Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Today is April 13th, the 103rd day of 2013. There are 262 days left in the year.


Stamkos, Ovechkin share Richard Trophy lead.

Twelve pressing questions for season's final weeks.

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Washington, NC, was incorporated on this date in 1782 as the first town to be named for George Washington.


Tampa, FL. --The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forwards Brett Connolly and Tyler Johnson to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

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The first known elephant to arrive in the United States came from Bengal, India on this date in 1796.


WENATCHEE — The Wild got off to a fast start Friday at Town Toyota Center and never pumped the brakes, maintaining an aggressive attack until the end of regulation.

They finished the night with a lopsided 7-0 win, 41 shots on goal and — most importantly — a 1-0 lead over the Fresno Monsters in the North American Hockey League West Division Playoffs.

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Lucy and Snoopy of the comic strip "Peanuts" made the cover of "Saturday Review" on this date in 1969.


U.S. National Sled Team Blanks Sweden, 7-0, at 2013 IPC World Championship
Chace and Farmer Tally Two Goals Apiece
Goyang, South Korea -- The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated Sweden, 7-0, today in its opening game of the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship at Goyang SPART Complex.Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) sparked the offense by scoring the first two U.S. goals in the final minute of the opening period. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) added two second period goals and earned Team USA Player of the Game honors.
Scoreless for the first 14 minutes, Chace ripped a shot from just inside the blue line at 14:17 to give Team USA the lead. Twenty-four seconds later, Chace one-timed a shot into the net from the inner edge of the left circle.
Farmer scored off a two-on-one feed from Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) a minute into the second period. Two minutes later, Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) converted a centering pass from Josh Sweeney (Glendale, Ariz.) to make it 4-0. Farmer tallied again at 9:53, carrying the puck through traffic in the left circle to reach the front of the net.
Team USA tacked on two goals in the final minutes of the third period. Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) scored at 10:13 on a rush up the right wing. Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) converted a cross-crease feed from Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas) at 12:26.
Goaltenders Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) and Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) shared the shutout. Cash started and stopped the three shots he faced in 20:38 of action. Lee posted five saves in 24:22.
Team USA is back in action tomorrow against Norway. Game time is 11:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday (12:30 p.m. Korea Time on Sunday). All games are being streamed live on
Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Chace (Landeros, Shaw) 14:17; 2, USA, Chace (unassisted) 14:41. Penalties: None.
Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Farmer (Pauls) 0:54; 4, USA, Schaus (Sweeney) 2:54; 5, USA, Farmer (unassisted) 9:53. Penalties: SWE, Ingvarsson, (Teeing) 5:43.
Third Period – Scoring: 6, USA, Landeros (Sweeney) 10:13; 7, USA, McKee (Lipsett) 12:26. Penalties: None.
Shots by Period
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
SWE, Nilsson, L, 45:008/103/610/1221/28
USA, Cash, W, 20:382/21/1--3/3
USA, Lee, nd, 24:22--3/32/25/5

Power Play:
 SWE 0-0; USA, 0-1
Penalties: SWE 1-2; USA, 0-0
2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship ScheduleApril 12-20, 2013 • Goyang, South Korea • Goyang SPART Complex and Park 
Time (Local/EDT)
Live Streaming
Sat., April 13
USA vs. Sweden9:15 a.m./8:15 p.m. (Fri.)W, 7-0
Sun., April 14
USA vs. Norway12:30 p.m./11:30 p.m. (Sat.)
Tues., April 16
USA vs. Czech Republic8:00 p.m./7:00
Wed., Jan. 17
Placement #1
Placement #2
3:00 p.m./2:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m./5:30 a.m.
Thurs., April 18
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
3:00 p.m./2:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m./5:30 a.m.
Fri., April 197th Place Game
5th Place Game 
3:00 p.m./2:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m./5:30 a.m.
Sat., April 20
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
1:00 p.m./midnight
4:30 p.m./3:30 a.m.
NOTES: For video interviews with Jeff Sauer and Taylor Chace, plus photos from today's game, click here ... Declan Farmer was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Declan Farmer and Paul Schaus made their IPC World Championship debuts today. Farmer scored twice, while Schaus scored once ... Visit sledworlds.usahockey.comfor complete coverage of Team USA at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, including vidoes, photos, features, game recaps and player information ... The official IPC tournament website is available here ... On Twitter, follow @usahockey and @usahockeyscores for additional coverage, using #Goyang2013 ... Jeff Sauer wasnamed head coach of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team on Thursday (Feb. 14). He is in his second season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team ... The U.S. improves to 11-2-0 (W-L-T) this season ... Team USA has won the last three major international events, including the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic; the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.; and the 2012 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Hamar, Norway ... Eight members of the 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games ... The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, will be chosen this summer … Dan Brennan is the general manager for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.


William "Juda" Henry Lane perfected the tap dance on this date in 1808.


Alouettes go digital for off-season preparation.

Video: D'Aguilar entertains Riders interview room.

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The first mail was delivered via Pony Express on this date in 1860, when a westbound rider arrived in Sacremento, CA from St. Joseph, MO.


Tampa, FL. —Returning with a more streamlined approach, the Buc fans' inside man drops by to answer queries about Ronde Barber and the Hall of Fame, Nike uniforms and the title of World Champions.

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The first hybrid, seed corn was purchased for 15-cents a bushel by Samuel Ramsay on this date in 1916.


Boston, MA. -- After Friday night's series opener against the Red Sox was rained out, the Rays will try to carry the momentum of Wednesday's victory, which snapped a three-game losing streak, into Saturday's contest at Fenway Park.

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U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial on this date in 1943.


Chicago, IL. -- The Giants' 4-3 loss Friday to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field bore a vastly different meaning to a particular pair of ballplayers.

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Philip S. Hench and associates announced on this date in 1949 that cortizone was an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.


Let's see whats inside the eggs Daddy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a lazy Saturday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley was the first contributor to a new Memphis fundraiser called "Coffee Day For Crippled Children."

2004 - The album "Maximum Elvis" was released on CD. It contained the songs "The King Of Western Bop", "A White Man Who Could Sing The Blues", "Let's Get Real, Real Gone For A Change", "The Snowman", "This Unspeakably Untallented, Vulgar Young Entertainer", "At The Movies", "A Nice Lad When You Get To Know Him", "The Hippie Element", "Death" and "Resurrection?".


The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth's orbit on this date in 1960.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles arrived in West Germany and began a 48-night run of shows at Hamburg's new venue, the Star-Club. The run of shows ended on May 31st.

1964 - The Beatles announced that the title of their first film would be "A Hard Day's Night."

1965 - At the Grammys, the Beatles won Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for "A Hard Day's Night."

1965 - The Beatles recorded the song "Help!" at Abbey Road.

1966 - The Beatles recorded the song "Paperback Writer."

1999 - Yoko Ono sued Fredieric Seaman over personal effects of the late John Lennon. Seaman, a former assistant to Lennon, was accused of "an elaborate scheme" to "exploit Lennon's death by stealing priceless personal and sentimental items."

2000 - Heather Mills won $316,700 in damages for a 1993 accident that involved a British motorcycle officer. Mills, Paul McCartney's girlfriend, received the out-of-court-settlement without any admission of guilt for the loss of her left leg.

2004 - The album "Maximum Beatles" was released on CD.


In the U.S. on this date in 1962, major steel companies rescinded announced price increases. The John F. Kennedy administration had been applying pressure against the price increases.


Today in Sports History:

1954 - Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves.

1957 - The Boston Celtics won their first NBA Championship. They beat the St. Louis Hawks 125-123 in Game 7.

1963 - The New York Mets played their first home game. The game was played at the Polo Grounds.

1963 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his first hit in the major leagues.

1972 - Major league baseball owners and players agreed to not make up the games lost to the players strike. It was the first strike in the history of major league baseball. Players had walked off the field 13 days earlier.

1979 - The world's longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours.

1985 - Howard Cosell was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

1986 - Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, won his sixth Masters.

1997 - Eldrick "Tiger" Woods became the youngest and the first African-American person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par with a tournament-record score of 270.

2002 - Barry Bonds hit his 574th career home run. He moved past Harmon Killebrew and into sixth place.

2003 - Mike Weir became the first Canadian to win the Masters Tournament.

2009 - The New York Mets opened the season at their new stadium, Citi Field.


On this date in 1970, an oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing.


FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Kyle Busch continued to celebrate his return to Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series program on Saturday night, winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Winless in his own Nationwide equipment last year, Busch visited Victory Lane for the fourth time in six races this season, becoming the first driver in series history to win four of the first six.

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The U.S. Federal Reserve introduced $2 bicentennial notes on this date in 1976.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 5:00pm EDT


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

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