Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Wednesday













Happy Wednesday everyone. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 4th, the 124th day of 2011. There are 241 days left in the year.

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Lightning rally to beat Caps in Game 3.

Kesler's OT goal give Vancouver win in Game 3.

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Todays birthdays: Celebrity mom Katherine Jackson (mother of the Jackson musical family) is 81; celebrity mom and author Lynne Spears is 56; actor Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, Arrested Development) is 41; ESPN reporter and Dancing with the Stars celeb Erin Andrews is 33; singer Lance Bass ('n Sync) is 32.

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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, 7:05 PM – Cedar Rapids @ Green Bay
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th, 3:05 PM – Cedar Rapids @ Green Bay**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 10th, 7:05 PM – Green Bay @ Cedar Rapids **
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

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, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Sioux Falls
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th, 6:05 PM – Dubuque @ Sioux Falls**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM – Sioux Falls @ Dubuque **
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

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Pakistan on Tuesday shared with the United States that it wasn't happy that our special forces troops didn't knock before entering their country. Pakistan says the "unauthorized unilateral" action could threaten international peace. 

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U.S. Men's National Team Defeats Norway, 4-2,
at 2011 IIHF World Men's Championship

Nick Palmieri Scores Twice for Team USA

KOSICE, Slovakia – The U.S. Men's National Team scored the only four goals of the third period, including two by Nick Palmieri (Utica, N.Y./New Jersey Devils), to rally from a 2-0 deficit and defeat Norway, 4-2, here today in its second game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship.

With the victory, Team USA improved to 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and secured a spot in the tournament's qualification round regardless of the outcome in its final preliminary-round game on Wednesday (May 4) against Sweden.

"We got off to a slow start, but gained momentum throughout the game," said Scott Gordon, head coach of Team USA. "I thought over the course of the game we wore them down some and fortunately we were able to get some pucks behind their goaltender in the third period."

Just over eight minutes into the opening period, Ken Andre Olimb jammed the puck past U.S. goaltender Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill./New York Islanders/University of Michigan) to stake Norway to a 1-0 lead. The goal was not originally called on the ice, but replays determined the puck crossed the goal line. Then, just 1:13 later and with Team USA on the power play, Anders Bastiansen scored on a breakaway for what proved to be Norway's last goal of the game.

The U.S. outshot Norway by a 20-5 count in the middle frame, however, could not solve Norwegian netminder Lars Haugen.

Just 1:12 into the final period, Palmieri started the U.S. comeback when he cashed in on a cross-ice feed from Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) at the right side of the net. Ryan Shannon (Darien, Conn./Ottawa Senators/Boston College) also drew an assist on the play.

Less than four minutes later, Jack Skille (Madison, Wis./Florida Panthers/University of Wisconsin) evened the score for Team USA. Following an icing call on Norway and a faceoff win by the U.S., Ryan McDonagh (Arden Hills, Minn./New York Rangers/University of Wisconsin) found Tim Stapleton (Forest Park, Ill./Atlanta Thrashers/University of Minnesota Duluth) near the halfwall. Stapleton then saucered a cross-ice pass to Skille, who backhanded a shot in behind Haugen.

Just over a minute after killing off a penalty to Kreider midway through the frame, Team USA scored on a power play of its own when Palmieri fired a shot from just above the goal line that sailed through the legs of Haugen. Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./St. Louis Blues/Boston University) started the play from the blue line with a pass to Shannon at the left faceoff circle, who then found Palmieri open to the right of Haugen.

The U.S. scored an insurance marker with 1:26 remaining in regulation. While on the power play, Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./University of Wisconsin) skated through the middle and redirected a pass from Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn./New York Rangers/University of Wisconsin) into the back of the net. Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/University of Michigan) set up Stepan at the left faceoff dot.

Montoya made 13 saves for Team USA to pick up the win, while Haugen stopped 45 shots in the loss for Norway.

The U.S. Men's National Team will next face Sweden on Wednesday (May 4), at 2:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast live on Versus and scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following #2011WMC. For Team USA coverage from Slovakia throughout the IIHF World Men's Championship, including postgame video, visit the U.S. Men's National Team blog.

NOTES: The U.S. outshot Norway, 49-15 ... Team USA went 2-for-7 on the power play, while Norway was 0-for-5 with the man advantage ... Nick Palmieri was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Team USA has won its first two games of the IIHF World Men's Championship in six of the last seven years ... The U.S. leads the all-time series against Norway with a 16-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record ... Team USA has not lost to Norway since March 9, 1951 (3-0) ... The 2011 U.S. Men's National Team roster can be found here and the media guide can be downloaded here ... The U.S. Men's National Team's fourth-place finish at the 2009 IIHF World Men's Championship was Team USA's best finish at the tournament since capturing the bronze medal in 2004 ... The 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, including NHL general managers Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida); Atlanta Thrashers president Don Waddell; and Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations. Paul Fenton, assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators and general manager of the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, is serving as associate general manager of the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team ... Scott Gordon is head coach for the second consecutive year after leading the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, while Greg Cronin, Phil Housley and Barry Smith are serving as assistants ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Versus will provide live television coverage of all Team USA games at the 2011 IIHF World Men's Championship. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 0 - 4 - 4
NOR 2 - 0 - 0 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, NOR, Olimb (Holtet), 8:09; 2, NOR, Bastiansen (unassisted), 9:22 (sh). Penalties: USA, Gaustad (roughing), 2:38; NOR, Forsberg (tripping), 8:24; USA, McDonagh (hooking), 15:44; NOR, Holos (interference), 19:57.

Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, team (too many players on the ice), 2:03; USA, Stepan (hooking), 6:18; NOR, Hansen (hooking), 12:33; NOR, Morten (interference), 18:39.

Third Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Palmieri (Kreider, Shannon), 1:16; 4, USA, Skille (Stapleton, McDonagh), 4:59; 5, USA, Palmieri (Shannon, Shattenkirk), 13:44 (pp); 6, USA, Smith (Stepan, Johnson), 18:34 (pp). Penalties: USA, Kreider (slashing), 8:51; NOR, Tollefsen (charging), 12:03; NOR, Lorentzen (tripping), 17:09; NOR, Roymark (boarding), 19:07.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 11 20 18 49
NOR 7 5 3 15

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Montoya, 60:00 7-5 5-5 3-3 15-13
NOR, Haugen, 60:00 11-11 20-20 18-14 49-45

Power Play: USA 2-7; NOR 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; NOR 7-14

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Men's Championship Schedule
April 29 - May 15 • Kosice & Bratislava, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (Local/EDT)/
Results

Wed., April 27 Austria* Innsbruck W, 3-2
Sat., April 30 Austria Kosice W, 5-1
Mon., May 2 Norway Kosice W, 4-2
Wed., May 4 Sweden Kosice 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 5-Mon., May 9 Qualification Round Kosice/Bratislava TBD
Wed., May 11-Thurs., May 12 Quarterfinals Bratislava TBD
Fri., May 13 Semifinals Bratislava TBD
Sun., May 15 Bronze-Medal Game Bratislava 4:00 p.m./10:00 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Bratislava 8:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Arenas: Orange Arena (Bratislava); Steel Arena (Kosice)
*Pre-tournament game at Tiroler Wasserkraft Arena in Innsbruck, Austria

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This video went viral Tuesday. An American celebrates the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Campbell: Esks draft about quality not quantity.

Working to promote concussion awareness.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Play ball!

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A group of New York senators are pushing to make doctors dump their neckties and other accessories in an effort to curb the spread of bacteria.

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ST PETERSBURG --  B.J. Upton managed to execute the hockey equivalent of "putting the biscuit in the basket" on Tuesday night, when he deposited the baseball over the left-field wall to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 walk-off win over Toronto.
Upton's feat seemed appropriate since one Tampa Bay team seemed to feed off the other.
With the Rays trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the scoreboard at Tropicana Field flashed the news: Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Washington Capitals 3.
Suddenly the crowd of 10,248 came to life upon hearing that the area's NHL team took a commanding 3-0 lead in the playoffs. Properly infused with good karma, the Rays promptly took the necessary steps to beat Blue Jays.
Read the rest here.
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A couple of butcher brothers in Scotland are selling the world's hottest sausage. The "Devil's Sausage" is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
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NEW YORK -Aubrey Huff had the final say in the Giants' 7-6, 10-inning victory Tuesday night over the New York Mets.
But there were other Giants deeds worth discussing besides Huff's home run, which christened the 10th and broke a 6-6 tie. Ryan Vogelsong, Nate Schierholtz and Javier Lopez were among others who helped the Giants secure a sanity-saving triumph in the wake of their disappointing series at Washington.
The group efforts always seem like the most satisfying ones.
Read the rest here.
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Today in Elvis History:

1967 - Elvis Presley finished his work on the movie "Clambake."

1967 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley flew to Memphis to complete their honeymoon.

1973 - Elvis Presley began a 25-show engagement at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Stateline, NV. The engagement was cancelled after Presley fell ill.

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President Barack Obama will sit down with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft on Sunday for his first and only interview since the death of Osama bin Laden. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1963The Beatles' "From Me To You" was released.

1968 - Mary Hopkins won on the ITV talent show "Opportunity Knocks." Paul McCartney saw the performance and makes Hopkins the first signed artist on the Apple label.

1973 - Wings released "Red Rose Speedway" in the U.K.

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Nominations for the MTV Movie Awards were announced Tuesday. Up for Best Movie: Black Swan; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1; Inception; The Social Network; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

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Today in Sports History:

1871 - The first game of the National Association of Baseball Players was played. Fort Wayne beat Cleveland 2-0.

1929 - Lou Gehrig hit three consecutive home runs.

1954 - The first intercollegiate court tennis match in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.

1954 - The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals set a national league record when they used 42 players in one game. The Phillies won 14-10.

1963 - Pitcher Bob Shaw set a record with 5 balks in a game.

1973 - The Phillies beat the Braves 5-4 in 20 innings in the longest game to date at Veteran's Stadium.

1975 - Bob Watson (Houston Astros) scored the one-millionth run in major league baseball history.

1980 - Mike Squires (Chicago White Sox) played the position of catcher in the final inning against the Brewers. It was the first time a left handed catcher had played since 1958.

1984 - Dave Kingman hit a fly ball that got stuck in the ceiling of the Metrodome.

1991 - Chris James (Cleveland Indians) set a club record with nine RBIs in a game.

1993 - Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals) was suspended 21 games for his blindside check of Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders) in a game played on April 8.

1994 - Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns) scored 56 points, 38 of which came in the first half, against the Golden State Warriors.

2004 - Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) hit his 350th career home run and drove in his 1,000th run. He was the youngest player to reach 350 homeruns at 28 years, 282 days.

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On this date in 1715, A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 6:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 12:30pm EDT (If necessary)

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT

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