Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's Tuesday













Welcome to Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 17th, the 137th day of 2011. There are 228 days left in the year.

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Wholesale transformation makes Lightning winners.

Bergeron practices in part with Bruins.

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Todays Birthdays: Actor Bill Paxton (Twister) is 56; actor/comedian Bob Saget is 55; boxer Sugar Ray Leonard is 55; sportscaster Jim Nantz is 52; Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show, The Drew Carey Show) is 49; musician Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is 46; singer Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 41; basketball player Tony Parker (formerly married to Eva Longoria) is 29; dancer Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars) is 26.

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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)
Cedar Rapids wins series 3-1.

Green Bay Gamblers (#2) vs. Indiana Ice (#3)
Green Bay wins series 3-0.

Western Conference

Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Fargo Force (#4)
Dubuque wins series 3-0.

Omaha Lancers (#2) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Sioux Falls wins series 3-0.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (#1) vs. Green Bay Gamblers (#2)
Game 1: Friday, April 29th – Green Bay 3 @ Cedar Rapids 2
Game 2: Saturday, April 30th – Green Bay 1 @ Cedar Rapids 2
Game 3: Friday, May 6th – Cedar Rapids 1 @ Green Bay 4
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th – Cedar Rapids 1 @ Green Bay 3
Green Bay wins series 3-1.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Final
Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Game 1: Friday, April 29th– Sioux Falls 2 @ Dubuque 5
Game 2: Saturday, April 30th – Sioux Falls 1 @ Dubuque 2
Game 3: Friday, May 6th – Dubuque 2 @ Sioux Falls 3
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th – Dubuque 3 @ Sioux Falls 2
Dubuque wins series 3-1.

USHL Clark Cup Final
Green Bay Gamblers vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Game 1: Friday, May 13th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque 0 @ Green Bay 3
Game 2: Saturday, May 14th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque 2 @ Green Bay 1
Game 3: Friday, May 20th, 7:00 PM – Green Bay @ Dubuque
Game 4: Saturday, May 21st, 7:00 PM – Green Bay @ Dubuque**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Green Bay**
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

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Thor hammered away at the box office again for the second week. It's estimated that Thor sold $34.5 million worth of tickets in North American Friday-Sunday.


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2011 RBC Play Hockey Grant Recipients Announced
Organizations across United States benefit in first round

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - RBC, in partnership with USA Hockey, has announced a number of organizations from across the United States will receive 2011 RBC Play Hockey Grants. RBC Play Hockey is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment to grow the game of hockey from the grassroots level in communities across North America.

The grants are the first of two rounds of financial awards being offered. Applications for the second round of grants are now being accepted through September 30, 2011, at rbcplayhockey.com, with the recipients being announced in October.

“Each of our recipients has demonstrated a commitment and passion to keep hockey vibrant and strong in their community,” said Jim Little, chief brand and communications officer, RBC. “RBC is proud to support the hard work and dedication that helps hockey happen. We believe in giving back to our local communities and these grants will benefit a wide range of programs and services so that more people can play the game.”

To help shine a spotlight on the people and programs associated with hockey in communities across North America, RBC Play Hockey Grants have been awarded to existing and future projects dedicated to helping people play all forms and all levels of hockey. The 2011 RBC Play Hockey Grant recipients will be awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

USA Hockey Grant Recipients in First Round of RBC Play Hockey Grants

Program
Location
Fargo Youth Hockey Association Fargo, N.D.
Maine Girls Ice Hockey Association Portland, Maine
Minnesota Warriors Hockey Vadnais Heights, Minn.
MN Special Hockey Coon Rapids, Minn.
Prospect Park Alliance New York, N.Y.
Randolph Youth Hockey Randolph, N.J.
Rocky Mountain Special Hockey, Inc. Arvada, Colo.
The Brandon Hockey Chicks Lakeland, Fla.
Volusia Youth Hockey Association Port Oranges, Fla.
Waconia Youth Hockey Association Waconia, Minn.
Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District Eagle, Colo.
RBC has been involved in hockey at both the community and national level since 1947. With $1 million in grants available and a team of RBC Play Hockey Ambassadors which includes Brian Leetch, Steve Yzerman, Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, who will share their passion and excitement for the game, RBC Play Hockey will strengthen and energize the game at the grassroots level and deliver a hockey program that gives everyone the chance to play.

To date, RBC has provided more than $200,000 in grants to hockey programs across North America – ranging from learn-to-skate, ball hockey, and equipment-sharing programs to reduced registration, access to ice and hockey clinic initiatives.

Fourth Annual Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp
Comes to a Close
Select Camp Took Place May 12-15, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The fourth annual Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp, which featured the top goaltenders eligible for international play in select age groups, concluded yesterday (May 15), in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The four-day elite camp covered the physical and mental aspects of the goaltending position, helping each goaltender master the fundamentals of the position while developing a personal identity that translates into game success.

The camp was led by Joe Exter, Warren Strelow mentor and U.S. National Team goaltending coach, and regional mentors Mike Ayers and Bob Janosz. In addition, assistant mentors Phil Osaer and Alison Quandt were on hand for instruction, as well as several guest coaches, including: Seth Appert, head men's ice hockey coach at Rensselaer; David Berard, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Providence College ; Jeff Blashill, head men's ice hockey coach at Western Michigan University; Mike Dunham, goaltending coach for the National Hockey League's New York Islanders; David Lassonde, associate men's ice hockey head coach at the University of New Hampshire; Nick Petraglia, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Miami University; Brian Renfrew, Michigan State University's associate men's ice hockey head coach; and former NHL and Olympic goaltenders Robb Stauber and John Vanbiesbrouck.

A full list of camp attendees can be found below.

NOTES: Eight of this year's attendees also participated in the 2010 camp, including Shenae Lundberg, Megan Miller, Aubree Moore, Lauren Slebodnick and Jackee Snikeris on the female side; and Jon Gillies, Drew Michals and Collin Olson on the male side ... For more information on USA Hockey's Warren Strelow Goaltending Mentor Program, click here.

2011 Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp Attendees
May 12-15 - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Group
Goaltender
2010-11 Team
League/Level
Hometown
Girls/Women
Laura Bellamy Harvard University ECACH Duluth, Minn.
Julie Friend Minnetonka High School High School Minnetonka, Minn.
Lindsay Holdcroft Dartmouth College ECACH Pittsburgh, Pa.
Brianna Laing Noble & Greenough Prep School Marblehead, Mass.
Shenae Lundberg Deerfield Academy Prep School Peterborough, N.H.
Megan Miller North American Hockey Academy JWHL Long Grove, Ill.
Aubree Moore Brown University ECACH Bowie, Md.
Brittany Ott University of Maine HEA St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Lauren Slebodnick Cornell University ECACH Manchester, N.H.
Jackee Snikeris Yale University ECACH Downington, Pa.
Kerrin Sperry Boston University HEA N. Reading, Mass.
Rachel Weber Princeton University ECACH Hudson, Wis.
Boys Chris Birdsall Long Island Gulls Bantam 96 Glen Rock, N.J.
Jacob Bryniarski Rochester Alliance Midget U16 Rochester, N.Y.
Thatcher Demko San Diego Junior Gulls Midget U16 San Diego, Calif.
Aaron Dingmann Wayzata High School High School Wayzata, Minn.
Curtis Frye Phillips Andover Academy Prep School Northwood, N.H.
Jon Gillies Indiana Ice USHL S. Portland, Maine
Ashton Good Alaska Junior Avalanche Midget U18 Palmer, Alaska
Ryan Gross Alliance Bulldogs Bantam 96 Fort Worth, Texas
Logan Halladay Carolina Jr. Hurricanes Bantam 96 Cary, N.C.
Brandon Halverson Victory Honda Bantam 96 Traverse City, Mich.
Ian Jenkins Detroit Belle Tire Midget U16 Ypsilanti, Mich.
Christopher Krotz Long Island Gulls Bantam 96 Bellrose, N.Y.
Andrew Lindgren Lakeville North Bantam 96 Lakeville, Minn.
Eamon McAdam Waterloo Black Hawks USHL Perkasie, Pa.
Drew Michals Buckingham Browne & Nichols Prep School Newton, Mass.
Ed Minney Berks Bruins Bantam 96 Nazareth, Pa.
Hunter Miska North Branch High School High School North Branch, Minn.
Alex Nedeljkovic Cleveland Barons Bantam 96 Parma, Ohio
Collin Olson U.S. National U17 Team USHL Apple Valley, Minn.
Chase Perry Andover High School High School Andover, Minn.
Daniel Potter New England Jr. Falcons Bantam 96 Lebanon, Conn.
Jared Rutledge U.S. National U17 Team USHL Skokie, Ill.
Joe Staely St. Louis Blues Bantam 96 St. Louis, Mo.
Blake Weyrick Shattuck St. Mary's Bantam 96 Ojai, Calif.

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This is World Information Society Day.

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Stamps add a pair of defensive linemen.

Argos enlist advice of veterans during draft.

10 prospects to watch for the 2012 draft.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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A day in the life.

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Today is World Hypertension Day. (Linky Link)

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ST PETERSBURG --   A chant began gaining steam in the fifth inning of Monday night's Yankees-Rays game: "Who's in first place?!"
Technically, Rays fans were correct -- even if Tampa Bay had lost on Monday night, it would have remained in the top spot in the American League East, but at that moment, the taunt seemed to ring a little bit hollow. After all, the Yankees had just disposed of David Price and held a four-run lead that looked commanding, given the fact the Rays had not scored more than five runs in a game at Tropicana Field all season.
Alas, the Rays' bats came alive to produce a five-run sixth inning. Suddenly, Rays fans looked prophetic, if not a little cheeky. And why not? Their team had taken the Yankees' best shot and come away 6-5 winners.
Read the rest here.
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A new survey shows 46% of voters say they feel worse off than they did a year ago. Around one-third of voters -- 36% -- say their economic situation has remained essentially unchanged from 12 months ago.
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DENVER -- The culprit who broke Tim Lincecum's string of scoreless innings also ruined his overall performance in the Giants' 7-4 loss Monday night to the Colorado Rockies.
Himself.
Read the rest here.
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Today in Elvis History:

1969 - The album "Elvis: NBC TV Special" hit #2 in the U.K.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley peformed "Idiot" on "Good Morning America."

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Jennifer Aniston has lost a friend. Her Welsh corgi-terrier mix, Norman, died at age 15. Aniston's rep confirms Norman died a few weeks ago.

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Today in Beatles History:

1968In France, the film "Wonderwall" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

1971 - The Paul and Linda McCartney album "Ram" was released.

1980 - Paul and Linda McCartney appeared as guest stars on "Saturday Night Live." They did not perform but the "Coming Up" video was shown.

1988 - A New York appellate court reinstated punitive damages and claims of fraud and theft against Capitol Records. The nine-year-old $80 million suit had been brought by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Apple Records.

1988 - In a Manhattan District Court a $40 million lawsuit claiming that Capitol Records deliberately stalled the release of Beatles CDs was dismissed.

1997 - The album "Flaming Pie" hit #2 in the U.K. Paul McCartney appeared live on a US VH1 town meeting to promote the album.

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According to a a new poll by Playboy, roughly a quarter of Americans say they have been photographed or filmed nude. And men apparently do it more often. The survey discovered that 27% of men and 23% of women have been photographed or filmed nude.

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Today in Sports History:

1927 - The Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings.

1953 - The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians set a record when they used 41 players in a game.

1968 - Frank Howard hit his 8th home run in 5 games.

1969 - Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh agreed to move from the NFL's NFC to the AFC.

1970 - Hank Aaron became the 9th player to get 3,000 hits.

1973 - Bobby Valentine broke his leg trying to prevent a Dick Green home run from going over the wall.

1973 - Joe Ferguson hit the 6,000th home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1987 - Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd of the Golden State Warriors set a playoff record for points in a single quarter with 29.

1992 - Gary Carter (Montreal Expos) became the third player to play catcher in 2,000 games.

1998 - New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game.

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NEW ON DVD TODAY _ The Mechanic (Jason Statham, Ben Foster); The Rite(Anthony Hopkins); The Roommate (Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester); All in the Family- The Complete Ninth Season; The Bionic Woman: Season Two; Royal Pains: Season Two; Flashpoint: Third Season;The Twilight Zone: Season 4 [Blu-ray] (1963).

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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 6:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 8:00pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

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

Thursday --

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

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 8:00pm EDT

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

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- John Deere Dealers 250 Presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

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