, in exchange for forward Chris Stewart and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07) and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second-round draft choice ... Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis./2003-05) scored with less than five minutes in regulation to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday (Feb. 22) night.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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The Governor of Wisconsin was pranked by a caller from the opposition. (I know these are challenging economic times but can't the executive mansion of Wisconsin even afford caller ID?)

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Marshall: Assembling a Grade A coaching staff.

Free-agent Sean Lucas re-signs with Riders.

Huntley: Big Argo hungry for more success.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Let's play hockey!



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NASA says all is a "go" for the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery this (Thursday) afternoon. (Coverage begins at 3:00pm EST on 1300wmel.com.)

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Loving You." The song was released in June 1957 as a single with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear."

1962 - Elvis Presley's single for "Rock-A-Hula Baby" with the b-side "Can't Help Falling In Love" hit #1 in the U.K.

1968 - Elvis Presley's single for "Guitar Man" hit #43 in the U.S.

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled 2 versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis design won and was issued on January 8, 1993.

1998 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "A Touch of Platinum" was released.

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The Nutmobile, the peanut-shaped traveling ambassador for the Planters brand, is going green. Its newest model runs on biodiesel and has a wind turbine, solar panels, LED interior lighting, recycled parts and wood floors reclaimed from a 19th century Pennsylvania barn.

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Today in Beatles History:

1943 - George Harrison was born in Wavertree, Liverpool. In 1992, Harrison stated, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock."

1964 - The Beatles appeared for the 3rd time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They appeared via tape.

2002 - Paul McCartney dedicated an a cappella rendition of "Yesterday" to George Harrison during a tribute concert at Liverpool's Empire Theater.

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On American Idol tonight the auditions conclude when the 24 semifinalists (12 guys and 12 girls) are revealed.

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - Johnny Weissmuller broke the world’s record in the 100-meter swimming event. He did it in 57 2/5 seconds.

1932 - Malcolm Campbell set a Daytona speed record when he went 253.96 mph.

1937 - Lou Gehrig did a screen test for the role of Tarzan. Johnny Weissmuller eventually got the part.

1980 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season before the age of 20.

1980 - In Lake Placid, NY, the U.S. hockey team defeated Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 77th goal of the season to break the NHL record of 76 held by Phil Esposito. Gretzky ended up with 92 goals for the season and 212 points. He was the first player to very finish a season with more than 200 points.

1987 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of the Los Angeles Lakers, got his first three-point shot in the NBA.

1993 - Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings) scored his 1,000th career point.

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An Oklahoma man was arrested after allegedly stealing a chainsaw from a hardware store. Police said Anthony Darren Black also stole a dog collar from the store, and appeared intoxicated. Black attempted to steal the chainsaw by stuffing it down his pants.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm

Saturday --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's Wednesday













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

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Today is February 23rd, the 54th day of 2011. There are 311 days left in the year.

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Maple Leafs top Islanders.

Coyotes beat Flyers for eighth straight win.

Rangers beat 'Canes in shootout.

Blue Jackets blank Predators.

Sharks hold off Red Wings.

Avalanche snap slide by beating Blues.

Wild beat Oilers.

Devils make one count in win over Dallas.

Bruins douse Flames.

Canadiens hold off Canucks.

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Today's birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda (Wild Hogs, Ulee's Gold, Easy Rider) is 71; voice actor/writer Tom Bodett (Motel 6 commercials) is 56; actress Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) is 46; Dell computers founder Michael Dell is 46; actress Niecy Nash (Reno 911) is 41; actress Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Devil Wears Prada) is 28. 

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Black Hawks lose a pair of heartbreakers.

USHL announces mid-season all stars.

Storm home stand off to slow start with second straight loss.

Youngstown Phantoms week #21.

Muskies play in sellout on special USHL weekend.

Junior players learn to grow up fast in USHL.

Lumberjacks' new website to launch today.

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It's National Banana Bread Day.

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University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll following a weekend sweep of Minnesota State University. The Badgers, who boast a 30-2-2 record, accumulated 190 points and all 19 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the eighth week in a row.

Cornell University sits at No. 2 with 171 points after earning a victory against Harvard University and posting a loss against then-No. 10 Dartmouth University, while the idle Mercyhurst College (139) advances two places to No. 3. Boston University (128) claims the No. 4 spot following a weekend split with the University of Maine, while the University of Minnesota (118) rounds out the top five after posting a 1-1-0 record against No. 8 University of North Dakota.

NOTES: Nominees for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, were announced on Feb. 21. The top-10 finalists will be announced on March 3, while the top-three finalists will be announced on March 10. Visit PattyKaz.com for the list of nominated players ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences in this week's poll with four ranked programs, while Hockey East boasts three, ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams and College Hockey America has one ... A total of 11 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women's College Hockey Poll - #20
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19) 1 30-2-2 20
2 Cornell University, 171 2 26-2-1 20
3 Mercyhurst College, 139 5 26-5-0 20
4 Boston University, 128 4 25-5-4 20
5 University of Minnesota, 118 3 23-8-2 19
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 107 6 20-7-3 20
7 Boston College, 75 7 21-6-6 20
8 University of North Dakota, 57 8 18-11-3 20
9 Dartmouth College, 32 10 19-9-0 4
10 Providence College, 26 9 21-11-1 10

Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 2.

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Moammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, claims that despite demonstrations sweeping his country, he'll never give up power. (Yep, that's the same thing Conan said.)

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Ticats secure LB Jamall Johnson with new deal.

Archibald heads to BC.

Eskimos release Maas.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Time to put the chair away Jimmy.



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Sure, you know our Milky Way galaxy is a big place. But some new data (collected by the Kepler mission) sheds some light on how big. Does a minimum of 50 billion plants strike you as gigantic?

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley collapsed after a concert. The doctor noted the cause as exhaustion.

1971 - Elvis Presley ended a month-long, 57-show season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "On Stage - February 1970" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley were legally separated. Priscilla informed Elvis about her involvement with karate champion Mike Stone.

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The Guinness Book of World Records has officially given Sex.com the award for most expensive Internet address domain name after a sale of $13 million late last year.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - A tape of the The Beatles' first of three record-breaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was aired. They performed All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The show was taped on February 9.

1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance.

2010 - Abbey Road Studios in north London was given protected status by the British government.

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Alyssa Lynn Leming came into the world a lot quicker than her parents expected. The couple from Lecompton, Kansas, made it to the hospital but they weren't fast enough. Alyssa was born in an elevator.

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Today in Sports History:

1874 - Walter Winfield patented a game called "sphairistike." More widely known as lawn tennis.

1894 - Ottawa refused to travel to Toronto to play in the first Stanley Cup game. The Cup was awarded to the Montreal AAA.

1956 - Jackie Robinson signed a contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL operations did fall within coverage of antitrust laws.

1968 - Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia 76ers, became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA.

1983 - Herschel Walker signed a $5 million 3-year contract with the USFL's New Jersey Generals.

1987 - Nate McMillan (Seattle Supersonics) set an NBA record when he had 25 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers.

1991 - North Carolina became the first NCAA team to win 1,500 games.

1997 - Patrick Ewing (New York) entered the top twenty list of all-time scorers in NBA history.

1999 - Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. The Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch 'Em All Foundation in lieu of a salary to Brooks.

2000 - Robby Knieval made a successful motorcycle jump of 200 feet over an oncoming train.

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A list of the Most Livable Cities in the World is out and Vancouver is No. 1. The Most Livable City in the U.S. is Pittsburgh.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm

Saturday --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

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