Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is August 14th, the 226th day of 2013. There are 139 days left in the year.


Individual NHL records that may never be broken.

30 in 30: Jets target playoff berth as they move West.

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Today's Birthdays: Steve Martin is 68; Former NBA star Magic Johnson is 54; Susan Olsen (Cindy on The Brady Bunch) is 52; Halle Berry (Academy Award for Best Actress in Monster's Ball) is 47; Mila Kunis (Black Swan, That '70s Show) is 30.


Women's Sports Foundation Names Amanda Kessel Finalist for 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award – Team Sport Category
Winners Announced at Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala on Oct. 16
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), a forward on the U.S. Women’s National Team, has been named a finalist for the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award – Team Sport Category by the Women's Sports Foundation.
She is one of six finalists to have distinguished themselves between Aug. 13, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Over the past year, Kessel achieved significant success, including helping the U.S. Women’s National Team win the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship and capture first place at the 2012 IIHF Four Nations Cup, as well as leading the University of Minnesota to a historic unbeaten season and the NCAA Division I national title in women's hockey. She was also honored with several awards.
Kessel's Highlights
• 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey

• 2013 USA Hockey Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award

• 2012-13 WCHA Player of the Year

• 2012-13 AHCA/CCM Hockey First-Team All American
• 2013 NCAA All-Tournament Team

• Led NCAA in 2012-13 with 101 points (46-55)
Finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year awards will be voted on by the Foundation’s Awards Committee and the public. Fans can now vote for Kessel until Sept. 9.
Sportswoman of the Year honorees will be unveiled during the 34th Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala on Oct. 16 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Kessel's teammate, Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.), won the award in 2009.
For more information on the award and the event, click here.


The Oregon Territory was established on this date in 1848.


Moffat: 'Aircraft' Carrier set to take flight for Als.

Ray remains sharp at the controls of Argos offence.

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George Lucas and wife welcomed a new baby girl. [They named her Everest Hobson Lucas. You may not like the name but it's much better than the runner-up, Jar Jar.]


Regina, SK.- The Saskatchewan Roughriders were a little short-staffed at practice on Tuesday.

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Next up for Saskatchewan is a Saturday, August 17th home game against the 2-4 Montreal Alouettes. Kickoff on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is 4:00pm EDT.


After weeks of fans guessing via social media what the next Doritos Locos Tacos flavor will be, Tuesday Taco Bell finally announced the much-anticipated menu item's name: Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos. The third DLT hits Taco Bell restaurants nationwide on August 22, combining spicy chili with a hint of lime flavor in a crunchy red shell.


Tampa, FL. — WR Tiquan Underwood took advantage of a greater opportunity on the practice field Tuesday in Foxboro, as playing against his former Patriot teammates brought out his competitive spirit.

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"Field and Stream" magazine published its first issue on this date in 1873.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- The venue changed, but a return to St. Petersburg could not snap the Rays' losing streak on Tuesday, as they fell 5-4 to the Mariners at Tropicana Field.

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A patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver B. Shallenberger on this date in 1888.


Washington, DC. -- Tuesday night's showers washed away the Giants' best chance at defeating the Nationals.

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A Japanese lingerie company (Wacoal) has come up with an easier way for customers to purchase bras. The company has unveiled a bra vending machine. Each bra costs $30, and all customers have to do is pick out their size from the chart, slot the money in, and press the item number.


Outside work is done. Now it's time to watch Fireman Sam.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to a lousy movie, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1952 - 
A Washington, DC, DJ, Bob Rickman, created the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley.

1958 - Gladys Presley, Elvis Presley's mother, died.

1965 - The Elvis Presley EP "Tickle Me" hit #70 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "The Wonder Of You" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1980 - The Statue of Presley was unveiled in Elvis Presley Plaza in Memphis, TN.

2007 - The DVD "Elvis Thru the Years" was released. The DVD presented the life of Elvis Presley through rare film footage, press conferences, behind-the-scenes feature, movie trailers, news clips, and comedy sketches to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the Elvis' death.


Tip for drug users: If you're seeking drugs, don't turn to Twitter for help. Sunith Baheerathan was apparently looking for some pot to get him through the day at a Vaughn, Ontario, auto shop. He tweeted out a message to, well, everyone, as well as his location. Police replied asking if they could stop by.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 -  
Brian Epstein and the Beatles decided to fire drummer Pete Best. Best was dismissed 2 days later. Ringo Starr, then with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, was asked to join the band.

1976 - The Wings single "Let 'Em In" hit #3 in the U.S.

1985 - Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the ATV music-publishing catalog. Jackson paid $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

2005 - The musical "Lennon" opened at the Broadhurst Theatre.

2007 - Apple announced that the entire solo catalog of John Lennon would be available on iTunes.


TV TONIGHT: DUCK DYNASTY - The Robertsons are back for a 4th season tonight as the clan prepares a surprise vow renewal to celebrate Phil and Kay's 49th wedding anniversary. (10p ET, A&E)


Today in Sports History:

1903 - Jim Jeffries defeated Jim Corbett in the 10th round to retain his world heavyweight title in San Francisco.

1936 - The first basketball competition for a Gold Medal was held at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. The U.S. defeated Canada, 19-8.

1937 - The Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Browns set an American League record for most runs scored combined in a doubleheader with 36.

1958 - Vic Power (Cleveland) stole home twice during the same game.

1959 - The first meeting was held to organize the American Football League.

1961 - The Philadelphia Phillies extended their losing streak to 17 games with a loss to the Chicago Cubs.

1971 - Bob Gibson (St. Louis Cardinals) threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the first no-hitter at Forbes Field in 61 years.

1974 - The NFL Players Association ended their seven-week strike.

1976 - A charity softball game began for the Community General Hospital in Monticello, NY. The game was eventually called off due to weather after 30 hours. The final score was Gager's Diner's 491 to Bend 'n Elbow Tavern's 467.

1977 - The New York Cosmos and the Fort Lauderdale Strikes played a game in front of 77,961 fans at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It was the largest crowd to witness a soccer game in the United States. The Cosmos beat the Strikers 8-3.

1979 - Lou Brock (St. Louis Cardinals) got his 3,000th hit.

1986 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) had his 4,256th and last basehit in a game against the San Francisco Giants.

1987 - Mark McGwire set the record for home runs by a rookie when he connected for his 49th home run of the season. 


Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory on this date in 1896. Within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 7:05pm

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 4:05pm

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Montreal Alouettes 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT


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

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