Sunday, April 22, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 23rd, the 114th day of 2012. There are 252 days left in the year.

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Sunday's Scores:

West --

Los Angeles 2, Vancouver 1 OT (Los Angeles wins series 4-2)

East --

Boston 4, Washington 3 OT (Series tied 3-3)

Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1 (Philadelphia wins series 4-2)

Monday's games:

East --

New York Rangers at Ottawa (Ottawa leads series 3-2) 7:00pm EDT NBC

West --

Phoenix at Chicago (Phoenix leads series 3-2) 9:00pm EDT CNBC

Boyle suffers concussion on hit by Neil.

Alfredsson hopeful to play in Game 6.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Director Michael Moore is 58; Actress Valerie Bertinelli (One Day At A Time) is 52; Actress Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: New York) is 45; Actor/wrestler John Cena is 35; Actor Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar movies) is 35.

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U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Wins the Gold Medal at the 2012 IIHF
Men's World Under-18 Championship with 7-0 Win Over Sweden


Team USA Captures Fourth Straight Gold Medal

BRNO, Czech Republic - The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team defeated Sweden, 7-0, here this evening to win the gold medal at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship. Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) had two goals and three assists, and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) stopped all 27 shots he faced, as Team USA captured its fourth straight gold medal in the tournament.

"I'm very proud of how our players conducted themselves throughout this tournament," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "We worked hard, played a very disciplined game and never let up. These players deserve to call themselves champions."

The U.S. scored first at 18:45 of the opening period when Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) jammed the puck past Swedish netminder Oscar Dansk. Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) and Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) collected assists on the goal. Team USA led Sweden, 1-0, heading into the first intermission.

Daniel O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) doubled the U.S. advantage at 8:26 of the second stanza when he deked and scored on Dansk after a turnover by Sweden. J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) added to the Team USA lead on a wristshot from the left faceoff circle. Kerdiles and Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) assisted on the tally.

Skating four-on-four, Kerdiles sank his own rebound at 17:48 off the leg pad of Marcus Hogberg, who replaced Dansk in goal for Sweden. Olson made 10 saves in the frame to keep Sweden off the board and Team USA went into the second intermission with a 4-0 lead.

The U.S. continued to pressure Sweden's defense and notched a goal 18 seconds into the third period when Hartman snuck the puck under the crossbar on the backhand. Kerdiles and O'Regan picked up the assists. Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) gave Team USA a six-goal cushion when he wristed a shot from inside the blue line past Hogberg. Kerdiles earned the lone assist and capped the game with his second tally of the evening, securing the gold medal for the U.S.

NOTES: For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... Collin Olson was named Team USA's Player of the Game and also received the directorate award as the tournament's best goaltender ... Olson, Seth Jones and Matthew Lane(Rochester, N.Y.) were named Team USA's best three players ... Team USA outshot Sweden, 45-27 ... The U.S. has captured a record nine consecutive medals at the IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship, including four gold medals in a row (2009-12), back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze (2008). Team USA also captured the gold medal in 2002 ... Team USA's 10 overall medals are most ever at the IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... A full recap of Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship, including game recaps, photos and videos, can be found on USAHockey.com ... 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
SWE0 -0 -0 -0
USA1 -3 -3 -7


First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Di Pauli (Copp, Hartman), 18:45. Penalties: USA, Compher (slashing), 10:32; USA, Hartman (tripping), 16:35.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, O'Regan (unassisted), 8:26; 3, USA, Compher (Kerdiles, Jones), 12:47; 4, USA, Kerdiles (unassisted), 17:48. Penalties: USA, Skjei (holding), 16:38; SWE, de la Rose (tripping), 16:42.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Hartman (Kerdiles, O'Regan), 0:18; 6, USA, Carrick (Kerdiles), 7:53; 7, USA, Kerdiles (Osterberg), 19:44. Penalties: USA, Trouba (holding), 9:18.

Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
SWE1110627
USA13151745
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
SWE, Dansk, 32:4713/128/6--21/18
SWE, Hogberg, 27:13--7/617/1424/20
USA, Olson, 60:0011/1110/106/627/27







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

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, 4-0FASTHockey.com
Sat., April 14Czech RepublicW, 5-0FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 15DenmarkW, 4-0FASTHockey.com
Tue., April 17CanadaW, 5-3FASTHockey.com
Fri., April 20SemifinalsW, 2-1FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 22Gold-Medal GameW, 7-0FASTHockey.com


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Today is: International Marconi Day, Talk Like Shakespeare Day (Linky Link) and World Book & Copyright Day.

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New twist in opening date for stadium.

New CFL helmet rule aimed at player safety.

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

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There's a new unauthorized biography of Simon Cowell. [People are suspecting that Paula Abdul had a lot to do with it since reportedly, the entire book was written on the back of cocktail napkins.]

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Egg hunt is all over Daddy. And I love you!

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....wash dishes, make dinner, watch hockey and have fun with Jimmy, Snoopy and Smoke. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Four sacrifice flies don't measure up to one Evan Longoria walk-off homer on the excitement meter. However, Tampa Bay's club-record for sacrifice flies did equate to a 6-2 win over Minnesota Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field with a crowd of 26,507 watching.

"You know what, [the sacrifice fly] is very underestimated and it has not been written about enough," Rays manager Joe Maddon teased. "From a spectator's perspective, one of the more boring plays in baseball, but from the dugout's perspective, very exciting. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to see that."

By winning, Tampa Bay claimed its second consecutive series and its fourth win in its last five games while moving to 9-7 on the season.

Read the rest here.

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If you didn't do much for Mother Earth yesterday, Earth Day, or want to do more, try this: shut down your game console in between plays. According to a recent study almost 70 percent of the overall power draw of the world's consoles comes while the machines are sitting idle. It translates into about a billion dollars in wasted power each year.

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New York, NY.--
A Sunday afternoon rainout gives the Giants the opportunity to toss two of the toughest pitchers in the National League in Monday's twin bill and leave Citi Field with a series victory. The Mets, meanwhile, will hope that the momentum from a wild ninth-inning victory Saturday can carry over an extra 24 hours.

The single-admission doubleheader was scheduled after Sunday afternoon's game was postponed due to inclement weather. Game 1 is at 4:10 p.m. EDT.

Mets right-hander Miguel Batista will start the first game for New York, which won the second game of the series on Saturday in dramatic walk-off fashion after blowing a ninth-inning lead. He'll be up against the sputtering Tim Lincecum, who is experiencing a discouraging three-game stretch unlike any other he's seen in his impressive young career.

Lincecum has allowed 16 runs in three starts this season, the most of any three-game stretch in his six-year career, and is 0-2 with a 10.54 ERA.

Read the rest here.

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The Olympics are headed to London this summer, but visitors and athletes alike better beware of what they post online. London has passed legislation to penalize people who violate the games' official branding. Legally speaking, this would include athletes posting media of themselves with products that are not Olympics sponsors, and fans uploading their own photos or video of the games.

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel. The run ended on May 6, 1956

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "Stuck On You" hit #3 in the U.K.

1966 - Evlis Presley's single "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" hit #45 in the U.S.

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Police in China briefly detained a man who wouldn't stop greeting people. For over 8 hours the man stood on a street corner saying "hello" and smiling. After questioning he was sent home.

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Today in Beatles History:

1960 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed together as the Nerk Twins.

1964 - In London, John Lennon was the guest of honor at Foyles Literary Luncheon.

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If there's one thing the movie industry has gotten good at it's recycling. George Lucas has done it with Star Wars, James Cameron's done it with Titanic, and now The Hunger Games is getting a second run. Less than two months after its releases, The Hunger Games will return to select IMAX theaters this Friday.

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Today in Sports History:

1914 - In Chicago, IL, the first major league game at Wrigley Field took place. The Federals defeated Kansas City 9-1.

1948 - Johnny Longden became the first race jockey to ride 3,000 career winners.

1950 - The Minneapolis Lakers won the first National Basketball Association (NBA) championship when they beat the Syracuse Nationals four games to two.

1954 - Hank Aaron (Milwaukee Braves) hit his first major league home run.

1964 - Ken Johnson (Houston Astros) threw the first no-hitter for a loss. The game was lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds due to two errors.

1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA.

2002 - Brent Johnson (St. Louis Blues) became the first NHL goalie to win his first 3 wins in the playoffs by shutout. He was only the fourth goalie to record three straight NHL playoff shutouts.

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IN THEATERS FRIDAY - The Five-Year Engagement; The Pirates! Band of Misfits; The Raven.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It was Denny Hamlin's day in the sun.

Taking advantage of changing conditions Sunday at Kansas Speedway, Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. the final 30 laps to win the STP 400, his second victory of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile track and the 19th of his career.

The victory was the 199th for cars bearing the No. 11, breaking a tie for the all-time lead with the No. 43, made famous by Richard Petty, who drove to 192 of his record 200 wins with that car number.

Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Roush Fenway Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. Truex moved into second place in the Sprint Cup Series standings behind Biffle, who leads by 15 points.

Read the rest here.

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Today is the start of Safe Kids Week and Spring Astronomy Week.

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Indianapolis, IN. - Short track, open-wheel racing fans will see a familiar name and a familiar car number when practice begins May 12 for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Reigning USAC National Drivers Championship title-holder Bryan Clauson will make his IZOD IndyCar Series debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Honda-powered No. 39 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing/RW car.

Clauson, from Noblesville, Ind., has won several races behind the wheel of his family-owned No. 39 USAC midget. He will be a teammate to another young American driver, Josef Newgarden, from Nashville, Tenn., who also will compete in the "500" for the first time.

Read the rest here.

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The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com on this date in 2005.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:30pm 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

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 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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