Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's Thursday













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

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Today is March 17th, the 76th day of 2011. There are 289 days left in the year.

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Leafs stun struggling 'Canes.

Wings end Caps' nine-game winning streak.

Canucks beat Avs to clinch division title.

Ducks jump into top eight by beating Blues.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Patrick Duffy (Dallas) is 62; actor Kurt Russell (Stargate, Tango & Cash, Tombstone, Breakdown) is 60; actor Gary Sinise (Ransom, CSI: New York, Apollo 13, Forrest Gump) is 56; actor Rob Lowe (Parks & Recreation, The West Wing, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) is 47; National Soccer Hall of Famer Mia Hamm (helped the U.S. women's national team win the 2004 Olympics) is 39.

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Saints look to avoid USHL midweek woes.

Fighting Saints weekend forecheck.

Lincoln's Murdock shuts down Tri-City again.

Lumberjacks Add Victory Honda Standout Shuart for Clark Cup Run.

Solway signs with Toldeo Walleye.

The Ice are cleaning up.

Muskegon Jacks Welcome Riders, Musketeers to L.C. Walker Arena This Week.

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Today is St. Patrick's Day.

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Team USA Women to Play Canada in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Pre-World Championship Games Set for April 7-8

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of games against Canada on April 7 and 8, in Ann Arbor, Mich., prior to departing for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland. At the tournament, which runs from April 16-25, the U.S. will be looking to defend its back-to-back world titles from 2008 and 2009.

Tickets are now on sale for both pre-world championship games, which will take place at 7 p.m. EDT, in the Olympic Rink at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, home to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased by calling USA Hockey's NTDP at 734-327-9251. Adult tickets are $10, while student tickets are $5.

Select U.S. Women's National Team players will be available for autographs in the lobby immediately following each game.

The match-up against Canada is part of a selection/training camp that will take place from April 4-12 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, featuring thirty players who have been selected to the preliminary roster for the U.S. Women's National Team. The roster showcases 16 Olympians, 15 of whom captured the world title with Team USA in 2009. For the full preliminary roster, click here.

The U.S. women last faced Canada in the state of Michigan on Jan. 6, 2002, when they earned a 7-3 victory in a game prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Held at Joe Louis Arena, the game drew 10,158 fans, which set the women's Team USA attendance record. It is also the second most attended women's hockey game in the U.S. (the University of Wisconsin's women's ice hockey team drew 10,668 fans to its "Fill the Bowl" game against the University of Minnesota on Jan. 29, 2011).

NOTES: Doors to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube will open at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the start of the games ... The final 21-player U.S. Women's National Team roster is set to be announced on April 9. The squad will then depart on April 12 for the 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship ... Team USA has won three gold medals and nine silvers in the 12 previous IIHF World Women’s Championships. The U.S. has won three of the last four world championships (2005, 2008, 2009) … As previously announced, Harvard University's Katey Stone will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches will be Mark Hudak, head women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College, and Hilary Witt, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University. Stone, Hudak and Witt were all behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup.

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship Schedule
April 16-25 • Zurich & Winterthur, Switzerland

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT)
Thu., April 7* Canada Ann Arbor Ice Cube 7 p.m.
Fri., April 8* Canada Ann Arbor Ice Cube 7 p.m.
Sun., April 17 Slovakia Hallenstadion 12 p.m./6 a.m.
Mon., April 18 Russia Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Wed., April 20 Sweden Deutweg Rink 8 p.m./2 p.m.
Fri., April 22 Quarterfinals Hallenstadion TBA
Sat., April 23 Semifinals Hallenstadion TBA
Mon., April 25 Bronze-Medal Game Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Hallenstadion 8 p.m./2 p.m.

*Pre-world championship game in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Dayton, Ohio, police captured a bank robbery suspect after he fled riding a city bus. (According to the city's history books, it was the most boring police chase on record.)

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A different feeling for Hall in return to Regina.

Ray Lalonde named Als President and CEO.

Bombers add Canadian receiver McKoy.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Jimmy tosses the ol' seed.







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Two brothers in Ohio have decided not only to not renew their Cincinnati Bengals season tickets but to invoice the team's owners for past games and related expenses:$17,347.98.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley performed on TV's "Stage Show." He performed "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

1961 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii."

1971 - The collection album "Separate Ways" hit #46 in the U.S.

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President Obama says Kansas will win the NCAA Championship.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - The Beatles' "Let It Be" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1984 - The video for John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me" was aired on "American Bandstand."

2000 - It was reported that Paul McCartney was worth $865 million.

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It's St. Patrick's Day. I bet they celebrate nicely in Shamrock Lakes, Indiana, Shamrock, Oklahoma, and Shamrock, Texas.

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Today in Sports History:

1940 - For the first time in NHL history, one line (Boston's Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer) finished 1-2-3 in NHL scoring.

1955 - In Montreal, there was a seven-hour riot that caused more than $1 million in damage. Canadien fans were upset because NHL President Clarence Campbell had suspended Rocket Richard for attacking an official during a fight in a game on March 13.

1998 - The United States beat Canada 3-1 to win the first gold medal for women's hockey.

1999 - The International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members in the wake of a bribery scandal.

2003 - Jose Canseco was released from jail. He was then sentenced to two years of house arrest and three years of probation for his part in a nightclub brawl on October 31, 2001.

2005 - Several major league baseball players spoke about steroid use with the House Government Reform Committee. Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro participated. The hearing lasted 11 hours.

2007 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) scored his 502nd and 503rd career goals making him the all-time U.S.-born leader in goal-scoring.

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An 11-month-old Tibetan mastiff broke the record for dog prices, going to a new home in China for $1.5 million.
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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EDT

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

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