Thursday, October 24, 2013

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

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Today is October 24th, the 297th day of 2013. There are 68 days left in the year.

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Stars' Garbutt suspended five games for charging.


Panthers place Thomas on injured reserve.


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

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Today's Birthdays: F. Murray Abraham (Oscar for Amadeus, Homeland on Showtime) is 74; Kevin Kline (Dave, Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda) is 66; Drake is 27.

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Tampa, FL. -- Steven Stamkos says he doesn't like acting. But the Lightning center did pretty well in his new Coke Zero commercial.

Read the rest here.

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Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland on this date in 1632. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

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2014 U.S. National Junior Team Training Camp Set for Dec. 15-18 in Minneapolis
Preliminary U.S. National Junior Team Roster to Be Announced in Early December
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will hold a four-day training camp Dec. 15-18 in Minneapolis. Five practices are scheduled at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena, while a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University is set for Dec. 17. Team USA will defend its gold medal at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.

The preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be unveiled in early December.

From Minneapolis, training camp will move on to Angelholm, Sweden, Dec. 19-23. The U.S. will play pre-tournament games Dec. 20 vs. Sweden and Dec. 22 vs. Finland. The final 23-player U.S. National Junior Team roster will be announced Dec. 23.
In August, 44 players attended the 2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Complete details from that camp can be found here.
NOTES: Practices at Mariucci Arena will be open to the public ... Team USA has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championshipswinning gold in 2010 and 2013, plus bronze in 2011 ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team on March 23. Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team, and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant coach of the University of Denver men's ice hockey team, will serve as assistant coaches. The video coordinator is Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Detroit, Mich.), an international consultant to USA Hockey, is assisting with player identification for Team USA Team USA will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. For more information about the tournament, click here.
2014 U.S. National Junior Team Training Camp ScheduleDec. 15-23 • Minneapolis, Minn. & Malmo, Sweden
DateEventVenueLocationTime
Sun., Dec. 15PracticeMariucci ArenaMinneapolis, Minn.6:30-8 p.m. CST
Mon., Dec. 16PracticeMariucci ArenaMinneapolis, Minn.10-11:30 a.m. CST
PracticeMariucci ArenaMinneapolis, Minn.5-6 p.m. CST
Tues., Dec. 17PracticeMariucci ArenaMinneapolis, Minn.10-11:30 a.m. CST
at Minnesota State UniversityVerizon Wireless CenterMankato, Minn.7:37 p.m. CST
Wed., Dec. 18PracticeMariucci ArenaMinneapolis, Minn.9:30-10:30 a.m. CST
Fri., Dec. 20vs. SwedenLindab ArenaAngelholm, Sweden7:30 p.m. CET
Sun., Dec. 22vs. FinlandLindab ArenaAngelholm, Sweden1:30 p.m. CET


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This year, Cyber Monday is projected to be the biggest shopping day in history for online retailers. FedEx is forecasting that the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2, will produce the "company's highest volume in history." The company predicts that on Cyber Monday, roughly 22 million packages will be processed and shipped through the cargo carrier's network.

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2013 CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 18.

Kackert refusing to let injuries tarnish spirit.

Visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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The latest survey of teens and tech shows nearly 8 in 10 (78%) have a cell phone, and almost half of those (48%) own smartphones.

... In 1998 the big teens in tech story was this: One in ten U.S. teens owned a pager.

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Calgary, AB. -The Calgary Stampeders offensive line made room for Jon Cornish to run for 175 yards and four touchdowns the last time the Saskatchewan Roughriders visited McMahon Stadium.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the 11-5 Riders is a road game on Saturday, October 26th against the 13-3 Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff on 620CKRM, 620ckrm.com, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 7:00pm EDT.

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Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born on this date in 1788. She wrote the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

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Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said during a radio interview that his shoulder injury is not season-ending.

Read the rest here.


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Belva Lockwood was born on this date in 1830. She was the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. Presidency.

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Corvallis, OR. --Rashaad Reynolds was an all-league quarterback at San Fernando High in Pacoima, Calif., throwing for 1,566 yards and 13 touchdowns and running for 663 yards and eight TDs as a senior.

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Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match on this date in 1836.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays franchise is worth about $530 million, according to rankings by Bloomberg News, and though that sounds good, it is the lowest of the 30 major-league baseball teams.

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The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent on this date in 1861 when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.

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Jimmy rides his bike.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as looking forward to something in November, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
Arkansas State University inducted Elvis Presley into the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity as an honorary member.

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A Detroit woman who has had her driver's license suspended 12 times is facing new charges after hitting a police car, which was totaled. Andreana Seay drove away after the crash with her headlights off and her car leaking fluid. Shortly after that, other officers tracked her down.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles left Great Britain for their first tour outside of their homeland.

1965 - The Beatles recorded "I'm Looking Through You."

1967 - "A Hard Day's Night" was premiered on NBC-TV.

1979 - Paul McCartney was awarded a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records for his status as the world's best-selling songwriter.

1980 - John Lennon's single "(Just Like) Starting Over" was released.

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On this date in 1901, Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

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Today in Sports History:

1857The Sheffield Football Club of England was formed.

1943 - The Green Bay Packers intercepted nine passes in a 27-6 victory over the Detroit Lions.

1948 - The Chicago Cardinals scored 35 points in the third quarter on the way to a 49-27 victory over the Boston Yanks.

1965 - Fran Tarkenton (Minnesota Vikings) threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-41 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

1970 - In Athens, Christo Papanikolaou (Greece) pole vaulted 18' 1/4". He was the first pole vaulter to clear the 18-foot mark.

1971 - Texas Stadium officially opened in Irving, TX.

1976 - Chuck Foreman (Minnesota Vikings) rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

1996 - The Atlanta Braves played their last game at Fulton County Stadium. They lost to the New York Yankees 1-0 in Game 5 of the World Series. The next season the Braves began playing at Olympic Stadium.

1997 - In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual encounter.

1998 - Ricky Williams (University of Texas) became the leading scorer in NCAA Division I history. At the end of the game he had a total of 428 points.

2003 - The Chicago Blackhawks fired general manager Mike Smith.

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Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE on this date in 1939.

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Coming Up:



Tonight --



NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders 7:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Stanford Cardinal 7:30pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Goody's Relief Shot 500 Powered By Kroger at Martinsville Speedway 1:30pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatche Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 8:05pm EDT

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