Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations












Happy Monday to you. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 22nd, the 234th day of 2011. There are 131 days left in the year.

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Flyers hope shake-up proves prelude to Cup run.

2011 official free agent list.

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Today's Birthdays: Author Ray Bradbury is 91 ... Actress Valerie Harper is 72 ... Former football coach Bill Parcells is 70 ... TV journalist Steve Kroft is 66 ... Actress Cindy Williams is 64 ... Actor Ty Burrell (Modern Family) is 44 ... TV chef Giada De Laurentiis is 41 ... Actress Kristen Wiig is 38.

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U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Falls to Canada, 6-4, at 2011 Women's Under-18 Series

Trivigno, Daniels, Cameranesi and Skarupa Score for Team USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Despite jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team dropped a 6-4 decision to Canada today in the final game between the two countries at the 2011 Women's Under-18 Series in Rockland, Ont. Team USA won the opening game of the series on Thursday (Aug. 18) by a 3-2 count, while Canada took the second game of the series on Friday (Aug. 19), 3-2.

"I thought we were the more aggressive team in the first half," said Heather Linstad, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "Overall, I think we did some good things to build on and move forward."

Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.) opened the scoring at 2:53 of the first period and Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) followed suit with a power-play goal at 7:58 to give Team USA a 2-0 lead. Canada got on the board a minute later, however, with a goal from Laura Stacey.

But Team USA responded just 50 seconds into the middle frame to reopen a two-goal lead. Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) lit the lamp to put the U.S. ahead 3-1 before Canada evened the score to close out the second period.

Canada rallied for two goals to open the third period and take its first lead of the game. Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) scored to bring Team USA within a goal at 12:06, but Canada's Cayley Mercer netted the game's final tally at 15:33.

U.S. netminder Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.) made 29 saves in the game.

NOTES: The Women's Under-18 Series is in its fifth year ... The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 11 states, with Minnesota's six representatives leading the group ... Alex Carpenter is the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter ... Sydney Daniels is the daughter of NHL Central Scout Scott Daniels, who played six seasons in the NHL ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Heather Linstad, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Connecticut, is serving as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2011-12 season. She is assisted by Hilary Witt, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Joel Johnson, assistant women's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota ... The U.S. roster was selected during the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Blaine, Minn.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 1 - 1 - 4
CAN 1 - 2 - 3 - 6

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Trivigno (Savage), 2:53; 2, USA, Daniels (Pankowski, Stecklein), 7:58; 3, CAN, Stacey (unassisted), 8:58. Penalties: USA, Crossman (hooking), 4:39; CAN, Krzyzaniak (high-sticking), 6:05; CAN, Kohler(body-checking), 14:52; USA, Pankowski (interference), 16:56.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Cameranesi (Carpenter, Stecklein), :50; 5, CAN, Stacey (Dufault, Krzyzaniuk), 16:40; 6, CAN, Dufault (Ambrose, Stacey), pp, 19:32. Penalties: CAN, Krause (boarding), 9:45; USA, Hampton (holding), 17:53.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, CAN, Clark (Richardson), :53; 8, CAN, Kohler (Brykalluk, Krzyzaniuk), 1:51; 9, USA, Skarupa (LaShomb), 12:06; 10, CAN, Mercer (Stacey, Ambrose), 15:33. Penalties: USA, Hampton (elbowing), 7:40; USA, Savage (hooking), 8:51; USA, LaShomb (cross-checking), 16:08; CAN, Clark (roughing), 16:49; CAN, MacAulay (roughing after the whistle), 16:49; USA, Pankowski (slashing), 19:26; CAN, Lemire (interference), 19:49.

Power Play: USA 1-6; CAN 1-7
Penalties: USA 7-14; CAN 6-12

2011 Women's Under-18 Series Schedule
Canadian International Hockey Academy• Rockland, Ont.

Date Opponent Time (EDT)
Thurs., Aug. 18 Canada W, 3-2
Fri., Aug. 19 Canada L, 2-3
Sun., Aug. 21 Canada L, 4-6

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National Safe at Home Week starts today. We need to be reminded that our homes aren't as safe as we think. The leading cause of injuries around the house is tripping while walking on the floor!

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Vote of confidence for Riders' GM Taman.

Upset Marshall won't give up coaching dream.

Marshall miscast for role with Riders.

Dismantling has been 'rough' on Riders.

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

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On this date in 1846, The U.S. annexed New Mexico.

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Stephen: Stamps say bye-bye to first half.

The traveller's guide to Swaggerville.

Landry: Crawford has it down to a science.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Today is Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day. A special day for our friends downunder who’ve been waiting for their long winter to end. At 12 noon remind them to go outside and yell “Hoodie-Hoo,” to chase away the winter blues and welcome spring, which is only one month away.

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Jimmy's not missing his right foot. He's just running again!

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The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola on this date in 1906. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Talk about good karma, the Rays are tapped into the force as the fifth month of the season continues to unfold.

Sunday the Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners when Johnny Damon hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 win at Tropicana Field with 17,226 watching.

By winning, the Rays extended their winning streak to five games, while moving to 69-56 on the season. They have now won 10 of their last 12 games while they continue to chase the Yankees and Red Sox -- who both won Sunday -- for a spot in this year's postseason.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Be An Angel Day.

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HOUSTON -- Pablo Sandoval's two-run homer Sunday broke an 11th-inning tie and lifted the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros, ending San Francisco's three-game losing streak.

With the score even, 4-4, Cody Ross drew a one-out walk from Houston reliever Mark Melancon (6-4). One out later, Sandoval sliced an 0-1 delivery over the left-center-field barrier for his 15th homer of the season.

The Giants finished 4-6 on their three-city trip yet slipped only a half-game farther behind first-place Arizona in the National League West standings. San Francisco trails Arizona by 1 1/2 games.

Read the rest here.

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What will women be wearing this fall? Capes and ponchos. The Internet told me so. I think it was a headline on Yahoo News or something. Not sure what us guys should be wearing this fall but pants will probably work.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was originally entitled "The Reno Brothers."

1959 - The Elvis Presley song "My Wish Came True" hit #12 in the U.S.

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Such A Night" hit #16 in the U.S.

1970 - It was announced that Elvis Presley would be going on his first U.S. tour since the mid-1950's.

1997 - The Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock" was released on DVD.

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On this date in 1762, Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - Liberty Records reported the album "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles" was selling 25,000 copies a day.

1965 - The Beatles played two sold out concerts at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

1968 - Cynthia Powell Lennon sued John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery.

1969 - The Beatles filmed a film short for "The Long and Winding Road."

1979 - George Harrison's autobiography "I Me Mine" was published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.

1986 - Paul McCartney released the album "Press to Play."

1998 - Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed "Double Fantasy" album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was is prison for the December 8, 1980 murder at the time.

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It was announced on this date in 1911 that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy.

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Today in Sports History:

1950 - Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.

1951 - 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.

1972 - Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games.

1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters.

2001 - Brett Hull signed a 2 year deal for $9 million with the Detroit Redwings.

2003 - Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) went 0-5 to end a 30-game hitting streak.

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In preparation for a new triple-x Internet domain that will launch in December, lawyers for the most famous brands in the U.S. are scrambling to prevent an x-rated rip-off of an invaluable asset: corporate web addresses. Thousands of companies have expressed interest in preregistering their trademarks and blocking others from snapping them up to create, say, a Barbie.xxx or Coke.xxx.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan finally unrolled the welcome mat for Kyle Busch, the first official member of the 2011 Chase.

Busch got his first Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway in his 14th start at the two-mile track, holding off Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

Busch beat Johnson to the finish line by .568 seconds to claim his series-best fourth victory of the season and the 23rd of his career. Busch kept Johnson winless at Michigan, one of five active tracks on the Cup circuit where the five-time champion hasn't been to Victory Lane.

Brad Keselowski continued his recent surge with a third-place run, followed by Mark Martin and Ryan Newman. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth completed the top 10.

Read the rest here.

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine on this date in 1938.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

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 --

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 --

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

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That's the wrap for another day. I'm so glad you visited and that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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