Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's Thursday












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

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Today is June 19th, the 170th day of 2014. There are 195 days left in the year.

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Oilers' Ference wins King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

Presenters, performers named for 2014 NHL Awards.

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

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Today's birthdays: Paula Abdul is 52; Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Timecop) is 47; Cartoon cat Garfield is 36; Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek movies) is 36.

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Tampa, FL. -- Lightning bloggers take turns breaking down which players are the building blocks of the future for the Bolts and should remain in Tampa Bay for the long haul....

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 0240 BC, Eratosthenes estimated the circumference of the Earth using two sticks.

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Forty-Two Players Invited to 2014 USA Hockey
National Junior Evaluation Camp
Event Set for August 2-9 in Lake Placid in Preparation
for 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 42 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 2-9, in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

For the complete list of players invited to the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here.
The United States has medaled in three of the last five IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.
Of the 42 players attending, seven are returnees from the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Twenty-four have won medals at IIHF events. For a breakdown, click here.
The camp will be held at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The U.S. players will practice and compete in international games against Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Notes: Visit worldjuniors.usahockey.com for more information ... Of the 42 players invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, 12 competed in the United States Hockey League during the 2013-14 season, including nine from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Eighteen players competed in the college hockey ranks last season ... Eight of the 42 players participated in last year's camp ... Mark Osiecki is head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. He is currently an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs ... The assistant coaches for Team USA are Don Granato (U.S. National Under-17 Team), Kevin Patrick (University of Vermont) and Mike Ayers (Boston College) ... Adam Nightingale (Michigan State University) is the video coordinator ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the sixth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Pittsburgh Penguins), international consultant for USA Hockey, assists Johannson in evaluating and selecting players for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team ... Mike Sullivan and Tony Granato (Pittsburgh Penguins) will serve as assistant coaches at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.
2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
DateEventTime (EDT)
Saturday, Aug. 2USA Blue Practice9:00-9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Finland Practice12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
USA White vs. USA Blue5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3Sweden Practice8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden1:00 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4Sweden Practice8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA White Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden1:00 - 3:15 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland4:00-6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5Sweden Practice10:00-11:15 a.m.
USA Practice11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Finland Practice1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6USA Practice8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Sweden Practice10:00-10:30 a.m.
Finland Practice10:45 a.m. - noon
USA vs. Sweden4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7USA Practice8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Finland Practice10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice10:45 - noon
USA vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8Sweden Practice9:00-9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45-10:15 a.m.
USA Practice10:45 - noon
Sweden vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9USA vs. Czech Republic1:00 p.m.
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English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, NC on this date in 1586, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.

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Regina, SK. -- The defending Grey Cup champions have several question marks swirling around them as the start of the 2014 season nears. One of those questions surrounds running back and who will take the spot of Kory Sheets.

Read the rest here.

Coming up, the Riders will host the Edmonton Eskimos tomorrow, in the second and final pre-season game for both teams. Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium is set for 9:00pm EDT. Catch all the action on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the plays. There is no tv.

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The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on this date in 1934. The commission was to regulate radio and TV broadcasting (later).

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One last chance for Riders running backs.

Paying Respects: Waters honours friend with new number.

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

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The Vatican canceled the Pope's upcoming audiences, leading to speculation that the Pope is ill. [Or watching the World Cup.]

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Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a low-risk move that could come with a high reward.

Read the rest here.

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Americans ate about 1.1 billion bacon servings during the 12 months ended April 2014. That's a 6% increase in servings over the previous year. That's a pretty nice bump in bacon consumption when you consider that between May 2013 and May 2014, the average retail price for a pound of sliced bacon increased 18.8% to $6.05.

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ST. Petersburg, FL. -- Ben Zobrist mishandled a transfer and bobbled the Orioles into a free run. Evan Longoria put his head down and ran Tampa Bay out of a scoring chance. James Loney tried to swing his team into a big inning and only hit air.

Read the rest here.

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In Atlanta, GA, legislation was enacted that disallowed pinball machines in the city on this date in 1939.

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Chicago, IL. -- The losing continued for the Giants, but their resurgence may have begun.


Read the rest here.


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"I've Got a Secret" debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1952.


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Jimmy and his bestest big buddy.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as heating up your morning coffee, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1965 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Crying In The Chapel" hit #1 in the U.K.

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Kids have been cheering up the animals at a shelter in England (Battersea) by reading them stories while they wait for new homes. The six-year-olds read from a collection of books, including short animal stories.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
Paul McCartney told a British television audience that he had taken LSD.
  
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A central Florida woman faces petty theft charges after officials say she stuffed seven frozen lobster tails in her pants and walked out of a supermarket without paying for them. They were valued at $84.

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Today in Sports History:

1846 - The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, NJ. It was the first organized baseball game. 

1867 - In New York, the Belmont Stakes was run for the first time. 

1943 - The National Football League approved the merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the anti-trust exemption that major league baseball uses was Constitutional. The court called upon the U.S. Congress to repeal the sport's special status. 

1973 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his 2,000-career-hit. 

1973 - Gordie Howe left the NHL to join his sons Mark and Marty in the WHA (World Hockey Association). 

1986 - University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced seizure. 

1999 - The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six. The game actually ended on June 20th.

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Taylor Swift is the proud owner of an adorable new kitten. The singer took to Instagram on Wednesday night to introduce a cute, white fur ball. She wrote, "Meet Olivia Benson." Olivia joins the star's longtime cat, Meredith.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 7:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 9:00pm EDT

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

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up By Johnsonville at Road America 2:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

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

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