Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Today is April 12th, the 102nd day of 2011. There are 263 days left in the year.





Here's the First Round playoff schedule.


Todays Birthdays: Actor Ed O'Neill (Modern Family, Married with Children) is 65; author Tom Clancy is 64; David Letterman is 64; singer-actor David Cassidy is 61; actress/former DWTS contestant Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210) is 40; actress Claire Danes is 32; model Brooklyn Decker is 24.


The United States Hockey League announced the schedule for the first round of the 2011 Clark Cup Playoffs.

It came down to the final day of the 480-game regular season schedule to determine playoff positions, but at the end of Saturday night, four matchups had been set for the first round.

The Anderson Cup champion Cedar Rapids RoughRiders will be joined by the Green Bay Gamblers as teams that have earned a bye in the Eastern Conference for the first round. In the Western Conference, the Dubuque Fighting Saints also advance to the second round and the Omaha Lancers earned a win on the final game of the season over the Sioux Falls Stampede to move above the Stampede and earn a first-round bye.

The Waterloo Black Hawks officially secured their postseason berth with a victory in their final regular season contest. The Fargo Force and Lincoln Stars finished with the same amount of points in the standings, but the Force hold the tiebreaker of winning the season series against the Stars to claim the fourth seed.

In the USHL's new expanded playoff format, a best-of-three series will take place in the first round between the #3 and #6 seeds in addition to a matchup between the #4 and #5 seeds. The higher seed will be the host for the duration of the first round games. The winner of each series will advance to the second round which will be re-seeded, ensuring that the highest seed will always play against the lowest remaining seed.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – First Round

Eastern Conference

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

Game 1: Thursday, April 14th, 7:05 PM – Waterloo @ Indiana

Game 2: Friday, April 15th, 7:05 PM – Waterloo @ Indiana

Game 3: Sunday, April 17th, 3:05 PM – Waterloo @ Indiana**

All games played at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Game 1: Friday, April 15th, 7:00 PM – Muskegon @ Team USA

Game 2: Saturday, April 16th, 7:00 PM – Muskegon @ Team USA

Game 3: Sunday, April 17th, 3:00 PM – Muskegon @ Team USA**

All games played at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Western Conference

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

Game 1: Wednesday, April 13th, 7:05 PM – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls

Game 2: Thursday, April 14th, 7:05 PM – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls

Game 3: Sunday, April 17th, 6:05 PM – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls**

All games played at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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

Game 1: Friday, April 15th, 7:35 PM – Lincoln @ Fargo

Game 2: Saturday, April 16th, 7:05 PM – Lincoln @ Fargo

Game 3: Sunday, April 17th, 5:05 PM – Lincoln @ Fargo**

All games played at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota

** if necessary

(all times reflect local start time)

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11. With over 250 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 NHL Entry Draft picks currently on League rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at http://www.ushl.com/.

It's not just hockey. It's the USHL.


 Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.


Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth Finishes Season No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After capturing its first-ever NCAA title, the University of Minnesota Duluth ends the season as the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. The Bulldogs, who defeated No. 4 University of Notre Dame and No. 2 University of Michigan en route to the NCAA championship, collected 510 points and all 34 first-place votes.

Michigan (459), which defeated the University of North Dakota in the semifinal before falling to Minnesota Duluth, retains the No. 2 position, while North Dakota (449) is No. 3. Notre Dame (395) remains at No. 4 and Boston College (363) rounds out the top five.

NOTES: Eight teams remained in the poll throughout the 2010-11 season ... Six teams held the No. 1 spot (Boston College, Boston University, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of North Dakota, Yale University). Minnesota Duluth previously held the No. 1 spot for three weeks from Nov. 15 - Dec. 5, 2010 ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences in the poll with five ranked programs, while the Central Collegiate Hockey Association boasts four ranked programs and Hockey East and ECAC Hockey each have three ... A total of 19 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 - #26
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2010-11 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1University of Minnesota Duluth, 510 (34)
2University of Michigan, 459
3University of North Dakota, 449
4University of Notre Dame, 395
5Boston College, 363
6Yale University, 314
7University of Denver, 306
8Miami University, 268
9University of New Hampshire, 246
10Merrimack College, 204
11Colorado College, 182
12Union College, 146
13Western Michigan University, 122
14University of Nebraska Omaha, 82
15Rensselaer, 16

Others receiving votes:
 Dartmouth College, 10; Boston University, 4; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 2.

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Tops Finland, 4-2, in Final Tune-Up
Prior to 2011 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship

Grimaldi Scores Twice, Notches Game-Winning Goal

DRESDEN, Germany – Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) scored twice, including the game-winning goal, and Ryan Haggerty (Stamford, Conn.) recorded two points (1-1), as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team topped Finland, 4-2, here tonight in its final tune-up prior to the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Under-18 Championship, which runs from April 14-24, in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany.

Grimaldi gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead 8:20 into the first period, when he skated from the corner and fired a wrist shot from the bottom of the face-off circle that beat Finland netminder Samu Perhonen on the short side. Haggerty then gave Team USA a 2-0 edge with just 1:13 remaining in the period.

Midway through the second period, Finland cut the U.S. lead in half, but Team USA responded with a power-play goal at the 16:02 mark. J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) passed the puck off the sideboards to Grimaldi, who deked the goaltender and fired a shot into the top of the net to put the U.S. up 3-1 heading into the final frame.

After sending an extra attacker to the ice, Finland scored with just 30 seconds remaining in the regulation, but Cole Bardreau (Fairport, N.Y.) scored an empty-net goal to seal Team USA's 4-2 victory.

John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 16 saves for the U.S., while Perhoven stopped 22 shots in the loss for Finland.

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team opens tournament play on Thursday (April 14) against Switzerland at 7:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. EDT), at Crimmitschau Arena. The game will be streamed live on FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record seven consecutive medals, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06 and 2009-10, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze medal (2008). Team USA’s five gold medals are the most of any country in IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship history since the inception of the tournament in 1999. Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 ... For live scoring updates, follow @USAHockeyScores and #U18MWC on Twitter ... Beginning with the preliminary round, all of the U.S. games will be streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com ... More information about the 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship can be found here ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams 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.


Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 1 - 1 - 4
FIN 0 - 1 - 1 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Grimaldi (Boucher), 8:20; 2, USA, Haggerty (Reid, Jones), 18:47. Penalties: USA, Russo (cross-checking), 0:22; USA, Paliotta (roughing), 7:39; FIN, Pokka (holding-the-stick), 8:05; FIN, Wilenius (slashing), 14:50.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, FIN, Salomaki, (Auvinen), 12:34, (pp); 4, USA, Grimaldi (Miller, Haggerty), 16:02, (pp). Penalties: USA, Samuelsson (roughing), 2:14; USA, Trouba (tripping), 9:54; USA, Grimaldi (tripping), 12:15; FIN, Armia (cross-checking), 14:39; FIN, Henritius (hooking), 19:22.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, FIN, Granlund (Jarvelainen, Liedes), 19:30, (ea); 6, USA, Bardreau (Larraza, Paliotta), 19:59, (en). Penalties: USA, Trouba (hooking), 2:09; FIN, Salomaki (slashing), 4:05; USA, Reid (roughing), 12:31; FIN, Ristolainen (roughing), 12:31; FIN, Auvinen (roughing), 13:59; FIN, Salomaki (roughing), 13:59; USA, Grimaldi (roughing), 13:59; USA, Samuelsson (elbowing), 15:18; USA, Jones (delay-of-game), 17:57.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 11 9 6 26
FIN 3 8 7 18

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Gibson, 60:00 3-3 8-7 7-6 18-16
FIN, Perhonen, 59:08 11-9 9-8 5-4 25-22

Power Play: USA 1-6; FIN 2-8
Penalties: USA 10-20; FIN 8-16

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 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Fri., April 15 Slovakia 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 17 Russia 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Tue., April 19 Germany 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Thu., April 21 Quarterfinals TBD
Sat., April 23 Semifinals TBD
Sun., April 24 Bronze-Medal Game 2:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game 6:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.
*Exhibition games will be played in Dresden, Germany


Mitt Romney has entered the race for the White House in 2012. The Republican is forming an exploratory committee to raise money. Romney made the announcement on YouTube Monday.



Pierce looks sharks at Bomber workout.

Maver: Building on a strong rookie campaign.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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


Milk is always good.


A woman who was dumped by her boyfriend got revenge. She painted his house and car red after he married another woman. The Romanian woman crept into his house at night and painted the walls, doors and windows then attacked his car. 


Today in Elvis History:

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "Memories" hit #35 in the U.S.

1994 - Eddie Fadal, long time friend of Elvis Presley, died. He opened an Elvis museum in Waco, TX.

2001 - Elvis Presley Enterprises sent out letters to several fan clubs demanding the stop of sale of any form of video regarding the New Gladiator project.


Deadliest Catch returns tonight. After a heartbreaking season last year with the loss of Captain Phil, fresh blood joins the crab fleet as the 2010 crab season begins.


BOSTON -- Amid a storyline that focused on a player the Rays no longer have, the replacements for Carl Crawford stole the show Monday night when Tampa Bay defeated Boston, 16-5, with a crowd of 37,568 watching at Fenway Park.
Read the rest here.

Jessica Biel has reportedly been offered one of two main female roles in the upcoming Total Recall remake.

SAN FRANCISCO --  Manager Bruce Bochy finished a pregame critique of the Giants' subpar defense by offering what was meant to be a comforting reminder: "But, it's early."

That was the lone consolation for the Giants as they fell Monday night, 6-1, to the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco's offense remained sluggish against Clayton Kershaw, who has become the Giants' chief nemesis. The left-hander worked 6 2/3 innings, extending his scoreless streak against San Francisco to 23 2/3 innings.
Read the rest here.

ON DVD TODAY _ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint); Country Strong (Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw); Dragnet 1970: Season Four; Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D-List: Season 3Season 4Man vs. WildSeason 5.


Today in Beatles History:

1973The film "That'll Be the Day," starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premiered in London.


Peter the Hermit gathered his army in Cologne on this date in 1096.


Today in Sports History:

1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time by James Alexander Tyng.

1966 - Emmett Ashford became the first African-American major league umpire.

2004 - The Philadelphia Phillies played their first game at Citizens Bank Park.

2004 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball's career list.

2007 - The Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks played 138 minutes and 6 seconds before the Canucks were able to score an overtime goal and win the game. It was the sixth-longest game in NHL history.


This is National Library Day. (Linky Link)


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 6:40pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talledega 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talledega 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 1:40pm EDT

Indy Car -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT


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

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