Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is January 19th, the 19th day of 2011. There are 346 days left in the year.





Flyers beat Capitals in OT.

Sid-less Penguins beat battered Wings.

Lucic goal sends Bruins past Hurricanes.

Sabres trip up Canadiens in OT.

Ducks over Senators in SO.

Lightning slip back into sole possession of first with SO win over Jackets.

Blues edge Kings.

Jones scores in OT as Avs beat Canucks.

Dumont's hat trick powers Preds past Coyotes.

Wild downs struggling Oilers.


Today is Popcorn Day.


Force fall at home.

Williams named co-goaltender of the week.

Waterloo's MacDonald recognized by USHL.

USHL Honors - Week #16.

Youth hockey benefits from semi-pro team's tribute to Deere.

It's a joy to be along for the ride.

Youngstown Phantoms: Week #16.

Steel skid reaches 15 in loss to Waterloo.

RoughRiders go red.


Today's Birthdays: Singer and actress Dolly Parton is 65; TV chef Paula Deen is 64; actress Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, 8 Simple Rules, Married With Children) is 57; actress Drea de Matteo (Desperate Housewives, Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos) is 39; actress Jodie Sweetin (Full House) is 29; gymnast Shawn Johnson is 19.

Makowsky signs on for 17th season.

Lemon undergoes surgery for injured finger.

Bombers name Burke defensive co-ordinator.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website,


American Idol is back tonight. Still hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the 10th season welcomes new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who join Randy Jackson at the judges' table. As always, the season begins with auditions, starting tonight in New Jersey.


University of Wisconsin Remains No. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin remains No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll after completing a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State University. The Badgers, who boast a 22-2-0 record, accumulated 186 points and 15 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the eighth time this season.

Cornell University sits at No. 2 with 175 points and four first-place votes, having earned victories over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College last weekend, while Boston University remains at No. 3 with 148 points following wins over then-No. 6 Boston College and the University of Maine. Mercyhurst College (135) advances one place to No. 4 after defeating Brown University in a weekend series, while the University of Minnesota (110) rounds out the top five after posting two victories over then-No. 4 University of Minnesota Duluth.

Quinnipiac University is making its first-ever poll debut at No. 10.

This week features two top-10 match-ups, with No. 2 Cornell University facing off against No. 4 Mercyhurst College tonight (Jan. 18), and No. 1 University of Wisconsin traveling to take on No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth for a weekend series.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked programs, while Hockey East boasts three, ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams and College Hockey America has one ... A total of 12 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women's College Hockey Poll - #15
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 University of Wisconsin, 186 (15) 1 22-2-0 15
2 Cornell University, 175 (4) 2 17-1-0 15
3 Boston University, 148 3 18-2-3 15
4 Mercyhurst College, 135 5 18-4-0 15
5 University of Minnesota, 110 7 16-6-1 14
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 91 4 12-6-2 15
7 Boston College, 84 6 14-4-4 15
8 University of North Dakota, 51 8 12-7-3 15
9 Northeastern University, 21 10 13-6-4 5
10 Quinnipiac University, 18 NR 15-7-1 1

Others receiving votes: Providence College, 17; The Ohio State University, 9.

2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award to be
Presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

14th Annual Award Ceremony Set for March 19 at Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, as announced today by The USA Hockey Foundation. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is an annual honor bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

The 2011 award ceremony and brunch will take place on Saturday, March 19, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 18 & 20).

"We're extremely grateful for LECOM's support of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award," said Dave Ogrean, executive director for The USA Hockey Foundation. "They share our passion for helping the sport continue to grow, in part through the visibility this award provides."

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, graduate school of osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. Located in Erie, Pa., with branch campuses in Greensburg, Pa., and Bradenton, Fla., LECOM is the nation's largest medical college offering innovative, affordable medical education, including three-year doctor of osteopathic medicine and doctor of pharmacy degrees.

Last year, Mercyhurst College junior Vicki Bendus took home the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Other previous winners include Jennifer Botterill (2001 & 2003), Julie Chu (2007), A.J. Mleczko (1999) and Angela Ruggiero (2004).

Tickets to the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.

NOTES: The top-10 finalists for the award will be announced on March 3, while the top-three selections will be released on March 10 ... The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman for Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28, following a long struggle with a rare blood disease … For more information and to sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, visit


After a lonnngggg night of drinking, what's your favorite hangover cure? New findings show that the real "cure" may be good old coffee and aspirin. Researchers found that caffeine combined with the anti-inflammatory ingredients of aspirin reacted against the chemical compounds found in booze.


Talk to the hand.


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   


It turns out a beer a day may keep the doctor away, according to a Spanish study. The study found those who drank moderate amounts of beer reduced their risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.


Today in Elvis History:

1953 - Elvis Presley registered for the U.S. Selective Service System.

1961 - Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" hit #1 in the U.S.


One of the fastest growing demographics on dating websites is the senior set. Look no further than, an online dating forum devoted exclusively to helping the elderly hook up. The service reportedly attracts 1,000 new members every day.


Today in Beatles History:

1971 -At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.

1976 - The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage. The offer was made by rock promoter Bill Sargent.

2010 - Ringo Starr's album "Y Not" was released on vinyl. It was released on CD on January 12, 2010.


Russian authorities said a woman believed her husband was sleeping for four days before she realized he was dead.


Today in Sports History:

1952 - The National Football League (NFL) bought the franchise of the New York Yankees from Ted Collins. The franchise was then awarded to a group in Dallas on January 24.

1953 - Jesse Owens was named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary.

1958 - The Canadian Football Council changed its name to the Canadian Football League.

1993 - The Oakland A's unveiled a new elephant logo.

1995 - The NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix for the 1996-97 season.

1996 - The NHL announced that the Winnipeg Jets could move to Phoenix.

1997 - Ivan Rodriguez signed a deal with the Texas Rangers worth $6.65 million for one year.


Regis Philbin announced that he's retiring at the end of the summer. (This could be the comeback Larry King's been waiting for.)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' doin'.

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

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


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

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