Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations



It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 31st, the 31st day of 2011. There are 334 days left in the year.

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Team Lidstrom bests Team Stall.

Ovi throws stick, Duchene gets penalty shot.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Carol Channing is 90; Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub") is 80; actor Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Murder One) is 52; actress Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, The Riches) is 41; actress Portia De Rossi (Ally McBeal, Arrested Development) is 38; singer/actor Justin Timberlake is 30.

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Gamblers lose at home to Team USA.

Carlson takes turn as Force hero.

Buccaneers bounce back with convincing home win.

Stampede's Perrier not afraid to get physical.

Struggling Black Hawks fall again; puzzle O'Handley.

Power play proficiency leads Jacks to win over Phantoms.

Lancers run win streak to four.

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It's National Popcorn Day and National Hot Chocolate Day.

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Additional money pledged for Hamilton stadium.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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The Rite was the weekend's top flick, making $15 million in its debut. The Mechanic debuted in third. The Roommate and Sanctum 3D hit theaters Friday. Sanctum is co-produced by James Cameron.


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The Meissner Boys, looking out the window for Mommy.








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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

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Today in Elvis History:

1959 - Elvis Presley's song "I Got Stung/One Night" hit #1 in the U.K. where it remained for 3 weeks.

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Longer school years. While many public school systems are shrinking the academic year as a cost-cutting move, this fall most elementary schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will add 20 days to their schedules.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - John Lennon purchased an 1843 circus poster that read "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite."

2010 - "All Together Now" won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. The film documents the story behind the partnership between the Beatles and Cirque de Soleil that resulted in the creation of "LOVE."

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The Geezer Bandit has struck again in Santa Barbara County, California. Cops say it's his 13th bank robbery. They think he's 60- to 70-years-old.

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Today in Sports History:

1988 - Herb Alpert performed the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXII. The Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos 42-10.

1999 - Cher sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII.

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Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. (Link and Link)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

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

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's Sunday



It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 30th, the 30th day of 2011. There are 335 days left in the year.

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Super Skills results.

All-star blog.

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A recent article in the St. Petersburg Times talked about a proposed $40 million in improvements to the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum. The improvements are to include installation of an old-fashioned pipe organ. Well, if that happens, sign me up for season tickets. One of my favorite memories of my time in the USHL was the night in Indianapolis where they played all organ music. That was cool. Organ music at a hockey or baseball game is way cooler than recorded music you'd normally hear on the radio.

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Musketeers cruise past Steel.

Lancers beat Storm in shootout.

Lumberjack brass encouraged at halfway point of season.

Lumberjacks win shootout at Youngstown.

Black Hawks top Fighting Saints.

Force wins at Des Moines.

Black Hawks knocked down by Fighting Saints.

Lincoln Stars downed by red-hot Indiana.

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The Lingerie Football League had their semi-final playoffs yesterday. I watched some of it on TV and I'm here to tell ya that watching paint dry is way more fun. That was as bad as sports gets.

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Mullin: Changing the game - 3-point safety.

Veteran lineman Haji-Rasouli among Lion cuts.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Weather here in Florida has rounded back into shape, warm and sunny. Now maybe Jimmy can get outside and run around, instead of running his sprints between the front door and the kitchen.

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Jimmy sets up his bowling pins.


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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

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Is there anything more fun than raising a 2 1/2 year old boy? Jimmy sure is awesome!



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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Suede Shoes."

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Are you marking days off your calendar? Pitchers and catchers report for spring straining in two weeks. Woo Hoo!

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - The Beatles recorded a promotional clip for "Strawberry Fields Forever."

1969 - The Beatles made their last-ever public appearance as a group. The performance of "Get Back" was filmed for the movie "Let It Be." The performance took place on the roof of London's Apple Records.

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Today is National Inane Answering Message Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1910 - Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in Playa del Ray, CA.

1920 - Joe Malone (Quebec Bulldogs) scored seven goals against the Toronto St. Patricks in a 10-6 win.

1960 - The women’s singles U.S. figure skating championship was won by Carol Heiss.

1994 - Natalie Cole sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII. The Dallas Cowboys won 30-13 over the Buffalo Bills.

1994 - Dan Jansen of the United States set a world record of 35.76 when he became the first to skate 500 meters in less than 36 seconds.

2000 - The New York Mets announced that Garth Brooks would begin training with the team on February 20.

2000 - John Rocker (Atlanta Braves) was suspended from major league baseball for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in an interview published by Sports Illustrated.

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Today is the first day of (No, not the rest of your life!) ....Meat Week!

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

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

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.

It's Saturday



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

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Today is January 29th, the 29th day of 2011. There are 336 days left in the year.

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Staal has Carolina on his mind at ASG Draft.

Kessel okay with being last in line.

Opening day of Fan Fair attracts legions to Raleigh.

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John Gay's The Beggar's Opera was first performed at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London on this date in 1728.

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U.S. Women's National Team Preliminary Roster Set


Selection/Training Camp to Take Place in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 4-12; Includes Two Pre-World Championship Games Against Canada

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thirty players were selected to the preliminary roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will play in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, as announced today by USA Hockey. The athletes will take part in a selection/training camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., from April 4-12, with the final 21-player roster set to be announced on April 9.

The camp will take place at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, home to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, and will feature two pre-world championship games against Canada on April 7 and 8.

The U.S. squad will depart on April 12 for the 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship, which runs from April 16-25 in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland. There, the Americans will be looking to defend their back-to-back world titles from 2008 and 2009 (a world championship was not held in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games).

The preliminary roster includes 27 skaters (18 forwards, nine defensemen) and three goaltenders. The roster will be reduced by nine skaters to form the final 21-player squad.

Sixteen members of the U.S. Women's National Team that competed in the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup in November are vying for roster spots. There are a total of 16 Olympians on the preliminary list, including 15 who captured the world title with Team USA in 2009. Four players on the roster are coming off a gold-medal performance at the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship earlier this month, while a total of 12 have won gold medals with the U18 team.

Preliminary Roster Highlights

16 Olympians
15 World Champions
12 World U18 Champions
15 players from the 2009 World Women's Championship (gold)
16 players from the 2010 Four Nations Cup (second place)
9 Canadian Women's Hockey Leage/Western Women's Hockey League players
15 NCAA Division I players
5 prep/high school players

NOTES: Click here for the full preliminary roster ... Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) is the youngest player on the roster. She is the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Carpenter, has played in the last two IIHF World Women's U18 Championships and is still eligible for the World U18 Championship in 2012 ... All 30 players have skated in at least one international event for Team USA. The only two who have not competed in either an Olympics, World Championship or World U18 Championship are Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.), who skated in the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup, and Jen Schoullis (Erie, Pa.), who played in the 2010 Under-22 Series. Nine players have not yet seen action at the senior level, including Blake Bolden (Stow, Ohio), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), Carpenter, Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.), Schoullis, Kelley Steadman (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) and Taylor Wasylk (Port Huron, Mich.). Kessel was named to the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup, but missed the tournament due to injury ... Team USA has won three gold medals and nine silvers in the 12 previous IIHF World Women’s Championships. The U.S. has won three of the last four world championships (2005, 2008, 2009) … As previously announced, Harvard University's Katey Stone will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches will be Mark Hudak, head women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College, and Hilary Witt, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University. Stone, Hudak and Witt were all behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup.

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship Schedule
April 16-25 • Zurich & Winterthur, Switzerland

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EST)
Sun., April 17 Slovakia Hallenstadion 12 p.m./6 a.m.
Mon., April 18 Russia Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Wed., April 20 Sweden Deutweg Rink 8 p.m./2 p.m.
Fri., April 22 Quarterfinals Hallenstadion TBA
Sat., April 23 Semifinals Hallenstadion TBA
Mon., April 25 Bronze-Medal Game Hallenstadion 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Hallenstadion 8 p.m./2 p.m.

First Lady Michelle Obama Teams with USA Hockey, NHL on Hockey-Focused "Let's Move" PSA

Thirty-Second Spot is First Step in Youth-Oriented Joint Venture, Will Debut on Versus during 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- First lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with USA Hockey and the National Hockey League to produce a public service announcement as part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative that encourages children to become and stay active by playing hockey, as announced today by the White House, USA Hockey and the NHL.

The 30-second spot, which was shot in the White House, features the first lady detailing the many virtues and health benefits of playing hockey – including its ability to get the heart pumping, build lean muscle and teach teamwork – all while children are having fun. Scenes of boys and girls throughout the country playing the game in all its forms and in various settings show the myriad ways hockey can be enjoyed.

The PSA will debut on Versus’ nationwide coverage of the 2011 NHL SuperSkills on Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, and run during Versus’ coverage of the 58th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 30. It will also air throughout the remainder of the 2010-11 NHL season and 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on all NHL media platforms and during games broadcast by League rightsholders.

First lady Michelle Obama launched Let's Move to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. To extend the reach of messages and information about healthy eating and regular physical activities, USA Hockey and the NHL will team up to help promote the goals of the Let's Move! initiative and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award through the sport of hockey.

For more information about the Let’s Move! initiative and the ways in which USA Hockey and the NHL are collaborating with the White House to promote healthier lifestyles for American children, visit letsmove.gov, USAHockey.com and nhl.com.

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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published for the first time in the "New York Evening Mirror" on this date in 1845.

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Fighting Saints weekend forecheck.

Muskegon Lumberjack Chris Lochner: A perfect gentleman on the ice.

Morris latest Saint to go D1.

When Tarasov joins top line, Ice surge into contention.

Lancers weekend.

Musketeers ready to find win column.

UND recruit has 615 penalty minutes in USHL.

USHL reviews mega-brawl, suspends Paulides, Belonger.

Hot goalie helps Herd hold off Storm.

USHL Alumni update.

Saints goaltender commits to Maine.

Lincoln Stars update: Berge, Quick out for season.

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Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland on this date in 1848.

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Confidant Calvillo re-signs with Larks.

MacDermott in as Riders shape coaching staff.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1850, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.

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Mommy corrals Mr. Wiggily Toddler.

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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

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Kansas became the 34th state of the Union on this date in 1861.

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Today in Elvis History:

1966 - Elvis Presley's "Tell Me Why" reached #33 in the U.S.

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It's Saturday. And be glad it's winter and the grass is dormant fellas, or we'd all have to mow the lawn today, instead of stretching out on the couch watching TV.

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Today in Beatles History:

1992 - George Harrison's "Dark Horse" was released on compact disc. The album was originally released on December 9, 1974.

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Today is Curmudgeon's Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1936 - The first members of major league baseball's Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY. They were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

1963 - The first members to the NFL's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, OH. The list included Sammy Baugh, Johnny Blood, Dutch Clark, Red Grange, Mel Hein, Pete Henry, Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, Jim Thorpe, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, George Halas, Curly Lambeau, Tim Mara, and George Preston Marshall.

1985 - Jari Kurri (Edmonton Oilers) set an NHL record when he scored his 100th point in the 39th game of the season.

1989 - Billy Joel sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.

1995 - The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in National Football League (NFL) history to win five Super Bowl titles. The 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX. San Francisco quarterback Steve Young threw six touchdown passes in the game.

2004 - Major League Baseball owners approved the $430 million sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers from News Corp. to Frank McCourt.

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Today is Free Thinkers Day.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

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

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Friday



It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 28th, the 28th day of 2011. There are 337 days left in the year.

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Snow said he had no other option with Nabokov.

Semin signs another one-year deal with Capitals.

Islanders sign Moulson to extension.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Alda (M*A*S*H, The West Wing) is 75; French president Nicolas Sarkozy is 56; singer Sarah McLachlan is 43; actress Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) is 42; writer and comedian Mo Rocca is 42; singer/actor Joey Fatone ('N Sync, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Dancing with the Stars) is 34; actor Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Green Street Hooligans) is 30.

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U.S. Women's National University Team Falls to Slovakia, 5-1, in 2011 Winter World University Games Opener

Team USA Next Faces Turkey Tomorrow (Jan. 28)


ERZURUM, Turkey – The U.S. Women's National University Team fell to Slovakia, 5-1, here today in its opening game of the 2011 Winter World University Games. Samantha Redick (Anchorage, Alaska/Lindenwood University) scored for the U.S., which is competing in the women's tournament for the first time.

"It's pretty exciting for all of us to be a part of the first U.S. women's team at this event and represent our country," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the U.S. Women's National University Team. "It is a tough loss for the first outing, but we have a chance to bounce back with a game again tomorrow against the host country."

Slovakia took a 3-0 lead early in the second period, before the U.S. responded with a goal at the 10:20 mark of the middle frame. Ashley Rumsey (West Olive, Mich./Grand Valley State University) sent a pass to Redick, who fired a shot past Slovakia goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova for Team USA's first goal of the tournament.

Slovakia added two more goals in the third period to seal the victory, 5-1.

Goaltender Heather Rossi (Effort, Pa./Penn State University) made 18 saves for the U.S. in the loss.

Team USA will next face host Turkey tomorrow (Jan. 28) at 4 a.m. EST.

NOTES: The 2011 Winter World University Games marks the first time the U.S. is sending a women's team after women's ice hockey was added to the tournament in 2009. During the Games, Team USA will face all five other countries participating in women's ice hockey at the tournament - Slovakia, Turkey, Finland, Canada and Great Britain - in the preliminary round ... The 22-player U.S. Women's National University Team was selected following the USA Hockey Winter World University Games Evaluation Camp, which ran from Aug. 6-8 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The team is comprised of players from the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The complete U.S. roster can be found here, and information on the schools and states represented can be found here ... Mo Stroemel, who is beginning his fourth season as head coach of the Penn State University Lady Icers, is serving as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National University Team, while Vince O'Mara, head coach of the Lindenwood University women's ice hockey team, and Cory Whitaker, head coach of the Grand Valley State University women's ice hockey team, are serving as assistant coaches ... The Winter World University Games is a biannual multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The international competition is staged in both the summer and the winter, similar to the Olympic Games. For more information on the 2011 Winter World University Games, click here.

TEAM USA COVERAGE

USA Hockey coverage of the U.S. Men's and Women's National University Teams throughout the 2011 Winter World University Games can be found on the tournament homepage; on USA Hockey's Facebook page; and by following #WUG on Twitter.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 1 - 0 - 1
SVK 2 - 1 - 2 - 5

First Period - Scoring: 1, SVK, Krajnakova (Jurcova), 12:59; 2, SVK, Gapova (Pravlikova, Karafiatova), 13:36. Penalties: SVK, Stofanikova (tripping), 8:20; SVK, Culikova (hooking), 17:32.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, SVK, Velickova (Dzurnakova), 0:48; 4, USA, Redick (Rumsey), 10:20. Penalties: SVK, Krajnakova (body-checking), 4:56; USA, Arcibal (hooking), 11:37; USA, Rumsey (body-checking), 19:06.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, SVK, Culikova (Pravilkova, Gapova), 0:42 (pp); 6, SVK, Gapova (Culikova, Velickova), 19:36 (pp). Penalties: USA, Crawford (tripping), 0:09; USA, Young (tripping), 1:09; USA, Arcibal (cross-checking), 5:24; USA, Reihl (holding), 8:05; SVK, Bernatova (hooking), 12:31; USA, Hoium (tripping), 18:33.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 2 6 3 11
SVK 7 10 6 23

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Rossi, 60:00 7-5 10-9 6-4 23-18
SVK, Tomcikova, 60:00 2-2 6-5 3-3 11-10

Power Play: USA 0-4; SVK 2-7
Penalties: USA 7-14; SVK 4-8

USA Hockey Winter Meetings Prove Productive

Organization Tops 100,000 8 & Under Players For First Time Ever

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Proposed rule changes, membership development, the American Development Model and safety were among the many topics at last weekend’s (Jan. 22-23) USA Hockey Winter Meetings.

“We had an extremely productive couple of days,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “We’re fortunate to have such a strong group of passionate people who care about helping move our sport forward.”

USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean announced the organization has already eclipsed its total membership count from a year ago and, for the first time in its history, USA Hockey has reached 100,000 registered players at the 8 & Under level.

“Try Hockey for Free clinics, OneGoal starter equipment programs and other initiatives are paying dividends,” said Ogrean. “The cooperative efforts of rink operators, local associations, districts and affiliates, coupled with support from the NHL and its member clubs, has created an environment that has enabled us to make tremendous progress in attracting new players to try our sport.”

In regard to rule changes, much conversation took place about the proposed modification that would prohibit body checking in games for youth hockey players until they reach the Bantam level (13-14 year-olds). The current rule allows checking in games at the Pee Wee level (11-12 year-olds).

“This is a proposal that has significant support and we look forward to continued dialogue throughout the country on this and all proposed rule changes,” said DeGregorio. “In the end, we need to do what is best for the kids who play the game.”

DeGregorio noted the board of directors is extremely pleased with the progress related to the American Development Model.

“With the support of the NHL, we launched the ADM in January of 2009 and have already made significant headway in its implementation throughout the country,” said DeGregorio. “That is a credit to the outstanding job our ADM regional managers are doing in educating those at the grassroots level. The focus on cross-ice hockey at the 8 & Under level this year is wonderful and, while I know we have a lot of work to do, we’re positively affecting the landscape of youth hockey in America. That’s exciting.”

Dr. Michael Stuart, USA Hockey’s chief medical officer and a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., presented summary findings to the Board from the ice hockey summit on concussions he led in October at the Mayo Clinic. His presentation included the following recommendations to USA Hockey:

Implement concussion education for coaches, parents, officials and athletes

Through rule changes, eliminate tolerance of any contact to the head
Delay legal body checking in games in youth hockey until age 13

Emphasize current curriculum that teaches body control, angling, anticipation, body contact and body-checking skills

Eliminate fighting through more stringent penalties for engaging in such behavior

DeGregorio noted the Board will formally address Dr. Stuart’s recommendations at USA Hockey’s Annual Congress in June.

NOTES: Ron DeGregorio honored three people with the President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the organization, including Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development; Larry Reid, vice president and marketing council chair; and Tony Rossi, vice president and international council chair … USA Hockey’s board of directors will vote on all rule-change proposals at its Annual Congress this June. Specific information related to the proposal to modify the age of legal body checking in games can be found by clicking here. All rule-change proposals can be viewed by clicking here … USA Hockey’s Annual Congress is set for June 8-11, 2011, in Colorado Springs … Dave Ogrean noted that 2011-12 will be USA Hockey’s 75th anniversary season.

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Today marks the 42nd anniversary of my Mom taking me to my first-ever hockey game: The Portland Buckaroos vs the Quebec Aces. The Bucks won 5-3.

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Lancers power past Force.

Check out the Lumberjacks, you'll be pleasently surprised.

Road games challenge for Storm.

Bucs score six goals again, continues hot streak.

Storm and Saints take it outside.

Prospect watch: Adam Erne.

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It's National Blueberry Pancake Day.

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Moffat: Cahoon retirement blows his cover.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Electronic Kindle books are now outselling paperbacks on Amazon. The news comes just six months after the company announced that e-books were outselling hardcovers.

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It's Mr. Toddler Artist!





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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

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Jay Cutler's in for another weekend of rips by armchair quarterbacks, thanks to a TMZ video showing the Chicago Bear QB walking with his girlfriend, Kristin Cavallari. Never mind that it's been a few days since his injury -- and he's probably downing a few pain meds -- the guy's gonna get slammed.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 -Elvis Presley appeared on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show." It was Elvis' first network television appearance.

1963 - Production began on the Elvis Presley film "Fun In Acapulco."

1970 - "From Elvis In Memphis" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley's single "Dirty Laundry" was played on AOL's First Listen.

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Gladys Morris teaches four yoga classes a week at a community center near where she lives in Heyside, United Kingdom. And because she's 88 she's set the new world record for the oldest yoga teacher.

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Today in Beatles History:

1992 - George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" was released on compact disc. The album was originally released on May 30, 1973.

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A woman in Italy says she is filing for a divorce from her husband due to his "excessive ties" with his mother. How excessive? He brought mom along on the honeymoon. The woman says her husband's mom also came along on their Christmas vacation.

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Today in Sports History:

1965 - The University of Chicago awarded blankets with the letter C to all seniors that played football during the 1903 season. This event marked the beginning of the sports letter tradition.

1922 - The National Football League franchise in Decatur, IL, transferred to Chicago. The team took the name Chicago Bears.

1948 - Max Bentley (Chicago Blackhawks) scored 4 goals and his brother Doug assisted on all of them. Doug also had a goal in the game.

1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games.

1958 - Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers) was seriously injured in an auto accident in New York. He would never return to play again.

1990 - Aaron Neville sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXIV. Joe Montana got his third MVP award. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos 55-10.

1996 - Diana Ross performed as the featured halftime performer at Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, AZ. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. It was the fifth Super Bowl for the Cowboys.

2003 - The WNBA announced that Connecticut had been awarded a franchise for the 2003 season. The team, the Connecticut Sun, was the first WNBA team to be owned by a non-NBA owner (the Mohegan Sun).

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Homeland Security is ending its color coded alert system. (For terror, not for warnings about Taco Bell meat.)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

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

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's Thursday



It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 27th, the 27th day of 2011. There are 338 days left in the year.

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Bruins squeeze past Panthers.

Hurricanes top Islanders.

Thrashers blank Capitals.

Red Wings snap Devils streak.

Stars beat Oilers.

Coyotes bounce back to beat Avs.

Flames beat Blues.

Canucks rally past Predators.

Kings over Sharks in shootout.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor James Cromwell (Babe films, Deep Impact, 24) is 71; Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is 56; TV personality Keith Olbermann is 52; actress (Single White Female, A Simple Plan) Bridget Fonda is 47; reality star Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor) is 33.

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National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. Nat'l Under-18 Team Drops Two At College Opponents, Shifts Focus to USHL; Under-17 Team Continues Unbeaten Streak in USHL Action


THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday (Jan. 28) to take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League at 7:05 p.m. CT, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. On Saturday (Jan. 29), the road trip continues with a visit to Green Bay, Wis. where Team USA matches up against the Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT at the Resch Center.

The Under-17 Team enjoys a well-deserved weekend off after playing every weekend since the conclusion of the World U17 Challenge. The team will face Chicago (Feb. 4) before beginning preparation for the upcoming Vlad Dzurilla Tournament Feb. 6-13.

U18 TEAM DROPS TWO AGAINST COLLEGE FOES: J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) and Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each contributed a goal, but the Under-18 Team fell to Quinnipiac University, 4-2, at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) scored once and added two assists and Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) recorded a goal and an assist, but the Under-18 Team was edged by Providence College, 5-4, at Schneider Arena last Saturday (Jan. 22).

U17 TEAM CONTINUES HOT STREAK IN USHL: Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) scored the deciding goal midway through the third period and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 22 saves as the Under-17 Team edged the Sioux Falls Stampede, 3-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Under-17 Team in USHL action.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Two NTDP alumni were chosen as assistant captains for the 2011 National Hockey League All-Star Game this weekend: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06) will be assisting Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom, while Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./2000-02), a forward for the Canucks, will assist Hurricanes forward and captain Eric Staal ... Kesler is currently tied for third in the NHL in scoring (27). His latest tally came in a 7-1 drubbing of the Dallas Stars on Monday (Jan. 24). Six of his 27 scores have been game-winners, tied for best in the league ... R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa./1998-2000) scored the overtime goal in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators this past weekend ... Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./2001-02) is tied for second place in victories between the pipes (23) and trails the league leaders by just one win ... Matt Carle (Anchorage, Alaska/2000-02) assisted on the overtime goal that gave the Philadelphia Flyers its 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals last week. The defenseman ranks seventh in plus-minus, posting a plus-21 mark in 49 games played.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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It's Chocolate Cake Day.

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Reign rookie Lewadniuk 'honored' to be club's lone All-Star.

Black Hawks' weekly notebook.

RoughRiders get two points from Green Bay.

Bucs score six goals again, continues hot streak.

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Starting in February, Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa and his white towel will be back in a new series of commercials. According to a press release, he'll be promoting a new line called the Old Spice Fresh Collection. Here's his "I'm back" video.

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2010 Coach of the Year nominees.

Bidding adieu: Ben Cahoon calls it a career.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Fox football analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and his wife Rhonda are calling it quits. The couple have been married for 10 years.

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Daddy sure makes a mess up there!







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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

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Wyoming lawmakers have proposed installing video cameras in public schools and taping classes to help evaluate teacher performance, but some educators say the Big Brother-esque practice would violate the privacy of teachers and students alike.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley's debut single for RCA Records, "Heartbreak Hotel," was released.

2004 - Master Tape Collection, based out of New Jersey, began selling 2-inch sections of reel tape. The tape contained original recordings (the "Sun Sessions) of Elvis Presley. The 2-inch cuttings preserved in a plaque sold for $495.

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A German man won himself a new Mini Cooper by having the word "MINI" tattooed on his man-thing during a live broadcast.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - John and Cynthia Lennon flew to the Alps for a ten day skiing vacation.

1967 - The Beatles signed a 9-year contract with EMI.

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American Idol auditions continue in Austin, Texas, tonight on FOX.

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Today in Sports History:

1965 - Ulf Sterner became the first Swedish-born player to appear in the NHL. Sterner only played four games in the NHL.

1967 - Paige Cothren became the first player to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

1973 - The UCLA Bruins won their 61st consecutive game to break the NCAA record held by the University of San Francisco.

1984 - Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games the next night against the Los Angeles Kings. The streak began on October 5, 1983.

1991 - Whitney Houston sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV.

1992 - Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.

2002 - The Montreal Canadiens became the first NHL team to score 10,000 home goals. The feat was achieved in the Canadiens' 2,675th regular season game. The goal was scored by Sergei Berezin who had come to the team only two days before from the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Toyota is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide. (They happen so frequently Toyota should stop referring to them as recalls and simply call them 5-mile checkups.)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

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

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.       

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's Wednesday



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

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Today is January 26th, the 26th day of 2011. There are 339 days left in the year.

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Panthers hold off Rangers.

Penguins blank Islanders.

Ducks edge Blue Jackets.

Flyers reach milestone by beating Habs.

Sabres top Senators in overtime.

Wild boost playoff hopes by beating Hawks.

Oilers late goal beats Coyotes.

Roloson, Lightning shut out Maple Leafs.



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Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster/actor Bob Uecker is 76; actor Scott Glenn (Backdraft, The Bourne Ultimatum) is 70; rocker Eddie Van Halen is 56; talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 53; hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 50; the Suleman octuplets (Octomom) are 2.

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


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin remains No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll after posting a 1-0-1 record against No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The Badgers, who boast a 23-2-1 overall record, accumulated 182 points and 11 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the ninth time this season.

Cornell University sits at No. 2 with 179 points and eight first-place votes, following a weekend sweep of Colgate University and a win over No. 4 Mercyhurst College last Tuesday (Jan. 18). Meanwhile, Boston University remains at No. 3 with 150 points following a win over the University of Vermont. Mercyhurst College (128) sits in the No. 4 spot after twice defeating Robert Morris University, while the University of Minnesota (122) rounds out the top five after posting two victories over the Ohio State University.

Providence College returns to the poll at No. 9 after defeating then-No. 7 Boston College and then-No. 9 Northeastern University last weekend.

This week features two top-10 match-ups, with No. 8 Boston College hosting No. 9 Providence College, and No. 5 University of Minnesota traveling to No. 1 University of Wisconsin for a weekend series.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked programs, while Hockey East boasts three, ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams and College Hockey America has one ... A total of 12 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’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 Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women's College Hockey Poll - #16
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2010-11 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 182 (11)
1
23-2-1
16
2Cornell University, 179 (8)
2
20-1-0
16
3Boston University, 150
3
19-2-3
16
4Mercyhurst College, 128
4
20-5-0
16
5University of Minnesota, 122
5
18-6-1
15
6University of Minnesota Duluth, 90
6
12-7-3
16
7University of North Dakota, 68
8
14-7-3
16
8Boston College, 58
7
14-5-4
16
9Providence College, 46
NR
17-8-1
6
10Quinnipiac University, 14
10
16-8-1
2
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 4; Northeastern University, 4.



U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, Taylor Chace Earn United States Olympic Committee Honors

Team USA Named USOC Paralympic Team of the Year; Chace Named USOC Paralympic SportsMan of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) were honored today with 2010 United States Olympic Committee awards. After capturing the Paralympic Winter Games gold medal in Vancouver, B.C., last March, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team was named the USOC Paralympic Team of the Year, while Chace was named the USOC Paralympic SportsMan of the Year.

Last March, the United States became the first country to claim its second Paralympic Winter Games gold medal in sled hockey after Team USA posted a perfect 5-0-0-0 record (W-OTW-OTL-L) and topped Japan, 2-0, in the title game. The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team also set a record by outscoring its opponents, 18-0, to become the first-ever team to not allow a goal in a single Paralympic Winter Games.

"Our gold medal last year came as a result of tremendous sacrifice and dedication on the part of our players, our staff, their families and USA Hockey," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "This award is a fitting tribute to everyone who worked so hard for that ultimate prize."

Chace played a huge role on the gold medal-winning U.S. squad. He was named the tournament's top defenseman, tied for second among touranment blue liners with five points (3-2) and tied for first with a plus-8 rating. Last summer, Chace was named the captain of this year's 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.

"Even after my spinal cord injury, I never lost my passion for hockey," said Chace, who suffered the injury in 2002 while playing junior hockey for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. "Winning gold last year was an amazing feeling, and an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything."

NOTES: This marks the second consecutive year that a U.S. sled hockey team and player captured the USOC Paralympic Team and SportsMan of the Year awards. Last year, the 2009-10 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and goalie Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) were honored ... The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will take part in a camp this weekend in Indian Trail, N.C. On Thursday (Jan. 27), the team will meet with NASCAR's Joey Logano, who helped design and build custom sleds for the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

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It's National Peanut Brittle Day.

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Panzarella commits to UND.

Gamblers extend Chicago's skid to 16 games.

Fargo Force: Corey Leivermann Q & A.

Tabrum commits to Denver.

Youngstown Phantoms' week #17.

Highly-touted prospect commits to Dubuque.

Future looks bright for Fighting Saints.

Musketeers offer youth ticket promotion.

Jacks prepare for rematch with Ice, home-and-home set with Phantoms.

Ice Weekly.

Late flurry by Des Moines dooms visiting Lumberjacks.

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A car salesman in Chicago got the axe after he wore his Green Bay Packers tie to work. Like I said, he worked in Chicago -- home of the Bears. The dealership says it spends $20,000 a month on advertising with the Bears and the tie was "undoing their [hard] work."

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Campbell: Why Ray is the way.

Canadian Thelwell calls it a career.

Council backs renovated Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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A Temple, Texas, man likely crossed into the record books without leaving the gym Tuesday morning. John Warnes completed 161 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill.

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Here Daddy....You wanna color?

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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

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Your sweetheart or your pet? Most pet owners said they would hold on to their spouse or significant, but 14% picked their pet.

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Today in Elvis History:

1971 - Elvis Presley began a month-long, 57-show season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Oprah Winfrey had her best ratings in almost six years Monday -- the day of the reunion with her half-sister.

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - The Beatles recorded covers of "Shake Rattle And Roll," "Kansas City," "Miss Ann," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Blue Suede Shoes," "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Tracks Of My Tears."

1970 - John Lennon wrote and recorded "Instant Karma."

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Muscle & Fitness magazine looked at the most populous cities and the number of powerlifters, strongmen competitors, personal trainers and fitness instructors in each. Based on those things (and a few other bits of data) Seattle is the strongest city in the U.S.

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - Charles Jewtraw of the United States won the 500-meter speed skating. He was the first Gold Medalist at the Winter Olympics.

1985 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in 49 games.

1990 - Steffi Graf won her 48th consecutive match.

1997 - ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. The Green Bay Packers won 35-21 over the New England Patriots. It was the third Super Bowl win for the Packers.

2002 - Jennifer Capriati won Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne.

2003 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Tampy Bay coach Jon Gruden became the youngest coach to ever win a Super Bowl. It was the first Super Bowl appearance for the Buccaneers.

2003 - In Berlin, Lindsay Benko broke the 400 freestyle world record. She became the first to go under the four-minute mark (3 minutes, 59.53 seconds).

2003 - In Berlin, Thomas Rupprath set a new world record in the men's 100 medley. He came in at 52.58.

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They've announced the nominations for this year's Academy Awards. (Meryl Streep was nominated again. This time for her jaw-dropping performance as Oprah's half sister.)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

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

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST

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That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.       

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