Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's Thursday













It's Thursday. Here's what's happening.

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Today is February 24th, the 55th day of 2011. There are 310 days left in the year.

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Sabres win Pegula's debut as owner.

Anderson, Butler help Sens end home skid.

Sharks' streak continues with OT win against Pens.

Bolts put an end to Coyotes win streak.

Oilers spoil Elliott's debut with Avs.

Kings end trip with win at Anaheim.

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Today's birthdays: Actor Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller, Fish) is 90; U.S. Senator from Connecticut Joseph Lieberman is 69; actor Barry Bostwick (Spin City) is 66; Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 56; actor Billy Zane (Titanic) is 45; boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars) is 34.

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Indiana Ice to celebrate charity night.

Lappin's two goals power Tri-City win over Omaha.

Profit seen for Ralston complex.

Black Hawks weekly notebook.

USHL update: Week #21.

Motte, Black Hawks shackle Des Moines.

Ex-Malamute commits to Mankato.

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It's National Tortilla Chip Day.

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National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. National Under-17 Team Blanks USHL Competition, Looks to Extend Win Streak;
Under-18 Team Prepares for Weekend Series Against Alabama-Huntsville

U18 TEAM VISITS UNIV. OF ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to the University of Alabama-Huntsville for games on Feb. 25 and 26. Puck drop is set for 8:05 p.m. ET at the Von Braun Center on Friday and 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.

U17 TEAM LOOKS TO EXTEND STREAK IN USHL: The U.S. National Under-17 Team puts its eight-game win streak on the line this weekend in two United States Hockey League games against the Youngstown Phantoms. Both games take place in Youngstown, Ohio at the Covelli Centre at 7:30 p.m. ET.

U17 TEAM BLANKS MUSKEGON 1-0: Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) notched the shootout winner and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) earned the shutout as the U.S. National Under-17 Team blanked the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 1-0, in USHL action at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Feb. 18.

U18 TEAM SHUTS DOWN CHICAGO, 4-0: Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 25 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team blanked the Chicago Steel, 4-0, in USHL action on Feb. 19 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Team USA did not allow a goal for the second straight game.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced Monday the 15 Division I players who are semifinalists for the 59th Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The semifinalists include three National Team Development Program alumni: Yale University forward Chris Cahill (North Andover, Mass./2003-04), Merrimack College goaltender Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass./2007-08) and Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky (North Marshfield, Mass./2007-08) ... The St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./2004-06) and center Jay McClement to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (Feb. 19), as well as a conditional 2011 or 2012 first-round draft choice, in exchange for forward Chris Stewart and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07) and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second-round draft choice ... Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis./2003-05) scored with less than five minutes in regulation to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday (Feb. 22) night.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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The Governor of Wisconsin was pranked by a caller from the opposition. (I know these are challenging economic times but can't the executive mansion of Wisconsin even afford caller ID?)

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Marshall: Assembling a Grade A coaching staff.

Free-agent Sean Lucas re-signs with Riders.

Huntley: Big Argo hungry for more success.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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Let's play hockey!



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NASA says all is a "go" for the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery this (Thursday) afternoon. (Coverage begins at 3:00pm EST on 1300wmel.com.)

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Loving You." The song was released in June 1957 as a single with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear."

1962 - Elvis Presley's single for "Rock-A-Hula Baby" with the b-side "Can't Help Falling In Love" hit #1 in the U.K.

1968 - Elvis Presley's single for "Guitar Man" hit #43 in the U.S.

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled 2 versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis design won and was issued on January 8, 1993.

1998 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "A Touch of Platinum" was released.

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The Nutmobile, the peanut-shaped traveling ambassador for the Planters brand, is going green. Its newest model runs on biodiesel and has a wind turbine, solar panels, LED interior lighting, recycled parts and wood floors reclaimed from a 19th century Pennsylvania barn.

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Today in Beatles History:

1943 - George Harrison was born in Wavertree, Liverpool. In 1992, Harrison stated, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock."

1964 - The Beatles appeared for the 3rd time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They appeared via tape.

2002 - Paul McCartney dedicated an a cappella rendition of "Yesterday" to George Harrison during a tribute concert at Liverpool's Empire Theater.

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On American Idol tonight the auditions conclude when the 24 semifinalists (12 guys and 12 girls) are revealed.

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - Johnny Weissmuller broke the world’s record in the 100-meter swimming event. He did it in 57 2/5 seconds.

1932 - Malcolm Campbell set a Daytona speed record when he went 253.96 mph.

1937 - Lou Gehrig did a screen test for the role of Tarzan. Johnny Weissmuller eventually got the part.

1980 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season before the age of 20.

1980 - In Lake Placid, NY, the U.S. hockey team defeated Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 77th goal of the season to break the NHL record of 76 held by Phil Esposito. Gretzky ended up with 92 goals for the season and 212 points. He was the first player to very finish a season with more than 200 points.

1987 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of the Los Angeles Lakers, got his first three-point shot in the NBA.

1993 - Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings) scored his 1,000th career point.

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An Oklahoma man was arrested after allegedly stealing a chainsaw from a hardware store. Police said Anthony Darren Black also stole a dog collar from the store, and appeared intoxicated. Black attempted to steal the chainsaw by stuffing it down his pants.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm

Saturday --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.        

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