Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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


Today is June 25th, the 176th day of 2014. There are 189 days left in the year.


Healthy Crosby cleans up at NHL Awards.

Cancer patient has unforgettable time at NHL Awards.

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Today's Birthdays: Carly Simon is 69; Jimmie Walker (Good Times) is 67; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 60; Ricky Gervais is 53; Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, ER, Dawson's Creek) is 35.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning has initiated the compliance buyout process for veteran wing Ryan Malone, the Times has learned.

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On this date in 1788, Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States.


Farmer Nominated for 2014 ESPY Award
Paralympic Gold Medalist Candidate for Best Male Athlete with a Disability
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is one of five nominees for the 2014 ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability, ESPN announced today. The winner will be determined by fan voting and presented at The ESPYS July 16 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Fan voting is open now and runs through July 16.
On March 15, Farmer helped the U.S. become the first nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey by defeating Russia, 1-0, in the gold-medal game in Sochi, Russia.

Farmer tied for the Team USA lead in both goals (3) and points (5) at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. He tallied two goals and an assist in the 3-0 semifinal win against Canada. In his Paralympic debut, the 16-year-old notched a goal and an assist versus Italy.

Farmer was voted the International Paralympic Committee's Best Male Paralympian in April.
Notes: Steve Cash, Team USA's goaltender at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, won the 2010 ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.


Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire on this date in 1867.


Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added the following players to the practice roster:

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The Roughriders open the regular season and defence of their Grey Cup championship on Sunday, June 29th, when they host the defending Eastern champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff is at 7:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and The game can also be seen on Canada and in the U.S.


On this date in 1868, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.


Irving: New-look Bombers a mysterious team.

Butler all business ahead of return to Riderville.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 34,625: Messages posted on Twitter by the time I finish saying this sentence. 


Tampa, FL. — Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers yesterday.

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Officials say that the New York City subway is on pace to have one of its lowest crime years. [A spokesman explained that the turning point came when they banned Alec Baldwin.]


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Chris Archer hung tough after getting dinged up, Brandon Guyer had a clutch hit in the ninth, and the Rays managed to get the winning run to the plate. Despite all the positives, the Rays still lost.

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In Philadelphia, PA on this date in 1877, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Sir William Thomson (Baron Kelvin) and Emperor Pedro II of Brazil at the Centennial Exhibition.


San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants' slump, which continued with Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres, is all-encompassing. As usual, however, pitching is at the heart of their problems, just as it often seems to be the source of their success.

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In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS on this date in 1951, using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TV's at the time.


Here's the birthday boy with his best friend, Flipper.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to lunch with a friend, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley returned to Memphis after finishing his duties with the film "Jailhouse Rock." 

1958 - Elvis Presley's parents celebrated their 25th anniversary. 

1961 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Little Sister." The single was released in August 1961. 

2002 - A remixed version of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" was released.


We keep hearing that teens are dumping Facebook in droves. But a new study (by Forrester) shows that maybe teens don't hate Facebook after all. There was a survey of 4,500 U.S. online users between 12 and 17 about their habits on social networks and apps. Among apps they use "all the time," both Facebook and Instagram finished ahead of Snapchat.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
 The Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" live on the British TV program "Our World." Marianne Faithfull sang in the chorus. 

1992 - Ringo Starr performed at "Summerfest '92 The Big Encore" in Milwaukee, WI.

A Texas man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he plowed his SUV into a San Antonio house and then asking the homeowner if he could use the bathroom. The homeowner was watching TV at the time of the incident. The homeowner asked the driver if he was all right; the driver then asked the homeowner if he could use his restroom.


Today in Sports History:

1918 - Babe Ruth became the second American League player to hit a home run in four consecutive games. 

1921 - Jock Hutchinson became the first U.S. citizen to win the British Open. 

1968 - Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam. 

1985 - ABC’s "Monday Night Football" began with a new line-up. The trio was Frank Gifford, Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson. 

1985 - New York Yankees officials enacted the rule that mandated that the team’s bat boys were to wear protective helmets during all games. 

1997 - The NHL officially approved expansion to 30 teams by the year 2000 with the announcement of new teams in Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville. 

2002 - Muhammad Ali received a humanitarian award at the second annual BET awards. 

2003 - Todd McFarlane bought Barry Bonds 73rd home run ball at auction for $517,500.


Tom Cruise won't be making a cameo in next Star Wars film, Episode VII, which started shooting in London last month. A rep for Cruise told Entertainment Tonight that rumors about his participation were "pure fiction." A tabloid reported over the weekend that Cruise met Abrams for "dinner and drinks at the Belgravia Hotel" in London.

... Though film No. 4 is in the can, Fans still have to wait until November 21 to see Mockingjay -- Part 1.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 Presented By Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Verizon Indy Car Series -- The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park Race One 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park Race Two 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 4:05pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:00pm EDT


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

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