Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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


Today is June 6th, the 158th day of 2012. There are 208 days left in the year.


Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings):

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles 2 at New Jersey 1 OT
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles 2 at New Jersey 1 OT
Monday, June 4th New Jersey 0 at Los Angeles 4 (Los Angeles leads series 3-0)
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Kings hope to win it in front of their fans.

Four ways for Devils to prolong season in Game 4.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) is 65; Actor Paul Giamatti (John Adams, The Hangover Part II, Sideways, Cinderella Man) is 45; TV journalist Natalie Morales (NBC's Today Show) is 40; Singer Uncle Kracker is 38.


U.S. Inline National Team Falls to Finland, 5-4, in the Quarterfinals
at 2012 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship
C.J. Yoder Scores Two Goals and an Assist
INGOLSTADT, Germany - Defenseman C.J. Yoder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored two goals and added an assist, but the U.S. Inline National Team fell to Finland, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship at Saturn Arena. The U.S. holds a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and will play Great Britain in a placement game on Tuesday (June 6) at 10 a.m. EDT.

"We ran into a little penalty trouble today against one of the top teams in the tournament," said Joe Cook, head coach of the U.S. Inline National Team. "We had our opportunities late in the game to tie it up, but we couldn't convert."

Yoder opened the scoring in the game at 8:20 of the first period off a rink-wide pass from Anthony Miner (Glendora, Calif.). Finland recorded its first of four power-play goals to tie the game at 3:43 of the second period.

Finland then tallied three straight goals, two of which came on the power play, to take a 4-1 lead midway through the third quarter. Yoder made it a two-goal game with a one-timer from the left circle at 5:40. Finland added another goal with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter to send the U.S. into the final frame trailing, 5-2.

Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored two goals in the final quarter to bring Team USA within a goal. Despite a furious effort in the final minutes of the game, the U.S. was unable to find the equalizer.

Jerry Kuhn (Southgate, Mich.) recorded 28 saves for the U.S., while Juha Taponen made 36 saves for Finland.
All games from the of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship are streamed live and for free on A full schedule is below. Use the hashtag #InlineWC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding the tournament.

NOTES: C.J. Yoder was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Click here for a complete roster ... Former U.S. Inline National Team member Joe Cook is the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Inline National Team for the third time (1999-2000), while Jami Yoder, who is also a former member of the U.S. Inline National Team, is serving as an assistant coach. Corey Rastello is the equipment manager for the team and Brian Brewster is the athletic trainer ... Defenseman C.J. Yoder is the captain of Team USA. The alternate captains are Rafael Rodriguez and Greg Thompson ... In the 15-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2010; silver medals in 1998, 2001, 2009 and 2011; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.

Scoring By Period
USA1 -0-1-2-5
FIN0 -1-4-0-4

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Yoder (Miner, Lee), 8:20. Penalties: FIN, Huhtala (roughing), 9:38. 
Second Period – Scoring: 2, FIN, Saarinen (Miettinen), 3:43, (pp). Penalties: USA, Cadiz (slashing), 2:44; USA, Rodriguez (hooking), 6:35; USA, Thompson (hooking), 8:51.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, FIN, Lappalainen (Markkanen), 1:20; 4, FIN, Lappalainen (Markkanen), 3:14 (pp); 5, FIN, Kuusela (Saarinen), 4:19 (pp); 6, USA, Yoder (Cadiz), 5:40; 7, FIN, Miettinen (Pellinen), 10:48, (pp). Penalties: USA, Cadiz (tripping), 2:36; USA, Kuhn (slashing), 3:47; USA, Campbell (hooking), 9:46.
Fourth Period – Scoring: 8, USA, Noe (Miner, Yoder), 1:17, (pp); 9, USA, Noe, 9:36. Penalties: FIN, Suhonen (hooking), 2:20; FIN, Miettinen (slashing), 6:01; FIN, Lappalainen (cross-checking), 6:56; USA, Gawrys (slashing), 11:26.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)1234Total
USA, Kuhn, 46:557/714/137/35/533/28
FIN, Taponen, 48:0013/122/210/915/1340/36

Power Play: USA 1-5; FIN 4-7
Penalties: USA 7-10.5; FIN 5-7.5

Team USA 2012 IIHF Inline World Championship ScheduleIngolstadt, Germany • Saturn Arena
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)/ResultLive Streaming
Friday, June 1GermanyW,
Saturday, June 2SloveniaW,
Sunday, June 3CanadaW,
Tuesday, June 5Finland (Quarterfinals)L,
Wednesday, June 6Great Britain (Placement Game)4 p.m./ 10


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A West Palm Beach, Florida, man is accused of beating another man. The two were fighting over who is a "better Mexican."


I'm done crawling around Daddy. Let's eat!


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....being thankful that my wife is home from the hospital, watching hockey and enjoying my family. How 'bout you?


New York, NY. -- Errors, walks and a grand slam -- a fourth-inning drive hit by Russell Martin -- led to yet another uncharacteristic chapter of Rays baseball on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

And once again, the unfamiliar mistakes added up to a defeat, as the Yankees took a 7-0 win to move within a half-game of the American League East-leading Rays and Orioles.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to movie theaters for a one-night event. The event will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the TV show's premier, and will also coincide with the release of the Blu-ray set of the first season's episodes. The special event will be a showing of two of the most popular episodes from the season. The event will be on Monday, July 23rd.


San Diego, CA.--
Tim Lincecum is keeping the Giants guessing, which he still isn't doing quite often enough with opposing hitters.

Lincecum blanked the San Diego Padres for five innings Tuesday night, dominating the National League West's last-place occupants as he should. Unfortunately for Lincecum and the Giants, he actually pitched six innings -- including the second, when San Diego tattooed him for four runs.

But the outcome ultimately rested not upon Lincecum's right arm, but Steve Edlefsen's. The reliever surrendered Logan Forsythe's tiebreaking ninth-inning home run that lifted the Padres to a 6-5 victory and ended the Giants' four-game winning streak.

Led by Ryan Theriot, who stroked three run-scoring hits, the Giants overcame a 4-0 deficit and surged ahead, 5-4, giving Lincecum a chance to win his first game since he defeated the Padres at AT&T Park on April 28.

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Apparently women never grill out, because I've yet to see a "Great Gift Ideas for Mom for Mother's Day" list that includes a meat thermometer. With Father's Day right around the corner -- June 17 -- I've noticed this gadget is on every single list of gifts to get dads. Every single list. The biggie this year is the iGrill, which sends vital meat information -- meatformation? -- wirelessly to your iPhone or iPad. It's pretty sweet.

... My personal favorite is the Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks. They're like bear claws attached to knumchucks that turn your hands into meat-grabbing tools. Great when you're moving lots of beef around the grill. And they're less than $15.

... And if dad's already got all the BBQ tools he needs, then get him a can of Bad Byron's Butt Rub, the perfect meat rub for the back yard chef.


Today in Elvis History

1960 - The album "Elvis Is Back" earned gold certification from the RIAA.

1970 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me."

1973 - The movie "Elvis On Tour" opened in the U.S.


On this date in 1833, Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. president to ride in a train. It was a B&O passenger train.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records. They performed the songs "Besame Mucho" and three of their own songs, "P.S. I Love You," "Ask Me Why" and "Love Me Do."

1964 - The Beatles single "P.S. I Love You" hit #10 in the U.S.

1971 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on stage for the first time since 1969 when they join Frank Zappa for a show at the Fillmore East.

1993 - Ringo Starr attended the Pediatric AIDS Foundation's fourth annual picnic in Brentwood, CA.

2006 - Billy Preston died at the age of 69. He had been dubbed "the fifth Beatle" after he accompanied the group in the 60's.


The first electric iron was patented by H.W. Seely on this date in 1882.


Today in Sports History:

1890 - The United States Polo Association was founded in New York.

1934 - Myril Hoag (New York Yankees) hit six singles in a game against the Boston Red Sox.

1939 - The New York Giants hit five home runs in the fourth inning in a 17-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

1946 - The Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City, NY.

1965 - Tom Tresh (New York Yankees) hit home runs on three consecutive at-bats against the Chicago White Sox.

1989 - Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles Kings) won the Hart Trophy for the 9th time. He was the first player in NHL history to win the same award nine times.

1992 - Eddie Murray passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time switch-hitter RBI list. Mantle held the record at 1,509.

1996 - John Valentin became the 14th player in Boston Red Sox history to hit on all at-bats during a game. He hit for the cycle when he went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox.

1996 - Peter Forsberg (Colorado Avalanche) scored a first period hat-trick against the Florida Panthers in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals. He became only the third player in NHL history to score a first-period hat-trick in the Cup Final. He was also the sixth player to score a hat-trick in a Cup Final game.

1996 - Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche) tied a Stanley Cup Final record when he assisted on four goals against the Florida Panthers.

1996 - Baseball's executive council told Marge Schott, owner of the Cincinnati Reds, to give up day-to-day operations within a week or face a suspension of more than a year. Schott had caused controversy with comments she made concerning Adolph Hitler in an ESPN interview.

2003 - The Seattle Mariners were defeated by the New York Mets to end their 13-game road winning streak.


On this date in 1925, Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 6:35pm EDT

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

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 3:35pm EDT

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

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Milwaukee IndyFest at West Allis, WI. 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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