Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Wednesday













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

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Today is January 4th, the 4th day of 2012. There are 362 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Russians hang on to beat Canada in wild 6-5 win.

Report: Groin strain will sideline Jagr 7-10 days.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today is Dimpled Chad Day, Earth at Perihelion, Pop Music Chart Day, Tom Thumb Day, Trivia Day, World Braille Day, World Hypnotism Day and my sister Kathy's Birthday.

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Toronto, ON. -- Joffrey Lupul had a goal and three assists -- including the 300th point of his career -- as the Toronto Maple Leafs cruised to a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.

In two meetings this season, Toronto has now outscored the Bolts by a margin of 14-4.

Read the rest here.

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Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy on this date in 1885. The patient was Mary Gartside.

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


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #13
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
1
19-1-0
13
2University of Minnesota, 170
2
17-3-0
13
3Cornell University, 152
3
10-2-0
13
4Boston College, 126
4
13-5-1
13
5Mercyhurst College, 117
5
14-4-0
13
6University of North Dakota, 89
6
12-7-1
13
7Northeastern University, 87
7
13-4-1
11
8Harvard University, 37
9
8-4-0
5
9University of Minnesota Duluth, 35
8
11-8-1
13
10Bemidji State University, 34
10
12-7-2
4
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 8.
NOTES: The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the 13th straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association and ECAC Hockey each have two teams ranked. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 11 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen’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.

U.S. National Junior Team Earns 12-2 Win
over Latvia at IIHF World Junior Championship

Watson, Bjugstad Each Log Hat Tricks in Win

CALGARY, Alta. -- Austin Watson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Peterborough Petes) scored a natural hat trick and added four assists to help the U.S. National Junior Team past Latvia, 12-2, this afternoon at the Scotiabank Saddledome in the relegation round of the 2012 International Ice Hockey World Junior Championship.

"I was happy with our effort and intensity," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "It was good to see our offense gel today and hopefully that can continue tomorrow."

Team USA took a 1-0 lead five minutes into the first period when Watson redirected a long slap shot from Jarred Tinordi (Millersville, Md./London Knights) past Latvia goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis. Watson scored again six minutes later, lifting a wrist shot over Gudlevskis' blocker from the slot to give the U.S. a two-goal advantage.

Then, with less than four minutes remaining in the frame, Watson completed the natural hat trick with a power-play tally, scoring from the slot once again. Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. of Denver) notched a shorthanded goal at 18:47 of the first to give Team USA a 4-0 lead after one.

J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio/Plymouth Whalers) and Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) scored goals just 10 seconds apart to push the U.S. advantage to 6-0 in the first minute of the middle frame. Then, following a Latvian goal, Bill Arnold (Needham, Mass./Boston College) extended the U.S. lead to 7-1 with a backhanded shot the found the upper corner of the net at 5:38.

Team USA added four more goals in the second period, including tallies by Adam Clendening (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Boston Univ.), Kyle Rau (Eden Prairie, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) and two more by Bjugstad, giving him a hat trick as well. Watson assisted on three of those four goals, bringing his point total to seven.

The teams exchanged goals in the third to close out the scoring, with Austin Czarnik (Washington, Mich./Miami Univ.) logging Team USA's lone goal of the period. Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) made 27 saves in the win, while Gudlevskis and Cimermanis combined for 46 saves in a losing effort.

Team USA improved to 2-0-0-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall and, with a win against Switzerland tomorrow (Jan. 4) in its final outing of the tournament, would finish in seventh place. The game will start at 5 p.m. EST and be streamed live in the United States on NHL.com.

NOTES: Austin Watson was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA finished 4-for-9 on the power play, while Latvia was 0-for-3 with the man advantage ... Watson's seven points (3-4) tied the U.S. National Junior Team single-game record set by Ted Drury (2-5) and Doug Weight (1-6) in a 19-1 win over Denmark on Jan. 1, 1991. Other top point efforts for Team USA in the game came from Nick Bjugstad with five (3-2--5) and Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa./Saginaw Spirit) with four (0-4--4) ... Dean Blais, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, is serving as head coach of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. He is assisted by Scott Sandelin, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Tom Ward, head ice hockey coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary's School's boys' prep team; and Joe Exter, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the third consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his third straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... The U.S. National Junior Team blog will provide daily updates with game recaps, photos and multimedia content. The blog can be found here ... Use the hashtag #USAWJC to join the conversation on Twitter.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 4 - 7 - 1 - 12
LAT 0 - 1 - 1 - 2



First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Watson (Tinordi, Bjugstad), 5:40; 2, USA, Watson (Merrill, Bjugstad), 11:53; 3, USA, Watson (Rau, Archibald), 16:17 (pp); 4, USA, Zucker (Saad), 18:47 (sh). Penalties: LAT, Pelss (cross-checking), 8:10; LAT, Andersons (hooking), 15:45; USA, Tinordi (cross-checking), 18:07.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Miller (Zucker, Clendening), 0:46 (pp); 6, USA, Bjugstad (Saad, Watson), 0:56; 7, LAT, Girgensons (Pelss, Blugers), 2:03; 8, USA, Arnold (Rau), 5:38; 9, USA, Clendening (Watson, Saad), 12:08; 10, USA, Rau (Watson, Trouba), 13:05 (pp); 11, USA, Bjugstad (Watson, Johns), 15:30; 12, USA, Bjugstad (Saad, Merrill), 16:41 (pp). Penalties: LAT, Pelss (slashing), 0:32; LAT, Salija (roughing), 2:39; LAT, Pelss (slashing), 12:29; LAT, Nimanis (slashing), 16:16; LAT, Team (too-many-men), 17:25.

Third Period - Scoring: 13, USA, Czarnik (unassisted), 2:16; 14, LAT, Blugers (Salija, Pelss), 13:25. Penalties: LAT, Straupe (hooking), 6:19; USA, Archibald (interference), 14:06; USA, Merrill (cross-checking), 15:14; LAT, Lipsbergs (interference), 18:20.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 12 33 13 58
LAT 9 10 10 29

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Campbell 60:00 9-9 10-9 10-9 29-27
LAT, Gudlevskis 40:56 12-8 4-2 13-12 29-22
LAT, Cimermanis 19:04 -- 29-24 -- 29-24

Power Play: USA 4-9; LAT 0-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; LAT 9-18
Officials: Referees - Devin Klein (CAN), Mikael Nord (SWE); Linesmen - Jiri Gebauer (CZE), Johannes Kack (SWE)
Attendance: 9,146

Team USA 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship Schedule
Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 • Alberta, Canada

Date Opponent Location*
Time (MST)/Result

Tues., Dec. 20 Russia^ Red Deer L, 3-6
Wed., Dec. 21 Switzerland^ Camrose W, 7-3
Fri., Dec. 23 Slovakia^ Three Hills W, 5-0
Mon., Dec. 26 Denmark$ Edmonton W, 11-3
Wed., Dec. 28 Finland$ Edmonton L, 1-4
Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic$ Edmonton L, 2-5
Sat., Dec. 31 Canada$ Edmonton L, 2-3
Tues., Jan. 3 Latvia# Calgary W, 12-2
Wed., Jan. 4 Switzerland# Calgary 3 p.m.
All games in Edmonton will be played at Rexall Place. All games in Calgary will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome.
^Pre-tournament game ..... $Preliminary Round ..... #Relegation Round

U.S. National Under-17 Team Scores Shootout Victory Over Sweden, 2-1,
in 2012 World Under-17 Challenge Semifinals

Team USA Advances to Title Game Against Canada Ontario-Russia Winner

WINDSOR, Ont. - Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) each scored shootout goals, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team earned a shootout victory over Sweden, 2-1, in the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge semifinals here this evening at the WFCU Centre. With the win, Team USA improves to 4-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and advances to the championship game against the winner of the Canada Ontario - Russia semifinal.

"It is a great feeling to be playing tomorrow in the title game," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "We have to rest up and be ready for an exceptional team tomorrow in the finale."

Team USA had eight shots on goal in the opening frame, but could not put the puck past Swedish netminder Ebbe Sionas. Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) turned aside both shots he faced in the period and the teams entered the first intermission scoreless.

Sweden seized the lead off a shorthanded breakaway at 17:20 of the second stanza. The U.S. recorded nine shots on goal in the frame, but did not score and trailed Sweden, 1-0, after two periods.

Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) tied the game for the U.S. at 3:10 of the third frame. Scott Savage (San Clemente, Calif.) and Dawson Cook (Cadillac, Mich.) collected assists on the tally. The goal would stand as the lone marker in the period and the game was sent into a 10-minute overtime.

The U.S. pressured Sweden in the overtime session, firing eight shots on net, while holding Sweden to three. Neither team potted the game-winning goal and the contest would be decided in a best-of-three shootout.

Demko turned aside Sweden's first shooter with a stick save. Allen skated in next for Team USA and slipped the puck past Sionas to give the U.S. a one-goal advantage. Demko then made a sprawling pad save on the next Swedish shooter to preserve the lead for Team USA. Shooting next, Louis scored with a wrist shot into the top of the net to secure the victory for the U.S., as it defeated Sweden, 2-1.

Demko turned aside 22 shots for Team USA in the victory, while Sionas made 38 saves for Sweden in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will face the Canada Ontario - Russia winner tomorrow (Jan. 4) at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be held at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont. A full schedule and results are below.

NOTES: Thatcher Demko was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Sweden went 0-for-5 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 39 shots on goal, while Sweden had 23 ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 2012 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Canada Atlantic, Germany, Canada Quebec, Canada Ontario and Sweden. Pool B consists of teams from the Czech Republic, Canada Pacific, Russia, Canada West and the United States ... Exclusive videos will be posted on the USA Hockey YouTube channel under the World Under-17 Challenge playlist ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U17CHAL ... All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at FASTHockey.com ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

SWE 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1
USA 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 2

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SWE, Winborg (tripping), 3:44; USA, Ausmus (cross-checking), 7:58; SWE, Bergman (high-sticking), 15:09; USA, Motte (high-sticking), 19:28.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, SWE, Bristedt (unassisted), 17:20, (sh). Penalties: USA, Lewis (hooking), 4:04; USA, Chatham (roughing), 11:52; SWE, Bergman (slashing), 16:14.

Third Period - Scoring: 2, USA, McCarron (Savage, Cook), 3:10. Penalties: SWE, Hagg (checking-from-behind), 0:42; SWE, Hagg (10-minute-misconduct), 0:42. USA, Louis (cross-checking), 0:42; USA, Bench (too-many-men), 4:09; SWE, Bristedt (holding), 4:12.

Overtime Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shootout - SWE, Haag (saved); USA, Allen (goal); SWE, Bristedt (saved); USA, Louis (goal).

Shots by Period
1 2 3 OT Total
SWE 2 10 8 3 23
USA 8 9 14 8 39

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
SWE, Sionas, 70:00 8/8 9/9 14/13 8/8 39/38
USA, Demko, 70:00 2/2 10/9 8/8 3/3 23/22

Power Play: USA 0-4; SWE 0-5
Penalties: USA 6-12; SWE 6-20

Team USA 2012 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012 • Windsor, Ont.

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Dec. 28* Canada Atlantic (exh.) Vollmer Culture & Rec Complex W, 6-1
Thurs., Dec 29 Czech Republic Vollmer Culture & Rec Complex W, 5-1
Fri., Dec. 30 Russia WFCU Centre L, 2-3
Sun., Jan. 1 Canada West Tecumseh Arena W, 7-3
Mon., Jan. 2 Canada Pacific Tecumseh Arena W, 4-2
Tues., Jan. 3 Sweden (Semifinal) WFCU Centre W, 2-1 (SO)
Weds., Jan. 4 Championship Game WFCU Centre 7:00 p.m.
*Pre-tournament game in LaSalle, Ontario.

U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Advances to Semifinals with 13-1 Victory over the Czech Republic at 2012 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship
Skarupa Scores Three Goals to Lead Team USA to Victory.

ZLIN, Czech Republic -- Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) recorded a hat trick to help the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team to a 13-1 victory against the Czech Republic in its third preliminary-round game of the 2012 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship. With the victory, Team USA improves to 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and will play the winner of the Germany-Czech Republic quarterfinal in the semifinals on Friday (Jan. 6) at 9 a.m. EST.

"I thought it was a very exciting game," said Heather Linstad, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "We played very well and competed really hard in an exciting environment against the host team."

Team USA captain Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) put the U.S. on the board 22 seconds into the game by deflecting a shot from Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.). At 8:36 of the first period, Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) found the back of the net for Team USA. Skarupa scored five-hole on Czech Republic netminder Veronika Hladikova at 13:25 to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead entering the first intermission.

Skarupa gave the U.S. a four-goal lead at 1:10 of the second period before Klara Chmelova of the Czech Republic connected for the team's only goal of the game at 2:22. The U.S. responded with a tally from Carpenter, whose shot snuck in under the cross bar at 3:54, and another from Briana Mastel (Wallingford, Conn.) at 9:05. Miye D'Oench (New York, N.Y.) struck for a power-play marker at 15:53 before Kate Schipper (Brookyln Park, Minn.) put the U.S. up 8-1 to close the period with a goal at 16:09.

Burke started another five-goal period with a tally at 4:25 of the final frame. Skarupa completed her third hat trick in as many games and leads the tournament with nine points (9-0). Anne Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) scored back-to-back goals at 8:21 and 12:03 to put the U.S. up 12-1. Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas) scored on the rebound after a Sydney Daniels' (Southwich, Mass.) shot with 59 seconds to go to round out the scoring for the U.S.

Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.) and Brianna Laing (Marblehead, Mass.) combined to make eight saves in the victory, while Hladikova made 14 saves and Lenka Craigova made 20 saves for the Czech Republic.

NOTES: Alex Carpenter was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Haley Skarupa leads the tournament in scoring with nine points (9-0) ... The U.S. went 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Czech Republic went 0-for-3 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 47 shots on goal, while Czech Republic had 9 ... Alex Carpenter is Team USA's captain ... The IIHF U18 Women's World Championship, being played for the fifth time, includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) as well as last season (2011). In 2010, the team took home the silver medal ... Heather Linstad, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Connecticut, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2011-12 season. She is assisted by Joel Johnson and Hilary Witt ... To follow the team in the Czech Republic, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... Post-game video interviews can be found by clicking here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 5 - 5 - 13
CZE 0 - 1- 0 - 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Carpenter (Burke, Pankowski), 0:22; 2, USA, Illikainen (Cameranesi, Carpenter), 8:36; 3, USA, Skarupa (Kennedy-Menefee), 13:25. Penalties: CZE, Mazankova (hooking), 3:11; USA, Carpenter (hooking), 8:36; USA, Schipper (tripping), 10:26; CZE, Novakova (tripping), 11:00; CZE, Novakova (cross-checking), 13:45.

Second Period -Scoring: 4, USA, Skarupa (Savage), 1:10; 5, CZE, Chmelova (unassisted), 2:22; 6, USA, Carpenter (Pankowski), 3:54; 7, USA, Mastel (unassisted), 9:05; 8, USA, D'Oench (Daniels), 15:53 (pp); 9, USA, Schipper (Illikainen), 16:09. Penalties: CZE, Vanouckova (tripping), 6:55; CZE, Pecinova (body checking), 15:06; USA, Schipper (hooking), 16:52.

Third Period - Scoring: 10, USA, Burke (Crossman), 4:25; 11, USA, Skarupa (Illikainen), 5:34; 12, USA Pankowski (Carpenter, Kennedy-Menefee), 18:21; 13, USA, Pankowski (Kennedy-Menefee), 12:03; 14, USA, Savage (Daniels, Mastel), 19:01. Penalties: CZE, Pelikanova (roughing), 16:05.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 15 16 16 47
CZE 3 4 2 9

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Peters, 60:00 3-3 3-2 0-0 6-5
USA, Laing, 60:00 0-0 1-1 2-2 3-3
CZE, Hladikova, 23:54 15-12 4-2 0-0 19-14
CZE, Craigova, 36:06 0-0 12-9 16-11 28-20

Power Play: USA 1-6; CZE 0-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; CZE 6-12

Team USA 2012 Women's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST) Result
Sat., Dec. 31 Russia  W, 8-0
Sun., Jan. 1 Sweden  W, 7-0
Tues., Jan. 3 Czech Republic W, 13-1
Wed., Jan. 4 Quarterfinal 1: Sweden vs. Finland
Quarterfinal 2: Germany vs. Czech Republic 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 6 Semifinal 1: USA vs. Winner of Germany- Czech Republic 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 Bronze-Medal Game 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game 7 p.m./1 p.m.

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Utah became the 45th U.S. state on this date in 1896.

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Nick Graham re-signs with Roughriders.

Chamblin finalizes new offensive coaching staff.

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

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NBC Radio debuted "The Dodge Victory Hour" which starred Will Rogers, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra and singer Al Jolson on this date in 1928.

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The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week seventeen results:

Week 17 (Final week of regular season)

Sunday, January 1st

At New Orleans 45, Carolina 17
At New England 49, Buffalo 21
Chicago 17 at Minnesota 13
At Miami 19, NY Jets 17
San Francisco 34 at St. Louis 27
At Green Bay 45, Detroit 41
At Atlanta 45, Tampa Bay 24
Baltimore 24 at Cincinnati 16
Pittsburgh 13 at Cleveland 9
At NY Giants 34, Dallas 21
At Philadelphia 34, Washington 10
At Jacksonville 19, Indianapolis 13
Tennessee 23 at Houston 22
At Arizona 23, Seattle 20 (OT)
Kansas City 7 at Denver 3
San Diego 38 at Oakland 26

Wild Card Playoffs

All times Eastern

January 7th

Cincinnati at Houston 4:30pm
Detroit at New Orleans 8:00pm

January 8th

Atlanta at NY Giants 1:00pm
Pittsburgh at Denver 4:30pm

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Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio on this date in 1935 as part of "The Intimate Revue."

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Bucs' Albert Haynesworth reflects, looks ahead.

Bucs will interview former Packers, Texas A&M coach Sherman; plan to meet with Fisher, Mularkey and Gray.

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The first pop music chart based on national sales was published by "Billboard" magazine on this date in 1936.

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Jimmy got a desk where he can sit and play with his "art things."

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The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million on this date in 1965.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley recorded "It Wouldn't be the Same Without You" and "I’ll Never Stand in Your Way."

1957 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley reported to Kennedy Veterans Hospital for an army pre-induction physical.

1975 - Elvis' update of the ballad "My Boy" hit #5 in the U.K.

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On this date in 1965, poet T.S. Eliot died at age 76.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles topped the first Mersey Beat popularity poll.

1970 - George Harrison recorded the lead guitar solo for the album version of "Let It Be."

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On this date in 1974, U.S. President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

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Today in Sports History:

1883 - The Ontario Rugby Football Union was formed. The organization was the forerunner of the CFL.

1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.

1957 - The Dodgers bought a 44-passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000. They were the first team to own their own plane.

1957 - Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" to introduce singer Solomon Burke. Burke performed Louis' "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide."

1974 - NBC-TV presented hockey in prime time. The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) game.

1975 - The Montreal Canadiens beat the Washington Capitals 10-0.

1976 - The Dallas Cowboys became the first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl. They beat the Los Angeles Ram 37-7 in the NFC title game.

1977 - Mary Shane was hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

1982 - Bryant Gumbel moved from NBC Sports to the anchor desk where he joined Jane Pauley as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC.

1983 - The USFL (United States Football League) held its first player draft.

1984 - Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky scored eight points (four goals and four assists) for the second time in his National Hockey League (NHL) career. Edmonton’s Oilers defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8. The game was the highest-scoring NHL game to date.

1992 - Mike Gartner (New York Rangers) scored his 1000th career point.

1996 - Don Shula announced his retirement from coaching the Miami Dolphins after 26 seasons.

1997 - The New York Rangers won their 2,000th game as an NHL franchise. Wayne Gretzky assisted on four second period goals.

1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.

2003 - The Green Bay Packers lost 27-7 to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC wild card game. It was the first time that the Packers had lost a playoff game at home.

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The Broadway show "Frankenstein" lost an estimated $2 million, when it opened and closed on the same night on this date in 1981.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams at EJHL Showcase at N.E.S.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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

Sunday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams at EJHL Showcase at N.E.S.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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