Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is May 11th, the 131st day of 2011. There are 234 days left in the year.


Wings beat Sharks to force Game 7.

League announces conference finals schedules.

Nassau County, Islanders announce arena plan.


Today's Birthdays: Physician and inventor Robert Jarvik (known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart) is 65; actress Frances Fisher (Titanic, In the Valley of Elah) is 59; TV personality/former celebrity spouse David Gest (was married to Liza Minnelli) is 58; actor Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Incredible Hulk) is 47; NFL quarterback Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) is 22.


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 @ Green Bay
Game 2: Saturday, May 14th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Green Bay
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)


Shirtless photos, topless photos -- what's next for the family of Pippa Middleton. Sources say the Middleton family's fighting back and plans to use a "considerable chunk" of its fortune to make sure existing and future photos don't make it to the Internet.



Labinjo released by Stampeders.

Turbulent off-season shapes new Stamps roster.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,

Jimmy watches Team Umizoomi.


Ethan Hawke will make a cameo appearance in the remake of Total Recall. Colin Farrell is starring.


CLEVELAND --  Joe Maddon knew Tuesday night had the potential to be a patchwork effort.
What the Rays' manager didn't count on were the many mistakes punctuating a 5-4 loss to the Indians in the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field with 13,551 watching.
"We made so many mistakes tonight on the field," Maddon said. "We did walk a lot of guys. It was a really tightly contested game on both sides. ... Too many walks by us, we made some mistakes we can't make also.
Read the rest here.
Today is National Receptionist Day.

SAN FRANCISCO -Darren Ford was idling before he accelerated toward home plate Tuesday night.
Asked what he was doing before he entered the game for Buster Posey to score the game's lone run in the ninth inning and give the Giants a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ford said, "I'm sitting right there next to [manager Bruce] Bochy. All he has to do is turn around and look and he'll see me."
Ford acted strategically in hunkering down next to his boss. "It's my idea," he said. "So he knows that I'm ready."
Read the rest here.
Today in Elvis History:

1968 - The Elvis Presley song "U.S. Male" hit #28 in the U.S.

1974 - Robert Plant and Elvis Presley did an impromptu version of "Love Me" in the hallway after they met after a concert by Presley. Richard Cole and Elvis swapped watches during the meeting.

1993 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Elvis 56" hit #42 in the U.K.

2005 - CBS aired the second part of the new four-hour mini-series "Elvis." The first part had been aired on May 8. Jonathan Rhys Meyers played the part of Elvis.

One year after Facebook overhauled its privacy controls to make them easier to use, roughly one in five active U.S. Facebook users still hadn't used the controls.


Today in Beatles History:

1963The Beatles album "Please Please Me" hit #1 in the U.K.

1972 - John Lennon appeared on the "Dick Cavett" TV show and said that the FBI had tapped his phone.

1973 - Wings began their first major tour of the U.K.

2001 - The Paul McCartney special "Wing Span" aired on ABC-TV.

2003 - In Rome, Paul McCartney played a free concert for hundreds of thousands of fans outside the Colosseum.


The Library of Congress took the shrink-wrap off the National Jukebox, making tens of thousands of historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. 


Today in Sports History:

1946 - Boston Braves Field hosted its first night game. The Giants beat the Braves 5-1.

1959 - Yogi Berra (New York Yankees) ended his streak of 148 errorless games.

1977 - Ted Turner managed an Atlanta Braves game.

1983 - President Reagan signed a proclamation making May National Amateur Baseball Month.

1985 - In Bradford, England, 56 people died when a fire engulfed the main grandstand at Bradford's soccer stadium. Over 200 were injured.

1996 - Al Leiter threw the first no-hitter in Florida Marlins history.

2003 - Rafael Palmeiro (Texas Rangers) hit his 500th career home run to become only the 19th player in baseball history to reach the mark.


A Florida man suspected of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint returned the following day to buy cigarettes... and was recognized by clerks.


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 12:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:10pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover - 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT


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