Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations!











It's another Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 2nd, the 214th day of 2010. There are 151 days left in the year.

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Ducks look for bounce back year.

Sharks re-sign Setoguchi.

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Welcome to Golf Month.

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City of Ralston Issues RFP for Ice Complex, Lancers Possibly Involved.

Defending champs release schedule.

Lumberjacks release schedule for first year in USHL.

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It's National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

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2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team Named

Team to Participate in Women's National Festival, Under-18 Series


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 21-player 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team, which will participate in both the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival and the 2010 Under-18 Series.

The Women's National Festival will run from August 13-21 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., with the Under-18 Series taking place in the same location from August 18-21. The Under-18 Series, now in its fourth year, is a three-game competition between the United States and Canada.

Highlighting the roster are five members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that captured the silver medal at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship this past April, including forwards Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) and Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.); and defensemen Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) and Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.). Pelkey also helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2009 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship.

The five veterans, along with defenseman Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) and forward Taylor Kuehl (Minnetrista, Minn.), also played in the 2009 Under-18 Series.

The remaining 14 players will be making their Team USA debuts, including goaltenders Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.) and Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.); defensemen Amanda Boulier (Watertown, Conn.), Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.), Briana Mastel (Wallingford, Conn.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.); and forwards Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), Demi Crossman (Livonia, Mich.), Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.), Emily Field (Littleton, Mass.), Layla Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Anne Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas) and Karley Sylvester (Warroad, Minn.).

The U.S. squad will open Under-18 Series play on August 18 at 4 p.m. EDT at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

NOTES: For Team USA's full roster, click here ...The 21 players hail from 11 states ... Alex Carpenter is the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter ... Layla Marvin is the cousin of 2010 U.S. Olympian Gigi Marvin ... Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, will serve as the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. She will be 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 USA Hockey Girls' Select Player Development Camps. The Girls' Select 15 Player Development Camp was held from July 22-28 at The Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y., and the Girls' Select 16 and 17 Player Development Camps were held from June 25-July 1 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The annual USA Hockey Player Development Camps provide 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.

Team USA 2010 Under-18 Series Schedule
August 18-21 • Lake Placid, N.Y. • Olympic Center • 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena

Date Opponent Time (EDT)

Wed., Aug. 18 Canada 4 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 19 Canada 4 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 21 Canada 10 a.m.


Changes Made to USA Hockey Women's National Festival,
U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team Rosters



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced roster changes for its upcoming Women's National Festival, which runs from August 13-21 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) and Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.), who were both previously announced as part of the Women's National Festival roster, will forgo the camp due to injury.

For the same reason, goaltender Alyssa Grogan (Eagan, Minn.) will replace Chelsea Knapp (York, N.Y.) on the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team, which will take part in the Festival, as well as the 2010 Under-22 Series.

Updated rosters can be found here.

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August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month.

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Congi and Cates help declaw the Cats.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders take their 4-1 record on the road this coming Friday, when they take on the Montreal Alloettes for the second time this season. Kickoff from Montreal is 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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Yesterday was the start of National Clown Week. (My wife forgot to leave me the family calliope before she went to work. Now, how am I gonna celebrate?)

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Today in Sports History:

1921 - Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1938 - Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cardinals. It was hoped that the balls would be easier to see.

1992 - Jackie Joyner took the gold medal in the heptathlon for a second consecutive time.

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Today is the start of Exhibitor Appreciation Week.


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It was all Shields, all the time, as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 3-0 yesterday, before their third straight sell-out crowd of 36,973 at Tropicana Field.

Kelly Shoppach started the scoring in the second, with a two-out single that plated Willy Aybar, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead. Then, in the third, Reid Brignac scored on Carl Crawford's infield single and B.J. Upton scored as Evan Longoria grounded into a double play, putting Tampa Bay on top, 3-0.

After that, it was up to the Rays' pitching staff to keep New York at bay. James Shields was masterful, fanning the last batter of the third, striking out the side in the fourth, and fanning the first two batters in the fifth. He retired nine straight hitters, before allowing a sixth-inning single to Lance Berkman. His day ended after allowing a one-out single to Derek Jeter. Newly acquired Chad Qualls came out of the bullpen to get Berkman to ground into an inning-ending double play, then closer Rafael Soriano came on to retire the Yankees, allowing just a meaningless single to Nick Swisher, as Tampa Bay finished off the 3-0 victory.

Shields was outstanding for the Rays. In 7 1/3 innings, he allowed just 4 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 11. Qualls recorded his 4th hold of the season, while Soriano pitcked up his 30th save of the season. C.C. Sabathia allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, with 3 strike outs and 3 walks for New York. With the loss, his record slips to 13-5.

The Rays improve to 65-39, closing to within one game of New York in the A.L. East, while remaining first in the A.L. Wild Card chase. Game one of four against the Minnesota Twins, which will wrap up this season-high 11-game homestand, is tonight, starting at 7:10pm EDT. Tuesday's and Wednesday's games are also 7:10pm EDT starts, while Thursday's get-away day game gets underway at 12:10pm EDT. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports. The Saturday August 14th game against Detroit will be on FOX.

Notes: Minor-leaguer Jamey Hellickson is expected up from Durham to start tonight's game against the Twins. He will be up just for this game, to give the rest of the staff a bit of a breather. Hellickson has an International League best 12 wins, 2.45 ERA and 123 walks. He also strung together 22 consecutive scoreless innings between May 19th and June 4th. He will be facing a Twins team that 8 games in a row, and 10 of it's last 11. Minnesota is 13 games over .500 for the first time since September 28th, 2008.... Rays' Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist are feeling better, but are still doubtful for tonights' game....The three games with the Yankees were just the third, fourth and fifth sell-outs of the season and the first since opening day.

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Today is the start of Psychic Week. (You knew I was going to say that, didn't you?)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 1 game over Tampa Bay and 6 1/2 over Boston. Toronto is 12 1/2 back and Baltimore is 34 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, the White Sox lead Minnesota by 1/2 game, Detroit trails by 7, Kansas City is 14 1/2 games back and Cleveland is 15 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 8 games, Oakland is 8 1/2 behind, and Seattle(It's official...they stink) is 22 1/2 games behind.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 1/2 games, Florida and the Mets are 6 1/2 back and Washington trails by 13 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads Cincinnati by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 11 1/2 behind, the Cubs trail by 13, Houston is 13 1/2 games behind, and Pittsburgh is 22 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego's lead in the N.L. West is down to 1 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado is 7 behind, the Dodgers trail by 8 and Arizona is 23 games back.

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"Hi Daddy. It's me, Jimmy."

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The San Francisco Giants remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego yesterday, with a series-sweeping 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, before another sell-out crowd of 42,922 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Edgar Renteria's two-out triple in the sixth, chasing home Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand was all the scoring on the day. Matt Cain was solid for the Giants, allowing just 4 hits, while fanning 7 and walking 1 in 7 1/3 innings' work, improving his seasons' record to 9-8, while picking up his first career win in 15 tries against the Bums. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 31st save. Clayton Kershaw went 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 6 and walking 4. His record slips to 10-6 for Los Angeles, who has now lost five straight.

San Francisco is now 61-45, and remains 1 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the N.L. West. They've won 20 of their last 25 games as well. The Giants are off today, then hit the road for six games, starting with three at Colorado starting tomorrow, followed by three in Atlanta starting Friday, before returning home next Monday for four games with the Cubs and three big games with division-leading San Diego starting next Friday. Next Saturday's game with the Padres airs on FOX, with the Sunday game against San Diego showing on ESPN.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - "Life" magazine contained an article entitled "Elvis Presley...He Can't Be...But He Is." The article reported that Elvis had grossed $6 million in record sales and that he was receiving 3,000 fan letters a week.

1957 - The Official UK Elvis Presley fan club was launched.

1958 - The Elvis Presley single "Hard-Headed Woman" hit #2 in the U.K.

1965 - Elvis Presley reported to the set of "Paradise, Hawaiian Style".

1975 - Elvis Presley's single "Today" hit #57 in the U.S.

1997 - The Elvis Presle compilation album "Platinum - A Life In Music" hit #80 in the U.S.

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From http://www.nascar.com

LONG POND, Pa. -- Pocono Raceway has been nothing short of rewarding for Tony Stewart the past six years and Sunday's performance in the Sunoco Red Cross 500 left the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet with plenty to celebrate.

Stewart, along with race winner Greg Biffle and third-place finisher Carl Edwards, were the big winners in a wild strategic scramble at the end of the race. On the other hand, Sam Hornish Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, along with Juan Montoya, couldn't make pit strategy under the final caution, work to their advantage.

“It was just a matter of figuring out what the pit strategy was going to be at the end. It always comes down to strategy of fuel or weather, it seems like here, which isn't exactly how you want to have to run a race.

With a second-place finish, Stewart moved up one spot in the standings to eighth, just three points behind Kurt Busch, who had a less than stellar day after connecting with Johnson, hitting the inside wall, and dropping two spots in the standings.

Stewart was quick to praise crew chief Darian Grubb and the rest of his team, citing decisions made on pit road near the end of the race as a key factor to the driver's success Sunday. Stewart said his crew gave him the car he needed to compete with Hornish, Edwards and Kevin Harvick near the end.

Pit strategy played a large role for several drivers and their crews during a race that saw two red flags -- one for an accident involving Busch and Elliott Sadler and the other for rain.

Biffle and crew chief Greg Erwin's decision to stick with a two-tire strategy throughout the race eventually led to a trip to Victory Lane for their No. 16 Ford.

After Hornish elected to stay out during the final caution, Biffle and team took two tires to gain track position and were up front for the final restart. Erwin said that both times the No. 16 took two tires, it worked out in their favor, regardless of what it looked like.

Erwin, Biffle and team netted several positions before the next pit cycle, taking the team from third to first.

Gordon, who finished sixth, was leading the race before his last pit stop on Lap 170, and without knowing what the field behind him was going to do, the driver of the No. 24 said he was a "sitting duck."

"If you know if nine guys are going to take two tires, then it is an easy call to take two. But, when you don't know and the guys around you are going to take four, then you take four," Gordon said. "We just weren't really good enough to drive up there like Tony [Stewart] was."

Montoya, who dogged Gordon's tracks late in the race before the final stop, led for the final time on Lap 152, right before Gordon took the lead for a 19-lap stretch. Montoya didn't waste much time letting crew chief Brian Pattie know that he was frustrated with their decision to go with four tires.

Hornish elected to stay out when Gordon pitted, took the lead and said that more laps under caution due to rain may have given him a better chance to stay up front.

"We didn't have a very good car [Sunday], but the one thing we did have was a good car for like, five laps," Hornish said. "I was hoping they would have to run another 10 [laps] under yellow when it was raining. We got the most we could possible get out of it."

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Chelsea Clinton's wedding went off without a hitch. (If you don't count the part where Al Gore was caught groping an ice swan.)

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The Tampa Bay Storm will travel as the number three (#3) seed in the American Conference to play Southwest Division Champion and number two (#2) seed Tulsa Talons Saturday, August 7 at 8:05 PM EST at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. This is the 21st playoff appearance by the Tampa Bay Storm, the most in AFL history. The game can be heard on 1250 WHNZ-AM. The broadcast will kickoff at 7:30 PM EST with Jack Harris and Jason Dixon calling the action.

Who: Tampa Bay Storm vs. Tulsa Talons

What: AFL Playoffs – Divisional Round

When: Saturday, August 7, 2010
Kickoff – 8:05 PM EST on 1250AM WHNZ

Where: BOK Center
200 South Denver
Tulsa, OK 74103

For more information regarding playoff schedule and tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, call 813.301.6600 or log on to http://www.tampabaystorm.com/.

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"Daddy, is it just me, or do I have the letter C stuck on me?"

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A man who robbed an Atlanta Wendy's Saturday night apparently was so upset with his haul that he twice called the restaurant to complain. During one call the robber said, "Next time there better be more than $586."

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:35pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Zippo 200 at the glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen International, New York 1:30pm EDT

Arena Football: AFL Divisional Round Playoff Game Tampa Bay Storm at Tulsa Talons 8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen International, New York 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 1:35pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series: Honda Indy 200 presented by Westfield Insurance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio 2:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow!

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