Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Today is August 7th, the 219th day of 2013. There are 146 days left in the year.


Optimistic new owners take over Phoenix Coyotes.

30 in 30: Whole new world in Vancouver.

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Today's Birthdays: Wayne Knight (Seinfeld's Newman) is 58; David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication) is 53; Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, General Zod in Man of Steel) is 39; Charlize Theron (Snow White & the Huntsman) is 38.


2013 U.S. Under-18 Select Team Beats Russia, 4-2
Nedeljkovic makes 35 saves; Four different U.S. skaters score goals
PIESTANY, Slovakia – Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) stopped 35 shots and four different U.S. players scored goals to help the U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeat Russia, 4-2, at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament today.
"Game experience has gone a long way for us," said Bob Corkum, head coach of Team USA. "We've worked on special teams a lot and the guys understand what we're doing. We've been able to find success below the top of the circles and we're earning shots down low in the offensive zone. We had to refocus a little bit at the start of the third period, but the guys have bought in and played well in the third."
Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) and Joey Dudek (Auburn, N.H.) scored first-period power-play goals to help Team USA open a 2-0 lead. Schmaltz gathered a puck along the left wall and fired a low shot past Team Russia goaltender Sergej Korobov 11:15 into the game. Then, just 86 seconds later, Dudek picked up a loose puck and found the back of the net to double the U.S. lead.
After two Team Russia goals -- one midway through the second period and one early in the third -- Jack Dougherty(Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Joseph Snively (Harndon, Va.) responded with third-period tallies to put Team USA in front for good. Dougherty scored the third U.S. power-play goal of the contest when he put a hard shot on net from the point 6:19 into the final period. Snively finished the scoring with a goal three minutes later.
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team concludes pool play against Slovakia at 11:30 a.m. ET tomorrow.
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For complete Ivan Hlinka coverage, click here.
NOTES: Alex Nedeljkovic was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Follow the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Twitter by following @USAHockeyScores and using #IvanHlinka ... The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament features 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's inception 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 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota leads the way with eight representitives, while Michigan has four and both Illinois and Colorado have two ... Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.) serves as head coach and John Gruden (Virginia, Minn.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Matt Herr (Hackensack, N.J.) a regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, and Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minn.), assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, serve as assistant coaches.
Game Summary
Scoring By Period
First Period -- Scoring: 1, USA, Schmaltz (Dudek), 11:15 (pp); 2, USA, Dudek (Schmaltz, Dougherty), 12:41 (pp). Penalties: USA, Poganski (elbowing), 0:29; USA, Snively (slashing), 3:37; USA, Dougherty (delay of game), 6:43; USA, Phelps (hooking), 8:54; RUS, Lauta (boarding), 10:30; RUS, Lazarev (high-sticking), 11:59; RUS, Cvetkov (roughing), 12:41; USA, Dougherty (roughing), 12:41; RUS, Boltanov (hooking), 16:45.
Second Period -- Scoring: 3, RUS, Sleptsov (Nikolisin), 10:44. Penalties: USA, Roseburg (tripping), 2:09; RUS, Boltanov (slashing), 5:39; USA, Wagner (slashing), 15:04; RUS, Lazarev (hooking), 15:10; USA, Nardella (tripping), 16:23; USA, Hayden (slashing), 19:18; RUS, Vovcenko (misconduct), 19:18.
Third Period -- Scoring: 4, RUS, Frazlejev (unassisted), 0:38 (pp); 5, USA, Dougherty (Schmaltz, Dudek), 6:19 (pp); 6, USA, Snively (Connor), 9:16. Penalties: RUS, Kodola (interference), 5:12; USA, Hayden (roughing), 19:22; RUS, Svecnikov (roughing), 19:22; RUS, Nasybulin (interference), 19:49.
Shots By Period

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
USA, Nedeljkovic 60:0015/15
RUS, Korobov 60:006/85/518/2029/33
Power Play: USA, 3-7; RUS, 1-8
USA, 10-20; RUS, 10-28

Team USA 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament ScheduleAugust 3-10 - Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/ET)/Result
Sat., Aug. 3Czech Republic (Exhibition)BreclavW, 1-0
Mon., Aug. 5FinlandPiestanyL, 2-3 (OT)
Tues., Aug. 6RussiaPiestanyW, 4-2
Wed., Aug. 7SlovakiaPiestany5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 9SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sat., Aug. 10Championship/Third PlaceTBDTBD


George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart on this date in 1782.


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Al Roker overslept Tuesday and missed hosting one of his own shows, Wake Up With Al. [However, he did finally manage to get to the studio in time to host Hungover Real Bad With Al.]


Regina, SK. -- Football and faith are interconnected for Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Abraham Kromah.

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Next up for the Riders is a game this Friday, August 9th 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


Today is Snoopy's Gotcha Day, celebrating the day he came to live with his Mommy back in 2002. Happy Gotcha Day Sbnoopy Boo! 
Today is Smoke's 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Bonesy!


Tampa, FL. — The Buccaneers endured their steamiest day of training camp yet on Tuesday, and while that led to some extra precautions from the coaching staff, it also provided a valuable test that will help the team when games are on the line in the fourth quarter.

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The Powerball jackpot has risen to $425 million, which a one-time cash value of $244.7 million. The drawing is tonight (Wednesday).


Phoenix, AZ. -- Wade Miley wasn't as perplexing on Tuesday night at Chase Field as the D-backs' left-hander had been last week at Tropicana Field.

Nevertheless, the results were just the same as Miley led the D-backs to a 6-1 win over the Rays with 19,458 watching.

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A Florida restaurant got rid of an arcade-style claw device used to pull live lobsters from a tank. Until recently, diners at Carolina Ale House (in Doral) could pay $2 to win a live lobster by grabbing it with a mechanical claw. Management removed it after an animal rights activist complained about the game.


San Francisco, CA. -- It's not a matter of getting them over, it's a matter of getting them in.

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Taco Bell is expanding its test of waffle tacos. The waffle taco, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup, was the top seller during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where they were tested earlier this year. Now the company will test in Fresno, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting Thursday.


Put on your safety hat Jimmy!


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


Today in Elvis History

1954 - 
The August 7, 1954 issue of "The Billboard" Magazine included the following review of the "That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky" single. "Presley is a potent new chanter who can sock over a tune for either the country or the r. & b. markets. On this new disk he comes thru with a solid performance on an r. & b.-type tune and then on the flip side does another fine job with a country ditty. A strong new talent." 

1965 - Elvis Presley began filming "Paradise Hawaiian Style."


On this date in 1928, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a new bill that was one third smaller than the previous U.S. bills.


Today in Beatles History:

1957 -  
The Quarry Men made their Cavern Club debut in Liverpool. Paul McCartney was not with the band at the debut.

1988 - Paul McCartney refuted author Albert Goldman's statement that John Lennon was gay. McCartney said, "If John were gay, you'd think he'd have made a pass at me at least once in 20 years."

1989 - Paul McCartney's album "Flowers In The Dirt" was certified gold by the RIAA.


Shark Week on Discovery continues. Tonight it's the Top 10 Sharkdown. The special updates the international shark attack files for the 21st century and takes a close look at the sharks you don't want to meet this summer and the ones you're most likely to encounter.


Today in Sports History:

1907 - Senator pitcher Walter Johnson won his first major league game by defeating the Indians, 7-2. 

1965 - Britain's Jim Clark won his fifth consecutive Grand Prix.

1968 - In his major league debut, Joe Keough (A's) hit a home run in his first at-bat.

1985 - A five-year agreement between the major league baseball players union and team owners ended a two-day mid-season players’ strike. The season resumed the next day.

1987 - Bill Mazeroski's uniform jersey #9 was officially retired from active service by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1999 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego Padres) got his 3,000th hit.


Actor Dustin Hoffman has undergone treatment for cancer. His publicist declined to say what kind of cancer or when the Oscar winner was diagnosed. She said the cancer had been "detected early and he has been surgically cured."


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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


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

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