Friday, April 8, 2011

It's Friday

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


Today is April 8th, the 98th day of 2011. There are 267 days left in the year.





Thrashers damage Rangers' hopes with win.

Senators end home season by beating Habs in OT.

Stars beat Avs to stay alive in West.

Kesler's hat trick leads Canucks to victory.


Todays birthdays: First Lady Betty Ford is 93; former Texas Representative and Dancing with the Stars celeb Tom DeLay is 64; singer/actor John Schneider (Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard) is 51; Survivor winner/tax evader Richard Hatch is 50; actress Robin Wright Penn (Forrest Gump) is 45; Actress Patricia Arquette (Medium) is 43.


Bismarck's Frozen Three.

Crashing the party.

Travis Belohrad thankful for fresh start with Lumberjacks.

RoughRiders clinch share of Anderson Cup.

Phantoms lose in OT, face two must-wins.

ND's Lavin has been a mobile defenseman.


Got a lead foot? Then consider moving to the Lonestar state, where a measure approved by the Texas House would raise the speed limit to 85. Texas and Utah are the only states that now allow speed limits of 80 miles per hour.


U.S. Women Fall to Canada, 3-1,
in Game Prior to 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The U.S. fell to Canada by a 3-1 score here tonight at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in a game prior to the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship. The U.S. squad was made up of 20 of the 30 players vying for a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team, while Canada was skating with its final 21-player tournament roster.

The two teams will face off again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EDT before the U.S. roster is announced on Saturday (April 9). The game can be viewed live at

Jen Schoullis (Erie, Pa.) scored for the U.S., while Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio) made 18 saves in her first-ever action against the Canadian National Team.

In a scoreless opening frame, the shots were 9-8 in favor of Canada. The U.S. penalty kill was successful on the team's only infraction of the frame, holding the Canadians shotless during the two-minute advantage.

Canada scored three consecutive goals in the second period to take a 3-0 lead before the U.S. tallied late in the stanza to make it 3-1.

First, Canada's Sarah Vaillancourt drove up the left side and shot the puck inside the near post at 1:55, then Meaghan Mikkelson notched a goal just after the Americans' first power play had expired at 9:14. Jayna Hefford kept the Canadian momentum going at 13:40 when she scored on a shorthanded breakaway, but the U.S. responded less than three minutes later as Schoullis, who is looking make the U.S. Women's National Team roster for the first time, scored at 16:39.

The 3-1 score held through the third period, during which time Canada held a 6-4 edge in shots.

NOTES: Both the U.S. and Canada were scoreless on three power-play opportunities ... Canada held a 21-18 advantage in shots ... The U.S. roster can be downloaded here ... USA Hockey is currently holding a U.S. Women's National Team selection/training camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a total of 30 players. The final 21-player roster that will make up the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship will be announced on April 9. The preliminary roster includes 16 Olympians, 15 of whom captured the world title with Team USA in 2009 ... At the last IIHF World Women's Championship, which took place in Hameenlinna, Finland, in 2009, the U.S. defeated Canada, 4-1, in the gold-medal game to earn its second straight world title ... The U.S. has captured three gold medals (2005, 2008, 2009) and nine silvers (1990, 1992, 1994,1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007) in the 12 previous IIHF World Women’s Championships. For more information on Team USA, click here ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during all international events ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Program blog here ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at and Twitter at


Scoring By Period

USA 0 1 0 -- 1
CAN 0 3 0 -- 3

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Steadman (body checking), 12:33.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Vaillancourt (Wickenheiser), 1:55; 2, CAN, Mikkelson (Ward, Vaillancourt), 9:14; 3, CAN, Hefford (Szabados), 13:40 (sh); 4, USA, Schoullis (Chu), 16:39. Penalties: CAN, Irwin (tripping), 6:54; CAN, Bonhomme (body checking), 11:48.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Thatcher (high sticking), 2:22; USA, Ruggiero (roughing), 7:03; CAN, Wakefield (slashing), 7:03; USA, Engstrom (tripping), 8:55; CAN, Slusar (tripping), 19:26.

Shots by Period
1 2 3
USA 8 6 4 18
CAN 9 6 6 21

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, McLaughlin, 59:30 9-9 6-3 6-6 21-18
CAN, Szabados, 60:00 8-8 6-5 4-4 18-17

Power Play: USA 0-3; CAN 0-3
Penalties: USA 4-8; CAN 4-8
Officials: Referee-Krissy Langley; Linesmen-Jerylyn Glenn, Erin Blair

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 L, 1-3
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 Semifinal #1 Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Semifinal #2 Hallenstadion 8 p.m./2 p.m.
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.


Dancer Karina Smirnoff has bared all for Playboy. The Dancing with the Stars dancer will appear on the cover and inside the upcoming May issue.



Seven of eight teams under salary cap.

Bombers release Luke Fritz.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Jimmy checks out the library's play wall.


For iPhone users, there's a new calorie counting app calledMeal Snap. You take pictures of your food and, seemingly like magic, it counts your calories. It sounds impossible but Meal Snap's ratings in the App Store are high.


Today in Elvis History:

1966 - The Elvis Presley movie "Frankie And Johnny" opened at the Victoria Theatre in London.

1978 - Elvis Presley's album "He Walks Beside Me" hit #37 in the U.K.

1980 - Elvis Presley's grandmother, Minnie Presley, died.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley's debut album "To Whom It May Concern" was released.


About $19,000 worth of salty snacks were stolen from a Canadian (Peterborough, Ontario) Frito Lay warehouse sometime between Friday and Tuesday. The stolen goods include Lays and Hostess chips, Doritos, Tostitos, peanuts, salsa and dips.


CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay saw a change of venues Thursday afternoon, but the outcome proved hauntingly familiar.
Tropicana Field hosted the Rays' first five games of the season and the Rays did not win a game. U.S. Cellular Field played host to the club's first road game of the season, and nothing changed. Tampa Bay dropped a 5-1 decision to Chicago, moving to 0-6 on the new season.
Since the advent of divisional play in 1969, the Rays are the second division champion to start the season 0-6, joining the 1997 Cardinals.
Read the rest here.

In theatres: Arthur (PG-13); Hanna (PG-13); Soul Surfer (PG); Your Highness (R).

SAN FRANCISCO -- Five months after sending the Bay Area into a World Championship tizzy, the Giants will do what no San Francisco baseball team before them has done -- raise a world championship banner. The title was the Giants' first since moving from New York in 1958.

The Giants open at home against the Cardinals on Friday, the first of a three-game set. Eleven years after AT&T Park -- with the big Coke bottle and the Bay as a backdrop -- opened, the Giants kick off a three-day World Series celebration. The ring ceremony is set for Saturday and National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey will be honored on Sunday.
Read the rest here.

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 -Julian Lennon was born to Cynthia and John Lennon. He was the first child to be born to a Beatle.

1972 - Wings released "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". The song was banned by the BBC and IBA.

2003 - Yoko Ono's single "Walking On Thin Ice (Tenaglia Dub)" was released.

2003 - The album "Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney" was released.


This is Straw Hat Month.


Today in Sports History:

1911 - The first squash tournament was played at the Harvard Club in New York City.

1974 - Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth's home run record.

1975 - Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black manager of a major league baseball team.

1987 - Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned over remarks he had made. While on ABC's "Nightline" Campanis said that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.


April is Pharmacists War on Diabetes Month.


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:35pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox 8:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Fort Worth, Texas 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox 4:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Samsung Mobile 500 at Fort Worth, Texas 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:05pm EDT


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

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