Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations













It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 18th, the 108th day of 2011. There are 257 days left in the year.

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Dubinsky's late goal gives Rangers win.

Preds take series lead on Ducks.

Canucks put Blackhawks on the brink.

Here's the First Round playoff schedule.

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Todays Birthdays: Actor James Woods is 64; NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine is 62; actor Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk the Kids) is 58; actor Eric Roberts (The Expendables, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Runaway Train) is 55; actress Jane Leeves (Fraiser) is 50; talk show host Conan O'Brien is 48; actress Maria Bello (A History of Violence, Payback) is 44; reality TV personality Kourtney Kardashian is 32; actress America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) is 27.

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USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – First Round

Eastern Conference

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

Game 1: Thursday, April 14th  – Waterloo 0 @ Indiana 5

Game 2: Friday, April 15th – Waterloo 3 @ Indiana 6

Indiana wins series 2-0.



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

Game 1: Friday, April 15th – Muskegon 2 @ Team USA 0

Game 2: Saturday, April 16th – Muskegon 5 @ Team USA 2

Muskegon wins series 2-0.



Western Conference

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

Game 1: Wednesday, April 13th – Sioux City 1 @ Sioux Falls 5

Game 2: Thursday, April 14th – Sioux City  4@ Sioux Falls 3 (OT)

Game 3: Sunday, April 17th – Sioux City 3 @ Sioux Falls 5

Sioux Falls wins series 2-1.



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

Game 1: Friday, April 15th – Lincoln 0 @ Fargo 2

Game 2: Saturday, April 16th – Lincoln 2 @ Fargo 4

Fargo wins series 2-0.


** if necessary

(all times reflect local start time)

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Second Round

Eastern Conference

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

Western Conference

Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Fargo Force (#4)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00 PM – Fargo @ Dubuque
Game 2: Friday, April 22nd, 7:00 PM – Fargo @ Dubuque
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Fargo
Game 4: Monday, April 25th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Fargo**
Game 5: Tuesday, April 26th, 7:00 PM – Fargo @ Dubuque**

Omaha Lancers (#2) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20th, 7:05 PM – Sioux Falls @ Omaha
Game 2: Friday, April 22nd, 7:05 PM – Sioux Falls @ Omaha
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd, 7:05 PM – Omaha @ Sioux Falls
Game 4: Monday, April 25th, 7:05 PM – Omaha @ Sioux Falls**
Game 5: Wednesday, April 27th, 7:05 PM – Sioux Falls @ Omaha**
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

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Your income tax forms have to be in the mail by midnight tonight.


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U.S. Women's National Team Blanks Slovakia, 5-0,
in 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship Opener

Team USA Continues Preliminary-Round Action Tomorrow Against Russia

ZURICH - Five different players scored and Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio) turned aside all 10 shots she faced in leading the U.S. Women's National Team to a 5-0 victory over Slovakia to start the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship here today at Hallenstadion. Playing in her first world championship, McLaughlin's shutout was the first of her U.S. career.

"It was a solid first step for us," said Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA and also the head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University. "We had a lot of offensive punch and I was happy to see Brianne get a world championship win. It was a good game to build on."

The first period proved to be a successful one for first-time IIHF World Women's Championship participant Slovakia. Despite 26 shots by the defending champion Americans, Slovak netminder Zuzana Tomcikova was impenetrable, keeping the score at 0-0 for the full 20 minutes.

The U.S. was able to solve Tomcikova twice in the second stanza to gain a 2-0 lead. The first goal came at the 3:50 mark when Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) tipped Molly Engstrom's (Siren, Wis.) low shot from the right point. Scoring her first-ever goal for Team USA, Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) doubled the U.S. lead at 8:18, putting a one-timer into the net from the mid-slot after Tomcikova dove forward to make a save.

A trio of University of Wisconsin players added tallies in the early half of the final frame to account for the 5-0 final score. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) put one in from the right post off a cross-crease pass from Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) at :11. Just :08 later, Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) scored, followed by Decker one-timing a pass from Knight at 7:27.

Team USA will continue preliminary-round play tomorrow against Russia at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT).

NOTES: With a goal and an assist, Brianna Decker was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. held a 63-10 advantage in shots ... Team USA was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Slovakia 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 all international events ... 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 0 2 3 -- 5
SVK 0 0 0 -- 0

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SVK, Orszaghova (holding), 5:43; USA, Decker (tripping), 14:30; SVK, Matejova (hooking), 16:01; USA, Engstrom (interference), 16:10.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Coyne (Engstrom), 3:50; 2, USA, Pucci (Lamoureux), 8:18. Penalties: SVK, Pravlikova (tripping), :56; USA, Duggan (hooking), 13:10; USA, Pucci (hooking), 16:43.

Third Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Knight (Decker, Cahow), :11; 4, USA, Duggan (Chu), :19; 5, USA, Decker (Knight, Bellamy), 7:27. Penalties: USA, Schoullis (hooking), 12:08.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 26 14 23 63
SVK 4 2 4 10

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, McLaughlin, 60:00 4-4 2-2 4-4 10-10
SVK, Tomcikova, 60:00 26-26 14-12 23-20 63-58

Power Play: USA 0-2; SVK 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; SVK 3-6
Officials: Referee-Melanie Bordeleau (CAN); Linesmen-Kerri Rumble (CAN), Bianca Schipper-Poeteray (NED)
Attendance: 585

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 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Wed., April 20 Sweden Deutweg Rink 8 p.m./2 p.m. Universal Sports
Fri., April 22 Quarterfinals Hallenstadion TBA
Sat., April 23 Semifinal #1 Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m. Universal Sports^
Semifinal #2 Hallenstadion 8 p.m./2 p.m. Universal Sports^
Mon., April 25 Bronze-Medal Game Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m. Universal Sports
Gold-Medal Game Hallenstadion 8 p.m./2 p.m. Universal Sports
*Pre-world championship game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
^Universal Sports will broadcast the U.S. semifinal only - in either case, the game will air at 2 p.m. EDT

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Edges Russia, 4-3,
at 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship

Boucher Nets Game-Winner Late in Third Period

CRIMMITSCHAU, Germany – J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) scored twice and Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) netted the game-winning goal with just 21 seconds remaining in regulation, as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team edged Russia, 4-3, here tonight in the preliminary round of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's U18 Championship. With the win, Team USA remains undefeated through three games of the tournament.

"These were two very good teams and it was a great game for everyone involved," said Ron Rolston, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "The game was so tight that it came down to faceoffs and we were fortunate to get the game-winner off of one tonight."

Team USA opened the scoring 7:07 into the opening frame with a goal from Travis Boyd (Hopkins, Minn.). Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) sent a pass from the right boards to Boyd in the slot, who then spun around and lifted the puck past Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevski. Only 3:55 later, Miller increased the U.S. lead when he fired a wrist shot high over Vasilevski's shoulder for a power-play tally.

When Russia scored at the 5:04 mark of the second period, Team USA answered just over a minute later, when Miller notched his second goal of the game. Boucher fired a shot that was blocked away by Vasilevski, but Miller found the rebound and converted for the score to put the U.S. up, 3-1.

Russia responded to tie the game with less than five minutes left in the third period, but Boucher netted the eventual game-winning goal for Team USA with just 21 seconds remaining in regulation. Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) won an offensive zone faceoff that directed the puck to Boucher, who then fired a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net to give the U.S. a 4-3 victory.

John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 36 saves in the win for the U.S., while Vasilevski stopped 36 shots in the loss for Russia.

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team finishes preliminary-round play on Tuesday (April 19) against host Germany 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: The U.S. went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Russia was 1-for-5 with the man advantage ... J.T. Miller was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) extended his point streak at the 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship to three games, with five points (1-4) in that span ... With Rocco Grimaldi's assist in tonight's win, the forward now ranks fifth in all-time points for Team USA at the IIHF World Men's U18 Championship. Grimaldi has recorded 14 points (3-11) in ten games, having played for the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team at last year's tournament in Belarus ... All 22 players on the 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 can be found on USAHockey.com and Facebook. For live U.S. scoring updates, follow @USAHockeyScores and #U18WMC on Twitter ... All 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 ... 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 2 - 1 - 1 - 4
RUS 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Boyd (Kerdiles), 7:07; 2, USA, Miller (Russo), 11:02, (pp). Penalties: RUS, Saveliev (hooking), 2:09; USA, Samuelsson (high-sticking), 7:13; RUS, Tkachev (kneeing), 9:20; USA, Samuelsson (hooking), 12:58; RUS, Konkov (boarding), 17:35.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, RUS, Kucherov (unassisted), 5:04; 4, USA, Miller (Boucher), 6:22. Penalties: USA, Gibson (interference), 10:02.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, RUS, Yakupov (Yarullin, Grigorenko), 3:35, (pp); 6, RUS, Kucherov (Yarullin, Yakupov), 15:16; 7, USA, Boucher (Grimaldi), 19:39. Penalties: USA, Reid (tripping), 2:48; USA, Larraza (tripping), 10:59.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 13 19 8 40
RUS 7 18 14 39

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Gibson, 60:00 7-7 18-17 14-12 39-36
RUS, Vasilevski, 59:43 13-11 19-18 8-7 40-36

Power Play: USA 1-3; RUS 1-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; RUS 3-6

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 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 played in Dresden, Germany

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The animated film Rio debuted in first place with $40 million in ticket sales. Wes Craven's Scream 4 debuted at No. 2 with $19.2 million. The animated film Hop, which topped the box office for two consecutive weeks, fell to No. 3.

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Call to the Hall for legendary kicker Passaglia.

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 watches hockey guy playoffs.

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Let the royal wedding programming begin. Tonight Lifetime airs "William & Kate", a movie focusing on the early days of William and Kate's relationship. And ABC's 20/20 gives us "William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale" with Barbara Walters looking closely at the fairytale romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays outfielder Johnny Damon left Sunday's game against the Twins with a bruise on the tip of his left ring finger, and with it left the Rays without the player who has been Mr. Clutch over the past week.
Without Damon in the lineup, the Rays were unable to stage their sixth come-from-behind victory of the season as the Twins beat the Rays, 4-2, to end the Rays' five-game winning streak. In doing so, the Twins stopped their losing ways after dropping the past three games to the Rays and four overall, disappointing the 22,426 in attendance at Tropicana Field.
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Former President Bill Clinton's childhood home has been dedicated as a national historical site. (But that's not all -- next year they're planning to dedicate former Vice President Dan Quayle's first bouncy castle.)
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PHOENIX -- It wasn't as if Aubrey Huff was going to traverse an entire season without hitting a homer, but he picked game No. 15 on Sunday at Chase Field as an opportune time to blast No. 1.

Huff's fourth-inning homer off D-backs starter Barry Enright was one of three Giants long balls on the day, although the defending World Series champs dropped a 6-5 decision to Arizona, which salvaged the final tilt of the three-game weekend series.
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Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Elvis Presley left Memphis for Los Angeles to being filming "G.I. Blues." 

1964 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Evlis' Golden Records, Vol. 3" hit #6 in the U.K.

1975 - Elvis Presley bought a Convair 800 jet that had been taken out of service by Delta Airlines. He name the plane "Lisa Marie."

2002 - The Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. introduced two new lines of Elvis Presley bedroom pieces at the International Home Furnishings Market.


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In June Adidas will begin selling the adiZero Crazy Light for $130. The shoe weighs in at just 9.8 ounces, making it 15 percent lighter than the nearest mid-top basketball shoe and half-an-ounce lighter than the next low-top.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966George Harrison and John Lennon went to a Lovin' Spoonful concert at the Marquee Club.

1975 - John Lennon released "Stand by Me."

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 Consumer Awareness Week starts today.

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Today in Sports History:

1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa's band played the National Anthem. (Yankee Stadium I)

1938 - U.S. President Roosevelt threw out the first ball preceding the season opener between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.

1956 - Ed Rommel became the first umpire to wear glasses during a major league baseball game. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators.

1962 - Bill Russell (Boston Celtics) scored 30 points and got 40 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the fourth straight NBA title for the Celtics.

1966 - Bill Russell became the first player-coach for the Boston Celtics.

1977 - Eddie Murray hit his first career home run.

1982 - The Atlanta Braves set a National League record when they won their eleventh straight game from the start of the season.

1985 - Tulane University abolished its 72-year-old basketball program. The reason was charges of fixed games, drug abuse, and payments to players.

1987 - Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia Phillies) hit his 500th career home run.

1987 - The New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, 68 minutes and 47 seconds into overtime. It was the sixth longest game in NHL history.

1995 - Joe Montana retired from the NFL.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky (New York Rangers) played his final game in the NHL. During the game Gretzky got his 2,857th NHL point. He retired as the NHL's all-time leading scorer and holder of 61 individual records.

2002 - Peter Forsberg (Colorado Avalanche) returned to hockey in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Kings. Forsberg had not played since May 10, 2001, when he had his spleen removed in an emergency operation.

2005 - It was announced the NFL's "Monday Night Football" would leave ABC in 2006 for a new home with ESPN. "Monday Night Football" had been on ABC since 1970.

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This is Fibroid Awareness Week.

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- At the end of 188 laps and 500 miles, Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's Aaron's 499 by inches, tying a record with his razor-thin .002-second margin of victory.

With a push from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson edged Clint Bowyer in a wild four-wide finish at the 2.66-mile track. The victory was Johnson's first of the season, his second at Talladega and the 54th of his Cup career, tying him with 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Lee Petty for ninth on the all-time list.


The winning margin tied Ricky Craven's victory over Kurt Busch at Darlington in 2003 for the closest since the introduction of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
Read the rest here.

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This is Fish Fry Week.

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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

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

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 12:00pm EDT

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nashville 300 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

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

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