Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations










Welcome to Monday and the start of a new week.. Here's what's happening....

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Hockey Playoff Roundup ----

NHL:

Last night --

Western Conference Finals

Chicago 2, San Jose 1 (Chicago leads series 1-0)

Eastern Conference Finals

Philadelphia 6, Montreal 0 (Philadelphia leads series 1-0)

Tonight --

Eastern Conference Finals

No games

Western Conference Finals

No games

AHL

Last night --

Western Conference Finals

Hamilton 3, Texas 1 (Hamilton leads series 2-0)

Eastern Conference Finals

No games

Tonight --

Western Conference Finals

No games

Eastern Conference Finals

Hershey at Manchester 7:00pm EDT (Hershey leads series 2-0)

ECHL Kelly Cup Championship Finals

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

No games

(Note: Cincinnati leads Idaho 2-0)













2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Brandon, Manitoba

Last night --

Brandon(WHL) 4, Moncton(QMJHL) 0 Round Robin game three

Tonight --

Calgary(WHL) vs Windsor(OHL) 8:00pm EDT Round Robin Game Four

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The Tampa Bay Rays scored single runs in their final two turns at bat Sunday, defeating the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in front of 23,005 at Tropicana Field.

Seattle grabbed the lead in the fourth as Michael Saunders singled in Josh Wilson. The 1-0 leads lated into the bottom of the seventh, as B.J. Upton scored on a Sean Rodriguez double. Then, in the eighth, Gabe Kapler's sacrifice fly scored Carl Crawford with what proved to be the winning run in the Rays' 2-1 win.

Dan Wheeler recorded the last two outs of the eighth, picking up the win, improving to 2-0. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 10th save of the season. Cliff Lee, who fell to 1-2, pitched all eight innings for the Mariners, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out 10 and walking just one.

Tampa Bay is now 26-11, two games ahead of the Yankees in the A.L. East. The Rays continue this brief homestand wqith two games against the Cleveland Indians, 7:10pm EDT tonight and 1:10pm EDT Tuesday afternoon. Both games can be heard on 620AM WDAE and seen on Sun Sports.

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Hank Blalock, called up from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, played first base Sunday and went 0-for-3.

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Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day.

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University of Nebraska to get new home for men's and women's basketball.

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From http://www.nascar.com
DOVER, Del. -- Kyle Busch took advantage of a rare mistake by four-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson to pull away for an easy win Sunday in the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Busch, 25, a champion in waiting, and Johnson, a proven one, waged quite a battle on the high-banked, 1-mile track, the lead see-sawing back and forth between the two each time the race resumed following five caution periods and assorted green-flag stops.

But when Johnson was flagged for speeding while exiting the pits during a round of green-flag stops on Lap 363 and forced to return to pit road to serve a pass-through penalty, the battle was effectively finished.

By the time Johnson returned to the track, he was one lap down. And Busch was long gone.

"We snookered him on that one," Busch told his crew as he streaked past the finish line. "He saw us coming, and he sped."

Pitting closer to the entrance to pit road, Johnson had completed his stop and was making his way back onto the track when Busch shot out of his pit box alongside him.

Johnson said he didn't speed up to beat Busch back onto the track but was penalized for speeding before reaching Busch's pit stall.

"Yeah, I guess I got busted in the segment just leaving, or after, our pit box, the very next one," Johnson said. "So what I can take from this is that I got a much better launch out of my pit box than I did on other pit stops and then was speeding in that given area.

"At the end [of pit road], I wasn't busted. I knew Kyle had me beat when I saw the jack drop for him and he was easing away from me. And I kind of gave up at that point on racing him off of pit road because I knew we needed to be single file on the apron."

Jeff Burton finished second by 7.551 seconds. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann completed the top five.

There were eight race leaders, but once Kasey Kahne faltered- -- bitten by a broken gear-shifter early in the race -- the battle for the win was between Busch and Johnson.

"I think the race off pit road really won it for us," Busch said, noting that he didn't know if Johnson sped in an attempt to beat him back onto the track, "but that's what I'm going with.

"I wouldn't say that we psyched Jimmie out. I mean, he's won four championships so he's pretty much been through all the head games in this world.

"But ... it kind of turned our way [Sunday]. Unfortunately for those guys ... they got busted for speeding and we weren't able to beat them outright and race them around to the end of the race the last 30 laps.

"But I feel like our car was at least good enough where we could at least challenge them for it, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we could have beat him [Sunday], with or without the penalty. But he had a fast race car all day. It was a fun battle there racing him through the last ... 100 laps or so."

Busch led six times for 131 laps, and the win moved him to second in the point standings. He trails points leader Kevin Harvick, who finished seventh, by 69 points.

Johnson led eight times for 225 laps. His 16th-place finish, however, dropped him two spots to fourth, in the standings.

Nascar moves on to Charlotte on Saturday, May 22nd, for the Cahrlotte Motor Speedway Showdown at 7:30pm EDT, to be followed by the All Star race at 9:00pm. Both races can be seen on the Speed Channel. The Nationwide Series races at Charlotte on Saturday, May 29th at 2:00pm on ABC. The Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte is on Sunday, May 30th, 5:45pm EDT on FOX.


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Seattle's Charlotte Lee is in the Guinness Book of World Records for
rubber duck collection. The 40-year-old assistant professor has 5,239
unique rubber ducks in her condo basement.

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In the American League, Tampa Bay leads the Yankees by 2 games in the East, Minnesota is 1 1/2 games up on Detroit in the Central, and Texas leads the West by 2 games over Oakland.

In the National League, Philadelphia leads the East by 4 games over Florida and Washington, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 1/2 game in the Central and San Diego holds the top spot in the West, 1/2 game ahead of San Francisco.

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One of America's greatest fighter pilots has died.

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Tampa woman receives belated recognition for WWII service as WASP pilot.

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In the Arena Football League, Milwaukee leads the National Conference's Midwest Division by 1 game over Chicago and Spokane is 1 1/2 games ahead of Arizona in the West.

In the American Conference, Jacksonville is 2 games ahead of Alabama and Tampa Bay in the South, while in the Southeast, Tulsa in 1 game ahead of Bossier-Shreveport and Oklahoma City.

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Jimmy couldn't decide whose hat he liked better, Mommy's or Daddy's....










So he wore both. Silly little guy!

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That's it for now. Have a good Monday, see you tomorrow.

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