Friday, August 10, 2012

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

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Today is August 10th, the 223rd day of 2012. There are 143 days left in the year.

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Addition of Nash new dimension for Rangers.

NHL: New CBA needed to start 2012-13 season.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan) is 53; actor Antonio Banderas (Spy Kids, Puss in Boots) is 52; actress Angie Harmon (Law & Order) is 40.

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U.S. Under-17 Select Team Shuts Out Switzerland, 5-0,
at 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament


Team USA Scores Three Power-Play Goals En Route to Win

CHOMUTOV, Czech Republic – The U.S. Under-17 Select Team scored three power-play goals and Chris Birdsall (Anchorage, Alaska) made 20 saves in a 5-0 shutout win over Switzerland in its second preliminary-round game at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

"We started getting pucks and bodies to the net in the second period," said Barry Smith, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "Our team has been making changes and adjustments and we've gone out and been successful so far."

After a scoreless first period, the U.S. scored three unanswered goals in the second. Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) began the scoring on the power-play as he tipped a hard shot from Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.) past the Switzerland goaltender. Robert Nardella (Rosemont, Ill.) increased the U.S. lead just over a minute later. Nardella received the puck from Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and rocketed a shot from the point short side. Shane Gersich (Chaska, Minn.) scored Team USA's third goal when he slammed home a back-door pass from Dougherty.

The U.S. continued its offensive success in the third period. Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.) found the back of the net on a five-on-three power play after a creative pass from Fortunato put him behind the Swiss defenders. Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) finished the scoring for the U.S., as he buried a rebound with less than two minutes remaining.

Notes: Birdsall was named U.S. Player of the Game ... For the complete U.S. Under-17 Select Team roster, click here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news from the tournament ... The 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament includes teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Barry Smith (Whitefish, Mont.) serves as head coach, while Pat Mikesch (Hancock, Mich.) fills the role of assistant coach for the 2012 U.S. Under-17 Select team ... The 20 players on the U.S. roster represent 12 different states. Minnesota leads the way with five players, while Michigan and Illinois each have three.

Game Summary

Scoring By Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 0 3 2 5
SUI 0 0 0 0

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SUI, Ottiger (slashing), 5:42; SUI, Dunner (slashing), 6:26; USA, Vickerman (charging), 14:42.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Poganski (Fortunato, Gersich), 4:50 (pp); 2, USA, Nardella (Dougherty, Gersich), 6:03; 3, USA, Gersich (Dougherty),15:17. Penalties: SUI, Maurer (hooking), 4:36; USA, Pavelek (hooking), 5:20; SUI, Glauser (slashing), 5:57; USA, Team (too-many-men), 7:01; USA, Ghafari (tripping), 8:42; SUI, Marcquat (hooking), 9:29; USA, Gersich (high-sticking), 9:29; USA, Munson (slashing), 12:00; SUI, Fiolia (misconduct), 19:05.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Connor (Fortunato), 2:52 (pp); 5, USA, Malone (Connor), 18:56 (pp). Penalties: SUI, Maurer (hooking), 1:29; USA, Dudek (misconduct), 1:29; SUI, Triscomi (charging), 1:29; SUI, Helchner (hooking), 7:26; USA, Nardella (slashing), 16:07; SUI, Dunner (high-sticking), 17:45.

Shots By Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 9 11 16 36
SUI 4 10 6 20

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
1 2 3 Total
USA, Birdsall 60:00 4-4 10-10 6-6 20-20
SUI, Deischoux 60:00 9-9 8-11 14-16 31-36

Power Play: USA, 3-8; SUI, 0-7
Penalties: USA, 8-24; SUI, 10-26

Team USA 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
August 7-11 - Czech Republic

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)

Location/Result

Sun., Aug. 5 Czech Republic* 5:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m. Chomutov/W, 6-2
Wed., Aug. 8 Germany 6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m. Chomutov/W, 6-2
Thurs., Aug. 9 Switzerland 6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m. Chomutov/W, 5-0
Fri., Aug. 10 Czech Republic 6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m. Chomutov
Sat., Aug. 11 Slovakia 12:00 p.m. / 6:00 a.m. Chomutov
*Pre-tournament game

USA Overpowers Sweden, 10-2, at 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

Team USA Scores Four Power-Play Goals

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Team USA overran Sweden, 10-2, thanks to a six-goal spree in the second period here today at Herb Brooks Arena at the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (Margate, Fla.) led all scorers with two goals, both on the power play, and one assist. The United States capitalized on four of its five power plays, while killing six of Sweden's seven man-advantages.

"We knew were playing against a very talented Sweden team and I don't think the score was any indication of how we thought the outcome was going to be, but I'll give credit to our guys; we stuck to a team game," said Phil Housley, head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. "We focused on trying to elminate them in the defensive zone because we know how well they can cycle the puck. For the most part I thought our transition game was excellent. Another key was our special teams. We had some excellent (penalty killing) and some opportunistic goals on the power play and our goaltending was solid."

Of the 34 players still in camp, 23 dressed in today's game. The group is auditioning for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship , Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

The U.S. and Sweden traded power-play goals midway through the first period. Gostisbehere put Team USA up 1-0 with a one-timer at 9:23, while Sweden responded at 13:26. John Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J.) put Team USA ahead for good at 19:04, handcuffing the Swedish goalie with a wrister to the glove side.

On two occasions in the second period Team USA posted a pair of goals separated by mere seconds. Vince Trocheck (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis.) each crashed the crease to score at 1:31 and 1:52. Gostisbehere and Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) stretched the lead to 6-1 on goals at 6:19 and 6:43 to make it 6-1.

To conclude the six-goal outburst in the middle frame, Tyler Biggs (Binghamton, N.Y.) roofed a backhand shot at 15:16 and J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) notched a power-play goal at 18:28.

Sweden ended the seven-goal run by the U.S. in the opening minute of the third period.

Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) scored on a blast from the blue line at 7:42 and Sean Kuraly (Dublin, Ohio) tallied in the final minute of play to comlete the 10-2 rout.

Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) played the entire game, making 35 stops.

Team USA has tomorrow off before wrapping up the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp on Saturday, Aug. 11, vs. Finland at 1 p.m.

NOTES: Use the hashtag #njec on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding this week's camp ... The online home for the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, including the Team USA roster and online bios, can be found by clicking here ... All games from the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are being streamed live and are available on demand at FASTHockey.com ... The 2013 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp from Dec. 19-23 to be held in Helsinki, Finland ... Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. He is assisted by Mark Osiecki (Columbus, Ohio), head men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University and Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota ... Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), assistant men's ice hockey coach coach at Boston College, Joe Exter (Columbus, Ohio), assistant men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University, Tony Granato (South Hills, Pa.), assistant coach for the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins and Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota are also participating in Lake Placid as camp coaches ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fourth consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.) is the director of player personnel.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

Sweden 1 0 1 2
USA 2 6 2 10

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Gostisbehere (Trouba, Kuraly), 9:23 (pp); 2, SWE, Zibanejad (Lundberg, Bengtsson), 13:26 (pp); 3, USA, Gaudreau (Reilly), 19:04 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Forsberg (hooking), 3:11; SWE, Sudqvist (holding), 7:43; USA, Boucher (slashing), 12:00; USA, Gostisbehere (delay of game), 12:28; SWE, Vikstrand (interference), 17:17.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Trocheck (Kerdiles), 1:31; 5, USA, Galchenyuk (Gostisbehere, Miller), 1:52; 6, USA, Gostisbehere (Boyd, Pietila), 6:19 (pp); 7, USA, Kerdiles (Grzelcyk, Biggs), 6:43; 8, USA, Biggs (Gaudreau), 15:16; 9, USA, Miller (Galchenyuk, Reilly), 18:28 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Lundberg (high sticking), 4:20; USA, Jones (tripping), 9:42; USA, Grzelcyk (high sticking), 15:45; SWE, Team (too many men), 18:04.

Third Period – Scoring: 10, SWE, Nermark (Gortz), 0:59; 11, USA, Trouba (Pietila, Boyd), 19:19. Penalties: USA, Biggs (roughing), 12:46; USA, Sieloff (high sticking), 13:20; USA, Lucia (tripping), 15:47.

Shots by Period
1 2 3
Total
Sweden 13 14 10 37
USA 13 20 11 44

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Gibson, 60:00 12/13 14/14 9/10 35/37
Sweden, Lundstrom, 60:00 11/13 14/20 9/11 34/44

Power Play: USA 4-5; Sweden 1-7
Penalties: USA 7-14; Sweden 5-10

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Ben Affleck is being looked at by Warner Bros. to tackle the upcoming Justice League film. The superhero movie would assemble comic book favorites like Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman. The script has already been written.

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Calgary offence cashes in for first road win of the year.

Dunk: Ticats rookie Boudreaux an unknown force.

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

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Saturday begins the National Scrabble Championship in Orlando, Florida.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to snap their two-game losing streak when they play at Edmonton against the Eskimos, tonight. Catch the game on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. Listen link is on the left side of this page. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online at ESPN3.com.

The view from Regina: Inside the Game: Riders and Eskimos in second-place showdown.

The view from Edmonton: No promise Esks will score more than 1.

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

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The United States has won a record third straight Olympic women's soccer title after a 2-1 victory in the gold medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium. Before a packed house of over 80,000 fans, Team USA made history and reinforced their status as the No. 1 team in the world.

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Jimmy is silly.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff, washing dishes, having fun with Jimmy and Rider football on TV. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- It hasn't been said often this season, but there was plenty of offense to go around for the Rays Thursday.

Each batter in the starting lineup reached base -- with eight notching hits -- en route to a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field to complete a three-game sweep.

Read the rest here.

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While rumors about the iPhone 5 have Apple fans drooling with anticipation, one eBay entrepreneur is looking to profit from a first generation iPhone -- factory sealed -- for the price of $10,000.

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St. Louis, MO.--
Less than 24 hours earlier, it seemed every ball the Giants put in play found a hole. But on Thursday afternoon, San Francisco, which had been clicking from top to bottom, couldn't catch a break.

As second baseman Marco Scutaro put it -- sometimes that's baseball.

Read the rest here.

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President Obama's lead is growing over Mitt Romney. [This after the President announced that he, too, pees in the pool.]

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Today in Elvis History

1954 - Elvis Presley made an appearance in Memphis where he debuted "That's All Right (Mama)."

1963 - The Elvis Presley single "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" hit #3 in the U.S.

2002 - Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage were married in Hawaii.

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James David Gray says he has "a bad drinking problem." The 68-year-old Florida (Citra) man said he has been drinking since he was 16, can't control his habit, and needs help. And he's probably right. He was arrest the other day and charged with driving a lawn mower while intoxicated.

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Today in Beatles History:

1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession after a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both were fined for the possession of cannabis.

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TLC scored some impressive ratings on Wednesday with the premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a new reality show that follows the "unapologetically-outrageous family life of the Honey Boo Boo clan." It was especially a hit with women.

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Today in Sports History:

1947 - William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.

1971 - Harmon Kilebrew became the 10th major league player to hit 500 career home runs.

1973 - Arnold Palmer did not make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. It was the first time in his career.

1981 - Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,630 hit.

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IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Hope Springs (PG-13); Nitro Circus: The Movie (PG-13); The Bourne Legacy (PG-13); The Campaign (R)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

NFL Pre-season Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 9:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:35pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Glen Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 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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