Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Tuesday











It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is July 31st, the 213th day of 2012. There are 153 days left in the year.

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Alfredsson to return to Ottawa for 2012-13 season.

Five possible landing spots if Doan leaves Phoenix.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Businessman/NBA team owner Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks) is 54; Actor Wesley Snipes (Passenger 57, Blade films) is 50; Author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) is 47; Actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) is 46.

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USA Hockey Names United Orchard Lake Hockey Association in Michigan as
First Model Association Program


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Orchard Lake United Hockey Association (Mich.) has been named the first USA Hockey Model Association Program in the United States.

As part of the continued implementation of the American Development Model, USA Hockey targeted certain areas of the country for the 2012-13 season and took applications from associations seeking to participate in its Model Association Program.

With the designation, Orchard Lake has committed to follow the American Development Model in full, including adoption of guidelines associated with age-appropriate training at all levels of its association.

“We had multiple applicants in Michigan and couldn’t be more pleased to have Orchard Lake as our first model association,” said Ken Martel, director of USA Hockey’s American Development Model. “We’ve focused on implementation of the ADM at the eight-and-under level nationally the past two years, but felt it important to select a few associations that will take the ADM and put it into practice from 12U and younger. We expect to name several other model associations for the upcoming season in the near future.”

As a benefit of its model program designation, OLUHA will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in enacting the ADM principles throughout its program, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, OLUHA will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coaches training that will commence in early September.

“We’re excited to be chosen as a national ADM model program,” said Brian Lenaghan, president of the Orchard Lake United. Hockey Association. “The face of hockey in our country is changing for the better and our board, coaching staff, parents and players, as a whole, are committed 100 percent to the ADM.”

NOTES: USA Hockey’s American Development was launched in January of 2009 to provide associations nationwide – for the first time ever -- a blueprint for optimal athlete development. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training and uses long-term athlete development principles as its foundation … The National Hockey League has endorsed the ADM since its inception … The ADM is for players of all skill levels and helps all participants reach their full potential.

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On this date in 1498, Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad.

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Power Rankings Wk. 5: Ticats climbing their way up.

Stamps head into bye week with to-do list.

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

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ON DVD TODAY - Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition [Blu-ray] (Arnold Schwarzenegger); LOL (Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore); Hatfields & McCoys (Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton); Melrose Place: The Seventh and Final Season, Vol. 1; Melrose Place: The Seventh and Final Season, Vol. 2.

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Durant: 'Once again, we just have to finish.'

Visit the team's official website, http://www.riderville.com/.

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An Australian man had to be treated for burns after he tried to be the life of the party by lighting a firework lodged between his butt cheeks. [I guess you could say his plan backfired.]

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Jimmy and Mommy in front of statue of Ted Williams.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff, hangin' with Jimmy and Mommy and waiting for the cable guy to come. How 'bout you?

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Oakland, CA. -- Finally, the Rays appeared headed to a third straight win.

Not since their fourth consecutive victory on June 9 had the Rays experienced a winning streak surpassing two games.

But it wasn't to be.

Despite striking out a club-record 21 batters and stranding 16 A's baserunners, the Rays were denied their third consecutive W in a 4-3 loss in 15 innings Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum with 12,564 watching.

Read the rest here.

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Have you ever smuggled your pet into a hotel that doesn't allow pets? Twenty-five percent of us have. We love traveling with our pets. In fact 51% of us said we would bring our pets on every trip we take. Eighty-five percent of pet owners travel with a dog; only 21% bring their cat.

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San Francisco, CA.--
Count on Giants general manager Brian Sabean to do something, anything, in an attempt to improve his ballclub before Tuesday's Trade Deadline strikes at 1 p.m. PT.

Monday, Sabean watched the Giants extend their scoreless-innings streak to 22, reinforcing the need for offensive help. Then he saw San Francisco's bullpen, considered an asset through much of the season, crumble in an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the New York Mets.

Read the rest here.

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British police said they are trying to identify a bus passenger recorded on a security camera biting a chunk out of a seat. Footage shows the man biting a chunk out of the leather seat around 8:20 PM on May 25, causing about $314 worth of damage.

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley received a speeding ticket in Hattiesburg, MS. He was on his way to Memphis.

1969 - Elvis Presley performed his first live concert since March 25, 1961. He opened a four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

1971 - The album "Love Letters From Elvis" hit #7 in the U.K.

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Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of speculation about Peter Jackson's forthcoming Hobbit movies. Originally announced as a pair of films -- The Unexpected Journey and There And Back Again -- people have been saying that there is just too much story in the original novel to be contained. And lo and behold, Peter Jackson has confirmed on his Facebook page that we will indeed see a third movie made.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - In Birmingham, AL, citizens burned Beatles albums and memorabilia. The incident arose from a John Lennon interview with Maureen Cleave in "Datebook" magazine.

1968 - The Beatles' Apple Boutique in London closed after heavy losses.

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Who is the typical Olympics watcher? She is female, late 40s and white. In short, a soccer mom.

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Today in Sports History:

1932 - Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name.

1961 - The first tie in All-Star Game major league baseball history was recorded when it was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston's Fenway Park.

1981 - The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.

2001 - Korey Stringer (Minnesota Vikings) collapsed during practice. The 27-year-old died the next day of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke.

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Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV) on this date in 1971.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

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

Izod Indy Car Series -- The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm 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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