Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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


Today is June 4th, the 155th day of 2014. There are 210 days left in the year.


Much has changed for Rangers, Kings as Final begins.

Blackhawks' next goal: extensions for Toews, Kane.

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Today's Birthdays: Noah Wyle (ER) is 43; Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek) is 39; Angelina Jolie is 39; model Bar Refaeli (cover model of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Maxim's hottest woman for 2012) is 29.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Lightning employees spent the day at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg cleaning up the campus and assisting veterans....

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Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain on this date in 1792.


U.S. National Inline Team Closes Prelims With 6-0 Win Over Slovakia at IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship
Team USA Plays Germany Thursday in Quarterfinals
PARDUBICE, Czech Republic - Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.), Raf Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) and Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) each scored twice and goaltender Jerry Kuhn(Southgate, Mich.) turned in a 15-save effort to help the U.S. National Inline Team finish its preliminary-round schedule with a 6-0 win over Slovakia at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship here today.
The U.S., which clinched the top seed in Group A, will play Germany in a quarterfinal-round matchup Thursday (June 5) at 12 p.m. ET.
"The guys played a very strong, disciplined game tonight," said head coach Joe Cook. "Slovakia plays a difficult defensive box, but we finished our chances early and stayed in control of the game. We also had solid goaltending and a great effort up and down the lineup."
Team USA (3-0-0-0) controlled the play throughout the first half and managed to build a 3-0 lead by halftime. Cadiz opened the scoring just 2:44 into the contest when he fired a one-timer past Slovakian goaltender Jozef Ondrekja from the edge of the left circle. Rodriguez doubled the U.S. advantage when he finished a pretty play with a backhander off the crossbar and in at 3:57 of the second stanza. Noe boosted Team USA's lead to 3-0 at 8:06 of the same quarter when he kicked a puck to his stick and beat Ondrekja on the glove side.
Rodriguez and Cadiz notched goals early in the second half to help widen the United States' lead to 5-0 at the end of the third quarter. Rodriguez finished a play with Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) and Derrick Burnett (Corona, Calif.) just 22 seconds into the third frame before Cadiz tapped in a backdoor pass from Noe at 5:31.
Noe's second tally of the contest came late in the fourth quarter on a cross-crease feed fromPat Lee (Schaumburg, Ill.) to close the scoring.
NOTES: Click here for the official box score ... For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... For Team USA's schedule, click here ... Former U.S. National Inline Team member Joe Cook (Mission Viejo, Calif.) will serve as head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team for the fifth time … In the 17-year history of the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship, the United States has captured six gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013), four silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009, 2011) and three bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005). There was no tournament held in 1999.

Seven Players Invited to
2014 National Junior Goaltender Evaluation Camp
Camp Scheduled June 9-11 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Seven goaltenders have been invited to the 2014 U.S. National Junior Goaltender Evaluation Camp, June 9-11, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The invitees will audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
Among the invitees is Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./Boston College), who represented Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Demko also helped the U.S. to a silver-medal finish at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.
Also attending the camp are Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) and Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio), who backstopped Team USA to a record eighth gold medal at the 2014 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Brendan Burke (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Brandon Halverson (Traverse City, Mich.), Evan Cowley(Evergreen, Colo.) and Devin Williams (Saginaw, Mich.) were also selected to attend the camp.
The three-day event will feature on-ice sessions led by Mike Ayers, the goaltending coach for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team, and Kevin Reiter, the goaltending coach of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and coordinator of the Warren Strelow Goaltending Mentor Program.
2014 National Junior Goalie Evaluation Camp Invitees
NameHometown2013-14 Team
Brendan BurkeScottsdale, Ariz.Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Evan CowleyEvergreen, Colo.University of Denver (NCHC)
Thatcher DemkoSan Diego, Calif.Boston College (HEA)
Brandon HalversonTraverse City, Mich.Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Edwin MinneyWind Gap, Pa.U.S. National Under-18 Team
Alex NedeljkovicParma, OhioPlymouth Whalers (OHL)
Devin WilliamsSaginaw, Mich.Erie Otters (OHL)

Notes: 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 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 ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Team USA will compete in a group with Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship … Approximately 45 players will attend the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 2-9. Invitees to the camp and a complete schedule will be announced later this month.


The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri Territory on this date in 1812.


Riders looking towards Durant to lead youthful roster.

CFL extends ratification bonus deadline.

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The Washington was launched at Wheeling, WV on this date in 1816. It was the first stately, double-decker steamboat.


Tampa, FL. — The Bucs announced Tuesday that there will be a one-of-a-kind giveaway at the Week Two home game against St. Louis: a Derrick Brooks Bobblehead to honor the team's newest Hall of Famer.

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A South Carolina woman was arrested for stealing a Bible from Walmart. [Before you judge, just remember that maybe she didn't know that it was wrong since she never had a Bible to read it in.]


Miami, FL. -- The Rays' offense misfired again on Tuesday night, wasting a solid pitching outing by Chris Archer in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.

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According to Elle Magazine, plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in requests for "hand lifts." A trend that many reports claim is directly related to the desire for better looking hands in engagement ring photos.


Cincinnati, OH. -- The Giants have been cruising nicely through their schedule, but they'll have to quicken their pace to survive the next two games against the Cincinnati Reds.

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A Malaysian man who purchased a penis enlargement device online had a rude shock when he received a magnifying glass instead. To add insult to injury the instructions that came with the package read "Do not use in sunlight."


Oh boy! Colorful pencils!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son's last day of school, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1992 - 
The U.S. Postal Service announced that people preferred the "younger Elvis" stamp design in a nationwide vote. 

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed "Sinking In" at the halftime show of the NBA Finals game between the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs.


TV TONIGHT: CMT MUSIC AWARDS - Live from Nashville, 8p ET.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
George Martin signed the Beatles to a provisional contract with EMI to record demos. 

1964 - The Beatles' "World Tour" began in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

1969 - The Beatles single "Ballad Of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe" was released in the U.S. 

1974 - Paul McCartney's single "Band On The Run" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

2007 - Paul McCartney released the album "Memory Almost Full." 

Henry Ford made a successful test drive of his new car in Detroit, MI on this date in 1896. He called the vehicle was called a "Quadricycle."


Today in Sports History:

1927 - The U.S. defeated Britain in the first Ryder Cup international golf championship. 

1940 - Forbes field hosted its first night game. The Pirates beat the Braves 14-2. 

1940 - Sportsman's Park hosted its first night game. It was the first National League to be played at night. The Dodgers beat the Cardinals 10-1. 

1964 - Sandy Koufax threw his third career no-hitter. 

1968 - Don Drysdale (Los Angeles) pitched his sixth consecutive shutout. 

1971 - The Oakland A's beat the Washington Senators 5-3. The game took 21 innings. 

1974 - The NFL granted the Seattle Seahawks franchise. 

1974 - Henry (Hank) Aaron set a National League record when he hit his 16th career grand slam. 

1976 - The Boston Celtics defeated Phoenix in triple-overtime in Game 5 of the NBA finals. The Celtics took the series on June 6. 

1980 - Gordie Howe announced his retirement from hockey. At the time he was playing for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. 

1984 - For the first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open golf tournament. 

1988 - Steffi Graf won the French Open for the second straight year. 

1996 - Eddie Murray hit his 535th double. He moved into 18th on the all-time list by passing Lou Gehrig. 

1996 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) started in his 133rd consecutive playoff game. 

1997 - Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboys) announced that he was putting his NFL career on hold. Irvin later retracted his announcement and returned to the game. 

2000 - Julius "Dr. J" Erving reported his 19-year-old son, Cory, missing. His body was found on July 6, 2000.

2000 - Fred McGriff (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) got his 2,000th career hit.   


Gold was discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek on this date in 1911.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 12:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Miami Marlins 4:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Firestone 600 at Fort Worth 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 4:05pm EDT


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

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