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Today is April 16th, the 107th day of 2012. There are 259 days left in the year.


Hall of Fame defenseman Bouchard dies aged 92.

Helm out for playoffs after surgery to repair arm.

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Today's Birthdays: Pope Benedict the 16th (Joseph Alois Ratzinger) is 85; Actor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) is 47; Actor Peter Billingsley (Ralphie in A Christmas Story) is 41.


U.S. Women's National Team Falls 5-4 in Overtime to Canada
in Gold-Medal Game at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship

Gigi Marvin Records Two Goals for Team USA

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The U.S. Women's National Team fell to Canada, 5-4, in overtime in the gold-medal game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship here tonight at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Team USA finished the tournament in second place and earned the silver medal with a 4-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.

"I'm extremely proud of how our kids battled out of a major hole that we were in against a really good team," said Katey Stone, head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team. "We got ourselves in a position to win the game, but unfortunately it didn't happen."

Canada struck first at 7:52 before Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) evened the score at 12:54 of the first period to send the teams into the first intermission tied 1-1.

The second period opened with two Canadian goals less than two minutes apart before Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) connected on the power play from the left faceoff circle at 16:43 to cut the deficit to one. Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) followed suit with a power-play goal at 18:16 with a redirected shot from the point.

Marvin scored her second power-play goal of the night at 2:57 of the third period to give the U.S. a 4-3 lead. But Canada notched a power-play tally at 17:22 to send the game to overtime and scored at 1:50 of the extra session to claim the gold medal.

NOTES: Click here for the full Team USA roster ... Kendall Coyne was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Kelli Stack was selected as the top forward of the tournament by the directorate ... Molly Schaus, Kelli Stack and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls were selected as the best players of the team by the coaches ... Monique Lamoureux-Kolls leads the tournament with 14 points (7-7) ... Julie Chu served as Team USA's captain, while Jenny Potter and Kacey Bellamy were alternate captains ... 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) ... Harvard University's Katey Stone served as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches were Laura Halldorson and Bobby Jay. Stone and Jay were behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2011 Four Nations Cup ... Robb Stauber served as the goaltending coach, while Michael Boyle was the strength and conditioning coach.
Scoring By Period
USA1 -2 -1 -0 -4
CAN0 -2 -1 -1 -5

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Wickenheiser (unassisted), 7:52 (sh); 2, USA, Coyne (Kessel, Decker), 12:54. Penalties: USA, Marvin (holding), 0:34; CAN, Wakefield (cross-checking), 4:22; CAN, Spooner (hooking), 7:37; CAN, Apps (slashing), 13:15; USA, Lamoureux (roughing), 14:59; CAN, Poulin (roughing), 14:59; CAN, Poulin (tripping), 19:40.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, CAN, Hefford (Agosta, Wickenhesier), 4:07 (pp); 4, CAN, Ouellette (unassisted), 5:36; 5, USA, Decker (Bozek, Stack), 16:43 (pp); 6, USA, Marvin (unassisted), 18:16 (pp). Penalties: USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (hooking), 3:29; USA, Bellamy (roughing), 11:41; CAN, Wakefield (roughing),11:41; USA, Stack (hooking), 12:42; CAN, Hefford (holding), 14:00; CAN, Hefford (roughing), 16:08; CAN, Apps (body-checking), 17:08.
Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Marvin (unassisted), 2:57 (pp).; 8, CAN, Agosta (Hefford, Ouellette), 17:22 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Larocque (tripping), 2:25; Rougeau, (body-checking), 9:31; USA, Decker (slashing), 11:05; USA, Lamoureux (holding), 16:38.
Overtime - Scoring: 9, CAN, Ouellette (Agosta), 2:57. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123OTTotal
USA, Schaus, 61:50
CAN, Szabados, 61:5015-1417-1512-0-044-40

Power Play: USA 2-9; CAN 2-5
Penalties: USA 7-14; CAN 11-22
Officials: Referee-Melanie Bordeleau; Linesmen-Alicia Hanrahan and Johanna Taurianen
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.Sweden 5, Slovakia 1Cairns
Finland vs. Russia3 p.m.Finland 5, Russia 4Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Germany5 p.m.Germany 3, Switzerland 2Cairns
USA vs. Canada7 p.m.USA 9, Canada 2Gutterson
Apr. 8Sweden vs. Germany1 p.m.Sweden 2, Germany 1 (OT)Cairns
Canada vs. Finland3 p.m.Canada 3, Finland 2Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Slovakia5 p.m.Switzerland 2, Slovakia 1Cairns
USA vs. Russia7 p.m.USA 9, Russia 0 Gutterson
Apr. 10Sweden vs. Switzerland1 p.m.Switzerland 3, Sweden 2Cairns
Canada vs. Russia3 p.m.Canada 14, Russia 1Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia5 p.m.Slovakia 4, Germany 2Cairns
Finland vs. USA7 p.m.USA 11, Finland 0Gutterson
Apr. 11Russia vs. Switzerland3 p.m.Switzerland 5, Russia 2Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia5 p.m.Germany 2, Slovakia 1Cairns
Finland vs. Sweden7 p.m.Finland 2, Sweden 1Gutterson
Apr. 13Slovakia vs. Germany1 p.m.Germany 3, Slovakia 1Cairns
Canada vs. Finland3 p.m.Canada 5, Finland 1Gutterson
Russia vs. Sweden5 p.m.Sweden 2, Russia 1Cairns
USA vs. Switzerland7 p.m.USA 10, Switzerland 0Gutterson
Apr. 14Switzerland vs. Finland3 p.m.Switzerland 6, Finland 2Gutterson
USA vs. Canada7 p.m.Canada 5, USA 4 (OT)Gutterson

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Bests Denmark, 4-0,
in Third Game of 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship

Rutledge Makes 17 Saves in Shutout; Compher and Lane Record Two Point Nights

BRNO, Czech Republic - Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 17 saves to earn the shutout and J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill./0-2) and Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y./1-1) each recorded two points, as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team bested Denmark, 4-0, here tonight at Kajot Arena in its third game at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship. With the victory, Team USA improved to 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and is yet to surrender a goal in the tournament.

"This was a hard fought matchup," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "We must continue to play on both ends of the ice to maintain our success."

Team USA scored first on a Lane tally at 1:53 in the opening frame. Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) and Compher assisted on the goal. The U.S. put 12 shots on net in the period, while holding Denmark to eight.
Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) doubled the U.S. lead 45 seconds into the second stanza when he launched a slapshot from just inside the blue line. The power-play tally was assisted by Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.). A rebound goal by Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) put Team USA up, 3-0, at 6:07. Compher and Lane collected assists on the score.

Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) added a goal at 14:28 of the third period to seal the U.S. victory. Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) registered the lone assist on the marker. The U.S. held Denmark to just two shots in the final frame and Rutledge turned both aside, making 17 total saves in the win. Denmark's George Sorensen stopped 53 shots in the loss.

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team wraps up preliminary-round action on Tuesday (April 17) against Canada at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT), at Kajot Arena. The game will be streamed live on

NOTES: For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... Matthew Lane was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot Denmark, 57-17 ... The U.S. went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Denmark went 0-for-2 ... Team USA has shutout its opponents in the first three games of the tournament, outscoring its opposition, 13-0 ... 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. 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
Scoring By Period
DEN0 - 0 -0 -0
USA1 - 2 -1 -4
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Lane (Skjei, Compher), 1:53. Penalties: DEN, Povlsen (elbowing), 9:57; USA, Trouba (interference), 17:37; DEN, Lindhoj (boarding), 20:00.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Jones (Kerdiles, Trouba), 0:45, (pp); 3, USA, Vatrano (Compher, Lane), 6:07. Penalties: None.
Third Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Shore (Carrick), 14:28. Penalties: USA, Hartman (checking-to-head), 5:50; USA, Hartman (misconduct), 5:50; DEN, Lauridsen (holding), 9:41; DEN, Eller (high-sticking), 12:09.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Rutledge, 60:008/87/72/217/17
DEN, Sorensen, 60:0012/118/619/1857/53

Power Play: DEN 0-2; USA 1-4
Penalties: DEN 4-8; USA 3-14
Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
April 12-22 • Breclav/Brno/Znojmo, Czech Republic
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)Live Webcast
Mon., April 9Sweden (exhibition)L, 2-3
Thu., April 12FinlandW,
Sat., April 14Czech RepublicW,
Sun., April 15DenmarkW,
Tue., April 17Canada8 p.m./2
Thu., April 19QuarterfinalsTBD
Fri., April 20SemifinalsTBD
Sun., April 22Bronze-Medal Game12 p.m./6 a.m.
Sun., April 22Gold-Medal Game4 p.m./10 a.m.


National Paperboard Packaging Week starts today. And National Health Care Decisions Day is today as well.


Darian Durant contract talks aren’t an easy process.

Odell Willis matter puts heat on Brendan Taman.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Today is the 116th running of the Boston Marathon.


Jimmy, let's leave an egg for my Mommy.


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Baseball, dishes, laundry, dinner and hockey. How 'bout you?


Boston, MA. --
Getting out Big Papi has troubled the Rays all weekend. Sunday brought more of the same, as David Ortiz doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth to lead a 6-4 Red Sox win at Fenway Park.

The defeat extended the Rays' losing streak to four as the team moved to 4-5 on the season and 1-5 on its current road trip.

Read the rest here.


Got a dangerous job? Got an iPhone? Then protect that smartphone investment. A Japanese company (Marudai) says it has created the perfect accessory for today's world -- an iPhone that is bullet-proof for just $650. The casing consists of a chunk of steel around an inch thick and can knock back a .50 caliber round.


San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants' miscues Sunday didn't qualify for any blooper reels. But their goofs will replay themselves on a continuous loop in manager Bruce Bochy's mind.

Striving to explain his team's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bochy summarized the afternoon as a "strange day. ... We seemed out of sorts."

Read the rest here.


North Korea's big long-range rocket launch was a big failure. [They spent the entire weekend on the phone with tech support.]


Today in Elvis History

1954 - Roy Orbison attended an Elvis Presley show in Dallas, TX.

1955 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Big D Jamboree" on KRLD in Dallas.


Lawrence Deptola of Utica, New York, took the plunge and decided to rob not one, not two, but three banks with it. Bank employees say he came in started yelling obscenities, asking them to put money in a bag. Police say he threatened the tellers with a toilet plunger. Deptola was spotted after his last alleged robbery and picked up. The plunger was recovered inside a bank.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles performed on BBC TV for the first time on the show "The 625 Show."

1973 - Paul McCartney starred in his first TV special, "James Paul McCartney."


The Hunger Games held off The Three Stooges to remain the No. 1 weekend movie. Titanic 3D pushed past the $2 billion mark.


Today in Sports History:

1939 - The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the 1938-39 Stanley Cup Championship. It was the first time the best-of-seven series was used. The championship series had been a best-of-five in previous years.

1940 - The first no-hit, no-run game to be thrown on an opening day of the major league baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

1949 - The Toronto Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win three straight Stanley Cups titles.

1968 - Major league baseball’s longest night game was played. The 24 innings took six hours, six minutes to play.

1985 - Mickey Mantle was reinstated after being banned from baseball for several years.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after the game on April 18th.

2009 - Opening day took place at the new Yankee Stadium.


As Universal continues its 100th anniversary celebration, fans of Jaws will finally see a Blu-ray release of the classic this summer. This re-release of Spielberg's sea-faring thriller has been fully restored and remastered from the original 35mm print, and features a new DTS-HD Master 7.1 soundtrack. Also included are a slew of bonus features, as well as DVD and Ultraviolet copies of the film. Jaws on Blu-ray swims into stores in August.


Coming up:

Tonight --

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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