Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is April 4th, the 95th day of 2012. There are 271 days left in the year.

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Isles agree to terms with Brock Nelson.

Oilers head coach Renney fined $10,000.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Matrix's Agent Smith, Lord of the Rings movies) is 52; Actor Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes films, Iron Man films) is 47; Illusionist David Blaine is 39.

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Montreal, PQ. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road tonight to face the Montreal Canadiens.

Read the preview right here.

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Today is the International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action, National Day of Hope, Paraprofessional Day of Hope, Square Root Day, Victim of Violence Wholly Day, Vitimin C Day and World Rat Day.

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Julie Chu Named Captain of U.S. Women's National Team

Jenny Potter and Kacey Bellamy to Serve as Alternate Captains at IIHF Women's World Championship.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) has been named the captain of the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship from April 7-14, in Burlington, Vt., it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Chu, a three-time Olympian (2002, 2006, 2010), has played in 211 games for the U.S. Women's National Team in a career that began in 1999.

USA Hockey also announced that Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) and Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) will serve as alternate captains. Potter is a four-time Olympian (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) and has played 205 career games in a U.S. uniform, while Bellamy, who played for Team USA in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, has competed in 74 games for the United States.

"Julie has been a true leader for this team on and off the ice," said Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA. "She has a knack for relating to all ages. I am confident that Julie, along with Jenny and Kacey, will do a tremendous job of leading this team."

Chu is appearing in her eighth IIHF Women's World Championship, while Potter is playing in her 10th world championship and Bellamy her fourth.

The U.S. Women's National Team opens tournament play against Canada on Saturday (April 7) at 7 p.m. EDT.

NOTES: The U.S. Women's National Team training camp is taking place at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. ... Team USA has won four gold medals and nine silvers in the 13 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last five world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... As previously announced, Harvard University's Katey Stone is serving as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches are Laura Halldorson and Bobby Jay. Stone and Jay were behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2011 Four Nations Cup ... Robb Stauber is serving as the goaltending coach and scout, while Michael Boyle is the head strength and conditioning coach ... To follow the team in Lake Placid, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... For ticket information for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, click here or call 802.656.4410.

IIHF Women's World Championship Game Schedule
April 7-14 - Burlington, Vt.
(all times ET)

Date Match-up Time (EDT) Group/Result Arena
March 31 USA vs. Canada TBD Pre-Tournament/L, 1-0 Ottawa, Ont.
April 3 USA vs. Finland 7 p.m. Pre-Tournament Herb Brooks Arena
Apr. 7 Slovakia vs. Sweden 1 p.m. B Cairns
Finland vs. Russia 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Germany 5 p.m. B Cairns
USA vs. Canada 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 8 Sweden vs. Germany 1 p.m. B Cairns
Canada vs. Finland 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 5 p.m. B Cairns
USA vs. Russia 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 10 Sweden vs. Switzerland 1 p.m. B Cairns
Canada vs. Russia 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia 5 p.m. B Cairns
Finland vs. USA 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 11 A4 - B1 3 p.m. Quarterfinal #1 Gutterson
B3 - B4 5 p.m. Relegation Cairns
A3 - B2 7 p.m. Quarterfinal #2 Gutterson
Apr. 13 B4 - B3 1 p.m. Relegation Cairns
A2 - 3A/2B 3 p.m. Semifinal #1 Gutterson
L (Q1) - L (Q2) 5 p.m. 5th/6th Place Game Cairns
A1 - 4A/1B 7 p.m. Semifinal #2 Gutterson
Apr. 14 B3 - B4 (if necessary) 1 p.m. Relegation Cairns
L (S1) - L (S2) 3 p.m. Bronze-Medal Game Gutterson
W (S1) - W (S2) 7 p.m. Gold-Medal Game Gutterson


U.S. Women Shut Out Finland, 7-0
in Game Prior to 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The U.S. shut out Finland, 7-0, here tonight at the Olympic Center in a game prior to the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.

"We finished the game strong and unselfish with lots of energy and smart play," said Katey Stone, head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team. "We now look forward to arriving in Burlington for the World Championship."

The two teams will meet on Tuesday (April 10) in preliminary-round play during the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship at 7 p.m. EDT.

Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) put the U.S. up 1-0 after the first period of play with a power-play tally from Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.).

Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the second period with a backhanded shot that went top shelf past Meeri Raisanen. Lamoureux notched her second point of the night with a goal at 2:55 of the second frame. Lisa Chesson (Plainfield, Ill.) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) earned assists. Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) struck at 16:38 to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead after two periods of play. Taylor Wasylk (Port Huron, Mich.) and Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.) picked up assists on Bozek's goal.

Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) scored from the blue line at 8:58 of the third period and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Decker rounded out the scoring for the U.S.

The U.S. Women's National Team will open the IIHF Women's World Championship against Canada on April 7 at 7 p.m. in Burlington, Vt.

NOTES: Click here for the full roster, which was announced on April 1 ... Julie Chu is serving as a captain of Team USA, while Jenny Potter and Kacey Bellamy are alternate captains ... Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) is the youngest player on the roster at 18 years old ... Of the 27 players on the U.S. preliminary roster, all but Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Mich.) have competed for the U.S. in international competition ... Team USA has won four gold medals and nine silvers in the 13 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last five world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... As previously announced, Harvard University's Katey Stone will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches will be Laura Halldorson and Bobby Jay. Stone and Jay were behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2011 Four Nations Cup ... Robb Stauber will serve as the goaltending coach, while Michael Boyle is the strength and conditioning coach ... To follow the team in Lake Placid, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... For ticket information for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, click here or call 802.656.4410.

GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
USA133 --7
FIN000 --0



First Period - Scoring: USA, Marvin (Lamoureux), 2:45 (pp). Penalties: FIN, Tantanen (tripping), 2:19; USA, Potter (body-checking), 7:10; FIN, Hiirikoski (body-checking), 17:29.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Decker (Bozek), 0:57; 3, Lamoureux (Chesson, Stack), 2:55; 4, Bozek (Wasylk, Lawler), 16:38. Penalties: None.
Third Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Pucci (Potter), 8:58; 6, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Stack), 10:21; 7, USA, Decker (Marvin, Coyne), 19:53. Penalties: FIN, Kotkaslahti (cross-checking), 2:42; FIN, Karvinen (body-checking), 11:36.
Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
USA11171947
FIN1225
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Vetter, 40:001-12-20-03-3
USA, McLaughlin, 20:000-00-02-22-2
FIN, Raisanen, 60:0011-1017-1419-1647-40











Power Play: USA 1-4; FIN 0-1
Penalties: USA 1-2; FIN 4-8

IIHF Women's World Championship Game Schedule
April 7-14 - Burlington, Vt.
(all times ET)
DateMatch-upTime (EDT)Group/ResultArena
March 31USA vs. Canada7:30 p.m.Exhibition/L, 0-1Ottawa, Ont.
April 3USA vs. Finland7 p.m.Exhibition/W, 7-0Herb Brooks Arena
Apr. 7Slovakia vs. Sweden1 p.m.BCairns
Finland vs. Russia3 p.m.AGutterson
Switzerland vs. Germany5 p.m.BCairns
USA vs. Canada7 p.m.AGutterson
Apr. 8Sweden vs. Germany1 p.m.BCairns
Canada vs. Finland3 p.m.AGutterson
Switzerland vs. Slovakia5 p.m.BCairns
USA vs. Russia7 p.m.AGutterson
Apr. 10Sweden vs. Switzerland1 p.m.BCairns
Canada vs. Russia3 p.m.AGutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia5 p.m.BCairns
Finland vs. USA7 p.m.AGutterson
Apr. 11A4 - B13 p.m.Quarterfinal #1Gutterson
B3 - B45 p.m.RelegationCairns
A3 - B27 p.m.Quarterfinal #2Gutterson
Apr. 13B4 - B31 p.m.RelegationCairns
A2 - 3A/2B3 p.m.Semifinal #1Gutterson
L (Q1) - L (Q2)5 p.m.5th/6th Place GameCairns
A1 - 4A/1B7 p.m.Semifinal #2Gutterson
Apr. 14B3 - B4 (if necessary)1 p.m.RelegationCairns
L (S1) - L (S2)3 p.m.Bronze-Medal GameGutterson
W (S1) - W (S2)7 p.m.Gold-Medal GameGutterson


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It's opening night for Major League Baseball. The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals take on the Miami Marlins.

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Boatmen sign veteran OL Wayne Smith.

Brendan Taman keeps perspective after Roughriders’ mini-camp.

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

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An Iowa man turned himself in to police after a security camera at his place of employment caught him urinating on his workmates' office chairs. [But do you know the worst part? No matter how many times you watch the security tape you never see him wash his hands.]

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Lightning hockey goes good with popcorn.

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Tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas Tuesday, whipping several 18-wheelers through the air and causing extensive damage. Check out some amazing video.

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Today in Elvis History

1959 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "For LP Fans Only" hit #19 in the U.S.

1960 - Elvis Presley recorded "Are You Lonesome Tonight."

1973 - NBC aired the Elvis Presley movie "Aloha From Hawaii." It was the first American airing of the performance.

1981 - The documentary film "This is Elvis" premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX. The film was premiered for the press the previous day.

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According to a source Apple's fifth generation iPhone will be out in June. The iPhone 5 will actually be the 6th iPhone released by the company. After the the initial iPhone release, the company launched an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles performed at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England.

1964 - The Beatles made music history by holding the top five places in the singles charts with the songs "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me."

1965 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song "Help!"

1967 - Paul McCartney advised Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer, that he should book a guitarist named Jimi Hendrix.

1996 - Paul McCartney released the statement, "The Beatles aren't interested. Money is not an issue. We wouldn't do it for twice as much. The answer is no."

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Perturbed about the taste of a hamburger she purchased from Hardee's, a Tennessee woman twice called police emergency operators to lodge a complaint about the restaurant's "nasty grub". Donna Marie Nichols was arrested for abuse of the 911 system.

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Today in Sports History:

1921 - The Ottawa Senators beat the Vancouver Millionaires in the 1921 Stanley Cup Finals. The Senators became the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles.

1971 - Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, PA, was dedicated.

1974 - Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's major league baseball home-run record with 714.

1986 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with his 213th point of the season.

1987 - Denis Potvin (New York Islanders) became the first defenseman in NHL history to score 1,000 career points. His career total was 1,052.

1994 - Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes (Chicago Cubs) became the first player in the National League to hit three home runs on Opening Day.

1996 - The Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 100-98. The loss was the Magic's first loss to an Eastern Conference team at home since April of 1994. The streak was 51 games long.

1996 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career steals.

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) became the second National League player to hit a home run in the first four games of a season. Willie Mays (San Francisco) had hit home runs in the first four games of the 1971 season.

1999 - The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2. The game was also the first season opener to be held in a country other than the United States or Canada.

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Kathy Bates tells Entertainment Weekly that she feared 1997 film Titanic would flop. Bates, who played socialite Margaret 'Molly' Brown, claimed that director James Cameron and all of the cast and crew "lost faith" and "thought that it was gonna be a disaster movie of another kind, that it was never gonna make any money."

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

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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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