Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's Thursday












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

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Today is May 31st, the 152nd day of 2012. There are 214 days left in the year.

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Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings:

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles 2 at New Jersey 1 OT (Los Angeles leads series 1-0)
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Monday, June 4th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Kings beat Devils 2-1 in OT in Game 1.

Seven-time Norris Trophy winner Lidstrom retires.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor/director Clint Eastwood is 82; NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath is 69; Actress (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City) Lea Thompson is 51; Actress/model Brooke Shields is 47; Actor Colin Farrell (Miami Vice, Horrible Bosses, the upcoming Total Recall remake) is 36.

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USA Hockey Women's National Team June Camp Set to Begin

Twenty-Nine Players Participating in High Performance Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Beginning Friday (June 1), USA Hockey will host 29 of the top female hockey players in the country during its sixth annual Women's National High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The training camp, which runs through Wed., June 6, is entirely off-ice and and features strength and conditioning, mental skills, team building, nutrition and elite-athlete wellness.

Katey Stone, head coach of the 2012 U.S. Women's National Team, and Reagan Carey, director of women's ice hockey, will lead the camp.

Mike Boyle, head strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Women's National Program, will also be on-site and involved in the camp, along with other members of the U.S. staff, including Anthony Donskov, Kevin Neeld, and Sarah Cahill.

The camp roster includes 17 Olympians and 22 of the 23 players from the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt.

NOTES: A full roster can be found here ... Media wishing to cover any portion of the event should contact Courtney Welch (719-538-1169/courtneyw@usahockey.org).

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Where do dads go to learn how to be dads? They just kind of 'ask around', that's how. A survey found that men are more actively involved in their children's lives than ever before, and are searching for advice to help them along.

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TC12: Argos likely to treat season like any other.

TC12: Reed, Esks look to build off turnaround season.

TC12: Riders rebound starts now.

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

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A new study (out of France) suggests being sleepy behind the wheel is almost as bad as drinking and driving. The study found that drivers who were either drunk or sleepy were at least twice as likely to be responsible for a vehicle accident compared to their well-rested or sober counterparts.

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Let's take my new haircut out for a spin Mommy!

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hangin' out with Jimmy, doin' my radio stuff, playing outside. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Manny Ramirez wore a Rays uniform the last time the team got swept at Tropicana Field before Wednesday afternoon, when Tampa Bay lost to the White Sox, 4-3, with 13,369 in attendance.

The White Sox's sweep of the three-game series handed the Rays their first sweep of the season and their first sweep at home since April 1-3, 2011, when the Orioles beat them in the first three games of the season. Tampa Bay has lost four of its past five.

Read the rest here.

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A commercial airline pilot in Seattle kicked a father and his 3-year-old son off a flight after the misbehaving boy refused to be buckled in. [The plane was delayed while the remaining passengers gave the pilot a standing ovation.]

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San Francisco, CA.--
As has been the case regularly this season, Tim Lincecum was a loser Wednesday night. But he didn't pitch like one.

Lincecum surrendered two runs (one earned) and four hits in seven innings, an admirable performance under any circumstance. Unfortunately for Lincecum and the Giants, one of the hits he yielded was Paul Goldschmidt's tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning that helped lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-1 triumph.

Read the rest here.

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Mitt Romney's "With Mitt" iPhone app no longer includes the "Amercia" typo. Version 1.0.1 became available in the App Store at approximately 1:00 Wednesday afternoon (ET) -- with the "Amercia" typo is gone.

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Today in Elvis History

1975 - The Elvis Presley song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" hit #31 in the U.K.

2005 - The original broadway cast recording of "All Shook Up" was released. The release included 25 renditions of Elvis Presley hits.

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The red carpet awaits your dog -- if he looks like the mixed-breed mutt that starred in nine Benji films. Turn your four-legged family member into a star by posting a pic of your mutt's mug on Facebook. The winning dog will star in the latest Benji movie. The studio started a Facebook page where dog owners and shelter workers can post pictures of dogs they think resemble the famous raggedy pup.

... To enter the contest, share your dog's picture on the movie's Facebook page at facebook.com/benjithemovie.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles ended a 48-night run of shows at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany. The run had begun on April 13th.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace a Chance" during their Montreal bed-in.

1980 - The album "Rarities" hit #21 in the U.S.

1980 - Paul McCartney's album "McCartney II" hit #1 in the U.K.

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A German woman, annoyed by telemarketers who called her way too often, blew a whistle into the phone to discourage further calls. The telemarketer who received the blast claims to have suffered hearing problems, and now the whistle blower has a criminal record and an $1,000 fine to pay.

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Today in Sports History:

1879 - New York's Madison Square Garden opened.

1880 - The first U.S. national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.

1921 - Suffy McInnis began an errorless streak of 1,700 chances.

1926 - Frank Lockhart won the 14th Indy 500. He averaged 95.9 mph.

1927 - Johnny Neun (Detroit Tigers) made an unassisted triple play.

1937 - The Brooklyn Dodgers ended Carl Hubbell's (New York Giants) 24-game winning streak.

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TV TONIGHT: 2012 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE FINALS - There were 278 spellers ranging from 6 to 15 years old competing in the spelling bee, including three 2011 championship finalists. Tonight we get our 2012 winner. ESPN.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- FedEx 400 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 12:30pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at Detroit 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 3:45pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 6:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is May 30th, the 151st day of 2012. There are 215 days left in the year.

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Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings:

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Monday, June 4th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Six candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Combine could be key for players who were injured.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Ted McGinley (The Love Boat, Happy Days, Jefferson Darcy on Married With Children) is 54; Director, producer, writer Trey Parker (South Park) is 40; Rapper, singer, TV personality Cee Lo Green (The Voice) is 38.

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Veterans ready to be rookies at Saskatchewan Roughriders’ camp.

B.C. Lions’ first-rounder Kirby Fabien still not signed as trio of picks inked.

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

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Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold on this date in 1539.

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Doesn't he look great?

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....springing Mommy from the hospital, after I do my radio stuff.. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Hideki Matsui is already paying off for the Rays, but he wasn't enough to stop the red-hot White Sox.

The Japanese slugger launched a home run over the right-field fence in the fourth inning, but Chicago's bats were better in a 7-2 White Sox victory Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Matsui went 1-for-3 in his season debut, just hours after arriving from Triple-A Durham.

Read the rest here.

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27-year-old Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov has a few things going for him. The biggest: He's the CEO of Russia's largest social network (Vkontakte), which has around 120 million users. The dude is loaded. And apparently bored. Durov spent the past weekend flying paper airplanes of 5,000-ruble notes out of his office window. A 5,000-ruble note is equal to about 160 U.S. dollars.

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San Francisco, CA.--
Melky Cabrera prefers to wear a poker face and maintain silence. But when he barely suppressed a tight-lipped smile Tuesday night at the mere mention of Willie Mays, it spoke volumes.

Cabrera felt proud, and justifiably so, after his performance in the Giants' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His three singles hiked his May hit total to 50, eclipsing the San Francisco-era record for the month that Mays established with 49 in 1958.

Read the rest here.

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Malaysia's Sultan of Johor placed the high bid of $165,261 to obtain a "WWW 1" license plate for his vehicle. Transport officials said the bidding, which began April 30 and ended May 14, reached such high levels due to "WWW" being an abbreviation for the World Wide Web.

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - In "Time" magazine, an article entitled "Teener's Hero" referred to Elvis Presley's appeal. It said "his movements suggest, in a word, sex."

1968 - The Elvis Presley movie "Clambake" opened at London's New Victoria Cinema.

1977 - In Florida, Elvis Presley played at Jacksonville's Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. It was his last show in Florida.

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Back in the mid-90s a a guy by the name of Prince Lazarus Long was planning to build a new country. New Utopia was to be built on some sunken islands in the Caribbean. Back in 1997 Prince Lazarus said the first stage of his new country was to built platforms totaling 285 square miles that rested on huge pilings that stick out about 10 feet above the ocean. Lazarus said he'd found financing and expected to begin building in 1998. So where's New Utopia? Well, while the website, new-utopia.com, is still around, Prince Lazarus isn't. The Prince died a few years ago, though the website says there are still plans to build New Utopia.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles single "Love Me Do" hit #1 in the U.S.

1964 - The Beatles' "Cry for a Shadow" hit #1 in Australia.

1968 - The Beatles began recording the ablum "The Beatles." The album is known as the "White Album" due to its plain white cover.

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Salt made from tears. If it sounds weird, that's because it is. Salt Made From Tears is a collection of salts supposedly made with fresh human tears -- tears produced by Anger, Chopping Onions, Sneezing, Laughter, and Sorrow -- that are gently boiled, released into crystallization tanks, harvested, and rinsed in brine.

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Today in Sports History:

1890 - Dave Foutz hit the first Dodger home run.

1894 - Bobby Lowe (Boston Red Sox) became the first player to hit four home runs in one game.

1911 - Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis Sweepstakes. The 500-mile auto race later became known as the Indianapolis 500. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

1922 - Max Flack (Chicago Cubs) and Cliff Heathcote (St. Louis Cardinals) were traded for each other between the morning and afternoon games of a Memorial Day twin bill. They played one game for each team.

1925 - Peter DePaolo became the first man to average over 100mph at the Indianapolis 500.

1927 - Walter Johnson recorded his 113th career shutout. It was also the final shutout of his career.

1927 - Jim Cooney (Chicago Cubs) became the sixth player to record an unassisted triple play against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He caught Paul Waner's line drive, stepped on second to double Lloyd Waner and then tagged Clyde Barnhart coming from first.

1927 - Johnny Neun (Detroit Tigers) became the seventh player to record an unassisted triple play.

1932 - The New York Yankees dedicated a plaque to Miller Huggins.

1935 - Babe Ruth (Braves) played in his final game. He went hitless against the Phillies.

1937 - Pitcher Carl Hubbell got his 24th consecutive victory.

1946 - Carvel William "Bama" Rowell (Braves) hit a home run that shattered the Bulova clock in Ebbets Field.

1955 - Bob Sweikert won the Indianapolis 500. During the race Bill Vukovich hit the 3-car pileup of Al Keller, Johnny Boyd, and Rodger Ward. He was killed when his car became airborne and went out of the course, landing upside down and on fire.

1962 - Pedro Ramos (Cleveland Indians) pitched a three-hitter and hit two home runs in a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. One of his home runs was a grand slam.

1970 - Voting for baseball's All-Star game was returned to the fans.

1971 - Willie Mays hit his 638th home run. He set a National League record of 1,950 runs scored.

1977 - Dennis Eckersley pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the California Angels.

1981 - The Los Angeles Dodgers became the quickest to get 1,000,000 people to attend games in a season. It took 22 games.

1982 - Cal Ripken, Jr., began a record streak of playing in 2,632 games. The streak ended on September 20, 1998.

1983 - Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended for one week for his public criticism of umpires.

1986 - Bobby Rahal became the first driver to average over 170mph in the Indianapolis 500.

1987 - Eric Davis (Cincinnati Reds) became the first National League player to hit three grand slams in a month and set a National League record of 19 home runs in April and May.

1992 - Scott Sanderson (New York Yankees) became the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 teams.

2001 - Barry Bonds hit two home runs to move into 11th place on the major league career list with 522.

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Several young children who had been building a tree-house next to a St. Augustine, Florida, convenience store told cops that a man had been yelling and cursing at them. By the time cops arrived the man had passed out with a half-eaten pork chop in his hand. After waking him the man began to shout profanities. He was charged with disorderly intoxication and taken to jail.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- FedEx 400 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 12:30pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at Detroit 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 3:45pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 6:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's Tuesday












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 29th, the 150th day of 2012. There are 216 days left in the year.

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Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings:

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Monday, June 4th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

SCF Preview: Kings, Devils ready for unexpected Final.

McSorley tells his side of '93 stick incident.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Composer Danny Elfman (The Simpsons and many movies) is 59; Attempted assassin John Hinckley Jr. (Ronald Reagan) is 57; Actress Annette Bening (Open Range, American Beauty) is 54; Singer Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown (Spice Girls, Dancing with the Stars) is 37.

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Bombers take backseat to Als, Riders.

Deane nears end of painful road back from broken leg.

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

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NEW ON DVD TODAY - Man on a Ledge (Sam Worthington, Ed Harris); We Need to Talk About Kevin (Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly); True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season; Drop Dead Diva: The Complete Third Season; Maverick: The Complete First Season (James Garner); Rookie Blue: The Complete Second Season.

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Here's Jimmy, getting his first-ever haircut. He did pretty well too!

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hoping to spring Mommy from the hospital, after I do my radio stuff.. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The White Sox offense has been on a roll lately, but it was a stellar pitching performance that was the difference Monday.

Lefty Chris Sale struck out a Tropicana Field-record 15 batters en route to a 2-1 win over the Rays, dominating a Tampa Bay starting lineup without Carlos Pena or Luke Scott.

Read the rest here.

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This year's National Geographic Bee was won by a 14-year-old. [That must be frustrating. You know where everything is but you're too young to drive there.]

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San Francisco, CA.--
Barry Zito pitched into the eighth inning Monday and was sustained by a three-run first inning as the Giants topped the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2.

Zito (4-2), who won only three games all last season, allowed five D-backs to reach scoring position but stranded four of them. His shakiest inning was the third, when Justin Upton's ground-rule RBI double left runners on second and third with two outs. The left-hander escaped that jam by coaxing a harmless fly ball from Jason Kubel, who doubled one inning earlier.

Read the rest here.

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Malaysia's Sultan of Johor placed the high bid of $165,261 to obtain a "WWW 1" license plate for his vehicle. Transport officials said the bidding, which began April 30 and ended May 14, reached such high levels due to "WWW" being an abbreviation for the World Wide Web.

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Today in Elvis History

1967 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley held a second wedding reception at Graceland for family and friends that could not attend their wedding in Las Vegas.

1976 - Elvis Presley's single "Hurt" hit #28 in the U.S.

1976 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "The Sun Sessions" hit #76 in the U.S.

1977 - In Baltimore, Elvis Presley left the stage in the middle of a concert and did not return. It was the first time he terminated a show in this manner.

1989 - Lisa Marie Presley gave birth to a baby girl. Danielle Riley was the daughter of Danny Keough.

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Junk food: bad for your waistline, bad for your relationship. It may be fun to wolf down a value meal with your sweetie, but what follows may not be pretty. Researchers discovered that meals high in saturated fats resulted in a greater increase in stress hormones and more inflammation during heated discussions. Translation: Don't talk about money at McDonald's.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - Del Shannon's cover of the Beatles' "From Me to You" became the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American charts.

1972 - Paul McCartney released his version of the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

1982 - Paul McCartney's album "Tug Of War" hit #1 in the U.S.

1995 - The 13-part radio series "Oobu Joobu" premiered in the U.S. The series, directed by Paul McCartney, included never-before heard McCartney recordings and rehearsal, Beatles soundchecks and rehearsals.

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MEN IN BLACK 3 TOPS BOX OFFICE - The third installment of the Men In Black series kicked off the start of the summer season, taking in $70 million in North America over the course of the four-day holiday weekend.

... Men In Black 3 picked up another $133.2 million overseas.

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Today in Sports History:

1911 - The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place. Ray Harroun won the race.

1916 - The New York Giants won their 17th consecutive road game.

1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.

1962 - Buck (John) O'Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.

1965 - Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, CA.

1965 - Dick Allen (Philadelphia Phillies) hit a 529' home run out of Connie Mack Stadium.

1977 - A.J. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time.

1977 - Sue Press became the first woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in-one.

1984 - The Boston Red Sox retired #9 (Ted Williams) and #4 (Joe Cronin).

1985 - In Brussels, Belgium, at Heysel Stadium a concrete retaining wall collapsed and 39 people were crushed or trampled to death. More than 400 people were injured. The soccer event was the European Champion's Cup final.

1990 - Rickey Henderson stole his 893rd base. He broke Ty Cobb's record.

1992 - Tim Raines (Chicago White Sox) stole his 700th career base.

2001 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

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IN THEATERS FRIDAY - Snow White and the Huntsman and For Greater Glory.

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Indianapolis, IN. -- Even the milk knew what was coming Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dario Franchitti took a drink of the traditional winner's beverage and then poured the rest on his head the way Dan Wheldon did after winning the Indianapolis 500 twice.

With that came a point to the sky for his fallen friend, a hug of Wheldon's widow, Susie, and a ride around the track in honor of victories past and present.

Read the rest here.

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South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony on this date in 1721.

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CONCORD, N.C. -- It's an old story.

Celebrated driver moves to a standout team. Predictions are made. Sparks prepare to fly. Participants ready for a storybook season.

No, this isn't a repeat of the tale of Dale Earnhardt Jr. moving to Hendrick Motorsports. Or at least driver Kasey Kahne hopes not -- and after his victor Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it is beginning, finally, to look like Kahne's first season and early tenure with the company might outshine Earnhardt's.

Read the rest here.

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Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the United States on this date in 1848.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- FedEx 400 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 12:30pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at Detroit 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day 2012












The Johnny Blog is taking Memorial Day off to deal with another family medical emergency.

Enjoy your day and if you can, thank a vet for their service, not only for our country, but for our friends around the world.

God Bless America!

It's Sunday












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

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Today is May 27th, the 148th day of 2012. There are 218 days left in the year.

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Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings:

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Monday, June 4th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Devils look forward to home-ice advantage http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=632860&navid=DL|NHL|home.

Report: Hasek, 47, interested in NHL comeback.

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

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A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight on this date in 1919.

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It's Tate's job to lose.

Bombers come to terms with Aprile, trade Johnson.

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

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On this date in 1926, bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, MO.

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Hi everybody. I'm 4 years old today!

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....celebrating Jimmy's birthday is at the top of the list. How 'bout you?

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Boston, MA. -- The Rays thought they had finally broken through against Josh Beckett, until Fernando Rodney blew his first save of the year.

Rodney gave up a two-run walk-off homer to pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia with one out in the ninth inning as the Rays lost, 3-2, on Saturday night at Fenway Park. It was Rodney's first blown save in 16 chances this season.

Saltalamacchia turned on an 0-1 fastball and deposited it over the wall in right field for the first walk-off homer of his career.

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Colonel Charles Lindbergh and Anne Spencer Murrow were married on this date in 1929.

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Miami, FL.--
The Giants' 5-3 loss Saturday to the Marlins could have unfolded at a repertory theatre as well as at a ballpark.

San Francisco's third defeat in four games was a combination of vignettes, most of them featuring a bad ending for the Giants, with a few main protagonists thrown in to spice up the drama.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Cellophane Tape Day. It's also Pentecost.

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Today in Elvis History

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "That Someone You Never Forget" hit #92 in the U.S.

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "You Gotta Stop/Love Machine" hit #38 in the U.K.

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Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon on this date in 1931.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles single "From Me To You" was released in the U.S.

1973 - Wings ended their first major tour of the U.K. The shows began on May 11.

1975 - The Wings album "Venus and Mars" was released.

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Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs" was first released on this date in 1933.

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Today in Sports History:

1873 - The first Preakness Stakes was won by Survivor.

1904 - Dennis McGann set a major league record when he stole five bases.

1955 - Norm Zauchin (Boston Red Sox) got 10 RBIs against the Senators.

1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.

1968 - It was announced that baseball franchises had been awarded to Montreal and San Diego.

1982 - Three New Jersey businessmen bought the NHL's Colorado Rockies. They got approval to move the team to New Jersey and become the Devils.

1987 - Phil Niekro (New York Yankees) became the third pitcher to make 700 starts.

2003 - It was reported that Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) would announce his retirement from the NHL the following day.

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In California on this date in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.

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Indianapolis, IN. -- In the days before the big race, and today, on the day of the big race, there will be sadness. There will be mournful reminders everywhere that the man who won the Indianapolis 500 last year, the legendary Dan Wheldon, is no longer with us, the victim of a horrific crash in last year's season-ending Las Vegas race.

On Thursday night, the drivers got together and gave Susie Wheldon, his wife, Dan's championship ring.

Saturday, during the driver's meeting, Wheldon's car owner, Bryan Herta, received his ring.

Today, the cars Wheldon drove to Victory Lane will take pre-race laps on the track, and during the race, on laps 26 and 98, fans will be asked to don Wheldon's trademark goofy white sunglasses.

Read the rest here.

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Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida on this date in 1969.

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Fuel miser Brad Keselowski got 73 laps out of his last tank and had just enough left to outrun Denny Hamlin in Saturday's History 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The victory was Keselowski's first in the series this year and the 18th of his career. Hamlin crossed the finish line 0.838 seconds behind the 2010 Nationwide champion. Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1977, George H. Willig was fined for scaling the World Trade Center in New York on May 26. He was fined $1.10.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cocoa Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 5:30pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- FedEx 400 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 12:30pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at Detroit 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

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

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Saturday












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

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Today is May 26th, the 147th day of 2012. There are 219 days left in the year.

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Western Conference Finals (Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings):

Sunday, May 13th Los Angeles 3 at Phoenix 2
Tuesday, May 15th Los Angeles 4 at Phoenix 0
Thursday, May 17th Phoenix 1 at Los Angeles 2
Sunday, May 20th Phoenix 2 at Los Angeles 0
Tuesday, May 22nd Los Angeles 4 at Phoenix 3 OT (Los Angeles wins series 4-1)

Eastern Conference Finals (New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils):

Monday, May 14th New Jersey 0 at New York 3
Wednesday, May 16th New Jersey 3 at New York 2
Saturday, May 19th New York 3 at New Jersey 0
Monday, May 21st New York 1 at New Jersey 4
Wednesday, May 23rd New Jersey 5 at New York 3
Friday, May 25th New York 2 at New Jersey 3 (New Jersey wins series 4-2)

Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings:

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Monday, June 4th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Scotty Bowman receives Order of Canada.

Shawinigan wins, advances to Memorial Cup semifinal.

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

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The Territory of Montana was organized on this date in 1864.

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2012 U.S. Inline National Team Roster Announced


Team USA to Compete at 2012 IIHF InLine World Championship Beginning June 1

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today named the 14 players that will comprise the U.S. Inline National Team that will compete at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship in Ingolstadt, Germany, June 1-7.

The U.S. has made it to the gold-medal game the last three seasons, most recently earning the world title in 2010. The roster announcement comes following a two-day tryout camp in Lakewood, Colo., at the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey Rink.

"Our tryout camp provided a great pool for us to select this year's team," said Joe Cook, head coach of the U.S. Inline National Team. "I really like our mix of players and we are looking forward to heading to Germany to begin the tournament."

The roster is highlighted by eight U.S. Inline National Team veterans, including C.J. Yoder (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who will be representing the U.S. for the seventh time (2001, 2004, 2007, 2009-11).

In addition, six members of last year's U.S. Inline National Team are represented on the roster, including defensemen Anthony Miner (Glendora, Calif.), Rafael Rodriguez and Yoder and forwards Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.), Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) and Nathan Sigmund (San Diego, Calif.).

Click here for a complete roster.

Team USA will begin tournament action on Friday, June 1, at 2 p.m. EDT against Germany. All games will be streamed live and for free on IIHF.com. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: Former U.S. Inline National Team member Joe Cook is the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Inline National Team for the third time (1999-2000), while Jami Yoder, who is also a former member of the U.S. Inline National Team, will serve as an assistant coach. Corey Rastello is the equipment manager for the team and Brian Brewster will be the team doctor... Defenseman C.J. Yoder is the captain of Team USA. The alternate captains are Rafael Rodriguez and Greg Thompson ... In the 15-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2010; silver medals in 1998, 2001, 2009 and 2011; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Inline World Championship Schedule
Ingolstadt, Germany • Saturn Arena

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT) Live Streaming
Friday, June 1 Germany 8 p.m./2 p.m. IIHF.com
Saturday, June 2 Slovenia 6 p.m./12 p.m. IIHF.com
Sunday, June 3 Canada 6 p.m./12 p.m. IIHF.com
Tuesday, June 5 Quarterfinal Round TBD IIHF.com
Wednesday, June 6 Semifinal Round TBD IIHF.com
Thursday, June 7 Medal Games TBD IIHF.com

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the "Wall Street Journal" on this date in 1896.

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Competition coming in Saskatchewan Roughriders’ secondary.

Riders still negotiating with 2012 draft picks.

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

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On this date in 1956, the first trailer bank opened for business in Locust Grove, Long Island, NY. The 46-foot-long trailer took in $100,000 in deposits its first day.

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Scrambling for more toys to play with.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hang out with my family and love them lots. How 'bout you?

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Boston, MA. -- The Rays built a big lead via the home run, and the bullpen held on as Tampa Bay won for the third straight game.

The Rays homered three times in a span of two innings to chase starter Jon Lester and beat the Red Sox, 7-4, at Fenway Park on Friday night. Tampa Bay won its fourth straight road game and snapped Boston's five-game winning streak at home.

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Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark on this date in 1958.

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Miami, FL.--
Tim Lincecum outran his season-long issues before they finally caught up with him in Friday night's sixth inning, when the Marlins scored five runs en route to a 7-6 victory over the Giants.

Lincecum was doomed by big innings in most of his previous nine starts, allowing three runs or more in an inning six times. For five innings against the Marlins, however, Lincecum was resolute, yielding just two hits while nursing a 3-1 lead.

Then Miami pounced, exposing the weaknesses that have plagued the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner all season.

Read the rest here.

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Today is International Jazz Day.

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Today in Elvis History

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Good Luck Charm" hit #1 in the U.K.

1963 - Elvis Presley recorded "(You're The) Devil In Disguise."

1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.

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The word "Frisbee" became a registered trademark of Wham-O on this date in 1959.

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their 2nd "Bed-In For Peace" in Montreal. It lasted until June 2.

1970 - The Beatles album "Let It Be" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1970 - George Harrison began recording the album "All Things Must Pass."

1973 - The retrospective album "The Beatles 1967-1970" hit #1 in the U.S. It wsa the 15th #1 album for the Beatles in the U.S.

1977 - "Beatlemania" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York. The show was a musical tribute to the Beatles.

1982 - The Beatles album "Reel Music" was certified gold by the RIAA.

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The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth on this date in 1969 after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

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Today in Sports History:

1896 - In Manhattan Beach, NY, the first American intercollegiate bicycle race was held.

1917 - Walt Cruise hit the first home run out of Braves Field.

1923 - The first Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance began. The race was won by Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard. The race ended the next day.

1925 - Ty Cobb became the first major league baseball player to collect 1,000 extra-base hits.

1980 - Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies) became the first National League player to record 6 1-hitters.

1988 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth NHL Stanley Cup in five seasons. They swept the series 4 games to 0 against the Boston Bruins.

1990 - The Philadelphia Phillies retired Mike Schmidt's number 20.

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The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise on this date in 1998. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.

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Indianapolis, IN. -- According to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the hottest Indy 500 event on record was 92 degrees in 1937. A close runner-up -- 91 degrees -- was recorded in 1953, when a driver died because of the heat.

As of Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service at Indianapolis was predicting Sunday's temperature would top out at 95 degrees in Speedway, which would make it the hottest race on record.

Read the rest here.

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It was announced on this date in 1999 that the Backstreet Boys album "Millennium" had sold 1.13 million units in its first week of release.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cocoa Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 5:30pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- FedEx 400 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 12:30pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at Detroit 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

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

It's Friday












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

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Today is May 25th, the 146th day of 2012. There are 220 days left in the year.

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Western Conference Finals (Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings):

Sunday, May 13th Los Angeles 3 at Phoenix 2
Tuesday, May 15th Los Angeles 4 at Phoenix 0
Thursday, May 17th Phoenix 1 at Los Angeles 2
Sunday, May 20th Phoenix 2 at Los Angeles 0
Tuesday, May 22nd Los Angeles 4 at Phoenix 3 OT (Los Angeles wins series 4-1)

Eastern Conference Finals (New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils):

Monday, May 14th New Jersey 0 at New York 3
Wednesday, May 16th New Jersey 3 at New York 2
Saturday, May 19th New York 3 at New Jersey 0
Monday, May 21st New York 1 at New Jersey 4
Wednesday, May 23rd New Jersey 5 at New York 3 (New Jersey leads series 3-2)
Friday, May 25th New York at New Jersey 8:00pm NBCSN
*Sunday, May 27th New Jersey at New York 8:00pm EDT NBCSN

* -- If necessary

Stanley Cup Finals (New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings:

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles at New York/New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles at New York/New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
Monday, June 4th New York/New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, June 6th New York/New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New York/New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New York/New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New York/New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Late push from DeBoer one reason Devils near Final.

Rangers no strangers to fighting for playoff lives.

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

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The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding on this date in 1787.

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USA Hockey Annual Congress Held in Two Weeks; Award Winners Announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey will host its 2012 Annual Congress from Wednesday, June 6, through Saturday, June 9, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the business of the national governing body and celebrate the year's accomplishments. In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed to the great success of USA Hockey and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organization.

USA Hockey
2012 Annual Congress
Awards Dinner Honorees
Wed., June 6, 2012

Adult Ironman of the Year,
presented by Labatt Blue
Bobby Lund (Roseau, Minn.)

Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year
Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio)

Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year
Andrew Welinski (Duluth, Minn.)

Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year,
presented by Bauer Hockey
Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill.)

College Player of the Year,
presented by Bauer Hockey
Jack Connolly (Duluth, Minn.)

Disabled Athlete of the Year
Ron Hermansen (Coon Rapids, Minn.)

Excellence in Safety Award,
presented by Shock Doctor
Dr. Charles Tator (Toronto, Ont.)

Chet Stewart Award
Bruce "Buzz" Olson (Thief River Falls, Minn.)

Adult Member of the Year,
presented by Labatt Blue
Dr. Alan Murdoch (Ames, Iowa)

Walter Yaciuk Award
Harry McDonald (Eagle River, Alaska)

75th Anniversary Gala Honorees
Fri., June 8, 2012

Distinguished Achievement Award
Peter Karmanos (Detroit, Mich.)

Wm. Thayer Tutt Award
Paul Moore (Falmouth, Mass.)

Bob Johnson Award
Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and most of its top awards on June 6 at its annual Night of Tribute Awards Dinner.

The award recipients include Adult Ironman of the Year Bobby Lund (Roseau, Minn.), Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Andrew Welinski (Duluth, Minn.), Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill.), College Player of the Year Jack Connolly (Duluth, Minn.) and Disabled Athlete of the Year Ron Hermansen (Coon Rapids, Minn.).

Other honorees will include Excellence in Safety Award recipient Dr. Charles Tator (Toronto, Ont.), Chet Stewart Award winner Bruce "Buzz" Olson (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Adult Member of the Year Dr. Alan Murdoch (Ames, Iowa) and the Walter Yaciuk Award recipient Harry McDonald (Eagle River, Alaska).

USA Hockey will stage its 75th Anniversary Gala on Friday, June 8, at the Broadmoor International Center. Honorees will include the Distinguised Achievement Award winner Peter Karmanos (Raleigh, N.C.), the Wm. Thayer Tutt Award recipient Paul Moore (Falmouth, Mass.) and the Bob Johnson Award winner Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

The gala will also honor five of the most prominent teams in the history of USA Hockey, including the 1960 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, the 1980 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, the 1996 World Cup Team, the 1998 Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team and the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Ice Hockey Team.

Media are invited to attend both awards dinners. Please contact Courtney Welch (courtneyw@usahockey.org or 719-538-1169 ) in USA Hockey's communications department by June 1 for accreditation and seating. Athletes, coaches and dignitaries will be made available for interviews upon request.

AWARD DINNER WINNERS

Bobby Lund
Adult Ironman of the Year, presented by Labatt Blue

Since picking up the game when he was 10-years-old, Bobby Lund has never put his skates away. In April, Lund and his Byfuglien Trucking squad won their fourth consecutive USA Hockey National Championship at the 60 & Over Tier I level. This year’s national championship marked Lund’s fifth straight, as he played for the Minnesota Old Timers in 2008. Lund won a state championship as a member of the Roseau High School hockey team and went on to play at the University of Minnesota Duluth (1959-60, 1962-65). He also was selected for the 1965 U.S. Men’s National Team to compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Tampere, Finland. Lund has continued playing at a high level of adult hockey and travels the country with several teams playing in national tournaments.

Kelli Stack
Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year

Kelli Stack’s speed and playmaking abilities during the 2011-12 season helped her earn the directorate award as best forward in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt., where she finished second in the event with 13 points (5-8) in five games. In addition, Stack recorded five goals and two assists in four games en route to being named the top forward at the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweden, and helping Team USA win its first championship at the event since 2008. Professionally, Stack played in all 27 games for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and finished fourth in the league with 42 points (25-17). Stack’s 25 goals were third highest in the league.

Andrew Welinski
Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year

As an alternate captain for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, Andrew Welinski helped lead the Gamblers to an Anderson Cup title, thanks to a 47-9-4 record in regular-season play. He was named the 2011-12 USHL Defenseman of the Year and concluded his USHL career by raising the Clark Cup in the USHL playoffs. A two-way defenseman, Welinski was tied for first in the league among defensemen with 15 goals, while his 37 points ranked fifth among blueliners. In the playoffs, Welinski tallied two goals and two assists in 12 games to help the Gamblers win their second Clark Cup in three years. He also represented Team USA at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge as a member of the U.S. Junior Select Team that finished third. During the tournament, Welinski posted a goal and an assist in five games. He was also named Team USA’s Player of the Game against Canada East in the tournament semifinals. The Anaheim Ducks selected the 6-foot-2, 192-pounder in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Welinski will return to his hometown and play for the University of Minnesota Duluth in the 2012-13 season.

Ryan McKay
Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year, presented by Bauer Hockey

Ryan McKay backstopped the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers to the 2011-12 Anderson Cup as the league regular-season champion. Weeks later, he was named a co-recipient of the USHL Goaltender of the Year award and completed his junior hockey career by carrying the Gamblers to their fourth Clark Cup title as USHL playoff champions. McKay’s led the USHL with a 2.18 goals against average during the regular season, which contributed to Green Bay posting the league’s best goals against mark. His .920 save percentage ranked second in the USHL by a thousandth of a point. In the playoffs, McKay maintained his consistency, winning nine of 12 starts to clinch the Clark Cup for Green Bay. His 81 career wins are tops all-time in Gamblers history. McKay was a member of the U.S. Junior Select Team that finished in third place at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge. He posted a 2-0-0-1 record with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in the tournament. McKay will play college hockey for Miami University starting in 2012-13.

Jack Connolly
College Player of the Year, presented by Bauer Hockey

Jack Connolly concluded his four-year career at the University of Minnesota Duluth by becoming the fifth Bulldog to earn the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Connolly’s 60 points in 41 games ranked second in the country in 2011-12, as did his 40 assists, which led to American Hockey Coaches Association West All-America First Team recognition for a second season in a row. Voted the WCHA Player of the Year, he led the conference with 43 points (16-27) in 28 games as the Bulldogs placed second in the WCHA standings. Connolly never missed a game in his Minnesota Duluth career, setting a program record with 166 consecutive games played. He was a three-time All-WCHA First Team selection and an AHCA West All-America Second Team honoree in 2009-10. For his actions on and off the ice, Connolly was the recipient of the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for classroom, character, community and competition. The winner of the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award in 2008, Connolly will continue his hockey career in the Swedish Elite League for Farjestad BK, in 2012-13.

Ron Hermansen
Disabled Athlete of the Year

An ambassador to the special sports world, Ron Hermansen has displayed his commitment to help Minnesota Special Hockey grow through his efforts to promote the game and his constant demonstration of sportsmanship, hard work and determination. Hermansen, who has a developmental disability, had an immediate impact on Minnesota Special Hockey when he joined in the fall of 2008. He has coordinated fundraisers and traveled the state to speak at major events to help the organization gain exposure. A selfless player on the ice, Hermansen prides himself in making the extra pass to give his teammates an opportunity to shine. He also takes the time to work with the younger skaters in the program who are still learning the game – even if they are not on his team. Off the ice, Hermansen has worked to recruit players for Minnesota Special Hockey. For his committment to special sports, Hermansen was named the 2007 Minnesota Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.

Dr. Charles Tator
Excellence in Safety Award, presented by Shock Doctor

A neurosurgeon, scientist, researcher and lover of the game, Charles Tator, M.D., Ph.D, is one of the foremost experts on the issue of concussions in hockey. In response to spinal cord and brain injuries in hockey and other sports, Dr. Tator put his 40 years of experience in prevention, treatment and research to work – founding the athletic safety group ThinkFirst to educate young people about safety while participating in sports. ThinkFirst has also worked with the National Hockey League and other sports organizations to increase awareness of the dangers posed by head injuries. His studies have led to the adoption of new legislation and guidelines to prevent spinal cord injuries in hockey. In addition, Dr. Tator established the first acute spinal cord injury unit in Canada that has become known for the introduction of halo vests for treatment. For his work, Dr. Tator was issued the American Spinal Injury Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) for his contribution to the world of spinal cord injury care and is a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2009).

Bruce "Buzz" Olson
Chet Stewart Award

Currently the north vice president of the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association, Bruce “Buzz” Olson has been a registered official with USA Hockey for more than 30 years and has coached various sports, including hockey, for more than four decades. Olson played college hockey at Bemidji State University (1965-69) and helped the team to a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship in 1968. After graduating, Olson served as the head coach of the East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School hockey team for seven years, along with coaching football for 36 years and track and field for 27 seasons. In addition to coaching, Olson has officiated more than 1,000 games. He wore the stripes for the Minnesota State High School League until 2009 and officiated in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association from 1982-1992. He has also worked some of the biggest youth contests in the country, including the Minnesota State High School League Hockey Tournament, the North Dakota State High School State Tournament and the USA Hockey National Bantam Tournament.

Dr. Alan Murdoch
Adult Member of the Year, presented by Labatt Blue

The founder of the Iowa State University club hockey team, Dr. Alan Murdoch has been behind the bench for more than four decades and is the only collegiate hockey coach with more than 1,000 wins to his credit. By the early-1980s, Murdoch had changed the landscape of Iowa State hockey by helping the team join the Central States Collegiate Hockey League and move its games to the newly constructed Cyclone Area Community Center. In addition, Murdoch played a vital role in leading a campaign to build the Ames/Iowa State University Ice Arena, which opened prior to the 2001 season. Behind the bench, Murdoch has led the Cyclones to 12 CSCHL Tournament championships, three CSCHL regular-season titles and the inaugural ACHA Men’s Division I championship in 1992. Murdoch also served as the head coach for Team USA’s first entry in the World University Games in 2001 and served as the team’s general manager on three occasions (2003, 2009, 2011).

Harry McDonald
Walter Yaciuk Award

A beloved hockey coach and local hero, Harry McDonald was a role model to countless young people in Chugiak and Eagle River, Alaska. Tragically, his life was cut short after a plane accident in 1994. A physical education teacher at Chugiak High School for 27 years, McDonald had an impact on the lives of countless students. He played a crucial role in bringing an indoor hockey rink and recreation center to Eagle River, Alaska, and took a leading role in establishing the Mustang Hockey Association. The league gave local children an opportunity to try hockey in a rink close to their homes. For more than 30 years, McDonald coached hockey at all levels, from four-year-olds to adults. Following his death, the rink that he played such a large part in constructing was renamed the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center.

75TH ANNIVERSARY GALA WINNERS

Peter Karmanos
Distinguished Achievement Award

The owner and chief executive officer of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, Peter Karmanos, Jr., has used his business acumen to build an empire of hockey at all levels of the game in the United States for more than five decades. As executive chairman of the board for Compuware, Karmanos established one of America’s most successful club hockey programs. In 1994, he acquired the Hartford Whalers and two seasons later moved the team to Raleigh, N.C. Since the team’s arrival in North Carolina, the Hurricanes have enjoyed success both on and off the ice, highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. In addition, the team has advanced to the conference finals three times in the last 10 seasons and captured the Eastern Conference title in 2002 and 2006. Off the ice, the Hurricanes were recognized as the top hockey franchise and second-ranked franchise in all of sports by ESPN in the “Ultimate Standings,” a collection of data and survey results that take into account a team’s on-ice success as well as its community impact and overall fan experience. Karmanos has received numerous awards and honors, among them being the prestigious Lester Patrick Award in 1998 for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Paul Moore
Wm. Thayer Tutt Award

Paul Moore has given countless hours of his time to not only help grow the game of hockey in his home state of Massachusetts, but also in working to make sure the game is available for kids of all ages and skill levels. After helping Southeastern Massachusetts University — now UMass-Dartmouth — to three consecutive ECAC Division III title in his four years with the team (1981-85) and playing two years in in the International Hockey League (1985-87), Moore returned to his hometown of Falmouth, Mass., focused on giving back to hockey through volunteer efforts. He has had many notable accomplishments in helping hockey since returning to Falmouth, perhaps none as significant as the new eco-friendly ice arena that is scheduled to open in the town this June. Under his leadership on the building and fundraising committees, Falmouth Youth Hockey raised nearly $6 million to finance the one-and-a-half sheet facility, when most thought it not possible. In his roles as director of development and the director of coaching, Moore created a program that has resulted in four elementary schools offering after-school skating and learn to play programs for grades one-through-four. As a result of this program, Falmouth Youth Hockey was awarded the Massachusetts Hockey Mike Cheever “Grow Hockey Development” grant for the last two seasons. Moore has also been committed to maintaining financial resources to offer “Try Hockey for Free” programs to encourage new participation in the sport.

Jack Johnson
Bob Johnson Award

Jack Johnson captained the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team, marking the second time in three years he’s worn the “C” for Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. In this year’s tournament, Johnson tallied three goals and an assist to help the U.S. to a 6-2 record, the most wins by a U.S. squad in the world championship since 1990 and the best winning percentage in the event by Team USA since 1949. Johnson tallied a power-play goal against France in Team USA’s 7-2 win and scored two power-play goals, including the game winner in overtime, to propel the U.S. past Canada, 5-4. Johnson has represented the United States in international competition on 10 different occasions, including the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. A product of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, Johnson has 32 points (16-16) in 69 career games for Team USA, including 18 points (10-8) in 30 games in the IIHF Men's World Championship. Professionally, Johnson plays in the National Hockey League for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season, he recorded 14 points (4-10). Johnson started the year with the Los Angeles Kings and tallied eight goals and 16 assists in 61 games.

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The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry on this date in 1844.

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There's a new mayor in Swaggerville.

Moffat: What more does AC have to prove?

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

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On this date in 1844, the first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."

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Look Jimmy, the game is starting.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hang out with Jimmy, clean house, including washing dishes (That would shock my wife!) and love my family. How 'bout you?

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Boston, MA. -- The Rays, who were off yesterday, open up a three-game set tonight at the Boston Red Sox. Alex Cobb starts for the Rays, Jon Lester for Boston. First pitch is at 7:10pm EDT.

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The Isley Brothers released "Twist and Shout" on this date in 1962.

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Miami, FL.--
While receiving their first look at Marlins Park on Thursday, the Giants gave themselves a sight to remember in addition to the tropical fish aquarium in the backstop, the nightclub beyond left field and the bobblehead museum.

The Giants were directly responsible for the novelty of Anibal Sanchez trudging off the mound in the middle of the sixth inning, subdued by San Francisco's offense.

Breaking the spell that Sanchez had held over them, the Giants broke a sixth-inning tie with four runs, two coming on Angel Pagan's bases-loaded double, and proceeded to rout the Marlins, 14-7.

Read the rest here.

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Today is National Tap Dance Day and Towel Day.

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Today in Elvis History

1963 - The Elvis Presley soundtrack album "It Happened At The World's Fair" hit #4 in the U.S. and U.K.

1965 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "Frankie and Johnny."

1966 - In Nashville, Elvis Presley worked with producer Felton Jarvis for the first time.

1966 - Elvis Presley recorded "How Great Thou Art" for the first time.

1985 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Reconsider Baby" hit #92 in the U.K.

2001 - Lisa Marie Presley arrived with Nicolas Cage when he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Cal State University Fullerton.

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Carole King performed in New York's Central Park on this date in 1973. The show attracted an audience of 100,000.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - John Lennon took possession of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce.

1973 - The Paul McCartney and Wings album "Red Rose Speedway" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1973 - George Harrison's "Give Me Love" was released in the U.K.

1977 - The album "Beatles Live! At the Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" was released.

1995 - Ringo Starr was a guest on CBS-TVs "Late Show With David Letterman."

2000 - Paul McCartney won the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award during the annual Ivor Novello awards in London.

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Debbie Gibson's "Foolish Beat" hit #1 on this date in 1988, making her the youngest artist to write, sing and produce a #1 hit. She was 17 years old at the time.

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Today in Sports History:

1922 - Babe Ruth was suspended for one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire.

1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years. He hit three home runs in the game.

1935 - Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.

1963 - Early Wynn won his 300th baseball game.

1981 - Al Unser became the first Indianapolis 500 winner to be disqualified.

1982 - Ferguson Jenkins became the 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters.

1989 - The Calgary Flames won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.

1995 - The NHL announced the sale of the Quebec Nordiques to COMSAT, who moved the team to Colorado.

1997 - The Minnesota Twins retired Kirby Puckett's number.

1997 - Todd and Mel Stottlemyre became the first father and son to win 100 baseball games.

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Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show" on this date in 1992.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cocoa Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 5:30pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- FedEx 400 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 12:30pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at Detroit 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

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