Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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

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Today is November 29th, the 333rd day of 2011. There are 32 days left in the year.

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Button: A good GM knows right time for bold change.

Rangers' Winter Classic jerseys draw rave reviews.

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

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Today's Birthdays -- Actor-comedian Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal) is 56; Former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (now mayor of Chicago) is 52; Actress Kim Delaney (Army Wives, NYPD Blue) is 50; Actor Andrew McCarthy (White Collar, Royal Pains, Weekend at Bernie's) is 49; Actor Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2, Ocean's Eleven, Hotel Rwanda) is 47; Singer Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block is 43; Actress Anna Faris (Scary Movie series, The House Bunny, Brokeback Mountain) is 35.

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Minneapolis, MN. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning should have started worrying as soon as goalie Niklas Backstrom was pulled Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.

True to form, the Minnesota Wild goalie bounced back in a big way, stopping 32 of 33 shots – a night after conceding three goals on eight shots – to help his club snap a two-game skid with a 3-1 win against the Lightning at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday night.

Read the rest here.

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This is Electronic Greetings Day.

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U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Tops Japan, 6-2,
at 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

Lipsett Scores Twice in Third Period to Secure Victory

CALGARY, Alta. - Taylor Lipsett (Richardson, Texas) logged a pair of goals within a span of 19 seconds in the third period, as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team topped Japan, 6-2, in its second game of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challege here this afternoon at the WinSport Canada Ice Complex. With the win, Team USA improves to 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the tournament.

"The positive is that we got another win today," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We are making progress as a team and trying to improve with every game we play together."

Jimmy Connelly (Galloway, N.J.) scored his first goal of the tournament at 13:31 of the first period on the power play. Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) found Connelly wide open in the slot, where the defenseman fired a shot just under the crossbar. Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) potted his third goal of the tournament with a wrap-around attempt less than two minutes later. Then, Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.) added a goal at 16:52 to send Team USA into the locker room at the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.

Japan made it a two-goal game early in the second period, but Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) answered with another U.S. goal 20 seconds later.

Japan tacked on a goal late in the second period to make the score 4-2 after two. But Lipsett struck at 14:04 and 14:23 of the third to secure the victory for Team USA.

Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made six saves in 56:58 of action in goal for the U.S., while Jen Yung Lee (San Antonio, Texas) made one save in the final three minutes of the third period.

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will continue tournament play Wednesday (Nov. 30) against Canada at 9 p.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: Taylor Lipsett (2-1), Nikko Landeros (1-2) and Alexi Salamone (1-2) all had three points in the victory ... Jimmy Connelly was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Japan went 0-for-5 with the man advantage ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WSHC. For the full U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... Team USA finished third at last year's World Sledge Hockey Challenge, which took place in April 2011 in London, Ont. ... The IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will take place this spring in Hamar, Norway ... Jeff Sauer, longtime men's collegiate head coach at the University of Wisconsin and Colorado College, is serving as head coach of Team USA, while Guy Gosselin, regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, is taking on the role of assistant coach. The 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challege features teams from the Canada, Japan, Norway and the United States.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 1 - 2 - 6
JPN 0 - 2 - 0 - 2

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Connelly (Page), 13:31, (pp); 2, USA, Landeros (Sweeney), 15:08; 3, USA, Salamonie (Landeros), 16:52. Penalties: USA, Lipsett (interference), 6:40; USA, Shaw (roughing), 8:51; JPN, Endo (holding), 11:48; JPN, Sudo (teeing), 18:03.

Second Period –Scoring: 4, JPN, Yoshikawa (Endo), 5:41; 5, USA, McKee (Sweeney, Lipsett), 6:01; 6, JPN, Uehara (unassisted), 15:39. Penalties: USA, Roman (teeing), 2:24; JPN, Sudo (holding), 8:57; JPN, Endo (checking from behind), 13:29; USA, Emmerson (interference), 15:08.

Third Period - Scoring: 7: Lipsett (Salamone, Landeros), 14:04; 8, Lipsett (Salamone, McKee), 14:23. Penalties: JPN, Sudo (interference) 3:56; JPN, Yoshikawa (roughing), 6:40; USA, Chace (holding), 16:48.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 7 10 5 22
JPN 3 3 3 9

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Cash, 56:58 3/3 3/1 2/2 8/6
USA, Lee, 3:02 -- -- 1/1 1/1
JPN, Majima, 60:00 7/4 10/9 5/3 22/16

Power Play: USA 1-6; JPN 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; JPN, 6-20

Team USA 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Schedule
Nov. 27 - Dec. 3 • Calgary, Alta. • WinSport Canada Ice Complex

Date Opponent Time (EST)/Result
Sun., Nov. 27 Norway W, 5-1
Mon., Nov. 28 Japan W, 6-2
Wed., Nov. 30 Canada 9 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 1 Semifinal #1 2 p.m.
Semifinal #2 9 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Third-Place Game 2 p.m.
First-Place Game 6 p.m.


Merrimack College Unanimous No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 
Men's College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #9
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1Merrimack College, 510 (34)
1
9-0-1
8
2University of Notre Dame, 448
3
10-3-3
9
3Boston College, 439
5
10-4-0
9
4University of Minnesota, 396
2
11-4-1
8
5University of Minnesota Duluth, 366
6
9-3-2
9
6Ferris State University, 318
7
10-3-1
6
7Ohio State University, 292
10
10-3-1
3
8Colorado College, 257
4
7-4-0
9
9Union College, 185
12
7-3-3
9
10University of Denver, 181
9
6-4-3
9
11Lake Superior State University, 142
14
10-4-2
5
12Western Michigan University, 139
13
6-4-4
9
13Boston University, 111
NR
7-4-1
6
14Colgate University, 98
15
9-4-1
3
15Yale University, 86
8
5-3-1
9
Others receiving votes: Michigan State University, 43; Miami University, 23; Cornell University, 16; University of Michigan, 14; University of Nebraska Omaha, 12; Air Force Academy, 2; University of North Dakota, 2.
NOTES: Merrimack College remains atop the poll for the second straight week ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams and ECAC Hockey and Hockey East have three ranked programs ... A total of 22 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 17th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.


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The first airplane flight over the South Pole was madeon this date in 1929 by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.

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Steinberg: 99th Grey Cup Monday Morning QB.

Irving: Bombers offence takes heat for Cup loss.

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

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NEW ON DVD TODAY - One Day (Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess); Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks); The Art of Getting By (Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts); 30 Minutes or Less (Danny R. McBride, Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena); 30 Rock: Season 5; Amazing Race Season 4; The Girls Next Door: The Complete Collection; Hot in Cleveland: Season Two; The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1; Smallville: The Complete Series.

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

Week 12

Thursday, November 24th

Green Bay 27 at Detroit 15
At Dallas 20, Miami 19
At Baltimore 16, San Francisco 6

Sunday, November 27th

Houston 20 at Jacksonville 13
At NY Jets 28, Buffalo 24
At Cincinnati 23, Cleveland 20
At Atlanta 24, Minnesota 14
Arizona 23 at St. Louis 20
Carolina 27 at Indianapolis 19
At Tennessee 23, Tampa Bay 17
At Oakland 25, Chicago 20
Washington 23 at Seattle 17
Denver 16 at San Diego 13
New England 38 at Philadelphia 20
Pittsburgh 13 at Kansas City 9

Monday, November 28th

NY Giants at New Orleans 8:30 PM

Week 13

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 1st

Philadelphia at Seattle 8:20 PM

Sunday, December 4th

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

Monday, December 5th

San Diego at Jacksonville

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On this date in 1961, the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.

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See Jimmy? That's how big you have to grow to be a fire fighter.

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Kate Gosselin has a new job, but not a new face ... at least that's what she's saying. The new head blogger for CouponCabin.com wrote the following post: "With all of the buzz about me having had a facelift, I will confirm that I have not had one (I am only 36!!!)."

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Elvis Presley's single "I Got Stung" hit #8 in the U.S.

1965 - Elvis Presley bought a Greyhound bus that he planned to refurbish and use to drive to and from California.

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Today is Square Dance Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles' fifth single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released in Britain.

1969 - John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges.

2001 - George Harrison died at the age of 58. He had been undergoing treatments for cancer.

2005 - Paul McCartney's CD single "Jenny Wren" was released. It contained the songs "Jenny Wren", "I Want You To Fly", "This Loving Game" and "Summer of 59". A single for "Jenny Wren" had been released on November 22 with only the first two tracks.

2010 - George Harrison's limited edition vinyl box set "All Things Must Pass" was released in the U.K.

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Total online sales on Cyber Monday were up at least 15% over last year.

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Today in Sports History:

1890 - Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.

1962 - Major league baseball decided to return to only one All-Star Game a year beginning in 1963.

1980 - "Monday Night Football" was on the cover of TV Guide.

1987 - Joe Montana (San Francisco 49ers) completed a record 22 consecutive passes.

1987 - Venice Glenn (San Diego Charges) ran back an interception for 103 yards. It was an NFL record.

1987 - Bob Frosse (New York Rangers) became the second NHL goalie to score a goal. It was later ruled that he should not have been credited with the goal.

1992 - Jerry Rice caught his 100th NFL touchdown pass.

1992 - Dennis Byrd (New York Jets) was paralyzed after a neck injury in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

1995 - Grant Fuhr (St. Louis Blues) became the 11th NHL goalie to win 300 games.

2002 - Pierre Turgeon (Dallas Stars) played in his 1,100th NHL game.

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In Michigan (Grand Blac Township) an officer spotted a motor home parked illegally in a driveway. The officer stopped to discuss the matter with the owner of the home and discovered the man smoking what appeared to be a joint outside of the RV. When the officer asked if the man was smoking weed, the man said no. A police search of the home turned up almost a gram of weed, enough to get him a ticket.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lighting at Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 6:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey - Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:15pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EST

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