Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Friday



It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 21st, the 21st day of 2011. There are 344 days left in the year.

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Sabres slip past Bruins.

Maple Leafs shoot down Ducks.

Devils blank Sid-less and Malkin-less Penguins.

Caps hold on for win over Isles.

Philadelphia pounds Ottawa.

Hurricanes knock off Rangers.

Lightning top Thrashers in shootout, hang on to first.

Red Wings top Blues in OT.

Surging Predators roll over Avs.

Stars beat Oilers for 8th straight road win.

Sharks outlast Canucks in shootout.

Coyotes shut out Kings.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning beat Atlanta in a shootout last night. How do you the shootout? I like 'em, but I don't personally know one coach that does.

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Gamblers lose to RoughRiders.

Muskegon Lumberjacks hosting Midget Major hockey tournament next month.

Musketeers fall to Lincoln in OT.

Indiana Ice: Road warriors of the USHL.

Black Hawks announce "Bench Buddies."

Stampede continue hot streak, win sixth straight.

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Today's Birthdays: Golfer Jack Nicklaus is 71; actress Jill Eikenberry (L.A. Law) is 64; Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (owns Seattle Seahawks, co-owns Portland Trail Blazers) is 58; actress Geena Davis (Commander in Chief, Beatlejuice, Thelma & Louise) is 55; actor BooBoo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse/Breaking Dawn) is 17.

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Fullback Cote re-signs in Calgary.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Today is International Hot & Spicy Food Day. It's also National Granola Bar Day. How about a hot and spicy granola bar for breakfast?

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National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. Nat'l Under-18 Team Earn Three Points in USHL Action; Under-17 Team Remains Unbeaten in Last Four USHL Contests

THIS WEEK: The Under-18 Team travels to Hamden, Conn., to face the Quinnipiac University Bobcats on Saturday (Jan. 22). Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at the TD Bank Sports Center. On Sunday (Jan. 23), the U18's take on the Providence College Friars at 7 p.m. ET., at the Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I.

The Under-17 Team looks to continue its hot streak in the United States Hockey League when it hosts the Sioux Falls Stampede at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 7 p.m. ET.

U18 TEAM EARNS THREE OF FOUR POINTS: John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stopped all 31 shots he faces and Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif./1-1) and Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif./0-2) posted two-point games as the U.S. National Under-18 Team blanked the Green Bay Gamblers, 3-0, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube (Jan. 14).

The following evening (Jan. 15), Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.) made 32 saves and Ryan Haggerty (Stamford, Conn.) notched a goal as the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell to the Youngstown Phantoms in a shootout, 2-1, in Ann Arbor. Team USA picked up a point in the standings, gaining three of a possible four points over the weekend.

U17 TEAM WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN USHL: Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) scored two goals as the U.S. National Under-17 Team skated to its fourth consecutive victory in USHL play by defeating the Chicago Steel, 5-2, at The Edge Ice Arena. Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) stopped 20 shots for Team USA in the win.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa./1998-200) has scored seven goals in his last 12 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets ... Matt Carle (Anchorage, Alaska/2000-02) had a pair of assists for the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 16, helping lead them to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers ... In his last five games, Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06) has scored two goals and registered three assists ... Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas/2007-09) scored the deciding goal in the second period of the Michigan Wolverine's Jan. 14 win over Ferris State ... Four players were named to the American Hockey League's All-Star Classic: Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./2007-09), Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif./2004-06), Joey Crabb (Anchorage, Alaska/1999-2001) and Ryan Stoa (Bloomington, Minn./2003-05). The Western Conference Co-Coach will be John Hynes who served behind the NTDP bench for seven years before joining Wilkes--Barre/Scranton.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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Jesse James and his tattooed princess, Kat Von D, are engaged. James told People magazine: "You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs."

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I'm drinking the water!

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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Sunday, January 23rd 3:00pm Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Sunday, January 23rd 6:30pm New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers   

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Want to own a fast food chain? Just three years after combining in a huge merger, Wendy's and Arby's will part ways. The group is ready to get out of the roast-beef business.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - "Record Mirror" became the first to print a picture of Elvis Presley in the U.K.

1957 - Filming began on Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You."

1965 - Production began on the film Elvis Presley film "Fun in Acupulco" with soundtrack recording.

1997 - Col. Tom Parker died from complications from a stroke. He was the promoter that guided Elvis Presley to stardom.

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A Texas man says he played 611 round of golf in one year. Richard Lewis played up to 56 holes of golf a day. Refusing to use a golf cart for his record attempt, Lewis estimates he walked 4,000 miles.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - George Harrison and Patricia Anne Boyd were married. Patty eventually left Harrison for Eric Clapton.

2002 - George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" hit number one on the British pop charts 31 years after its first release. The song was re-released after the death of Harrison.

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In Singapore, a school of hospitality opened its new Restaurant Training Laboratory by preparing a ham and cheese sandwich measuring almost 290 feet -- setting the world record for the Longest Ham and Cheese Sandwich.

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Today in Sports History:

1911 - The first Monte Carlo motor rally took place.

1973 - The AFC beat the NFC 35-31 in the NFL Pro Bowl in Dallas. The game had been played in Los Angeles since 1942.

1979 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls.

1985 - Dennis Potvin tied Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals. Potvin ended up with 310 career goals.

1986 - Former major-league player, Randy Bass, became the highest-paid baseball player in Japanese history. Bass signed a three-year contract for $3.25 million. He played for the Hanshin Tigers.

1989 - Wayne Gretzky passed Marcel Dionne to become the NHL's second all time scorer.

1990 - John McEnroe was disqualified and expelled for throwing a tantrum and using abusive language at an official while leading Mikael Pernfors in the Australian Open. He was the first person to be thrown out of a Grand Slam in 27 years. He was fined $6,500 and kicked out of the tournament.

1995 - John Stockton became the NBA's all-time career assist leader when he got his 9,922nd.

1997 - Don Mattingly (New York Yankees) officially announced his retirement.

1997 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) scored 51 points against the New York Knicks.

2002 - Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) played his first game in Chicago as a visiting player. The Wizards beat the Bulls 77-69.

2010 - Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) became the 15th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points and the youngest to hit the milestone. He did it 35 days faster than Wilt Chamberlain.

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A 66 year-old North Carolina man has just become an Eagle Scout. (He's the only Boy Scout in the organization with the Medicare badge.)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Knights 5:15pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Knights 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Knights 9:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Knights 12:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers 5:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow. 

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