Thursday, August 22, 2013

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 22nd, the 234th day of 2013. There are 131 days left in the year.

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Jagr suggests 2013-14 will be his final NHL season.

30 in 30: Maple Leafs move on after rough ending.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) is 66; Ty Burrell (Modern Family) is 46; TV chef Giada De Laurentiis is 43; Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) is 40.

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Liberty Mutual Insurance & Marriott International To Be Sponsors of
2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp
Camp Scheduled Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that both Liberty Mutual Insurance and Marriott International will be sponsors of the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp, set for next Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 26-27) at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.
"We're extremely pleased to have the support of both Liberty Mutual and Marriott for our Men's National Team Camp," said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director for marketing, communications and events at USA Hockey. "Both have been outstanding partners that are committed to not only help us grow the game, but give it increased exposure."
The camp features 48 of the top men's players in the country, all vying for one of 25 spots on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team final roster.

USA Hockey has announced that Tuesday morning (Aug. 27) will be a public day at the camp with a limited number of tickets now on sale by clicking here. Both Marriott and Liberty Mutual will be involved.

All ticket holders will receive the following:
  • Player autographs
  • Souvenir program including Liberty Mutual Autograph Zone page
  • Collectible puck
  • Limited edition scarf from Marriott
  • American flag
  • Chance to skate
  • Exclusive pre-order access to the Nike USA Hockey Olympic replica jersey
In addition, NHL Network’s Kathryn Tappen will host an on-ice program that will include the unveiling of the 2014 Nike Olympic jersey, the introduction of all 48 players attending the camp, and product giveaways.
NOTES: Click here to see the 48 players attending the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp ... 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 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team will be coached by Dan Bylsma ... Peter LavioletteTodd Richards and Tony Granato will be the Team USA assistant coaches ... 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.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance
"Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue. The company employs over 50,000 people in approximately 900 offices throughout the world.

The sixth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual (libertymutual.com) sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance and annuity products. The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of more than 14,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visitwww.marriottnewscenter.com.


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Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island on this date in 1762. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper.

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2013 CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 9.

On Pace: Ray’s hot start has Argo record book in sight.

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

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On this date in 1770, Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.

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Regina, SK.- The Saskatchewan Roughriders brought the fans to their feet — namely the frustrated few who prematurely fled for the exits.

Read the rest here.

Next up for 6-1 Saskatchewan is Saturday, August 24th game at the 1-6 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 4:00pm EDT.


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A survey among business people found that the least respected brand in this country is Delta Air Lines. It beat out both Philip Morris and Denny's. [It's a sad day for your company when people think less of you than the guys down the street who sell cancer and heart disease.]

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Tampa, FL. — There are times that Greg Schiano looks at him, and what he sees is potential.

Read the rest here.

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Think about this -- is the person you married "the love of your life?" One in seven of us say 'no.' The survey of 2,000 people discovered that 73% admit they have 'made do' with their partner because their "true love slipped through their fingers."

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Baltimore, MD. -- Chris Davis' Eutaw Street blast epitomized Jeremy Hellickson's frustrations on Wednesday night.

Read the rest here.

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Miss your old flip-phone but like smartphone technology? Samsung has the Galaxy Golden -- a phone with two 3.7 inch displays, one on each side of the lid. That means you can use the phone like a normal touchscreen handset or flip open the phone and use it like a traditional flip-phone with a dialpad.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Manager Bruce Bochy referred to the real estate in short right field as the "Bermuda Triangle." Privately, he and other Giants probably call it something much uglier.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. annexed New Mexicoon this date in 1846.

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Jimmy has fun playing.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching FoxSports1, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was originally entitled "The Reno Brothers."

1959 - The Elvis Presley song "My Wish Came True" hit #12 in the U.S.

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Such A Night" hit #16 in the U.S.

1970 - It was announced that Elvis Presley would be going on his first U.S. tour since the mid-1950's.

1997 - The Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock" was released on DVD.

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In case you missed it the first two times around, Sharknado is back tonight (7p ET, SYFY). 

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 -  
Liberty Records reported the album "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles" was selling 25,000 copies a day. 


1968 - Cynthia Powell Lennon sued John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery.

1969 - The Beatles filmed a film short for "The Long and Winding Road."

1979 - George Harrison's autobiography "I Me Mine" was published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.

1986 - Paul McCartney released the album "Press to Play."

1998 - Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed "Double Fantasy" album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was in prison for the December 8, 1980 murder at the time.


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Preston Smith was in a Chicago hospital bed Wednesday, trying to figure out what on earth would make his friend of 40 years attack him with a snarling chain saw. Smith told cops: "I think he got a little intoxicated - a lot intoxicated." Smith said he suspects his friend was depressed after losing a job as a car salesman.

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Today in Sports History:

1950 - Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition. 

1951 - 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.

1972 - Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games.

1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters.

2001 - Brett Hull signed a 2 year deal for $9 million with the Detroit Redwings.

2003 - Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) went 0-5 to end a 30-game hitting streak.


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Four in 10 of us have hurt ourselves trying to open a package!

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

Indy Car Series -- GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma, California 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:05pm EDT

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

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