Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations











It's Monday, and I overslept. (But, it sure did feel good!) Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 8th, the 220th day of 2011. There are 145 days left in the year.

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Summer with Stanley blog.

Ducks extend Carlyle through 2013-2014 season.

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Todays Birthdays: Actor Dustin Hoffman is 74 ... Actor Larry Wilcox is 64 (Officer Jon Baker on CHiPs) ... Actor Keith Carradine is 62 (sheriff in Cowboys & Aliens) .... Actor Don Most is 58 (Ralph Malph on Happy Days) ... Guitarist The Edge is 50 (U2) ... Tennis player Roger Federer is 30.

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U.S. Under-18 Select Team Drops 6-3 Decision to Finland
in Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Opener

Masters, Nieves Each Log Two Points in Loss

PIESTANY, SLOVAKIA - Jordan Masters (Rochester, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist and Cristoval Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) added two assists, but the U.S. Under-18 Select Team fell to Finland, 6-3, in its first preliminary-round game of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

"We were physical and attacked the net tonight," said Seth Appert, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. "But we turned the puck over too much trying to make big plays, and Finland really took advantage of that."

Finland opened the scoring with a goal just 15 seconds into the first period. But Team USA responded quickly, as Masters notched a power-play goal just 35 seconds later.

The U.S. took a 2-1 lead at 8:58 of the first period when Nicholas Schilkey (Smiths Creek, Mich.) scored off of assists by Nieves and Masters. Team USA then extended its advantage to 3-1 when Luke Johnson (Grand Forks, N.D.) found the back of the net two minutes later.

Finland tied the game, 3-3, with two late first period goals, and then notched the lone goal of the second period to take a one-goal lead into the final frame. Team USA could not mount a comeback, as Finland scored again midway through the third and added an empty-net goal late.

Team USA will next face Russia tomorrow (Aug. 9), with puck drop slated for 8 a.m. EDT.

NOTES: For the complete U.S. Under-18 Select Team roster, click here ... The 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Team USA finished in second place last year ... Live streaming of Team USA's games can be found here, while live scoring and stats from the event can be found here ... Seth Appert is serving as head coach, while Matt Herr and Matt Greason are serving as assistant coaches for the 2011 U.S. Under-18 Select Team.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 0 - 0 - 3
FIN 3 - 1 - 2 - 6

First Period - Scoring: 1, FIN, Teräväinen (Ikonen, Pokka), 0:15; 2, USA, Masters (Doherty, Nieves), 0:50 (pp); 3, USA, Schilkey (Nieves, Masters), 8:58; 4, USA, Johnson (Lowney, Nanne), 11:03; 5, FIN, Ristolainen (Kulmala, Lehkonen), 15:02 (pp); 6, FIN, Lindell (Ikonen), 18:29. Penalties: FIN, Lehkonen (interference), 0:22; USA, Silk (hooking), 6:08; USA, Masters (charging), 13:33; USA, Johnson (hooking), 19:00; FIN, Vainonen (interference), 19:12.

Second Period - Scoring: 7, FIN, Barkov (Pokka, Teräväinen), 19:11 (pp). Penalties: FIN, Nättinen (delaying-the-game), 4:08; USA, Silk (charging), 7:30; USA, O'Regan (roughing), 13:00; USA, Cox (roughing), 13:00; FIN, Pokka (roughing), 13:00; FIN, Kuronen (roughing), 13:00; USA, Galchenyuk (tripping), 18:13.

Third Period - Scoring: 8, FIN, Teräväinen (Ikonen, Barkov), 9:12; 9, FIN, Kulmala (unassisted), 19:59 (en). Penalties: USA, Masters (roughing), 4:04; FIN, Vainonen (roughing), 4:04; USA, Masters (tripping), 6:33; FIN, Tauriainen (hooking), 17:07.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 11 5 10 26
FIN 14 11 14 39

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Gillies 58:20 14-11 11-10 13-12 38-33
FIN, Korpisalo 60:00 11-8 5-5 10-10 26-23

Power Play: USA 1-4; FIN 2-6
Penalties: USA 9-18; FIN 7-14

Team USA 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 8-13 • Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (EDT)/Result

Sat., Aug. 6 Czech Republic* Breclav W, 5-3
Mon., Aug. 8 Finland Piestany L, 3-6
Tues., Aug. 9 Russia Piestany 8 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 10 Slovakia Piestany 11:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 12 Semifinals TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 13 1st/3rd Place TBD TBD

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Seventy-Nine Players Invited to
2011 USA Hockey Women's National Festival

Festival to Determine U.S. Women's Select Teams
That Will Compete in International Tournaments This Month

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 79 players selected to participate in the 2011 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place August 10-20 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

The Festival will serve as the selection camp for the 2011 U.S. Women's Select Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Eight Nations Tournament in Vierumäki, Finland, Aug. 24-31 and the 2011 U.S Women's Under-18 Select Team that will take on Canada in a three-game series Aug. 18-21 in Rockland, Ont.

Among this year's attendees are 19 of the 21 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship. In addition, 14 of the players were on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, including four-time Olympian Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) and three-time Olympian Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.). They join two-time Olympians Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.) and Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.).

Among the players under the age of 18 invited to the Festival are eight members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's U18 World Championship, including goaltender Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.); defensemen Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.); and forwards Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.), Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas), Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) and Dana Trivigno (Sateauket, N.Y.).

"We're excited to be heading to the National Sports Center with 79 of the most talented players in the nation," said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "We're proud of the success our women's program has enjoyed, but we know we can become even better."

The Festival participants will be divided into four teams for daily practices and games at the Schwan Super Rink, part of the National Sports Center.

USA Hockey intends to announce the roster for the 2011 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team on Aug. 15 and the roster for the 2011 U.S. Women's Select Team on Aug. 19.

NOTES: Rosters of the festival can be found here: U18 Gray, Red, White and Blue ... The schedule for the 2011 USA Hockey Women's National Festival is available at USAHockey.com. All practices and scrimmages are open to the public ... A training camp for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team will take place simultaneously with the Women's National Festival. Team USA will travel to Ontario for the 2011 Women's Under-18 Series, which features three games against Canada from August 18-21 ... The U.S. Women's Select Team will open the 2011 IIHF Women's Eight Nations Tournament against Russia on Aug. 24 in Vierumäki, Finland. Click here for the full schedule.

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National Farmer's Market Week started yesterday. The current U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Farmers Market Directory says a total of 7,175 farmers markets operate throughout the United States. Support them whenever you can, okay

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Luc Mullinder sent to Montreal for import receiver Dallas Baker.

Rod's Blog for August 8th.

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

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Seen on a t-shirt at the mall yesterday:











Does that mean He loves the Red Sox instead? (I don't think so!)

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Steinberg: Monday Morning QB for Week #6.

2011 CFL Replay: A look at Week #6.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes made over $77 million in its debut weekend. (Clearly the apes should be put in charge of our country's economy.)

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Jimmy runs the bases.

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Excercise with your Child Week starts today.

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ST PETERSBURG -- Usually the rhetoric about the Rays' plight deals with the fact they play in the toughest division in baseball, the American League East.

After all, battling the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox is tough duty, and enough to wear down even the best of teams. So the idea of how to contend in such a tough division is to dominate the competition outside of the division -- particularly the bottom feeders, like Oakland.
But it didn't work out that way this weekend.

Josh Willingham homered in the top of the 10th to give Oakland a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon in front of 21,425 at Tropicana Field.

In defeat the Rays fell to 59-54 while dropping the weekend series to the Athletics. Tampa Bay is 2-6-1 in its last nine series.

Read the rest here.

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It's Odie Day today.











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SAN FRANCISCO --  Tim Lincecum gave the paid crowd of 42,366 at AT&T Park a bonus on Sunday afternoon.

Removed from the game with two Phillies on base and two outs in the eighth inning, Lincecum tipped his cap to the cheering throng before ducking into the dugout. It was old-school cool, a brief left-handed tug at the cap's bill. Just as Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry used to do ... and as Matt Cain did way back on, well, Saturday.
Except Lincecum almost never makes this gesture. Veteran Lincecumologists believed that he hadn't done so since his final start of the 2009 season. Obviously, this game -- San Francisco's 3-1 victory over Philadelphia -- was no ordinary affair to Lincecum.
Read the rest here.

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Here's a bonus Jimmy picture:


What's up Doc?








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Today in Elvis History:

1959 - Elvis Presley's single "A Big Hunk O' Love" hit #4 in the U.K.

1960 - Elvis Presley began recording several songs intended for the film "Flaming Star."

1964 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley movie "Kissin' Cousins" hit #5 in the U.K.

1977 - Elvis Presley rented out Libertyland for his daughter Lisa Marie and her friends.

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Journalism students at Florida Atlantic University recently constructed their final summer issue of the student newspaper. And it turned out to be a very special issue because they did it the old-fashioned way: with typewriters, paste-up editing, and cameras with film. See the video here.

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - The photograph for the cover of "Abbey Road" was taken.

1997 - Paul McCartney's album "Flaming Pie" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2000 - "The Beatles DVD Collector's Set" was released.

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A new survey finds that 67% of American Adults say the state of the economy is causing more stress on their family. (Gee, ya think?!?!)

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Today in Sports History:

1900 - In Boston, the first Davis Cup series began. The U.S. team defeated Great Britain three matches to zero.

1903 - Joe McGinnity (New York) pitched two complete games in one day. He won 6-1 and 4-3 over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1915 - Gawy Gravath (Philadelphia) hit four doubles and drove in eight runs in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

1920 - Howard Ehmke (Detroit Tigers) set an American League record when he defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 in 1 hour and 13 minutes.

1931 - Bob Burke (Washington Senators) pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox.

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 13 runs in the eighth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 20-7 at Ebbets Field.

1972 - The New York Yankees signed a 30-year lease with the City of New York which called for Yankee Stadium to be completely modernized in time for the 1976 season.

1973 - Boston Red Sox Orlando Cepeda hit four doubles against the Kansas City Royals.

1982 - Doug DeCinces hit three home runs against the California Angels. He had hit three home runs against Minnesota five days earlier.

1985 - Major League baseball players returned to work after a two-day walkout.

1992 - The "Dream Team" clinched the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics. The U.S. basketball team beat Croatia 117-85.

1996 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) moved into 15th place on the career home run list when he hit his 494th.

1996 - Willie McGee (St. Louis Cardinals) recorded his 2,000th major league hit.

1998 - Paul Molitor (Minnesota Twins) stole his 500th career base.

1999 - Wade Boggs got the 3,000th hit of his major league baseball career.

2002 - Major league baseball players and owners agreed to a $100,000 increase in baseball's minimum salary. The minimum was set at $300,000 starting in 2003.

2005 - It was announced that Wayne Gretzky would be the next head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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IN THEATERS THIS WEEK -- The Help (opens Wednesday); 30 Minutes or Less; Final Destination 5; Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Brad Keselowski's challenge to the rest of the Sprint Cup field: "I can beat you with a broken leg.

And he did.

Staying out on the track on old tires under a caution with 21 laps left in Sunday's rain-interrupted Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway, Keselowski pulled away from Kyle Busch after a restart on Lap 185 of 200 to secure his second victory of the season -- despite driving with a broken left ankle.

Keselowski, who was injured in a hard crash during testing Wednesday at Road Atlanta, kept Busch at bay over the final 10 laps. With Sunday's victory -- the third of his career -- Keselowski's fortunes took a dramatic turn with respect to the Chase.

Having cracked the top 20, Keselowski is in position to claim the first wild-card spot, being the only driver in positions 11-20 with more than one victory. Keselowski leaves Pocono 18th in the standings, having gained three positions Sunday.

Kyle Busch came home second, followed by Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Paul Menard completed the top 10.
Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1899, the refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 12:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:00pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Car Series -- Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2:00pm EDT

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