Thursday, May 29, 2014

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

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Today is May 29th, the 149th day of 2014. There are 216 days left in the year.

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Blackhawks stay alive, beat Kings in double OT.

Canadiens' vets stress opportunity in Game 6.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Annette Bening (Open Range, American Beauty) is 56; Rocker Melissa Etheridge is 53; Lisa Whelchel (Blair Warner on The Facts of Life) is 51; Singer Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown (Spice Girls, Dancing with the Stars) is 39.

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Tampa, FL. -- Stability in net has often eluded the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony on this date in 1721.

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Buffalo to Host Two World Championships in 2015
IIHF Under-18 Women's Worlds and IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Worlds to be Played at Buffalo's HARBORCENTER
BUFFALO, N.Y. - USA Hockey announced today that it will bring two major world championships to Buffalo, New York, in 2015, with both being staged at the soon-to-be-completedHARBORCENTER.
From Jan. 4-12, 2015, the 8th annual International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship will take center stage in Buffalo with the top eight nations in the world competing to win the gold medal.
Then from April 24-May 2, 2015, the International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will be contested with eight nations vying for the coveted gold medal.
“We’re extremely pleased to bring these two world championships to HARBORCENTER,” saidDave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “The athletes and fans will be treated to a state-of-the-art facility in an area where hockey is an everyday passion. Between the HARBORCENTER and Sabres staff, the local community and our terrific New York affiliate, we have an infrastructure in place that will ensure an outstanding experience for everyone involved.”
“To have the opportunity to host two world championships in the span of four months is terrific not only for HARBORCENTER, but also our community,” said John Koelmel, president of HARBORCENTER. “We’re proud of the confidence USA Hockey has in us and we look forward to welcoming athletes and fans from across the world.”
"A strong relationship with USA Hockey is important to us," said Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres. "We're excited to bring these two world class events to Buffalo and HARBORCENTER. We'll work hard to have visitors leaving these events excited to come back."
HARBORCENTER, which is slated to open in downtown Buffalo in early October, includes two ice sheets, each 200’ x 85’, as well as 11 lockerrooms. The main arena has seating for 1,800, while the second rink has a capacity of 500.
The IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship will feature teams from the United States, Canada, Czech Republic and Russia in Group A and Finland, Sweden, Japan and Switzerland in Group B. Team USA, which has played in the gold-medal game in each of the first seven editions of the event, has captured the event’s top prize three times (2008, 2009, 2011).
“It’s exciting to bring the Under-18 Women’s World Championship to HARBORCENTER,” saidReagan Carey, director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey and also the general manager for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team. “Fans will have a unique opportunity to see the best athletes in the world compete for a gold medal.”
The IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship has been conducted in the United States on just one other occasion, that in 2010 in Woodridge, Illinois, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena.
The IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will be staged for the eighth time in 2015. The event, which showcases the world’s best sled hockey teams, was played for the first time in 1996 and also conducted in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
The United States, which has captured the world championship gold medal on two occasions (2009, 2012), has hosted the event twice previously. In 2000, the U.S. finished sixth in Salt Lake City, Utah, while in 2008 Team USA captured the bronze medal in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
The eight participating nations will include the U.S., Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, Germany, and Japan.
“Buffalo has such a rich history in sled hockey and it will be terrific to have the world championship in the brand new HARBORCENTER,” said Dan Brennan, general manager of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Fans will see amazing athletes in an extremely competitive environment.”
Full details surrounding both world championships, including schedules and ticket information, will be released at a later date.
NOTES: Two members of the gold medal-winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team are from the Buffalo, New York, area, including Lancaster native and two-time Paralympian Adam Page, as well as Buffalo's Paul Schaus ... The U.S. became the first nation to capture back-to-back gold medals in sled hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games when it beat host Russia in the 2014 Paralympic title game. NBC televised the contest live to mark the first-ever live broadcast of a Paralympic sled hockey gold medal game in the United States.
History of the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Year
Location
U.S. Finish
2014
Budapest, Hungary
Silver Medal
2013
Heinola/Vierumaki, Finland
Silver Medal
2012
Zlin/Prerov, Czech Republic
Silver Medal
2011
Stockholm, Sweden
Gold Medal
2010
Woodridge, Ill.
Silver Medal
2009
Fussen, Germany
Gold Medal
2008
Calgary, Alberta
Gold Medal
History of the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship
Year
Location
U.S. Finish
2013
Goyang, South Korea
Silver Medal
2012
Hamar, Norway
Gold Medal
2009
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Gold Medal
2008
Marlborough, Mass.
Bronze Medal
2004
Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
Silver Medal
2000
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sixth Place
1996
Nynashamn, Sweden
Fifth Place

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Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses on this date in 1765.

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Riders lock up six from 2014 Draft haul.

BC Lions sign entire 2014 draft class, add Canadians.

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

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On this date in 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

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Tampa, FL. — Buccaneers and Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer died Wednesday, the NFL team announced. He was 85.

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The Olympics are having trouble finding cities interested in hosting the 2022 Games. [This could be the big comeback Detroit's been waiting for.]

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Toronto, ON. -- Wednesday's series finale between the Rays and Blue Jays came down to the bottom of the ninth, and ended under unfortunate circumstances for Tampa Bay.

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Love running? Are you out there 4 to 5 days a week? Amateur! Jon Sutherland's been running every day since May 26, 1969. That's around 16,440 days. It helps that he lives in sunny California. And that he has running buddy -- his dog Puck, though Puck's just 6 and hasn't been running as long. Rain or shine, healthy or sick, strong or weak, Sutherland has stayed with a similar routine - he has run - every day for 45 consecutive years, covering more than 190,000 miles. He's passed the old record of 16,437 days.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Wednesday couldn't have gone much better for the Giants.


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The National Spelling Bee semi-finals and finals are today (Thursday). ESPN 2 will carry the semis this morning (10 AM ET) and ESPN will have the finals tonight (8 PM ET)..


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Jimmy checks out his Star Wars plate.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as breaking your tablet, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1967 - 
Elvis and Priscilla Presley held a second wedding reception at Graceland for family and friends that could not attend their wedding in Las Vegas. 

1976 - Elvis Presley's single "Hurt" hit #28 in the U.S. 

1976 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "The Sun Sessions" hit #76 in the U.S. 

1977 - In Baltimore, MD, Elvis Presley left the stage in the middle of a concert and did not return. It was the first time he terminated a show in this manner. 

1989 - Lisa Marie Presley gave birth to a baby girl. Danielle Riley was the daughter of Danny Keough.


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GoPro cameras seem to have captured every activity known to man, but for the first time we've now seen a dog fly. The footage is part of a National Geographic feature on adrenaline junkie Dean Potter, who brings his dog Whisper along for every crazy ride. An Australian Cattle Dog, Whisper and her owner go on daring adventures together, trekking through the mountains and hopping off rock formations. Video

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
Del Shannon's cover of the Beatles' "From Me to You" became the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American charts. 

1972 - Paul McCartney released his version of the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had A Little Lamb." 

1982 - Paul McCartney's album "Tug Of War" hit #1 in the U.S. 

1995 - The 13-part radio series "Oobu Joobu" premiered in the U.S. The series, directed by Paul McCartney, included never-before heard McCartney recordings and rehearsal, Beatles soundchecks and rehearsals.  
  
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A cyclist in New South Wales, Australia, is calling the country's mandatory bike helmet law "sexist". She was recently issued a $153 fine for riding without a helmet. Sue Abbott says compulsory helmet laws are turning people - especially women - off cycling. Abbott says, "It is a very sexist law because a lot of women have maintained hairstyles and would end up with helmet hair - and women have told me that's one of the factors (for not riding bikes)''. She's been fined a dozen times in her fight against the laws and had her bikes seized and sold by police to pay her fines.

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Today in Sports History:

1911 - The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place. Ray Harroun won the race. 

1916 - The New York Giants won their 17th consecutive road game. 

1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, not subject to antitrust laws. 

1962 - Buck (John) O'Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs. 

1965 - Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, CA. 

1965 - Dick Allen (Philadelphia Phillies) hit a 529' home run out of Connie Mack Stadium. 

1977 - A.J. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time. 

1977 - Sue Press became the first woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in-one. 

1984 - The Boston Red Sox retired #9 (Ted Williams) and #4 (Joe Cronin). 

1985 - In Brussels, Belgium, at Heysel Stadium a concrete retaining wall collapsed and 39 people were crushed or trampled to death. More than 400 people were injured. The soccer event was the European Champion's Cup final. 

1990 - Rickey Henderson stole his 893rd base. He broke Ty Cobb's record. 

1992 - Tim Raines (Chicago White Sox) stole his 700th career base. 

2001 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments. 

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Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the United States on this date in 1848.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 2:15pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway 2:30pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 1 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 2:15pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 2 3:30pm EDT

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

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