Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 7th, the 127th day of 2014. There are 238 days left in the year.

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Babcock, Cooper, Roy voted Adams Award finalists.

Predators expect Laviolette to improve offense.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Rock Hall of Famer Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 68; Michael E. Knight (All My Children) is 55; Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) is 27.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

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The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapsed on this date in 0558. It was immediately rebuilt as ordered by Justinian.

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U.S. Men's National Team Defeats Germany, 3-1, in
Pre-Tournament Game
Team USA Opens IIHF Men's World Championship Play Friday vs. Belarus
NUREMBERG, Germany - Tyler Johnson (Spokane, Wash./Tampa Bay Lightning) had two goals and five other U.S. skaters recorded a point to help the U.S. Men's National Team defeat Germany, 3-1, in a pre-tournament matchup here today.
Team USA will open its preliminary-round schedule of the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship Friday (May 9) against Belarus at 1:45 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.
Team USA struck for a pair of early goals in the first period to build a 2-0 lead. Johnson opened the scoring with an unassisted marker at 4:48 before Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Points, N.J./Calgary Flames) found the back of the net with help from Jeff Petry (Ann Arbor, Mich./Edmonton Oilers) and Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill.) just 14 seconds later.
Johnson boosted the U.S. lead to 3-0 when he netted his second of the contest less than a minute into the middle stanza. Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators) and Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn./N.Y. Islanders) were credited with assists on the play.
The Germans pulled back to within two when Sinan Akdag scored at 14:41 of the second period with assists from Felix Schutz and Yasin Ehliz.
Neither team managed to score in the final frame.
Goaltenders David Leggio (Williamsville, N.Y./Hershey Bears) and Connor Hellebuyck(Commerce, Mich./UMass Lowell) split time in goal for Team USA. Leggio, who started the contest and played 33:07, stopped all 13 shots he faced. Hellebuyck entered the game in the second period and had 13 saves on 14 Team Germany tries.
NOTES: For complete information on the U.S. Men's National Team, including team roster, tournament schedule and more, click here ... Sixteen teams will compete at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, split 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 will televise and stream all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ... Twenty of 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, includingJimmy HayesSeth JonesJake McCabePeter MuellerConnor MurphyDrew Shore andJacob 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 were 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.

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The Second Council of Lyons opened in France to regulate the election of the pope on this date in 1274.

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Back in Red and Black: Ottawa launches new uniforms.

Riders non-committal on Simon's return in 2014.

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

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Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded on this date in 1946. The company was later renamed Sony.

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Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will retire Derrick Brooks' No. 55 jersey and induct the soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime of the Sept. 14 home game against the St. Louis Rams.

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The Atlantic reports on the increasing number of Americans who travel to Mexico to have their dental work done at substantially lower prices. [Nothing says vacation quite like a root canal.]

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Tampa, FL. -- Once again a Rays starting pitcher failed to last more than five innings and once again the overworked bullpen faltered as the Orioles scored twice in the eighth after a 19-minute power delay for a 5-3 win over the Rays on Tuesday night.

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A man in Qatar paid nearly $4 million for a license plate with the digits '55555'. Another Emirate resident dropped $14.3 million dollars for the licence plate '1' in 2008.

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Pittsburgh, PA. -- After Giants right-hander Tim Hudson and Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton hooked up in a tight pitching duel, Starling Marte smacked a ninth-inning triple and scored on a wild throw by Ehire Adrianza, giving the Pirates a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at PNC Park.


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Overly Obvious Study of the Week: People in their 60s and 70s who regularly engaged in physical activity, such as walking, had the healthiest hearts.


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Blur boy dances in the outfield.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as waiting for the UPS guy, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
The Elvis Presley compilation album "50 Million Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - Elvis Gold Records, Vol. 2" hit #31 in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley's single "Frankie and Johnny" hit #25 in the U.S.

1996 - Evan Chandler filed a $60 million breach of contract suit against Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. The charge was that they had violated a confidentiality clause in the 1994 out-of-court settlement by discussing the case with Diane Sawyer on "PrimeTime Live."

2013 - The book "The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows" by Mother Dolores Hart was published. She worked with Elvis in his early filming career. 


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A guy in England who went to a hospital (Royal Liverpool) was given a vasectomy by mistake. Doctors have tried to reverse the error but the man now faces an anxious wait to see if he will be able to have children.

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Today in Beatles History:

1992 -  In London, Christies auction house sold a leather jacket worn by John Lennon for $43,500. 

2006 - In London, a judge ruled that a Apple Computer Inc. was entitled to use their apple logo in their iTunes store. Apple Corp Ltd., the guardian of the Beatles' commercial interestest, had filed a suit to stop the computer company from using the logo in their music store. 
  
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The I Love Coffee blog says the most coffee obsessed city is Portland, Maine. On the other end of the spectrum, the least caffeine obsessed city in America belongs to Jackson, Mississippi.


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Today in Sports History:

1925 - The Philadelphia Phillies had their 8th game in a row postponed. 

1945 - Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League. There were 6 teams. 

1951 - Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee. 

1956 - Bill White (New York Giants) hit a home run on his first at bat. 

1957 - Indian's pitcher Herb Score was hit in the face by a line drive by Gil McDougald. 

1959 - At Los Angeles Coliseum, 93,103 people watched the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees. 

1977 - Rookie Janet Guthrie set the fastest time on opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Her time was 185.607. 

1982 - A United States Federal jury ruled that the NFL violated antitrust laws by preventing the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles. 

1983 - August Hoffman perform record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups. 

1994 - The Denver Nuggets became the first NBA #8 seed to beat a #1 seed. The Nuggets beat Seattle. 

1995 - The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians played 17 innings in 6 hours and 36 minutes. The Twins won 10-9. 

2006 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 713th home run which brought him one home run away from tying Babe Ruth on the career list. 

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On this date in 2013, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 15,056.20. It was the first time it had closed over 15,000.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates 12:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

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

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 7:10pm EDT

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

Saturday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation at Kansas Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Grand Prix of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 3:30pm EDT

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

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

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