Saturday, September 25, 2010

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It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 25th, the 267th day of 2010. There are 98 days left in the year.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors' SEJHL and MJHL teams are both in action this weekend in Atlanta against the Knights. Faceoff times for the SEJHL games are 4:30pm EDT this afternoon and 8:00am EDT tomorrow. Game times for the MJHL games are 7:30pm EDT tonight and 11:00am EDT tomorrow. You can watch the games on fasthockey.com.

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Today is Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids.

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Hawks' Boynton suspended one regular season game.

Positive reviews for Stepan after top-line performance.

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Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day.

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Fundraising campaign underway to renovate, preserve site of 1980 'Miracle on Ice.'

Read all about it here.

U.S. National Under-18 Team Opens Preseason With 4-2 Win Over Youngstown

Grimaldi Scores Twice; Team USA Notches Two Power-Play Goals

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) netted two goals in the first period and Barrett Kaib (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) collected two assists, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team defeated the Youngstown Phantoms last Friday(September 17th), in a preseason contest at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Grimaldi gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead, when he scored off a centering pass from Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) less than four minutes into the game. Youngstown evened the score, but Grimaldi answered back at the 14:22 mark of the first period with a power-play goal. Kaib sent the puck up to Grimaldi, who fired a shot past Youngstown goaltender Matthew O'Connor to give Team USA the 2-1 edge heading into the first intermission.

Cole Bardreau (Fairport, N.Y.) scored 6:49 into the second period to extend the U.S. lead to 3-1. Five minutes later, Adam Reid (Chino Hills, Calif.) notched a five-on-three power-play goal to finish off the scoring for Team USA. After Robbie Russo's (Westmont, Ill.) shot was blocked away, Reid knocked in the rebound for the three-goal advantage. Youngstown scored 13:45 into the third period, but the U.S. held on for the 4-2 victory.

Goaltenders John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.) combined to make 30 saves for Team USA in the win, while O'Connor stopped 36 shots for Youngstown in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team next travels to Sioux City, Iowa for the USHL Fall Classic, where they will face the Omaha Lancers (Sept. 23), Sioux City Musketeers (Sept. 24) and Waterloo Blackhawks (Sept. 25).

NOTES: To view the U.S. National Under-18 Team roster, click here. For the complete schedule, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 2 - 0 - 4

YNG 1 - 1 - 0 - 2

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Grimaldi (Boucher), 3:40; 1, YNG, Loney, 8:05, 2, USA, Grimaldi (Kaib), 14:22; Penalties: USA, Fiala (interference), 10:38; YNG, Berkle (slashing), 11:52; USA, Van Voorhis (interference), 12:21; YNG, Russo (hooking), 14:01; USA, Boucher (interference), 17:29.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Bardreau (Kaib, Haggerty), 6:49; 4, USA, Reid (Russo), 11:52; 2, YNG, Loney, 13:45; Penalties: YNG, Stevens (holding), 0:30; YNG, Stevens (tripping), 4:15; USA, Carlson (delay of game), 5:16; YNG, Russo (delay of game), 5:16; YNG, Belonger (tripping), 10:33; YNG, Fritsche (slashing), 11:32; USA, Haggerty (delay of game), 15:22; YNG, Ambrosia (delay of game), 15:22; USA, Kaib (tripping), 16:33.

Third Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Biggs (holding), 10:44; USA, Reid (hooking), 11:12; YNG, Margonari (delaying-the-game), 12:10.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total

USA 11 16 13 40

YNG 9 9 14 32

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total

USA, Gibson, 28:53 9-8 3-3 -- 12-11

USA, McNeely, 31:07 -- 6-5 14-14 20-19

YNG, O'Connor, 60:00 11-9 16-14 13-13 40-36

Power Play: YNG 0-7; USA 2-6

Penalties: YNG 9-18; USA 8-16

Offiacials: Referee - Zachary Blazic; Linesmen - Dan Cohen, Joseph Demizio

Attendance: 315

U.S. National Under-17 Team Falls to Youngstown, 4-2, in Exhibition

Jones and Vatrano Score First Goals for Team USA in Loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) and Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored their first goals of the season, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Youngstown Phantoms, 4-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube last Saturday(September 18th) in a United States Hockey League preseason contest.

After falling behind, 3-0, Team USA cut the Youngstown lead to two late in the second period when Jones broke free from a defender, charged to the net and scored.

Following a Youngstown third-period goal, the U.S. answered once again. Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) sent a pass to Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.), who skated to the corner and drew defenders away from the front of the net. Koules found Vatrano alone in the slot to trim the Youngstown lead to 4-2.

Intense pressure applied by Team USA in the game's final minute led to a penalty shot after a Youngstown player covered the puck in his own crease. But the U.S. failed to capitalize and dropped its first game of the season.

Goaltenders Jared Rutledge (Skokie, Ill.) and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) combined to make 21 saves for Team USA in the loss, while Matt Green stopped 44 shots for Youngstown in the win.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will host the North American Hockey League's Traverse City North Stars next weekend (Sept. 24-25) in exhibition play. Team USA will kick off its USHL regular season against the Dubuque Fighting Saints (Oct. 9) at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

NOTES: To view the U.S. National Under-17 Team roster, click here. For the complete schedule, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 1 - 1 - 2
YNG 1 - 2 - 1 - 4

First Period – Scoring: 1, YNG, Sekac (Mayfield, Stevens), 12:08 (pp); Penalties: USA, Samuelsson (roughing), 2:54; YNG, Mayfield (slashing), 2:54; USA, Vatrano (slashing), 4:45; YNG, Young (slashing), 5:17; YNG, Bradley (cross-checking), 7:44; USA, Vatrano (roughing), 11:44; YNG, Martin (slashing), 13:20; YNG, Smith (roughing), 18:33.

Second Period – Scoring: 2, YNG, Tiitinen (Smith), 6:32; 3, YNG, Ambrosia (Stevens), 15:48; 4, USA, Jones (Lane, Mermis), 17:09; Penalties: YNG, Russo (hooking), 10:00; USA, Vatrano (slashing), 13:04; USA, Mermis (interference), 19:18.

Third Period – Scoring: 5, YNG, Mayfield (Young), 5:32 (pp); 6, USA, Vatrano (Koules, Osterberg), 16:00; Penalties: USA, Grzelcyk (slashing), 1:02; USA, Carrick (interference), 4:51; YNG, Sekac (tripping), 4:57; USA, Mermis (kneeing), 5:21; YNG, Young (tripping), 6:04; USA, Carrick (hooking), 7:25; YNG, Stevens (tripping), 11:33; YNG, Stenglein (checking-from-behind), 16:44.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 12 17 17 46
YNG 9 11 5 25

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA,Rutledge, 30:00 8-7 8-7 -- 16-14
USA, Olson, 28:30 -- 4-3 5-4 9-7
YNG, Green, 60:00 12-12 17-16 17-16 46-44

Power Play: YNG 2-8; USA 0-9
Penalties: YNG 10-20; USA 9-18
Offiacials: Referee - Tom Chmielewski; Linesmen - Jim Scarpace, Steve Walsh
Attendance: 235

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USHL Fall Classic featured on Hockey Prospect Radio.

Go, go Gothberg.

Schaber named Blazers' captain.

A behind-the-scenes look at the Fall Classic.

Fall Classic Game Recaps:

First Day summaries.

Phantoms drop Classic opener.

Stamps edged by Bucs in shootout.

Tri-City comes from behind to edge Saints.

Force drops game to Jacks.

Gamblers down Lincoln.

Fall Classic scores for September 24th:

Indiana 5, Waterloo 0

Tri-City 5, Des Moines 0

Green Bay 4, Chicago 2

Youngstown 4, Sioux Falls 2

Cedar Rapids 3, Fargo 1

USNTDP 4, Sioux City 3

Muskegon 4, Dubuque 1

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Ethan Allen is caputured during the American Revolution on this date in 1775.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1 in the preseason, play in Calgary tonight against the Flames. Faceoff is set for 9:00pm EDT.

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Eisenhower and Krushchev meet for Cold War talks on this day in 1959.

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Riders set roster for tonight's game at Hamilton.
The 7-4 Riders are now 4 points behind the 9-2 Calgary Stampeders in the CFL West with last Friday's 43-37 OT win over the Stamps. The Riders play tonight at the Hamilton Tigercats. Kickoff on 620 CKRM is set for 6:30pm EDT.

Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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A Pacific Southwest Airlines jet collides in mid-air with a small Cessna over San Diego, killing 153 people on this day in 1978. The wreckage of the planes fell into a populous neighborhood and did extensive damage on the ground.

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Here's the Week 3 NFL Schedule:

Sunday, September 26th --

1:00 p.m Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1:00 p.m. New York Giants at Tennessee Titans

1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers

1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs

1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans

4:05 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 p.m. Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams

4:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

4:15 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals

4:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks

8:20 p.m. New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Monday, September 27th --

8:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

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The Bill of Rights passed Congreess on this date in 1789.


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The Beavers play at Boise State tonight. Kickoff is set for 8:00pm EDT. ABC has the TV, radio is via the Beaver Sports Network, with the listen link on the right side of this blog.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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Mob assassins shoot Anthony Carfano, known as Little Augie Pisano, to death in New York City on Meyer Lansky's orders, on this date in 1959. Lansky, one of the few organized crime figures who managed to survive at the top for several decades, was estimated to have accumulated as much as $300,000,000 in ill-gotten gains by the 1970s. Still, the government was never able to prove any wrongdoing.

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CFL announces minor football legacy fund.

Hope springs eternal for Blue Bombers.

CFL in Atlantic Canada possible, but not a probability.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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The Partridge Family debuted on ABC on  this date in 1970.

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ST. PETERSBURG --  Four days of playing the Yankees in New York can take a toll on a team, both mentally and physically, to the point where a letdown by the Rays could have been expected on Friday.

Instead, fueled by a three-run fifth and an improved effort by Jeff Niemann, the Rays will end Friday in first place in the American League East after defeating the Mariners, 5-3, at Tropicana Field with 17,840 watching.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Matt Garza (14-9, 4.01) starts tonight for Tampa Bay against the Mariners' Doug Fister (6-12, 3.83)....Garza has a career-high 14 wins and is aiming to become the second pitcher in Rays history to reach 15, joining David Price, who has 17 this year. To do that he'll have to reverse his recent form. Garza is 0-2 with a 10.93 ERA in his last three starts and has allowed at least six runs in each of those outings. Before this stretch he hadn't allowed six runs in even two successive starts in his career. "He's going to be fine," Maddon said. "The velocity is good. Everything is good. (We're) just trying to encourage him to stay in his delivery [and] get into some better counts. He's been getting in a lot of bad counts lately. It's more of a command issue than anything. [He] just [needs to] get a little sharper with command, get in better counts, and he's going to be just fine." ... The Rays have scored 777 runs, second in the Majors to the Yankees, and are on pace for a club-record 823. They are averaging 5.08 runs per game, the most in club history.

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On this day in 1894, President Grover Cleveland issues a presidential proclamation pardoning Mormons who had previously engaged in polygamous marriages or habitation arrangements considered unlawful by the U.S. government. At the time, and to this day, plural marriages between one man and multiple women; one woman and multiple men; or multiple men and women are illegal in the United States.

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In the American League East, Tampa Bay leads the Yankees(who lead the Wild Card) by 1/2 game, Boston is 7  behind(6 1/2 behind in Wild Card), Toronto(Eliminated) is 14 behind and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 31 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota(Clinched division) is 11 ahead of the White Sox(Eliminated), Detroit(Eliminated) is behind by 14, while Kansas City(Eliminated) sits 29 in arrears and Cleveland(Eliminated) is 29 1/2 behind.

In the American League West, Texas leads Oakland by 8, the Angels(Eliminated) are 10 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 27.

In the National League East, Philadelphia leads Atlanta(1/2 game behind in the Wild Card race) by 7 games, Florida(Eliminated) is16 1/2 out, the Mets(Eliminated) are 18 1/2 back and Washington(Eliminated) is 27 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 6 1/2 games, Houston(Eliminated) is 12 back, Milwaukee(Eliminated) is 13 1/2 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 16 1/2 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 32 1/2 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1/2 game ahead of San Diego(The Padres lead the Wild Card), Colorado is 4 1/2 behind(4 out in the Wild Card), the Dodgers(Eliminated) are 12 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 25.

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Denver -- Tim Lincecum recorded his first Major League victory here. Friday, he complemented that with what likely was his most significant triumph as a Giant.

Looking every bit like the two-time Cy Young Award winner that he is, Lincecum worked eight innings, with all but one being a perfect inning, and allowed just two hits. The right-hander engineered a 2-1 decision over the Colorado Rockies that kept the Giants atop the National League West standings.


Read the rest here.

Notes: Barry Zito (9-13, 3.98) starts tonight for the Giants against Colorado's Jason Hamel (10-8, 4.56)....A superb pitching performance by starter Tim Lincecum kept Javier Lopez out of Friday's series opener, but the lefty specialist more than likely will get his fair amount of work during the next two days. The Rockies lineup boasts Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Giambi, Todd Helton and Seth Smith, all of whom give pitchers fits -- no matter which hand they throw with. Lopez, who can throw over the top and drop down to the side, said he's careful about mixing his repertoire when facing divisional teams such as Colorado. "I always try to tweak it a little bit because they have the same video you do," said Lopez, who has limited lefties to three hits in 36 at-bats (.083) since the Giants acquired him from Pittsburgh in a July 31 trade. "When you're facing the same people in the same division, you don't want to give them the same look every single time."
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The legislation failed to pass, but it was followed by 10 similar proposals over the next three weeks by legislators including Senators Jacob Javits, Frank Church, and Mark Hatfield. Nixon had temporarily silenced his critics earlier in the month by announcing a new troop withdrawal and a reduction in the draft call for the next two months, but many of those who opposed him in Congress felt that Nixon had ignored an opportunity to push for peace in Vietnam when Ho Chi Minh had died on September 1.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue Moon of Kentucky."


1954 - The first Elvis Presley convention took place in Memphis, TN.

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Way Down" hit #18 in the U.S.

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "The Sun Years" hit #31 in the U.K.

1998 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2002 - The tribute album "Elvis - 30 #1 Hits" was released. It was the first Elvis Presley album to debut at the top of the U.S. charts. The album also set a record by debuting at #1 in 17 territories.

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Today in Beatles History:

1984 - Paul McCartney released "No More Lonely Nights."

2002 - Yoko Ono began testifying against Frederic Seaman in a federal trial she had filed in 1999. Seaman was accused to violating confidentiality agreements and profiting by stealing mementos and selling them to collectors after the death of John Lennon.

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Sandra Day O'Connor takes her seat on the Supreme Court on this date in 1981.

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Today in Sports History:

1934 - Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.

1937 - The NHL Board of Governors introduced legislation that discouraged "icing" during the League's semi-annual meeting. The new rules would cause a face-off in the defending zone if a team shot the puck all the way down the ice without scoring a goal.

1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.

1940 - Jimmie Foxx hit his 500th career home run.

1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.

1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.

1989 - O.J. Simpson was a guest on the 15th Anniversary Special of "Saturday Night Live."

2006 - The Detroit Tigers clinched their first playoff berth since 1987.

2006 - Atlanta was eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:30pm EDT

College Football: Oregon State Beavers at Boise State Broncos 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Calgary Flames 9:00pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 11:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:40pm EDT

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

Monday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

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

Thursday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 3:00pm

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

College Football: Arizona State Sun Devils at Oregon State Beavers 6:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Blades TBA

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow.       

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