Sunday, April 24, 2011

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It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 24th, the 114th day of 2011. There are 251 days left in the year.

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Lightning stay alive by routing Penguins.

Caps win to eliminate Rangers.

Bruins beat Habs in double overtime.

Quick makes 51 saves in Kings win.

Here's the First Round playoff schedule.

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Today is the first day of Administrative Professionals Week.

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USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – First Round

Eastern Conference

Indiana Ice (#3) vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (#6)

Indiana wins series 2-0.

Team USA (#4) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)

Muskegon wins series 2-0.

Western Conference

Sioux Falls Stampede (#3) vs. Sioux City Musketeers (#6)

Sioux Falls wins series 2-1.

Fargo Force (#4) vs. Lincoln Stars (#5)

Fargo wins series 2-0.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Second Round

Eastern Conference

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (#1) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20th – Muskegon 1 @ Cedar Rapids 4
Game 2: Friday, April 22nd – Muskegon 1 @ Cedar Rapids 6
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd – Cedar Rapids  1 @ Muskegon 5
Game 4: Monday, April 25th, 7:15 PM – Cedar Rapids @ Muskegon
Game 5: Wednesday, April 27th, 7:05 PM – Muskegon @ Cedar Rapids**

Green Bay Gamblers (#2) vs. Indiana Ice (#3)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20th – Indiana 1 @ Green Bay 5
Game 2: Friday, April 22nd – Indiana 1 @ Green Bay 3
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd – Green Bay 2 @ Indiana 1
Green Bay wins series 3-0.

Western Conference

Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Fargo Force (#4)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20th – Fargo 1 @ Dubuque 2 (OT)
Game 2: Friday, April 22nd – Fargo 1 @ Dubuque 2
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd – Dubuque 3 @ Fargo 0
Dubuque wins series 3-0.

Omaha Lancers (#2) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20th – Sioux Falls 5 @ Omaha 2
Game 2: Friday, April 22nd – Sioux Falls 4 @ Omaha 3
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd – Omaha  1 @ Sioux Falls 5
Sious Falls wins series 3-0.
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

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U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Falls to Norway, 5-4,
in World Sledge Hockey Challenge Semifinals

Team USA to Play in Third-Place Game Tomorrow


LONDON, Ont. - Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) scored three goals, but the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team fell to Norway, 5-4, in the semifinal round of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge here this afternoon at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

Norway scored with just 29 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 4-4 tie and emerge with the victory.

"Losing this way, in our last tournament of the season, is heartbreaking," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We need to pick ourselves back up tomorrow and finish the year on a winning note."

Team USA scored the lone goal of the first period with less than one minute remaining in the frame. After Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) created a turnover in the neutral zone, he slid the puck to Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) at the Norway blue line. Page and Greg Shaw (Park City, Utah) jammed the puck through two defenders to a streaking Taylor Lipsett (Richardson, Texas), who snuck a shot under the sled of Norway goalie Roger Johansen and over the goal line.

Norway scored three straight goals in the first eight minutes of the second period, but the U.S. and Landeros responded in the second half of the frame. At 12:29 of the period, Landeros found himself alone in the slot and sent a shot high to the blocker side of Johansen to cut the Norway lead to 3-2. Five minutes later, Landeros connected again, tapping in a long feed from Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.) at the far post for a power-play goal.

After an early third-period goal by Norway, Landeros tied the game once again with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. A long clearing attempt by Shaw rolled in front of Landeros at center ice, where the defenseman picked up the loose puck, deked a defender and fired a shot past Johansen's glove.

But Norway's Audun Bakke jammed a loose puck under U.S. netminder Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) less than one minute later for the game-winning goal.

Team USA will play the loser of this evening's game between Canada and Japan in the third-place game tomorrow (April 23) at 10 a.m. EDT. The contest can be seen on FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: Taylor Lipsett was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... 2011 marks the fourth World Sledge Hockey Challenge and the first to be held in London, Ont. Team USA won last year's event by topping Canada, 3-2, in overtime of the title game on Nov. 19, 2009, in Charlottetown, P.E.I. ... For full coverage of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, including a roster, photos, videos and live game blogs, click here.... All remaining games except for the championship tilt on April 23 will be streamed live at FASTHockey.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

NOR 0 - 3 - 2 - 5
USA 1 - 2 - 1 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Lipsett (Shaw, Page), 19:06. Penalties: USA, Salamone (cross-checking, misconduct), 13:26.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, NOR, Hagen (unassisted), 1:38; 3, NOR, Bjornstad (Vaernes), 3:55; 4, NOR, Hagen (Svee), 8:05; 5, USA, Landeros (Salamone, McKee), 12:29; 6, USA, Landeros (Salamone, Chace), 17:15 (pp). Penalties: NOR, Jacobsen (hooking), 13:09; NOR, Pederson (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:38.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, NOR, Bjornstad (Pederson), 7:31; 8, USA, Landeros (Shaw), 18:38; 9, NOR, Bakke (Bjornstad, Pederson), 19:31. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
NOR 2 5 6 13
USA 9 7 6 22

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
NOR, Johansen 60:00 9-8 7-5 6-5 22-18
USA, Cash 60:00 2-2 5-2 6-4 13-8

Power Play: NOR 0-1; USA 1-2
Penalties: NOR 2-4; USA 2-12
Officials: Referee - Pat Bell; Linesmen - Paul Raes, Rob Eagleson

Team USA 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Schedule
April 18-23 • London, Ont. • Western Fair Sports Centre

Date Opponent Time (EDT)/Result
Mon., April 18 Canada L, 3-1
Tues., April 19 Japan W, 8-1
Wed., April 20 Norway W, 4-2
Fri., April 22 Norway (Semifinal) L, 5-4
Sat., April 23 Third-Place Game 10 a.m.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Tops Japan, 9-1,
in World Sledge Hockey Challenge Finale

Team USA Finishes Third at Tournament

LONDON, Ont. - Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) scored twice and added an assist, as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team topped Japan, 9-1, in the third-place game of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge here today at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

Team USA compiled a 3-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record in its final tournament of the 2010-11 season.

"While we had hoped to be playing in the championship game, I'm proud of our guys for finishing the season strong," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "I'm excited to watch this team continue to grow, and am already looking forward to next year."

Team USA took a 1-0 lead at 2:35 of the first period when Greg Shaw (Park City, Utah) skated in from the left circle and lifted a shot over the glove of Japan goalie Shinobu Fukushima.

Japan tied the score, 1-1, just one minute after Shaw's opening tally. But the U.S. responded with five straight goals to close out the first period, including two each from Landeros and Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa). Also connecting was Team USA rookie Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.), who collected a pass from Jimmy Connelly (Galloway, N.J.) and fired a shot just under the crossbar for his third goal of the tournament.

Team USA extended its lead to 7-1 seven minutes into the second period. As the U.S. broke out of its own end, McKee sent a long lead pass between two defenders to Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.). Salamone moved the puck from his left to his right stick and tapped a shot past Fukushima and over the goal line. Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Josh Pauls (South Plainfield, N.J.) also scored to increase the U.S. advantage to 9-1 after two.

U.S. goalie Justin Kreger (Waterford, Wis.), who relieved starter Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) at the start of the second period, stopped all six shots he faced, as Team USA held on for the win.

NOTES: Nikko Landeros was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Nikko Landeros led all U.S. players at the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge with seven goals, and tied Adam Page (4-4) with eight points in five games at the tournament ... Alexi Salamone finished the 2010-11 season as Team USA's leader in assists (11) and points (16), while Nikko Landeros led the 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team with nine goals in 13 games.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

JPN 1 - 0 - 0 - 1
USA 6 - 3 - 0 - 9

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Shaw (Page), 2:35; 2, JPN, Takahashi (Uehara), 3:36; 3, USA, Landeros (Connelly, Jones), 5:03; 4, USA, McKee (Lipsett, Chace), 6:25; 5, USA, McCoy (Connelly), 8:18; 6, USA, McKee (Lipsett, Landeros), 10:34; 7, USA, Landeros (Chace, Cash), 17:22. Penalties: USA, Landeros (holding), 0:30; JPN, Sudo (delaying-the-game), 0:30.

Second Period - Scoring: 8, USA, Salamone (McKee), 6:59; 9, USA, Page (Jones), 7:26; 10, USA, Pauls (Chace), 16:13. Penalties: USA, Chace (teeing), 3:31; USA, McDevitt (interference), 8:25; USA, Team (too-many-men), 19:21.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
JPN 7 3 3 13
USA 10 6 5 21

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
JPN, Fukushima 60:00 10-4 6-3 5-5 21-12
USA, Cash 20:00 7-6 -- -- 7-6
USA, Kreger 40:00 -- 3-3 3-3 6-6

Power Play: JPN 0-3; USA 0-0
Penalties: JPN 1-2; USA 4-8
Officials: Referee - Pat Bell; Linesmen - Paul Raes, Greg Strauss

Team USA 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Schedule
April 18-23 • London, Ont. • Western Fair Sports Centre

Date Opponent Result
Mon., April 18 Canada L, 1-3
Tues., April 19 Japan W, 8-1
Wed., April 20 Norway W, 4-2
Fri., April 22 Norway (Semifinal) L, 4-5
Sat., April 23 Japan (3rd Place) W, 9-1

U.S. Women's National Team Advances to 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship Gold-Medal Game With 5-1 Win Over Russia

Team USA Set to Defend World TItle Against Canada on Monday

ZURICH - The U.S. Women's National Team advanced to the gold-medal game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship with a 5-1 win over Russia here tonight at Hallenstadion. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) each factored in four goals in leading the U.S. to victory.

Team USA holds a 4-0-0-0 record and will look for a world championship three-peat on Monday (April 25) against Canada at 2 p.m. EDT. The game can be viewed in the U.S. on Universal Sports Television Network and UniversalSports.com.

"After we got off to a bit of a slow and uninspired start, we came back in the second period with a lot of energy and played well for the last 40 minutes of the game," said Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA and also the head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University. "We now look forward to the opportunity to play for the gold medal on Monday."

Despite the U.S. outshooting Russia nearly seven-fold in the opening period, it was the Russians who struck first off a rebound at 3:21.

Trailing for the first time in the tournament, the Americans continued to pepper Russian netminder Anna Prugova with shots until they were successful at 11:31. Lamoureux-Kolls found the back of the net with a wrister from the slot and Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) buried a shot during a broken play off the faceoff :34 later for a 2-1 U.S. advantage.

Team USA scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period to go up 4-1. The first came at 4:08 when Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) beat Prugova with a low, hard-angle shot from the left-side goal line. Minutes later and with the U.S. back on the power play, Caitlin Cahow (Vinalhaven, Maine) took a shot and Decker knocked her rebound high over the sprawled goaltender at 6:59.

Decker closed out scoring with her second power-play goal of the game at 12:18 of the final frame off a rebound from Lamoureux-Kolls' slap shot.

Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) made 13 saves in the winning effort, while Prugova stopped 63 shots for Russia.

NOTES: Jocelyne Lamoureux was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Russia, 68-14 ... Team USA was 3-for-5 on the power play, while Russia was 0-for-5 ... Click here for the U.S. roster ... 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 ... Joining Katey Stone as assistant coaches are Mark Hudak, head women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College, and Hilary Witt, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University. In addition, Robb Stauber is serving as the goalie coach and Misha Donskov is the skill development coach ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #2011WWC ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Program blog here ... Get behind-the-scenes news and information by finding USA Hockey on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 2 1 -- 5
RUS 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, RUS, Gavrilova (Sosina, Smolentseva), 3:21; 2, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Lamoureux), 11:31; 3, USA, Coyne (Decker, Knight), 12:05. Penalties: RUS, Smolentseva (tripping), 4:05.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Lamoureux (Lamoureux-Kolls, Decker), 4:08 (pp); 5, USA, Decker (Cahow, Lamoureux-Kolls), 6:59 (pp). Penalties: USA, Lamoureux (hooking), :58; RUS, Sergina (tripping), 2:08; RUS, Gavrilova (holding), 6:14; RUS, Kapustina (interference), 9:50; USA, Knight (slashing), 14:09; USA, Pucci (tripping), 16:28.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Decker (Lamoureux-Kolls), 12:18 (pp). Penalties: USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (holding), 6:57; RUS, Sergina (body checking), 12:01; USA, Stack (body checking), 17:33.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 33 18 17 68
RUS 5 3 6 14

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Vetter, 60:00 5-4 3-3 6-6 14-13
RUS, Prugova, 60:00 33-31 18-16 17-16 68-63

Power Play: USA 3-5; RUS 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; RUS 5-10
Officials: Referee-Nicole Hertrich (GER); Linesmen-Therese Bjorkman (SWE), Johanna Tauriainen (FIN)
Attendance: 821

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

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT)/Result Broadcast
Thu., April 7 Canada* Ann Arbor Ice Cube L, 1-3 FASTHockey.com
Fri., April 8 Canada* Ann Arbor Ice Cube W, 4-1 FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 17 Slovakia Hallenstadion W, 5-0
Mon., April 18 Russia Hallenstadion W, 13-1
Wed., April 20 Sweden Deutweg Rink W, 9-1 Universal Sports
Sat., April 23 Russia^ Hallenstadion W, 5-1
Mon., April 25 Canada% Hallenstadion 8 p.m./2 p.m. Universal Sports
*Pre-world championship game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
^Semifinal
%Gold-Medal Game

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Advances to 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship Gold-Medal Game With 5-4 Overtime Win Over Canada

Team USA Attempts to Capture Third Straight Gold Medal Tomorrow

CRIMMITSCHAU, Germany – Tyler Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the game-winner 4:22 into overtime, as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team topped Canada, 5-4, here tonight in the semifinals of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's U18 Championship. Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) also notched two goals in the victory, which sent the U.S. to the gold-medal game tomorrow against Sweden at 12:30 p.m. EDT, at Crimmitschau Arena. The game will be streamed live on FASTHockey.com.

Team USA will look to capture its third straight gold medal after garnering back-to-back world titles in 2009 and 2010.

"We are fortunate to have held on for the win against such a good Canadian team," said Ron Rolston, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "The puck bounced our way in overtime and now we have to prepare for a talented Sweden team."

Canada opened the scoring early in the first period, but J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) responded for the U.S. midway through the frame. After Team USA blocked a shot, the puck caromed off a U.S. player and into the neutral zone, where Miller picked it up and skated to the net, snapping a shot past Canadian goaltender Malcolm Subban.

Team USA then took a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission, when Miller sent a pass from behind the net to an open Boucher in the slot, who ripped a shot past the outstretched glove of Subban.

The U.S. opened the third period with back-to-back shorthanded goals to gain a 4-1 edge. Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.) gave the U.S. a two-goal cushion 6:43 into period, when he skated with the puck up the right side boards and wristed a shot under the crossbar for the score. Just 33 seconds later, Boucher wired a shot past Subban for his second goal of the night.

Canada narrowed the margin to 4-2 just 1:59 later. Then, still down two goals with two minutes remaining in regulation, Canada took advantage of a power-play opportunity and sent an extra attacker to the ice, notching a 6-on-4 goal at the 18:25 mark of the third. Forty-four seconds later, Canada struck again with an extra attacker to force overtime.

U.S. goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stopped five shots in the extra frame, before Biggs snapped a shot past Subban to send Team USA to the gold-medal game.

Gibson made 38 saves in the win for the U.S., while Subban stopped 37 shots in the loss for Canada.

NOTES: Reid Boucher was named Team USA's Player of the Game. The forward now has seven goals in five games to rank second in scoring at the tournament. He has at least one point in each game for the U.S. and nine points (7-2) total ... J.T. Miller has recorded points in every game and owns four multi-point efforts. Miller is fourth in total points (4-7--11) among all skaters in the tournament ... Ron Rolston has led Team USA to the IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship game each of the four times he has been behind the bench ... The U.S. has captured a record seven consecutive medals at the IIHF World Men's U18 Championship, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06 and 2009-10, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze (2008). Team USA also captured the gold medal in 2002 ... All 22 players on the 2011 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team come from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... Click here for the full U.S. roster ... Team USA coverage throughout the 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship, including game recaps, photos and videos, can be found on USAHockey.com and Facebook. For live U.S. scoring updates, follow @USAHockeyScores and #U18WMC on Twitter ... The gold-medal game will be streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com ... All 22 members of the 2011 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 5
CAN 1 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Ritchie (Murphy, Quine), 4:37, (5x3 pp); 2, USA, Miller (unassisted), 11:14. Penalties: USA, Russo (tripping), 2:47; USA, Boucher (delay-of-game), 3:52; USA, Carlson (boarding), 15:51.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Boucher (Miller), 16:10. Penalties: CAN, Smith (10-minute-misconduct), 0:26; CAN, Catenacci (boarding), 4:30; CAN, Andrews (high-sticking), 4:55; CAN, Murray (slashing), 11:06.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Larraza (Boyd), 6:43, (sh); 5, USA, Boucher (Miller), 7:16, (sh); 6, CAN, Ritchie (Cousins, Quine), 9:15, (6x4 pp); 7, CAN, Murray (Quine, Ritchie), 18:25, (ea); 8, CAN, Scheifele (Murray, Cousins), 19:09. Penalties: USA, Grimaldi (hooking), 5:53; USA, Biggs (roughing), 8:41; USA, Bardreau (delay-of-game), 17:51.

Overtime Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Biggs (unassisted), 4:22. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 OT Total
USA 4 21 14 3 42
CAN 12 13 12 5 42

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
USA, Gibson, 64:22 12-11 13-13 12-9 5-5 42-38
CAN, Subban, 62:44 4-3 21-20 14-12 3-2 42-37

Power Play: USA 0-3; CAN 3-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; CAN 4-16

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship Schedule
April 14-24 • Crimmitschau, Germany

Date Opponent
Time (Local/EDT)

Live Webcast
Sat., April 9 Canada (exhibition)* L, 1-2
Mon., April 11 Finland (exhibition)* W, 4-2
Thu., April 14 Switzerland W, 2-1
Fri., April 15 Slovakia W, 8-1
Sun., April 17 Russia W, 4-3
Tue., April 19 Germany W, 7-3
Sat., April 23 Canada (Semifinal Round) W, 5-4 (OT)
Sun., April 24 Sweden (Gold-Medal Game) 6:30 p.m./12:30 p.m. FASTHockey.com
*Exhibition games played in Dresden, Germany

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2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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TORONTO -- Tampa Bay's 6-4 win on Saturday came in two phases.
First was the pitching phase, which consisted of a pitching duel between David Price and Brandon Morrow that saw each of the aces carve up the opposing lineup accordingly.
After that came the "life in the American League East" portion of the program. For Rays fans, that one brought the most anxiety. Toronto mounted a furious comeback before coming away losers in front of 21,826 at Rogers Centre.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum didn't lose his anticipated clash against Tim Hudson as much as he disqualified himself from it.
Lincecum issued a career-high six walks Saturday, four of which contributed to Atlanta's scoring, as the Giants fell, 5-2, to the Atlanta Braves.
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Today in Elvis History:

1992 - "Elvis -- The Great Performances" aired on CBS-TV. The event was hosted by Priscilla from Graceland.

2004 - The Vermont Teddy Bear Company ended its release of the limited edition Elvis Bear 2. The bears were to be offered (March 29-April 24, 2004) at more than 750 Kroger stores free of charge with a minimum purchase.

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Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis on this date in 1558. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1965The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" hit #1 in the U.K.

1967 - The Beatles attended a Donovan concert in London.

1968 - The Beatles' Apple Records decided not to sign David Bowie.

1969 - Paul McCartney publicly denied the rumors that he is dead.

1976 - Raquel Welch, Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian and Lorne Michaels were guests on "Saturday Night Live." During this show Lorne Michaels made a statement requesting the Beatles to appear on the show.

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On this date in 1800, the Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.

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Today in Sports History:

1961 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

1963 - The Boston Celtics won their fifth straight NBA title.

1994 - Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point performance.

2003 - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 in 5 overtime periods in game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Petr Sykora scored 48 seconds into the fifth overtime ending the game as the fourth longest game in NHL history. The final time was 140 minutes and 48 seconds.

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"X-Minus One," a science fiction show, was first heard for the first time on NBC radio on this date in 1955.

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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:05pm EDT

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