Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Today is February 11th, the 42nd day of 2014. There are 323 days left in the year.


Avalanche's Johnson to have phone hearing.

Datsyuk practices, will play for Russia in opener.

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Today's Birthdays: Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan's Island) is 80; Burt Reynolds is 78; Sheryl Crow is 52; Sarah Palin is 50; Jennifer Aniston is 45.


Tampa, FL. --Despite being almost the same age and hailing from the same country, Radko Gudas and Ondrej Palat do not have much in common.

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NEW ON DVD - Released February 11

All Is Lost
Ender's Game
The Best Man Holiday
The Counselor
Sherlock: Season Three
The Americans: Season One
Dallas: Complete Second Season
Swamp People: Season 4


Boston College Takes Over No. 1 Spot in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
19th Annual Men's College Hockey Poll - #17

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
Weeks in
Top 15
1Boston College, 509 (33)
2University of Minnesota, 455 (1)
3Union College, 407
4Ferris State University, 402
5Quinnipiac University, 375
6St. Cloud State University, 353
7UMass Lowell, 298
8University of Wisconsin, 280
9Providence College, 244
10Cornell University, 187
11University of Michigan, 177
12Northeastern University, 158
13Yale University, 79
14University of Vermont, 41
15Clarkson University, 34
Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 33; University of Denver, 25; University of North Dakota, 9; Colgate University, 5; Minnesota State University, 3; University of Maine, 3; University of Notre Dame, 2; Air Force Academy, 1.
Notes: To view past polls, click here ... Boston College is the top-ranked team in the nation for the first time this season ... The Eagles, who started the year at No. 4, have a 21-4-3 record and are currently on a 14-game unbeaten streak ... ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association lead all conferences with five ranked teams each, while the Big Ten Conference has three teams in the rankings, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association are represented with one team in the poll each ... A total of 23 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 19th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Beats Switzerland, 9-0, in Preliminary Round Action at 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Coyne, Kessel both record four points; Schaus makes 10 saves for shutout
SOCHI, Russia -- Six players scored and 13 skaters recorded at least one point to help the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team beat Switzerland, 9-0, today in its second preliminary round game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. With the win, Team USA guarantees itself a spot in a semifinal on Monday (Feb. 17).
"I'm very happy with our game today starting from the goaltender on out," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "We moved the puck well, controlled the pace and had a great overall effort."
After back-and-forth action in the opening minutes of the first period, Team USA scored five goals in a 6:22 span midway through the frame to break the game open.
Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) started the record-breaking scoring outburst at 9:20 when she took a pass from behind the net and slipped a shot through Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling's five-hole. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) doubled the U.S. lead just 47 seconds later by converting on a rebound at the edge of the crease. Then, eight seconds after Decker's goal, Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) flew down the left-wing boards, cut to the slot and scored on a low wrist shot to give Team USA a 3-0 edge. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) made it 4-0 when she batted home a loose puck at 14:23 before Kessel one-timed a Decker pass under Schelling's blocker for a power-play marker at 15:42 to give the United States a 5-0 advantage after the first frame.
The U.S. pushed its lead to 6-0 at 13:26 of the middle stanza when Lamoureux netted her second of the game with a quick shot from the bottom of the right circle that found its way between Schelling's glove and body.
Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) made it 7-0 just 49 seconds into the third period. After skating to the front of the net, Coyne batted away at a loose puck until it trickled through Schelling and over the goal line. Then, at 3:59, Coyne found the back of the net again, this time sliding a rebound through Schelling's five-hole to give Team USA an 8-0 lead. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) connected on a breakaway at 15:39 to close the scoring.
Coyne and Kessel both finished the contest with two goals and two assists. Kelli Stack(Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), Decker and Knight all recorded multi-point games.
Goaltender Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) recorded 10 saves for the shutout.
The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will conclude group play Wednesday (Feb. 12) when it squares off with Canada. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. ET and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
NOTES: For today's box score, plus video highlights and photos, click here ... Team USA broke an Olympic record by scoring three goals in 55 seconds in the opening stanza ... Also, the U.S. set a team record for fastest five goals in an Olympic contest, scoring five times over a 6:22 span in the first period ... The U.S. was 1-for-4 on the power play and was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill ... Through two games, Kendall CoyneAmanda Kessel and Hilary Knight are tied for the U.S. points lead (4) ... 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, clickhere ... 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 (Potsdam, N.Y.), 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 Arena4:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.
Mon., Feb. 17SemifinalsShayba 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.


On this date in 1960, Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.


FA14 Preview: GMs ready to see what market offers.

CFL.ca's Top 20 Free Agents of 2014.

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People in Scotland are worried. There have been no reported sightings of the famed Loch Ness Monster in the last 18 months. [Rehab?]


Tampa, FL. — It’s not the big move many are hoping will come in free agency or the draft, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added a quarterback.

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We human beings never seem to run out of ways to embarrass our species. The latest example is a blog called Selfies With Homeless People. Some of the homeless people seem to be "willing" participants; others are oblivious. The site is curated by the same person who created Selfies At Funerals and, before that, Selfies At SeriousPlaces.


Jimmy poses with the neighbor's manger scene.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as waiting for a call back, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel." He also sang "Blue Suede Shoes."

1960 - Elvis Presley received his sergeant's stripes.

1966 - Elvis Presley arrived at MGM to begin pre-production work on the movie "Spinout."

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live." 


A Japanese blogger named Yoppy sat himself down outside an Apple store last week to wait for the iPhone 6. Apple hasn't announced a release date for the iPhone 6, but it's expected in September.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles recorded their first album "Please Please Please Me," including "Twist & Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

1964 - The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC.

1965 - Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married. They divorced in 1975.

1970 - The film "The Magic Christian," featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City.

1970 - John Lennon paid 1,344 pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops."

2002 - Friends of former Beatle George Harrison filed an amended death certificate. The original death certificate listed a fake address in Beverly Hills. Harrison had actually died several miles away in Hollywood Hills.


Jimmy Fallon is premiering his new show with a bang. NBC announced Monday that Will Smith will appear on the February 17 debut of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. U2 will perform. Justin Timberlake will close out the week, which will also include appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld.


Today in Sports History:

1878 - The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed. 

1922 - The Toronto St. Patricks and the Ottawa Senators recorded the first tie game in NHL history.

1957 - The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City. Ted Lindsay (Detroit Red Wings) was elected as president.

1966 - Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball. He signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130,000 a year.

1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.

1971 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 500th career goal.

1973 - The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 20th game of a twenty-game losing streak.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record when he scored his 11th short handed goal of the season.

1986 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.

2003 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) became only the second American-born NHL player to play in 1,000 games with the same team. All of Modano's games had come with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars. Brian Leetch (New York Rangers) was the first American-born player to play in 1,000 NHL games.

A new beer index shows how many hours of minimum wage work it takes to earn a beer in different states and countries around the world. It was tabulated by dividing the average price locals pay for a beer by the hourly minimum wage of a standard 40-hour work week. The country of Georgia is at the bottom, where it takes more than half a day just to earn a pint.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

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Thursday --

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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