Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Wednesday




It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is November 2nd, the 306th day of 2011. There are 59 days left in the year.

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Ovi's absence late in game stirs up controversy.

Report: Pilot error responsible for Lokomotiv crash.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Journalist and politician Pat Buchanan is 73; Queen Sofia of Spain is 73; Actress Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart) is 69; Actor David Schwimmer (Friends) is 45; Rapper Nelly is 37.

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Raleigh, NC. -- If the sophomore jinx is going to strike Carolina forward Jeff Skinner, it's going to take more than the first dozen games to do it.

Skinner, the 2011 Calder Trophy winner, scored twice in the second period to break open a tie game, and Chad LaRose added a pair of goals as the Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Skinner's goals were his fifth and sixth of the season. With 12 points in 12 games, he leads the Hurricanes is scoring.

Read the rest here.

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November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month. (Linky Link)

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University of Wisconsin Remains No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #6
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 189 (18)
1
9-1-0
6
2Cornell University, 170 (1)
3
3-0-0
6
3University of Minnesota, 153
2
8-2-0
6
4University of Minnesota Duluth, 112
7
4-3-1
6
5Boston University, 103
4
5-3-1
6
6Boston College, 95
5
5-2-1
6
7University of North Dakota, 74
6
5-4-1
6
8Mercyhurst College, 59
8
6-2-0
6
9Northeastern University, 39
9
6-1-0
4
10Harvard University, 29
NR
2-0-0
1
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 9; Dartmouth College, 9; Clarkson University, 4.
NOTES: The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the sixth straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 13 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen’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 four 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.


USA Hockey and NHL Team Up for Come Play Hockey Month

Try Hockey for Free Day, USA Hockey Sled Classic Among Featured Events

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey and the National Hockey League today announced their inaugural Come Play Hockey Month initiative, a nationwide effort throughout November designed to drive participation in the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

The nation's youth hockey community and U.S.-based NHL clubs, players, alumni and fans will support Come Play Youth Hockey Month with a slate of activities, including Try Hockey for Free Day on Saturday (Nov. 5), when over 430 rinks across the country are expected to conduct a one-hour clinic with the hopes of introducing nearly 10,000 kids to the sport of hockey for free.

"We're excited, through Try Hockey for Free Day, about the opportunity to give so many kids the chance to experience the joys our sport already provides to hundreds of thousands of kids all across America," said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of membership development for USA Hockey. "Through the efforts of the NHL and its member clubs, rink owners all across the U.S., our affiliates and local youth associations, and many others, we've built significant momentum in so many areas in helping our sport continue to move forward."

Try Hockey for Free Day will build upon last year's historic youth hockey season during which, for the first time ever, included more than 100,000 children under the age of nine playing the game - a 15% increase since 2008. To learn more about Try Hockey for Free Day, visit TryHockeyforFree.com.

From Nov. 18-20, USA Hockey, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers will team up to present the 2011 USA Hockey Sled Classic. The second annual tournament, which will feature over 80 of the top sled hockey players in the country from NHL club-sponsored adult sled hockey teams, will take place in Vorhees, N.J., at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone, the Flyers' official practice facility. For more information on the 2011 USA Hockey Sled Classic, visit USAHockey.com.

"We are honored to partner with USA Hockey on this very important effort to grow the game," said Kenneth Martin, Jr., NHL vice president of community affairs. "Come Play Hockey Month is an extraordinary opportunity to show our continuing support for youth hockey and disabled hockey in the United States."

NOTES: A second nationwide Try Hockey for Free Day is slated during the fifth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, on Feb. 20, 2012.

Smith to Lead U.S. Under-16 Boys' Select Team

Roster Announced for U.S. Squad That Will Compete at the Winter Youth Olympic Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Gold medal-winning coach Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.) will lead the U.S. Under-16 Boys' Select Team at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games from Jan. 13-22, 2012, in Innsbruck, Austria, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Smith will take the reins of Team USA after more than two decades of experience working with USA Hockey. Smith led the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team to three medals in his 10-year tenure as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team Program, including the first-ever gold medal awarded in the sport in 1998. On the men's side, Smith has served as head coach of the U.S. Men's Select Team on two occasions (1998, 2007), and has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team (1988), the U.S. Men's National Team (1987, 1990) and the U.S. National Junior Team (1985-87).

The roster for Team USA was also announced today. All 17 players participated at the USA Hockey Boys' Select 15 Player Development Camp from July 15-21, 2011, in Rochester, N.Y.

The 17 players represent 11 states, with three players hailing from Michigan and Minnesota, while Missouri and New York each have two players represented. The U.S. roster includes nine forwards, six defenseman and two goaltenders.

The U.S. Under-16 Boys' Select Team will begin tournament play against Austria on Jan. 14 at 7:30 a.m. ET. A full schedule is below.

For a full Team USA roster, click here.

NOTES: Serving on the support staff is equipment manager Bob Webster and athletic trainer Stan Wong ... The boys' hockey competition at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games will include teams from Austria, Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States.

Team USA 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games Schedule
Jan. 13-22 • Innsbruck, Austria • Tyrolean Arena

Date Opponent
Time (Local/EST)

Sat., Jan. 14 Austria 12:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.
Sun., Jan 15 Canada 6 p.m./1 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 17 Finland 3:45 p.m./10:45 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 18 Russia 3:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 20 Semifinal Game 2:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Semifinal Game 6:45 p.m./1:45 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 21 Third-Place Game 2:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 22 First-Place Game 12:15 p.m./7:15 a.m.

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Today is All Souls Day.

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Friends of the Riders Touchdown Lottery held.

Milo named Special Teams Player of the Week.

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

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It may seem early but Black Friday is just a little over three weeks away, so deals are starting to pop up already. Amazon announced Tuesday that its Black Friday deals store is up and running now.

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2011 team Player Award nominees announced.

Stamps not giving up on hopes for best in West.

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

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Today is Cookie Monster Day. (Linky Link)

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Men's basketball ready for exhibition game with Pacific.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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

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A researcher (at Microsoft Research) examined why so many parents allow their children under the Facebook age limit of 13 to join the social network. The researcher found that parents don't have enough awareness about the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which restricts access to social network to kids aged 13 and older. The researcher found 55 percent of parents of 12-year-olds know their children have Facebook accounts, with 82 percent of those knowing when their kids signed up, and 76 percent assisting them in the process.

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

Week 8

Sunday, October 30th

At Baltimore 30, Arizona 27
Minnesota 24 at Carolina 21
At Houston 24, Jacksonville 14
At NY Giants 24, Miami 20
At St. Louis 31, New Orleans 21
At Tennessee 27, Indianapolis 10
Detroit 45 at Denver 10
Buffalo 23, Washington 0 at Toronto
Cincinnati 34 at Seattle 12
At San Francisco 20, Cleveland 10
At Pittsburgh 25, New England 17
At Philadelphia 34, Dallas 7

Monday, October 31st

At Kansas City 23, San Diego 20 (OT)

·Bye: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, NY Jets, Tampa Bay

Week 9

Sunday, November 6th

All times Eastern

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

Monday, November 7th

Chicago at Philadelphia 8:30 PM

·Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

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Plan your Epitaph Day is today.

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"May I have some candy please?"

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Bank of America has scrapped plans for a $5 monthly debit card fee, first announced in September.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley's song "Loving You," the b-side of "Teddy Bear," hit #24 in the U.K.

1962 - The Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" premiered.

1963 - Elvis Presley's single "Bossa Nova Baby" hit #13 in the U.K.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley performed "IDIOT" on "Ellen".

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

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Today in Beatles History:

1974 - George Harrison began his first tour in eight years. He was the first former Beatle to attempt a nationwide solo tour.

2004 - John Lennon's "Rock N Roll" was released with four extra tracks.

2010 - Paul McCartney's 1973 album "Band on the Run" was reissued in a four-disc set that also included a 120-page book. Several different editions were also available.

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Close Kim Kardashian friend Kathie Lee Gifford opened up on Kim's divorce on Tuesday's Today show. During the segment, Gifford said she noticed Kim and Kris Humphries didn't seem all that excited to be husband and wife, even before their big wedding. She explained that the two were at a small party of about fifty people, and Gifford didn't see the couple together at all.

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Today in Sports History:

1938 - It was announced that George Herman "Babe" Ruth had applied for the job of Manager of the St. Louis Browns after being released as a coach from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1964 - CBS purchased 80% of the New York Yankees for $11,200,000.

1972 - Construction began on the Kingdome in Seattle, WA.

1988 - A Mexican radio station erroneously reported that Mike Tyson had died in a car crash.

1992 - Magic Johnson retired from the NBA again, this time for good because of fear due to his HIV infection.

1996 - Michael "Air" Jordan was on the cover of TV Guide.

1997 - Eric Metcalf (San Diego Chargers) set an NFL record when he ran back two kicks for touchdowns. The two returns gave him the league record with 10 in his career.

1999 - NBA.com TV was launched.

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ABC will launch a new game show, You Deserve It, on November 21. Hosted by The Bachelor's Chris Harrison and co-hosted by Brooke Burns, You Deserve It features contestants who aren't out to win money for themselves but are playing for someone else -- someone they feel deserves it. The beneficiary, who is in another location under constant hidden-camera surveillance throughout the show, gets the surprise of a lifetime when family, friends, Brooke Burns and a camera crew burst in with life-changing news.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

Thursday:

Nothin' Doin'

Friday:

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 9:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season.)

Saturday:

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway 12:55pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Stanford Cardinal 3:30pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT

Sunday:

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 5:00pm EST

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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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