Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Today is August 14th, the 227th day of 2012. There are 139 days left in the year.


Ducks counting on Hiller, Selanne to return to playoffs.

Growth of business discussed in NHL, NHLPA session.

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


Today's birthdays: Actor/comedian Steve Martin is 67; actress Halle Berry (Academy Award for Best Actress in Monster's Ball) is 46; actress Mila Kunis (Jackie on That '70s Show) is 29; NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is 25.


National Hockey Coaches Symposium Set for Washington, D.C.

Level 5 Certification to be Held in the Nation's Capital For First Time Ever

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Some of the most experienced coaches and administrators in hockey -- including George McPhee, vice president and general manager of the Washington Capitals; Brian Burke, general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and general manager and president of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette, currently the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers -- are among the featured speakers for USA Hockey's National Hockey Coaches Symposium Aug. 23-26 at the Renaissance Downtown Washington, D.C., Hotel.

"The National Hockey Coaches Symposium is a marquee event that offers coaches a valuable opportunity to learn from the very best," said Mark Tabrum, director of USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program. "We have an impressive array of speakers that will help educate America's coaches and prepare them for the next level of coaching."

"This is always a significant event," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It gives aspiring coaches the chance to learn from some of the most outstanding people in the game of hockey as they continue to grow the game throughout the country."

USA Hockey certifies coaches from Levels 1-5. Attendance at the National Hockey Coaches Symposium, which is typically held every other year, is required to achieve Level 5 certification. Those attempting to attain Level 5 status must also write a thesis based on one of the main session presenters.

In addition to McPhee, Burke and Laviolette, other general session presenters at the four-day event include:

Dan Bylsma - Head Coach, Pittsburgh Penguins
John Coleman - Affiliate President, Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association
Jon Cooper - Head Coach, Norfolk Admirals
Ron DeGregorio - President, USA Hockey
Kevin Dineen - Head Coach, Florida Panthers
Don Granato - Head Coach, U.S. National Under-18 Team
John Hynes - Head Coach, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins
Dr. Tom Lenz - Director, USA Hockey's Southeastern District
Mike MacMillan - National Coach-in-Chief, USA Hockey
Ty Newberry - Coach-in-Chief, USA Hockey's Southeastern District
Dave Ogrean - Executive Director, USA Hockey
Eddie Olczyk - NHL on NBC Lead Game Analyst
Ron Rolston - Head Coach, Rochester Americans
Mike Sullivan - Assistant Coach, New York Rangers
Joe Sacco - Head Coach, Colorado Avalanche
Mark Tabrum - Director, USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program

In addition to general sessions, coaches will also have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to the specific age level of the players they're coaching.

For a complete day-by-day schedule of the National Hockey Coaches Symposium, click here.

NOTES: Craig Laughlin, Washington Capitals television analyst, will serve as master of ceremonies for each of the four days of the National Hockey Coaches Symposium ... Regional managers of USA Hockey's American Development Model, including Joe Doyle, Guy Gosselin, Roger Grillo, Jim Hunt, Bob Mancini, and Scott Paluch will join Ken Martel, director of USA Hockey's American Development Model, Jeff Theiler, chief operating officer of Serving The American Rinks, Mike Ayers, goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, and Kenny Rausch, USA Hockey's manager of youth hockey, as breakout sessions speakers ... The first year of Level 5 certification was 1984 ... There were nearly 59,000 registered coaches during the 2011-2012 season, including 1,862 who currently hold Level 5 certification ... Media wishing to cover the event should contact the USA Hockey communications staff at 719-538-1171 ... For more information on the National Hockey Coaches Symposium, click here.

U.S. Names Women's National U22 Select Team for Three-Game Series vs. Canada

Games Set for Aug. 16-19 in Calgary, Alberta

BLAINE, Minn. - USA Hockey today announced the 22 players that will comprise the U.S. Women's National Under-22 Select Team that will play a three-game series against Canada from August 16-19 at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary, Alberta.

Five players from the last U22 series, which was held in 2010, are on the roster, including defensemen Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and Josephine Pucci (Pear River, N.Y.) and forwards Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), and Sarah Erickson (Roseau, Minn.). Defenseman Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) and forwards Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) will be playing in their third-consecutive U22 series.

The series will begin on Thursday (Aug. 16) at 7 p.m. (MDT). Game two is slated for Friday (Aug. 17) at 7 p.m. and the final contest will be played at 10 a.m. on Sunday (Aug. 19). Real-time updates from the games will be available on Twitter @usahockeyscores.

For the complete USA roster, click here; for Canada's roster, click here.

NOTES: The U22 series vs. Canada will be played for the fifth time, with the first series contested in 2006. The series was not played in 2011 and 2009 … The United States is 2-7-3 all-time vs. Canada in this event. Past results can be viewed here … Roster highlights include two Olympic silver medalists, seven IIHF Women's World Championship gold medalists, and 10 IIHF Women's World Championship silver medalists … States represented on the roster include Minnesota (five); Massachusetts (three); Illinois, Wisconsin, Alaska, New York, and North Dakota (two); and one player each from New Hampshire, Arizona, Texas, and Maryland … The roster was selected during the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Blaine, Minn., which began on Aug. 6.

U.S. Under-18 Select Team Falls to Russia, 2-1,
In Opening Game at 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Demko Makes 38 Saves; Game Ends in Shootout

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – The U.S. Under-18 Select Team was unable to overcome a tough Russia squad as it fell in a shootout, 2-1, in its opening game of the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. U.S. goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) made 38 saves before the game entered the shootout.

"We played hard and competed in a hard-fought game," said Matt Herr, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. "We're going to get our rest, make small adjustments to our game and get ready to go again tomorrow night."

Scoreless after the first period, Team USA was able to get on the board first. Justin Bailey (Williamsville, N.Y.) converted on the power play, slipping a rebound past Russian netminder Igor Serebryankov. The U.S. held onto its 1-0 lead until late in the third, when Russia was able to tie the game.

In overtime, both teams saw multiple opportunities to capture the win. The best chance came when Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) was awarded a penalty shot with 1:14 left in the extra stanza. Unable to convert on the shot, the game was then sent into a three-round shootout to determine the winner.

Team USA shot first, with Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.) missing just wide of the net on a deke move. Russia's Sergei Tolchinski was up next, shooting hard and low to beat Demko. Anthony DeAngelo (Sewell, N.J.) fired a shot wide of the net and Russia's Pavel Buchnevich lost control of the puck before getting his shot on net. Erne took the last shot for the U.S and tried to slide the puck past Serebryankov on his backhand, but the Russian netminder clinched the win with a pad save.

The U.S. will return to action in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Tuesday (Aug. 14) when it takes on the host nation in Breclav, Czech Republic.

For complete Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament coverage, click here.

NOTES: Thatcher Demko was named U.S. Player of the Game ... For the complete U.S. Under-18 Select Team roster, click here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the tournament ... The 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament features teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished fifth last year and second in 2010 ... The 22 players on the roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota has five representatives, while New Jersey has four and California and New York each have three ... Matt Herr (Alpine, N.J.), head coach of the Kent School (Conn.), serves as head coach and Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass), associate head coach at the University of Maine, and Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, serve as assistant coaches.

Game Summary

Scoring By Period
1 2 3 OT SO Total
USA 0 1 0 0 0 1
RUS 0 0 1 0 1 2

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Erne (cross-checking), 4:43; USA, Guertler (roughing), 8:47; RUS, Prokhorov (interference), 10:01; USA, Lettieri (slashing), 14:08; RUS, Shetvorkin (roughing), 14:08.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Bailey (DeAngelo), 1:03 (pp); Penalties: RUS, Barbashev (checking the head), 0:09; RUS, Sharov (hooking), 3:28; USA, Guertler (hooking), 4:11; RUS, Team (too many men), 6:12; RUS, Sharov (delaying the game), 6:29; USA, Bailey (diving), 6:42.

Third Period - Scoring: 2, RUS, Buchnevich, 13:42. Penalties: USA, Reno (holding), 1:58; USA, Team, (too many men), 12:58.

Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: RUS, Buchnevich (tripping), 3:46 (penalty shot).

Shootout - USA, Malone (miss); RUS, Tolchinski (goal); USA, DeAngelo (miss); RUS, Buchnevich (miss); USA, Erne (miss).

Shots By Period
1 2 3 OT Total
USA 14 12 8 3 37
RUS 8 13 13 5 39

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
1 2 3 OT Total
USA, Demko 65:00 8-8 13-13 12-13 5-5 38-39
RUS, Serebryankov 65:00 14-14 11-12 8-8 3-3 36-37
Powerplay: USA, 1-6; RUS, 0-7
Penalties: USA, 7-14; RUS, 7-22

Team USA 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 13-17 - Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (Local/EDT)/Result
Sat., Aug. 11 Slovakia* Breclav W, 6-0
Mon., Aug. 13 Russia Breclav L, 2-1 (SO)
Tues., Aug. 14 Czech Republic Breclav 8:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 15 Finland Breclav 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 17 Semifinals TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 18 Championship/3rd Place Games TBD TBD
*Pre-tournament game


They've announced the moderators for this year's presidential debates. [That Ryan Seacrest is everywhere.]


Calgary's Cornish doubles up in Players of the Week.

Power Rankings Wk.7: Lions remain in no.1 spot.

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


President Obama got on the phone with NASA's Curiosity team Monday and gave a nice little shout out to everyone's favorite geek. Obama said, "I understand there's a special mohawk guy that's working on the mission. I, in the past, thought about getting a mohawk myself." The Internet took that as an invitation and it didn't take long for someone to Photoshop the president with the unique hair style.


VANSTONE: How to spin a losing streak.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, now 3-3 and tied for third in the CFL West, are on the road this coming Sunday, August 19th, to meet the division leading/defending Grey Cup champion BC Lions, a team they beat 23-20 in week 3. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT, on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The action can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online, at ESPN3.com.

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


More skinny jeans are worn in Colorado than in any other state -- that's what we assume since Colorado has once again been named the nation's skinniest state. The CDC reports that Colorado's obesity rate was 20.7% in 2011, the lowest in the nation. That's the good news -- the rest is bad. Thirty-nine states had obesity rates over 25% last year, and 12 were over 30%. Mississippi takes (and eats) the cake with an obesity rate of 35%.


Tampa, FL. -- Tackle Donald Penn continues his steady recovery from a calf injury and might be a more serious consideration to play in the coming days if the regular season had already begun.

Read the rest here.


In Norway a bear and three cubs broke into a cabin and consumed more than 100 beers.


Baseball game is over. Time to go home.


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....washing dishes, having fun with Jimmy and just about anything else I can think of. How 'bout you?


Seattle, WA. -- The beginning to the Twins and Rays finale on Sunday had to seem like a bad movie being played over and over for the Twins, as they fell behind early again. But in a plot twist, the Rays actually found themselves coming from behind to beat the Twins, 7-3, in 10 innings to win their sixth consecutive game and earn a second straight series sweep.

Read the rest here.


After getting a taste of the Kennedy lifestyle this summer, Taylor Swift apparently feels she could get used to it. The 22-year-old singer, who is dating Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s son Conor -- just 18 -- has bought a house in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, across the street from Conor's grandmother Ethel.


San Francisco, CA.--
Ryan Vogelsong's consistency was bound to skip a beat at some point. Yet when the right-hander's steadiness finally took a holiday, it still seemed shocking.

Perhaps because it happened in such extreme fashion.

Vogelsong, who had yielded as many as four runs only twice all season, surrendered seven runs in Monday's third inning as the Washington Nationals thumped the Giants, 14-2. The outcome knocked San Francisco into a first-place tie with Los Angeles in the National League West standings.

Read the rest here.


NEW ON DVD TODAY - The Hunger Games (Jennifer Lawrence); Jaws (Universal's 100th Anniversary); Community: The Complete Third Season; Dexter: The Sixth Season;Glee: The Complete Third Season


Today in Elvis History

1956 - A Washington, DC, DJ, Bob Rickman, created the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley.

1958 - Gladys Presley, Elvis Presley's mother, died.

1965 - The Elvis Presley EP "Tickle Me" hit #70 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "The Wonder Of You" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1980 - The Statue of Presley was unveiled in Elvis Presley Plaza in Memphis, TN.

2007 - The DVD "Elvis Thru the Years" was released. The DVD presented the life of Elvis Presley through rare film footage, press conferences, behind-the-scenes feature, movie trailers, news clips, and comedy sketches to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the Elvis' death.


The Oregon Territory was established on this date in 1848.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - Brian Epstein and the Beatles decided to fire drummer Pete Best. Best was dismissed 2 days later. Ringo Starr, then with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, was asked to join the band.

1976 - The Wings single "Let 'Em In" hit #3 in the U.S.

1985 - Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the ATV music-publishing catalog. Jackson paid $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

2005 - The musical "Lennon" opened at the Broadhurst Theatre.

2007 - Apple announced that the entire solo catalog of John Lennon would be available on iTunes.


"Field and Stream" magazine published its first issue on this date in 1873.


Today in Sports History:

1903 - Jim Jeffries defeated Jim Corbett in the 10th round to retain his world heavyweight title in San Francisco.

1936 - The first basketball competition for a Gold Medal was held at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. The U.S. defeated Canada, 19-8.

1937 - The Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Browns set an American League record for most runs scored combined in a doubleheader with 36.

1958 - Vic Power (Cleveland) stole home twice during the same game.

1959 - The first meeting was held to organize the American Football League.

1961 - The Philadelphia Phillies extended their losing streak to 17 games with a loss to the Chicago Cubs.

1971 - Bob Gibson (St. Louis Cardinals) threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the first no-hitter at Forbes Field in 61 years.

1974 - The NFL Players Association ended their seven-week strike.

1976 - A charity softball game began for the Community General Hospital in Monticello, NY. The game was eventually called off due to weather after 30 hours. The final score was Gager's Diner's 491 to Bend 'n Elbow Tavern's 467.

1977 - The New York Cosmos and the Fort Lauderdale Strikes played a game in front of 77,961 fans at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It was the largest crowd to witness a soccer game in the United States. The Cosmos beat the Strikers 8-3.

1979 - Lou Brock (St. Louis Cardinals) got his 3,000th hit.

1986 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) had his 4,256th and last basehit in a game against the San Francisco Giants.

1987 - Mark McGwire set the record for home runs by a rookie when he connected for his 49th home run of the season.


The Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was completed after 632 years of rebuilding on this date in 1880.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 10:05pm EDT

Friday --

NFL Pre-season football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Tennessee Titans 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Montreal 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 7:00pm 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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