Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Today is October 28th, the 300th day of 2014. There are 65 days left in the year.


Around the League notebook for Monday, Oct. 27.

Melrose Minute: Proud of Canada in wake of attack.

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Today's Birthdays: Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) is 70. Reality TV personality and former Olympic star Bruce Jenner is 65. Bill Gates is 59. Julia Roberts is 47. Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Her) is 40.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to Amalie Arena Monday morning for their first practice session at home in 11 days.

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On this date in 1636, Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.


Minnesota Holds onto No. 1 Spot in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Men's College Hockey Poll - Regular Season #5

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1.University of Minnesota, 509 (33)14-0-05
2.University of North Dakota, 44634-1-15
3.Union College, 429 (1)25-1-05
4.Colgate University, 42145-1-05
5.Boston College, 37463-1-05
6.Boston University, 295113-0-04
7.St. Cloud State University, 29492-2-05
8.Providence College, 25451-2-15
9.UMass Lowell, 21883-1-13
10.Miami University, 187104-2-05
11.University of Denver, 142133-1-03
12.Minnesota State University, 134124-2-05
13.University of Michigan, 89142-3-05
14.University of Vermont, 86n/a4-0-01
15.Ferris State University, 6072-3-05
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan Tech University, 29; University of Alaska, 23; University of Notre Dame, 23; Cornell University, 22; Robert Morris University, 13; University of New Hampshire, 7; Quinnipiac University, 7; Ohio State University, 6; University of Nebraska Omaha, 6; University of Minnesota Duluth, 5; Bowling Green State University, 2; Northern Michigan University, 2; St. Lawrence University, 1.
Notes: A total of 28 schools received votes in this week's poll ... The Hockey East Association has five ranked schools in this week's top 15. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has four, while the Big Ten Conference, ECAC and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have two ranked teams ... This is Minnesota's fifth week at number one ... This season's previous polls can be foundhere.
About the Poll: The 20th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

Tickets to the 2014 Four Nations Tournament Now Available
Under-17 Event Slated for Dec. 16-20 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Tickets for the 2014 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament, which will feature some of the best 17-and-under hockey players in the world, are available now.
The event runs from Dec. 16-20, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and includes the U.S. National Under-17 Team, as well as teams from Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland. Each team players three round-robin contests before Championship Saturday (Dec. 20), which features a third-place game and the championship game. A complete tournament schedule can be found below.
Tournament passes include tickets to all games and are $40 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Single-day tickets are also available and include access to two games. Prices are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for groups of 10 or more. All tickets are general admission.
To purchase tickets, call (734) 327-9251 or complete the online ticket order form.
Notes: Team USA is the defending champion and has won six of the last seven tournaments ... The event marks the first tournament hosted by the U.S. in Ann Arbor since the 2012 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament ... Groups interested in attending may email Jake Wesolek (JakeW@usahockey.org) for more information ... To apply for media credentials, click here ... Parking at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube is free-of-charge and available on a first-come, first-serve basis ... Each day of the tournament will feature giveaways to all patrons ... NHL, USHL and NCAA scouts will receive one free ticket per day with a valid ID.
2014 Under-17 Four Nations TournamentDec. 16-20 | Ann Arbor Ice Cube | Ann Arbor, Michigan
DateGameTime (ET)
Tues., Dec. 16Slovakia vs. Switzerland3:30 p.m.
USA vs. Russia7:00 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 17Russia vs. Slovakia3:30 p.m.
USA vs. Switzerland7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 19Switzerland vs. Russia3:30 p.m.
USA vs. Slovakia7:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 20Third Place3:30 p.m.
Championship7:00 p.m.


After much speculation about when we might see a Batman v Superman teaser trailer, IMAX confirmed on Monday that fans would be able to get a taste of the blockbuster when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes to theaters this December 17.


Regina, SK. -- Many people are surprised at the positive nature of the comments and the upbeat feeling the Saskatchewan Roughriders displayed following Friday’s 40-27 loss to the Stampeders in Calgary.

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Coming up next for the 9-8 Riders is a week 19 bye, followed by a week 20 home game against the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, November 8th, which wraps up the regular season. Game time at Regina's Mosaic Stadium is 7:00pm EST. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri 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 ESPN3.com. Calgary next hosts Winnipeg on Saturday, November 1st.


The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland on this date in 1886. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."



#KegSize Plays of The Week -wk. 18.

Cliff Notes: 8 things we learned from Week 18.

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NEW ON DVD - Released October 28.

Deliver Us From Evil
Begin Again
Wish I Was Here
WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel


Tampa, FL. -- Rather than a deterrent to re-signing in Tampa, the Buccaneers' struggles through the first half of the 2014 season were actually part of Gerald McCoy's motivation to stay and lead the fight.

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Vladimir Putin announced that he’s moving Russian clocks backward to permanently put them on what’s called in Russia winter time. [Why not? He’s moved everything else about Russia backwards.]


Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Monday that head women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck has received a two-year contract extension through June 30, 2020.

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The centennial of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York on this date in 1986.


Kansas City, MO. -- It's a day for feeling alive. It's a morning when one awakens fully alert before the alarm sounds. You feel sharp enough to catch a housefly barehanded or take the bar exam. Coffee is redundant.

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A new study from the University of Buffalo in New York found that couples who smoke weed together have a significantly lower rate of fighting and domestic violence. And their main theory why is — drum roll, please — marijuana mellows you out and makes you happy. When people are happy, they don’t fight.


Can I come in Daddy?


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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's song "Love Me Tender" became the #1 Billboard Pop Hit. He became the first artist to follow himself into the #1 position. The song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" had been the #1 song for 11 weeks. 

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time. He performed "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Love Me." Sullivan presented Presley with a gold disc for "Love Me Tender." 

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" was released in Britain. 

1968 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It)." 

1972 - Elvis Presley's single "Burning Love" hit #2 in the U.S. 

2005 - A new Tennessee license plate featuring Elvis was unveiled.


Walmart has publicly apologized for listing plus-sized women’s Halloween costumes as “Fat Girl Costumes” on its official website. The offensive listing was discovered at about 10am Monday and pulled by Walmart 90 minutes later.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
The Beatles made their first major stage appearance at the Liverpool Empire. The bill was headed by Little Richard, with Craig Douglas, Jet Harris, Kenny Lynch and Sounds Incorporated. 

2003 - The DVD "Ed Sullivan Presents the Beatles" was released.


Police in Northern California say a man robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize. Cyle Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized his mistake. Police found Abbott in the gas station bathroom ready to surrender.


Today in Sports History:

1961 - 
Construction began on Municipal (Shea) Stadium for the New York Mets. 

1923 - Fats Henry was credited with a 94-yard punt. Research later indicated that it was an 83-yard punt. 

1984 - The New York City Marathon was marred by its first fatality when a French runner collapsed and died. 

1993 - Ron Francis (Pittsburgh Penguins) became only the 38th player in NHL history to achieve 1,000 career points. 

1994 - The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association announced an agreement for the formulation and implementation of the most comprehensive drug and alcohol policy in sports. 

1996 - Members of the New York Yankees and their manager appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. 

1997 - The NBA announced that they had hired the first women to officiate a major-league all-male sport. The women were Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer.


TV TONIGHT: MLB WORLD SERIES - The Royals and Giants head back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Giants lead the series 3-2. (7:30p ET, FOX)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes 7:30pm EDT

MLB --San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 6) 8:00pm EDT 

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 7) 8:00pm EDT (If necessary)

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs California Golden Bears 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:30pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST


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

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