Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Today is July 4th, the 185th day of 2013. There are 180 days left in the year.


Buyouts strengthen depth of free-agent pool.

Glendale City Council votes in favor of arena deal.

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The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America on this date in 1776.


2013 U.S. Under-18 Select Team Announced
Twenty-one players will participate in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-one players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
The Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp took place from June 28-July 3 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y.
The U.S. roster contains five players who helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Chomutov, Czech Republic, including defensemen Jack Dougherty(Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Bob Nardella (Rosemont, Ill.); and forwards Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.), Joey Dudek (Auburn, N.H.) and Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.).
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For complete Ivan Hlinka coverage, click here.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is an annual event held each August for national under-18 reams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the Hlinka Tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his death.
NOTES: The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will include teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States … Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament began in 1991, including a first-place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) … Team USA finished in seventh place last year … The 21 players on the roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota has seven representatives, while Michigan has four and Illinois has two … The annual USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at the national level against other top players from their age group.
Team USA 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament ScheduleAugust 3-10 - Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/ET)
Sat., Aug. 3Czech Republic (Exhibition)Breclav6:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 5FinalndPiestany2:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
Tues., Aug. 6RussiaPiestany2:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 7SlovakiaPiestany5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 9SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sat., Aug. 10Championship/Third PlaceTBDTBD


The U.S. Military Academy officially opened at West Point, NY on this date in 1802.


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 2.

Riders DB Anderson fined for objectionable conduct.

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The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers on this date in 1803. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The "Corps of Discovery," led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804.


Regina, SK - Geroy Simon's much-anticipated debut with the Saskatchewan Roughriders will have to wait another week.

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Saskatchewan opens their regular season home schedule this Friday against the Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and, is set for 9:00pm EDT.


Construction began on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River on this date in 1817.


Tampa, FL. — After 16 remarkable seasons in a Buccaneer uniform, future Hall of Famer Ronde Barber will now take his expertise to the booth, joining Chris Myers in calling Tampa Bay's preseason games on WFLA-TV this August.

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American writer Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, MA on this date in 1845.


Houston, TX. -- Astros left fielder Chris Carter hit two homers, and Bud Norris scattered six hits over seven innings as Houston ended Tampa Bay's winning streak at four with a 4-1 win on Wednesday before 14,143 at Minute Maid Park.

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In Washington, DC, the cornerstone for the Washington Monument was laid on this date in 1848.


Hunter Pence reflected on the malaise enveloping the Giants, from their inability to hit consistently to their last-place status in the National League West, and shared a relevant thought.

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The first edition of "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman, was published in Brooklyn, NY on this date in 1855.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching TV on a holiday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1954 - This day is cited as the day that Elvis Presley began working with lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. However, the three had been practicing together for several months.

1956 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley performed at a charity concert for the Memphis Press-Scimitar's Milk Fund.

1964 - The soundtrack "Viva Las Vegas" hit #92 in the U.S.

1968 - Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to an auction for SHARE.


Tuskegee Institute opened in Alabama on this date in 1881.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - "Billboard" reported that the Beatles' upcoming summer North American tour would be a sell out.

1966 - In the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos removed the Beatles' police protection. His wife had claimed that the band had snubbed her by not attending one of her parties. The band was later attacked by an angry mob. The Beatles played two shows for 80,000 people at the Rizal Memorial football stadium.

1984 - Ringo Starr performed with the Beach Boys at their free July 4th concert in Miami, FL.


The 49-star U.S. flag was debuted on this date in 1959.


Today in Sports History:

1910 - Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.

1919 - Jack Dempsey won the world heavyweight championship when he defeated Jess Willard.

1934 - Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight.

1939 - Lou Gehrig retired from major league baseball.

1980 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) got his 3,000th career strikeout.

1980 - Martina Navratilova won her sixth straight Wimbledon singles championship and her eighth overall.

2003 - Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after turning himself in to police. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.


The 50-star U.S. flag made its debut in Philadelphia, PA on this date in 1960.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 2:10pm EDT

Friday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders 9:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Pocono Indy Car 400 at Long Pond, PA. 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT


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

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