Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is May 9th, the 130th day of 2012. There are 236 days left in the year.

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Tuesday's Scores:

East --

New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 1 (New Jersey wins series 4-1)

West --

No games

Wednesday's Games:

East --

New York Rangers at Washington (New York leads series 3-2) 7:30pm EDT NBCSN

West --

No games.

Elite goalies lead Coyotes, Kings into rare territory.

Rangers starting to see Staal at his best again.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) is 66; Rock Hall of Famer Billy Joel is 63; Actor John Corbett (Northern Exposure, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is 51; Actress Audrina Patridge (The Hills, Dancing With the Stars) is 27.

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Portland, OR. -- Rhett Rachinski scored 9:07 into overtime to lift the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-3 win over the Portland Winterhawks in Game 4 of the 2012 WHL Championship series on Tuesday in Portland, OR.

With the victory, the Oil Kings knot up the best-of-seven series at 2-2, and regain home-ice advantage in the series.

Rachinski’s overtime winner was his second tally of the night. Tyler Maxwell and Stephane Legault also scored for the Oil Kings, who held a 3-1 lead after two periods of play but allowed the Hawks to tie it up in the third frame, setting up the first overtime session of the series.

Sven Bartschi scored twice in the third period for the Winterhawks, who were scoreless on two power play chances but also blanked the Oil Kings on two man advantage chances.

Oil Kings’ netminder Laurent Brossoit turned aside 39 of 42 shots in the contest to post his 14th victory of the playoffs. Mac Carruth made 38 saves in a losing cause for the Winterhawks.

The Oil Kings will host the Winterhawks for Game 5 of the best-of-seven series on Thursday in Edmonton, AB. The Hawks will host Game 6 on Saturday.

Best-of-seven series tied 2-2.

Edmonton Oil Kings 4 (OT) at Portland Winterhawks 3 - Status: Final OT
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Rose Garden - Portland, OR

Edmonton 1 2 0 1 - 4
Portland 1 0 2 0 - 3

1st Period-1, Portland, Noebels 7 (Rutkowski, Morrow), 1:21. 2, Edmonton, Rachinski 5 (Peddle, Gernat), 15:50. Penalties-Lowe Edm (high sticking), 15:23; Reid Por (slashing), 15:23; Peddle Edm (hooking), 19:45.

2nd Period-3, Edmonton, Maxwell 4 (Dech, Lazar), 8:17. 4, Edmonton, Legault 4 (Pysyk, St. Croix), 19:04. Penalties-Morrow Por (slashing), 4:05; Lowe Edm (roughing), 12:02; Reid Por (roughing), 12:02; Reinhart Edm (delay of game), 16:00; Gernat Edm (roughing), 19:44; Ross Por (inter. on goaltender, roughing), 19:44.

3rd Period-5, Portland, Bartschi 12 (Noebels, Rattie), 3:49. 6, Portland, Bartschi 13 (Pouliot, De Leo), 9:06. Penalties-No Penalties

OT Period-7, Edmonton, Rachinski 6 9:07. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Edmonton 14-16-7-5-42. Portland 12-13-12-5-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Edmonton 0 / 2; Portland 0 / 2.
Goalies-Edmonton, Brossoit 14-3-0-0 (42 shots-39 saves). Portland, Carruth 14-4-1-0 (42 shots-38 saves).
A-10,947
Referees-Matt Kirk (4), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Bevan Mills (98).

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Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle on this date in 1785.

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Rider Statement Regarding New Stadium.

McMaster QB Quinlan agrees to CFL contract.

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

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THANK YOU, OVERNIGHT WORKERS - It's National Nightshift Workers Day and National Third Shift Workers Day.

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Put your rock star jacket on.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hang out with Jimmy, watch some hockey, maybe some baseball and love my beautiful wife, just like yesterday. How 'bout you?

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New York, NY. -- Working counts is the Yankees' trademark. Opposing pitchers rarely see hitters wearing pinstripes give away at-bats.

On Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lived up to their reputation, handing James Shields his first loss of the season, a 5-3 decision against the Rays with 37,086 in attendance.

The Rays have now lost four in a row, falling to 19-11 on the season.

Read the rest here.

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Women rule the political roost. Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are both more popular than their husbands, according to a new poll. The survey (Washington Post-ABC News) released Wednesday shows First Lady Michelle Obama with a sky-high favorability rating at 69%. That's 13 points higher than her husband.

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Los Angeles, CA.--
For one night, the Giants vanquished their most formidable demons: their shabby defense. Their lack of power. Clayton Kershaw. And, of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants knew they must sustain a virtually perfect effort Tuesday to defeat Kershaw, the National League's reigning Cy Young Award winner. They delivered the necessary excellence by turning four double plays, receiving Brett Pill's two-run homer and relying on clutch pitching from Ryan Vogelsong and Javier Lopez to subdue the Dodgers, 2-1.

Read the rest here.

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A Michigan teenager decided to make her dress out of Starburst wrappers. The dress uses 18,000 wrappers and took five months to make, with friends, family, and schoolmates donating help and all those wrappers.

... This isn't the first time a prom dress has been made with Starburst wrappers. A teen in Wisconsin did the same thing last year. Actually it was her mom who made the dress.

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Today in Elvis History

1981 - Elvis Presley's single "Lovin' Arms" hit #47 in the U.K.

1981 - Elvis Presley's album "This is Elvis Presley" hit #47 in the U.K.

2006 - The Elvis Presley 3-CD set "Legendary" was released by Sony International. The set contained 50 songs.

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Scientists predict that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030. [The only good thing that could come of this is wider aisles at Walmart.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - Brian Epstein met with EMI producer George Martin. Martin signed the Beatles to record demos on June 4, 1962. It was their first recording contract.

1964 - The Beatles single "Do You Want To Know A Secret" hit #2 in the U.S.

1964 - The Beatles single "Thank You Girl" hit #35 in the U.S.

1969 - George Harrison's album "Electronic Sounds" was released.

1987 - The Beatles newly released CDs "Help!" "Rubber Soul," and "Revolver" charted in the U.K.

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The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City on this date in 1936.

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Today in Sports History:

1945 - In the U.S., the wartime government ban on horse racing was lifted.

1961 - Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins.

1973 - Johnny Bench hit three homeruns in a game. It was the second time he had achieved the feat.

1984 - The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings. The game took 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete.

1987 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) became the first player to switch hit homeruns in two consecutive games.

1989 - Rick Cerone (New York Mets) committed his first error in 159 games as catcher.

1989 - Kevin Elster (New York Mets) committed his first error in 88 games as shortstop.

1993 - The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-104 in overtime to become the first NBA team to lose two playoff games at home and then come back to win three straight.

1995 - The Cleveland Indians tied a record when they recorded 8 runs before making an out. They beat the Minnesota Twins 10-0.

1997 - The San Diego Padres retired the #35. Pitcher Randy Jones had worn the number.

1999 - Marshall McDougall (Florida State) hit six consecutive home runs and knocked in 16 runs. Both records were set in the 25-2 victory over Maryland.

2001 - In Accra, Ghana, at least 120 people died in a stampede at a soccer match.

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Joss Whedon's The Avengers earned over $700 million dollars in less than two weeks. The super hero blockbuster already pulled in $225 million at home and more than twice as much overseas -- and it was only released 11 days ago.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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 --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway 6:30pm EDT

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

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

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Bojangle's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway 6:30pm EDT

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

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

Sunday --

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

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

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 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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