Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's Sunday












It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 28th, the 240th day of 2011. There are 125 days left in the year.

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How would teams look if we started from scratch.

Leafs hope signings, young talent equal playoffs.

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Minority Enterprise Development Week starts today.

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U.S. Women's National Team Tops Switzerland, 11-1,
at 2011 Women's IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series

Duggan Named U.S. Player of the Game

VIERUMAKI, Finland -- Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) each posted three points as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Switzerland, 11-1, in its third game of the International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series. With the win, the U.S. improved to 3-0 in the tournament.

"We had a young line-up tonight," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Team. "It was fun to watch all of those kids share the puck and create a lot of offense. It was one of those games where we were able to work on a lot of different things, which was good for us."

Lamoureux-Kolls opened the scoring with a shorthanded tally at 4:47 in the first period. Switzerland recorded its lone goal of the game less than a minute later on the power play. But the U.S. reclaimed the lead six seconds later, as Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) lit the lamp at 5:28.

Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored back-to-back goals at 5:55 and 6:12 of the first period, with her second tally coming on the power play. Amanda Kessel (Verona, Wis.) followed suit with a power-play marker at 8:01 and Duggan struck for her second goal of the night en route to earning U.S. Player of the Game honors. Lamoureux-Kolls recorded her second goal of the game at 15:32 to give the U.S. a 7-1 lead. With 42 seconds remaining in the first period, Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) notched a power-play goal to put the U.S. ahead 8-1 at the end of the opening frame.

The U.S. held a 10-1 lead at the second intermission thanks to goals from Jen Schoullis (Erie, Pa.) and Lamoureux in the middle frame. Stack scored the lone goal in the third period at 12:22 to secure the U.S. victory.

U.S. netminder Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) made 11 saves in the win.

The U.S. Women's National Team next plays Canada Sunday (Aug. 28) at 7:00 a.m. EDT in its fourth of six games at Vierumäki Arena.

NOTES: Meghan Duggan was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Twelve different players picked up a point in the win over Switzerland ... Stack leads the team in scoring with nine points (4-5) through three games ... Meghan Duggan served as an alternate captain for the match-up against Switzerland ... For Team USA's full roster, click here... Katey Stone, head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, will continue to serve as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2011-12 season. She will be assisted by Mark Hudak, women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College ... To follow the team in Finland, check out the blog.

GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period

USA 8 - 2 - 1 - 11
SUI 1 - 0 - 0 - 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Sherry), 4:47 (shg); 2, SUI, Bullo (unassisted), 5:22 (pp); 3, USA, Duggan (Bellamy), 5:28; 4, USA, Knight (Coynem Pucci), 5:55; 5, USA, Knight (Coyne, Stack), 6:12 (pp); 6, Kessel (Bellamy, Pucci), 8:01 (pp); 7, USA, Duggan (Stack), 14:07; 8, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (J. Lamoureux), 15:32; 9, USA, Decker (J. Lamoureux), 19:18 (pp). Penalties: USA, Bellamy (interference), 3:28; SUI, Stanz (tripping), 3:41; USA, Stack (interference), 3:59; SUI, Thalmann (hooking), 5:41; 6:24, SUI, Marty (kneeing), 6:24; SUI, Lehmann (hooking), 10:54; USA, Stack (hooking), 12:02; USA, McMillen (interference), 16:33; SUI, Waidacher (too many men), 17:19; SUI, Mary (holding), 19:32; SUI, Thalmann (boarding), 19:32.

Second Period - Scoring: 10, USA, Schoullis (unassisted), 3:52; 11, J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux-Kolls). Penalties: USA, Schoullis (hooking), 1:44; SUI, S. Marty (interference), 4:25; SUI, J. Marty (tripping), 4:38; SUI, Thalmann (holding the stick), 9:02; USA, Knight (interference), 10:22; SUI, S. Marty (hooking), 19:34.

Third Period - Scoring: 12, USA, Stack (unassisted), 12:22. Penalties: SUI, Thalmann (interference), 1:16; USA, Schoullis (slashing), 3:42; USA, Boucher (hooking), 4:08; USA, Kessel (hooking), 5:44; SUI, Thalmann (tripping), 7:32; USA, Schoullis (tripping), 12:51; USA, McMillen (interference), 12:55; SUI, Raselli (holding),19:59.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 35 26 24 85
SUI 2 6 4 11

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Vetter, 60:00 2-1 6-6 4-4 12-11
SUI, Anthamatten, 60:00 35-27 26-24 24-23 85-74

Power Play: USA 3-15; SUI 1-11
Penalties: USA 11-22; SUI 15-30

Team USA 2011 IIHF Women's Twelve Nations Tournament Series Schedule
Vierumäki, Finland • Vierumäki Arena

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)/Result Links
Wed., Aug. 24 Russia W, 12-0 Game Blog
Thurs., Aug. 25 Japan W, 13-0 Game Blog
Sat., Aug. 27 Switzerland W, 11-1 Game Blog
Sun., Aug. 28 Canada 2 p.m./7 a.m. Game Blog
Tues., Aug. 30 Sweden 3 p.m./8 a.m. Game Blog
Wed., Aug. 31 Finland 6 p.m./11 a.m. Game Blog

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Here's a bonus Jimmy picture:












It's Football Jimmy! (This picture is on the main screen of my cell phone.)

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The Riders return to practice today after their bye week, beginning preparations for the September 4th Labour Day Classic against the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Here's this week's practice schedule: Click here.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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Today is Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day.

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All in the family: Forzani shines in Stamps win.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Look, it's me. And you thought it was Grizzly Adams!

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TAMPA -- Josh Freeman proved Saturday night against the Dolphins he still does his best work with the clock winding down.

That might be good because time is quickly running out on the Bucs quarterback to get the offense tuned up for the regular season.

Freeman looked out of synch until directing a tying 54-yard touchdown drive over the final two minutes of the first half.

With the Bucs trailing 10-3 with 2:09 remaining in the quarter, Freeman, running a no-huddle offense, completed three passes and scrambled for 17 yards to set up Earnest Graham's 2-yard touchdown run.

The Bucs won the game 17-13 when third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter connected on a 7-yard touchdown to tight end Nathan Overbay. It was a much better performance overall for the Bucs than their 31-14 defeat to the Patriots on Aug. 19.

Read the rest here.

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My two favorite humans!

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Crackers Over The Keyboard Day is today.

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TORONTO -- Jeff Niemann could not keep the Rays' run of seven-inning starts alive on Saturday.

But more important is that he did get the win as the Rays, bolstered by a big homer from B.J. Upton, beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, before 24,052 at Rogers Centre.

The Rays, who withstood two eighth-inning homers from Toronto, are an American League-best 19-9 since July 28.

Read the rest here.

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Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson on this date in 1609.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark DeRosa and Jeff Keppinger combined to manufacture a tiebreaking run in Saturday night's 10th inning to lift the Giants past the Houston Astros, 2-1.

With one out, DeRosa singled off Houston right-hander Fernando Rodriguez (2-3) and stole second base, his first theft since Sept. 12, 2009. Mike Fontenot struck out before Keppinger lined a 2-2 pitch over the head of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for a single. DeRosa slid home, beating right fielder Brian Bogusevic's throw.

The decision kept the Giants three games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West standings.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1830, "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, Maryland. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - The Elvis Presley film "King Creole" opened in London.

1962 - Elvis Presley reported for pre-production work on "It Happened At The World's Fair."

2002 - A taped interview with Lisa Marie Presley was aired on NBC's "Dateline."

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"American Messenger Company" was started on this date in 1907 by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company's name was later changed to "United Parcel Service."

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.

1976 - The Wings single "Let 'Em In" hit #2 in the U.K.

2007 - Ringo Starr's "Photograph - The Very Best of Ringo Starr" was released.

2010 - A toilet that belonged to John Lennon sold for $14,740 at action.

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Radio Commercials Day is today. The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City on this date in 1922. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for $100.

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Today in Sports History:

1922 - The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.

1941 - The Football Writers Association of America was organized.

1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second.

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The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place on this date in 1939. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Brad Keselowski's phoenix-like rise from the ashes continued Saturday, with an improbable victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway -- his third win of the season and his second since breaking his left ankle Aug. 3 in a crash during testing at Road Atlanta.

Keselowski grabbed the lead on a restart with 80 laps left in the 500-lap Sprint Cup race and held on to win for the fourth time in his career. The victory all but assured Keselowski of at least a wild-card position in the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Martin Truex Jr. ran second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, pole-sitter Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose completed the top 10.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1997, the first Genesis album in six years was premiered live in an Album Network radio special and simultaneous webcast at www.atlantic-records.com.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Friday --

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

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

Saturday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Wisconsin Dells Ducks 11:00am

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs USF Bulls or Florida Eels 4:00pm or 6:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 6:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Wisconsin Dells Ducks 11:00am

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs USF Bulls or Florida Eels 4:00pm or 6:00pm EDT

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

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Baltimore Grand Prix at Streets of Baltimore TBD

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Monday --


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

Tuesday --


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Wednesday --


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 6:35pm EDT

Thursday --


Nothin' Doin'

Friday --


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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm

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

Saturday --


Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EDT

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 4:40pm EDT

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