Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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

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Today is April 16th, the 106th day of 2013. There are 259 days left in the year.

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Bruins game Monday night against Ottawa postponed.

Oilers fire Tambellini as GM, MacTavish takes over.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Pope Benedict the 16th (Joseph Alois Ratzinger) is 86; NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 66; Ellen Barkin (Ocean's 13, Sea of Love) is 59; Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) is 48; Peter Billingsley (Ralphie in A Christmas Story) is 42.

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Tampa, FL. --The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

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The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border on this date in 1818.

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WENATCHEE — As the Wenatchee Wild began the playoffs Friday, the Town Toyota Center buzzed with activity.

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A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot’s Ledge, MA on this date in 1851.

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Yale University Finishes No. 1 in Final
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2012-13 Men's College Hockey Poll - Final
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2012-13 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1Yale University, 510 (34)
4
22-12-3
18
2Quinnipiac University, 476
1
30-8-5
18
3UMass-Lowell, 436
2
28-11-2
18
4St. Cloud State University, 404
3
25-16-1
15
5University of Minnesota, 352
5
26-9-5
27
6Miami University, 336
6
25-12-5
27
7University of North Dakota, 270
7
22-13-7
27
8Boston College, 248
9
22-12-4
27
9University of Notre Dame, 236
8
25-13-3
27
10Union College, 226
10
22-13-5
16
11University of New Hampshire, 218
11
20-12-7
23
12Minnesota State University, 126
12
24-14-3
13
13University of Wisconsin, 112
13
22-13-7
7
14University of Denver, 74
14
20-14-5
26
15Niagara University, 42
15
23-10-5
8
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan University, 8; Boston University, 4; Rensselaer, 2.
NOTES: Yale University captured the 2013 NCAA nen's national championship on April 13 and finishes with the No. 1 ranking ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with six ranked programs this week. The Hockey East Association and ECAC Hockey each boast three ranked teams while the Central Collegiate Hockey Association has two ranked teams and Atlantic Hockey has one ranked program ... A total of 18 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

Joe Sacco Named Head Coach of 2013 U.S. Men's National Team
Avalanche Coach to Lead Team USA at IIHF Men's World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Joe Sacco (Medford, Mass.), the head coach of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, has been named head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will participate in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Sacco has vast experience on the international stage as both a player and coach. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team at both the 2009 and 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. As a player, he competed in the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and helped the U.S. to a fourth-place finish. He also played in six IIHF Men's World Championships (1990-92, 1994, 1996, 2002), was a member of U.S. Men's National Select Team that competed in the 2002 Deutschland Cup, and skated for Team USA at the 1989 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Sacco is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Avalanche. He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the National Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in his first season behind the bench in 2009-10, guiding Colorado to a 43-30-9 record and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avalanche became the first Western Conference team to make the playoffs after finishing last in the conference the previous year since the league expanded to 30 teams in 2000-01.
Prior to leading the Avalanche, Sacco spent two seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters. He also spent two years as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Albany River Rats (2006-07) and Lowell Lock Monsters (2005-06).
Sacco was a fourth-round pick (71st overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 738 NHL games over his 13-year career, which included stints with the Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers. All total, he finished with 94 goals and 119 assists for 213 points.
Sacco played college hockey at Boston University, where he appeared in 111 games over three seasons (1987-90).
The staff and players of the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. The group includes National Hockey League general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia),Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), and Dale Tallon (Florida), along with Anaheim Ducks scout Brian Burke and Pittsburgh Penguins scout Don Waddell.
NOTES: USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Sixteen teams will compete at 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. All medal-round games are in Stockholm ... NBC Sports Network is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.
Team USA 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 3-19 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/EDT)
Sat., May 4AustriaHelsinki12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Sun., May 5LatviaHelsinki8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Tues., May 7RussiaHelsinki8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Wed., May 8FinlandHelsinki8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Sat., May 11FranceHelsinki12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Sun., May 12GermanyHelsinki4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Tues., May 14SlovakiaHelsinki12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Thurs., May 16QuarterfinalsHelsinki1:00 p.m./6:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
Sat., May 18SemifinalsStockholm3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m. 
Sun., May 19Bronze-Medal GameStockholm4:00 p.m./10:00 a.m.
Gold-Medal GameStockholm8:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)

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The first book of postage stamps was issued on this date in 1900. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.

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Kromah not looking to fly under the radar in 2013.

Hervey focused on bringing winning culture back to Esks.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Psychologists say they have had success implanting false memories into the minds of binge drinkers to curb their behavior. ["Remember that time you got so drunk you went to a Justin Bieber concert?"]

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Tampa, FL. —On Monday, with the first wave of free agency past and the draft just ahead, the Buccaneers began their offseason training and the process of growing additional talent from within.

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Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row on this date in 1922, to set a women's record.

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Boston, MA. -- Even the Rays' Patriots' Day mojo wore off in the midst of the team's current tailspin.

Boston took a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday at Fenway Park with 37,449 watching on Jackie Robinson Day, which turned into a notorious day given the explosion that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shortly after the game concluded.

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Heard of the Hoopnotica hula hoop? Well you soon will. It's all you friends will be talking about. Your favorite health club will be dropping one of its 'Pump' classes for Hoopnotica classes. Why? Because Kelly Osbourne lost 70 pounds and claims a Hoopnotica hula hoop helped her do it.

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Milwaukee, WI. -- Barry Zito is looking to continue his historic start on a historic day in baseball.

The Giants left-hander takes the mound Tuesday night at Miller Park, where the Brewers and Giants will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in Milwaukee.

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A woman in Russia has set some sort of birth record, probably. Without planning it, she's given birth to her third child in a car. Now, in case you think she's just driving around in circles near her due date, please note that her latest child came a full three weeks sooner than expected.

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It's Jimmy and the Easter Bunny.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as another sunny day, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1954 - Roy Orbison attended an Elvis Presley show in Dallas, TX.

1955 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Big D Jamboree" on KRLD in Dallas.

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ON DVD THIS WEEK - Released Tuesday, April 16

Django Unchained
A Monster In Paris
Repo Man (Criterion Collection)
In The Heat of the Night - Complete Season 8

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles performed on BBC TV for the first time on the show "The 625 Show."

1973 - Paul McCartney starred in his first TV special, "James Paul McCartney." 

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"Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on radio on this date in 1935.

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Today in Sports History:

1939 - The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the 1938-39 Stanley Cup Championship. It was the first time the best-of-seven series was used. The championship series had been a best-of-five in previous years.

1940 - The first no-hit, no-run game to be thrown on an opening day of the major league baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

1949 - The Toronto Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win three straight Stanley Cups titles.

1968 - Major league baseball’s longest night game was played. The 24 innings took six hours, six minutes to play.

1985 - Mickey Mantle was reinstated after being banned from baseball for several years.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after the game on April 18th.

2009 - Opening day took place at the new Yankee Stadium.

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Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon on this date in 1972. It was the fifth manned moon landing.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fresno Monsters 10:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:30pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fresno Monsters 10:00pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP 400 at Kansas Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 6:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fresno Monsters 8:05pm EDT (If neeeded)

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

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