Friday, August 20, 2010

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It's Friday (TA-DAAAAAAAA!). Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 20th, the 232nd day of 2010. There are 133 days left in the year.

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Shanahan closes camp with class.

GMs believe small changes are all that are needed.

Off-ice ref sees pros, cons to different location.

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It's National Radio Day! (Turn it on and crank it up!)

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DU assistant interviews for Green Bay job.

A deeper look at hybrid icing, it's history and possible implementation at the NHL level.

Tryout talk with Jimmy Mullin.

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Preliminary reports show Minnesota leads the nation in the number of tornado touchdowns this year. Minnesota has 122 tornado reports so far in 2010. The No. 2 state, Texas, has reported 87.

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U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team Falls to Canada, 6-5,
in Shootout at 2010 Women's Under-22 Series

Monique Lamoureux and Hilary Knight Score Twice for Team USA

Toronto, Ontario – Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) each scored two goals, but the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team fell to Canada, 6-5, in a shootout here tonight in the second game of the Women's Under-22 Series.

"I was impressed with the amount of heart and drive that the team played with tonight," said Digit Murphy, head coach of the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. "It was a very physical game, and the team displayed a lot of energy. That's very encouraging to see and we'll carry that over into the next game."

Monique Lamoureux put Team USA on the board at the 8:25 mark of the first period. While on the power play, Sasha Sherry (Lehighton, Pa.) fired a low shot from the point that was blocked away, and Monique Lamoureux found the rebound at the top of the crease for the score.

Just over a minute later, Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead with the team's second power-play goal of the game. But Canada cut Team USA's lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission and scored two goals to gain a 3-2 advantage before the midpoint of the second period.

The U.S. tied the game, 3-3, with only 25 seconds left in the middle frame. Knight intercepted a breakout pass from a Canadian defender and skated in alone, releasing a low shot that beat goaltender Amanda Mazzotta on the far side.

Knight then tallied Team USA's third power-play goal of the game just 11 seconds into the third period. After Canada evened the score midway through the period, the U.S. responded with just over two minutes left in regulation to regain the lead, 5-4. Monique Lamoureux's initial shot from the slot was stopped, but she picked up the rebound and netted her second goal of the game.

Canada pulled Mazzotta for an extra attacker and scored with 1:08 left in regulation to force overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, Canada finally emerged victorious in the third shootout round.

Goaltender Alyssa Grogan (Eagan, Minn.) made 28 saves for Team USA in the loss.

The two teams will return to the MasterCard Centre for the final game of the three-game series on Saturday (Aug. 21) at 7:15 p.m. EDT.

NOTES: For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 22 players hail from 12 states ... The University of Minnesota leads the way with six players on the U.S. roster, while the University of Wisconsin boasts three ... Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux all played on the silver-medal winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... Jocelyne Lamoureux is the twin sister of Monique Lamoureux. Both play at the University of North Dakota ... Digit Murphy, head women's ice hockey coach at Brown University, is serving as the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. She is assisted by Linda Lundigran and Hilary Witt, who are both assistant women's ice hockey coaches at Northeastern University.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 5
CAN 1 - 2 - 2 - 0 - 1 - 6

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, M. Lamoureux (Sherry, J. Lamoureux), 8:25 (pp); 2, USA, Decker (Erickson), 9:37 (pp); 3, CAN, Wakefield (Saulnier, Jenner), 11:58. Penalties: USA, Bozek (hooking), 2:49; CAN, Johnston (slashing), 4:42; USA, West (slashing), 5:07; CAN, Watchorn (body-checking), 7:35; CAN, Poulin (interference), 8:50; USA, team (too-many-players), 16:44; USA, Sherry (interference), 19:59.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, CAN, Wakefield (Rougeau, Fortino), 5:10 (5x3 pp); 5, CAN, Menard (Birchard, White), 10:09, 6, USA, Knight (unassisted), 19:35. Penalties: USA, M. Lamoureux (hooking), 3:24; USA, Knight (roughing), 3:49; CAN, Rougeau (cross-checking), 7:06; USA, M. Lamoureux (cross-checking), 11:20; CAN, White (interference), 14:32; CAN, Haverstock (delaying-the-game), 19:57.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Knight (unassisted), 0:11 (pp); 8, CAN, Wakefield (Poulin, Rougeau), 11:46 (pp); 9, USA, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Bozek), 17:46; 10, CAN, Jenner (Johnston, Wakefield), 18:52. Penalties: USA, J. Lamoureux (hooking), 8:14; USA, J. Lamoureux (diving), 11:07; USA, Pucci (high-sticking), 13:56.

Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shootout - CAN, Poulin (no goal); USA, Knight (no goal); CAN, Jenner (no goal); USA, Coyne (no goal); CAN, Spooner (goal); USA, J. Lamoureux (no goal).

Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT SO Total
USA 11 7 11 4 0 33
CAN 8 8 13 4 1 34

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT SO Total
USA, Grogan, 60:00 8-7 8-6 13-11 4-4 1-0 34-28
CAN, Mazzotta, 59:38 11-9 7-6 11-9 4-4 0-0 33-28

Power Play: USA 3-6; CAN 2-10
Penalties: USA 10-20; CAN 6-12

Team USA 2010 Women's Under-22 Series Schedule
August 18-21 • Toronto, Ont. • MasterCard Centre

Date Opponent Time (EDT)/Result

Wed., Aug. 18 Canada L, 1-4
Thurs., Aug. 19 Canada L, 5-6 (SO)
Sat., Aug. 21 Canada 7:15 p.m.

U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team Defeats Canada, 3-2, in Overtime
at 2010 Women's Under-18 Series

Sylvester Scores Game-Winner in Extra Frame


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Karley Sylvester (Warroad, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal just over three minutes into overtime, as the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team defeated Canada, 3-2, here today in the second game of the 2010 Women's Under-18 Series.

"The team showed a lot of poise throughout the game," said Jodi McKenna, head coach of the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. "Our goal for the series is to make sure we are continually trying to get better and to finish on a high note."

Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) scored the game's opening goal to give Team USA a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) fired a shot on goal that was blocked away, but Skarupa poked the rebound through the legs of Canadian goaltender Amanda Makela for the score.

With less than a minute remaining in the period, Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) gave the U.S. a two-goal advantage with her team on the power play. Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.) sent a pass to fellow defender Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.), who then chipped the puck to Brandt at the offensive blue line. After facing resistance from a Canadian defender, Brandt dove for the puck in the slot and fired a shot past Makela for the score.

Canada cut the U.S. lead to 2-1 on a goal midway through the second period, and then tied the game with only six seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Sylvester scored the game-winner 3:17 into the extra frame. Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) slipped the puck from the the left faceoff circle to Sylvester, who fired a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net for Team USA's second power-play goal of the game.

U.S. goaltender Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.) made 22 saves in the victory, while Makela stopped 38 shots in the loss.

The two teams will return to the ice for the final game of the series on Saturday (Aug. 21), at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. A full schedule and results are below.

NOTES: Team USA outshot Canada, 41-24 ... The Women's Under-18 Series is in its fourth year ... The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 11 states ... Alex Carpenter is the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter ... Layla Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) is the cousin of 2010 U.S. Olympian Gigi Marvin ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, is serving as the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. She is assisted by Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Emily McKissock, former assistant women's ice hockey coach at the University of Vermont ... The roster was selected following the annual USA Hockey Girls' Select 17 Player Development Camp, which provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at a national level against other players from their age group.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 3
CAN 0 - 1 - 1 - 0 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Skarupa (unassisted), 16:03; 2, USA, Brandt (Burke, Pfalzer), 19:03 (pp). Penalties: USA, Darkangelo (hooking), 5:06; CAN, Roesler (tripping), 12:13; CAN, team (too-many-players), 17:34.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, CAN, Stacey (Connery, Ambrose), 9:17 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Roesler (tripping), 5:49; USA, Field (hooking), 8:52; USA, Field (tripping), 12:21.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, CAN, Dufault (Josephs), 19:54 (6x4 pp). Penalties: CAN, Dufault (body-checking), 3:28; USA, Mastel (tripping), 8:35; USA, Marvin (hooking), 12:32; CAN, MacDonnell (holding), 13:31; USA, Savage (interference), 19:06.

Overtime - Scoring: 5, USA, Sylvester (Picard, Boulier), 3:17 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Stacey (roughing), 1:56.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
USA 16 8 13 4 41
CAN 6 11 7 0 24

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
USA, Lundberg, 63:17 6-6 11-10 7-6 0-0 24-22
CAN, Makela, 62:29 16-14 8-8 13-13 4-3 41-38

Power Play: USA 2-6; CAN 2-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; CAN 6-12

Team USA 2010 Women's Under-18 Series
August 18-21 • Olympic Center 1980 Rink • Lake Placid, N.Y.

Date Opponent Time (EDT)/Result

Wed., Aug. 18 Canada W, 4-1
Thurs., Aug. 19 Canada W, 3-2 (OT)
Sat., Aug. 21 Canada 10:00 a.m.

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Today is Virtual World's Day.

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The Saskatchewan Riders(Second in the CFL West with a 5-2 record, 2 points behind Calgary) begin bye-week workouts tomorrow. They'll return to game action on Saturday, August 28th at Edmonton against the 1-6 Eskimos, with kickoff set for 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

Check out Riderville.com for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."

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Today is Men's Grooming Day. (Hey, I brushed my hair. Get off my back already!)

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - Representatives of four professional football clubs met in the first of two meetings in Canton, Ohio. The meetings led to the founding of the American Professional Football Association. Two years later the APFA officially became the National Football League.

1939 - The National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, MI. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African- Americans.

1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major-league ball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.

1949 - Cleveland’s Indians and Chicago’s White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd, 78,382 people, to see a nighttime major-league baseball game.

2005 - Thomas Herrion (San Francisco 49ers) collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver.

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Today is Hawaii Admission Day. (Crack open a can of SPAM and celebrate!)

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OAKLAND-- The Tampa Bay Rays bullpen was shakiest when it didn't need to be, letting a late lead slip away last night, in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics, in front of a typically small Oakland crowd of 10,118 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Coco Crisp(The ballplayer, not the breakfast cereal) scored the game's first run, coming home on a Kurt Suzuki ground out, giving Oakland a 1-0 lead after one.

Carlos Pena homered in the fourth with Evan Longoria aboard, putting Tampa Bay on top 2-1. With one out in the sixth, Longoria homered and the Rays' lead grew to 3-1. However, the lead didn't last long.

Suzuki scored when Rajai Davis's cue shot up the first base line was enough to bring him home, slicing Tampa Bay's lead to 3-2. Then, with two out, Cliff Pennington doubled off of Dan Wheeler, scoring Jack Cust and Kevin Kouzmanoff, giving the Athletics the lead they would ride to the finish, beating the Rays 4-3.

Oakland starter Trevor Cahill went 8 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. The win boosts his record to 13-5. Jerry Blevins pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 1st save of the season. Dan Wheeler, who relieved starter Andy Sonnanstine in the sixth, gave up 1 run on 1 hit with 1 walk in 2/3 of an inning. It was his 3rd blown save of the season and dropped his record to 2-1. Sonnanstine went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks. Lance Cormier pitched 2 innings after Wheeler, not allowing a run or a hit, while striking out 1.

The Rays are 74-47, and trail the Yankees by 1 game in the A.L. East. The Red Sox trail by 5 1/2 and the White Sox by 8 in the Wild Card race. Tampa Bay plays the second of 4 games at Oakland tonight, starting at 10:05pm EDT. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After tonight, Tampa Bay has two more games in Oakland, at 9:05pm EDT Saturday, and 4:05pm EDT on Sunday. The Rays then move on to Anaheim for 3 games with the Angels starting Sunday. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: Oakland ran their 2010 record with the lead after eight innings to 52-0....Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis both had good bullpen sessions last night and will throw simulated games today. Results will go a long way to determining when both will return to active duty....Of the 42 games left in the season for the Rays, 23 are against teams above .500....Ben Zobrist has drawn 71 walks this season. His 43 free passes since June 23rd are the most in the Majors....Jeremy Hellickson(3-0, 1.35) goes to the hill tonight for the Rays. He'll be opposed by Oakland's Vin Mazzaro(6-5, 3.71).

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Today marks the 35th anniversary of the launch of the Viking I spacecraft. Viking 2 was launched September 9th, 1975. The spacecrafts’ landers touched down on Mars in 1976.

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The Yankees are once again alone in first in the A.L. East, 1 game ahead of Tampa Bay. Boston is 5 1/2 back(Boston trails by 6 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase) and Toronto is 11 1/2 back(They trail in the Wild Card race by 10 1/2) and Baltimore is 32 1/2 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 4 games(Chicago trails by 8 games in the Wild Card race), they're 12 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 19 back and Cleveland 20 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels and Oakland by 7 games, with Seattle trailing by 19 1/2 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 1/2 games(The Phillies lead the Wild Card chase), Florida trails by 10 1/2 games, the Mets are 11 behind, and Washington is 19 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 3 1/2 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 2 games behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 13 behind, Houston is 16 1/2 back, the Cubs are 20 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 30 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 6 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail Philadelphia by 1 game in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado sits in third, 11 games out, with the Dodgers trailing by 12 games and Arizona by 27.

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Philadelphia -- Now this was a conversation piece.

Jonathan Sanchez, who provided fodder for discussion and controversy with some recent remarks, spoke volumes with his performance Thursday night. He allowed just two hits while pitching into the ninth inning in the Giants' 5-2 victory over the Phillies.

Read more here.

Notes: The Giants move on to St. Louis tonight, for the first game of a three-game series with the Cardinals. Madison Bumgarner(4-4, 3.27) gets the start tonight (7:05pm EDT) for the Giants. He'll go against Jake Westbrook(7-7, 4.48)....The Cardinals are 11-14 against the National League West, with a 1-2 mark against the Giants. The Giants are 22-8 against teams in the N.L. Central.

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The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival opens today in Machias, Maine. It runs through Sunday. (Linky Linky)

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The first commercial radio station, WWJ of Detroit, begins operating on this date in 1920.

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Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" hit #1 in the U.S.

1983 - The Elvis Presley album "I Was The One" hit #83 in the U.K.

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Als beat Bombers, but lose Calvillo.

Buono says there's no need for coaching changes in Vancouver.

Moffat: The break coaches love to hate.

Visit the league's official website: CFL.ca.

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Today in Beatles History

1966 - The Beatles single "Yellow Submarine" hit #1 in the U.K.

1969 - The Beatles recorded together for the last time. They finished "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

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ArenaBowl XXIII will be held on Spokane Tribe Field at the Spokane Arena tonight (August 20th), kicking off at 8:00pm EDT. Tickets for the Championship game are on sale through TicketsWest and can be purchased by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

Go to arenafootball.com to download the nifty-tv player to watch the game. Curt Warner, AFL legend and former Super Bowl M.V.P. will provide commentary for the telecast of the big game.

Arizona wide receiver Rod Windsor has been named the Spaulding Rookie of the Year. Windsor ended the season with 193 receptions for 2,372 yards and 47 touchdowns. All three statistics are both AFL and Rattler rookie records. He also tallied 12 games with ten or more receptions and six with 15 or more.

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The 113th edition of the Western Idaho Fair gets underway today in Boise. The fair runs through the 29th. (Linky Linky)

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Day 10 of fall camp features the team's first scrimmage.

James Rodgers on Hornung watch list.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

The Beavers begin the 2010 season against TCU on Saturday, September 4th at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is 7:45pm EDT, with TV from ESPN, online video stream at ESPN3.com and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.

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Today is Pony Express Day.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee 7:00pm EDT

Arena Football Arena XXIII Championship Game: Tampa Bay Storm at Spokane Shock 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:07pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Tennessee 7:30pm EDT

NFL Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 9:07pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 2:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 4:07pm EDT

Indy Car: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California 5:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow

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