Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is April 30th, the 121st day of 2012. There are 245 days left in the year.

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Sunday's Scores:

West --

Phoenix 5, Nashville 3 (Phoenix leads series 2-0)

East --

Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 3 OT (Philadelphia leads series 1-0)

Monday's Games:

East --

Washington at New York Rangers (Rangers lead series 1-0) 7:30pm EDT NBCSN

West --

Los Angeles at St. Louis (Los Angeles leads series 1-0) 9:00pm EDT CNBC

Rookie Chris Kreider making it look easy.

Caps looking to ratchet up the intensity.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Cloris Leachman is 86; Singer/actor Willie Nelson (Dukes of Hazzard, Honeysuckle Rose) is 79; Actor Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, Roseanne) is 37; Actress Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man films, Elizabethtown) is 30.

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Argos finally set under centre with vet presence.

McKnight, Whyte likely competing for kicking slot.

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

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Today is: National Honesty Day, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, Spank Out Day - USA, Walpurgis Night and World Healing Day.

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I love you Mommy.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Go to the doctor, wash dishes, cook dinner, watch some hockey and love my family. How 'bout you?

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Arlington, TX. -- David Price effectively removed the monkey from his back on Sunday night when he claimed his first career victory against the Rangers in a 5-2 Rays win at Rangers Ballpark with 43,475 watching.

The victory gave the Rays their fourth consecutive series win. They have won nine of their last 11 games to remain in a tie with the Orioles for first place in the American League East.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million on this date in 1803.

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San Francisco, CA.--
Maybe Madison Bumgarner can lend new meaning to a time-honored concept: Winning.

This has been a happy habit so far for Bumgarner, who won his fourth consecutive outing Sunday as the Giants subdued the San Diego Padres, 4-1.

Read the rest here.

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A survey suggests that tablets and smartphones are catching up to jewelry and flowers as gifts that mothers crave for Mother's Day. A survey says men think women want the following for Mother's Day, in order: Flowers, Jewelry, Spa Day, Candy. The survey says women really want: Spa Day, Flowers, Jewelry, Tablet/Smartphone.

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley began recording the soundtrack to his forthcoming film "Jailhouse Rock." Elvis met song writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the first time during the session.

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "Stuck On You" hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first single to be released in stereo.

1966 - Elvis Presley's single "Frankie And Johnny" hit #25 in the U.S.

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Who said going to the dentist had to be boring and/or terrifying? A dental office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has turned getting your teeth inspected into a luxurious event, complete with champagne, massages, and a personal concierge who will make you limo and dinner reservations. Dr. Patty's Dental Boutique also offers Botox and facials along with your routine cavity check. The unique dental facility is housed in a former spa.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles received a $140,000 royalty check for the use of their name on Beatles Chewing Gum.

1969 - The Beatles recorded the lead guitar solo for the single "Let It Be." On January 4, 1970 George Harrison recorded the solo for the album version.

1969 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney put down their vocals for "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)."

1973 - The Paul McCartney and Wings album "Red Rose Speedway" was released.

1987 - The Beatles' "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were released on compact disc.

1988 - Paul McCartney announced that the Soviet record company Melodiya would release an album of his songs entitled "Chob B CCCP."

2002 - Two tape recordings of John Lennon improvising songs and telling stories to his stepdaughter sold for $195,000 at an auction by Christie's.

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In the movies, thieves cut the wires to the security camera. In Flint, Michigan, thieves made off with all five surveillance cameras at a home, as well as two televisions, a computer and jewelry. As an added insult, the thieves left graffiti on the living room wall.

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Today in Sports History:

1922 - Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox) threw a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers.

1939 - Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees. He had played in 2,130 consecutive games.

1940 - Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.

1961 - Willie Mays (San Francisco) hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves.

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) became the first National League player to play in 1,000 straight games.

1971 - The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Baltimore Bullets in the fourth straight game of a championship series. They were only the second team in major league history to take another team out in four straight games.

1989 - Bill Shoemaker won his 1,000th stakes race.

1993 - Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Porsche. Porsche had run out onto the court after her match and stabbed Seles in the upper back.

1996 - The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles played the longest nine-inning game in major league baseball history. The game took four hours and 21 minutes.

1997 - Riddick Bowe announced his retirement from boxing to pursue a career with the HBO cable network. His career record was 40-1 with 32 knockouts.

1997 - The Atlanta Braves set a major league record when the got their 19th win in the month of April.

2002 - Alex Rodriguez became the second youngest major league player to reach 250 home runs. He was 26 years and 277 days old.

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THINK LIKE A MAN WINS BOX OFFICE - Romantic comedy Think Like a Man won the weekend box office race for a second straight week with $18 million in North American ticket sales. The new animated movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits landed in the No. 2 spot with $11.4 million.

... The Avengers is in U.S. theaters this weekend. It's already made $180 million overseas.

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Will Power noted in the post-qualifying news conference that rain "might mix up the results" of the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle.

He didn't mention anything about multiple full-course cautions because of multi-car contact.

The weather cooperated as early morning rain abated and the 2.536-mile, 11-turn concrete/asphalt circuit dried in time for the 75-lap race. And Power, the pole sitter, did his part, staying ahead of the trouble for his third consecutive victory of the season and the third in a row at the Anhembi circuit.

Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, held off Ryan Hunter-Reay on a Lap 71 restart and won by 0.9045 of a second. Takuma Sato, who started 25th because of an unapproved Honda engine change and overcame a Lap 12 pit lane speed violation penalty, earned his first IZOD IndyCar Series podium finish.

Read the rest here.

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DOWNLOAD THIS APP! - Do your summer vacation plans include a trip to a national park? Then hike over to the iTunes app store and download National Parks by National Geographic. National Geographic's interactive guide to the United States' parks is a handy free app to have whether you're out on the trails or just interested in seeing photos from the comfort of your couch. National Parks by National Geographic is filled with maps, coordinates, points of interest and more to help you get around the parks when you visit. If you do happen to visit the parks, National Geographic has you covered with lots of cool tidbits within the app.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm 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!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

It's Sunday












It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 29th, the 120th day of 2012. There are 246 days left in the year.

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Saturday's Scores:

West --

Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 1 (Los Angeles leads series 1-0)

East --

New York Rangers 3, Washington 1 (New York leads series 1-0)

Sunday's Games:

East --

New Jersey at Philadelphia (Game One, Best of Seven) 3:00pm EDT NBC

West --

Nashville at Phoenix (Phoenix leads series 1-0) 8:00pm EDT NBCSN

Alfredsson: 'I don't know' about another season.

Flyers get a special visitor at practice.

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

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Today is: National Pet Parents Day, Mother, Father Deaf Day, National Dance Day, "Peace" Rose Day, Pinhole Photography Day and Zipper Day.

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Ready to go: Pierce looking forward to 2012.

Stamps' Glenn grateful for new opportunity.

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

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Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel on this date in 1813.

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Jimmy likes to ride in the buggy at the store.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Go to church, wash dishes, watch some hockey and love my family. How 'bout you?

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Arlington, TX. -- The Rays' winning streak ended at six games on Saturday night when the Rangers took a 7-1 win at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rays are now 13-8 on the season heading into Sunday's rubber game of the series.

Read the rest here.

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The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published on this date in 1852.

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San Francisco, CA.--
Brandon Belt went to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning wanting to see the ball as well as he could. Once he got ahead in the count, he locked in on something he could hit.

Belt's two-run double chased away some of the pressure of hitting with runners in scoring position and the San Francisco Giants rallied for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

"You can't go up there looking for something against that guy because he can throw any pitch in any count," Belt said. "Fortunately I got something I could handle."

Read the rest here.

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The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union on this date in 1861.

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley's "Peace In The Valley" hit #39 in the U.S.

1964 - Elvis Presley recorded the vocals to the second version of "Roustabout" after the principal photography was shot. This version of "Roustabout" was written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye.

1976 - Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home.

2003 - The Elvis Presley album "Live At The Louisiana Hayride" was released.

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On this date in 1879 in Cleveland, Ohio, electric arc lights were used for the first time.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - George Harrison announced the forthcoming release of his first solo album, "All Things Must Pass." He also said that he expected the Beatles would one day re-form.

2002 - Paul McCartney won a court order to prevent the auction house Christie's from selling his handwritten lyrics to the song "Hey Jude." McCartney claimed that the sheet of note paper had disappeared from his house. The sheet of paper was expected to sell for around $116,000.

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Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper on this date in 1913.

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Today in Sports History:

1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.

1961 - ABC’s "Wide World of Sports" premiered.

1981 - Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies) became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.

1985 - Billy Martin was brought back, for the fourth time, as manager for the New York Yankees.

1986 - Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox) set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.

1988 - The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.

1997 - Craig MacTavish announced his retirement from the NHL after 17 seasons.

2002 - Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his probation on a 1999 conviction on drug and solicitation of prostitution charges.

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Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh on this date in 1927

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Richmond, VA. -- Pulling away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after a restart with eight laps left in Saturday night's Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Kyle Busch streaked to his fourth consecutive victory in the spring race at the .75-mile track.

The win was Busch's first of the season and the 24th of his career. Tony Stewart, the race leader before the fifth and final caution for debris in Turn 2, lost ground on the restart and finished third. Denny Hamlin ran fourth, followed by Kasey Kahne.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1952, IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company's stockholders that IBM was building "the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world." The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Sao Paulo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm 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!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

This also just in....









Braun Added to 2012 U.S. Men's National Team

Team USA to Compete in IIHF World Men's Championship, May 4-20, in Finland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defenseman Justin Braun (Minneapolis, Minn./San Jose Sharks/Univ. of Massachusetts) has been added to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The tournament is scheduled for May 4-20, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Braun will be making his first apperance as a member of a U.S. National Team.

The first 17 players for the U.S. Men's National Team were announced on April 11. Forwards Justin Abdelkader and Joey Crabb, defenseman Chris Butler and goaltenders John Curry and Jimmy Howard have been added since then. Team USA now has 12 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.

For Team USA's updated roster, click here.

NOTES: Nineteen of the 22 members of Team USA announced played U.S. college hockey ... FIve of the 22 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Joey Crabb, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jimmy Howard and Jack Johnson ... Fourteen NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning have two players apiece ... Scott Gordon is the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Men's National Team. Greg Cronin and David Quinn have been announced as assistant coaches ... The 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Sixteen teams will compete at 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. The semifinals and medal games will be conducted in Helsinski ... NBC Sports is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. The complete television schedule is available here.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT)
Television

Fri., May 4 France Helsinki 12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
(Delay/10:30 p.m. ET)
Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki TBD NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD NBC Sports Network (TBD)
Sun., May 20 Bronze-Medal Game Helsinki 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Gold-Medal Game Helsinki 8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Delay/9 p.m. ET)

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)

This just in....

















Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League has announced the schedule for the 2012 WHL Championship Series between the Husky Eastern Conference Champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the Kal Tire Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks. The winner of the WHL Championship Series will be presented the Ed Chynoweth Cup and represent the WHL at the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec. Please see 2012 WHL Championship logo attached.

2012 WHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

SERIES O (Game # - Visitor @ Home; Date)
All Start Times Are Local

#1 – Portland @ Edmonton; Thursday, May 3 (7:00pm MT)
#2 – Portland @ Edmonton; Friday, May 4 (7:00pm MT)
#3 – Edmonton @ Portland; Sunday, May 6 (6:00pm PT), Rose Garden
#4 – Edmonton @ Portland; Tuesday, May 8 (7:00pm PT), Rose Garden
#5 – Portland @ Edmonton; Thursday, May 10 (7:00pm MT)**
#6 – Edmonton @ Portland; Saturday, May 12 (TBD), Rose Garden**
#7 – Portland @ Edmonton; Sunday, May 13 (TBD)**
** - if necessary

It's Saturday












It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 28th, the 119th day of 2012. There are 247 days left in the year.

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Friday's Scores:

West --

Phoenix 4, Nashville 3 OT (Phoenix leads series 1-0)

East --

No games

Saturday's Games:

West --

Los Angeles at St (Game One, Best of Seven) 7:30pm EDT NBCSN

East --

Washington at New York Rangers (Game One, Best of Seven) 3:00pm EDT NBC

Blue Jackets Unveil NHL All-Star Logo.

Atlantic Division emerging as NHL's best.

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

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Today is: Biological Clock Day, Eeyore's Birthday Day, National Go Birding Day, National Rebuilding Day, Penguin Day, Sense of Smell Day, Save The Frogs Day, Spring Astronomy Day, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, Workers Memorial Day, World Healing Day and World Veterinary Day.

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Riders ink Durant through 2014 season.

Campbell: Important first round for Esks.

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

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Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution on this date in 1788.

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Let's go shopping Mommy.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....wash dishes, take Jimmy and the dogs to a baseball game, watch some hockey and love my family. How 'bout you?

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Arlington, TX. -- Tampa Bay got its bats going early Friday night en route to an 8-4 win over the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark with 47,496 watching.

The Rays moved to 13-7 on the season while extending their winning streak to six.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1789, a mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.

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San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants' 5-3 loss Friday night to the San Diego Padres was wholly forgettable, but not to Eric Hacker.

Having made all but five of his 166 professional appearances in the Minor Leagues, Hacker finally received his first Major League start. He didn't dazzle, but nor did he disappoint.

Read the rest here.

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The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan on this date in 1896.

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley's recording of "Heartbreak Hotel" hit #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

1956 - In Las Vegas, Elvis Presley performed a Saturday matinee for teenagers at The New Frontier Hotel.

1958 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Elvis' Golden Records" hit #3 in the U.S.

1994 - Lisa Marie Presley announced that her marriage to musician Danny Keough was over.

1998 - The Reader's Digest compilation album "Elvis! His Greatest Hits" was certified platinum by the RIAA.


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First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England on this date in 1910.

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Today in Beatles History:

1975 - John Lennon appeared on "The Tonight Show."

1975 - Ringo Starr performed "No No Song" on "The Smothers Brothers Show."

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W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner on this date in 1914.

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Today in Sports History:

1930 - The first organized night baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.

1961 - The NFL chose Canton, Ohio, as the site for the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

1967 - Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.

1971 - Hank Aaron hit his 600th career home run.

1985 - Billy Martin was named the manager of the New York Yankees for the fourth time.

1987 - It was announced that the NBA expansion teams would be in Charlotte and Miami in 1988.

1988 - The Baltimore Orioles lost for the 21st consecutive time. It was the longest streak to start a season in major league baseball.

1993 - Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals) executed a blindside check on Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders). On May 4 Hunter was given a 21 game suspension.

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On this date in 1947, Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean.

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Richmond, VA. -- By the thinnest of margins, in a breathtaking finish that featured two cars sideways and side-by-side at the finish line, Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin to the checkered flag by .062 seconds to win Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

Busch delivered the first-ever Nationwide Series victory to the team owned by his brother, Kyle Busch. The win was Busch's fourth in the series and his first on a short track. Hamlin came up two feet short after a phenomenal drive from the rear of the field after a pit road mistake.

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick ran third, followed by defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. Elliott Sadler finished sixth to cling to the series points lead by two points over Stenhouse.

Read the rest here.

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Mike Wallace was seen on TV for the first time on this date in 1957. He was the host of "Mike Wallace Interviews."

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint Cup Series 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Sao Paulo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 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!

Friday, April 27, 2012

It's Friday












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

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Today is April 27th, the 118th day of 2012. There are 248 days left in the year.

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Thursday's Scores:

West --

No games.

East --

New York Rangers 2, Ottawa 1 (New York Rangers win series 4-3)

New Jersey 3, Florida 2 2OT (New Jersey wins series 4-3)

Friday's Games:

West --

Phoenix at Nashville (Game One, Best of Seven) 9:00pm EDT NBCSN

East --

No games

Lundqvist, Malkin and Stamkos are Hart finalists.

Unheralded names could decide Coyotes-Predators.

X-Factor: Kings need Penner to play to his potential.

Vancouver not rushing to answer goalie questions.

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

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National Dream Hotline and National Pie Championships are both today through Sunday.

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Portland, OR. -- For the second straight season, the Winterhawks are Western Conference champions.

The Hawks defeated the Tri-City Americans 4-1 in Game 4 to sweep the Western Conference Final to advance to the WHL Final. Ty Rattie was named the series MVP after he posted four goals and two assists for six points in four games.

The game was played in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 10,947 at the Rose Garden.

Portland now awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors.

The Winterhawks peppered the Americans with 61 shots in Game 4. Portland was held scoreless through two before exploding for four goals in the third period to earn the win.

Tri-Cities opened the scoring when Adam Hughesman tallied a power play marker at the 17:40 mark of the first as they took a 1-0 lead into the second period.

After a scoreless second period, the Winterhawks finally broke through at the 6:42 mark when Cam Reid scored on a shot from the right faceoff circle to make it 1-1. Less than a minute later, Marcel Noebels gave Portland a 2-1 lead on his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Sven Bartschi made it 3-1 on a goal at the 16:57 mark, then Portland put the game away when Brad Ross scored at the 17:23 mark to give Portland the 4-1 win.

Portland finished with a 61-40 advantage in shots on goal. Mac Carruth stopped 39 of the 40 shots he faced, including all 24 shots over the second and third period. Ty Rimmer finished with 57 saves on 61 shots.

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Weather at my house today: Mostly sunny, with a high of 85. How's it gonna be where you're at?

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Trade looming? Heenan visits Edmonton.

Dunk: Chambers an interesting option for Ticats.

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

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Today is: Arbor Day, Babe Ruth Day, National Hairball Awareness Day, Mantanzas Mule Day and Morse Code Day.

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This looks good Daddy.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....wash dishes, take Jimmy outside to play, make dinner and love my family. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Brandon Allen had gone 17 days without playing in a game when he drew a key bases-loaded walk Wednesday night. The Rays acquired him a week ago, and manager Joe Maddon said he didn't have any idea how he would use Allen.

Just stay ready, Maddon told him.

Allen did just that, and he followed up his big walk with an even bigger walk-off homer Thursday afternoon against Angels closer Jordan Walden, giving Tampa Bay a 4-3 win -- the club's fifth in a row -- before a jubilant crowd of 15,417 at Tropicana Field.

Read the rest here.

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Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid on this date in 1880.

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Cincinnati, OH.--
The Giants haven't had much luck hitting with runners in scoring position lately. Angel Pagan made his own luck Thursday afternoon.

Pagan hit a three-run home run off Cincinnati closer Sean Marshall with one out in the top of the ninth inning to rally the Giants to a 6-5 victory in the finale of a three-game series against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Before Pagan's long fly into the seats, the Giants were on the verge of being swept in Cincinnati for the second straight year.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1946, The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley worked on the soundtrack to "G.I. Blues" in Nashville.

1967 - Elvis Presley completed his work on the movie "Clambake."

1967 - The Elvis Presley movie "Easy Come, Easy Go" premiered in the U.K.

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The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT on this date in 1960. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - John Lennon's "In His Own Write," a collection of funny poems and drawings, was published in the U.S.

1981 - Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach were married in London. Paul McCartney and George Harrison attended the ceremony.

2003 - In Britain, the Sunday Times reported that Paul McCartney was the Britain's richest musician. His personal fortune was listed as $1.2 billion.

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"Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan on this date in 1965.

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Today in Sports History:

1899 - The Western Golf Association was founded in Chicago, IL.

1903 - Jamaica Race Track opened in Long Island, NY.

1938 - A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.

1947 - "Babe Ruth Day" was celebrated at Yankee Stadium.

1963 - Brian Sternberg set the pole vault record 16 feet, 5 inches.

1983 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out the 3,509th batter of his career.

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On this date in 1967 in Montreal, Prime Minister Lester Pearson lighted a flame to open Expo 67.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nascar Nationwide Series 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint Cup Series 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Sao Paulo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 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!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's Thursday












It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 26th, the 117th day of 2012. There are 249 days left in the year.

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Wednesday's Scores:

West --

No games.

East --

Washington 2, Boston 1 OT (Washington wins series 4-3)

Thursday's games:

East --

Ottawa at New York Rangers (Series tied 3-3) 7:00pm EDT NBCSN

New Jersey at Florida (Series tied 3-3) 8:30pm EDT NHLN, NBCSN

West --

No games

Lundqvist, Rinne, Quick tabbed Vezina finalists.

New blood advancing in the Western Conference.

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

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Today is: Hug An Australian Day, Audubon Day, National Kids and Pets Day, Poem In Your Pocket Day, Richter Scale Day, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and Bob Wills Day (which actually runs three days).

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2012-13 Brendan Burke Internship


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Applications for USA Hockey's 2012-13 Brendan Burke Internship are now being accepted. The 10-month internship, to run Aug. 1, 2012 - June 1, 2013, is designed for a recent college graduate interested in pursuing hockey operations as a career.

The Brendan Burke Internship was established in memory of the late Brendan Burke, who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2010, at age 21. Brendan, the son of Brian Burke, general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs, was a student at Miami University and served as a hockey operations assistant with Miami's men's ice hockey team.

The 2011-12 Brendan Burke Intern will be located in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The deadline for application submissions is May 25, 2012. Full details on the internship, including the application form, is available at BrendanBurkeInternship.com.

NOTES: Stephen Greenberg (West Tisbury, Mass./Boston College) is the current and second Brendan Burke Intern, while Cole Burkhalter (Knoxville, Tenn./Canisius College) was the first Brendan Burke Intern ... Those interested in contributing to the endowment to support the Brendan Burke Internship may do so by contacting the USA Hockey Foundation at 719-538-1162 or by clicking here.

U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team Posts 3-0-0-0 Record
in Exhibition Series Against Canada

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team completed a three-game exhibition series against Canada this past weekend at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C., and posted a 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.

"Our team came together and played tough in three very close games," said Mike MacMillan, head coach of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team. "We really played like a team during this series."

The U.S. won its first game against Canada, 2-1, on Thursday (April 19) with goals from Jeremy Lyon (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Ahmad Karimzada (Las Vegas, Nev.). Denny McDevitt (Abington, Pa.), Tim Shoemaker (Lawtons, N.Y.), and Josh Wirt (Saltsburg, Pa.) each tallied two goals to help the U.S. to a 6-3 victory on Friday (April 20). In the final game of the series on Saturday (April 21) afternoon, Wirt and Billy Hanning (Festus, Mo.) recorded goals and Justin Kreger (Waterford, Wis.) made 14 saves to earn the shutout in a 2-0 win over Canada.

NOTES: The U.S. posted a 1-0-0-2 record in a three-game exhibition series against Canada in February ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Alexi Salamone, a current member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, and former U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member, Kip St. Germaine, served as assistant coaches.

Team USA 2012 National Development Sled Hockey Team Exhibition Schedule
Extreme Ice Center | Indian Trail, N.C.

Date Opponent Results
Thur., April 19 Canada W, 2-1
Fri., April 20 Canada W, 6-3
Sat., April 21 Canada W, 2-0

NBC Sports Network to Televise All U.S. Games
in Upcoming IIHF Men's World Championship

Team USA Opens Play May 4 Against France

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NBC Sports Network will televise at least 13 games of the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, including all Team USA games, all four quarterfinal games, a semifinal matchup and the gold-medal game. Team USA opens play on Friday, May 4, with a preliminary-round game against France.

All Team USA games will air live on NBC Sports Network, with the exception of its preliminary-round game on May 5, which will be aired later that night on delay, and a potential appearance in the gold-medal game (same-day delay).

NBC Sports Network will televise at least one semifinal game and the gold-medal game (same-day delay), regardless of whether or not Team USA is playing in the contest.

"It's terrific to have the visibility for the Men's World Championship in the United States that comes with the games being televised on NBC Sports Network," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Their coverage last year was outstanding and we look forward to that continuing this year with expanded coverage."

Last year, NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) televised the IIHF Men's World Championship for the first time, and this year will air additional coverage, including all seven USA preliminary-round games and all four quarterfinal games live.

NBC Sports Network will also produce pre-game, intermission and post-game updates from the network's NHL studios in Stamford, Conn., providing viewers with expert analysis of the games before, during and after the action.

Team USA 2012 IIHF World Men's Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT) Television

Fri., May 4 France Helsinki 12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
(Delay/10:30 p.m. ET)
Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki TBD NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD NBC Sports Network (TBD)
Sun., May 20 Bronze-Medal Game Helsinki 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Gold-Medal Game Helsinki 8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Delay/9 p.m. ET)

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)
Note: Broadcast schedule subject to change

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In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time on this date in 1906.

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Regina Native Clermont Retires A Rider.

Riders Acquire Xavier Fulton From Eskimos.

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

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Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO on this date in 1921.

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Howdy doo from me to you.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Same thing as yesterday....wash dishes, take Jimmy outside to play, watch Rays baseball, make dinner, watch hockey and be thankful for having such a wonderful family. (I'm not too hum drum am I?) How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays ran their winning streak to four Wednesday night with a 3-2 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field with 14,638 watching.

By winning, the Rays moved to 11-7 on the season while winning for the sixth time in their last seven games, clinching their third consecutive series in the process.

Tropicana Field continued to be a welcome port for the Rays, who now sport a 7-1 mark at home.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1931, NBC premiered "Lum and Abner." It was on the air for 24 years.

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Cincinnati, OH.--
The resurgence of Barry Zito continued Wednesday night but Cincinnati rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to wipe out a two-run deficit and beat San Francisco for the second straight game, 4-2, at soggy Great American Ball Park.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1937, "LIFE" magazine was printed without the word "LIFE" on the cover.

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - The filming of "G.I. Blues," with Elvis Presley, began.

1962 - On location shooting for the Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" finished.

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"Lorenzo Jones" premiered on NBC radio on this date in 1937.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles attended the 28th birthday party for Roy Orbison.

1966 - The Beatles recorded 32 takes of "Octopus's Garden" at Abbey Road.

1978 - "Ringo" aired on American television. It was the musical version of "The Prince and the Pauper." The show was narrated by George Harrison.

1982 - Paul McCartney released the album "Tug of War."

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Grace Kelly was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine on this date in 1954.

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Today in Sports History:

1912 - Hugh Bradley (Boston Red Sox) hit the first home run in Fenway Park.

1941 - An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.

1952 - Patty Berg set a new record for major women’s golf competition when she shot a 64 over 18 holes in a tournament in Richmond, CA.

1964 - The Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title. They won two more before the streak came to an end.

1966 - Red Auerbach retired as head coach of the Boston Celtics.

1988 - The NBA approved the addition of a third referee for the 1988-89 season.

1995 - In Denver, CO, Coors Field officially opened. The Rockies beat the New York Mets 11-9 in 14 innings.

1997 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) played what was billed as his last NHL game. He later came out of retirement to play for the Penguins as an owner/player.

2000 - Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar purchased the NHL's New York Islanders.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time on this date in 1983.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 12:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nascar Nationwide Series 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint Cup Series 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Sao Paulo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 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!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is April 25th, the 116th day of 2012. There are 250 days left in the year.

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Tuesday's Scores:

West --

No games.

East --

New Jersey 3, Florida 2 OT (Series tied 3-3)

Wednesday's games:

East --

Washington at Boston (Series tied 3-3) 7:30pm EDT NBCSN

West --

No games

Armstrong, Poile, Tallon up for GM of the Year.

Alfredsson, Lupul, Pacioretty are Masterton finalists.

Thomas expecting to repeat past Game 7 success.

Luongo willing to waive no-trade clause.

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

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Today is: Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day, DNA Day, Hairstylists Appreciation Day, 20-Something Service Day, Malaria Awareness Day, Hug A Plumber Day or Plumber's Day, International Guide Dogs Day, Red Hat Society Day and World Penguin Day.

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Abdelkader, Howard Added to 2012 U.S. Men's National Team

Team USA to Compete in IIHF World Men's Championship, May 4-20, in Finland


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Forward Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/Michigan State Univ.) and goaltender Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Detroit Red Wings/Univ. of Maine) have been added to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The tournament is scheduled for May 4-20, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Abdelkader and Howard are making their debuts on the U.S. Men's National Team, though each player has represented Team USA in the past. Abdelkader played for the U.S. National Junior Team that won the bronze medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship. Howard backstopped the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team to the gold medal at the 2002 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship and was a member of the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship. Howard also spent two seasons with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2000-02.

The first 17 players for the U.S. Men's National Team were announced on April 11. Forward Joey Crabb defenseman Chris Butler and goalie John Curry have been added since then. Team USA now has 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.

For Team USA's updated roster, click here.

NOTES: Eighteen of the 21 members of Team USA announced played U.S. college hockey ... FIve of the 21 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Joey Crabb, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jimmy Howard and Jack Johnson ... Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning have two players apiece ... Scott Gordon is the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Men's National Team. Greg Cronin and David Quinn have been announced as assistant coaches ... The 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Sixteen teams will compete at 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. The semifinals and medal games will be conducted in Helsinski ... NBC Sports is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location
Time (Local/EDT)

Fri., May 4 France Helsinki 12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.
Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki TBD
Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD
Sun., May 20 Bronze-Medal Game Helsinki 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Helsinki 8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)

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A patent was granted for the thimble on this date in 1684.

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Riders add trio of receivers, release Wheelwright.

Bombers' new logo recalls classic look.

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

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The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City on this date in 1831.

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May I have a kid's menu and a balloon please?

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Same thing as yesterday....wash dishes, take Jimmy outside to play, make dinner, watch hockey and be thankful for having such a wonderful family. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Lumber and lightning led a 5-0 Rays win over the Angels on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Rays starter David Price brought the lightning with his 95-mph fastball while completing a shutout en route to claiming his third win of the season. The lineup behind him provided the lumber with four home runs.

In victory, the Rays extended their winning streak to three games, moving to 10-7. They have won five of their last six games and they are 6-1 at Tropicana Field this season.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1901, New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.

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Cincinnati, OH.--
Matt Cain was nearly out of the first inning. Nearly wasn't quite good enough.

One pitch after Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips tipped a 2-2 Cain delivery foul into the dirt in front of home plate, Phillips drilled a hanging changeup deep into left-center field for a two-run home run that left the Giants playing catchup all night long in an eventual 9-2 loss at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1928, A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.

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Today in Elvis History

1912 - Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys Love Smith, was born.

1933 - Song writer Jerry Leiber was born in Baltimore, MD.

1956 - Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" hit #1.

1959 - Elvis Presley's single "I Need Your Love Tonight" hit #4 in the U.S.

1977 - Elvis Presley recorded a concert in Saginaw, Michigan. Three of the songs later appeared on the album "Moody Blue."

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"Your Family and Mine," a radio serial, was first broadcast on this date in 1938.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles had 14 singles on the American chart.

1964 - Peter & Gordon's cover of the Beatles' "World Without Love" was #1 in the U.K.

1967 - The Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" during a British TV broadcast.

1968 - The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show because "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."

1981 - Wings broke up. Paul McCartney announced that he would carry on as a solo artist.

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W2XBS (now WCBS-TV) in New York City presented the first circus on TV on this date in 1940.

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Today in Sports History:

1901 - The American League debuted at the Chicago Cricket Club. Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-2.

1909 - "Home Run" Baker hit his first and only grand slam.

1945 - Albert B. "Happy" Chandler was unanimously elected baseball commissioner.

1951 - The Soviet Union officially applied to compete in the Olympics.

1956 - Rocky (Brockton Blockbuster) Marciano retired as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. He had 43 knockouts and 3 decisions to his credit.

1963 - Bob Cousy (Boston Celtics) retired.

1974 - Tampa Bay was awarded the NFL's 27th franchise.

1995 - Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to three years probation, six months of house confinement and a $350,000 fine. Strawberry had avoided prison for tax evasion.

1995 - Petr Nedved (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored the game-winning goal with only 45 seconds left remaining in the fourth overtime period between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The game was the third longest in NHL history.

1996 - The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers combined for the most runs in 26 years. The Twins won with a final score of 24-11.

1997 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) got his 89th career playoff win. He passed Billy Smith for the top spot. The game was also Roy's 10th playoff shutout.

2002 - The NHL suspended Kyle McLaren (Boston Bruins) for an elbow to the face of Richard Zednik (Montreal Canadiens).

2010 - The NHL implemented a new rule that allowed the NHL Hockey Operations Department to review any hit where the head was targeted and/or the principal point of contact for the purpose of Supplementary Discipline.

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The U.S. spacecraft, Ranger, crashed on the Moon on this date in 1962.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 12:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nascar Nationwide Series 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint Cup Series 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 at Sao Paulo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

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Oh Baby Vision

How to watch the videos on Oh Baby Vision

In the upper left hand corner, there's three horizontal lines. Click that once or twice and it'll bring up thumbnails of all the movies. Click on the one you want to watch and it'll start. It may play the next one automatically, or you may have to click the little box to bring the thumbnails back up.



Now with the addition of more videos, just use the scroll bar on the right to choose the one you want to watch.



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