Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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


Today is February 11th, the 42nd day of 2015. There are 323 days left in the year.


Watch: Honda Nightly Recap: Feb. 10, 2015.

Commissioner attends Las Vegas ticket launch.

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Today's Birthdays: Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan’s Island) is 81. Burt Reynolds is 79. Sheryl Crow is 53. Jennifer Aniston is 46. Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) is 44.


Nashville, TN. -- Tampa Bay picked up an important point Tuesday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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On this date in 1752, the Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.


Boston College No. 1 in
USA Today/USAH Magazine College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Women's College Hockey Poll - Regular Season #19

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1.Boston College, 190 (19)127-0-119
2.University of Minnesota, 171225-2-419
3.University of Wisconsin, 151322-4-419
4.Harvard University, 133418-4-219
5.Quinnipiac University, 105522-5-318
6.University of Minnesota Duluth, 95617-8-514
7.Boston University, 57718-7-219
8.University of North Dakota, 55816-11-38
9.Clarkson University, 38n/a19-8-318
10.Cornell University, 321014-8-310
Others Receiving Votes: St. Lawrence University, 12; Bemidji State University, 6; Ohio State University, 1.
Notes: ECAC Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has two ... A total of 13 schools received votes in this week's poll ... This season's previous polls can be found here.
About the Poll: The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women'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 four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

• U.S. Men's Nat'l Univ. Team Downs Sweden at Winter World University Games
• U.S. Women's Nat'l Univ. Team Beats Kazakhstan in First Relegation Matchup

U.S. Men's National University Team Downs Sweden, 4-1,
in Qualification Matchup at World University Games
GRANADA, Spain—The U.S. Men’s National University Team downed Sweden, 4-1, in a quarterfinal qualification matchup at the 2015 Winter World University Games today at Granada Sports Palace. The U.S will next face Canada, tomorrow (Feb. 11), in the quarterfinal round of competition.
For full recap and box score, click here.
The U.S. Men’s National University Team will face 2013 gold medalist Canada tomorrow (Feb. 11) at 2:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals. The game will be streamed live at for updates about both the men’s and women’s teams at the 2015 Winter World University Games.
Notes: Ten different players recorded at least one point in tonight’s contest. Connor Schmidt was the only multi-point scorer, picking up a goal and an assist.
U.S. Women's National University Team Tops Kazakhstan, 3-2, in Overtime
in First Relegation Matchup of World University Games
GRANADA, Spain—The U.S. Women’s National University Team overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Kazakhstan, 3-2, in overtime of its first relegation game of the 2015 Winter World University Games today. Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University), Emily Ford(Glastonbury, Conn./University of Vermont) and Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Miami University) each scored to help Team USA secure the win.
For full recap and box score, click here.
The U.S. Women’s National University Team will play one more relegation game Friday (Feb. 13.) against host country Spain at 7:30 a.m. ET. It will be a rematch of Monday’s meeting between the two teams, which Team USA won by a 9-1 count.


TSA officials are trying to figure out how 63-year-old serial plane hopper Marilyn Hartmann got aboard another commercial airliner without a ticket, this time going from Minnesota to Florida. [I had hoped that she had learned her lesson the last time when she was arrested aboard the International Space Station.]


FA15: REDBLACKS make a day 2 splash.

Walters, Desjardins busy on Day 1 of Free Agency.

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Gamblers betting on the multi-state Powerball lottery today (Wednesday) could win one of the biggest jackpots in the game’s history, as the total climbed to $485 million on Tuesday. The third-largest jackpot in the game’s history comes after nearly three months of no jackpot winners.


Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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On this date in 1960, Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.


Corvallis, OR. -- Legendary Oregon State University football player Bill “Earthquake” Enyart passed away Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer. Enyart, who was born April 28, 1947 in Pawhuska, Okla., was 67-years-old.

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On this date in 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish an autobiography of Howard Hughes. The work turned out to be fake.


Here's Jimmy, practicing to be a soccer playing Ninja.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Lightning hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel." He also sang "Blue Suede Shoes." 

1960 - Elvis Presley received his sergeant's stripes. 

1966 - Elvis Presley arrived at MGM to begin pre-production work on the movie "Spinout." 

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC. 

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live." 


Though Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off didn’t walk away with the Grammy for Song of the Year, she has something far greater thanks to the YouTube channel BarackDubs. The genius behind the channel (Fadi Saleh) used news clips to get President Obama to perform Swift’s infectious hit. | VIDEO


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles recorded their first album "Please Please Please Me," including "Twist & Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There." 

1964 - The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC. 

1965 - Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married. They divorced in 1975. 

1970 - The film "The Magic Christian," featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City. 

1970 - John Lennon paid 1,344 pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland. 

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops." 

2002 - Friends of former Beatle George Harrison filed an amendment death certificate. The original death certificate listed a fake address in Beverly Hills. Harrison had actually died several miles away in Hollywood Hills.


New Jersey police say a man stole a pork loin from Sam’s Club by stuffing it in his pants and running out of the store without paying. The pork was valued at $105. The thief has not been caught.


Today in Sports History:

1878 - 
The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed. 

1922 - The Toronto St. Patricks and the Ottawa Senators recorded the first tie game in NHL history. 

1957 - The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City. Ted Lindsay (Detroit Red Wings) was elected as president. 

1966 - Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball. He signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130,000 a year. 

1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden. 

1971 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 500th career goal. 

1973 - The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 20th game of a twenty-game losing streak. 

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record when he scored his 11th short handed goal of the season. 

1986 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA. 

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship. 

2003 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) became only the second American-born NHL player to play in 1,000 games with the same team. All of Modano's games had come with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars. Brian Leetch (New York Rangers) was the first American-born player to play in 1,000 NHL games.


Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show. Stewart took over the show from Craig Kilborn in 1999. No reason for the timing of Tuesday’s announcement has been given, nor has it been announced when Stewart’s end date will be.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners 10:05pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:20pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks 8:00pm EST


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

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