Thursday, October 10, 2013

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


Today is October 10th, the 283rd day of 2013. There are 82 days left in the year.


Predators rookie Jones proves a quick study.

New hero Hertl embodies Sharks' balanced attack.

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Today's Birthdays: David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is 59; Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live) is 54; Mario Lopez is 40; Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) is 31.


Lalonde Named Head Coach of 2013 U.S. Junior Select Team
             Team USA to Compete at World Junior A Challenge Nov. 4-10 in Yarmouth, N.S.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Derek Lalonde (Brasher Falls, N.Y.) will serve as head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, USA Hockey announced today. The six-team international tournament takes place Nov. 4-10 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Team USA has won four of the last five tournaments (2008-10, '12).

Lalonde is in his third season as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers. Last fall, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. squad that went undefeated (4-0-0) en route to the World Junior A Challenge championship. In 2011-12, Lalonde led the Gamblers to USHL Clark Cup (regular season) and Anderson Cup (playoff) titles.

The assistant coaches for the 2013 U.S. Junior Select Team will be Anthony Noreen (Chicago, Ill.) and Mark Abalan (Duluth, Minn.). Noreen is head coach and general manager of the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms, while Abalan is an assistant coach for the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers.

The 22-man roster for the U.S. Junior Select Team will be announced later this month.

Team USA faces Canada West in an exhibition game Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. ADT. Tournament play begins for the U.S. Nov. 5 vs. Russia at 8:00 p.m. AST. The complete schedule is listed below. will provide live streaming coverage for all tournament games. Those interested in watching should sign up for a free account in advance at

NOTES: The World Junior A Challenge is in its eighth year and the United States will be competing for the seventh time. The 2013 field includes the U.S., Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here ... Additional team staff includes Team Manager Marc Boxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of USA Hockey, Equipment Manager Darrin Flichem (Indianapolis, Ind.) of the Indiana Ice, and Team Physician Dr. Alan Ashare (Boston, Mass).
2013 World Junior A ChallengeNov. 4-10 • Yarmouth, N.S. • Mariners Centre
DateOpponentVenueTime/ResultLive Streaming
Sat., Nov. 2Canada West (ex.)Digby Arena7 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 5RussiaMariners Centre8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 6Canada EastMariners Centre8 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 7QuarterfinalsMariners Centre4/8 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 8SemifinalsMariners Centre4/8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 95th-Place GameQueens Place Emera Centre7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 93rd-Place GameMariners Centre8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 10Championship GameMariners Centre2 p.m.


On this date in 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.


Nothing yet: Argos mum on Ray's status for Week 16.

Hall gives Riders versatility along defensive line.

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Facebook and Twitter are more tempting than cigarettes and sex. Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered through an online poll that the urge to interact through tweets and comments was stronger than sex and cigs. In fact, researchers concluded that social networking was the hardest desire to resist. (Well, at least it's a lot cheaper.)


Regina, SK. -In the end, it was all one big misunderstanding.

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Next up for the 9-5 Riders is a game on Saturday, October 12th at home against the 3-11 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 4:30pm EDT.


The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt on this date in 1865.


Tampa, FL. — Philadelphia's offense under first-year Head Coach Chip Kelly gets plays off at a dizzying rate, which will have some effect on how the Bucs' defense approaches Sunday's game...And other notes.

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Japanese police arrested a 70-year-old man for running a prostitution ring for older citizens. [Authorities first became suspicious when a neighbor reported seeing an 82-year-old naked woman swinging on a wrecking ball.]


Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) heads to Pullman to play the Washington State Cougars (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) this Saturday. The game is being televised nationally by ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.

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The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York City on this date in 1886.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- The conversation began more than a week ago, when principal owner Stu Sternberg declared the Rays' season a success before they even played the American League Wild Card Game against the Indians. It continued as Tampa Bay battled through Cleveland, struggled against Boston and packed up the clubhouse at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.

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As McDonald's tries to overhaul its junk food image with healthier side dishes, its planning to add to kids' Happy Meals illustrated books about the virtues of eating healthy. For two weeks starting November 1, McDonald's will be putting four different books inside Happy Meals.


Jimmy tries to hit the ball.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as talking on the phone at midnight, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
Elvis performed at the Memorial Hall in Brownwood, TX. The show was sponsored by the Brownwood Volunteer Fire Department.

1959 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "A Date With Elvis" hit #32 in the U.S.

1963 - Elvis Presley recorded the vocals for the soundtrack to the movie "Kissin' Cousins."

1970 - The four-album boxed set compilation "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1" hit #45 in the U.S.

1995 - The Elvis Presley five-disc boxed set "Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters" was released.


Can American women finally "have it all"? Maybe. But they'd like to have a nap too. Despite strides toward gender equality, a new survey (Pew) shows women still shoulder more work at home and feel more fatigued by their daily grind. Whether at work or at home -- and even at leisure -- mothers said they felt more exhausted than fathers.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The song "Slow Down" reached #25 in the U.S.

2010 - Ravi Shankar was presented with the first George Harrison Humanitarian Award.


Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company on this date in 1887.


Today in Sports History:

1964NBC-TV aired the opening ceremonies of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It was the first live color TV program to be transmitted to the U.S. by satellite.

1977 - Joe Namath played the last game of his National Football League (NFL) career.

1979 - Mark Messier made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers.

1987 - Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. It set the record at 54 days and 18 hours.

1987 - Doug Jarvis ended his streak of 984 straight games in the NHL. The streak started on October 8, 1975.

2011 - Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers) hit the first-ever postseason walk-off grand slam to give the Rangers a 7-3 win. The win gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the ALCS over the Detroit Tigers.


NBC has made a commitment to a remake of "Remington Steele," the romantic dramedy that was Pierce Brosnan's big break. If picked up to series, "Remington Steele" will be remade as a half-hour comedy and a sequel to the original.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 4:30pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 6:30pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Port Huron Fighting Falcons 7:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Washington State Cougars 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:00am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Philadelphia Eagles 1:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Port Huron Fighting Falcons 4:00pm EDT


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

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