Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's Sunday!

It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....


Hockey Playoff Roundup ----


Last night --

Eastern Conference Finals

Philadelphia 3, Montreal 0 (Philadelphia leads series 3-1)

Western Conference Finals

No games

Tonight --

No games

Western Conference Finals

San Jose at Chicago 3:00pm EDT (Chicago leads series 3-0)


Last night --

Western Conference Finals

Hamilton 3, Texas 0 (Hamilton leads series 3-2)

Eastern Conference Finals

Hershey 3, Manchester 2, OT (Hershey wins series 4-2)

Tonight --

Western Conference Finals

No games

(Note: Hershey defeated Manchester 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals)

2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Brandon, Manitoba

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

Windsor(OHL) vs Brandon(WHL) 7:00pm EDT Championship Final


Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a police ambush 76 years ago today.


The Tampa Bay Rays rebounded from Friday's loss for a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros Saturday night.

The Astros took the lead in the first, as Jeff Keppinger scored on a fielder's choice. Tampa Bay grabbed the lead with two runs in the fourth. B.J. Upton and Gabe Kapler scored on a Dioner Navarro double then, in the fifth, Carl Crawford scored on a fielder's choice, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. Lance Berkman homered in the sixth for Houston to make it 3-2, but the Rays put the wraps on the game in the ninth, as Ben Zobrist walked with the bases loaded, forcing in Hank Blalock, making the final score 4-2 Tampa Bay.

Jeff Niemann fanned five over seven innings, in improving his record to 4-0. Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save of the season. Wandy Rodriguez took the loss, he's now 2-6.

The Rays, now 31-12, lead the Yankees by five games in the A.L. East. Tampa Bay meets the Astros one more time to close out the three-game set, with a 2:05pm EDT contest in Houston. The game can be heard on 620AM WDAE and seen on Sun Sports.


Tampa Bay Lightning in the news:

Phil Esposito still has "strong" feelings for "his" Lightning.

Just who are the Lightning considering to be the new G.M.?

Time for the Lightning to hire a General Manager.

Infant daughter of defenseman Kurtis Foster passes away.


Stupid Criminals: A man who told police that God told him to walk the streets naked to save his soul has been arrested.

Thibodaux police responded to an obscenity complaint around 2 a.m. Thursday and found Shafiq Mohamed walking nude down the street. When approached, Mohamed reportedly told officers that "America raped him" and added God told him to walk the streets naked to save his soul. Mohamed was taken into custody and charged with obscenity. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he awaited bail.


Chicago can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup finals today if they beat San Jose. Face-off on NBC is set for 3:00pm EDT.


More stupid criminals: The Lincoln woman charged with felony assault for biting a man's ear last month came to court Wednesday afternoon for her scheduled morning appearance, saying her alarm didn't go off.

The judge let Anna Godfrey off the hook, rescheduled her preliminary hearing for June 8th 2010 and set her bond back to the original amount. It was doubled to 10 percent of $5,000 and a warrant for her arrest was issued when she failed to show up at her scheduled time.

21-year-old Anna Godfrey of Lincoln, Nebraska bit off a part of a 24-year-old man's ear after he called her fat at a party!

The police reveal that after he called her fat, she tackled him to the ground and bit off a chunk of his ear.

Godfrey has said she was acting in self defense because the man tried to choke her during a scuffle.

The ear chunk was not found at the location.


More hockey: Czechs and Russians to meet for World Title.


CONCORD, N.C. -- After storming from fifth place to the lead when teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch tangled on Lap 93 of 100, Kurt Busch survived two late cautions and held off Martin Truex Jr. to win the Sprint All-Star Race for the first time.

Joey Logano ran third, followed by Hamlin and Tony Stewart. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski , Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte completed the top 10 in the non-points Cup Series race.

Kurt Busch was well on his way to victory after completing Lap 98 of 100, but Kyle Busch bounced off the wall at the end of the tri-oval and clipped Kasey Kahne's Ford to cause the fifth caution of the night.

On the restart with two laps to go, Kurt Busch picked the outside lane and took the green flag with Jimmie Johnson beside him, followed by Logano and Hamlin. Busch pulled away again, but before the cars got back to the finish line, Johnson spun across the infield grass to put the race under yellow for the sixth time.

Busch then put the race away in the final two-lap dash.

"Man, this car was a rocket ship at the end," said Busch, who had scraped the wall in the third segment of the race. "This is huge. This is one of the big marquee events. We were able to dodge the wrecks and, ultimately, we had the fastest car when it counted."

The Nationwide Series returns to action next Saturday, with the Tech-Net Auto Service 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Race coverage begins at 2:00pm EDT on ABC. Sprint Cup's Coco Cola 600 runs at Charlotte next Sunday, 5:45pm EDT on FOX.



Sitting second to FAZZT Race Team's Alex Tagliani with 90 minutes left in the first segment of Pole Day qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves withdrew the qualified time for a shot at the top spot.

Tens of thousands of sun-soaked spectators shook their collective heads as they watch the jumbo screens ringing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Penske Racing president Tim Cindric and the vivacious driver believed they could get more out of the No. 3 Honda-powered Dallara around the 2.5-mile oval.

So Castroneves left the starting line and returned 2 minutes, 38.7485 seconds later to the cheers of those spectators, additional knowledge to use in the 90-minute Pole Shootout, the top position that allowed him the first selection in the required Segment 2 qual order, and pit stall closest to pit out on Race Day. However, he had to repeat or beat the 226.245 mph four-lap average speed to retain the spot.

This next time, he left spectators and the eight other challengers shaking their heads with a four-lap average of 227.970 mph -- more than 3 mph faster than his pole-winning speed last year. The run included a lap of 228.213 mph -- the fastest of the month.

But as the format was designed, drama ensued as 18 total attempts were made to steal Castroneves’ thunder (and the $175,000 payday to the pole winner). He wore a nervous smile as Team Penske teammate Will Power posted a four-lap average of 227.578 mph and others came close.

Finally, he could breathe easier and celebrate with his crew. It will be the fourth Indy 500 pole start for Castroneves (second-, third-, and first-place finishes), and he’s the first back-to-back pole winner since Scott Brayton in 1995-96.

“Sitting in that car for an hour in half was not easy at all, especially with everyone getting closer and closer,” said Castroneves, who became the fourth four-time pole sitter as he seeks to become the fourth four-time winner. "I was like, 'Are we going or not?' because I can’t handle that much pressure.

“I think I need a raise after today. Man, it was the hardest thing to go out there. The second attempt was really crucial for us. It’s great to be part of this team. We work so well together. I’m on the pole but all three of us (Power and Ryan Briscoe) benefit from it."

Power and Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti (226.990), the 2007 race winner, also will start on the front row.

"When I saw Helio’s time, I thought that’s crazy fast," said Power, the IZOD IndyCar Series points leader who has four front-row starts in six races. "But when I put the downforce level he had on a bit later, I was up there in the high 227s. I should have done that when it was warmer and the air was thinner, but that comes down to experience and he has great experience here.

"It's pretty tough to beat Helio at Indianapolis."

Briscoe (226.554), Tagliani (226.390) and Scott Dixon (226.233), the 2008 winner, will share Row 2. Tagliani dropped a row in the Pole Shootout.

“I kind of had an idea a little bit that somebody was going to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the top nine qualifying,” he said. “That's what happens. But I think it's almost normal. We're not there yet. It's our first Indy 500 as a group. For what they accomplished this week, I think I'm very proud of the team.”

Graham Rahal (225.519), driving the No. 30 The Quick Trim/Rahal Letterman Racing entry for his father, 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal; Ed Carpenter (224.507), a one-off participant in the No. 20 Panther/Vision Fuzzy’s Vodka car; and Hideki Mutoh (223.487) in the No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic car for Newman/Haas Racing will be on the third row.

“I felt coming in that the Panther cars had good speed,” said Carpenter, who has finished fifth and eighth the past two years. “Dan (Wheldon) was really fast at Kansas. It wasn't like we didn't think we were going to have a chance at the top nine. From eighth to 15th, it was pretty tight the past couple days. You didn't really know where everything was going to come together until today.

“Today was a lot different day than the other days with the sun shining and the track temperature being up. I’m happy. It's my career-best start (at Indy). Being up in the first three rows, I think it opens things up for the race a little bit better. You're definitely in the lead pack running with the guys you need to race with for the win.”

Thirty-six qualifying attempts were completed in Segment 1 that filled the 24 available positions. The remaining nine spots will be filled May 23 on Bump Day.

The Indianapolis 500 runs on Sunday, May 30th. TV coverage starts at 12:00pm EDT on ABC.


That's it for today. Enjoy your Sunday!

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