Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Today is April 10th, the 101st day of 2012. There are 265 days left in the year.

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Trending: D. Sedin, Toews status dominate discussion.

2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery to be held Tuesday.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster John Madden is 76; Actor Steven Seagal is 61; Singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is 54; Actor Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, Secondhand Lions, Artificial Intelligence) is 24.

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Tampa, FL. -- Monday morning, two days after he recorded his league-best 60th goal of the season, the realization of achieving such a significant accomplishment still had yet to resonate, Lightning forward Steven Stamkos said.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” he said.

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Today is the start of Health Information Privacy and Security Week and National Animal Control Appreciation Week.

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Scott Gordon Named Head Coach
for 2012 U.S. Men's National Team

Greg Cronin Selected as Assistant Coach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Scott Gordon will serve as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship May 4-20 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. The announcement came today from USA Hockey.

Gordon held the same position in 2010 and 2011.

Additionally, Greg Cronin has been selected as an assistant coach. Cronin served in a similar capacity for the 1997 and 2011 U.S. Men's National Teams. An additional assistant coach will be named in the near future.

The staff and players of the 2012 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. The group includes National Hockey League general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida); and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell.

In addition to his previous stints as head coach of U.S. Men's National Teams, Gordon was also an assistant coach on the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and served as an assistant coach of the 2009 U.S. Men's National Team.

Gordon also represented the United States as a goaltender on both the 1991 U.S. Men's National Team and the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.

Gordon is currently an assistant coach for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the head coach of the NHL's New York Islanders for parts of three seasons (2008-10). From late in the 2002-03 campaign through 2007-08 he led the AHL's Providence Bruins. In his final season in Providence, Gordon received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's Coach of the Year in recognition of posting the AHL's best regular-season record at 55-18-3. Gordon was an assistant coach for Providence from 2000-01 until his promotion to head coach in 2002-03.

Cronin has also been an assistant coach for a pair of U.S. National Junior Teams (1997, 1998), earning a silver medal in 1997. His first Team USA coaching experience came in 1997-98 when he was the inaugural head coach of the Under-18 Team at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

Cronin's coaching career spans the NHL, AHL and NCAA. In 2011-12 he was an assistant coach for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs. Previously, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the NHL's New York Islanders (1998-2003). His head coaching experience includes two seasons with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2003-05) and six seasons at Northeastern University (2005-11). He was an assistant coach and an interim head coach the University of Maine (1988-90, '94-96) and also served as an assistant coach at Colorado College (1990-93).

NOTES: USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Sixteen teams will compete at 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. All medal-round games are in Helsinki ... NBC Sports is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden
Date Opponent Location  Time (Local/EDT)

Fri., May 4  France Helsinki 12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.
Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki TBD
Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD
Sun., May 20 Bronze-Medal Game Helsinki 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Helsinki 8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Falls to Sweden, 3-2, in Tune-Up
Prior to 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship

Hartman Tallies Goal and Assist; USA Registers 32 Shots

ZNOJMO, Czech Republic - Despite outshooting Sweden, 32-17, the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team fell, 3-2, here tonight to Sweden in a pre-tournament game preceding the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship, which runs from April 12-22, in Breclav, Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.

Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) gave Team USA a 1-0 lead at 10:11 of the first period when he converted on a breakaway. Daniel O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) earned an assist by deflecting the puck in the neutral zone to send Hartman in free. Sweden responded with a pair of goals just over two minutes apart at 12:01 and 14:02 to take a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

On the power play, Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) knocked in a rebound off a point shot from Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) at 2:18 of the second period to tie the game. Hartman also collected an assist on the play. However, the U.S. was whistled for a slashing call at 15:52 resulted in the penalty shot that Sweden capitalized on.

Team USA outshot Sweden 10-3 in the third period but was unable find the equalizing goal. Team USA goaltenders Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) combined to make 14 saves in the exhibition tilt.

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team opens tournament play on Thursday (April 12) against Finland at 2 p.m. EDT at Kajot Arena. The game will be streamed live on FASTHockey.com. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... 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 ... The U.S. Men's National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period
SWE 2 1 0 - 3
USA 1 0 0 - 2

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Hartman (O'Regan), 10:11; 2, SWE, Karlsson (Djoos), 12:01 (pp); 3, SWE, Collberg (Arnesson, Anderson), 14:02. Penalties: USA, Shore (slashing), 4:52; USA, Skjei (tripping), 11:45; SWE, Kalin (roughing), 15:02; SWE, Petersson (interference), 19:21; USA, Hartman (high sticking), 19:57.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Kerdiles (Skjei, Hartman), 2:18 (pp); 5, SWE, Collberg, 15:52 (penalty shot). Penalties: SWE, Forsberg (charging), 0:38; USA, Osterberg (hooking), 8:52; SWE, Bystrom (Interference), 11:11; SWE, Haag (roughing), 13:04; USA, Barber (roughing), 13:04; USA, Grzelyck (slashing), 15:52; USA, Osterberg (slashing), 19:51.

Third Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Lane (hooking), 2:26; SWE, Dansk (delay of game), 6:47; USA, O'Regan (slashing), 11:14; SWE, De La Rosa (4-roughing), 19:57); USA, Kerdiles (4-roughing), 19:57.

Shots by Period
              1   2   3 Total
SWE      7  7   3  17
USA    12 10 10  32

Goaltenders (SH/SV)
              1        2      3     Total
SWE  12/11 10/9 10/10 32/30
USA, Olson 5/3 6/6 -- 11/9
USA, Rutledge -- 3/2 3/3 6/5

Power Play: SWE 1-7; USA 1-7
Penalties: SWE 7-16; USA 10-22

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

Date Opponent  Time (Local/EDT) Live Webcast
Mon., April 9  Sweden (exhibition) L, 2-3
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.


Boston College Finishes Season No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #26
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12
Record
Weeks in Top 15
1Boston College, 510 (34)
1
33-10-1
26
2Ferris State University, 476
4
26-12-5
21
3Union College, 424
3
26-8-7
24
4University of Minnesota, 417
2
28-14-1
25
5University of Minnesota Duluth, 350
6
25-10-6
26
6University of North Dakota, 331
5
26-13-3
14
7University of Michigan, 318
7
24-13-4
22
8University of Denver, 218
10
25-14-4
25
9UMass Lowell, 205
9
24-13-1
14
10Miami University, 201
13
24-15-2
10
11Boston University, 158
11
23-15-1
23
12University of Maine, 154
12
23-14-3
11
13Cornell University, 147
8
19-9-7
16
14Western Michigan University, 104
14
21-14-6
20
15United States Air Force Academy, 43
15
21-11-7
2
Others receiving votes: Michigan State University, 24.
NOTES: After capturing its fifth NCAA title, Boston College ends the season as the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll. The Eagles defeated No. 4 University of Minnesota and No. 2 Ferris State University en route to the NCAA championship ... Boston College and the University of Minnesota Duluth are the only two teams that were ranked in the poll throughout the 2011-12 season ... Six teams held the No. 1 spot (Boston College, Ferris State University, Merrimack College, Miami University, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth) ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association lead all conferences with four ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams and Atlantic Hockey has one ranked program ... A total of 16 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 17th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

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Pedersen: On board with the 2012 Riders.

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

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ON DVD TODAY - The Iron Lady; The Darkest Hour; One Tree Hill: The Complete Ninth Season; Laverne & Shirley: The Fifth Season

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Time to go hunt for Easter Eggs.

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Maryland lottery officials say a holder of a winning Mega Millions ticket has come forward to claim a share of the record-breaking $656 million prize. The winner claimed the prize with the winning ticket at lottery headquarters on Monday. More details about the winner will come at a news conference this (Tuesday) morning, but one thing we do know is they will remain anonymous.

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Detroit, MI. --
The 3-0 Tampa Bay Rays are in Detroit today for the first of a three-game series with the Tigers. Matt Moore takes the mound today, opposed by Rick Porcello.

First pitch is at 1:05pm EDT.

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A new study from the National Institutes of Health says women today take longer to give birth compared with women a half century ago. The typical first-time mother takes 6½ hours to give birth these days. Women fifty years ago labored for just under four hours.

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Denver, CO.--
The Giants were 0-for-2012 after their "big three" starters at the top of their rotation -- Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain -- couldn't secure a win in the season-opening series with the D-backs.

Enter veteran Barry Zito, who dominated Monday to put the Giants in the win column, tossing his first shutout since 2003 in blanking the Rockies, 7-0, at Coors Field, spoiling their home opener.

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The Boston Red Sox have edged out the New York Yankees for the most expensive ticket of 2012. The average ticket to see a Sox game costs $53.38.

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Today in Elvis History

1916 - Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Elvis Presley, was born.

1963 - Elvis Presley's movie "It Happened at the World's Fair" opened in the U.S. The movie had premiered in Los Angeles on April 3.

1982 - A live version of Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" hit #25 in the U.K. The song was recorded on July 31st, 1969. Elvis started laughing during the song.

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Who are we in 2012? Thirty percent of all Internet traffic is porn. THIRTY PERCENT. The biggest porn site, XVideos, receives 4.4 billion page views a month.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage. He is sometimes referred to as the "fifth Beatle".

1970 - Paul McCartney wrote "Paul leaves Beatles" in his diary. The diary was stolen in 1980 by two women visiting McCartney's house while it was being restructured. They returned the diary on May 13, 2003.

1999 - George Michael, Sinead O'Connor, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and Paul McCartney all performed at the "Here There and Everywhere - A Concert for Linda", a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Today is: ASPCA Day, Equal Pay Day, National Be Kind To Lawyers Day, National Farm Animals Day, National Library Day, National Library Workers Day, National Sibling Day, One Day Without Shoes Day, Salvation Army Founder's Day and Safety Pin Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1916 - The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament.

1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced that he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. Robinson was the first African-American player of the modern era.

1961 - Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium. The Senators lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3

2000 - Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.


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Jane Swift took office as the first female governor of Massachusettson this date in 2001. She succeeded Paul Cellucci, who had resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 11:05am EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:07pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP 400 at Kansas Speedway 12:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 1:40pm EDT

Indy Car Series -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at Long Beach, CA. 3:30pm EDT

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