Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Saturday




It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is October 15th, the 288th day of 2011. There are 77 days left in the year.

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Melrose breaks down the best players at each position.

Road-weary Rangers used trip as bonding exercise.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Fall Astronomy Week starts today.

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Tha Tampa Bay Lightning wrap up their season opening road trip with a game tonight at the Florida Panthers, the same team they'll host in their home opener on Monday. Faceoff this evening is 7:30pm on Sun Sports HD and 620 WDAE.

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Today is the International Day of Rural Women.

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U.S. Women's National Team Named for 2011 Four Nations Cup
Training Camp to be Held at Quinnipiac University

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the first 20 players of its roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete at the 2011 Four Nations Cup from Nov. 9-13 in Nyköping, Sweden. The U.S. will add two goaltenders to its final roster following its training camp in Hamden, Conn., Nov. 1-6.

Highlighting the roster are 15 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship this past April, including defensemen Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.), Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.), Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) and Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.); and forwards Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Id.), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.), Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.), Jen Schoullis (Erie, Pa.) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio).

Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio), Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) will be vying for the two goaltending spots on the Team USA roster.

The U.S. will open play against Sweden on Nov. 9, at 9:30 a.m. EST at Stora Hallen Arena. A full schedule is below.

TRAINING CAMP

In preparation for the Four Nations Cup and for overall development of its U.S. Women's National Team Program, USA Hockey will stage a training camp in Hamden, Conn., Nov. 1-6, that will include 25 players. The camp will include daily practices, testing and off-ice training. A schedule of practices, which are open to the public, can be found here.

Of the 25 players invited to the camp, nine were members of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that played in the Under-18 Series in Rockland, Ont., including goaltender Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.); defenseman Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.); and forwards Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.), Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.), MaryAnne Kennedy-Menefee (Lansing, Mich.), Anne Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas), Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) and Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.).

For the full camp roster, click here.

NOTES: For the U.S. Women's National Team roster to date, click here ... Players named to the U.S. Women's National Team roster who are currently playing college hockey will not be at the camp in Hamden, Conn., and will join their teammates on Nov. 6 to depart for Sweden .... The 20 players named to the U.S. Women's National Team to date hail from 11 states, with Massachusetts leading the way with four players ... Katey Stone, head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2011-12 season and will guide the team in Nyköping ... To follow the team in Sweden, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here.

Team USA 2011 Four Nations Cup Schedule
Nyköping, Sweden • Stora Hallen Arena

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST) Result
Wed., Nov. 9 Sweden 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. Game Blog
Thurs., Nov. 10 Canada 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. Game Blog
Sat., Nov. 12 Finland 4 p.m./10 a.m. Game Blog
Sun., Nov. 13 Third-Place Game 11:30 a.m./5:30 a.m. Game Blog
Championship Game 3 p.m./9 a.m. Game Blog

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IN THEATERS - Footloose (PG-13); The Big Year (PG); The Thing (R).

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Keith Shologan dealing with Riders' woes.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' playoff hopes, down to a mere flicker, face a big test tomorrow, when the Riders host the CFL's hottest team, the B.C. Lions. Kickoff is set for 4:00pm EDT tomorrow, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen link is on the left side of this blog. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the States on ESPN3.com.

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

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It's I Love Lucy Day.

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Great escape: Argos edge Stamps, 31-29.

Garrett proves patience is a virtue.

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

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Happy Birthday to Saskatchewan Roughriders' Head Coach/VP of Football Operations Ken Miller, who turns 70 today.

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The Beavers look to build on last week's win over Arizona, when they host the BYU Cougars today. Mike Parker, Jim Wilson and Ron Callan call the action on 860AM KPAM and the Beaver Sports Network, with kickoff set for 4:05pm EDT. Listen link is on the left side of this blog. The game can be seen on Fox College Sports-Pacific, KBYU-TV in Utah and online (on a subscription basis) at cbssports.com via OSU Beavers all-access.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

Visit the school's official athletics website by clicking here.

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Today is National Grouch Day. (Finally. A day just for me!)

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The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week five results:

Week 5

Sunday, October 9th

At Pittsburgh 38, Tennessee 17
Seattle 36 at NY Giants 25
Cincinnati 30 at Jacksonville 20
New Orleans 30 at Carolina 27
Oakland 25 at Houston 20
At Buffalo 31, Philadelphia 24
Kansas City 28 at Indianapolis 24
At Minnesota 34, Arizona 10
At San Francisco 48, Tampa Bay 3
At New England 30, NY Jets 21
San Diego 29 at Denver 24
Green Bay 25 at Atlanta 14

Monday, October 10th
At Detroit 24, Chicago 13

·Bye: Cleveland, Dallas, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, Baltimore.

Week 6
Sunday, October 16th (All times Eastern)
San Francisco at Detroit 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Green Bay 1:00 PM
Carolina at Atlanta 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Buffalo at NY Giants 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Philadelphia at Washington 1:00 PM
Houston at Baltimore 4:05 PM
Cleveland at Oakland 4:05 PM
Dallas at New England 4:15 PM
New Orleans at Tampa Bay 4:15pm
Minnesota at Chicago 8:20 PM

Monday, October 17th (All times Eastern)
Miami at NY Jets 8:30 PM

·Bye: Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle.

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National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is today. (Linky Link)

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Jimmy and one of his "people," Emily.

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Today is White Cane Safety Day.

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American League ALDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay 9, Texas 0
Texas 8, Tampa Bay 6
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3 (Texas wins series 3-1)

New York 9, Detroit 3
Detroit 5 New York 3
Detroit 5, New York 4
New York 10 at Detroit 1
Detroit 3 at New York 2 (Detroit wins series 3-2)

National League NLDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 5 at Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia 3 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 1 at Philadelphia 0 (St. Louis wins series 3-2)

Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1
Milwaukee 8, Arizona 4
At Arizona 8, Milwaukee 4
Arizona 10, Milwaukee 6
At Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2 (Milwaukee wins series 3-2)

American League Championship Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

At Texas 3, Detroit 2
Detroit at Texas PPD, Rain
At Texas 7, Detroit 3
At Detroit 5, Texas 2
Texas 7 at Detroit 3
At Detroit 7, Texas 5 (Texas leads 3-2)
Next: Detroit at Texas Saturday, October 14th 8:05pm
Detroit at Texas Sunday, October 15th 8:05pm****

National League Championship Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

At Milwaukee 9, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 12 at Milwaukee 3
At St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee 4 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 1 (St. Louis leads 3-2)
Next: St. Louis at Milwaukee Sunday, October 16th 4:05pm
St. Louis at Milwaukee Monday, October 17th 8:05pm****

****if necessary

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On this date in 1860, Grace Bedell, 11 years old, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. The letter stated that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard.

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - Buddy (Holly) & Bob opened a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, TX.

1961 - In Nashville, Elvis Presley recorded the song "Good Luck Charm."

1968 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Charro!"

1973 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley was admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital suffering from pneumonia. He stayed for two weeks.

1994 - The Elvis Presley collector's edition album "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" was released.

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On this date in 1883, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race.

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Today in Beatles History:

1961 - The Beatles appeared on the same bill as comedian Ken Dodd at a St. John's Ambulance Brigade star fundraiser.

1964 - Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney met Mary Wilson (Supremes) at the Ad Lib Club in Birmingham, England.

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San Diego is the country's luckiest city. The sunny southern California city won the top spot in a Men's Health magazine list of America's 100 luckiest towns, with Baltimore, Phoenix, Wilmington in Delaware and Richmond, Virginia not far behind.

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Today in Sports History:

1989 - Wayne Gretzky, while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe's NHL scoring record of 1,850 career points.

2001 - The 0-4 Dallas Cowboys and the 0-4 Washington Redskins played on Monday Night Football. It was the only time in the 31-year history of Monday Night Football that two 0-4 teams played. The Cowboys won the game 9-7.

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The U.S. government announced on this date in 1892 that the land in the western Montana was open to settlers. The 1.8 million acres were bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre..

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Concord, N.C. -- Carl Edwards tested the durability limits of his No. 60 Ford on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rebounding from hard contact with the wall early in the Dollar General 300, Edwards held off Kyle Busch on a five-lap green-flag run to the finish to win his eighth Nationwide Series race of the season and the 37th of his career.

Busch came home second followed by Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler, who claimed the final $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash bonus and cut the series lead of ninth-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to 15 points.

Brian Scott ran fifth, followed by Brad Keselowski, whose dominating run was foiled by a cut tire late in the race. Justin Allgaier, pole-sitter Paul Menard, Stenhouse and Brian Vickers completed the top 10.

Kenny Wallace finished 16th in his 519th Nationwide start, tying the series record of Jason Keller.

Read the rest here.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs BYU Cougars 4:00pm

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:30pm

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- IZOD Indy Car World Championships at Las Vegas at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:00pm

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints 4:15pm

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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