Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's Tuesday












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 6th, the 340th day of 2011. There are 25 days left in the year.

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Governors adopt radical realignment plan.

Daly: Sale of Coyotes to local buyer still the goal.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actress JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, The Big Chill) is 63; Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is 59; Actor Tom Hulce (Parenthood, Amadeus) is 58; Actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure) is 49; Writer-producer-director Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Pineapple Express, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) is 44.

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Kanata, ONT. -- After a lengthy road trip, the Ottawa Senators have returned home.

So has their penchant for third-period offense.

Zack Smith scored two goals – his fourth and fifth in the last five games -- as Ottawa beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Daniel Alfredsson also had a goal and an assist for the Sens, while Craig Anderson stopped 31 of 33 shots.

Bruno Gervais and Martin St. Louis had the goals for Tampa Bay, while Steven Stamkos added a pair of assists.

Read the rest here.

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University of Minnesota Duluth New 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 - #10
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1University of Minnesota Duluth, 495 (19)
5
11-3-2
10
2University of Minnesota, 473 (11)
4
13-4-1
9
3Boston College, 418 (3)
3
11-5-0
10
4Ohio State University, 410 (1)
7
12-3-1
4
5Merrimack College, 382
1
9-2-1
9
6Colorado College, 329
8
8-4-0
10
7University of Notre Dame, 306
2
10-5-3
10
8Western Michigan University, 233
12
8-4-4
10
9Union College, 199
9
7-3-5
10
10Ferris State University, 198
6
10-5-1
7
11Colgate University, 158
14
11-4-1
4
12Boston University, 156
13
8-5-1
7
13University of Denver, 134
10
6-5-3
10
14Michigan State University, 87
NR
10-5-1
1
15Lake Superior State University, 47
11
10-6-2
6
Others receiving votes: Cornell University, 37; Yale University, 7; UMass Lowell, 6; Providence College, 3; United States Air Force Academy, 1; University of North Dakota, 1.
NOTES: The Central Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with six ranked teams, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams and Hockey East has three ranked programs. ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams this week ... A total of 21 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.

Preliminary Roster Set for 2012 U.S. National Junior Team

29 Players to Attend Pre-Tournament Camp in Camrose, Alta.,
Prior to 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today named the 29 players who make up the preliminary roster for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. The group will gather for a camp in Camrose, Alta., on Dec. 17, with the final 22-player U.S. National Junior Team roster expected to be named Dec. 22.

"We're very excited to see what this group of players brings to camp," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "The talent and skill that all of these players bring will make trimming the roster tough, but we look forward to the process."

The camp will include exhibition games against Russia (Dec. 20), Switzerland (Dec. 21) and Slovakia (Dec. 23).

The 2012 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta. Team USA will look to earn its third straight medal after capturing the bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., and the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask.

Among those invited to the camp are eight returning players from the bronze medal-winning 2011 U.S. National Junior Team, including goaltender Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds); defensemen Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth/Carolina Hurricanes), Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) and Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan); and forwards Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota), Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.), Emerson Etem (Long Beach, Calif./Medicine Hat Tigers) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. of Denver).

Both Campbell and Zucker were also members of the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team.

For the complete roster, click here.

NOTES: Andy Iles (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) has been named the U.S. National Junior Team's emergency goaltender. He will not attend Team USA's pre-tournament camp ... Justin Faulk, who is currently playing for the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, was named to the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster pending release by the Hurricanes ... Dean Blais, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, will serve as head coach of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Scott Sandelin, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Tom Ward, head ice hockey coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary's School's boys' prep team; and Joe Exter, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the third consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his third straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... From Aug. 6-13, 45 of the top U.S. under-20 players took part in USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. For the full roster and camp coverage, click here.

Team USA 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship Pre-Tournament Schedule
Dec. 17-23 • Alberta, Canada

Date Event Location*
Time (MST)

Sat., Dec. 17 Practice Camrose 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Practice Camrose 5 - 6 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 Practice Camrose 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Practice Camrose 5 - 6 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 19 Practice Camrose 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 20 Practice Camrose 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Game vs. Russia Red Deer 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 21 Practice Camrose 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Game vs. Switzerland Camrose 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 22 Practice Camrose 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 23 Practice Camrose 10 - 11 a.m.
Game vs. Slovakia Three Hills 7 p.m.

*All Camrose events will be held at Edgeworth Centre. The Red Deer exhibition game will be held at ENMAX Centrium, while the Three Hills exhibition game will be held at Three Hills Centennial Place.
**All dates, times and events are subject to change.

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ON DVD TODAY - The Hangover Part II (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis); The Help (Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer); Cowboys & Aliens (Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford); Mr. Popper's Penguins (Jim Carrey); The Debt (Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain); Point Blank; 2011 World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals (released December 2); Designing Women - The Complete 5th Season

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Buono steps aside as head coach, remains GM.

Anthony Calvillo set to return for the 2012 season.

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

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Here's the 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Game Schedule.

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

Week 13

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 1st

At Seattle 31, Philadelphia 14

Sunday, December 4th

Carolina 38 at Tampa Bay 19
At Pittsburgh 35, Cincinnati 7
At Houston 17, Atlanta 10
NY Jets 34 Washington 19
At New England 31, Indianapolis 24
At Miami 34, Oakland 14
Denver 35 at Minnesota 32
Tennessee 23 at Buffalo 17
Kansas City 10 at Chicago 3
Baltimore 24 at Cleveland 10
At Arizona 19, Dallas 13 (OT)
Green Bay 38 at NY Giants 35
At San Francisco 26, St. Louis 0
At New Orleans 31, Detroit 17

Monday, December 5th

San Diego 38 at Jacksonville 14

Week 14
All times Eastern

Thursday, Dec 8

Cleveland at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM

Sunday, December 11

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

Monday, December 12

St. Louis at Seattle 8:30 PM

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It's official. The NFL announced that this year's Super Bowl halftime entertainer will be Madonna. (Madonna is 53. I sure hope this doesn't give Brett Favre any ideas about coming out of retirement.]

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Tampa, FL. -- After falling into the dark and dank cellar of the NFC South, it's awfully hard for the Bucs to see any of the goals they visualized for this season.

The chance to win a division championship has vanished. Hope of reaching the playoffs has faded from view. A winning record? Disappeared.

So after the Bucs' 38-19 loss to rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers on Sunday — their sixth straight defeat to drop to 4-8 — Bucs players said there was still something to play for:

Save the jobs of coach Raheem Morris and his staff.

Read the rest here.

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Police in Splendora, Texas, on the outskirts of Houston, are looking for a couple of thieves who got away with a laptop, a TV, a Wii game system and a digital camera. They have pretty good photos of the thieves because they snapped pictures of each other with the digital camera before taking it to a pawn shop.

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Jimmy gives Snoopy a hug.

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Would you rent toys for your kids? Toygaroo wants to do for parents what Netflix has done for movie lovers. Four toys every other month for $25 a month.

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Today in Elvis History:

1968 - Elvis Presley received one of 66,000 letters that U.S. President Nixon sent out to potential administrative office holders.

1991 - The Elvis Presley album "Memories At Christmas" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2005 - The 1962 Elvis Presley movie "Kid Galahad" was released on DVD.

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Film lover? Here's The 2011 Portfolio.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles' first Christmas record was delivered to their fan club.

1966 - The first session for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" occurred at Abbey Road. The Beatles performed two takes of "When I'm 64."

1967 - The Beatles opened the Apple Boutique in London.

1980 - John Lennon mixed "Walking on Thin Ice." Mark David Chapman arrived in New York City a day after leaving Honolulu.

1986 - Ringo Starr became the first Beatle to get into advertising when he became a spokesman for a wine cooler company.

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Rumors of a film version of "24" have been flying around since the show ended in 2010. But a source says a script is in the works and the film plants to shoot in April.

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Today in Sports History:

1960 - Gene Autry and Bob Reynolds were granted the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise by the American League.

1988 - The Milwaukee Bucks won their 1,000th NBA game.

1990 - The National Hockey League granted a membership to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Ottawa Senators.

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Today is National Pawnbroker's Day.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

College Football -- Army vs. Navy at Washington, D.C. 2:30pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 10:00am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm 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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