Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations











It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 20th, the 233rd day of 2012. There are 133 days left in the year.

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Bulk of Blues' roster returning after huge step forward.

Oilers want to turn potential into playoffs.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Rock legend Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 64; TV weatherman Al Roker is 58; actress Joan Allen (The Contender, The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum/Legacy) is 56; actress Amy Adams (The Muppets, Julie & Julia, Enchanted, 2013's Man of Steel) is 38.

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U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Falls to Canada, 5-4

Seven-Round Shootout Decides Series Finale
BLAINE, Minn. – The United States Women’s National Under-18 Team fell to Canada in a shootout today, 5-4, in the final contest of a three-game series between the two teams. 

“It was a game of momentum and it was an exciting finish,” said Jeff Kampersal, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team. “We showed a lot of heart and passion to come back and I thought both countries represented themselves well this weekend.”

Team USA scored the game’s opening goal for the third-straight time in the series when Taylar Cianfarano(Oswego, N.Y.) picked up the rebound from teammate Jenny Ryan’s (Victor, N.Y.) point shot and scooted the puck to Amy Menke (Shakopee, Minn.), who then banged it in from close range.

Canada scored with 4:21 to play in the first period, sending the game into the second stanza knotted at one goal apiece. 

Canada gained a 2-1 edge just 1:20 into the middle period that stood going back into the locker room.
In the third period, Canada took a 4-1 lead on goals three minutes apart at 6:29 and 9:50, but the United States rallied for three goals in the final five minutes to send the game to overtime.

Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.) lifted the U.S. offense with an unassisted blast from the point with 4:53 to play andGracen Hirschy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) put Team USA within one goal 1:29 later on a pass from Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.).  Captain Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) found the net with help from Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) and Ryan with just 1:40 left on the clock.

In the five-minute, four-on-four overtime, neither team scored.  The U.S. had two shots to Canada’s one.
Canada went first in the shootout, scoring just once – in the second round -- in the standard three-round showdown. Dunne equalized the effort in dramatic fashion scoring for the U.S. in the third round with a hard wrist shot that hit the post and went in to send the shootout into extra rounds. Karly Heffernan eventually got the game winner for Canada in the seventh round.

The U.S. finishes the 2012 series with a 1-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and is now 8-7-3 all-time vs. Canada in six years of the event’s existence.  The team will regroup this December for the 2013 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship, held in Finland from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013.

NOTES: Series history can be viewed by clicking here ... Dani Cameranesi and Jincy Dunne tied with a Canadian player for most goals in the series (2) ... Cameranesi, Grace Zarzecki, and Jenny Ryan tied for the series lead in points (3).

Game Summary:

1
2
3
OT
SO
F
CAN
1
1
2
0
1
5
USA
1
0
3
0
0
4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Menke (Cianfarano, Ryan), 5:01; 2, CAN, Brykaliuk (Clark, Capizzano), 15:39.  Penalties: None.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, CAN, Miller (Dubois) 1:20. Penalties: USA, Daniels (elbowing), 3:47; CAN, Capizzano (hooking), 12:58; USA, Daniels (roughing), 14:16; CAN, Bunton (roughing), 14:16; CAN, Ottenbreit-Daunheimer (hooking), 17:10.
Third Period – Scoring: 4, CAN, Krzyzaniak (Brykaliuk, Clark), 6:29 (pp); 5, CAN, Carels, 9:50; 6, USA, Dunne, 15:57; 7, USA, Hirschy (Schipper), 16:51; 8, USA, Cameranesi (Daniels, Ryan), 18:20. Penalties: USA, Wolfe (interference), 1:02; USA, Schipper (slashing), 12:56; CAN, Ranahan (interference), 5:23.
Overtime – Scoring: None.  Penalties: None.
Shootout –CAN, Baumgardt ( miss) ; USA, Zarzecki (miss) ; CAN, Brykaliuk (goal); USA, Cianfarano (miss); CAN, Dubois (miss); USA, Dunne (goal); CAN, Miller (miss); USA, Padalis, (miss); CAN, Clark (miss); USA, Dunne (miss); CAN, Brykaliuk (miss); USA, Schipper (miss); CAN, Heffernan (goal); USA, Cameranesi (miss) .
Shots by Period
1
2
3
OT
Total
CAN
7
7
11
1
26
USA
12
12
10
2
36

Goaltenders (SV/SH )
1
2
3
OT
Total
CAN, Newell, 65:00
11-12
12-12
7-10
2-2
32-36
USA, Shaw, 29:54
6-7
4-5
0-0
0-0
10-12
Peters 35:06
0-0
2-2
9-11
1-1
12-14
Power Play: CAN, 1-2; USA, 0-2
Penalties:
 CAN, 3-6; USA, 3-6

U.S. Women's National Under-18 Series vs. Canada
August 16-19 - Blaine, Minn.
Date
Opponent
Location
Time (CDT)/Result
Thurs., Aug. 16CanadaSchwan Super RinkL, 2-3
Fri., Aug. 17
Canada
Schwan Super Rink
W, 3-1
Sun., Aug. 19
Canada
Schwan Super Rink
L, 5-4 SO



U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team Defeats Canada, 4-3
Team USA Sweeps Three-Game Series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Women’s Under-22 Select Team swept its three-game series against Canada with a 4-3 victory in today’s final game at the Winsport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex.
“It was an impressive effort by the team to earn the win,” said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team. “I'm proud of how hard and smart they played.”

It was another come-from-behind win for Team USA, as it erased a 2-0 deficit with three-straight goals in the second period.

Canada tied the game briefly midway through the final period, but Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) netted the game winner less than a minute later at 11:39.

Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) all put forth three-point efforts for the U.S. in the victory. Decker and Jocelyne Lamoureux had two goals apiece, while Monique Lamoureux had one goal. Goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) turned aside 30 of 33 shots.

NOTES:  The U.S. improved to 5-7-3 all-time vs. Canada in the event’s five-year history.  It is the first time the U.S. has swept the series.  For a complete listing of past results click here.

Game Summary


Scoring By Period

1

2

3

Total
USA
0
3
1
4
CAN
1
1
1
3
First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Daoust (Rattray, Poulin), 18:24 (pp). Penalties: USA, Erickson(roughing), 7:37; CAN, Cudmore (holding), 10:43; USA, Schleper (tripping), 11:13; CAN, Davis (tripping), 13:19; USA, Kelter (slashing), 17:13.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, CAN, Davis (Sauinier), 6:56 (pp); 3, USA, Decker (Bozek, M. Lamoureux), 8:59; 4, USA, Decker (J. Lamoureux, M. Lamoureux), 11:05; 5, USA, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Decker), 14:57.  Penalties: USA, J. Lamoureux (slashing), 5:00; USA, M. Lamoureux (tripping), 5:00; USA, Schleper (body-checking), 18:14.
Third Period - Scoring: 6, CAN, Poulin, 10:40 (sh); 7, USA, J. Lamoureux (Kelter), 11:39 (pp).  Penalties: USA, M. Lamoureux (body-checking), 3:28; CAN, Stacey (slashing), 10:23; USA, J. Lamoureux (tripping), 17:52.
Shots By Period
1
2
3
Total
USA
12
7
7
26
CAN
8
9
16
33

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
1
2
3
Total
USA, Rigsby, 60:00
7-8
8-9
15-16
30-33
CAN, Maschmeyer, 60:00
12-12
4-7
6-7
22-26
Power Play: USA, 1-3CAN2-8
Penalties:
 USA, 4-8; CAN, 3-6

U.S. Women's National Under-22 Series vs. Canada
August 16-19 - Calgary, Alberta
Date
Opponent
Location
Time (MDT)/Result
Thurs., Aug. 16CanadaWinsport Canada Athletic & Ice ComplexW, 4-1
Fri., Aug. 17
Canada
Winsport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex
W, 4-2
Sun., Aug. 19
Canada
Winsport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex
W, 4-3

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Some good news from North Korea. Supreme leader Kim Jong Un reversed a 20-year-old rule -- implemented by his father -- banning women from riding bicycles. The law was originally mandated after the daughter of a high-up official was killed by an automobile while riding a bike in the 1990s.

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Steinberg's MMQB: Calvillo does it again in Week 8.

2012 CFL Replay: A look back on Week 8.

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

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Police in Florida are looking for a pair of thieves who broke into the home of an 87-year-old man and stole more than 500 canaries.[It was the first time in years that he's gone an entire day without vacuuming the carpet.]

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Lions down Riders

Vancouver, BC -- A dominant second half allowed the BC Lions to pull away for a 24-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver, BC.

After BC gained possession on a Rider short kick to start the game, Saskatchewan got the ball back on the next play as Odell Willis forced a fumble, scooped up by Brent Hawkins and run to the BC 42. Six plays later, Sandro Deangelis kicked a 36 yard field goal 4 minutes into the game, giving the Riders a 3-0 lead, an advantage they would hold 'til late in the half.

Just past the three minute warning, Tim Brown returned a missed field goal to Saskatchewan territory. Coupled with a penalty, BC was in business at the Rider 34. Lion quarterback Travis Lulay would scamper the final 5 yards for the touchdown, with 16 seconds to play in the half. Paul McCallum converted and BC lead at the half, 7-3.

In the third quarter, BC capitalized on a Donte Marsh interception, getting a 29 yard field goal from McCallum with 4:33 left, putting the Lions on top 10-3. The lead grew on the final play of the quarter. After forcing Saskatchewan to punt, BC would reach centrefield on the first play of the possession, then went the final 55 on the next play with Arland Bruce scoring on a 55 yard pass from Lulay, his 18th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. McCallum converted and the Lions would lead after three-quarter time, 17-3.

Ernest Jackson would put it away for BC with a 14 yard scamper around the left side, McCallum converting with 7:10 to play for a 24-3 lead. McCallum would concede a safety touch with :39 seconds left and the game was a wrap at 24-5 in favor of the Lions.

For BC, Travis Lulay was 22-of-30 for 257 yards and 1 touchdown, while running twice for 27 yards and a touchdown. Arland Bruce caught 3 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, Ernest Jackson had a 15 yard touchdown run and Paul McCallum kicked a field goal and 3 converts. For the Roughriders, Darian Durant was 18-of-27 passing for 170 yards and 3 interceptions and backup Drew Willy went 6-of-7 for 54 yards. Taj Smith caught 5 passes for 58 yards, Kory Sheets rushed 10 times for 28 yards and Sandro Deangelis kicked a field goal.

The Lions had 257 yards passing and 74 rushing for 303 yards, while Saskatchewan had 224 yards passing and 54 yards rushing for 261 total yards. BC allowed 2 sacks and turned the ball over twice and were penalized 6 times for 81 yards. The Riders allowed 3 sacks, turned the ball over 3 times and were penalized 7 times for 61 yards.

With the win, the BC Lions improve to 5-2, first place in the West. Their next game is on Friday, August 24th at Winnipeg, with kickoff set for 8:00pm EDT. With their 4th straight loss, the Saskatchewan Roughriders slip to 3-4 on the season. Their next game is this coming Saturday, August 25th at home against Calgary. Kickoff on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network is 3:00pm EDT. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and online in the U.S. at ESPN3.com.

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

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One in 11 men in loving relationships would forego sex for a month if it meant getting the new Apple iPhone 5 early.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Buccaneers began their first week of post-camp practices with a pair of roster moves, signing sixth-year CB Brandon McDonald and releasing rookie CB Desmond Marrow.

Read the rest here.

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In Japan, an overworked salesman stabbed himself in the stomach so he could get time off. The truth came out after detectives launched an attempted murder investigation but could not find any suspects matching the alleged victim's description.

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It's Cowboy Jimmy.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....wmel stuff and cleaning. How 'bout you?

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Anaheim, CA. -- Crooked numbers are a new part of the Rays' winning equation.

The club is built on pitching and defense, but lately those crooked numbers have fueled an offense that propelled an 8-2 road trip, finished off by Sunday afternoon's 8-3 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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Expendables 2 hobbled to No. 1 this weekend with $28.8 million, $6 million behind The Expendables' debut. The Bourne Legacy slid to second, while ParaNorman took third.

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San Diego, CA.--
Ryan Vogelsong's refusal to give in has elevated his performance with the Giants. Sunday, this same quality may have taken him down.

Vogelsong steadfastly refused to admit that Everth Cabrera's marathon plate appearance to lead off San Diego's first inning shaped the entire afternoon. But numerous others disagreed after the Giants' 7-1 loss.

Read the rest here.

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IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Hit and Run, The Apparition, Premium Rush.

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" hit #1 in the U.S.

1983 - The Elvis Presley album "I Was The One" hit #83 in the U.K.

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Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska on this date in 1741.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - The Beatles single "Yellow Submarine" hit #1 in the U.K.

1969 - The Beatles recorded together for the last time. The finished "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

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Horace Greeley's "The Prayer of Twenty Millions" was published on this date in 1862.

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - Representatives of four professional football clubs met in the first of two meetings in Canton, Ohio. The meetings led to the founding of the American Professional Football Association. Two years later the APFA officially became the National Football League.

1939 - The National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, MI. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African- Americans.

1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league ball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.

1949 - Cleveland’s Indians and Chicago’s White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd, 78,382 people, to see a nighttime major-league baseball game.

2005 - Thomas Herrion (San Francisco 49ers) collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver.

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It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over on this date in 1866. The fighting had stopped months earlier.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- They're baaack!

Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing and Ford Motor Company all celebrated the end of a drought Sunday with Biffle's victory in the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

With his third victory at the 2-mile track, his second of the season and the 18th of his career, Biffle broke a seven-race dry spell for both Ford and owner Jack Roush at MIS. Biffle also grabbed the points lead from Jimmie Johnson, who finished 27th after his engine failed in the closing laps

Read the rest here.

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"The Mikado", by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on this date in 1885.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Food City 250 at Bristol 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

NFL Pre-season Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:05pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma 4:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 8:00pm 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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