Friday, August 3, 2012

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Today is August 3rd, the 216th day of 2012. There are 150 days left in the year.


Small changes for Sabres after missing playoffs.

Bruins goalie Rask says 1-year deal isn't risky.

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Today's Birthdays: Singer Tony Bennett is 86; NFL quarterback Tom Brady (New England Patriots) is 35; U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is 28.


2012 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Headed To Dallas on Oct. 15

Ceremony to be Held in the Lone Star State for First Time Ever

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which includes Lou Lamoriello (Providence, R.I.), Mike Modano (Livonia, Mich.) and Eddie Olczyk (Palos Heights, Ill.), will be formally enshrined to the Hall on Monday, Oct. 15, in Dallas, Texas, it was announced by USA Hockey today.

It will mark the first time ever the Lone Star State has hosted the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner.

"The pledge of support from the Dallas Stars and their encouragement to bring this event to Dallas was a key factor in our decision," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is the nation's shrine and it's terrific to bring the formal induction ceremony and dinner to Texas. The Class of 2012 is extraordinary and we anticipate a record crowd for what will be a spectacular evening."

The 40th annual induction ceremony and dinner will be staged on the ice at Plaza of the Americas in Dallas, with the adjacent Dallas Marriott City Center serving as the host hotel.

Tickets to the event will go on sale Wednesday, Aug., 15, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Ticket information and sponsorship opportunities will be available at

Notes: USA Hockey took over responsibilties for the selection process and induction event associated with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 and has staged induction ceremonies in Grand Forks, N.D., (2007), Denver (2008), Boston (2009), Buffalo, N.Y. (2010) and Chicago (2011). The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. To date, there are 153 enshrined members in the Hall. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, visit or call 800-443-7825.

Julie Juarez Named Manager of Social Media and Communications

Juarez Will Be Primary Contact for U.S. Women's National Team Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Julie Juarez has been named manager of social media and communications at USA Hockey and will begin her duties on Monday (Aug. 6).

Juarez served as a media relations assistant for the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks during the 2011-12 season. She also worked with the Sharks during the 2006-07 campaign as a media relations intern.

Juarez earned her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 2007 and worked in her alma mater's athletic media relations department from 2009-11. She publicized a variety of sports, including women's soccer, men's and women's water polo, baseball and softball. While at Santa Clara she also worked part-time in spearheading social media efforts for the Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau.

She also spent a year-and-a-half as part of the Stanford University athletic media relations staff beginning in January of 2008.

Juarez will be the primary contact for the U.S. Women's National Team Program and also oversee USA Hockey's social media efforts.

NOTES: Juarez played NCAA Division I soccer at Santa Clara. She was the starting goalkeeper from 2003-06 and earned All-America honors while helping the Broncos to the 2004 NCAA Women's College Cup ... Juarez is a lifelong hockey fan who began playing six years ago and is also a hockey coach and official.


On this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.

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President Barack Obama is 51 on Saturday.


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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff and that's about it. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- After yesterday's day off following a 6-3 road trip, the Rays are back in action tonight at home against the Baltimore Orioles. Matt Moore goes to the hill for Tampa Bay, against the Orioles' Tommy Hunter.

First pitch is at 7:10pm EDT.


New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter is getting a sex change operation to become Minnie Mantlez. That's what Yankees fans found out when they visited the MLB team's Facebook Page Thursday after hacker gained access. The post (image) has been removed. The pages of the Miami Marlins, the Chicago Cubs, the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals were also hit.


San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants wrapped up a disappointing 10-game homestand with a 9-1 loss to the Mets on Thursday, with the persisting offensive struggles validating Brian Sabean's Trade Deadline moves to jumpstart an anemic lineup as of late.

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Sunday is National Underwear Day. Trivia: 80% of adults are said to wear the same type of underwear their entire lives.


Today in Elvis History

1956 - In Miami, Elvis Presley began a week-long tour of Florida.

1957 - Elvis Presley's single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" hit #3 in the U.K.

1964 - Principal photography for the Elvis Presley film "Girl Happy" was finished.

1963 - The Elvis Presley single "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" hit #1 in the U.K.

1974 - Elvis Presley's single "If You Talk In Your Sleep" hit #17 in the U.S.


A British store manager chased off a knife-wielding thief by throwing cans of beer at the attempted robber.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They had performed nearly 300 shows at the club since 1961.

1966 - The South African government banned the broadcast of Beatles songs in response to John Lennon's comment that the band was "more popular than Jesus."

1967 - George Harrison joined Ravi Shankar at his news conference to promote Shankar's Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4.

1971 - Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings. The band consisted of Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine and Denny Seiwell.


Katie Holmes has enrolled her 6-year-old daughter Suri in Avenues, a nearly $40,000-a-year private school opening this fall in New York City.


Today in Sports History:

1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four olympic gold medals.

1949 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.


The United States basketball team broke the record Thursday for most points scored by a team in the Olympic Games. Carmelo Anthony set the record for most points scored by an American in Olympic competition with 37, leading his team to a 156-73 win over Nigeria.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway 12:00pm

Izod Indy Car Series -- The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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