Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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


Today is August 1st, the 214th day of 2012. There are 152 days left in the year.


NHL further explains CBA proposal in lengthy session.

Despite Alfredsson return, Swedish team in transition.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor John Carroll Lynch (husband Norm in Fargo, Drew Carey's cross-dressing brother on The Drew Carey Show) is 49; Director Sam Mendes (directed Skyfall, the new James Bond movie) is 47; Actress Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable on The Cosby Show) is 39.


2012 USA Hockey Women's National Festival Rosters Announced
Camp Will Culminate In U18 Series vs. Canada in Blaine; U22 Series vs. Canada in Calgary
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 79 players selected to participate in the 2012 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 5-13 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The Festival will culminate with the selection of teams to represent the United States in a U18 series vs. Canada in Blaine and a U22 series vs. Canada in Calgary, Alberta. Both events will include three games between the two nations to be staged from Aug. 16-19.

Attending the USA Hockey Women's National Festival are 21 of the 23 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that turned in a silver-medal performance at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vermont. In addition, 14 of the players were on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, including four-time Olympian Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.), three-time Olympian Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) and two-time Olympian Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.)
Among the players under the age of 18 invited to the Festival are five members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that skated to a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship, including goaltenderSidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.), defenseman Natasha Rachlin (Brookline, Mass.) and forwards Danielle Cameranesi(Plymouth, Minn.), Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.), and Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.).

"We're excited to be heading to the National Sports Center with 79 of the most talented players in the nation," saidReagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "We're proud of the success our women's program has achieved, but we are driven to become even better."

The Festival participants will be divided into teams for daily practices and games at the Schwan Super Rink, part of the National Sports Center.

For the complete Under-18 roster, click here. For the complete over-18 roster, click here.

NOTES: All practices and scrimmages are open to the public ... All Festival activity will take place on Rink 6 in the Schwan Super Rink ... The U.S. Under-22 Select Team will face Canada on Rink A at the WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary on Aug. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. MT and Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. MT. See schedule below for details on the U.S.-Canada U18 Series in Blaine.
2012 USA Hockey Women's National Festival Schedule
Aug. 5-19 - Blaine, Minnesota
Time (CDT)
Sun., Aug. 5
Goaltender Practice
4:15 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 6
Goaltender Practice
9:15 a.m./4:15 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 7
U18 Grey Team Practice
Blue Team Practice
U22 White Team PracticeU22 Red Team Practice
2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 8
U18 Grey Team PracticeU22 Red vs. U22 White ScrimmageU18 Grey Intrasquad ScrimmageBlue Team Practice
10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 9
U18 Grey Team PracticeU22 Red Team PracticeU22 White Team PracticeBlue Team Practice
9:30 a.m.9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 10
U18 Grey Team PracticeU22 Red Team PracticeU18 Grey Intrasquad ScrimmageBlue vs. U22 White Scrimmage
8:30 a.m.4:00 p.m.5:25 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 11
U18 Grey Intrasquad ScrimmageU22 White PracticeBlue vs. U22 Red Scrimmage
5:25 p.m.4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 12
U18 Grey Team PracticeU22 Red Team PracticeBlue Team PracticeU22 White Team Practice
9:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 13
U18 Grey vs. U22 WhiteBlue vs. U22 Red
7:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 15U.S. Under-18 Select Team PracticeCanada Under-18 Team Practice8:30 a.m./4:00 p.m.10:45 a.m.
Thurs., Aug. 16U.S. Under-18 Select Team vs. Canada Under-18 Team7:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 17U.S. Under-18 Select Team vs. Canada Under-18 Team7:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 18Canada Under-18 Team Practice
U.S. Under-18 Team Practice
9:30 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 19
U.S. Under-18 Select Team vs. Canada Under-18 Team
10:00 a.m.


On this date in 1498, Christopher Columbus landed on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela).


Argos' Owens receiving attention.

CFL nation's Olympic team formidable.

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A spokesman says that in the wake of the recent scuffle at the home of Michael Jackson's mother, there will now be a limited list of family members allowed on the property. [I was afraid this sort of thing would happen. Without the stable, mature, level-headed leadership of Michael, the family is simply falling apart.]


Getting The Red Flowing With A Green Party.

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Federal officials are warning parents they should not count on three types of electronic devices designed to alert them when they've forgotten a baby strapped in a car seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the performance of the devices is too inconsistent. One relies on a chest buckle sensor and two use seat pads.


Jimmy visiting the Ted Williams museum.


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff and a doctor's appointment. How 'bout you?


Oakland, CA. -- Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline wasn't about who the Rays traded for, rather who they kept.

James Shields did not find himself in the uniform of another team on Tuesday night. Instead, the veteran right-hander suited up in his familiar Rays uni with the No. 33 on the back and pitched in a fashion that made the Rays glad they resisted any temptation to trade him to any number of interested teams.

Shields threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, leading the Rays to an 8-0 win over the Athletics at the Coliseum before a crowd of 15,836. It was Shields' third straight start reaching double-digits in strikeouts.

Read the rest here.


Is the color lavender offensive? An Oregon trucking company filed a lawsuit alleging a billboard on its property is offensive to its customers. Coast Truck Centers said the billboard company, which has a longstanding agreement with the trucking company for its billboard, snuck onto the property outside of business hours and put up the ad for a hot springs resort and spa. The lawsuit objects to the the "artistic, cursive writing" of the ad and the lavender coloring of the billboard.


San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants enjoyed a remarkable Tuesday. They got Hunter Pence in the morning and Tim Lincecum in the evening.

San Francisco still had a ballgame to play after acquiring Pence, the right fielder who's expected to stimulate the offense. Energized partly by Pence's impending arrival from the Phillies and largely by Lincecum's regained excellence, the Giants ended their season-high five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Mets.

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The Shining, one of the scariest horror films of all time, may be getting a big-screen backstory. Warner Bros. says the project is "in a very early stage," so there's still a chance it will never be made.


Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, "Young World."

1960 - Elvis Presley began pre-production work on the movie "Flaming Star." It was his sixth movie.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "The Wonder of You" hit #1 in the U.K.

1972 - Elvis Presley's single "Burning Love" was released.

1977 - The book "Elvis - What Happened?" went on sale. The book was written based on the experiences of three of Elvis' ex-bodyguards, Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Live", "Elvis Movies" and "Elvis R&B" were released.


Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly on this date in 1774.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles recorded a show for the BBC called "Pop Go The Beatles."

1971 - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar's Conert for Bangladesh took place at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston all performed.

1978 - Dhani Harrison was born. He is the son of George and Olivia Harrison.

1980 - George Harrison formed a production company called "Hand Made Films Productions."

1992 - George Harrison's "Live In Japan" hit #126 in the U.S.

2006 - Madison Square Garden celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh by installing a permanent plaque it its "Walk of Fame".


Michael Phelps stands alone on the Olympic mountaintop. He has 19 medals, more than any Olympian -- Summer or Winter -- in the history of the modern Games, which date back to 1896.


Today in Sports History:

1945 - Mell Ott hit his 500th career home run.

1972 - Joe Namath signed a two year contract worth $500,000 with the New York Jets.

1976 - The Seattle Seahawks played their first (preseason) game. The Seahawks lost 27-20 to San Francisco.

1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds ended his streak of hitting in 44 consecutive games.

1986 - John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal were married.

1986 - Bert Blyleven became only the 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in his career.

1993 - Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

2005 - It was announced that Raphael Palmeiro would be suspended for 10 days after testing positive for steroid use. Palmeiro stood by his statements to the U.S. Congress on March 17, 2005, that he had never taken steroids.


Eminem may be losing fans to younger rappers, but he still rules on Facebook. The Detroit-born rapper became the first person to surpass 60 million Facebook likes on Saturday, making him the most-liked human being on the social networking website. Eminem is gaining roughly 27,000 new likes a day.


Coming up:

Tonight --

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


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

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