Friday, May 4, 2012

It's Friday












It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 4th, the 125th day of 2012. There are 241 days left in the year.

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Thursday's Scores:

East --

New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 3 OT (New Jersey leads series 2-1)

West --

Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 2 (Los Angeles leads series 3-0)

Friday's Games:

East --

No games

West --

Phoenix at Nashville (Phoenix leads series 2-1) 7:30pm NBCSN

Yakupov, Forsberg top Scouting Combine invites.

NHLPA files appeal of Torres' 25-game suspension.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under, nominated for an Oscar for The Visitor) is 65; Rock guitarist Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) is 61; Actor Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, Arrested Development) is 42; ESPN reporter and Dancing with the Stars celeb Erin Andrews is 34; Golfer Rory McIlroy is 23.

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Johnson Tabbed to Captain 2012 U.S. Men's National Team

Slater, Thompson Named Alternate Captains


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defenseman Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Columbus Blue Jackets/University of Michigan) has been named captain of the 2012 U.S. Men's National Team, while forwards Jim Slater (Lapeer, Mich./Winnipeg Jets/Michigan State University) and Nate Thompson (Anchorage, Alaska/Tampa Bay Lightning) were tabbed alternate captains. The 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship begins tomorrow (May 4) and runs through May 20 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Johnson was the captain of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team and served as an alternate captain on the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team. The 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship marks the 10th time Johnson has represented the United States in international competition. He was a silver medalist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and has participated in four IIHF Men's World Championships (2007, 2009-11), two IIHF World Junior Championships (2006, 2007-bronze medal) and two IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championships (2004-silver medal, 2005-gold medal). He has 28 points (13-15) in 61 career games for Team USA, including 14 points (7-7) in 22 games in the IIHF Men's World Championship.

Slater and Thompson are each alternate captains for the first time. Slater is making his first appearance as a member of Team USA since the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship. Thompson will be debuting as a member of a U.S. National Team.

Team USA begins play in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship tomorrow (May 4) against France at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Game time is 12:15 p.m. local time (5:15 a.m. EDT) and the game can be seen live in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network.

NOTES: In its only pre-tournament game, Team USA beat Sweden, 3-2, on Tuesday (May 1) in Galve, Sweden. Jim Slater and Kyle Okposo each had a goal and an assist. Jimmy Howard started in goal and stopped all 25 shots he faced ... For Team USA's updated roster, click here ... Twenty of the 23 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Six of the 23 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Joey Crabb, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jimmy Howard, Jack Johnson and Kyle Palmieri ... Fourteen NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Anaheim Ducks have three representatives, while the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning have two players apiece ... Scott Gordon is the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Men's National Team. Greg Cronin and David Quinn will serve as assistant coaches ... The 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell ... 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. The semifinals and medal games will be conducted in Helsinski ... NBC Sports will televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. The complete television schedule is available here.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT)
Television

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

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

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Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island on this date in 1626. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.

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Edmonton, AB. -- The Edmonton Oil Kings edged the visiting Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of the 2012 WHL Championship series on Thursday night in Edmonton, AB.

Jordan Peddle’s shorthanded marker 14:30 into the second period gave the Oil Kings a 3-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner. Rhett Rachinski had a goal and an assist and Martin Gernat also scored for the Oil Kings, who went 0-for-5 on the power play but scored the shorthanded marker.

Marcel Noebels and Sven Bartschi scored less than two minutes apart shortly after Peddle’s goal to make it 3-2 before the end of the second period. But, that’s as close as the Winterhawks would get in the Game 1 loss.

Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves on 26 shots to record his 13th victory of the playoffs for the Oil Kings. Mac Carruth turned aside 26 shots in a losing cause for the Hawks.

The Oil Kings will host the Winterhawks for Game 2 of the 2012 WHL Championship series on Friday, May 4th in Edmonton.

Edmonton leads best-of-seven series 1-0.

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Weather today at my house: Mostly sunny, high near 89, with a light breeze from the northwest.

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Heenan taken first overall by Riders.

Lions trade up, draft Westerman second overall.

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

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MAY THE FORCE 4TH - Today is Star Wars Day. "May the 4th be with you!"

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To slide, or not to slide. That is the question.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....wash dishes (Only a few thankfully), cook dinner, watch some hockey, maybe some baseball and love my family, as usual. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Will Rhymes allowed himself a moment to reminisce on Thursday afternoon.

The Rays' infielder and their starting pitcher on Thursday, Jeff Niemann, were teammates at Houston's Lamar High School. Thursday's game was the first time the close friends had played together in a regular season Major League game.

"That was pretty special, man," said Rhymes, who started at second base. "I was standing out there thinking about that today. We started playing together when we were like 13. We were on the same team in Pony League, then All-Star teams and through high school and stuff. So that was a while ago now, so it was pretty special to stand out there behind him. Try to make plays for him."

And Rhymes did just that, igniting a second-inning rally that proved to be all the Rays needed in a 4-3 win over the Mariners at Tropicana Field, before a crowd of 11,575.

Read the rest here.

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Osama Bin Laden's thoughts near the end of his life are being posted online. [His greatest fear was that he wouldn't live long enough to see the final movie in the Batman trilogy.]

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San Francisco, CA.--
Twenty-five games into the regular season is no time for a ballclub to yield to absolute despair. But the Giants had every reason Thursday to imagine that they're short on luck. Or skill.

Their day began with the news that third baseman Pablo Sandoval, their biggest power threat and run producer, would miss four to six weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Then the Giants played the Miami Marlins. Shortstop Brandon Crawford perpetuated San Francisco's season-long defensive woes by christening the game with a fielding error that led to an unearned run. That accompanied what has become a typical offensive performance by the Giants: poor situational hitting and an 0-for-5 effort with runners in scoring position.

The result: a third consecutive one-run loss to the Marlins, who triumphed, 3-2, and completed a series sweep. The Giants fell to 2-4 on their nine-game homestand while losing their sixth game in a row to the Marlins at AT&T Park.

Read the rest here.

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In an online version of the old-school pen-and-paper chain letter, a new site called The Listserve randomly chooses one person per day from among its 15,000-and-growing email subscribers to share a self-penned essay with the rest of the listserve. If chosen to write an email you'll have 3 days to respond. You can sign up at TheListserve.com.

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Today in Elvis History

1967 - Elvis Presley finished his work on the movie "Clambake."

1967 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley flew to Memphis to complete their honeymoon.

1973 - Elvis Presley began a 25-show engagement at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Stateline, NV. The engagement was cancelled after Presley fell ill.

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Another stereotype has been shattered as we learn that men LOVE to shop... as long as it's from their Lay-z-Boy. According to a survey (by iProspect), men are spending more money shopping online than women. Guys are spending 20% to 30% more per transaction, and 84% of the purchases are for themselves. The No. 1 website for dudes is Amazon.com.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles' "From Me To You" was released.

1968 - Mary Hopkins won on the ITV talent show "Opportunity Knocks." Paul McCartney saw the performance and makes Hopkins the first signed artist on the Apple label.

1973 - Wings released "Red Rose Speedway" in the U.K.

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A Minnesota house was due to be demolished -- so locals figured they might as well plow through it with a tank. The 150-year-old home (in Kasota) went out with a bang thanks to a company called "Drive a Tank." The firm offers civilians the chance to do just that. Check out the video.

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Today in Sports History:

1871 - The first game of the National Association of Baseball Players was played. Fort Wayne beat Cleveland 2-0.

1929 - Lou Gehrig hit three consecutive home runs.

1954 - The first intercollegiate court tennis match in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.

1954 - The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals set a national league record when they used 42 players in one game. The Phillies won 14-10.

1963 - Pitcher Bob Shaw set a record with 5 balks in a game.

1973 - The Phillies beat the Braves 5-4 in 20 innings in the longest game to date at Veterans Stadium.

1975 - Bob Watson (Houston Astros) scored the one-millionth run in major league baseball history.

1980 - Mike Squires (Chicago White Sox) played the position of catcher in the final inning against the Brewers. It was the first time a left handed catcher had played since 1958.

1984 - Dave Kingman hit a fly ball that got stuck in the ceiling of the Metrodome.

1991 - Chris James (Cleveland Indians) set a club record with nine RBIs in a game.

1993 - Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals) was suspended 21 games for his blindside check of Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders) in a game played on April 8.

1994 - Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns) scored 56 points, 38 of which came in the first half, against the Golden State Warriors.

2004 - Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) hit his 350th career home run and drove in his 1,000th run. He was the youngest player to reach 350 homeruns at 28 years, 282 days.

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Idaho Gem was born on this date in 2003. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm 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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