Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Today is November 10th, the 314th day of 2011. There are 51 days left in the year.


Hurricanes amazed, reflect on Ground Zero visit.

Newswire: Rupp has knee surgery.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan's Island) is 87; Actress Mackenzie Phillips (American Graffiti, One Day at a Time) is 52; Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is 43; Actress Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy) is 42.


Tampa, FL. -- All indications were that a close, hard-fought battle between the visiting Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning was on tap Wednesday night, and that's exactly what both teams delivered -- along with a glimpse of unusual tactical gamesmanship, as the Lightning finally prevailed on Brett Connolly's goal in overtime to seal the 2-1 win at the St. Pete Times Forum.

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November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.


U.S. National Under-17 Team Downs Russia, 6-2, in 2011
Under-17 Four Nations Pre-Tournament Game

Kelleher Leads Team USA with Two Goals and Assist in Victory

BALASHIKHA, Russia - Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) notched two goals and collected one assist, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team downed Russia, 6-2, in a pre-tournament game prior to the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament.

Kelleher tallied the first goal of the game at 4:23 of the opening frame. The unassisted marker came on the power play for Team USA. Russia answered late in the stanza after two consecutive U.S. penalties were whistled. The five-on-three goal knotted the game at one goal each after one period of play.

Team USA reclaimed the lead when Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) netted a goal at 7:18 of the second stanza. Connor Chatham (Belleville, Ill.) earned an assist on the score. Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) followed with a power-play tally at 15:35 before the host country responded with a power-play goal of its own. Still holding a 3-2 lead, Team USA notched back-to-back goals with less than a minute remaining in the period. Kelleher buried his second of the game from Kevin Labanc (Staten Island, N.Y.), and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) lit the lamp to give the U.S. a 5-2 lead.

Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) netted the third power-play goal for the U.S. at 3:22 of the final frame to secure the win over Russia. Keaton Thompson (Devils Lake, N.D.) and Kelleher collected assists on the goal.

Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) and Curtis Frye (Northwood, N.H.) combined to make 29 saves in the victory for the U.S., while the duo of Vyacheslav Volkov and Nikita Serebryakov combined to stop 31 shots in the loss for Russia.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will begin tournament play against Slovakia on Friday (Nov. 11) at 6:00 a.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: The U.S. went 3-for-7 on the power play, while Russia went 2-for-9 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The U.S. has captured the tournament title the past two years (2009, 2010) ... The 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament will include teams from Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #4nationsU17.


Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 4 - 1 - 6
RUS 1 - 1 - 0 - 2

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Kelleher (unassisted), 4:23, (pp); 2, RUS, Tolchinsky (Buchnevich, Shahvorostov), 16:17, (5-on-3). Penalties: RUS, Boychuk (hooking), 2:42; USA, Fasching (hooking), 15:06; USA, Motte, (hooking), 15:53; RUS, Zadorov (interference), 19:54.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, McCarron (Chatham), 7:18; 4, USA, Fasching (Santini), 15:35, (pp); 5, RUS, Trubkin (Tolchinsky, Shahvorostov), 18:04; (pp); 6, USA, Kelleher (Labanc), 19:17; 7, USA, Motte (Compher), 19:46. Penalties: USA, Labanc (tripping), 8:46; USA, Bench (too-many-men), 11:05; RUS, Barbash (charing), 13:09; RUS, Ilyin (slashing), 13:52; USA, Bench (too-many-men), 17:07; USA, Clifton (cross-checking), 18:04; RUS, Buchnevich, (roughing), 18:04.

Third Period – Scoring: 8, USA, Louis (Thompson, Kelleher), 3:22, (5-on-3). Penalties: RUS, Mamin (delay-of-game), 1:24; RUS, Rafikov (holding), 2:06; USA, Compher (elbowing), 4:46; USA, Santini (high-sticking), 5:17; USA, Labanc (delay-of-game), 8:13; USA, Voltin (cross-checking), 15:59; RUS, Galeev (tripping), 16:21.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 13 15 9 37
RUS 9 11 11 31

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miska, 30:00 9/8 9/9 -- 18/17
USA, Frye, 30:00 -- 2/1 11/11 13/12
RUS, Volkov, 30:00 13/12 8/5 -- 21/17
RUS, Serebryakov, 30:00 -- 7/6 9/8 16/14

Power Play: RUS 2-9; USA 3-7
Penalties: RUS 8-16; USA 10-20

Team USA 2011 Under-17 Four Nation Tournament Schedule
Nov. 9-13 • Arena Balashikha • Balashikha, Russia

Date Opponent
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Nov. 9 Russia* W, 6-2
Fri., Nov. 11 Slovakia 6:00 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Switzerland 6:00 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Russia 9:30 a.m.
*Pre-tournament game

U.S. Women's National Team Blanks Sweden, 8-0,
at 2011 Four Nations Cup

Team USA Scores Five Second-Period Goals in Win

NYKOPING, Sweden -- The U.S. Women's National Team scored five goals in the second period en route to an 8-0 victory over Sweden in its first game of the 2011 Four Nations Cup.

"It was a good start for us," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Team. "Our players kept it simple and moved the puck quickly. It's going to be that hardworking effort that makes a difference."

After a scoreless first period, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) got the U.S. on the board with an unassisted goal at 2:45 of the second. Then, Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) struck eight minutes later to extend Team USA's lead to 2-0.

The U.S. scored three goals in just over three minutes when Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.) connected for a power-play goal at 13:09, Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) found the back of the net at 15:00 and Amanda Kessel (Verona, Wis.) struck for a power-play tally of her own at 16:30 to give the Americans a five-goal lead through two periods of play.

Stack and Lamoureux-Kolls potted their second goals of the game in the third frame, and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) closed out the scoring with 21 seconds remaining.

U.S. goalie Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made eight saves in the shutout victory, while Sweden's Kim Martin stopped 63 shots in the loss.

The U.S. Women's National Team will face Canada tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 9:30 a.m. EST in its second game of the Four Nations Cup.

NOTES: Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Id.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Kelli Stack each logged three points (2-1) in the win ... Molly Engstrom and Jenny Potter served as an alternate captain for the match-up against Sweden ... For the full U.S. Women's National Team Four Nations Cup roster, click here ... 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 is guiding the team in Nyköping. Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay are serving as assistant coaches. Robb Stauber is serving as the goalie coach and team scout for the event ... The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament featuring four of the top-ranked women's hockey teams in the world - the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden ... To follow the team in Sweden, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #4nationsWMN .


Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 5 - 3 - 8
SWE 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period - Penalties: SWE, Olofsson (tripping), 5:53; USA, Stack (hooking), 10:29; SWE, Eliasson (high-sticking), 11:57.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (unassisted), 2:45; 2, USA, Stack (Potter, Duggan), 10:45; 3, USA, Cahow (Stack, Potter), 13:09 (pp); 4, Coyne (Knight), 15:00 ; 5, USA, Kessel (Coyne, Demsey), 16:30 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Backman (interference), 6:06; SWE, Team (too-many-men), 11:43; SWE, Hedin (body-checking), 16:22; USA, Team (too-many-men), 18:19.

Third Period -Scoring: 6, USA, Stack (Marvin), 6:30 (pp); 7, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Decker, Lamoureux), 12:33; 8, Lamoureux (Decker, Lamoureux-Kolls), 19:39 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Myren (tripping), 5:49; SWE, Backman (tripping), 10:25; SWE, Eliasson (body-checking), 17:55.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 14 28 29 71
SWE 6 1 1 8

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Schaus, 60:00 6-6 1-1 1-1 8-8
SWE, Martin, 60:00 14-14 28-23 29-26 71-63

Power Play: USA 4-8; SWE 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; SWE 8-16

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

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST) Result
Wed., Nov. 9 Sweden 7 p.m./1 p.m. W, 8-0
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

U.S. National Under-18 Team Blanks Switzerland, 6-0, in 2011
Under-18 Four Nations Pre-Tournament Game

Barber and Matteau Each Had Three Point Nights

MONTHEY, Switzerland - Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) and Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.) each had three points and goaltenders Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) were perfect, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team blanked Switzerland, 6-0, in a pre-tournament game prior to the 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament.

“It was great to get our legs under us before the tournament officially starts," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We were very good in all areas of the game and our goaltending was sharp."

Team USA found the scoresheet first thanks to Matteau, who netted his first goal of the contest at 10:40 of the first period. Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) and Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) collected assists on the tally. Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) doubled the U.S. lead on the power play at 13:36. Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) registered assists on the goal.

Barber and Shore notched back-to-back goals in the second period as Team USA's lead increased to 4-0 against the host country. Matteau earned the lone assist on the first goal of the period, while Barber and Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) assisted on Shore's goal. Matteau's second marker and third point of the game put the U.S. up by five goals after two frames. Barber recorded his third point of the night with an assist and Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) was also credited with a helper on the goal.

Nikolas Olsson (Escondido, Calif.) recorded the final goal of the game at 15:07 of the third period. Gavin Stoick (Portland, Ore.) assisted on the tally.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team will begin tournament play against Sweden on Friday (Nov. 11) at 8:30 a.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: The U.S. went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Switzerland went 0-for-8 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The U.S. has captured the tournament title the past three years (2008, 2009, 2010) ... The 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament will include teams from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #4nationsU18.


Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 3 - 1 - 6
SUI 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Matteau (Shore, Carrick), 10:40; 2, USA, Hartman (Kerdiles, Skjei), 13:36, (pp). Penalties: USA, Carrick (interference), 4:42; USA, Di Pauli (cross-checking), 6:20; SUI, Brandi (hooking), 6:49; SUI, Jecker (hooking), 13:02; USA, Carrick (high-sticking), 15:25; SUI, Kummer (slashing), 17:18; USA, Hartman (roughing), 19:45.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Barber (Matteau), 8:11; 4, USA, Shore (Barber, Di Pauli), 8:43; 5, USA, Matteau (Barber, Koules), 18:27. Penalties: SUI, Praplan (high-sticking), 2:48; USA, Osterberg (holding), 9:35; SUI, Rouiller (interference), 17:53; USA, Trouba (elbowing), 19:22.

Third Period – Scoring: 6, USA, Olsson (Stoick), 15:07. Penalties: USA, Hartman (holding), 7:25; USA, Olsson (high-sticking), 9:51.

Power Play: SUI 0-8; USA 1-4
Penalties: SUI 4-8; USA 8-16

Team USA 2011 Under-18 Four Nation Tournament Schedule
Nov. 9-13 • Monthey Arena • Monthey, Switzerland

Date Opponent
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Nov. 9 Switzerland* W, 6-0
Fri., Nov. 11 Sweden 8:30 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Finland 8:30 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Switzerland 10:00 a.m.
*Pre-tournament game at Leysin Arena

U.S. Junior Select Team Defeats Canada West, 6-1,
in 2011 World Junior A Challenge

Lucia Records Two Goals and an Assist in the Victory

LANGLEY, B.C. - Mario Lucia (Chanhassen, Minn./Penticton Vees) scored two goals and recorded an assist, as the U.S. Junior Select Team defeated Canada West, 6-1, in its second game of the 2011 World Junior A Challenge. With the win, Team USA improved to 1-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall, and will advance to the quarterfinal round as the second seed in Group A.

"I'm proud of our guys with how we responded tonight," said Regg Simon, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Select Team. "Our guys focused on moving forward, and we went out there tonight and got it done together."

Sean Kuraly (Dublin, Ohio/Indiana Ice) opened up the scoring for Team USA on the power play at 16:28. Just over two minutes later, Lucia cashed in another power-play tally for the U.S. when he found a bouncing puck at the bottom of right circle and fired it into the net.

Team USA's special teams continued to roll in the second period. Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill./Waterloo Black Hawks) helped Team USA open up a 3-0 lead with an unassisted shorthanded marker at 1:13. Alex Broadhurst (New Lenox, Ill./Green Bay Gamblers) followed with a shorthanded goal of his own at 11:48 after forcing a turnover in Canada West's zone.

Canada West scored its lone goal of the game at 8:20 of the third period while shorthanded. But Team USA's Sam Herr (Hinsdale, Ill./Green Bay Gamblers) restored his squad's four-goal lead when he netted the game's first even-strength goal at 14:48 of the final frame. Then, 33 seconds later, Lucia tacked on his second goal of the game to secure the U.S. victory.

Team USA goaltender Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill./Green Bay Gamblers) made 29 saves in the victory, while Canada West netminder Tyler Briggs logged 28 saves in the loss.

The U.S. Junior Select Team will play Russia tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. EST in the quarterfinal round. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: Mario Lucia was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 2-for-9 on the power play, while Canada West went 0-for-7 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its sixth year and Team USA will be competing in the tournament for the fifth consecutive time ... The U.S. has won the championship the past three years (2008, 2009, 2010) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 ... The 2011 World Junior A Challenge will include teams from the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and the United States and two teams from Canada (East and West) ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #JrAChallenge.


Scoring By Period

CANW 0 - 0 - 1 - 1
USA 2 - 2 - 2 - 6

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Kuraly (Lucia), 16:28 (pp); 2, USA, Lucia (Cooper, Kuraly), 18:46 (pp). Penalties: USA, Cameranesi (tripping), 7:27; CANW, Juha (holding), 7:32; CANW, Cooper (spearing), 14:18; CANW, Cooper (spearing), 16:18; CANW, Morley (interference), 17:56.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Hinostroza (unassisted), 1:13 (sh); 4, USA, Broadhurst (unassisted), 11:48 (sh). Penalties: USA, Broadhurst (slashing), 0:50; USA, Cameranesi (holding), 2:24; CANW, Stenerson (tripping), 7:39; CANW, Kieser (goaltender interference), 9:24; USA, Young (hooking), 9:29; USA, Patterson (roughing), 10:10; CANW, Hoekstra (checking-from-behind, misconduct), 13:56; USA, Schmaltz, (roughing), 15:11.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, CANW, Hadley (Richardson), 8:20 (sh); 6, USA, Herr (unassisted), 14:48; 7, USA, Lucia (Young), 15:21. Penalties: CANW, Kiesser (holding), 0:00; CANW, Stecher (tripping), 8:09; CANW, Dennis (high-sticking, misconduct), 10:43; USA, Kuraly (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:43; USA, Patterson (high-sticking), 11:16.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
CANW 10 8 12 30
USA 7 17 10 34

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CANW, Briggs, 60:00 7/5 17/15 10/8 34/28
USA, McKay, 60:00 10/10 8/8 12/11 30/29

Power Play: CANW 0-7; USA 2-9
Penalties: CANW 11-30; USA 8-16

Team USA 2010 World Junior A Challenge Schedule
Nov. 7-13 • Langley, B.C. • Langley Events Centre

Date Opponent
Time (ET)/Result

Sat., Nov. 5 Canada East* W, 4-1
Mon., Nov. 7 Sweden L, 0-1
Wed., Nov. 9 Canada West W, 6-1
Thu., Nov. 10 Russia 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 11 Semifinal Game 7 p.m.
Semifinal Game 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Fifth-Place Game 3 p.m.
Third-Place Game 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 First-Place Game 8 p.m.
*Pre-tournament game

More Than 11,000 Try Hockey For Free on Saturday

Event Part of USA Hockey/NHL Come Play Hockey Month Initiative

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- More than 11,000 kids across the United States tried hockey for the first time on Saturday (Nov. 5) as part of Try Hockey For Free Day. The event was part of USA Hockey and the National Hockey League's first-ever Come Play Hockey Month initiative that takes place throughout November.

A Few of Try Hockey for Free Day's
Many Success Stories
• Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hosted its first-ever Try Hockey for Free program and 89 new kids hit the ice.

• Desert Ice Castle near Palm Springs, Calif., which opened its doors in September, utilized Saturday's Try Hockey for Free opportunity to attract 79 new kids to the rink from the local community. Efforts included a special promotion to the local Spanish-speaking community.

• Chapparal Ice Center and the Youth Hockey Foundation of Austin, Texas, combined efforts to attract 67 kids for Try Hockey for Free Day.

• Seven rinks in the New York City area worked in conjunction with the New York Rangers with more than 1,000 kids trying hockey for the first time.

• The Eastern Carolina Hockey Association in Greenville, N.C., which had just 31 registered players in the 8 & under age category for the 2010-11 season, welcomed 128 new kids to Saturday's Try Hockey for Free Day.

• On U.S. military base Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Cleland Ice Rink had 65 kids hit the ice for the first time.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "So many people helped make this such a success and it's events like this that play a major role in helping get new families engaged in our sport."

Some 430 locations in 47 states across the country were part of Saturday's Try Hockey for Free Day.

"We're excited with the results and know that we'll have some new young hockey players as a result of Saturday's efforts," said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of membership development for USA Hockey. "Without the terrific support of the NHL, its member clubs and our unbelievable network of volunteers across the country, events like this wouldn't be possible. There were many smiles on the faces of kids in communities across the U.S. and in the end, having fun is what it's all about."

The next nationwide Try Hockey For Free Day will come in conjunction with the 5th annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Those interested in hosting an event can register at

NOTES: More than 300 Try Hockey for Free clinics were conducted in 2010-11, with over 9,200 kids getting a chance to try the sport for the first time. That number includes 6,000-plus kids that tried hockey on the Saturday, Feb. 19, as part of USA Hockey's Hockey Weekend Across America celebration.


This is Area Code Day.


2011 East & West Division All-Stars announced. Online Water Cooler: Week #19.

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The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress on this date in 1775. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798. This day is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. (Linky Link)


OSU football notebook: Rodgers still enjoying his senior year despite the losses.

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Sesame Street Day is today.


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

Week 9

Sunday, November 6th

Miami 31 at Kansas City 3
Atlanta 31 at Indianapolis 7
At New Orleans 27, Tampa Bay 16
NY Jets 27 at Buffalo 11
At Dallas 23, Seattle 13
At Houston 30, Cleveland 12
San Francisco 19 at Washington 11
Cincinnati 24 at Tennessee 17
Denver 38 at Oakland 24
NY Giants 24 at New England 20
At Arizona 19, St. Louis 13 (OT)
Green Bay 45 at San Diego 38
Baltimore 23 at Pittsburgh 20

Monday, November 7th

Chicago 30 at Philadelphia 24

·Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

Week 10

All Times Eastern

Thursday, November 10th

Oakland at San Diego 8:20pm

Sunday, November 13th

Arizona at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Tennessee at Carolina 1:00 PM
Houston at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Washington at Miami 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Denver at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Buffalo at Dallas 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Atlanta 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Baltimore at Seattle 4:05 PM
NY Giants at San Francisco 4:15 PM
Detroit at Chicago 4:15 PM
New England at NY Jets 8:20 PM

Monday, November 14th

Minnesota at Green Bay 8:30 PM


Bil Keane, creator of the "Family Circus" comic strip, died Tuesday at age 89. Keane started drawing the one-panel cartoon featuring Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, P.J. and their parents in February 1960. Kean's son, Jeff, has been drawing "Family Circus" in the last few years as his father enjoyed retirement.


The cutest fire fighter of all time!


Police in Batley, West Yorkshire, England, are asking people to contact them if they are approached by anyone selling electrical goods on the streets. The reason? Someone was tricked into buying an iPad which turned out to be a bag of potatoes.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - "Billboard's" national DJ poll revealed that Elvis Presley was the most-played male artist and country artist of 1956.

1957 - Elvis Presley made his first concert appearance outside of Continental North America. The show was at Honolulu Stadium in Honolulu, HI.

1960 - The Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" premiered in London.

1969 - The Elvis Presley movie "Change of Habit" opened in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley began a week-long tour of the West Coast of the U.S.


Eddie Murphy won't be hosting the Oscars after all. One day after buddy Brett Ratner stepped down as producer for using a gay slur, Murphy announced that he would not be part of the show. Murphy is one of the stars of director Ratner's new flick, Tower Heist.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles ended their British Tour in Bristol.


You know those latex gloves doctors wear? They're not as helpful as we'd like them to be. When doctors wear gloves they wash their hands less often. A new study on hospital hygiene shows that the usual hand-washing rate in hospitals is around 47.7 percent, but when doctors are using gloves it slips to 41 percent.


Today in Sports History:

1928 - Knute Rockne made his famous "win one for the Gipper" pep talk during halftime of a tied game between Notre Dame and Army.

1934 - Armand Mondou (Montreal Canadiens) was awarded the first penalty shot in the NHL. George Hainsworth (Toronto) stopped the shot.

1940 - The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles played a penalty free NFL game.

1957 - 102,368 people attended the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams game. The crowd was the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history.

1962 - Glenn Hall (Chicago Black Hawks) missed a game due to a back injury. The missed game ended a streak of 503 consecutive games played over seven years.

1963 - Don Meredith (Dallas Cowboys) passed for 460 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

1963 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings) became the NHL's all-time leader in goals when he scored his 545th career goal.

1964 - The Atlanta Braves signed a 25 year lease to play in the new Atlanta stadium.

1974 - The Montreal Canadiens shutout the Washington Capitals 11-0.

1975 - The Kansas City Royals released Harmon Killebrew. He ended his 22-year career with 573 home runs.

1977 - The Major Indoor Soccer League was officially organized in New York City.

1990 - The Phoenix Suns set an NBA record when they scored 107 points in the first half of a game against the Denver Nuggets. Phoenix won the game 173-143.

1991 - Bernie Kosar end his NFL record streak of 308 passes without an interception.

1991 - Martina Navratilova tied Chris Evert's record of 157 career titles.

1996 - Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.


At the White House, "The Virtual Wall" website ( was unveiled on this date in 1998. The site allows visitors to experience The Wall through the Internet.


Coming up:


Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs Boston Bandits 10:10am EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs New England Huskies 5:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs TBD TBA

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:30pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs Valley Jr. Warriors 5:30pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at California Golden Bears 6:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs TBD TBA

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 10:30am EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Houston Texans 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm

EJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase TBA TBD


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