Saturday, August 3, 2013

It's Saturday












It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 3rd, the 215th day of 2013. There are 150 days left in the year.

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Blues, Paajarvi agree to two-year contract.

30 in 30: Youthful core will be key for Oilers in 2013-14.

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

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Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships on this date in 1492. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.

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USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp to Open Saturday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp begins Saturday (Aug. 3) at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The 44 U.S. athletes participating in the camp, including 41 National Hockey League draft picks, have been separated into two groups -- Team Blue and Team White -- for the first three days of training (Aug. 3-5), including games against Finland and Sweden. On Tuesday (Aug. 6), Team USA will trim its roster and a single U.S. squad will finish the camp with games against Canada, Finland and Sweden.
For the Team Blue roster, click here.
For the Team White roster, click here.
USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, will provide live streaming coverage of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Games will be offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com. Users can then buy game credits -- a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content.
For a complete schedule of the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here. Tickets for all games at the camp can be purchased online at WhiteFaceLakePlacid.com, by phone at (518) 523-3330 or in person at the Olympic Center Box Office.
Be sure to follow all the action at the 2013 U.S National Junior Evaluation Camp by visitingWorldJuniors.USAHockey.com or by using hashtag #NJEC on Twitter.
U.S. Under-18 Select Team Starts Ivan Hlinka Tournament Next Week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Under-18 Select Team has completed its pre-tournament practices at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., and is set to begin competition in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament next week (Aug. 5-10).
The tournament will be staged in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia, and will feature teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Team USA will play an exhibition contest on Saturday (Aug. 3) against the Czech Republic before opening tournament play on Monday (Aug. 5) against Finland.
The 22-player Team USA roster was selected following the USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp that took place June 28-July 3 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y.
For the U.S. Under-18 Select Team roster, click here.
For complete Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament coverage, click here.
Keep up-to-date on the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament via Twitter by following @USAHockeyScores and using hashtag #IvanHlinka.

Team USA 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 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. 5FinlandPiestany2:00 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
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On this date in 1750, Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It was titled "A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management."

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Close Call: Ticats just hang on in nail-biter over Esks.

It's execute or be executed vs. Lions.

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

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Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded on this date in 1900.

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders are ahead of the field because it is tilted in their favour.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the Riders is the bye week, followed by a Friday, August 9th game at the Calgary Stampeders, a team they beat 36-21 in week two. Game time is 9:00pm EDT on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN, NBC Sports Network and ESPN3.com.

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On this date in 1922, WGY radio in Schenectady, NY, presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. The work was "The Wolf", written by Eugene Walter.

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Tampa, FL. — On Saturday, game-changing DT Warren Sapp will become the second player inducted into the Hall of Fame who spent the majority of his career as a Buccaneer, an event Buccaneers.com will bring to Tampa Bay fans in a variety of ways.

Read the rest here.

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The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75 on this date in 1933.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The calendar changed to August and Chris Archer was still pitching like it was July -- until the seventh inning when the Giants hung a three-spot on the Rays right-hander.

That late-inning outburst proved to be the difference in the Rays' 4-1 loss Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1943, Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Brandon Belt's activity during the Giants' preceding three-game series at Philadelphia was limited to a pinch-hitting appearance. Yet he was anything but idle.

Manager Bruce Bochy asked Belt to devote his energy during that series to altering his hitting technique. The adjustments paid off in Friday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, as Belt lacked only a double to hit for the cycle as the Giants surged to a 4-1 victory.

Read the rest here.

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The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater on this date in 1958. The mission was known as "Operation Sunshine."

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Pitch me the ball Daddy!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your son to Rays baseball, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
In Miami, Elvis Presley began a week-long tour of Florida.

1957 - Elvis Presley's single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" hit #3 in the U.K.

1964 - Principal photography for the Elvis Presley film "Girl Happy" was finished.

1963 - The Elvis Presley single "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" hit #1 in the U.K.

1974 - Elvis Presley's single "If You Talk In Your Sleep" hit #17 in the U.S.

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The movie "More American Graffiti" was released on this date in 1979.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 -  
The Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They had performed nearly 300 shows at the club since 1961.

1966 - The South African government banned the broadcast of Beatles songs in response to John Lennon's comment that the band was "more popular than Jesus."

1967 - George Harrison joined Ravi Shankar at his news conference to promote Shankar's Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4.

1971 - Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings. The band consisted of Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine and Denny Seiwell.

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Johnny Carson, the "Tonight Show" host, was on the cover of the Burbank, CA, telephone directory on this date in 1979.

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Today in Sports History:

1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four olympic gold medals.

1949 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

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Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL on this date in 1985. Residents promised that they'd wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by Enlist Weed Control System 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Gobowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 3:00pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Arizona Diamondback 9:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Arizona Diamondback 9:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:05pm EDT

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

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