Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

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Today is July 16th, the 197th day of 2014. There are 168 days left in the year.

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Penguins' Crosby does not need wrist surgery.

Brodeur's sons carrying on family tradition with Devils.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Former NFL coach and football commentator Jimmy Johnson is 71. Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) is 51. Will Ferrell is 47. Corey Feldman is 43.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have unveiled their half-season ticket plans for the upcoming season. Prices start at $420, or about $20 per game.

Read the rest here.

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The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government on this date in 1790.

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Coaching Staffs for National University Teams Announced
Balboni Returns to Lead Men’s Team; Wright to Serve as Women’s Head Coach for First Time
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced Scott Balboni (State College, Pa.) and Kristen Wright (Broomfield, Colo.) as head coaches for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National University Teams. The squads will compete in the 2015 Winter World University Games Feb. 4-14, 2015, in Granada, Spain.
“We’re excited to have Scott and Kristen leading our teams,” said Ashley Bevan, USA Hockey’s senior director of adult hockey. “Both of them bring invaluable coaching experience to this role, and, coupled with some outstanding assistant coaches, we’re very pleased with the staffs that will guide our teams at the Winter World University Games.”
Balboni, who also served as head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men’s National University Team and led that squad to its best-ever finish in the Winter World University Games, previously worked in the same role for the Penn State University men’s ice hockey club team from 2006-11. He was named the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division I National Coach of the Year in 2007 after guiding Penn State to the national title game and a .781 winning percentage. Balboni was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National University Team at both the 2009 Winter World University Games in Harbin, China, and the 2011 Games in Erzurum, Turkey.
Dan Phelps (Livonia, Mich.) and Sean Hogan (Athens, Ohio) will serve as assistant coaches under Balboni. Phelps, who spent the last six seasons (2007-13) as head coach of the Adrian College Men’s Ice Hockey Team, will be behind the bench for his third straight Winter World University Games. Hogan is making his second Winter World University Games coaching appearance after working alongside Balboni and Phelps at the 2013 Games. He was recently named head coach of the Ohio University Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Wright will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National University Team, after helping the 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team to the bronze medal as an assistant coach. The 2014-15 campaign will mark Wright’s sixth season as head coach of the University of Colorado Women’s Ice Hockey Team. The St. Paul, Minnesota native was named coach of the year by the University of Colorado Collegiate Sport Clubs in 2014.
Scott Hicks (Oxford, Ohio) and Shelley Looney (Buffalo, N.Y.) will join Wright behind the bench at the 2015 Winter World University Games. Hicks, who currently serves as head coach of the Miami University Women’s Ice Hockey Team, was named 2014 ACHA Division I Coach of the Year after leading the squad to the ACHA National Championship. Looney, a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team (1998, gold; 2002, silver), is currently the director of hockey for the Buffalo Bison program. A native of Brownstown, Michigan, Looney has coached multiple girls’ hockey teams and is actively involved in USA Hockey. Both Hicks and Looney are making their Team USA coaching debuts.

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David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy on this date in 1862.

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Regina, SK. -- Check out this weeks edition of Rider Rewind with guests Tearrius George and Taj Smith. Host Dan Plaster also breaks down last weeks match-up against the Lions with our analyst, Geroy Simon. That and a whole lot more on Rider Rewind.

Read the rest here.

The Riders are off next weekend. Their next action is on Saturday, July 26th, when they host the Toronto Argonauts, in a rematch of their week two game, won by Toronto 48-15. Game time at Mosaic Stadium is 10:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen calling all the action. Catch the broadcast on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN2.

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A Texas bank robber has been arrested. He was described by the teller as having an unusually strong body odor. [Police nabbed him days later trying to hold up a Bath and Body Works.]

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Cauz: Getting to know Drew Willy through Twitter.

Roughriders frustrated heading into the bye.

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

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Eight-year-old Dylan Spoering from Minneapolis put up a sign on his front lawn to invite the public to his free piano concert July 12. His neighbor and fellow musician Tommy Rehbein saw the sign and posted it on Facebook to help promote the event, saying "Wouldn't it be cool if a bunch of people showed up for his free concert?" Unbeknown to the little boy, the Facebook event went viral and hundreds showed up for the concert - in the rain.

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Tampa, FL. -- Timeline: Lovie Smith's First 100 Days.

Read the rest here.

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A driver was stopped by police in England (Northampton) and he apparently told them that one sock was off because he'd used it to wipe his rear in the middle of a field.

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Minneapolis, MN. -- He weathered the expected interrogation about where he may be playing come Aug. 1, and for the rest of All-Star week, prized lefty David Price was able to sit back, relax and partake in the fun.

Read the rest here.

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The first underwater color photographs appeared in "National Geographic" magazine on this date in 1926. The pictures had been taken near the Florida Keys.

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Minneapolis, MN. -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence stood in the on-deck circle during the ninth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game, yearning for another chance to step in the batter's box.

Read the rest here.

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TV TONIGHT: 2014 ESPYS - Host Drake will be joined by the world's premier athletes at the 22nd annual celebration of the best moments from the year in sports (9p ET, ESPN).

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Is it time to (yaaawwwwn) start the game yet?

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the MLB All-Star Game, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - Elvis Presley's "Baby Let's Play House" entered the Cash Box Country and Western chart at #15. It was Presley's first debut on the national charts. 

1956 - Elvis Presley showed his parents New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to install parking meters on this date in 1935.

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Today in Beatles History:

2001 - "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" was certified gold by the RIAA.

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Marine Major John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record on this date in 1957 when he flew a jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.

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Today in Sports History:

1950 - The largest crowd in sporting history was 199,854. They watched the Uraguay defeat Brazil in the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

1964 - Little League Baseball Incorporated was granted a Federal Charter unanimously by the United States Senate and House of Representatives. 

1970 - The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game at Three Rivers Stadium. 

1985 - The All-Star Game, televised on NBC-TV, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a TV network.

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Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL on this date in 1969 and began the first manned mission to land on the moon.

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Coming Up:


Tonight --


Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --


Nothin' Doin'


Friday --


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT


Saturday --

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 at Toronto 3:00pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 7:10pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT


Nascar Nationwide Series -- EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway 8:30pm EDT


Sunday --


Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 1:10pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT


Verizon Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 at Toronto 3:00pm EDT




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




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