Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is March 28th, the 88th day of 2012. There are 278 days left in the year.

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Fracture in foot sidelines Bryzgalov.

Hall elects to have season-ending shoulder surgery.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Singer and actress Reba McEntire is 58; Actor and comedian Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up, Dodgeball, Wedding Crashers) is 42; Reality TV personality Kate Gosselin is 37; Singer Lady Gaga is 26.

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Boston, MA. -- In all situations, win or lose, Steven Stamkos just can’t help adding to his league-leading goal total.

Stamkos scored twice more Tuesday night, including once at even strength and an additional time on the power play, but in a 5-2 loss as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Barnum and Bailey Day and Weed Appreciation Day.

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U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Blanks Japan, 5-0,
in 2012 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship

Salamone Records a Goal and Two Assists

HAMAR, Norway - Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.) scored a goal and recorded two assists, as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team shutout Japan, 5-0, in its final preliminary-round game of the International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship this afternoon at the Olympic Amphitheatre.

With the victory, Team USA improves to 1-1-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and finishes preliminary-round play in second place in Pool A. The U.S. will play Canada in the semifinals on Thursday (March 29) at 12 p.m. EDT.

"We played a solid game today and had a great effort from everyone," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "I like our momentum going into the medal round."

Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) opened the scoring at 5:59 of the first period with a power-play marker. Salamone collected an assist on the goal and followed suit with a power-play tally of his own at 8:29. Taylor Lipsett (Richardson, Texas) recorded the only assist on the play. At 9:21, Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) received a pass from Greg Shaw (Park City, Utah) and lit the lamp to open a three-goal lead for the U.S. heading into the first intermission.

Chace tallied his second goal of the game at 2:03 of the middle stanza on the power play, before Lipsett concluded the scoring in the game just over five minutes later. Salamone earned an assist on Lipsett's goal, while Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) had assists on both second period goals.

Team USA goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made six saves to earn the shutout, while Mitsuru Nagase recorded 17 saves for Japan in the loss.

NOTES: Taylor Lipsett was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. was three-for-three on the power play in today's game, while holding Japan scoreless in its two power-play attempts ... For a complete 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, including bios, click here ... Live scoring of all games in the 2012 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship can be found here ... Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) is serving as a captain for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, while Taylor Lipsett is the alternate captain ... Team USA is the defending champion of the event ... The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has participated in two previous competitions this season. Team USA captured second place in the World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alta., (Nov. 27-Dec. 3) and posted a 1-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Canada in an exhibition series in Williamsville, N.Y., (Feb. 23-25).

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 3- 2- 0- 5
JPN 0- 0- 0- 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Landeros (Salamone), 5:59, (pp); 2, USA, Salamone (Lipsett), 8:29, (pp); 3, USA, Chace (Shaw), 9:21. Penalties: JPN, Shioya (hooking), 5:39; JPN, Yoshikawa (teeing), 8:04.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Chace (McKee), 2:03, (pp); 5, USA, Lipsett (Salamone, McKee), 7:16. Penalties: JPN, Endo (roughing), 1:18; USA, Shaw (roughing), 8:07; USA, Lipsett (roughing), 13:51.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 10 8 4 22
JPN 3 2 1 6

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Cash, 45:00 3/3 2/2 1/1 6/6
JPN, Nagase, 45:00 10/7 8/6 4/4 22/17

Power Play: USA 3-3; JPN 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; JPN 3-6

Team USA 2012 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship Schedule
Hamar, Norway

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)
Sun., March 25 Estonia W, 2-1 (SO)
Mon., March 26 Czech Republic L, 1-2 (SO)
Wed., March 28 Japan W, 5-0
Thur., March 29 Canada (Semifinals) 6 p.m./12 p.m.
Sun., April 1 Bronze-Medal Game 12 p.m./6 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game 4 p.m./10 a.m.

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Children are being burdened with hours of homework every week, but a new study says it does them little good. Research out of Australia reveals elementary school homework offers no real benefit -- and only limited results in junior high school. Only senior students in grades 11 and 12 benefit from after-school work.

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Riders fulfilling pledge of roster overhaul.

Rider Camp Info.

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

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Rick Santorum says he would be open to serving as vice president. [Movie nights, trampolines, all the free popcorn you could want -- who wouldn't be open to serving as vice president?!]

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Look Daddy. Sand!

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If you're 33-years-old, soak it up, because it's all uphill from here. In a survey (by Friends Reunited) 7 out of 10 people picked 33 as their happiest year of life.

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley arrived at Fort Hood, TX, for basic training. He was stationed there for six months.

1964 - Elvis Presley's "It Hurts Me" hit #29 in the U.S.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on television's "Oprah."

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Today is Something on a Stick Day. Celebrate by eating a food on a stick.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London unveiled its wax version of the Beatles.

1964 - The Beatles single "I Saw Her Standing There" was #1 in Australia. They also held the next five spots with other singles.

1966 - Ringo Starr and George Harrison attended a Roy Orbison concert in Walthamstow, England.

1970 - The Beatles single "Hey Jude" hit #2 in the U.S.

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Ordering pizza may already be among the easiest things to do, but somehow one pizza joint in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has made it even easier. Red Tomato Pizza has debuted what some are calling a "pizza emergency button," a magnetic button you place on your fridge. After setting it up with your Bluetooth, every time you push the button it will automatically order your favorite pizza (which you set up online).

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Today in Sports History:

1945 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season. Richard scored 50 goals in 50 games.

1963 - Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets. (NFL)

1990 - Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. President George Bush.

1999 - In Cuba, the Orioles beat the Cuban National Team 3-2. It was the first time since the 1950's that a U.S. team had played in Cuba.

2002 - Former NFL player Dexter Manley was sentenced to two years in jail for evidence tampering. He had been convicted for attempting to swallow cocaine he was carrying and then failed to meet with his probation officer.

2002 - Greco Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner had the middle toe on his right foot amputated due to frostbite. He had been stranded overnight in Wyoming on February 14.

2002 - Eric Cairns (New York Islanders) was suspended by the NHL for two games. The previous night Cairns had punched Radek Bonk (Ottawa Senators).

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A streaker ran onto the set of "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" on this date in 1974

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway 12:30pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park 2:00pm EDT

Monday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:30pm EDT

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 3:10pm EDT (Regular season opener)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 7:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

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