Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Today is March 25th, the 84th day of 2014. There are 281 days left in the year.

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Five Questions: Blue Jackets' Davidson on stretch run.

Watch: Stamkos bats puck in from goal line.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Aretha Franklin is 72; Elton John is 67; Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) is 52; Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (first player to be signed in the WNBA) is 43; Ryan Lewis of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 26.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to overcome a two-goal deficit against the Ottawa Senators by the beginning of the third period, but were never able to re-gain the lead in a 4-3 shootout loss Monday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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The Continental Congress authorized a medal for General George Washington on this date in 1776.

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University of Minnesota Enters NCAA Tournament at No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
19th Annual Men's College Hockey Poll - #24

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14
Record
Weeks in
Top 15
1University of Minnesota, 476 (15)
1
25-6-6
24
2Union College, 469 (18)
2
28-6-4
18
3Boston College, 448
3
26-7-4
24
4University of Wisconsin, 397
6
24-10-2
23
5UMass Lowell, 382 (1)
7
25-10-4
23
6Ferris State University, 345
4
28-10-3
18
7Quinnipiac University, 313
5
24-9-6
24
8St. Cloud State University, 249
10
21-10-5
24
9University of Notre Dame, 222
8
23-14-2
20
10Providence College, 188
9
21-10-6
24
11Minnesota State University, 171
15
26-13-1
4
12Colgate University, 162
14
20-13-5
3
13University of North Dakota, 134
11
23-13-3
14
14University of Vermont, 47
RV
20-14-3
3
15University of Michigan, 22
12
18-13-4
23
Others receiving votes: Cornell University, 21; University of Denver, 20; University of New Hampshire, 11; Northeastern University, 2; Ohio State University, 1.
Notes: The University of Minnesota is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the fourth week in a row ... The Hockey East Association lead the way with five ranked teams, while the Big Ten Conference and ECAC Hockey boast three ranked programs each and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association are both represented by two teams in the poll ... A total of 20 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. Women's National Under-18 Team Rolls Past Hungary, 7-0,
at 2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Williamson Collects Three Points; Cianfarano Notches Two Goals
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Five players scored goals and 10 players recorded at least one point as the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team rolled past Hungary, 6-0, in its second game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship here today.
"We generated a lot of shots and offensive momentum throughout the game," said Jeff Kampersal, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "There are still some things we are working on and trying to get more consistent, but we're making good progress."
A strong first period in which Team USA out-shot Hungary, 22-3, helped the United States build a 3-0 lead by the first intermission. Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) put the U.S. on the board early when she wheeled into the zone, beat a defender down the left side and fired a shot past Hungarian goaltender Aniko Nemeth at 1:25. Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) doubled the Team USA advantage at 14:50 when she grabbed the puck in the corner, skated to the slot and unleashed a low backhander past Nemeth and just inside the far post. Then, just 1:55 later, Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.) corralled a pass in the slot and picked the top corner to make it 3-0 USA.
The Americans increased the lead to 5-0 after two periods on goals by Victoria Sullivan (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.). Sullivan scored at 11:47 when she grabbed a rebound at the edge of the crease and buried it just under Nemeth. Keller then made it 5-0 at 15:41 when she collected a cross-crease pass and tucked it into the open cage.
Cianfarano struck for her second goal of the contest at 17:31 of the final stanza before Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.) capped the scoring with three seconds remaining in the contest.
U.S. goaltender Kaitlin Burt (Lynn, Mass.) finished with five saves for the shutout.
The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team (2-0-0-0) will conclude its preliminary-round schedule of the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship with a tilt against Sweden on Wednesday (March 26). Puck-drop is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.
NOTES: For today's box score, click here ... Taylor Williamson was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Williamson led all U.S. players with three points (1-2=3) ... Taylar Cianfarano (2-0=2) and Lexie Laing (0-2=2) were the only other Team USA skaters to record multiple points ...Brooke Ahbe won nine of 10 draws to lead the U.S. in that category ... Maliya Rodgers tallied a game-high eight shots on net ... Megan Keller and Patricia Marshall both recorded a plus-three rating ... Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is serving as the general manager of Team USA at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship ... Jeff Kampersal (Pennington, N.J.), head women's ice hockey coach at Princeton University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2013-14 season ... The assistant coaches are Courtney Kennedy (Somerville, Mass.), associate women's ice hockey coach at Boston College, and Katie Lachapelle (Winthrop, Mass.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Boston University. The team was selected following the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Winter Camp, held Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Team USA captured gold in the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 before winning the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Team USA ScheduleMarch 23-30 - Budapest, Hungary
DateOpponentTime (ET)/Result
Sun., March 23RussiaW, 6-1
Mon., March 24HungaryW, 7-0
Wed., March 26Sweden12:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 27QuarterfinalsTBD
Sat., March 29SemifinalsTBD
Sun., March 30Bronze-Medal Game10 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game1:30 p.m.

2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Begin Wednesday
High School Varsity Tournament in Omaha Opens Slate of Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships commence Wednesday (March 26) in Omaha, Neb., with the high school tournament taking center stage.
In all, some 40 national champions will be crowned at the youth, girls, high school, junior, adult and women's levels in nine cities across the United States between now and early May.
USA Hockey, in conjunction with FASTHockey, will be streaming all the action. Games are available on a pay-per-view basis by visitingUSAHockey.FASTHockey.com and creating a free account. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD following the tournament by visitingUSAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
New this year is the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app provides unprecedented access to scores, live stats, schedules, photos and opportunities to interact with others via social media.
In addition to streaming and mobile coverage, USA Hockey will also provide live scoring, stats, standings and photos from each of the games on USAHockey.com. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter at both @USAHockeyand @USAHNationals.
For more information, contact Jayson Hron (jaysonh@usahockey.org / 719.538.1159)
2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Schedule
DateClassificationCity
March 26-30High SchoolOmaha, Neb.
April 2-6Youth Tier I (all divisions)Green Bay, Wis.
April 2-6Youth Tier II 14UHackensack, N.J.
April 2-6Youth Tier II 16UReston, Va.
April 2-6Youth Tier II 18UWayne, N.J.
April 2-6Tier I Girls, Women's A, B, CMarlborough, Mass.
April 2-6Tier II GirlsAmherst, N.Y.
April 3-7Junior Tier IIISimsbury, Conn.
April 3-6*Adult Men 30+, 40+, 65+Tampa, Fla.
April 10-13*Adult Men 50+, 60+, 70+Tampa/Ellenton, Fla.
April 24-27*Women's 30+, 40+, 50+Tampa/Ellenton, Fla.
May 2014Junior Tier I (USHL)TBD
May 2014Junior Tier II (NAHL)TBD


Clarkson University Takes Top Spot in Final
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
17th Annual Women's College Hockey Poll - #25

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14
Record
Weeks in
Top 10
1Clarkson University, 190 (19)
2
31-5-5
25
2University of Minnesota, 171
1
38-2-1
25
3University of Wisconsin, 152
3
28-8-2
25
4Cornell University, 121
5
24-6-4
25
5Boston College, 103
6
27-7-3
25
6Meryhurst University, 92
4
24-9-4
18
7Harvard University, 90
7
23-7-4
25
8University of North Dakota, 48
10
20-12-4
25
9Boston University, 43
8
24-13-1
17
10Quinnipiac University, 30
9
22-6-9
25
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris University, 4; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.
Notes: This is the final USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll of the 2013-14 season ... Clarkson University received all 19 first-place votes in this week's poll, knocking the University of Minnesota for the first time since March 20, 2012 ... ECAC Hockey leads the way with four ranked programs, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has three, the Hockey East Association has two teams ranked, and College Hockey America is represented with one school in the poll ... A total of 12 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 17th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll was conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll included input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

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NEW ON DVD - Released March 25

The Wolf of Wall Street
Delivery Man
Walking With Dinosaurs
Welcome to the Jungle
Californication: Season 6
Continuum: Season 2
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 (Remastered Edition)
Musicares Person of Year: Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

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Combine Insider: Recap and Looking Forward.

Abou-Mechrek: Roughriders' intro hits all the right notes.

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

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Scotch tape selfies are a thing on the Internet. These involve the act of wrapping one's face with tape, taking a self-portrait, and sharing the image online. This new 'selfie trend' was started by 21-year-old Brighton University (UK) student Lizzie Durley, who was inspired by the movie Yes Man, which starred Jim Carrey. She's also created a Sellotape Selfie Facebook page, of course.

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Tampa, FL. — The brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams turned himself into police at Orient Road Jail late Monday night.

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Reading, sending text messages and talking on the phone are among the things we do most when using the bathroom. With the exception of the intended uses, reading is the most popular toilet activity with 39 percent of us taking books, magazines or newspapers into the littlest room in the house. Twenty-one percent of those quizzed for the survey owned up to both sending text messages and chatting on their phone, while 18 percent ponder their next meal and six percent say they 'meditate.'

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Jimmy says "It's time to go home Daddy!"

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much as sleeping in on a Tuesday morning, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
Elvis Presley got his Army haircut.

1961 - Elvis Presley quit doing live performances and made movies for the next eight years. His next live performance was on July 31, 1969.

1961 - Elvis Presley performed his last live show for the next eight years in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show raised $62,000 for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial fund.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley's single "Lights Out / Savior" was released. It was from the album "To Whom It May Concern."

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A sneeze nearly cost a Russian man his life. The 33-year-old told authorities that a sneeze caused him to lose control of his car and plunge into a river last week. He was able to wade to shore after escaping from the car, which was partially submerged in 4 feet of water. He was not seriously injured.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles made their first appearance on Britain's "Top of the Pops." They performed "Can't Buy Me Love."

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "bed-in" for peace in Amsterdam.

1976 - The Wings album "Wings at the Speed of Sound" was released.

2003 - Yoko Ono's "Walking On This Ice [Maxi Single]" was released.

2003 - Ringo Starr's album "Ringo Rama" was released.   

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Today (Tuesday) is Appreciate Toilet Paper Day. Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily.

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Today in Sports History:

1936 - The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Maroons in the longest hockey game to date. The game lasted for 2 hours and 56 minutes. 

1958 - Sugar Ray Robinson regained his middleweight title for the fifth time when he defeated Carmen Basilio in a 12-round decision.

1972 - Bobby Hull joined Gordie Howe to become only the second National Hockey League player to score 600 career goals.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky became the first player in the NHL to score 200 points in a season.

1995 - Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving 3 years.

1997 - Hartford Whalers announced that they would move from Connecticut following the 1996-97 season. In 1997-98 they became the Carolina Hurricanes.

2002 - The NHL suspended Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis Blues) for slashing Lyle Odelein (Chicago Blackhawks) during a game on March 23, 2002.

2002 - Bobby Holik (New Jersey Devils) was suspended by the NHL for slashing Rod Brind'Amour (Carolina Hurricanes) in the face. Brind'Amour needed seven stitches to close the cut around his left eye.

2004 - The NHL suspended Marty Turco (Dallas Stars) for four games for a high-sticking incident the night before against Ryan Smith (Edmonton Oilers). Turco forfeited more than $195,000 in salary.

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RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production on this date in 1954.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Aberdeen Wings 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

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

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Aberdeen Wings 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway 1:00pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at the Streets of St. Petersburg -- 3:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings 5:00pm EDT

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

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