Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's Tuesday












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 17th, the 108th day of 2012. There are 258 days left in the year.

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Pens' Adams suspended one game, Bylsma fined.

Sedin to practice with Canucks on Tuesday.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster Boomer Esiason is 51; Actress Jennifer Garner (Alias, Elektra, The Kingdom) is 40; Singer-model-socialite Victoria Beckham is 38; Actress Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is 27.

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USA Hockey Announces Creation of All-American Prospects Game

First-Ever Event Set for Sept. 29 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today it will stage the first-ever All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 29, 2012, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

The All-American Prospects Game will include 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

"It's a concept we've been talking about for a couple of years and we're excited to bring it to life in partnership with the Buffalo Sabres," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "The talent level on the First Niagara Center ice on Sept. 29 will be exceptional. We view this game as an opportunity to gain additional exposure for hockey and help influence growth of the sport through showcasing the future stars of the game."

"We're extremely pleased to have this inaugural event come to Buffalo," said Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres. "We have a tremendous working relationship with USA Hockey and I know our fans will embrace the All-American Prospects Game."

USA Hockey expects to announce the players selected to compete in the game in late June or early July.

"Players will come from junior hockey and college hockey, as well as the high school and prep school ranks," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "We'll be in contact with NHL Central Scouting as we build the final list of players invited to compete in this inaugural event."

Johannson noted more information will be forthcoming, including how the teams will be divided and who will coach the teams.

Ticket information is expected to be released in May.

NOTES: Of the first 40 Americans selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 17 came from the United States Hockey League; seven were from U.S. high/prep schools; six played U.S. college hockey; six came from the Ontario Hockey League; four played in the Western Hockey League; and one competed in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League ... Under the current structure, players born between Jan. 1, 1993 and Sept. 14, 1995, will be eligible to be selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

U.S. National Under-17 Team Falls to Dubuque, 6-3, in Game One
of 2012 United States Hockey League Clark Cup Playoffs

Fasching Recordes a Goal and an Assist

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) recorded a goal and an assist, but the U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team fell to the Dubuque Fighting Saints, 6-3, here tonight at the Mystique Ice Center in Game One of the United States Hockey League Clark Cup Playoffs.

Team USA and Dubuque were tied 3-3 near the midway point of the third period before the Fighting Saints scored three straight goals. Dubuque leads the best-of-three series, 1-0.

"I liked our effort through the majority of the game tonight," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team. "But we need to regroup and come back ready to play a full 60 minutes tomorrow."

Despite outshooting Dubuque, 10-7, in the opening frame, Team USA went into the first intermission trailing 1-0 after the Fighting Saints scored a power-play goal at 16:08.

Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) tied the game 40 seconds into the second period with an assist credited to Fasching. Team USA surrendered the lead at 17:24, only to score and tie the game at 2-2 on Tyler Motte's (St. Clair, Mich.) power-play goal 22 seconds later. Dubuque claimed a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission with a goal at 18:47.

Fasching tied the game once again for Team USA at 6:56 of the third period, but Dubuque scored three straight goals to claim the 6-3 win in the opening game of the three-game series.

Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) made 29 saves in the game, while Dubuque goaltender Matt Morris made 24 saves.

The U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team continues round one action tomorrow (April 17) against Dubuque, with Game Two at 8:05 EDT at the Mystique Ice Center. The game will be streamed live on FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: This is the second consecutive year that Team USA has qualified for a playoff position ... The U.S. went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Dubuque went 1-for-6 ... The U.S. Mens 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

USA 0- 2- 1- 3
DUB 1- 2- 3- 6

First Period – Scoring: 1, DUB, Morris (Girgensons, Davis), 16:08, (pp). Penalties: USA, Olsson (interference), 8:05; USA, Lewis (slashing), 15:19; DUB, Downing (hit to the head), 17:20.

Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Kelleher (Fasching), 0:40; 2, DUB, Lundey (Sooth), 17:24, (sh); 4, USA, Motte, 17:46, (pp); 5, DUB, Girgensons (Davis), 18:47. Penalties: DUB, Bench (too many men), 2:57; USA, Silk (high sticking), 5:40; USA, Savage (slashing), 13:42; DUB, Bradley (roughing), 16:58; DUB, Moor (roughing), 19:41; USA, Thompson (roughing), 19:41.

Third Period – Scoring: 6, USA, Fasching, 6:56; 7, DUB, Girgensons (Sooth), 9:15; 8, DUB, Lundey (Sooth, Amburgey), 14:31, (sh); 9, DUB, Lundey (Moor), 17:53. Penalties: USA, Hayden (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:05; DUB, Gardiner (high sticking), 3:07; DUB, Downing (cross checking), 13:58; USA, Fasching (roughing); 19:51.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 10 9 8 27
DUB 7 14 14 35

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miska, 60:00 7/6 14/12 14/12 35/29
DUB, Morris, 60:00 10/10 9/7 8/7 27/24

Power Play: USA 1-5; DUB 1-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; DUB 5-10

Team USA 2012 United States Hockey League Clark Cup Playoffs Schedule
April 16-18 • Dubuque, Iowa • Mystique Ice Center

Date Time (EDT)

Result Live Webcast
Mon., April 16 8:05 p.m. L, 3-6 FASTHockey.com
Tues., April 17 8:05 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Wed., April 18* 8:05 p.m. FASTHockey.com
*if necessary

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Today is: Blah! Blah! Blah! Day, Ellis Island Family History Day, National Haiku Poetry Day, National Stress Awareness Day, Ford Mustang Day and Nothing Like A Dame Day.

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Blue Bombers Hand Edwards New Deal.

Draft Profile: Simon Charbonneau-Campeau.

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

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People who haven't finished filling out their return can get an automatic six-month extension. The fastest and easiest way to get the extra time is through the Free File link on IRS.gov. In a matter of minutes, anyone, regardless of income, can use this free service to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension on Form 4868.

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Time to go hunt for more eggs at Auntie Molly and Meg's house!

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Dishes, an errand to run, dinner and hockey. Oh yeah, hangin' out with Jimmy too! How 'bout you?

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Boston, MA. --
Patriots' Day brought an unfamiliar late-morning start at Fenway Park, and clearly the hitters for both sides appeared to still be sleeping once the game began.

The Rays prevailed in the end, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Red Sox on Monday at Fenway Park.

Read the rest here.

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It's Pet Owners Independence Day, a day for your pets to go to work while you stay home and play.

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San Francisco, CA.--
Tim Lincecum didn't give the Giants what they usually receive from him, with the possible exception of hope.

Statistically, Lincecum's struggles reached an unprecedented pace Monday as the Giants dropped the opener of a three-game series to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2. But a careful look at his performance suggested that it wasn't as dreadful as the numbers indicated.

Read the rest here.

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A man tried out to be a Denver Broncos cheerleader. [Unfortunately, though, he didn't have quite enough spirit under his shirt.]

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Today in Elvis History

1952 - Elvis Presley was fired from the Lowe's State Theater for punching another usher. The other usher had told the manager that Elvis was getting free candy from the girl at the concession stand.

1961 - Location filming was completed for the Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii."

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Some hug-for-Coke vending machines have been installed across Singapore as part of an 'Open Happiness' campaign. They feature the words "Hug Me" on the front in the traditional Coca Cola font and when a user squeezes them from both sides they spring into action, delivering an ice-cold Coca-Cola can.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - Paul McCartney's album "McCartney" was released.

1982 - Paul McCartney became the first composer to have simultaneous hits on the black and country music charts.

1998 - Linda McCartney died from breast cancer.

2002 - A photograph of John Lennon's spectacles sold at auction for $13,000. The photo was only one of six prints taken of his bloodstained spectacles from when he was fatally shot outside his New York apartment building. The picture, taken by Yoko Ono, was also used for Ono's album "Season of Glass."

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A comedian will be on hand to give 10-minute stand-up routines as room service at an Edinburgh, Scotland, hotel this weekend. Comedian Janey Godley can be ordered to deliver food and drink to guest rooms at Hotel Indigo between Thursday (April 19) and Saturday (April 21).

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Today in Sports History:

1892 - At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the first National League game to be played on Sunday took place. The Reds beat the Browns 5-1.

1947 - Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) performed a bunt for his first major league hit.

1967 - The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali's request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 500th home run.

2010 - Ubaldo Jiménez threw the first no-hitter in Colorado Rockies history. The Rockies beat the Braves 4-0.

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After a three-month hiatus from her Twitter account (@mrskutcher), Demi Moore tweeted a picture to her 4.9 million followers Monday. The grainy photo shows Demi looking relaxed as she's laying down in some casual attire and black thick-rimmed glasses along with the caption, "Testing...."

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 12:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nascar Nationwide Series 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint Cup Series 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Sao Paulo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm 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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