Friday, May 16, 2014

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Today is May 16th, the 136th day of 2014. There are 229 days left in the year.


Sabres' Konopka suspended 20 games.

Rangers will attend St. Louis' mother's funeral Sunday.

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Today's Birthdays: Pierce Brosnan (Mrs. Doubtfire, Thomas Crown Affair) is 61; Janet Jackson is 48; Tori Spelling is 41; Megan Fox (Transformers) is 28.


Tampa, FL. -- A Game 7, 2-1 win by the New York Rangers Tuesday night versus the Pittsburgh Penguins helped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a pair of first-round draft picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft this June.

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The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted on this date in 1866.


U.S. Men's National Team Falls to Latvia, 6-5,
at 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship
Nelson Scores Twice; Team USA Faces Kazakhstan Friday
MINSK, Belarus – Four U.S. players scored and Team USA rallied to tie the game three times, but the U.S. Men's National Team fell to Latvia, 6-5, in the preliminary round of the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship here today.
“Tonight was disappointing because we fought back a couple times to get into the game and then we made some mistakes that cost us the game,” said Peter Laviolette, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team. “We have a big game coming up tomorrow night against Kazakhstan, so we’ll regroup and be ready.”
Latvia scored the game’s first goal at 15:39 of the opening frame, but Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./University of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators) found the back of the net one minute later to tie the game at 1-1. After Latvia chipped the puck out to center, Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn./University of Wisconsin/Toronto Maple Leafs) made a quick transition pass to Smith, springing him cleanly into the offensive zone. Smith worked his way to the top of the right circle and fired a shot past Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis’ blocker.
The Latvians converted on a rebound at 18:57 of the first period and then scored a power-play marker at 8:08 of the second stanza to build a 3-1 advantage. Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn./University of North Dakota/N.Y. Islanders) and Tyler Johnson (Spokane, Wash./Tampa Bay Lightning) netted back-to-back power-play goals to bring the U.S. back to even.
Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Nashville Predators) started the first play when he fed Nelson with a pass at the left dot. Nelson took the puck, turned towards the net and flipped a backhander over Gudlevskis’ shoulder at 8:57 to make it 3-2. Then, just 1:03 later, Johnson parked at the side of the net and knocked a rebound in to knot the score at 3-3. Smith and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./University of Michigan/Winnipeg Jets) were credited with the assists on the play.
Latvia took a 4-3 lead with 8:35 remaining in regulation when Kaspars Daugavins beat U.S. goaltender Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./University of Vermont/Dallas Stars) with a shot from the point, but Kevin Hayes(Dorchester, Mass./Boston College) answered quickly when he tipped a Jones shot just inside the far post.
The Latvians grabbed the lead for good with 5:23 left in the third period on a goal during a delayed penalty. They made it 6-4 on a breakaway with 2:21 to play in the contest.
Nelson cut the Latvia lead to 6-5 with 1:30 remaining in regulation when he redirected a Johnny Gaudreau(Carneys Point, N.J./Boston College/Calgary Flames) pass into the net, but the U.S. couldn't knot the score despite a late push.
The U.S. Men’s National Team (2-0-0-2) continues preliminary-round play tomorrow (May 16) at 9:45 a.m. ET against Kazakhstan. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

NOTES: Tonight's box score and photos are available here ... Craig Smith was named Team USA's best player ... The U.S. dropped to 8-0-0-3-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) all-time against Latvia in the IIHF Men's World Championship ... Team USA's captain is Justin Abdelkader. The alternate captains are Craig Smith, Colin McDonald and Tim Stapleton ... Peter Laviolette is serving as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2004-bronze, 2005). The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato ... For Team USA's roster, click here ... Twenty of the 25 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 25 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams are competing at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, divided into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is televising and streaming all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk ArenaW, 3-2
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk ArenaL, 1-6
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk ArenaL, 5-6
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal GameMinsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live


In Germany, the first electric tram for the public started service on this date in 1881.


Kabongo hangs 'em up after 11 seasons.

Nye: Riders go after depth on Draft day.

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On this date in 1888, the first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.


Tampa, FL. — We're only days removed from the 2014 NFL draft. But ESPN draft guru Todd McShay already is looking ahead to next year's version.

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According to a new poll, 1 out of 5 Americans are in favor of bringing back the gas chamber. [That sounds like a bit of an overreaction to me though I must admit that Alec Baldwin gets on my nerves, too.]


Anaheim, CA. -- Good hitters get their hits, and Mike Trout got his in dramatic fashion Thursday night when he hit a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Angels a 6-5 decision over the Rays at Angel Stadium.

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The state of Ohio issues bright yellow license plates to people convicted of driving under the influence. A judge can make a DUIer use one of these license plates.


San Francisco, CA. -- Matt Cain's perseverance and Michael Morse's power were Thursday night's primary assets for the Giants, who suppressed the Marlins, 6-4.

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Cash machines could soon be installed with devices that identify customers by reading the veins in their fingers. The technology is already being rolled out in Poland, where 1,730 cash machines will this year be installed with readers, canceling the need for a debit card and PIN. The machines read the patterns of the veins just below the surface of the skin on your finger using infra-red sensors.


Oh my goodness! Can I bat now?


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Today in Elvis History

1959 - 
Elvis Presley's single "A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight" hit #1 in the U.K. 

1980 - In Memphis, Dr. George Nichopoulous was indicted on 14 counts of over-prescription of drugs. The doctor had prescribed to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine others. 

1981 - The double soundtrack album "This Is Elvis" hit #115 in the U.S.


A California (Anderson) transient was arrested after police said they found him wrapped up like a burrito inside a trash bin at a Taco Bell. Police say the intoxicated man was wrapped in several plastic wrappers.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 -  The Beatles single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" re-entered the U.K. chart at #48.

1975 - Wings released "Listen to What the Man Said" in the U.K.

1980 - Paul McCartney released the album "McCartney II."  

IN THEATERS - Godzilla (PG-13) and Million Dollar Arm (PG).


Today in Sports History:

1869 - The Cincinnati Reds played their first baseball game. 

1914 - The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas. 

1925 - WHAS made the first network broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. 

1932 - The New York Yankees got their fourth consecutive shutout. The feat tied the record with Cleveland and Boston. 

1933 - Cecil Travis became the first player to get five hits in his first game. 

1939 - The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians met at Shibe Park in Philadelphia for the first baseball game to be played under the lights in the American League. 

1954 - Ted Williams got 8 hits in his first game (a double-header) back after breaking his collarbone. 

1965 - Jim Palmer (Baltimore Orioles) made his pitching debut. 

1972 - Greg Luzinski hit a home run in which the ball hit the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. 

1979 - The National League approved the sale of the Astros from Ford Motors to John J. McMullen for $19 million. 

1981 - Craig Reynolds (Houston Astros) hit 3 triples against the Chicago Cubs. 

1985 - Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA. 

1994 - Jennifer Capriati was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana. 

1996 - Sammy Sosa became the first Chicago Cub player to hit two home runs in one inning. 

1997 - Gary Gaetti (St. Louis Cardinals) recorded his 2,000th hit. 

2003 - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1. The win advanced the Mighty Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.


TRIVIA - Researchers tell us you're least likely to do this between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Lie)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 9:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Get To Know Newton 250 Presented By Sherwin William at Iowa Speedways 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 4:05pm EDT


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

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