Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 1st, the 91st day of 2014. There are 276 days left in the year.

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Nolan loses interim tag, signs extension with Sabres.

Mark Van Guilder, 30, talks NHL debut with Predators.

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

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Today's Birthdays: TV personality Rachel Maddow is 41; Reality TV personality Jon Gosselin is 37; Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) is 17.

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Tampa, FL. -- If the postseason were to begin today the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens would be facing each other in the first round of the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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NEW ON DVD - Released April 1

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
47 Ronin
Psych: Season 8
The Client List: The Complete Second Season
I Dream Of Jeannie Seasons 1 & 2
Star Trek: Enterprise - The Complete 4th Season
Newsradio Seasons 1 & 2

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University of Minnesota Skates into NCAA Frozen Four 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 - #25

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14
Record
Weeks in
Top 15
1University of Minnesota, 485 (12)
1
27-6-6
25
2Union College, 466 (19)
2
30-6-4
19
3Boston College, 458 (3)
3
28-7-4
25
4UMass Lowell, 371
5
26-11-4
24
5University of North Dakota, 360
13
25-13-3
15
6Ferris State University, 334
6
29-11-3
19
7St. Cloud State University, 286
8
22-11-5
25
8University of Wisconsin, 283
4
24-11-2
24
9Providence College, 240
10
22-11-6
25
10Quinnipiac University, 200
7
24-10-6
25
11University of Notre Dame, 185
9
23-15-2
21
12Minnesota State University, 164
11
26-14-1
5
13Colgate University, 126
12
20-14-5
4
14University of Vermont, 61
14
20-15-3
4
15University of Denver, 28
RV
20-16-6
3
Others receiving votes: Cornell University, 13; University of New Hampshire, 10; University of Michigan, 9; Northeastern University, 1.
Notes: There will be no poll next week. The final poll will be released April 12 following the conclusion of the NCAA Frozen Four ... The University of Minnesota is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the fifth week in a row ... The Hockey East Association leads the way with five ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference boast three ranked programs each, and the Big Ten Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association are both represented by two teams in the poll ... A total of 19 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.


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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 112,000: Average number of people per day that receive a speeding ticket in the U.S.

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Video: Barker Impressed with Talent at Combine.

Collaros ready to handle pressure of being number one.

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

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Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary on this date in 1853.

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Tampa, FL. — We take a look at five questions that will be answered when the NFL's 2014 schedule is released next month, and even take a crack at predicting the answers.

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WATCH OUT - It's April Fools Day.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- David Price is back, and he couldn't have been much better in the Rays' 9-2 Opening Day win over the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

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The first radio tube to be made of metal was announced on this date in 1935.

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Phoenix, AZ. -- After the Giants' infield botched a sixth-inning rundown Monday that generated another Arizona Diamondbacks run, manager Bruce Bochy couldn't choke back his mingled sarcasm and dismay.

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It was announced that there will be spinoffs of the Harry Potter movies. [Including Harry Potter: Los Angeles and Harry Potter: SVU.]

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Jimmy and Flipper wait for the parade.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the overlap of baseball and hockey seasons, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
Elvis Presley released "Baby, Let's Play House." The b-side was "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone."

1956 - Elvis Presley filmed his first Hollywood screen test for Hal Wallis.

1959 - Elvis Presley rented a piano while in Germany.

1960 - Elvis Presley taped Frank Sinatra's Timex TV special in Miami.

1977 - Elvis Presley was admitted to a Memphis hospital due to fatigue and intestinal flu. He stayed in the hospital for six days.

1981 - The album "The Million Dollar Quartet" was released for the first time on Sun in the U.K.

1993 - Michael Jackson tried to buy the remains of Elvis' twin brother, Jesse.

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Here's a scientifically proven way to make your home office smarter and by extension, make yourself smarter. Get a plant. Put it nearby. Keep it alive. Pretty simple, but effective.Researchers (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) say participants working in a room with plants improved their performance, while those in the room without plants did not.

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Today in Beatles History:

1961 - 
The Beatles began a 92 night stop in Hamburg, West Germany, at the Top Ten club.

1964 - John Lennon was reunited with his father, Fred Lennon, after 17 years.

1967 - The Beatles recorded "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" at Studio Two, Abbey Road.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that they were going to have dual sex-change operations.

1970 - Ringo Starr layed down the drum tracks for the overhauled "Let It Be" sessions.

1973 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that they were creating a new country called Nutopia. The country would have no laws, no boundaries and the the national anthem was silence.

1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings released the song "Silly Love Songs."

2003 - The 5-DVD set "The Beatles Anthology" was released.   



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Five years after the death of the King of Pop, new Micheal Jackson music is coming. Entitled Xscape, the album will debut on May 13. The idea to create the album was conceived by L.A. Reid, who chose eight songs and handed them over to the lead producer of the project, Timbaland, to "contemporize" the records for 2014 consumption. The album is available for pre-order today (April 1).


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Today in Sports History:

1919 - The final game of the 1919 Stanley Cup was canceled due to the worldwide epidemic of influenza. No winner was declared in the series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans.

1930 - Leo Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs broke the altitude record for a catch by catching a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, CA.

1931 - Jackie Mitchell became the first female in professional baseball when she signed with the Chattanooga Baseball Club.

1972 - The Major League Baseball Players Association went on strike. The strike lasted 12 days and canceled 86 games.

1978 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) became the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season.

1983 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons.

1992 - Players began the first strike in the 75-year history of the National Hockey League (NHL).

1996 - U.S. President Bill Clinton threw out the first ball preceding a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.

1996 - Baseball umpire John McSherry died after collapsing during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos.

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Taken 3 has a full cast. Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, and Forest Whitaker are all on-board. Taken 3 arrives January 9, 2015.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangerss 7:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Minnesota Wilderness 8:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangerss 7:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Minnesota Wilderness 8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangerss 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Minnesota Wilderness 6:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT

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

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