Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

It's Monday once again. Time to get up, get at 'em and catch up on the latest. So, here's what's happening....


Today is August 23rd, the 235th day of 2010. There are 130 days left in the year.


Flyers aim to show playoff run was for real.

Pens ink Asham.

Five years of the shootout.


Today is Valentino Day.


Saints land Romgana for power play.

Saints look for game-night staff.

Ex-Gambler now a Killer Bee.


Today is Day for the Rememberance of the Slave Trade and it's Abolition Day.


U.S. Under-17 Select Team Clinches First Place at 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament with 14-2 Win over Germany
Team USA Posts Best Finish Since 2005

 HUTTWIL, Switzerland - Nicholas Schilkey (Smiths Creek, Mich.) scored four goals, and Joseph Cox (Chelsea, Mich./1-3) and Jordan Masters (Rochester, N.Y./2-2) each recorded four points, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Germany, 14-2, here today at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. With the victory, Team USA clinched first place in the tournament, posting its best finish since 2005. The U.S. concluded the week with a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record.

"The story of the day was our outstanding power play and penalty kill," said Sean Tremblay, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "The team really came together this week and had a great deal of success as a result. As a staff, we could not be more proud of them."

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead 7:46 into the first period, when Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) connected on a centering pass from Masters. Four minutes later, the U.S. scored its first of six power-play goals. After Teddy Doherty's (Hopkinton, Mass.) shot was turned aside, Masters poked the rebound into the back of the net.

Germany cut the U.S. lead to 2-1 at the 16:08 mark of the first, but Team USA responded one minute later on the man-advantage. Doherty slipped a pass to Cox, who stickhandled and slid a shot between the legs of goaltender Marvin Cupper. With less than two minutes remaining in the first period, Schilkey netted a power-play goal on a rebound to give the U.S. a 4-1 advantage.

Team USA scored three goals within the first five minutes of the second period to extend its lead to 7-1. After a scramble in front of the net, Schilkey found the loose puck and buried it for the score. Less than three minutes later, Doherty scored on a tip-in for yet another U.S. power-play goal. Just 29 seconds after that, Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) skated in alone and beat Cupper high to the blocker side.

Midway through the middle frame, Schilkey gave Team USA a seven-goal cushion with his third goal of the game. Zach Stepan (Fairbault, Minn.) won the faceoff in the offensive zone and dished the puck across the crease to Schilkey, who flipped it in behind Cupper. Tim Davison (De Pere, Wis.) scored in a similar fashion just three minutes later.

Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) and Masters extended the U.S. lead to 11-1 early in the third period. Germany scored for the second time halfway through the final frame, but Team USA notched three more goals for the decisive 14-2 victory. A.J. Michaelson (Lakeville, Minn.) and Troy Donnay (Fenton, Mich.) assisted Jack Rowe (Cary, Ill.) for two goals, and Schilkey netted his fourth in the last minute of the game to complete the scoring.

U.S. goaltender Jimmy Howe (Northville, Mich.) made 18 saves in the win, while Cupper and Niklas Deske stopped 31 shots in the loss.

NOTES: Team USA went 6-for-7 on the power play, while Germany was 0-for-8 with the man-advantage ... The U.S. outshot Germany, 45-20 ... Nine different players scored Team USA's fourteen goals ... Zach Stepan led the U.S. at the tournament with eight points (3-5) in four games, while Nicholas Schilkey led the team with six goals ... Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass./2-5), Jordan Masters (3-4) and Schilkey (6-1) were second on the team in points with seven ... The 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament included teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States. The tournament is in its ninth year and was previously named the Under-17 Four Nations before Germany joined in 2002 ... The U.S. has won the tournament three times (2002, 2003, 2005), finished in second place three times (2004, 2007, 2008) and in third place twice (2006, 2009) ... The 20 players on the U.S. roster represent eight states, with eight players coming from Michigan ... Sean Tremblay is serving as head coach and Matt Herr as assistant coach. Tremblay served as the assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2006 Under-17 Three Nations Tournament in Rochester, N.Y. He serves as general manager and head coach of the Eastern Junior Hockey League's New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. Herr has been the head varsity hockey coach at the Kent School in Kent, Conn., since 2005. Tremblay and Herr are both Level 4 USA Hockey certified coaches ... The U.S. Under-17 Select Team was chosen following the annual USA Hockey Boys' Select 16 Player Development Camp, held June 25-July 1, at the Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y. The camp 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.


Scoring By Period

USA 4 - 5 - 5 - 14
GER 1 - 0 - 1 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Morgan (Masters, Cox), 7:46; 2, USA, Masters (Doherty), 11:59 (pp); 3, GER, Klopper (unassisted), 16:08 (sh); 4, USA, Cox (Doherty, Morgan), 17:11 (pp); 5, USA, Schilkey (Masters, Rowe), 18:34 (pp). Penalties: USA, Fitzgerald (slashing), 5:08; USA, Stepan (boarding), 9:04; USA, Dries (cross-checking), 9:29; GER, Koslowski (cross-checking), 10:25; USA, Cox (hooking), 12:54; GER, Eberhardt (tripping), 15:24; GER, Patocka (hooking), 17:53.

Second Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Schilkey (Stepan, Dries), 1:33; 7, USA, Doherty (Cox), 4:20 (pp); 8, USA, Osterberg (unassisted), 4:49; 9, USA, Schilkey (Stepan), 11:20; 10, USA, Davison (Cox), 14:04 (pp). Penalties: GER, Ziegler (cross-checking), 3:54; USA, Schilkey (high-sticking), 5:09; USA, Masters (hooking), 6:00; GER, Herpich (hooking), 8:15; GER, team (too-many-players), 12:29; USA, Rowe (tripping), 17:25; GER, Eberhardt (contact-to-the-head), 19:52; GER, Eberhardt (misconduct), 19:52.

Third Period - Scoring: 11, USA, Barber (Koules, Fitzgerald), 1:33 (pp); 12, USA, Masters (Morgan), 7:27; 13, GER, Ziegler (Herpich, Polonius), 10:57; 14, USA, Rowe (Michaelson, Donnay), 11:37; 15, USA, Rowe (Michaelson, Donnay), 16:32; 16, USA, Schilkey (Piazza, Fitzgerald), 19:24. Penalties: USA, Wade (tripping), 8:30; USA, Barber (misconduct), 17:54; GER, Tiffels (misconduct), 17:54.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 13 16 16 45
GER 7 4 9 20

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Howe, 60:00 7-6 4-4 9-8 20-18
GER, Cupper, 60:00 13-9 16-11 -- 29-20
GER, Deske, 60:00 -- -- 16-11 16-11

Power Play: USA 6-7; GER 0-8
Penalties: USA 9-26; GER 9-34

2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament • Team USA Schedule
August 18-22 • Huttwil, Switzerland

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)/Result

Mon., Aug. 16* Switzerland W, 6-3
Wed., Aug. 18 Czech Republic W, 5-3
Fri., Aug. 20 Slovakia L, 2-3
Sat., Aug. 21 Switzerland W, 5-3
Sun., Aug. 22 Germany W, 14-2


Today is the start of Be Kind to Humankind Week. (It runs today through the 31st.)


Riders put their nose back to the grindstone.

The Saskatchewan Riders, 5-2 and 2 points behind first-place Calgary in the CFL West, get back into to game action this coming 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 for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."


Wildlife experts are warning that due to a scarcity of food the bears in Yellowstone are going to be more dangerous this fall. (Tourists have already reported seeing Yogi Bear applying for a concealed weapon permit.)


Today in Sports History:

1970 - U.S. swimmer Gary Hall broke three world records at the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) outdoor swimming meet, held in Los Angeles, CA.

1982 - Gaylord Perry (Seattle Mariners) was tossed out of a game for throwing an illegal spitball.

1989 - Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball after being accused of gambling on baseball.


OAKLAND -- Evan Longoria drove in two runs and Matt Garza bested Dallas Braden in the battle of no-hit kings last night, as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2, in front of 18,749 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Sean Rodriguez scored on a Kelly Shoppach double in the third, putting the Rays on top 1-0. Oakland tied it in the fifth when Matt Garza balked home Landon Powell. Tampa Bay scored twice in the sixth when Evan Longoria's 40th double of the season brought home Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford. The Athletics got one back in the ninth, as Gabe Gross drove home Kurt Suzuki with a two-out double, but the Rays held on for the 3-2 win.

Matt Garza allowed 1 run on 4 hits over 7 2/3 innings, with 3 strike outs and 3 walks for Tampa Bay to get the win, improving to 13-7. Joaquin Benoit struck out the only batter he faced for his 21st hold of the season and despite allowing a run on 2 hits in the ninth, Rafael Soriano struck out 1 and notched his 37th season of the season. Oakland's Dallas Braden allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings, with 3 strike outs and 2 walks. He's now 8-9.

The Rays are 76-48, and trail the Yankees by 1 game in the A.L. East. Tampa Bay is on top in the Wild Card race, leading the Red Sox by 5 1/2 games. The Rays begin a three-game series against the Angels tonight at 10:05pm EDT, on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After the three games with the Angels, Tampa Bay returns home Friday night to begin a six game home stand, with three games against Boston and three against Toronto. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: The Rays are a major league best 37-24 on the road....Tampa Bay's series win at Anaheim May 10th-12th this season, ended a streak that saw the Rays lose 15 straight series at the Angels' home ballpark....With Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis coming back, Andy Sonnanstine has returned to the bullpen. Sonnanstine made 3 starts, and posted a 4.02 ERA....James Shields(11-11, 4.82) goes to the hill tonight for the Rays. He'll be opposed by the Angels' Scott Kazmir(8-10, 6.40).


Mimi Rosenthal has her third tattoo, courtesy of a Florida tattoo artist. Mimi is 101. The first tattoo came at 99.


The Yankees are first in the A.L. East, 1 game ahead of Tampa Bay. Boston is 6 1/2 back(The Red Sox trail by 5 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase) and Toronto is 12 1/2 back. Baltimore is 33 1/2 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 5 games, they're 11 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 19 back and Cleveland 22 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads both Oakland and the Angels by 8 games, with Seattle trailing by 20 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 20 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 17 1/2 back, the Cubs(They lost 16-5 yesterday to Atlanta in Lou Piniella's final game as manager) are 21 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 31 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 6 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail Philadelphia by 2 games in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado is third, 11 games out, the Dodgers in fourth, 12 games out, with Arizona behind by 26.


Here's Jimmy one year ago today, helping with the dishes.

He was as silly then as he is now.

Change the channel Mommy. I wanna watch Antique Road Show!


St. Louis -- Forget it.

Whether that statement applies to the Giants' postseason chances or their listless 9-0 loss Sunday to the St. Louis Cardinals depends on your point of view. These elements are related, of course.

San Francisco tested the faith of its most optimistic followers with a lopsided defeat at an extremely inopportune time. The Giants slipped six games behind first-place San Diego in the National League West and sank to third in the Wild Card race, two games behind first-place Philadelphia and .002 shy of St. Louis.

Read more here.

Notes: The Giants, who finished their road trip 2-4, have lost three straight series....San Francisco claimed Cody Ross off the waiver wire. Ross hit .265 with 10 homers for the Florida Marlins this season....Dontrell Willis has been promoted to Triple-A Fresno. Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year with Florida and 22 game winner in 2003, is envisioned as a left-handed option out of the bullpen....Matt Cain(9-10, 3.11) opposes Cincinnati's Edison Volquez(3-1, 4.98), in the start of a 9-game home stand for the Giants. They'll play 3 games each against the Reds, Arizona and Colorado.


A British woman has broken the world record for typing the fastest text message, after typing a 26 word message in 25.94 seconds.


In this week's NFL action, Buffalo beat Indianapolis 34-21 and New England topped Atlanta 28-10 in games played Thursday. On Friday, Cincinnati clubbed Philadelphia 22-9. In last night's action, Baltimore beat Washingto 23-3, Pittsburgh beat the Giants 24-17, Tampa Bay topped Kansas City 20-15, Miami edged Jacksonville 27-26, St. Louis tipped Cleveland 19-17, New Orleans pounded Houston 38-20, the Jets won 9-3 over Carolina, Oakland beat Chicago 32-17, Dallas knocked off San Diego 16-14, Detroit slipped past Denver 25-20 and Green Bay was a field goal better than Seattle, 27-24. Last night, San Francisco snuck past Minnesota 15-10. Tonight, Arizona is at Tennessee.


A British boy has broken an archery world record by firing an arrow the length of five football fields.


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - The Elvis Presley film "Loving You" opened in London.


Retro profile: Tom Clements.

Injured QB Calvillo released from hospital.

Visit the league's official website:


Today in Beatles History

1962 - John Lennon and Cynthia Powell were married at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool, England. They were divorced on November 8, 1968.

1968 - Ringo Starr temporarily quits the Beatles.


It was today in 1991, in Lansing, Michigan, that 250 gerbils chewed their way out of shipping boxes and scampered though the airport.


Week 2 camp concerns: Concerns at three positions.

Beavers ranked 24th in AP preseason poll.

Kahut on Groza Award 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 and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.


The Gasoline Alley cartoon strip debuted in the Chicago Tribune on this date in 1919.



SONOMA, Calif. -- That Will Power maintained a 6-second lead and had swept bonus points for earning the PEAK Performance Pole Award and leading the most laps wasn't lost on Dario Franchitti three-quarters of the way through the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Trouble was, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who was attempting to further close the points gap in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship in the 75-lap race, couldn't do much about it on the 2.303-mile, 12-turn Infineon Raceway course.

Power, much like Franchitti did a year earlier in going wire to wire on the natural-terrain course, bolted to a sizable lead on the Firestone alternate tires in the first 10 laps, stretched the ethanol when needed and held off Scott Dixon by 0.7432 of a second following a full-course caution with less than 10 laps left.

Power's fifth victory of the season, supplemented by the three bonus points, gives the Team Penske driver a 59-point advantage over Franchitti with four ovals races left in the season. Power, who watched the race in ’09 from a hospital bed after suffering a season-ending back injury in a practice crash, is sixth different winner in as many IZOD IndyCar Series races at Infineon.

"It's unreal. What a perfect weekend,” Power said. “I just have to thank the Verizon guys and Roger (Penske) and Tim (Cindric) for giving me this opportunity. To come back and win it from the pole is just fantastic. I’ve said it all season, I wanted to come back here and win this race.”

Following the final round of pit stops between Laps 54 (Franchitti) and 57 (Dixon), Power (who pitted on Lap 56) held a 3.6153-second advantage over Franchitti, who was on the Firestone primary tires for the final stint. Dixon, riding on the alternates, moved into second on Lap 62 in an effort to reel in Power.

A full-course yellow on Lap 66 did the trick, and after returning to green Dixon was 0.3959 of a second back on Lap 71. He remained less than a second behind but wasn’t able to force Power into a mistake or complete a pass.

“The unfortunate part is that we really only get one set of stickers for the race with the red tires,” said Dixon, who posted his eighth top 5 of the season and is third in the championship standings. “They were night and day quicker so we had to take used at the end.

“We really needed to be ahead of the 12 car, and I pushed it as hard as I could at the end. I just couldn’t even get close enough to have a look. He was definitely hooked up and saving his tires earlier in the day. It’s still a good result. We’re happy to come from sixth all the way to second.”

Franchitti, who won two weeks earlier at Mid-Ohio to close to 41 points in the championship, finished 6.6 seconds back in third. Allowing Dixon to slide into second cost Franchitti five points in the title race.

“We did the best with what we had today,” he said. “We took a gamble on blacks at the end and it didn’t work for us, unfortunately. Scott was definitely quicker on reds and I let him go there, hoping he was going to hunt down Will. Scott really tried to get past him. There was such a speed difference on the blacks that we couldn’t get close to them at the end.”

Team Penske teammates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves were next across the line. Justin Wilson in the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was sixth and Tony Kanaan finished seventh in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven/Dr Pepper Cherry car. Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay was eighth in the No. 37 IZOD entry and Graham Rahal notched his second top 5 for Newman/Haas Racing in the No. 02 Quick Trim car.

“This was definitely not an easy weekend,” said Rahal, who started 16th. “I think we all have to be pretty pleased with the end result. Now we’ve got Chicagoland next week and it’s a place that we know we could have potentially won the race last year. There’s no reason we can’t do it this time.”

Alex Lloyd advanced 12 positions to complete the top 10 – a season best on a road/street course in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car for Dale Coyne Racing -- and increased his points lead in the Rookie of the Year race.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angels Angels 10:05pm EDT

Baseball: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angels Angels 10:05pm EDT

Baseball: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angels Angels 3:35pm EDT

Baseball: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' doin'

Friday --

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 7:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joiliet, Illinois 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec 2:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8:00pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 9:15pm EDT

Thursday --

NFL Preseason Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

CFL Football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 7:30pm EDT


That's all for today. See you tomorrow

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