Monday, October 7, 2013

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Today is October 7th, the 280th day of 2013. There are 85 days left in the year.


Source: Flyers fire Peter Laviolette.

Campbell: Spin-o-rama move
monitored closely.

Maple Leafs GM Nonis released from hospital.

Lightning tops Hawks in shootout.

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Today's Birthdays: TV personality Joy Behar is 71; John Mellencamp is 62; Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 56; Simon Cowell is 54.


Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild got a goal and assist from Trey Bradley and 30 saves from Mackenzie Sawyer to defeat the Minot Minotauros 3-2 Saturday night in front of 2,699 at the Town Toyota Center.

The Wild got the first goal of the game 10:50 in on the power play, as a bouncing puck was deflected into the goal by Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California), assisted by Trey Bradley (Tampa, Florida), giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. Minot tied the game on a high wrist shot by Tim Donohue. Kirill Metlyuk drew the lone assist at 12:45, tying the game 1-1.

The Wild regained the lead late in the second period on a shorthanded goal by Chris Koukis (Brentwood, California), on a wrist shot from outside the left circle. Corey Sikich (Valencia, California) and Christian Salvato (LaVerne, California) assisted at 17:10, giving Wenatchee a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.

Bradley extended the lead with an unassisted breakaway goal 1:54 into the third, giving the Wild a 3-1 advantage. Cameron Rowat scored a power play goal for the Minotauros not quite 10 minutes later, assisted by Scott Smoot and Jack Forbort. The goal, at 12:47, drew Minot within a goal once again, at 3-2. Despite pulling the goaltender in the final minute, the visitors could get no closer, as Wenatchee held on for the one goal win. “I thought we played pretty well” said Head Coach Bliss Littler. “On the weekend, I thought a lot more positive things to build on than things to work on. I was just happy with our effort. We made strides from last weekend.” On the team’s upcoming road swing through Michigan, Littler said “I know we’re going to have a huge test on the road in Port Huron and the Soo. We’re playing two very good teams there.”

Shots were 32 apiece on the night. Mackenzie Sawyer (Landsdowne, Canada) made 30 saves for the Wild, Merrick Madsen made 29 saves for the Minotauros. Wenatchee was 1-for-2 on the power play and 2-of-3 on the penalty kill.

With the win, the Wild improve to 5-3-0 on the season, while Minot slips to 2-5-1.

Wenatchee now hits the road for four games, with two at Port Huron Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th and two at the Soo on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th. The Wild’s next home action is against the Kenai River Brown Bears. The games on Friday and Saturday, October 25th and 26th, start at 7:05pm PDT, with the game on Sunday, October 26th, starting at 5:05pm PDT. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


Nine American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress on this date in 1765. The delegates adopted the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."


The Tampa Bay Juniors USPHL Empire and Elite teams took part in this past weekend's showcase tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On Friday, the Empire team lost to the Atlanta Junior Knights 4-3. Liam McCune, Raven Woodring and Brandon Goudreau scored goals, Jake Cuthbertson made 25 saves. Tampa Bay was 4-for-5 on the penalty kill; they did not have a power play.

On Saturday, the Empire Juniors were blanked by the East Coast Eagles, 4-0. Theo Woodbury made 26 saves for Tampa Bay, the Juniors were 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-of-4 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Empire team played twice, in game one, they lost to the Potomac Patriots, 3-2. Trey tern and Dylan Longo scored goals, Jake Cuthbertson made 22 saves. Tampa Bay was 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-of-3 on the penalty kill.

In Sunday's game two, the Empire team beat the Hampton Roads Whalers 5-4. Trey Stern, Saveliy Morozov, Kastle Birch, Jonathan Hall and Chase Horn scored goals, Theo Woodbury had 30 saves. Tampa Bay was 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

The Elite team was also in action at Charlotte. On Friday, the Juniors lost to the East Coast Eagles in a shootout, 3-2. Ryan Odgers and Jack Tuomie scored for Tampa Bay, Nick Malvin had 34 saves. The Juniors were 1-for-5 on the power play and 1-of-2 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, the Elite team played twice. In game one, they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Potomac Patriots. Ryan Mattson, Nick Frankich and Tommy Whiteley scored goals, George McLeod made 22 saves. Tampa Bay went 0-for-1 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

In Saturday's game two, the Elite Juniors rolled to a 9-1 win over the Atlanta Junior Knights. Tampa Bay goals were scored by Ryan Conery, Ryan Odgers and Nathaniel Hans with two each, Richard Foy, David Cross and Nakita Zagryadskiy with one each. Nick Malvin had 30 saves for the Juniors, who were 3-for-6 on the power play and 4-of-5 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Juniors' Elite team lost to the Hampton Roads Whalers 6-2. Drake Stimpson and Ryan Conery scored goals, Nick Malvin made 32 saves. Tampa Bay was 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

Both teams return home this coming Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th, to play the Palm Beach Hawks. The Empire team plays at 5:15pm EDT on Saturday, while the Elite team plays at 8:00pm EDT. On Sunday, the Empire team plays at 9:00am, while the Elite team plays at 12:15pm EDT. Catch all the action live at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, or on


Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, NY on this date in 1868.


2013 CFL Replay: A look back at Week 15.

Riders acquire rush end Alex Hall in trade with Bombers.

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In Minneapolis a 9-year-old kid boarded a flight without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas. [Airline authorities are upset, of course, but they say that they have to admit that the kid made one of the best takeoffs and landings that they had ever seen.]


Vancouver, BC. -Kory Sheets made returning from an injury look easy Friday night. Sheets ran for two touchdowns as the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the BC Lions 31-17 before a crowd of 37,312 -- the highest of the season at B.C. Place -- on Friday night.

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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.


For the first time on this date in 1913, Henry Ford's entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process.


Tampa, FL. — More than 2,000 Girl Scouts, family members and troop leaders gathered at Buccaneer headquarters on Saturday to hold their annual Family Fest and kick off an exciting new partnership with the team.

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Research has discovered that looking at cute animals could actually help boost office productivity. Japanese scientists conducted a study which required subjects to complete a hand-eye coordination task. Those who had looked at the cute baby animals consistently outperformed those who had looked at the adult animals.


Corvallis, OR. -- Mike Riley didn't see a reason to spin it, or make some grand statement. When asked about his team being written off early in the season, the 13th-year head coach at Oregon State gave an honest answer.

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"Kate Hopkins, Angel of Mercy" was heard for the first time on CBS radio on this date in 1939.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Back to one and done.

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The Olympic torch made it to the Kremlin in Moscow after starting the Russian leg of its global journey Sunday, but a strong gust of wind temporarily extinguished the flame. Fortunately a bystander stepped in the help with an ordinary pocket lighter. | video


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the rain fall once again, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
RCA Victor announced that they had already received 500,000 advance orders for Elvis' Christmas album.

1960 - Elvis Presley went into the recording studio to re-record the song "Flaming Star."

1961 - Elvis Presley's single "Little Sister" hit #5 in the U.S.

1977 - The album "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" was confirmed gold by the RIAA.

2003 - The ablum "Elvis 2nd To None" was released.


According to a survey, most Americans believe the responsibility for our country's fat problem rests squarely in our own hands. More than half of respondents cited poor eating habits as the primary reason we're overweight, while 27 percent said that too much time on the couch and too little at the gym are to blame. Only 2 percent blamed the marketing of unhealthful foods for excess pounds.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles appeared on "Shindig!" The show was taped in London and included the songs "I'm a Loser," "Kansas City," and "Boys."

1967 - The Beatles refused an offer to play Shea Stadium for $1 million.

2002 - In Paris, Stella McCartney showed her summer fashions at a show.

2002 - It was announced that archivists at the University of Dundee had found about 500 previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles.


GRAVITY SETS OCTOBER RECORD - Gravity has broken box office records with the biggest October opening weekend of all time. The new Sandra Bullock-George Clooney film brought in $55.6 million over the weekend. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 came in second.


Today in Sports History:

1918The Georgia Tech football team defeated Cumberland College 222-0. Georgia Tech carried the ball 978 yards and never threw a pass.

1956 - Al Carmichael (Green Bay Packers) returned a kickoff 106 yards to set an NFL record.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 73rd home run of the season and set a new major league record.


"Portia Faces Life" debuted on the NBC Red network on this date in 1940.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Matt Kenseth may have won Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway, but Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski provided the most explosive fireworks in a wild race that featured 11 cautions in 200 laps.

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On this date in 1951, the Western Hills Hotel in Fort Worth, TX, became the first hotel to feature all foam-rubber mattresses and pillows.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kevin Harvick crashed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup party.

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The Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film-rating system that ranged for "G" to "X" on this date in 1968.


Houston, TX. -- Here's the results from this weekend's race one of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.

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Houston, TX. -- Here's the results from this weekend's Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.

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Houston, TX. -- IZOD IndyCar Series driver Dario Franchitti was admitted awake and alert to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center for a concussion and spinal fracture that will not require surgery and a fracture to the right ankle, according to INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger.

He was kept overnight.

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A U.S. House subcommittee began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows on this date in 1956.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 6:00pm EDT ALDS Game Three

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 8:30pm EDT ALDS Game Four (If necessary)

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 5:30pm EDT ALDS Game Five (If necessary)

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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