Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's Wednesday













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

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Today is March 23rd, the 82nd day of 2011. There are 283 days left in the year.

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Bruins beat Devils.

Rangers blank Panthers for fifth straight win.

Hurricanes rally to beat Senators.

Caps clinch playoff spot with SO win over Flyers.

Sabres boost playoff hopes with win over Habs.

Bolts struggles continue with loss to Isles.

Predators keep rolling by beating Oilers.

Maple Leafs blank fading Wild.

Avalanche edge Blue Jackets in shootout.

Coyotes fend off Blues.

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Today's birthdays: Fashion designer Kenneth Cole is 57; actress Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are, Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) is 52; actress Hope Davis (American Splendor) is 47; actress Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Mission: Impossible III, Gone Baby Gone) is 35; actress Keri Russell (August Rush, Mission: Impossible III) is 35; gossip blogger Perez Hilton is 33.


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Riders' Carlson approaches coaching milestone.

Youngstown Phantoms: Week #25.

Stampede return home this week.

Gaudreau named USHL player of the week.

The slippery sniper.

USHL Honors - Week 25.

Waterloo Black Hawks name players of the week.

As games wind down, Musketeers push for playoffs.

Lancers hit road for pair of games.

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Today is National Chip and Dip Day.

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin, which last weekend defeated No. 3 Boston College and No. 2 Boston University en route to its fourth NCAA Division I national championship in six years, ends the 2010-11 season as the No. 1 team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll. The Badgers, who finish the season with a 37-2-2 overall record, collected 190 points and all 19 first-place votes to earn the poll's top spot for the 17th time this season.

Boston University (165), which capped its season with the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Women's Frozen Four and a berth in the national title game, is No. 2. The remaining two NCAA Women's Frozen Four participants -- Boston College (140) and Cornell University (139) -- end the season at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while the University of Minnesota Duluth (114) rounds out the top five.

NOTES: In addition to the University of Wisconsin, three other teams held the No. 1 ranking in the poll this season, including the University of Minnesota Duluth, which was named the preseason No. 1, Mercyhurst College and Cornell University ... Seven teams remained on the poll throughout the entire season ... The University of Wisconsin's Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) was named the recipient of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. In its 14th year, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is given out annually by the USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Duggan, a senior forward and team captain, received the award during a sold-out award ceremony and brunch, held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa. on March 19. Visit PattyKaz.com for more information ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences in this week's poll 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 - #24
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2010-11 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
1
37-2-2
24
2Boston University, 165
3
27-7-4
24
3Boston College, 140
4
24-7-6
24
4Cornell University, 139
2
31-3-1
24
5University of Minnesota Duluth, 114
5
22-9-3
24
6Mercyhurst College, 98
6
29-6-0
24
7University of Minnesota, 85
7
26-10-2
23
8Dartmouth College, 45
8
22-12-0
8
9University of North Dakota, 38
9
20-13-3
24
10Providence College, 22
10
22-12-1
14
Others receiving votes: Ohio State University, 6; Northeastern University, 3.



University of North Dakota Remains No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of North Dakota remains No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll after defeating No. 13 Colorado College and No. 5 University of Denver en route to its 15th Western Collegiate Hockey Association title. North Dakota, which improved to 30-8-3 overall, collected 503 points and 27 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the fifth week in a row.

Boston College claims the No. 2 spot with 480 points and six first-place votes after capturing the Hockey East title with wins over Northeastern University and No. 7 Merrimack College, while Yale University remains at No. 3 with 441 points and one first-place vote after defeating Colgate University and Cornell University to claim the ECAC Hockey crown. Miami University (402) advances two places to No. 4 after earning the Central Collegiate Hockey Association title with wins over No. 9 University of Notre Dame and No. 10 Western Michigan University, while the University of Denver (353) rounds out the top five following a victory over Bemidji State University and a loss to No. 1 North Dakota in double overtime of the WCHA championship game.

Rensselaer returns to the poll at No. 15 following a two-week hiatus after earning an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

The NCAA tournament begins this weekend with seven top-15 match-ups in the NCAA regional semifinals on Friday (March 25) and Saturday (March 26). The regional finals will be played on Saturday and Sunday (March 27), with the winners advancing to the NCAA Men's Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., April 7-9.

NOTES: The WCHA leads all conferences with five ranked programs, while the CCHA boasts four ranked programs and Hockey East and ECAC Hockey each have three ... A total of 18 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’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 five 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
Men's College Hockey Poll - #24
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2010-11 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1University of North Dakota, 503 (27)
1
30-8-3
24
2Boston College, 480 (6)
2
30-7-1
24
3Yale University, 441 (1)
3
27-6-1
24
4Miami University, 402
6
23-9-6
24
5University of Denver, 353
5
24-11-5
24
6University of Michigan, 349
4
26-10-4
24
7Merrimack College, 320
7
25-9-4
11
8Union College, 246
T-8
26-9-4
21
9University of Notre Dame, 197
T-8
23-13-5
21
10Western Michigan University, 192
12
19-12-10
4
11University of New Hampshire, 181
10
21-10-6
24
12University of Minnesota Duluth, 176
11
22-10-6
24
13Colorado College, 125
13
22-18-3
2
14University of Nebraska Omaha, 72
14
21-15-2
20
15Rensselaer, 28
NR
20-12-5
14

Others receiving votes:
 Dartmouth College, 12; Boston University, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 1.

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A pet turtle in Brooklyn started a fire that swept through an apartment. (That's why I'm so thankful my pet turtle finally stopped smoking.)

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A BIG TIME reshuffling of the Oregon State football staff, just in time for the start of spring ball. Brett Brennan, who was the San Jose State WRs coach is the new Beavers’ wide receivers coach. Jay Locey is moving back to the tight ends. But it doesn’t end there -- even defensive coordinator Mark Banker is changing positions and the longest tenured assistant on the OSU staff is moving on.

OSU Sports Information confirmed what had previously been reported on varying media, including that defensive coordinator Mark Banker moves over to coach the linebackers. Corners coach Keith Heyward will now also mentor the safeties, previously coached by Banker.

That puts Greg Newhouse, who completed his 14th year at Oregon State in 2010, out of the mix. OSU’s statement said Newhouse, who coached the linebackers, "was offered another position" within the program but elected to pursue other opportunities. Newhouse spent 14 seasons at Oregon State in a variety of assistant coach roles on the defense.

To recap…

San Jose State wide receivers coach Brent Brennan has the new receivers coach. Jay Locey moves to tight ends from wide receivers. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker moves to linebackers from safeties. Keith Heyward, who previously coached the corners, adds safeties and becomes the defensive backs coach. Newhouse, who coached the linebackers, is leaving OSU.

Brennan over his SJSU career held the positions of co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Prior to his tenure at San Jose State, Brennan spent four seasons (2001-04) as the wide receivers/slotback coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He previously held graduate assistant roles at UW, Arizona and Hawaii. He played for UCLA as a wide receiver in the early 90s.

All this comes on the heels of Oregon State hiring Chris Brasfield as the new running backs coach, who comes to OSU after a one-year stint as the graduate assistant coach for defense for the Ducks.

The new 2011 staff responsibilities:
Jay Locey, assistant head coach/tight ends; Mark Banker, defensive coordinator/linebackers; Bruce Read, coordinator of special teams; Danny Langsdorf, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks; Chris Brasfield, running backs; Brent Brennan, wide receivers; Mike Cavanaugh, offensive line; Keith Heyward, secondary; Joe Seumalo, defensive line; Alan Darlin, graduate assistant/asst. linebackers; Mitch Meeuwsen, graduate assistant/asst. secondary.

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In Boston, a guy walked into a Starbucks, yelled, "I'm rich, I'm rich, I'm rich!" then threw about 100-one dollar bills into the air and left. An employee collected the money with plans to donate it to relief efforts in Japan.

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Finding a home: Boyd secure with Argos, life.

Dario Romero released by Eskimos.

Als coaches chart course for Grey Cup trifecta.

Ticats' McManus promoted to head U.S. Scout.

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 shows off his climbing skills.



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American Idol tonight. The theme is Motown as the Top 11 perform live.

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Today in Elvis History:

1961 - Elvis Presley recorded "Rock-a-Hula Baby" and "Can't Help Falling in Love."

2004 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Elvis Ultimate Gospel" was released by BMG.

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A jeweler in the UK has given an iPad 2 the bling treatment, upping the cost of the $500 gadget to $7.5 million. Lots of gold, lots of diamonds.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write" was published.

1967 - The Beatles won two awards at the 12th annual Ivor Novello Awards.

1973 - Yoko Ono was granted permission to live in the U.S. permanently.

1985 - In San Antonio, TX, Julian Lennon held his first concert.

1999 - In Gibraltar, a set of postage stamps was released commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon.

2004 - The album "Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band Tour 2003" was released.

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Need a new set of studio headphones? These will get some attention.

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Today in Sports History:

1952 - Bill Mosienko (Chicago Black Hawks) scored the fastest hat trick in NHL history. He scored 3 goals in 21 seconds.

1972 - Evil Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars.

1991 - The London Monarchs beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 24-11 in the World League of American Football's (WLAF) first game.

1994 - Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles Kings) score his 802nd career goal to pass Gordie Howe as the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer.

1995 - Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh Penguins) became the first European player to lead the NHL in scoring.

2002 - Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis Blues) slashed Lyle Odelein (Chicago Blackhawks) during a game. On March 25, 2002, Tkachuk was suspended for one game without pay for the incident.

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Ryan Dein didn't think twice about chasing down and tackling a thief -- in the nude. The Australian man chased the robber down the street early Saturday after the man took off from his home with a wallet, laptop and camera. After Dein tackled the thief and got his stuff back he let him go. Too bad for the thief he dropped his wallet.

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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

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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