Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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Today is April 3rd, the 94th day of 2012. There are 272 days left in the year.


NHL fines Flyers' Laviolette, Penguins' Granato.

Vote for EA SPORTS NHL 13 cover athlete!

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


Today's Birthdays: Actor/singer Wayne Newton is 70; Actor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) is 54; Actor David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) is 53; Actor/comedian Eddie Murphy (Shrek films, 48 Hours, Trading Places) is 51; Actress Jennie Garth (What I Like About You, Beverly Hills 90210) is 40.


Tampa, FL. -- Prior to taking the ice to play in the final home game of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked to put on one final show for a sellout crowd of 19,204 loyal fans at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

And who better to help them do just that than the NHL’s leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos scored twice in the final 1:03 of regulation and added an assist on the night to help the Lightning earn a 4-2 victory over the division-rival Washington Capitals on Monday night.

Read the rest here.


April is: National Knuckles Down Month, National Landscape Architecture Month, National Multiple
Birth Awareness Month, National Occupational Therapy Month, National Parkinson's Awareness Month, National Pecan Month, National Pet Month, National Poetry Month, National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Straw Hat Month, Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, Workplace Conflict Awareness Month and World Habitat Awareness Month.


2012 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Roster Announced

Team USA Looks for Fourth Straight Gold Medal at IIHF Men's World U18 Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced its 22-player roster for the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team that will compete at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship from April 12-22, in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.

All U.S. games in the tournament will be streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

Team USA will look to win its fourth consecutive gold medal in the event. The U.S. captured the world title a year ago in Dresden and Crimmitschau, Germany, as well as in 2010 in Minsk and Bobruisk, Belarus, and in 2009 in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.

Highlighting the roster are three returnees from last year's team, including forward Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and defensemen Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.).

The U.S. roster has seven defensemen, including Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.), Jones, Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.), Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) and Trouba.

Kerdiles is among the group of 13 forwards, which also includes Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.), J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Cameron Darcy (South Boston, Mass.), Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.), Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.), Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.), Daniel O'Regan (Needham, Mass.), Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.), Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) and Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.).

Backstopping Team USA will be goaltenders Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.).

For the complete U.S. roster, click here.

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team will play one pre-tournament game against Sweden on April 9 in Znojmo, Czech Republic, before opening tournament play on April 12 against Finland at Rondo Arena at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT). Team USA's complete schedule can be found below.

NOTES: The U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team will be led by Danton Cole, who is serving as head coach at his first IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship. Cole is currently in his second season as head coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... John Gruden, Mike Ayers and Tyler Eaves, all coaches with USA Hockey's NTDP, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA … Twenty-one players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey’s NTDP … The roster includes 20 players born in 1994 and two from the 1995 birth year. Forward J.T. Compher, born April 8, 1995, is Team USA’s youngest player, while defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, born Jan. 5, 1994, is the oldest … Nine different states are represented on the roster. Illinois leads the way with six skaters, while Massachusetts and Michigan have four each ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record eight consecutive medals, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06, three straight gold medals from 2009-11, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze medal (2008). Team USA’s six gold medals are the most of any country in IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship history (event began in 1999). Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 … The U.S. is in Group A with Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Finland. Group B consists of Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U18MWC ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... More information about the 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship can be found here.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
April 12-22 • Brno/Znojmo, Czech Republic

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT) Live Webcast

Mon., April 9 Sweden (exhibition) 8 p.m./2 p.m.
Thu., April 12 Finland 8 p.m./2 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Sat., April 14 Czech Republic 1 p.m./7 a.m. FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 15 Denmark 2 p.m./8 a.m. FASTHockey.com
Tue., April 17 Canada 8 p.m./2 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Thu., April 19 Quarterfinals TBD
Fri., April 20 Semifinals TBD
Sun., April 22 Bronze-Medal Game 12 p.m./6 a.m.
Sun., April 22 Gold-Medal Game 4 p.m./10 a.m.

Twenty-Nine Champions Crowned
at 2012 USA Hockey National Championships
Youth, Girls', High School, Junior and Women's
Winners Emerge from Championships Across the Country
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Over the past weekend, 27 national champions were crowned across the country at the 2012 USA Hockey Youth, Girls' and Women's National Championships.
2012 USA Hockey Youth Tier I National Championships
12 & UnderChicago MissionNew Jersey Colonials4-3 (OT)
14 & UnderWilkes-Barre/Scranton Jr. KnightsSt. Louis Blues4-2
16 & UnderLong Island RoyalsDallas Stars Elite5-1
18 & UnderShattuck-St. Mary'sLA Jr. Kings2-1
The Youth Tier I National Championships were held in Williamsville, N.Y., from March 28-April 1, with champions emerging in four divisions. Chicago Mission and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Jr. Knights won the 12 & Under and 14 & Under championships, respectively. Meanwhile, the 16 & Under title went to the Long Island Royals and Shattuck St. Mary's won the 18 & Under championship.
2012 USA Hockey Youth Tier II 12 & Under National Championships
1ANashville Jr. PredatorsOKC OilKings5-2
2AAlaska Blue DevilsAffton Americans3-0
3ADU Jr. PioneersAnaheim Wildcats6-2
Each age group at the Youth Tier II level crowned three champions. The 12 & Under championships took place in Ashburn, Va. The Nashville Jr. Predators downed the OKC OilKings to claim the Division 1A title. In Division 2A, the Alaska Blue Devils topped the Affton Americans, 3-0. Lastly, the DU Jr. Pioneers beat the Anaheim Wildcats, 6-2, to win the Division 3A crown.
2012 USA Hockey Youth Tier II 14 & Under National Championships
1AJr. SteelheadsOklahoma City Oil Kings6-1
2AAffton AmericansCarolina Jr. Hurricanes6-3
3ADallas Ice Jets 97 AcademySt. Lawrence Thunder3-1
At the Tier II 14 & Under championships in Wayne, N.J., the Jr. Steelheads beat the Oklahoma City Oil Kings, 6-1, to win the Division 1A title. The Affton Americans posted a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes for the Division 2A crown. Additionally, the Dallas Ice Jets 97 Academy earned the Division 3A title with a 3-1 win over the St. Lawrence Thunder.
2012 USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16 & Under National Championships
1ATeam South DakotaPhoenix Jr. Coyotes5-4 (OT)
2AChesterfield FalconsJr. Checkers7-3
3AHatfield Ice DogsFarmington Fire5-2
Green Bay, Wis., played host to the Tier II 16 & Under championships. In Division 1A, Team South Dakota won 5-4 in overtime against the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes. Meanwhile, the Chesterfield Falcons and Hatfield Ice Dogs, won the championships in Division 2A and Division 3A, respectively.
2012 USA Hockey Youth Tier II 18 & Under National Championships
1AOklahoma City Oil KingsJunior Hurricanes3-1
2AChesterfield FalconsFlorida Jr. Panthers3-1
3ADallas OilersSylvania Maple Leafs2-1 (3OT)
The Tier II 18 & Under championships were held in Lansing, Mich. The Oklahoma City Oil Kings beat the Junior Hurricanes, 3-1, to win the Division 1A crown. The Chesterfield Falcons beat the Florida Jr. Panthers, 3-1, in Division 2A. The Dallas Oilers outlasted the Sylvania Maple Leafs in triple overtime, 2-1, to secure the Division 3A championship.
2012 USA Hockey Girls’ Tier I National Championships
12 & UnderAssabet Valley GirlsHoneybaked3-2
14 & UnderAssabet Valley GirlsEast Coast Wizards2-1 (OT)
16 & UnderAssabet Valley GirlsBuffalo Bison3-2
19 & UnderAssabet Valley GirlsChicago Mission3-2
Marlborough, Mass., hosted the Girls Tier I National Championships. The Assabet Valley Girls program swept all four divisions -- 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 19 & Under -- winning each title game by a one-goal margin.
2012 USA Hockey Girls’ Tier II National Championships
12 & UnderGlenview StarsWest Seneca Wings3-0
14 & UnderAlaska IcebreakersBuffalo Regals2-1
16 & UnderCT Polar BearsSan Jose Jr. Sharks4-3
19 & UnderAlliance BulldogsColorado Tigers Elite Prep5-2
The Girls Tier II National Championships were held in Frisco, Texas. The Glenview Stars shut out the West Seneca Wings, 3-0, in the 12 & Under division. In the 14 & Under classification, the Alaska Icebreakers defeated the Buffalo Regals, 2-1. The CT Polar Bears notched a 4-3 win vs. the San Jose Jr. Sharks to earn the 16 & Under crown. Finally, the Alliance Bulldogs beat the Colorado Tigers Elite Prep by a count of 5-2 in the 19 & Under division.
2012 USA Hockey Women's National Championships
Senior ANew York Women's All StarsTeam CT3-2
Senior BHappy CowsPalm Beach Hurricanes4-3
Senior CUtah ThunderCAHA2-0
The USA Hockey Women’s National Championships were held in Marlborough, Mass. The New York Women's ALl Stars edged Team CT, 3-2, in the Senior A division. The Happy Cows beat the Palm Beach Hurricanes, 4-3, for the Senior B title. The Utah Thunder blanked CAHA, 2-0, to earn the Senior C championship.

In addition, national champions were previously crowned over the past three weeks. The High School competition concluded on March 25, while the Tier III Junior American Division champion was crowned on March 12.
2012 USA Hockey High School National Championships
VarsityRegis Jesuit HS (Colo.)Waterloo Warriors (Iowa)4-3
The High School Varsity National Championship was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from March 21-25. Regis Jesuit (Colo.) High School won the national title with a 4-3 victory over the Waterloo Warriors (Iowa).
2012 USA Hockey Tier III Junior American Division National Championship
Tier III Junior American DivisionNew Hampshire Jr. MonarchsMass Maple Leafs4-1
The Tier III Junior American Division National Championship was hosted in Foxboro, Mass., from March 8-12. The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs earned the crown by defeating the Mass Maple Leafs.

USAHockey.com is the online destination for live scores, stats and standings for all USA Hockey National Championships, along with feature stories, photos and Droid apps. Archived webcasts from the Youth, Girls', Junior Tier III and Women's championships are available at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: The USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Division National Championship is currently taking place in Rochester, Minn., with the title game slated for Tuesday (April 3). To follow the event, click here ... The USA Hockey Adult National Championships will be staged later in April. These tournaments will feature eight classifications. The Men's 30 & Over, 40 & Over and 50 & Over run April 12-15 in Tampa, Fla., while the Men's 50 & Over and 60 & Over tournaments take place April 19-22. The Women's 30 & Over, 40 & Over and 50 & Over National Championships are scheduled for April 26-29 in Tampa/Ellenton, Fla. In addition, the Sled Hockey National Championships will run from April 13-15 in Farmers Branch, Texas. For the full Adult National Championships schedule, click here. For the complete Sled Hockey National Championships, click here.


NEW ON DVD TODAY - We Bought a Zoo (Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson); War Horse (Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson); 3rd Rock From the Sun - Season 3; 3rd Rock From the Sun - Season 4; Designing Women: The Complete Sixth Season; Roseanne - Season 3; Roseanne - Season 4; That '70s Show: Season Three; That '70s Show - Season Four


Will quiet off-season hurt Winnipeg in 2012?

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


Macular Degeneration causes Florida woman to give up driving her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet. Read here to see how many miles she got out of it.


Jimmy and Mommy at the Lightning game.


The TV show Bones has been renewed for its eighth season. [There's a special two-part cliffhanger where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of Michele Bachmann.]


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley performed on "The Milton Berle Show." The show was broadcast live from the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. Elvis played the songs "Heartbreak Hotel," "Money, Honey," and "Blue Suede Shoes."

1960 - Elvis Presley went into a recording studio for the first time since leaving the U.S. Army.

1963 - The Elvis Presley movie "It Happened At The World's Fair" premiered in Los Angeles.

1965 - Elvis Presley's "Do the Clam" hit #21 on the pop chart.


Tax Freedom Day 2012 arrives on April 17 this year, four days later than last year due to higher federal income and corporate tax collections. That means Americans will work 107 days into the year, from January 1 to April 17, to earn enough money to pay this year's combined 29.2% federal, state, and local tax bill.


Today in Beatles History:

1984 - Jack Douglas won a court case for $3 million. Douglas said that he was owed the money by Yoko Ono for his work on the Lennon/One album "Double Fantasy."

1991 - Paul McCartney recorded an episode of "MTV Unplugged."

2007 - The Yoko Ono album "Open Your Box (Remixes)" was released.


Mirlande Wilson of Baltimore, Maryland, says she has one of the three winning Mega Millions lottery tickets. The only problem: she may have purchased the winning ticket with her co-workers, and now she doesn't want to share. Wilson, a single mother of seven children, admits that she did contribute to the McDonald's "office" pool, but swears that she purchased the winning ticket separately with her own cash.


Today in Sports History:

1977 - Montreal Canadiens became the first team in NHL history to win 60 games in a season. They beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 to end the season with a record of 60-8-12.

1985 - The Major League Baseball Players' Association agreed to a proposal of the team owners to expand the 1985 League Championship Series from the best-of-five games to best-of-seven.

2002 - Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) announced that he was done for the season due to a knee injury.

2006 - U.S. President Bush threw out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds opening home game.


According to a survey by Esquire magazine, one-third of American men, ages 21-59, who are in a committed relationship have cheated. Why are so many men cheating? Well, according to the survey, 43 percent of men rated their sex life a "5" or below on a satisfaction scale of 1 to 10, and 14 percent gave their sex lives a big whopping "1."


Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 2:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:35pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:05pm EDT


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

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