Saturday, April 6, 2013

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

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Today is April 6th, the 96th day of 2013. There are 269 days left in the year.

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Redmond returns to Jets after gruesome injury.

8 Debate: Babcock earns nod as top NHL coach.

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

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The first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City on this date in 1789.

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Long Island, NY. --Saturday’s matchup is the third and final meeting between the Lightning and Islanders. New York has taken each of the first two matchups on the season, scoring a 4-3 victory on Long Island back on January 21, in addition to gaining two points in its most recent victory against the Bolts, a 2-0 shutout on March 14 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the rest here.

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Relations between the Texans and Mexico reached a new low on this date in 1830, when Mexico would not allow further emigration into Texas by settlers from the U.S.

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U.S. Women's National Team Tops Switzerland, 5-0, at
2013 IIHF Women's World Championship 
Brianna Decker Scores Twice and Jessie Vetter Notches Shutout to Lead the U.S. to Victory
OTTAWA, Ont. – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Switzerland, 5-0, here today to to close out preliminary-round play at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. The U.S. totaled 61 shots in the game and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) scored twice as the United States secured its place in the semifinals with a 2-0-1-0 record.
"We played a very complete game today and were able to dictate the play against a hard-working team," said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. "We continue to improve and get stronger throughout the tournament."
Team USA turned up the pressure in the final five minutes of the first period and tallied two goals late in the closing minute of play. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) opened the scoring on the power play by putting in her own rebound from in tight. Eleven seconds later, Decker notched the second goal of the period by coming down the left side, cutting to the net and firing the puck along the ice just inside the far post.
The United States dominated play and extended its lead in the second period on a goal by Decker - her second of the game and fourth of the tournament at 8:08. Team USA added a pair of goals in the third period. Kendall Coyne(Palos Heights, Ill.) converted on a cross-ice pass on a two-on-one at 1:23, and Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) rediirected a shot from the point past the Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling at 3:03.
The U.S. will continue play on Monday (April 8) in the semifinals.
NOTES: Brianna Decker was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. was 1-for-5 on the power play, while holding Switzerland scoreless on five power-play chances ... The U.S. did not allow a shot in the second period. It marked the first time since 2008 that a team was held to no shots in a period and 13th time overall (fourth time for the U.S.) at either a world championship or Olympic Winter Games ... FASTHockey is offering live streaming of all games during the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship ... Exclusive behind-the-scenes content will be available throughout the tournament at womensworlds.usahockey.com ... Conversation will take place on Twitter via @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores using the hashtag #2013WWC, while content will also be posted toFacebook.com/USAHockey ... Members of the U.S. Women's National Team range in age from 18-31. Lee Stecklein is the youngest player, while Julie Chu is the oldest ... Team USA has won four gold medals and 10 silvers in the 14 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last six world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... Joining Katey Stone as assistant coaches are Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay ... Robb Stauber is serving as the goaltending coach and scout, while Bret Hedican is the video coach.
GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
USA212 --5
SUI000 --0



First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Carpenter (J. Lamoureux, Knight), 19:20 (pp); 2, USA, Decker (Stecklein, Kessel), 19:31. Penalties: USA, Coyne (holding), 3:16; USA, Steadman (hooking), 5:53; USA, Schoullis (interference), 10:15; SUI, Williner (tripping), 16:24; SUI, Eggimann (hooking), 19:09.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Decker (Kessel, Coyne), 8:08. Penalties: USA, Team (too many players), 3:31.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Coyne (Kessel, Decker), 1:23; 5, Chu (Bellamy, Bozek), 3:03. Penalties: SUI, Marty (body checking), 6:04; SUI, Marty (hooking), 8:26; USA, Stecklein (tripping), 15:22; SUI, Thalmann (roughing), 19:22.
Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
USA20212061
SUI5016
Goaltenders (SH-SV)123Total
USA, Vetter, 60:005-50-01-16-6
SUI, Schelling, 60:0020-1821-2020-1861-56




Power Play: USA 1-5; SUI 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; SUI 5-10
Officials: Referee-Marie Picavet (FRA); Linesmen-Therese Bjorkman (SWE), Ilona Novotna (CZE)
Attendance: 5,626
U.S. Women's National Team Schedule & Results
2013 IIHF Women's World Championship • April 2-9 - Ottawa, Ontario(all times ET and subject to change)
DateEventTime (EDT)
Group/
Result
LocationBroadcast
April 2Canada vs. USA7:30 p.m.
L, 2-3 (SO)
Scotiabank PlaceFASTHockey.com
April 3USA vs. Finland3:30 p.m.
W, 4-2
Scotiabank PlaceFASTHockey.com
April 5USA vs. Switzerland3:30 p.m.
W, 5-0
Scotiabank PlaceFASTHockey.com
April 8Semifinals3:30/7:30 p.m.
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Scotiabank PlaceFASTHockey.com
April 9Bronze-Medal Game3:30 p.m.
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Scotiabank PlaceFASTHockey.com
Gold-Medal Game7:30 p.m.
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Scotiabank PlaceFASTHockey.com

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On this date in 1875, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.

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Rookies hit the field as Riders Mini-Camp begins.

Video: Stampeders welcome DiCroce into interview room.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world on this date in 1916, when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old.

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Tampa, FL. —The Glazer Family Foundation’s has been delivering teddy bears to pediatric patients for more than a decade, but this past week Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn added his own touch to the "Cheering You On!" program.

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Four planes left Seattle on the first successful flight around the world on this date in 1924.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay will go only so far as the pitching will take it this season. Based on what Matt Moore and company gave the Rays Friday night, this year's team could go a long way.

Led by Moore's solid effort, the Rays won, 4-0, over the Indians at Tropicana Field with 16,019 watching, a result that moved both teams to 2-2 on the season.

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"Little Orphan Annie" debuted on the NBC Blue network on this date in 1931.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Barry Zito couldn't celebrate last year's World Series triumph with his teammates Friday. Nor did he concentrate on the memory of his outstanding postseason effort against the St. Louis Cardinals, his opponent in the Giants' home opener.

All Zito had was the here-and-now of pitching the game. So he made the most of it.

Zito, without whom the Giants might not have earned the World Series championship banner that they raised before Friday's game, surrendered three hits in seven innings to help San Francisco outlast St. Louis, 1-0.

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"This is Your FBI" debuted on ABC radio on this date in 1945.

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Ready, steady, go!

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie deal.

1965 - Elvis Presley's single "Crying In The Chapel" was released.

1968 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley saw Tom Jones' midnightshow at the Flamingo.

1968 - Elvis Presley's single "Stay Away" hit #67 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley bought a six door 1969 Mercedes limo.

1974 - Elvis Presley's single "I've Got A Thing About You" hit #33 in the U.K.

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service invited customers to vote on which picture of Elvis they would like to appear on a postage stamp.

2004 - The Elvis Presely album "Blue Christmas" was released on CD.

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The final episode, number 37, of "Black Sheep Squadron" aired on NBC on this date in 1978.

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Today in Beatles History:

1968 -  The Beatles opened the office of Apple Corps Ltd. in London.

1992 - George Harrison played his first full-length live concert in the U.K. since the final Beatles performance in 1969. The show was a benefit for the Natural Law Party.

1996 - The Beatles' "Anthology Volume 2" hit #1 on the U.S. album chart.

2006 - The trial filed by Apple Corps against Apple Computer concluded. The judge was expected to rended his decision in the following month. The suit was based on a 1991 agreement between the companies that would keep Apple Computer out of the music business. The suit claimed that Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store was in violation of the agreement.

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Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore appeared on CBS-TV's "Murphy Brown" on this date in 1998.

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Today in Sports History:

1896 - The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

1970 - Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) became the first defenseman to win the National Hockey League's (NHL) scoring title.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon threw out the first pitch of the season at a California Angels game. It was the first time that a U.S. President had performed the ceremonial activity in a city other than Washington, DC.

1987 - Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler.

1997 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) announced that he would retire from the National Hockey League (NHL) following the playoffs of the current season.

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On a personal note, I'm having testing done Monday afternoon for a possible medical problem. Your prayers, good thoughts or whatever you'd like to offer up will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals 4:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

Monday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EDT

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 2:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm EDT

Saturday -- 

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 5:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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