Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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

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Today is July 23rd, the 204th day of 2013. There are 161 days left in the year.

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Parise, Miller among invitees to U.S. Olympic camp.

Crosby, Toews lead Canada's Olympic camp roster.

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

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The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts on this date in 1715.

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USA Hockey Invites 48 Players to Attend
Men's National Team Orientation Camp
Event Set For Aug. 26-27 in Arlington, Va.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced that 48 players, representing 24 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp from Aug. 26-27, at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.
The camp is designed to assist in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set for Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Of the 48 players invited to the camp, 16 have previous Olympic experience, including Dustin Brown (Ithaca, N.Y./Los Angeles Kings), Zach Parise (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Wild) and Ryan Suter (Madison, Wis./Minnesota Wild), three of the alternate captains on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that captured the silver medal.
Also highlighting the roster are forward Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) and goaltender Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn./Los Angeles Kings), the two most recent Conn Smythe Award winners as most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis./Toronto Maple Leafs), who finished second behind Kane among U.S.-born skaters with 20 goals and 52 points during the 2012-13 season; and goaltender Jimmy Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./Detroit Red Wings), who tied for the NHL regular-season lead in shutouts with five.
Nine players on the orientation camp roster played for the bronze-medal winning U.S. Men's National Team at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, including goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Norfolk Admirals); forwards Nick Bjugstad (Minneapolis, Minn./Florida Panthers), Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Montreal Canadiens), T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues), Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators) and Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche); and defensemen Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Carolina Hurricanes), Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./Colorado Avalanche) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Winnipeg Jets).
2014 U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp Roster
Goaltenders: Craig Anderson, John Gibson, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider
Defensemen: Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Dan DeKeyser, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jake Gardiner, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Nick Leddy, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter, Jacob Trouba, Keith Yandle
Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Beau Bennett, Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Alex Galchenyuk, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler
For a complete roster, click here.
NOTES: The 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of David Poile, general manager, Ray Shero, associate general manager, Brian Burke, director of player personnel, and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey ... The orientation camp includes 30 first-round NHL draft picks, including two first-overall selections ... Fifteen players invited to the camp have been part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... A total of 33 players on the orientation camp roster have played U.S. college hockey ... The 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team will be coached by Dan Bylsma ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. National Teams ... The men's ice hockey competition that is part of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 12-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Laviolette, Richards, Granato Named Men's Olympic Assistant Coaches
Team USA Support Staff Also Unveiled
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass./Philadelphia Flyers), Todd Richards (Crystal, Minn./Columbus Blue Jackets) and Tony Granato (Downers Grove, Ill./Pittsburgh Penguins) will serve as assistant coaches for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.
Laviolette has been the head coach of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers since the 2009-10 season and guided the club to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010. Before beginning his tenure in Philadelphia, Laviolette was the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes for parts of five seasons (2003-09). During his time there, he led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup and Southeast Division titles in 2005-06, as well as franchise records for wins (52) and points (112) in that same season. For his efforts, he earned the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year. The Franklin, Mass., native is a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team as a player (1988, 1994) and also served as the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. In addition, he has twice been the head coach of U.S. Men's National Team in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship (2004, 2005).
Richards has spent nearly two seasons as head coach of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets after joining the team as an assistant coach before the 2011-12 season. Prior to his time in Columbus, Richards was the head coach of the Minnesota Wild for two seasons (2009-11). In 2008-09, Richards was an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks, helping the club to the Presidents Trophy and 117 points that season. Richards also coached in the American Hockey League from 2002-06, including as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Admirals during the team's 2004 Calder Cup championship. On the international front, Richards served as an assistant coach of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team that competed in the IIHF Men's World Championship.

Granato has been an assistant coach with the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins for the past four seasons, where he oversees Pittsburgh's forwards and penalty killing units. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Granato spent six years in the Colorado Avalanche organization, including three seasons as head coach (2002-04, 2008-09). Granato played 13 seasons in the NHL with three different teams (New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks), receiving the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 1996-97 season for his dedication to the game of hockey. Internationally, Granato represented the United States at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.
USA Hockey also announced the support staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, including video coordinator Andy Saucier (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins); equipment managers Pete Rogers (Franklin, Tenn./Nashville Predators) and Ray Thill (Chicago, Ill./Tampa Bay Lightning); athletic trainers Tom Mulligan (New Bedford, Mass./Tampa Bay Lightning) and Stan Wong (Boca Raton, Fla.); team physician Dr. Mike Stuart (Rochester, Minn.); and massage therapist Ainar Treiguts (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Red Wings). In addition,Dave Fischer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Mike Gilbert (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Sabres) will serve as the communications staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.
NOTES: The appointment of the assistant coaches and support staff of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee’s Games Preparation Division ... The 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of David Polie, general manager; Ray Shero, associate general manager; Brian Burke, director of player personnel; and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey ... Dan Bylsma has been named head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. National Teams ... The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA on this date in 1827.

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Video: Top 10 Plays of Week 4.

Wait and see: Bombers staying mum on Pierce's status.

Visit the CFL's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1829, William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.

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Regina, SK. -- Kent Austin's return to Mosaic Stadium was anything but triumphant.

The Roughriders play the second half of this back-to-back series with the Tabbies on Saturday, July 27th in Guelph, with kickoff on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com set for 7:30pm EDT.

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Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland on this date in 1796.

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San Francisco, CA. — Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers, nullifying a trade to bring him to Northern California from Tampa Bay.

He was subsequently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Read the rest here.

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Steve Brodie, a New York saloonkeeper, claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River on this date in 1866.

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Boston, MA. -- Matt Moore certainly didn't leave it in the bullpen on Monday night.

The young left-hander pitched like an All-Star, throwing his first career shutout in leading the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Read the rest here.

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The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO on this date in 1904.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Tim Lincecum again reached uncharted territory Monday night. But instead of sauntering on a yellow brick road, he encountered quicksand.

Lincecum followed his magnificent July 13 no-hitter at San Diego with the worst start of his career, at least statistically. He surrendered a career-high eight earned runs and matched a personal mark for futility by yielding three home runs as the Cincinnati Reds dominated the Giants, 11-0.

Read the rest here.

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The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on this date in 1938. The area was 2,000 acres in Utah.

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Swingin' on a sunny day is really fun!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Geico commercials, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1966 - 
Elvis Presley's "Love Letters" hit #19 in the U.S.

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The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad on this date in 1945.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 -  
The Beatles participated in the charity event called "Night of a Hundred Stars."

1965 - The Beatles single "Help!"/"I'm Down" was released in the United Kingdom.

2001 - Paul McCartney proposed to Heather Mills. The marriage was planned to take place in 2002.


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On this date in 1945, a law is passed that states that "The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the United States Ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States Ship Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts."

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Today in Sports History:

1969 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew threw out the first ball at the major league All-Star Game. 

1972 - Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.

1985 - Oddibe McDowell became the first Texas Ranger player to hit for the cycle.

2000 - Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France.


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On this date in 1958, the submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct "Operation Sunshine." The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautilus achieved the goal on August 3, 1958.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:15pm EDT (Make up of rain out at Cincinnati July 4th)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds (Follows first game)

Wednesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

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

Friday --

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

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Bigmachinerecords.com at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

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

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

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