Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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

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Today is August 27th, the 239th day of 2013. There are 126 days left in the year.

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Guerin predicts big things for 2014 U.S. Olympians.

30 in 30: Rangers expect improvement under Vigneault.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) is 61; Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy) is 44; Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad) is 34; Patrick J. Adams (Suits) is 32.

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2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Roster Unveiled
Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center to Host 40 2014 NHL Draft-Eligible Players
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 40 players who will skate in the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Sept. 26 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., home of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins.
The game features 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-eight players appear on NHL Central Scouting's "Futures List," which highlights players that have potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft.

"This event has quickly grown into a great opportunity for America's best young players to showcase their skills at a national level," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a terrific partner in putting on this game, which will feature the future stars of the NHL."

Among the 24 forwards are Kevin Labanc (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Shane Eiserman (West Newbury, Mass.), who were members of the U.S. squad that earned the silver medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship. Last season in the USHL, Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) of the Green Bay Gamblers was the youngest player to receive USHL All-Rookie Team honors, while Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) helped the Dubuque Fighting Saints capture the Anderson Cup and the Clark Cup as the regular-season and playoff champions in the USHL. This summer, Schmaltz, Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Austin Poganski(St. Cloud, Minn.) and Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, Colo.) helped the U.S. Under-18 Select Team place second at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The blue line corps includes Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Aaron Haydon (Plymouth, Mich.) and Ryan Mantha (Clarkston, Mich.), who were members of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished second at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Keegan Ford (Waunakee, Wis.) contributed to the Dubuque Fighting Saints winning the Anderson Cup and Clark Cup as the regular-season and playoff champions in the USHL.

In net, Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./Boston College) and Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) received silver medals with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship, while Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) and Weyrick backstopped the U.S. Under-18 Select Team to a second-place showing at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Thirty-three players have ties to the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 22 players from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.

For the complete roster, click here. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit AllAmericanProspectsGame.com.


Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins alumni Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen will be the head coaches for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Danton Cole and John Gruden of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program will serve as assistant coaches ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG ... Goaltender Thatcher Demko and defenseman Tony DeAngelo (Philadelphia, Pa.) attended USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in early August ... Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... Thirteen states are represented on the roster. Minnesota leads the way with nine, while New York is second with five. California, Illinois and Michigan have four apiece. Other states include Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


Nike 2014 U.S. Olympic Jersey to be Unveiled Tomorrow on USAHockey.com
Ceremony to Debut Jersey Part of Public Day at 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey will reveal the Nike Olympic jersey its teams will wear at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in an on-ice ceremony tomorrow (Aug. 27) at 11:30 a.m. ET during the public day of the 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event is sold out.
The ceremony, which will be hosted by the NHL Network's Kathryn Tappen, will be streamed live atUSAHockey.com.

All 48 players selected to attend the camp will be introduced during the ceremony. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to hear from Dave Poile, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team; Olympic Head Coach Dan Bylsma and selected players. One lucky fan will also win a $1,000 gift card from Marriott International.

The camp is designed to assist in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set for Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. The 48 players in attendance are vying for spots on the 25-man roster that will be announced this winter.

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 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.

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The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper on this date in 1858. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.

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Top 10 Plays of Week 9.

Austin pleased with a defence finding its groove.

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

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The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA on this date in 1859.
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Regina, SK.- Saskatchewan Roughrider John Chick believes in dreams, even while tackling a life-changing disease.

Read the rest here.

Next up for 7-1 Saskatchewan is a game Sunday afternoon, September 1st at home against the 1-7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Kickoff on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 4:00pm EDT.


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NEW ON DVD - Released August 27

- Kon-Tiki
- At Any Price
- Pain & Gain
- The Great Gatsby
- The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season
- Sons of Anarchy: Season Five
- Elementary: The First Season
- Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Ninth Season
- Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection

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Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay signed rookie TE Mike Shanahan but otherwise trimmed the roster in advance of Tuesday's mandatory cuts, with RB Michael Smith and CB Anthony Gaitor landing on injured reserve and seven others released.

Read the rest here.

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A Phoenix man who claimed to have fathered 54 children has died. [A back-to-school shopping receipt will do that to a father of 54.]

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Kansas City, MO. -- The Rays will remember their one-game business trip to Kauffman Stadium as 1,256 miles of bad road.

Read the rest here.

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The Farmers' Almanac came out Monday and says we're in for a "biting cold" winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy 'Storm Bowl.'

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Denver, CO. -- It was the sixth inning and Juan Nicasio nailed the leadoff batter before giving up a single to Buster Posey, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Two months ago, Nicasio might have fallen apart in such a situation, allowing the Giants to climb out of a five-run hole and turning over his mess to the Rockies bullpen.

Read the rest here.

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Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet on this date in 1889.

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Jimmy gives Flipper the Dolphin a big hug.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as waiting for the college football season to start, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1965 - 
The Beatles spent the evening with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

1977 - Ten Elvis Presley albums re-charted.

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Mariner 2 was launched by the United States on this date in 1962. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 -  
Elvis Presley played host to the Beatles at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

1967 - Brian Epstein was found dead in his home from an overdose of sleeping pills. Epstein was the manager of the Beatles.

1992 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day In The Life" sold for $87,000 at an auction.

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In Las Vegas, The Palazzo hotel's most expensive creation is the $750 Decadence D'Or cupcake. The cupcake is made from some fancy, expensive ingredients and is topped with edible gold leaves.

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Today in Sports History:

1889 - Boxer Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche.

1921 - The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.

1986 - Nolan Ryan, while with the Houston Astros, earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.

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You're already concerned about your credit score; one day you may also have to be concerned about your Facebook friends - because a few tech startups are using social data when determining whether to loan you money. One company checks out whether your Facebook friends list includes anyone who's ever been late paying back a Lenddo loan, and, if so, how often you interact with that person.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Angels 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Angels 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Angels 1:10pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Washington Redskins 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Great Clips - Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Grand Prix of Baltimore at Baltimore, Maryland 2:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Advocare 500 - Sep 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

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

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