Thursday, February 13, 2014

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

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Today is February 13th, the 44th day of 2014. There are 321 days left in the year.

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Forward Reinhart consensus top pick in mock drafts.

St. Louis, Hamhuis in for Canada vs. Norway.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Peter Tork of The Monkees is 72; Stockard Channing (Grease) is 70; Peter Gabriel (Genesis, solo) is 64; Mena Suvari (American Beauty) is 35.

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Tampa, FL. --On the official roster deadline day for Olympic teams on January 7, 2014, a total of seven different players from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization were named to their respective country's team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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New research shows that crocodiles can climb trees. [So, maybe I've finally found an answer to my squirrel problem.]

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U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Falls to Canada, 3-2, in Final Group Play Game at 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Team USA will play Monday in semifinals
SOCHI, Russia -- Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) scored and goaltender Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) turned away 28 shots, but the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 3-2, in its final game of group play in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. With the loss, Team USA will be the No. 2 seed in the medal round and learn its opponent for Monday's (Feb. 17) semifinal this weekend.
"I've been pretty open about the fact that it's great for our game and the fans to have a match up like this in the preliminary round," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "I think it's a good test. For the players it certainly helps them get their feet wet when it comes to intensity and the environment."
Knight scored the game's first goal with a power-play marker at 17:34 of the middle frame. After working the puck around the perimeter, Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) sent a pass to Schleper at the right point. Schleper fired a high shot through traffic in front, where Knight redirected the puck past goaltender Charline Labonte.
The United States carried the 1-0 advantage into the third period, but Team Canada responded with a pair of goals in the first 3:54 of the frame. On the power play, Meghan Agosta evened the score at 2:21 when she buried a net-front pass from Hayley Wickenheiser. Then, 1:33 later, Wickenheiser wristed a shot from the right circle that ricocheted off of Vetter and a U.S. defender before trickling over the goal line to give Canada a 2-1 edge.
Agosta made it 3-1 Canada on a breakaway goal at 14:55. With Vetter pulled for an extra attacker, Schleper narrowed the deficit to one goal with a slapshot from the left circle at 18:55. Team USA gained a power play with 31 seconds left, but could not tally the equalizer.
The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will be off until Monday (Feb. 17) when it will play in the semifinals of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Team USA will learn its opponent following Saturday's (Feb. 15) quarterfinals.
NOTES: For today's box score, plus video highlights and photos, click here ... For complete information on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, including a team roster, player and staff bios, Olympic history and more, click here ... The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all four Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002 and 2010, bronze-2006) ... The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of General Manager Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ... Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.) was named head coach on June 8, 2012, and is the first female to serve as head coach of a U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. Olympic Teams.
2014 Olympic Winter Games
Game Schedule for U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team 

Feb. 8-20 • Sochi, Russia
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EST)/Result
Sat., Feb. 8FinlandShayba ArenaW, 3-1
Mon., Feb. 10SwitzerlandShayba ArenaW, 9-0
Wed., Feb. 12CanadaShayba ArenaL, 2-3
Mon., Feb. 17TBD (Semifinals)Shayba Arena4:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.
9:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. 
Thurs., Feb. 20Bronze-Medal GameBolshoy Ice Dome4:00 p.m./7:00 a.m.
Gold-Medal GameBolshoy Ice Dome9:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.


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On this date in 1947, "Family Theatre" was heard for the first time on Mutual radio.

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CFL releases 2014 game schedule.

FA14: Riders bulk up, ink defensive end David Lee.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Millions of Facebook users took a trip down memory lane last week to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary. In honor of turning a decade old, Facebook gave users the option of downloading a "Look Back" video that highlights the top moments from their profile over the past 10 years. As it turns out, the gift was well-received: Nearly 200 million users watched their video, and roughly half of those shared it with their friends.

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Tampa, FL. — Basketball's LeBron James caused a stir when he said he should be on the NBA's Mount Rushmore. With that in mind, let's have a little fun.

Let's talk about a Mount Rushmore for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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An Arizona woman jumped from the second-floor bedroom of a 15-year-old boy after his mother caught her cavorting naked with the teen. 34-year-old Keri Gonzalez broke her ankle when she crashed to the ground outside the home northwest of Tucson. Cops say Gonzalez snuck into the home after the boy's mother fell asleep.

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I'm gonna eat the candy cane Daddy!

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

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
Elvis Presley's "Don't/I Beg of You" became number one on the Billboard Pop chart. It was his last number one before being inducted into the U.S. Army.

1959 - In Friedberg, Elvis Presley was the cause of a traffic jam when he stopped to sign autographs.

1961 - Elvis Presley's album "His Hand in Mine" hit #13 in the U.S. It was Elvis's first wholly religious album. 

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Sharknado 2: The Second One, Syfy's highly anticipated follow up to last summer's hit original movie, has cast a bunch of familiar faces to join returning stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in the fight to save New York City. Vivica A. Fox, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch, Judah Friedlander, Mark McGrath and Kelly Osbourne are all set to star in the sequel, which will premiere in July.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
The Beatles released "Penny Lane" backed with "Strawberry Fields Forever" in the U.S.

1993 - Paul McCartney appeared on "Saturday Night Live." He performed "Get Out of My Way," "Biker Like an Icon" and "Hey Jude."

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If you're worried that someone might be snooping on your phone when you leave it unattended, Catchr is an app (iOS) that allows you to see what apps were opened and closed when you left your phone sitting around. Catchr records which apps you open and close and whether or not your phone's been moved. So, if you leave your phone unattended on a table and your friend decides to poke into your text messages, you'll see that they opened it and how long they had the app open for. | app link

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized. 

1923 - "The Renaissance," the first black pro basketball team, was organized.

1937 - The NFL's Boston Redskins moved to Washington.

1953 - The Oakland Athletics changed the name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. The change was in honor of their longtime owner and manager.

1965 - Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.

1973 - Frank Mahovlich (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 1,000th career point in the NHL.

1977 - Julius "Dr. J" Erving played in his first NBA All-Star Game. He was voted MVP with 30-points and 12-rebounds.

1982 - Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders) scored five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1983 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star game.

1983 - The World Boxing Council became the first to cut matches from 15 to 12 rounds.

1990 - Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders) scored his 500th career goal in the NHL.

2002 - Bill Simpson filed a defamation suit against NASCAR for blaming a seat belt made by Simpson Performance Products for the death of Dale Earnhardt a year before. Simpson said that all he wanted was an apology, but when NASCAR refused he filed the suit.

2008 - Roger Clemens denied having taken performance-enhancing drugs in testimony before Congress.
 
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Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in newspapers on this date in 2000. Schulz had died the day before.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NAHL -- Wenatchee Wild vs Soo Eagles 10:05pm EST

USPHL -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Pennsylvania Showcase

Saturday --

NAHL -- Wenatchee Wild vs Soo Eagles 10:05pm EST

USPHL -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Pennsylvania Showcase

Sunday --

USPHL -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Pennsylvania Showcase

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

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