Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's Wednesday















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

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Today is March 14th, the 74th day of 2012. There are 292 days left in the year.

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NHL GMs want ringette line to reduce lazy offense, hybrid icing with tweaks.

Penguins’ Crosby to return vs Rangers on Thursday.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Michael Caine (The Prestige, Batman movies) is 79; Actor/comedian Billy Crystal is 64; Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield is 61; Actor Jamie Bell (Man on a Ledge) is 26.

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Tampa, FL -- Dustin Tokarski had no problem sharing a special evening with one of his teammates on Tuesday night.

Tokarski made 29 saves to notch his first career NHL win and even recorded an assist, a feat that was perhaps overshadowed by Steven Stamkos’ 50th goal of the season that capped a 6-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins at the Tampa Bay Times Forum..

Read the rest here.

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Today is National Potato Chip Day. It is also International Ask A Question Day, MOTH-ER Day, Pi Day (Linky Link) and Registered Dietitian Day.

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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 - #23
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 181 (10)
1
32-4-2
23
2University of Minnesota, 180 (9)
2
32-5-2
23
3Cornell University, 151
3
30-4-0
23
4Boston College, 130
4
24-9-3
23
5Boston University, 109
6
23-14-1
17
6Mercyhurst College, 84
8
23-8-3
23
7University of North Dakota, 75
5
22-12-3
23
8St. Lawrence University, 51
7
24-10-4
3
9University of Minnesota Duluth, 41
10
21-14-1
22
10Northeastern University, 33
9
22-7-4
21
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 10.
NOTES: The 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, will be awarded for the 15th time at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn., on Saturday (March 17). The three finalists include Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis./Univ. of Wisconsin),Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D./Univ. of North Dakota) and Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switz./Northeastern Univ.). Visit PattyKaz.com for more information ... The NCAA Women's Frozen Four takes place this weekend at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. The winners of Friday's semfinal match-ups will compete on Sunday (March 18) for the NCAA championship ... The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the ninth straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 11 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.
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Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, sold her kingdom to Venice on this date in 1489. She was the last of the Lusignan dynasty.

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Krawchuk generating draft buzz in Edmonton.

Riders add Wynn and Harper to offence.

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

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Gas prices are going up. [Turns out those rollerblades my wife gave me for our anniversary weren't the worst gift of all time after all.]

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Look Daddy....Auntie Dee Dee got me an ambulance!

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After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print. The company will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last edition of the encyclopedia will be the 2010 edition, a 32-volume set.

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Today in Elvis History

1955 - Elvis Presley was interviewed on Jimmy Dean's "Town & Country Jubliee" television show. Elvis did not perform.

1972 - Elvis Presley received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Grammy Awards.

2004 - In Las Vegas, NV, the Elvis-A-Rama museum was burglarized. In less than five minutes thieves were able to steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry and kitsch.

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Interesting: Telling your kids that it's okay to fail will make them fail less. Sounds reasonable, right? There's new research to back it up. Here's what researchers told one group of sixth graders: "Learning is difficult and failure is common, but practice will help, just like learning how to ride a bicycle." Other groups got no such pep talk. Guess which group performed better on memory and reading comprehension tests? Yep, the kids that got the bicycle talk.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - It was reported by "Billboard" that releases by the Beatles represented 60% of the current singles market.

1964 - The Beatles single "Please Please Me" hit #3 in the U.S.

1964 - The Beatles single "My Bonnie" hit #26 in the U.S.

1972 - The Beatles received the NARAS' Trustees Award at the 14th annual Grammy Awards.

2000 - The compilation album "At Home With The Groovebox" was released. The Sean Lennon song "Winged Elephants" was included.

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The average woman will spend the equivalent of 4½ months of her life chatting on the phone to her mom. Research revealed most women make at least one call a day to their mom with the conversation lasting 21 minutes. One in ten women call their mother at least three times a day, spending a total of 63 minutes chatting.

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Today in Sports History:

1960 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored a record 53 points.

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) played every minute of a game for the 47th consecutive time. The streak ended during the Warriors' next game.

1967 - The AFL and the NFL held the first common draft. The two leagues merged in 1970. The first player chosen was Bubba Smith, a defensive lineman from Michigan State.

1972 - The Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association announced that the team's franchise would be moved to Kansas City, Missouri at the end of the season.

1992 - Stacey Augmon (Atlanta Hawks) scored the 6,000,000th point in NBA history.

2005 - Major League Baseball gave a congressional committee about 400 pages of documents related to drug testing. It was also reported that Bud Selig would be willing to testify in hearings planned for March 17.

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As you head out for your commute, be thankful you don't live in St. Louis, which has, according to Men's Health, the most dangerous drivers. The magazine tabulated the rate of fatal crashes; the percentage of fatalities involving alcohol, speeding, or hit and run; and the rate of seatbelt use. Then it factored in the average number of years between accidents and laws on cellphone use while driving.

... The safest city is St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Ford Eco Boost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 400 at Bristol Motor Speedway 12:30pm EDT

Monday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EDT

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Club Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway 5:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at Streets of St. Petersburg - 12:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway -- 2:30pm EDT

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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