Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Today is April 4th, the 94th day of 2013. There are 271 days left in the year.


Lightning get Bishop in exchange for Conacher.

Luongo laments fact contract likely prevented trade.

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Today's Birthdays: Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood, Coach) is 69; Hugo Weaving is 53; Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) is 48; magician David Blaine is 40.


Tampa, FL. --The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Dana Tyrell and Brett Connolly from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally the team has reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis and Ondrej Palat, along with defenseman Andrej Sustr and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Crunch.

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If you've ever wondered how some banks can offer lots of freebies, let me share the secret: overdraft fees. Last year consumers paid a whopping $32 billion in overdraft fees, a $400 million jump from 2011.


U.S. Women's National Team Tops Finland, 4-2, at
2013 IIHF World Women's Championship 
Monique Lamoureux Scores Twice to Lead the U.S. to First Victory of Tournament
OTTAWA, Ont. – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Finland 4-2 at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship here today at Scotiabank Place.
"Finland competed hard and made it a great game but we're glad to have our first win under our belt," said Katey Stone, head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team. "We're looking forward to building on our game."
Team USA got off to a fast start and led 2-0 midway through the first period on goals by Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.). Finland responded with a goal at 12:39 to narrow the margin to 2-1. Team USA turned up the pressure with Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) tallying a power play goal at 17:26 to regain a two-goal edge. Lamoureux added her second goal of the game after walking in alone on a cross-ice feed from her sister, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.).
After being outshot 10-1 in the first period, Finland managed to gain some momentum and scored the only goal of the period to head into the locker room down 4-2. The United States controlled the tempo in the third period and outshot Finland 20-4. Brianne McLaughlin made her first start of the of the tournament and stopped 11 of the 13 shots she faced.
The U.S. will continue round-robin play against Switzerland on Friday (April 5) at 3:30 p.m. ET. 
NOTESMonique Lamoureux was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. was 1-for-6 on the power play, while holding Finland scoreless on six power-play chances ... FASTHockey is offering live streaming of all games during the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship ... Exclusive behind-the-scenes content will be available throughout the tournament at ... Conversation will take place on Twitter via @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores using the hashtag #2013WWC, while content will also be posted ... Members of the U.S. Women's National Team range in age from 18-31. Lee Stecklein is the youngest player, while Julie Chu is the oldest ... Team USA has won four gold medals and 10 silvers in the 14 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last six world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... Joining Katey Stone as assistant coaches are Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay ... Robb Stauber is serving as the goaltending coach and scout, while Bret Hedican is the video coach.
Scoring By Period
USA400 --4
FIN110 --2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Chesson), 5:06; 2, USA, Decker (Marvin, Kessel), 10:35; 3, FIN, Linstedt (Rantamaki, Tikkinen), 12:39; 4, USA, Kessel (Decker, Bozek), 17:26 (pp); 5, USA, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Coyne), 18:47. Penalties: FIN, Villila (body checking), 16:33.
Second Period - Scoring: 6, FIN, Karvinen (Valimaki, Jalosuo), 1:11. Penalties: USA, Erickson (holding), 6:27; FIN, Team (too many players), 7:19; USA, J. Lamoureux (slashing), 8:02; USA, Bellamy (interference), 10:43; FIN, Tuominen (hooking), 16:49.
Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH-SV)123Total
USA, McLaughlin, 60:001-08-74-413-11
FIN, Raty, 59:2110-612-1220-2042-38

Power Play: USA 1-6; FIN 0-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; FIN 6-12
Officials: Referee-Aina Hove (NOR); Linesmen-Ilona Novotna (CZE), Zuzana Svobodova-Arazimova (CZE)
Attendance: 3,313
U.S. Women's National Team Schedule & Results
2013 IIHF Women's World Championship • April 2-9 - Ottawa, Ontario(all times ET and subject to change)
DateEventTime (EDT)
April 2Canada vs. USA7:30 p.m.
L, 2-3 (SO)
April 3USA vs. Finland3:30 p.m.
W, 4-2
April 4Practice11:15 a.m.
Scotiabank Place
April 5USA vs. Switzerland3:30 p.m.
April 6Quarterfinals3:30/7:30 p.m.
April 8Semifinals3:30/7:30 p.m.
April 9Bronze-Medal Game3:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game7:30 p.m.


The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state on this date in 1812 and will become known as Louisiana.


2013 East West Bowl rosters announced.

Florida mini-camp plays huge role for Riders.

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On this date in 1818, the U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.


Tampa, FL. — As he continues his account of a life-changing eight-day NFL-USO tour in the Middle East, the Bucs' Pro Bowl guard shares his MRE experience and passes on thanks to some of the new friends he found overseas.

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Nearly half of adults in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll wished they would have made more of an effort in college. 40% wish they would have done more networking. 45% of parents said that if their child was offered a dream job while in college, they'd advise finishing school first.


ST. PETERSBURG -- A couple of long balls, a short one and a little cloak and dagger made for a memorable 8-7 Rays win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

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Authorities in Virginia have arrested a former volunteer firefighter for setting nearly 80 fires. Friends and neighbors say that they are shocked. [They say he was such a normal guy, well, except for that spare bedroom where he kept that weird collection of oven mitts.]


LOS ANGELES -- The 80th victory of Tim Lincecum's Major League career looked nothing like the previous 79.

But in the wake of Lincecum's 10-15 finish in 2012, any game with a "W" by his name in the box score is a welcome one for him and the Giants, who outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, 5-3.

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Cops in El Paso, Texas, arrested a man who was allegedly found dancing nude in a stranger's home. When officers arrived at the home they found Hector Sanchez lying nude on a bed. He was drunk.


This is a fancy place Daddy.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to the doctor, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1959 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "For LP Fans Only" hit #19 in the U.S.

1960 - Elvis Presley recorded "Are You Lonesome Tonight."

1973 - NBC aired the Elvis Presley movie "Aloha From Hawaii." It was the first American airing of the performance.

1981 - The documentary film "This is Elvis" premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX. The film was premiered for the press the previous day.


NBC has finally announced what we already knew: Jay Leno is out as host of The Tonight Show. Fallon closed a new deal with NBC Wednesday morning.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 -  The Beatles performed at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England.

1964 - The Beatles made music history by holding the top five places in the singles charts with the songs "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me."

1965 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song "Help!"

1967 - Paul McCartney advised Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer, that he should book a guitarist named Jimi Hendrix.

1996 - Paul McCartney released made the statement, "The Beatles aren't interested. Money is not an issue. We wouldn't do it for twice as much. The answer is no."


A survey conducted by tire company Continental shows one in three women don't know how to change a flat tire. And 4% of women don't know where the spare tire is located.


Today in Sports History:

1921 - The Ottawa Senators beat the Vancouver Millionaires in the 1921 Stanley Cup Finals. The Senators became the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles.

1971 - Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, PA, was dedicated.

1974 - Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's major league baseball home-run record with 714.

1986 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with his 213th point of the season.

1987 - Denis Potvin (New York Islanders) became the first defenseman in NHL history to score 1,000 career points. His career total was 1,052.

1994 - Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes (Chicago Cubs) became the first player in the National League to hit three home runs on Opening Day.

1996 - The Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 100-98. The loss was the Magic's first loss to an Eastern Conference team at home since April of 1994. The streak was 51 games long.

1996 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career steals.

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) became the second National League player to hit a home run in the first four games of a season. Willie Mays (San Francisco) had hit home runs in the first four games of the 1971 season.

1999 - The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2. The game was also the first season opener to be held in a country other than the United States or Canada.


Johnny Carson quit "The Tonight Show" on this date in 1967. He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 3:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 1:40pm EDT

Indy Car Series -- Hondy Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:05pm EDT

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


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

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