Thursday, August 18, 2016

2010 Youth Olympic Games: Preview and Predictions

The wait is finally over! The East Asian nation of Singapore is set to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. This competition is designed to give youngsters everywhere a chance to experience first hand the beauty of the Olympic movement. In a period of two weeks, young athletes from over 100 nations will compete in 27 unique disciplines in pursuits of national pride and individual excellence. The 2010 Youth Olympic Games is scheduled for August 14-26 at the country known as the Lion City. In this article, I will preview the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and offer my medal count predictions.

The upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Singapore will likely be the country’s single greatest contribution to the international community. With a population of less than 5 million people and a landmass that is only half of that of the smallest U.S. state, Singapore is not likely to ever host a regular Olympics or any top-tier sporting competition though it is certainly wealthy enough to finance one. In term of medal prospects, the Lion City is unlikely to enjoy the host advantage as the country has never been known for its athletic prowess having won only two non-gold Olympic medals in its history.

Summer Olympics are typically dominated by the likes of the United States and Russia. However, China’s Red Army is widely expected to top the medal table at the 2010 Youth Olympics mostly due to the age eligibility being 14 to 18. The Chinese sport authority is well-known for recruiting talented athletes at a very young age and training them under the most rigorous conditions. Consequently, young Chinese prodigies are extremely prepared for big competitions like the Olympics. Youngsters from other countries will have to compete against “fully matured” athletes from China, who are at their peak form. One should not be surprised to see the Chinese excel even in events they are traditionally weak at.

The country has the most to lose in the Youth Olympic movement is the United States. Most premier athletes in the U.S. hone their skills either in later high school years or in college, which put them out of the age range for the Youth Olympic Games. Even if there were such talents, they are likely to be eyeing lucrative pro careers rather than chasing the Olympic dream. Still, the U.S. is one of very few countries that can match China in term of resources. This instantly makes the country competitive in any sporting event. The U.S. won’t be remotely close to beating China in the medal race, but a distant second is not out of the question.

The dark horse at the 2010 Youth Olympics is South Korea. The Land of the Morning Calm has recently adopted a Chinese-style recruiting effort. Talented youngsters are recruited at a young age and are trained with Olympic glory in mind. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and parental engagement is highly encouraged. The program has been very successful and is credited for increasing Korea’s competitiveness in major international competitions. Case in point, South Korea recently enjoyed the country’s best Winter Olympic Games ever cumulated by 17-year old Kim Yu Na’s emphatic victory in figure skating.

Other contenders at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics are Russia and Great Britain, the host country of Olympics 2012. I predict that China will top the final medal standings with Russia, the United States, South Korea, and Japan rounding out the top 5. The Singapore Youth Olympics will be streamed live over the web. Broadcast rights and schedules for individual countries have not been finalized, as of this article. Enjoy the Games and Go Youth!

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2010 New York Republican Primary Results

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, was Primary Day in New York State, and for the first time in 80 years, new voting machines were used, which malfunctioned in many polling places. We also had to deal with election workers who appeared to not have been properly trained to implement use of those machines or protect voter privacy.

In my own polling place (in Dutchess County), I was the first voter in line to vote. It did not go well; due to machine malfunctions and poorly trained poll workers, it took 45 minutes to cast my vote and it was entered as an “emergency ballot.” I lost my right to a secret ballot because the poll workers had it out in the open as they tried, twice, to get the machine to accept it. People who were waiting behind me left without receiving or casting their ballots.

My experience was not an isolated incident; similar problems occurred state-wide. Even New York’s U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer had difficulties at his polling place in Brooklyn. The New York City Board of Elections is currently under federal criminal investigation over how the new voting machines were chosen. I think there should be an investigation for the entire state.

Carl Paladino won the GOP nomination to run for governor in a landslide victory over Party-backed Rick Lazio. I voted for Paladino to express my displeasure with the state Republican Party for attempting to deny voters their right to choose, via primary, the best candidates to run in this year’s general election, as they did when they chose Rick Lazio and pushed all other contenders out of the competition. Mr. Paladino petitioned his way onto the ballot, restoring a primary choice to New Yorkers. I also chose Paladino because I think he will run a more effective campaign against Andy Cuomo than Lazio would.

There were also races for GOP nominations to run against both Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer in the US Senate.

I voted for David Malpass to run against Gillibrand because he is a solid, economically savvy conservative who has a great deal of fiscal experience. Former congressional Rep. Joe DioGuardi won; he is the father of American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, and I suspect this celebrity connection was helpful to him in the election.

My choice to compete against Chuck Schumer was Gary Bernsten, a former CIA agent, because we’re going to need somebody with a thick skin to take on Schumer, whose political tactics can be as nasty as his personality is when he’s dealing with members of the public. Jay Townsend won the nomination, and he is also a strong conservative; my only concern is that he may be “too nice” to run an effective campaign against Sen. Schumer. Time will tell.

My choice to run for Congress in my area (NY CD 19) was Neil Di Carlo, a newcomer to politics. Di Carlo lost to Nan Hayworth, another state Republican Party favorite. Hayworth was not my choice, but I do believe she is a strong candidate to unseat incumbent Rep. John Hall, who is unpopular for voting in lockstep with the Obama agenda.

New York State has languished for years under the incompetent and often corrupt rule of Democratic elected officials. Republicans now have some very strong candidates running in NY, and if we follow the lead of the rest of the country in finally deciding that we’ve suffered enough, we may just be able to release the Democrats’ stranglehold on our state this November.

Sources:

MJ Stevenson, “New York Primary voting Problems”, Associated Content

Sally Goldenberg and Jennifer Fermino, “Voting Delays and ballot-privacy issues plague first day of new New York voting system”, New York Post

Celeste Katz, “Sen. Charles Schumer fumes after new voting system fails at his local polling place in Brooklyn”, NY Daily News

Greg Smith and Frank Lombardi, “Feds probing how Board of Elections chose flawed electronic voting machines”, NY Daily News

“Paladino, Townsend, DioGuardi take GOP lines; Democrat Gillibrand victorious and Schneiderman wins in comeback”, Poughkeepsie Journal

MJ Stevenson, “Lazio vs. Paladino: NY Gubernatorial Race 2010”, Associated Content

Jenifer Fermino, “Paladino take GOP gubernatorial nod”, New York Post

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2010 New York 20th District Race: Democrat Scott Murphy Defends Seat Against Republican Chris Gibson

Scott Murphy narrowly won a special election in 2009 to replace N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a nail-biter election. Now he’s up against Republican Chris Gibson, an Army veteran. It helps that Murphy has been campaigning non-stop, but having voted for the health care bill, he may have made himself a little more vulnerable. However, this race is still leaning in Murphy’s direction.

Candidates for New York’s 20th Congressional District (two-year term)
(This district includes all or parts of Columbia, Dutchess, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. See a boundary map here.)

Candidate: Scott Murphy

Party: Democrat

Political experience: Before being elected to the House, Murphy was an aide to Democratic governors Mel Carnahan and Roger Wilson. He is currently the incumbent representative for the district.

Professional experience: Murphy founded Small World Software and worked for Advantage Capital Partners, a business that helps other businesses create community jobs.

Key issues: Murphy says that agriculture is important to his district, given that there are more than 4,000 farms there. He introduced the Dairy Relief and Market Stabilization Act to provide short-term support for dairy farmers.

Murphy introduced legislation to increase educational opportunities for veterans, including vocational and flight training as well as apprenticeships. He says on his website that he will always fight to make sure the troops get the resources they need.

Endorsements: Murphy has been endorsed by the Independence Party of New York and Veterans and Military Families for Progress.

Chances of maintaining his seat: According to a Siena College poll from Sept. 17, Murphy holds a commanding lead over Gibson by 17 percentage points, 52 percent to 37 percent. When it comes to money, Murphy has the advantage as well, with $1,452,649 to Gibson’s remaining $526,334, according to OpenSecrets.org. This district is leaning toward Murphy’s re-election.

Candidate: Chris Gibson

Party: Republican

Political experience: Gibson served as a Congressional Fellow with U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and he completed a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University.

Professional experience: Gibson taught American politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He’s the author of “Securing the State”, a book on national security decision-making. He spent 24 years in the Army with deployments in Kosovo, the southwestern United States for a counter-drug operation and in Haiti.

Key issues: Gibson is strongly concerned about national security, arguing on his website that the U.S. government must be better able to see enemies to help further U.S. interests with those of American allies. He’s a supporter of the Second Amendment and wants to see a national standard for reciprocity, the right to carry a concealed firearm in other states.

He thinks the recent health care bill was a mistake. He suggests the best means of bringing down insurance cost and increasing access are (1) new incentives for cost-conscious consumers of medical services, allowing individuals and families to purchase health insurance out-of-state and (2) state-based as opposed to federal programs for health care reform.

Endorsements: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are backing Chris Gibson.

Chances of unseating Scott Murphy: Gibson is in a district with more Republicans than Democrats, but he’s in an uphill battle due to a significant monetary disadvantage. Polls aren’t on his side either.

Key Differences between Chris Gibson and Scott Murphy

Jobs: Murphy wants limited government to stay out of the way to help create an environment that grows jobs. He would see investment in infrastructure, education, energy and small business and agriculture. Gibson also acknowledges this election is about the economy and that increased spending is the wrong way to go. He’d like to lower taxes, streamline regulations and lower health care costs to bring jobs back to New York.

Fiscal responsibility: Gibson is concerned that if the budget isn’t balanced and soon it will limit the choices of future generations. He wants to streamline regulatory functions and eliminate entire federal agencies to severely curtail spending. Murphy agrees that fiscal restraint needs to be restored and he argues he has voted to reduce wasteful spending. He supported pay-as-you-go rules. He says he has also fought to control Medicare waste, fraud and abuse.

New York‘s 20th U.S. Congressional District

Location: The New York 20th District includes much of the Hudson Valley and parts of the Catskills and Adirondacks.

2008 results: Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand beat Republican Sandy Treadwell 62.1 percent to 37.9 percent.

Demographics: According to the U.S. Census, 92 percent of the district is white, 2.8 percent Asian, 2.3 percent black, 1.3 percent Hispanic and 0.2 percent American Indian and Alaska Native.

The Cook Partisan Index gives the New York 20th District a rating of R+2, awarding a slight edge to Republican voters in this district.

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2010's Most Popular Toys for Boys Ages 6-8

I have spent countless hours wandering the aisles of stores trying to find the best Christmas presents for my two boys (ages 6 & 8). Boys at this age can be very difficult to buy for because they are just out of preschool age and not quite yet at the preteen age. Recently, I had the pleasure of helping out Santa at our Cub Scout Christmas party. I was in charge of keeping 80 kids in an orderly line while they waited for their turn with the Jolly Old Elf. To pass the time I asked each boy what they were going to ask Santa for and here are the most popular boys’ Christmas present requests.

Anything LEGO

LEGO has sets that range in price from $3.99 to $399 (Death Star from Star Wars). With such a wide price range you can find a LEGO set for any budget. LEGO has a wide range of types of sets that will appeal to any boy and if you want to avoid specific sets then you can get just a tub of blocks. The fun is in putting the sets together then, when they start to come apart, the boys can get creative.

Star Wars Rule

Star Wars has been a consistent Christmas present for boys for the past thirty years. The boys today still love Star wars. Star Wars takes up half of an aisle in most stores. You can choose action figures, ships, LEGO sets, and lightsabers. Lightsabers are a very popular choice with boys, especially the duel-ended lightsabers.

Handheld Video Games

This was the single most popular Christmas present request that I came across for boys. During my stint with Santa a large majority of the Cub Scouts (including my own eight year-old) were asking for a Nintendo DSi. My son decided to circumvent me and go right to Santa with his request in the hopes that Santa would give in where mom had not. We’ll have to wait until Christmas morning to see if the man in the red suit came through.

For the Creative Boy

I was surprised to hear how many boys wanted Moon Sand and Moon Dough for Christmas. The boys asking for this were on the younger end, ages 6 and 7. From personal experience I do not recommend Moon Sand because anything with the word ‘sand’ in it is not suitable to be used inside the house. Moon Dough may take care of this problem.

Harry Potter Toys

I heard two boys ask Santa for Harry Potter’s wand. I didn’t even realize they sold those but after some research I was able to find a wide variety of wands and other Harry Potter toys. I also heard one boy ask for Hogwart’s Castle LEGO set.

Action Figures and Accessories

Action figures are fun to play with but the boys who asked for them also wanted something that went along with the figures. One boy wanted Super Hero Squad and their headquarters. Another child wanted a Batman with a Batmobile.

These six categories were the most requested toys from Santa at our Cub Scout Christmas party. If these Scouts are any indication of normal boys then anything from any of these categories would be a good bet for Christmas. Good luck shopping for your boys!

Sources:

http://ift.tt/IzWj8W

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2010-2011 NFL Season Preview and Team Predictions

The road to Super Bowl 45 in Dallas kicks off tomorrow night in New Orleans as the Minnesota Vikings take on the Super Bowl defending champion New Orleans Saints. The opening weekend of the NFL kicks off Sunday, September 12, 2010. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the new season. The NFL is by far the most competitive league in sports. Unlike the MLB and the NBA, every year there seems to be a new contender, a surprise team and a contender who falls back into the pack. They called it parity. It’s a formula that’s kept fans coming back for more every year. Without further ado, its time preview some of the 2010-2011 NFL season storylines and predict how the teams will fare this season.

Here’s some of the headlines headed into 2010-2011 NFL season:

The Rams will be starting a young and talented rookie quarterback named Sam Bradford who just happened to win the Heisman trophy as a sophomore at Oklahoma in 2008, but also had shoulder surgery before the 2010 NFL draft after suffering a 3rd degree AC joint sprain against BYU in 2009. One of the goals for the Rams this season is to keep its 50 million dollar quarterback upright.

The Dallas Cowboys will try to become the first team in modern history to play the Super Bowl in its home stadium lead by mediocre head coach Wade Phillips.

Are the New York Jets Super Bowl worthy or just talk?

Chad Ochocinco and T.O. will lead the league in the most entertaining touchdown celebrations; however can they put their love of the spotlight aside and focus on the team goal of getting the Bengals to the Super Bowl?

With a full season behind him since his horrific knee injury, can Tom Brady lead the Patriots back to the Super Bowl despite playing behind a questionable offensive line and a super par defense?

Brady’s nemesis Peyton Manning is on a mission to get back to the Super Bowl and cement his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

The 49ers with the firm and steady leadership of head coach Mike Singletary hope to take what’s rightfully there’s as the NFC West champions in a very weak division.

Brett Favre will try to duplicate his phenomenal 2009 season (4,202 yards passing, 33 touchdowns, 7 inceptions) after being begged to un-retire by his teammates Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson for the 20,000th time. Favre is a wily old veteran who can still the play at a high level when he stays within the team game plan. The Vikings signal caller will be without his main target Sidney Rice for at least the first six weeks of the season because of hip surgery and his most explosive weapon Percy Harvin has been battling migraines throughout the summer. Favre has been battling his own health problems this off-season, most notably an ankle that had Favre seriously retiring for good.

The Raiders brass and fans are keeping their fingers crossed that quarterback Jason Campbell is the apart of the solution instead of the problem in Oakland.

Everyone in the league knows the Saints are capable of scoring in bunches, however can Drew Brees avoid the Madden cover curse? The Saints defense will need to force as many turnovers as last year to have a legitimate shot to return to the Super Bowl.

The Eagles hope that Kevin Kolb can develop into the next Aaron Rodgers for them, if not he’ll get booed worse than Santa Claus and Donovan McNabb combined.

The Steelers will have to return to a familiar formula of success of running the ball with Rashard Mendenhall between the tackles and playing great defense to win games without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for four games.

Here’s how I see the divisions and wild card spots shaping up in the 2010-2011 NFL Season:

AFC North

1. Baltimore Ravens

2. Cincinnati Bengals

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

4. Cleveland Browns

AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts

2. Tennessee Titans

3. Houston Texans

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC East

1. New York Jets

2. Miami Dolphins

3. New England Patriots

4. Buffalo Bills

AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers

2. Oakland Raiders

3. Kansas City Chiefs

4. Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Card: Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Minnesota Vikings

3. Chicago Bears

4. Detroit Lions

NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints

2. Atlanta Falcons

3. Carolina Panthers

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East

1. New York Giants

2. Dallas Cowboys

3. Philadelphia Eagles

4. Washington Redskins

NFC West

1. San Francisco 49ers

2. Arizona Cardinals

3. Seattle Seahawks

4. St. Louis Rams

NFC Wild Card: Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings

Team with the best record: San Diego Chargers (14-2)

Team with the worse record: Buffalo Bills (3-13)

Super Bowl Contenders: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts

Super Bowl Pretenders: Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings

At the end of the day, no one knows who will the represent the super bowl from each conference and which victorious team will have its name written in glory as the eventual Super Bowl 45 champions. As any NFL fan can attest, the season is full of surprises. That it in itself should make for another exciting season of football.

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2010-2011 NFL Season Predictions: NFC and Super Bowl

Last season, the Super Bowl champions came from the NFC. The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. The Saints dominated their division and the playoffs. They beat the Colts in deciding fashion and brought something to the City of New Orleans that finally deserved some celebrating. Will they repeat? Better question is can they repeat? The last NFC team that repeat as Super Bowl champions was the Dallas Cowboys. They won the 1993 and 1994 Super Bowl titles.

Speaking of the Cowboys, they tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the division title last year. They ultimately won the division because they won the season series with the Eagles. Last season was also a disappointing one for the New York Giants. They finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. With the addition of QB Donovan McNabb, the Redskins might be able to contend this year. I see two teams making the playoffs from this division.

NFC East Champs: New York Giants
Wild Card Team: Dallas Cowboys

The NFC North is now the most unpredictable division in the entire NFL. The Packers, with help from the arm of Aaron Rodgers, almost won the division last year. They were beat out by the arm of the Packs’ former QB, who has a chronic case of retiring, Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. The Bears were contenders for most of the season, but fell off and finished with a 7-9 record. The Lions finished with a record of 2-14, but got a great WR in the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, a rookie WR can’t change the fate of the Detroit Lions. Just ask Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson.

NFC North Champs: Minnesota Vikings

The Super Bowl champs came out of the NFC South division. With Drew Brees and most of the Super Bowl team coming back, they look unstoppable. The Saints’ offense is so good, they only took one offensive player in the draft, and he will be playing 3rd string QB. The Falcons missed the playoffs by 2 games. With a 9-7 record, Matt Ryan proved himself to be a good QB, with a bright future. With 2 QB, one out of the draft and one with only 8 starts in his career, the Panthers still have questions within their franchise. The Bucs haven’t been the same team since they won the Super Bowl. Don’t expect anyone to challenge the Saints in the division, but I do expect 2 teams to go to the playoffs in this season.

NFC South Champs: New Orleans Saints
Wild Card Team: Atlanta Falcons

The NFC West has been dominated by the Arizona Cardinals the last 3 years, and with the same roster as they had the last 2 years, I don’t see any change. The Rams finished with the worst record in the league last year, but with that feat, they picked up Sam Bradford, the top pick in the NFL Draft. All signs point to Bradford being the starting QB, but it will be his rookie season. The Seahawks have a new coach in Pete Carroll. Carroll has led the USC team to many NCAA BCS championships. With the 49ers QB problems kinda solved with the acquisition of David Carr, they might be able to concentrate more on challenging the Cardinals. I don’t see the Rams 49ers, however, being a threat. Maybe Carroll will change the luck of the Seahawks. I think he will.

NFC West Champs: Seattle Seahawks

The teams with the bye week in the first round of the playoffs would be the Vikings and the Giants. That leave the Cowboys to face the Seahawks and the Saints against the Falcons. I see the Cowboys and Saints advancing from this round. I then see the Vikings hosting the Saints in an NFC Championship rematch from last year, and the Giants hosting division rivals, the Cowboys. The NFC Championship game will see the Vikings squaring off against Giants. Brett Favre against Eli Manning. I believe the Vikings will be too much for the Giants.

NFC Champions: Minnesota Vikings

In my last article, you read that I thought the Indianapolis Colts would win the AFC Championship. Which means the Super Bowl would see Peyton Manning against Brett Farve. The White and Blue against the Purple and Gold. Brett Farve came back, saying he had to for the team. That, to me, means he needs to win a Super Bowl this year. This may be the year Brett Favre’s return actually means something.

Super Bowl Champions: Minnesota Vikings. Yes, I believe this is the year. Brett Favre is coming back for the team. Not to glorify his career. Hie selfishness will payoff in the 2nd NFL Championship in Vikings history.

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2010-11 NHL Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche of the 2009-10 NHL Season had no business doing what they did. The team was full of rookies, some of which had only been drafted in 2009, their goaltender was a former backup for the Florida Panthers, a team which never wins, and the proven talent they did had spent most of the season sidelined with injuries.

So how did they ever manage to find success? A lot of that can be attributed to rookie coach Joe Sacco, who meshed incredibly well with his hungry young team. The Avalanche surprised everyone by making the playoffs, something they hope to replicate in 2010-11.

Sophomore Slump
A very real danger that the Colorado Avalanche needs to watch out for is the dreaded sophomore slump. Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly especially need to at least remain consistent for the Avalanche to succeed. Any step backwards could be catastrophic.

Not helping matters is that team captain Adam Foote is getting up there in age pretty well, and he has missed a large number of games over the past few years due to injury. The Colorado Avalanche need direction, and an absent captain will not provide it. It might be time to shift the captaincy to someone new, with either Milan Hejduk or Paul Stastny looking like the likely possibilities at the moment.

No More Surprises
Last season the Avalanche had the element of surprise on their side. They were coming off their worst season since moving to Denver in the mid-90s, with a largely unproven roster. When the Colorado Avalanche started winning games no one expected it.

Even as the 2009-10 NHL season wore on, however, the Colorado Avalanche started to slip down the rankings at an alarming pace. Once other teams realized that the Avalanche were capable of stealing games, they wised up and did not allow the Avalanche to do that. With pretty much the exact same team as last season, the Colorado Avalanche will have trouble flying under the radar, with most opponents probably even overrated them.

Repeat or Relapse
The Colorado Avalanche have a lot of expectations to live up to going into the 2010-11 NHL Season. They overachieved in 2009-10, and a bounce back would seem logical.

If the team can find a way to improve, they will hold up well. The problem is that most of these players, and head coach Joe Sacco, have not been in this deep before. There are bound to be some stumbles along the way. Can goaltender Craig Anderson continue to impress? Will Matt Duchene explode in his second season? Will the depth the Avalanche had last season play the same? These are the questions that will need to be answered.

Predicted Standings
Northwest Division: 5th
Western Conference: 13th
NHL: 22nd

Depth Chart

Forwards
Peter Mueller – Paul Stastny – Milan Hejduk
TJ Galiardi – Matt Duchene – Chris Stewart
Cody McLeod – Ryan O’Reilly – Brandon Yip
David Koci – Daniel Winnik – David Jones
Ryan Stoa – Kevin Porter

Defense
Scott Hannan – John-Michael Liles
Kyle Quincey – Adam Foote
Kyle Cumiskey – Ryan Wilson
Tom Preissing

Goaltenders
Craig Anderson
Peter Budaj

Sources

http://www.nhl.com
http://www.tsn.ca
http://www.espn.com
http://www.hockeydb.com
http://ift.tt/1ycqhNO

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2010-2011 NFL Playoff Scenarios, and Predictions

The 2010-2011 NFL playoffs are almost set with one week left in the regular season. Several teams are still fighting for a playoff spot, and some of those who have clinched a spot are now looking to lock up a first round bye.

Here is the outlook for the NFC playoffs:

Atlanta Falcons have clinched a wild-card berth and can wrap up the NFC South with a win or a Saints loss. They can wrap up home field advantage with a win or losses by New Orleans and Chicago.

Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North title and a first-round bye. They can clinch home field advantage with a win and losses by New Orleans and Atlanta. The Bears will know by the time they play the Packers on Sunday if they have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC. It’s a long shot since they would need the Saints and Falcons to lose home games to inferior competition.

Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East with the Giants’ Week 16 loss. They are locked into the No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed, currently occupied by Green Bay, in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

St. Louis Rams can clinch the NFC West with a win over Seattle in Week 17.

New Orleans Saints clinched playoff berth with a win over Atlanta, 17-14, Monday Night. They can capture the NFC South with a win in Week 17 and a Falcons loss.

Green Bay Packers can clinch a playoff spot by beating the Bears in Week 17. They can also clinch with a loss and losses by New York and Tampa Bay. Pretty simple math for the Packers: Win in Week 17 vs. Chicago and they travel to Philadelphia to face the third-seeded Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs. There’s a good chance Chicago will already be locked into the No. 2 seed by kickoff of Sunday’s game.

New York Giants can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Packers loss. The Giants haven’t been eliminated but their loss to Green Bay forces them to finish ahead of the Packers to get into the playoffs. Green Bay could be facing a Bears team with nothing to play for.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers can clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Packers and Giants. Tampa Bay is still alive going into the final week.

The AFC playoff scenarios are just as open as the NFC, here is the outlook for the AFC playoffs:

New England Patriots clinched the AFC East, a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched a playoff spot. They can wrap up the AFC North and a first-round bye with a Week 17 victory or a Baltimore loss. They would earn the No. 5 seed with a loss, a Ravens win and a Jets loss. Would slip to No. 6 with a loss, and wins by Baltimore and New York.

Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West with their victory and San Diego’s loss in Week 16. Would clinch No. 3 seed with a win or a loss by the Colts. Would fall to fourth seed with a loss and a Colts win.

Indianapolis Colts clinch the AFC South with a win or a Jaguars loss. Colts control their own destiny. Win at home in Week 17 vs. Tennessee, and they’re in the playoffs. A loss and a victory by Jacksonville would give the division to the Jaguars, who would have a better division record. Could move up to No. 3 seed with a win and a Chiefs loss.

Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot. They can clinch the AFC North and a first-round bye in Week 17 with a win and a Pittsburgh loss. The Ravens can’t finish any worse than a No. 5 seed. Going on the road in the first round wouldn’t be the worst of fates; they’ve won away from home in the wild-card round in each of the last two seasons.

New York Jets clinched a playoff spot with Jacksonville’s Week 16 loss to Washington. They can clinch the No. 5 seed with a win in Week 17, a Ravens win and a Steelers loss.

Jacksonville Jaguars can clinch the AFC South with a win and a Colts loss. The Jaguars remarkably will go into Week 17 still alive.

Prediction

The Eagles are at an extreme disadvantage, after their week 16 loss in the NFL’s first Tuesday night game since 1946. They now have to play Dallas this Sunday, then turn around and host their opening playoff game the following Saturday, leaving Philly with little time for rest and recovery. Never count out Andy Reid and Michael Vick, but I do not see the Eagles going past the first round.

Right now the Saints are surging, and I think that could lead them to another deep playoff run, but I’m not sure if they will pull out a win if they have to go back to Atlanta. If by some New Orleans miracle, the Saints win the NFC South division, and host games in the playoffs, then I would predict another New Orleans Super Bowl trip.

The AFC playoffs are going to be controlled by the Patriots. I really don’t think any of the other AFC contenders will challenge New England. I would be rather surprised if the Patriots do not make it to, and win the Super Bowl. I think there are a couple of good match-ups that could lead to a Super Bowl upset, The Saints, or a fully healthy Bears team could provide for a great game, in the Bears case depending on which Jay Cutler shows up.

I think that a New England vs. Philly Eagles Super Bowl would make for a great story, but is a little unlikely to happen when the Eagles are so banged up. Honestly I think it is going to be hard to stop Atlanta at home, and possibly the only team who can pull it off would be the Saints. My prediction for the Super Bowl, is Patriots vs. Saints. I think the Patriots would win, but the match-up provides a game that will be to close to predict.

2010-2011 NFL Playoffs First Round:

Saturday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m. ET (NBC) — New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) — New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Jan. 9
1 p.m. ET (CBS) — Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
4:30 p.m. ET (FOX) — Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles

Teams with a first round bye:

AFC
New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC
Atlanta Falcons
Chicago Bears

On Saturday I witnessed 2 of the most surprising NFL games in history.

Saints-36
Seahawks-41

Jets-17
Colts-16

Both games were considered upsets. On Sunday, the two games were a little easier to predict:

Ravens-30
Chiefs-7

Packers-21
Eagles-16

This sets up interesting matches for the next round.

Saturday, Jan. 15:
4:30pm- eastern (NBC) Ravens at Steelers
8pm- eastern (FOX) Packers at Falcons

Sunday, Jan. 16 :
1pm- eastern (FOX) Seahawks at Bears
4:30- eastern (NBC) Jets at Patriots

The Divisional weekend of Playoff games, gave us a huge upset, the Jets sent the Pats home. The Packers destroyed the Falcons in the Dome. With that, there will be no number 1 seed in the Super Bowl.

Baltimore -24
Pittsburgh-31

Green Bay-48
Atlanta -21

Seattle -24
Chicago-35

New York-28
New England-21

This weekend, the Championship games. These games will determine who will play in Super Bowl 45.

Sunday, 3pm (Eastern) Fox
Green Bay at Chicago

Sunday, 6:30 (Eastern) CBS
New York at Pittsburgh

Sunday’s Conference Championship games were both seemingly blow outs, with nearly upsets in the end. The Packers are the first 6 seed to make the Super Bowl from the NFC. The Steelers are on their way to their 3rd Super Bowl in the last 6 seasons.

Sunday:

NFC Championship

Green Bay-21
Chicago – 14

AFC Championship

NY Jets – 19
Pittsburgh-24

In 2 weeks time, on 02-06-2011 Cowboy’s Stadium will host Super Bowl 45:

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are the winners of Super Bowl 45, they led the whole game, and the final score was 31-25

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2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule

Even though the college football season is just around the corner, it is never too early to take a look at the upcoming 2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule.

Whether you are a traditionalists or prefer a playoffs in college football, there is no denying the appeal of the college bowl experiences.

Especially when the NCAA offers us so many bowl games that start on December 18th and run through the holidays until the championship game on January 10th.

While there are a few dates and times left to be determine, college football fans have a rough idea on how their holiday bowl schedule is going to shape up.

All that is left now is for your alma mater or favorite school to make a run at the BCS Championship.

Bowl Game / Opponents / Location / Date & Time / Network

New Mexico / Mountain West vs. WAC / Albuquerque, NM / Dec 18 @ 2 pm / ESPN

uDrove Humanitarian / MAC vs. WAC / Boise, ID / Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm / ESPN

R+L Carriers New Orleans / C-USA vs. Sun Belt / New Orleans, LA / Dec 18 @ 9 pm / ESPN

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg / Big East vs. C-USA / St. Petersburg, FL / Dec 21 @ 8 pm / ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas / Mountain West vs.Pac-10 / Las Vegas, NV / Dec 22 @ 8 pm / ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia / Mountain West vs. Navy / San Diego, CA / Dec 23 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii / C-USA vs. WAC / Honolulu, HI / Dec 24 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Little Caesars / Big Ten vs. MAC / Detroit, MI / Dec 26 @ 8:30 pm / ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence / ACC vs. Mountain West / Shreveport, LA / Dec 27 @ 5 pm / TBD

Champs Sports / ACC vs. Big East / Orlando, FL / Dec 28 @ 6:30 pm / ESPN

Insight / Big Ten vs. Big 12 / Tempe, AZ / Dec 28 @ 10 pm / ESPN

EagleBank / ACC vs. C-USA / Washington, D.C. / Dec 29 @ 2:30 pm / ESPN

Texas / Big Ten vs. Big 12 / Houston, TX / Dec 29 @ 6 pm / ESPN

Valero Alamo / Big 12 vs. Pac-10 / San Antonio, TX / Dec 29 @ 9:15 pm / ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces / C-USA vs. Mountain West / Fort Worth, TX / Dec 30 @ 12:00 pm / ESPN

New Era Pinstripe / Big 12 vs. Big East / Bronx, NY / Dec 30 @ 3:20 pm / ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City / ACC vs. SEC / Nashville, TN / Dec 30 @ 6:40 pm / ESPN

Bridgepoint Education Holiday / Big 12 vs. Pac-10 / San Diego, CA / Dec 30 @ 10 pm / ESPN

Meineke Car Care / ACC vs. Big East / Charlotte, NC / Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm / ESPN

Brut Sun / ACC vs. Pac-10 / El Paso, TX / Dec 31 @ 2 pm / CBS

AutoZone Liberty / C-USA vs. SEC / Memphis, TN / Dec 31 @ 3:30 pm / ESPN

Chick-fil-A / ACC vs. SEC / Atlanta, GA / Dec 31 TBD / TBD

Dallas Football Classic / Big Ten vs. Big 12 / Dallas, TX / Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm / ESPNU

Outback / Big Ten vs. SEC / Tampa, FL / Jan 1 @ 1 pm / ABC

Capital One / Big Ten vs. SEC / Orlando, FL / Jan 1 @ 1 pm / ESPN

Gator / Big Ten vs. SEC / Jacksonville, FL / Jan 1 @ 1:30 pm / ESPN2

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi / BCS vs. BCS / Pasadena, CA / Jan 1 @ 4:30 pm / ESPN

Tostitos Fiesta / BCS vs. BCS / Glendale, AZ / Jan 1 @ 8:30 pm / ESPN

Orange / BCS vs. BCS / Miami, FL / Jan 3 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Allstate Sugar / BCS vs. BCS / New Orleans, LA / Jan 4 @ 8 pm / ESPN

GMAC / MAC vs. Sun Belt / Mobile, AL / Jan 6 @ 8 pm / ESPN

AT&T Cotton / Big 12 vs. SEC / Arlington, TX / Jan 7 @ 8 pm / FOX

Papajohns.com / Big East vs. SEC / Birmingham, AL / Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm / ESPN

Kraft Fight Hunger / Pac-10 vs. WAC / San Francisco, CA / Jan 9 @ 9 pm / ESPN

Tostitos BCS National Championship / BCS # 1 vs. BCS # 2 / Glendale, AZ / Jan 10 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Resources

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2010-2011 NCAAF BCS Predictions; College Football Bowl Picks Preseason

This article was published in May, and based on predictions long before the season and the actual matchups were determined. For Michael Luchies’ new BCS Bowl prediction article see here: 2010-2011 BCS Predictions and Spread Picks
Predictions (With the Spread!) of ALL 2010-2011 Bowl Games (12/7/10)

Sugar Bowl: Iowa vs. West Virginia
Iowa will replace the SEC representative in the Sugar Bowl since I have Alabama in the National Championship Game. Iowa returns the bulk of their offense and several talented running backs. The Iowa defense will create big problems for the Big East representative, West Virginia. Noel Devine will attempt to better his 1465 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Mountaineers may go through some growing pains with a new quarterback at the helm. Geno Smith has been battling injuries while Sophomore Coley White has been stepping up in the spring. Whatever direction the Mountaineers go in as far as their quarterback is concerned, they have enough firepower to make the Sugar Bowl with a two loss season. West Virginia will put up a good fight, but won’t be able to score enough on the Iowa defense.
Prediction: Iowa Wins 20-14

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. LSU
Virginia Tech opens the season by hosting Boise State, which will set the tone for the rest of the season including their chances of winning the ACC title. Even if Tech loses to Boise State, the Hokies have the tools with Ryan Williams, Tyrod Taylor, Jarrett Boykin, and cornerback Rashad Carmichael to win out the rest of their games although they may still have a chance with two losses. LSU is a team on the rise, while Florida will need a season to adapt into a new era after Tebow has moved on the the NFL. I like LSU’s chances to receive a BCS bid after beating Florida and their only loss coming to Alabama. Terrance Toliver is a star at wide receiver and Jordan Jefferson will continue to improve at quarterback. LSU has a great defense that will keep them in the BCS hunt the entire year. In this matchup, I like LSU in a very close and low scoring defensive battle.
Prediction: LSU Wins 14-10

Fiesta Bowl: TCU vs. Texas
Texas vs. TCU in Arizona would be a fantastic matchup. I question TCU’s ability to make the BCS in consecutive years, but Head Coach Gary Patterson has something special in Fort Worth. They return a very skilled and fast team including quarterback Andy Dalton, running backs Tucker and Wesley, their top four wide receivers, and one of the best defenses in the nation. Texas on the other hand will be operating with a new quarterback in Garrett Gilbert. Texas also lost star linebacker Sergio Kindle and star safety Earl Thomas. Texas has a great recruiting class that should make up for some of the production lost enough to take Texas to another BCS bowl, but not a National Championship Game. I like TCU due to their experience, young talent, speed, and strength of defense.
Prediction: TCU Wins 24-17

Rose Bowl: Boise State vs. USCOregon
Boise State will need to beat Virginia Tech in their season opener to have a chance at returning to a BCS bowl game. Quarterback Kellen Moore (39 touchdowns, 3 interceptions), and running backs Doug Martin (765 yards 15 touchdowns) and Jeremy Avery (1,151 yards 6 touchdowns), are back along with a good defensive unit. The Broncos will go undefeated to make it into the Rose Bowl due to a new BCS rule that allows an automatic qualifier (Top 12 BCS standings) to replace a Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl if a Big Ten team makes the National Championship Game. I had USC in the Rose Bowl, but due to a ban on their next two upcoming postseasons, Oregon is the likely replacement in the Rose Bowl even without Masoli. I would expect a shootout even with a solid Boise State defense.
Prediction: Boise State Wins 42-38

National Championship: Alabama vs. Ohio State
There is nothing I like more than predicting unfavorable matchups in BCS Bowls, but I can’t justify leaving Alabama or Ohio State out of the National Championship game. They are both Vegas favorites (Alabama 4-1, Ohio State 5.5/1 to win it all). Both teams return the bulk of their starters and feature future NFL stars in Pryor, Heisman winner Ingram and many more. Both teams could reach this game with undefeated records even though they play in the hardest conferences in college football.

McElroy returns at quarterback for Bama while Richardson and Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram need no introduction and will cut right through opposing defenses even in the SEC. I expect more trust in Wilson this season and more looks to Julio Jones and company at wide receiver. The Crimson Tide could put up 50 on several teams this season as well as keeping teams under 20 with their superior defense.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have the equivalent of three running backs with Pryor, Saine, and Herron in the backfield who all rushed for over 600 yards and at least four touchdowns. Leading receiver DeVier Posey is coming into his junior season and Dane Sanzenbacher will be a senior. Ohio State should dominate the Big Ten unless they cannot score against Iowa or leave Penn State in the game too long.

Prediction: Alabama Wins 35-24
Alabama has too much offensive firepower and strength on defense. Ohio State losses yet another Championship Game after another incredible season.

New Predictions Article Published 12/7/2010

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2010-2011 NBA Power Rankings: Week 4

Since neither the Minnesota Timberwolves nor the Washington Wizards are quite good enough to get into the Top 15 of the Power Rankings, let me use this space to congratulate a couple of amazing individual performances. First, Kevin Love put on a 31-point, 31-rebound extravaganza against the New York Knicks. It was the first 30-30 game in the NBA since 1982 (Moses Malone), and it will likely be remembered as the most dominant overall performance of this season. Second, there’s John Wall’s first NBA triple-double. Wall scored 19 points and added 13 assists, 11 rebounds, and 6 steals against the Houston Rockets, and I can foresee him not only adding a few more triple-doubles to his resume in the coming years, but possibly even put up a quadruple double (points/assists/rebounds/steals) before his career is over.

All records are accurate as of early Wednesday, November 17. Here are my complete Power Rankings heading into Week 4 of the NBA season (last week’s ranking in parentheses). I will only be giving commentary on the top 15 teams in the league for now:

1 (1) Los Angeles Lakers (9-2)

Only the Miami Heat have a better point differential than the +9.1 margin posted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Both losses by the Lakers were hard fought battles that came down to the last minute, and no other team (besides maybe the New Orleans Hornets) has been as consistent as the Lakers this season.

2 (2) New Orleans Hornets (8-1)

Even though they lost their first game of the season, the Hornets were still competitive against a very good Dallas Mavericks squad. It’s still very early in the season, but the Hornets are the frontrunner for “Most Improved Team.”

3 (6) San Antonio Spurs (8-1)

The Spurs lead the league in three-point field goal percentage and are second in scoring. San Antonio has officially turned into the Texas version of the Phoenix Suns.

4 (4) Boston Celtics (8-2)

The Celtics have three potential Hall of Famers on their team (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) and another young point guard who has all the makings of a perennial All-Star (Rajon Rondo).

5 (9) Dallas Mavericks (7-2)

The Mavericks have been beating teams by playing spectacular defense, allowing the third fewest points per game in the league. Dallas has officially turned into the Northern Texas version of the San Antonio Spurs.

6 (3) Orlando Magic (7-3)

The Magic are the worst free-throw shooting team in the league, making a measly 66.8% of their free throw attempts. Orlando’s defense is still one of the best in the league, but how many leads will they be able to hold onto if they are barely making half of their free throws?

7 (12) Utah Jazz (7-4)

It’s going to be difficult for the Jazz to continue to come back from double-digit deficits, as they showed Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Utah still seems to have gotten better after losing key contributors Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver over the summer.

8 (7) Miami Heat (6-4)

When the Heat players are all on the same page, they’re nearly unstoppable. Miami just hasn’t been able to turn their league leading +9.4 point differential into wins on a consistent basis.

9 (5) Atlanta Hawks (8-4)

None of the eight teams Atlanta has beaten currently have a winning record. Atlanta’s streakiness this season may be more a result of their schedule than their ability.

10 (10) Chicago Bulls (6-3)

Who needs Carmelo Anthony? The Bulls seem to be scoring just fine, and they will only get better when Carlos Boozer returns from his injury.

11 (8) Portland Trailblazers (7-5)

It’s going to be a long season for Blazers fans. Leading scorer Brandon Roy’s injury woes seem to be worsening, and who knows when Greg Oden will come back.

12 (13) Denver Nuggets (6-5)

The Nuggets are tough to beat when playing in Denver (4-1) but they’ve been anywhere from bad to dreadful when playing on the road (2-4).

13 (14) Oklahoma City Thunder (6-4)

Although the Thunder are struggling more than expected so far this season, Kevin Durant is having an MVP-caliber season. At least something’s going according to plan for Oklahoma City.

14 (20) Phoenix Suns (6-4)

When they’re hitting their three point shots, the Suns look as good as they have in past years. Their inside game, however, is still missing Amare Stoudemire.

15 (11) Golden State Warriors (7-4)

Losing David Lee to a freak injury (an infection that developed after smashing his elbow into an opposing player’s teeth) is going to hurt the Warriors’ offense quite a bit. The post-Don Nelson era in Golden State still looks like a much better team, even with Lee out.

16 (19) Milwaukee Bucks (5-6)

17 (15) Indiana Pacers (4-5)

18 (17) Cleveland Cavaliers (5-5)

19 (22) New Jersey Nets (4-6)

20 (24) Houston Rockets (3-7)

21 (16) Memphis Grizzlies (4-8)

22 (26) Detroit Pistons (4-7)

23 (28) Charlotte Bobcats (4-7)

24 (21) New York Knicks (3-8)

25 (18) Sacramento Kings (3-6)

26 (27) Washington Wizards (3-6)

27 (30) Minnesota Timberwolves (3-9)

28 (23) Philadelphia 76ers (2-9)

29 (25) Toronto Raptors (2-9)

30 (29) Los Angeles Clippers (1-10)

Source:

All stats and standings from espn.com

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2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Set forth in this article is the 2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule: it includes each game date, opponent, location, score/time, team record, and AP and USA Today rankings, if applicable.

Led by senior guard Jacob Pullen, the K-State Wildcats basketball team enters the 2010-2011 season as the favorite to win the Big 12 title. Last year, K-State finished the season with a 29-8 overall record and a conference record of 11-5, finishing second in the Big 12.

The 2010-2011 K-State Basketball Schedule includes games against familiar foes and perennial Big 12 rivals: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. The 2010-2011 schedule also includes non-conference games against Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, Florida, and UNLV, among others.

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 12, 2010
Opponent: James Madison
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 75-61
Record: 1-0
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 16, 2010
Opponent: Virginia Tech
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 73-57
Record: 2-0
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 18, 2010
Opponent: Presbyterian
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 76-67
Record: 3-0
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 22, 2010
Opponent: Gonzaga
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Score/Time: W 81-64
Record: 4-0
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 23, 2010
Opponent: Duke
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Score/Time: L 82-68
Record: 4-1
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 26, 2010
Opponent: Texas Southern
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 84-60
Record: 5-1
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 29, 2010
Opponent: Emporia State
Location: Manhattan, Kansas.
Score/Time: W 85-61
Record: 6-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 3, 2010
Opponent: Washington State
Location: Pullman, Washington
Score/Time: W 63-58
Record: 7-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 6, 2010
Opponent: Alcorn State
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 89-55
Record: 8-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 11, 2010
Opponent: Loyola
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Score/Time: W 68-60
Record: 9-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 18, 2010
Opponent: Florida
Location: Sunrise, Florida
Score/Time: L 57-44
Record: 9-2
AP Ranking: 6
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 21, 2010
Opponent: UNLV
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Score/Time: L 63-59
Record: 9-3
AP Ranking: 11
USA Today Ranking: 11

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 23, 2010
Opponent: UMKC
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 80-64
Record: 10-3
AP Ranking: 11
USA Today Ranking: 11

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 31, 2010
Opponent: North Florida
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 100-76
Record: 11-3
AP Ranking: 17
USA Today Ranking: 17

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 3, 2011
Opponent: Savannah State
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 92-61
Record: 12-3
AP Ranking: 17
USA Today Ranking: 17

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 8, 2011
Opponent: Oklahoma State
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Score/Time: L 76-62
Record: 12-4
AP Ranking: 17
USA Today Ranking: 17

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 12, 2011
Opponent: Colorado
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: L 74-66
Record: 12-5
AP Ranking: 21
USA Today Ranking: 20

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 15, 2011
Opponent: Texas Tech
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 94-60
Record: 13-5
AP Ranking: 21
USA Today Ranking: 20

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 17, 2011
Opponent: Missouri
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Score/Time: L 75-59
Record: 13-6
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: 24

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 22, 2011
Opponent: Texas A&M
Location: College Station, Texas
Score/Time: L 64-56
Record: 13-7
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 24, 2011
Opponent: Baylor
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 69-61
Record: 14-7
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 29, 2011
Opponent: Kansas
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Score/Time: L 90-66
Record: 14-8
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 2, 2011
Opponent: Nebraska
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 69-53
Record: 15-8
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 5, 2011
Opponent: Iowa State
Location: Ames, Iowa
Score/Time: W 86-85
Record: 16-8
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 12, 2011
Opponent: Colorado
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Score/Time: L 58-56
Record: 16-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 14, 2011
Opponent: Kansas
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 84-68
Record: 17-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking:N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 19, 2011
Opponent: Oklahoma
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 77-62
Record: 18-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 23, 2011
Opponent: Nebraska
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Score/Time: W 61-57
Record: 19-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 26, 2011
Opponent: Missouri
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 80-70
Record: 20-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 28, 2011
Opponent: Texas
Location: Austin, Texas
Score/Time: W 75-70
Record: 21-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 5, 2011
Opponent: Iowa State
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Score/Time: W 67-55
Record: 22-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Kansas State (K-State) Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 10, 2011
Opponent: Colorado
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Score/Time: L 87-75
Record: 22-10
AP Ranking: 19
USA Today Ranking: 23

Source(s):

“K-State Men’s Basketball: 2010-2011 Schedule,” Kansas State University

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2010-11 NHL Season Preview: Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild are still trying to shake the label of being a defense-first team, and slowly they seem to be doing it. Last year the Wild failed to capitalize on their new mindset thanks to injuries and off years from several key team members. Still, there is a lot to be excited about in the twin cities heading into the 2010-11 NHL Season.

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The Minnesota Wild of 2009-10 were full of formerly great players, goons and players who normally perform better. The first step in the 2010 off-season was to find a shape for the team and start to build to it.

Several depth players were allowed to walk away, including Andrew Ebbett, Robbie Earl, Derek Boogaard and Petr Sykora. None of these players contributed much, though at least in the case of Sykora there was potential for more.

38-year-old Owen Nolan was also not brought back for another go around after posting just 16 goals and 33 points in the 2009-10 NHL Season. Nolan has definitely seen better days, but he still will have value to someone in the NHL if he does not choose to retire.

To fill these holes the Minnesota Wild found a much more talented cast then they had before. Matt Cullen, who is always reliable for 40 points in a season, was brought in to fill the role of second line center. Cullen might be only a temporary solution, as regular second line center Pierre-Marc Bouchard is expected to return at some point.

Defensive Minded Forwards
The Minnesota Wild also decided to bring a more defensive punch back to their forwards after only six players posted a plus rating last season. The defensive charge will be led by John Madden, fresh off of yet another Stanley Cup win with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. Madden is a face-off specialist, and an underrated part of any team.

Eric Nystrom will also join the Wild, most likely to play with John Madden and checker extraordinaire Cal Clutterbuck. That will make for a fearsome shut down trio if they click.

Same As Before
On defense the only change was the departure of Shane Hnidy, which is hardly a game changing move. The Minnesota Wild will instead rely on players returning to their healthy forms, particularly Brent Burns. Burns has missed 58 games in the past two seasons, so that could be wishful thinking on the part of Minnesota Wild management.

The Wild will also see their goaltending duo of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding return. That is great news, as Backstrom is consistently one of the better goaltenders in the NHL, though he slipped up quite a bit last year in Minnesota’s new offensive minded system.

Josh Harding might not be with the Minnesota Wild much longer, as he is in the final year of his contract and reports say that many teams have inquired about this young net minder. The Wild have Niklas Backstrom locked up for several more years, so trading Josh Harding will be a great move for them around trade deadline time, even if they find themselves in a playoff spot.

With that said, a playoff spot for the Minnesota Wild is still not very likely. The Western Conference is looking to be even more competitive than normal in the 2010-11 NHL Season, and teams trying to find their direction like the Wild will be the ones left on the outside looking in.

Predicted Standings
Northwest Division: 4th
Western Conference: 11th
NHL: 18th

Depth Chart

Forwards
Andrew Brunette – Mikko Koivu – Martin Havlat
Antti Miettinen – Matt Cullen – Guillaume Latendresse
Eric Nystrom – John Madden – Cal Clutterbuck
Colton Gillies – James Sheppard – Chuck Kobasew
Kyle Brodziak – Pierre-Marc Bouchard (IR) – Brad Staubitz

Defense
Marek Zidlicky – Brent Burns
Nick Schultz – Cam Barker
Greg Zanon – Clayton Stoner
Justin Falk – Tyler Cuma

Goaltenders
Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Sources

http://www.nhl.com
http://www.tsn.ca
http://www.espn.com
http://www.hockeydb.com
http://ift.tt/1ycqhNO

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2011 4th of July Fireworks in Massachusetts

UPDATE 6/23/2012: Just published: 2012 4th of July Fireworks in Massachusetts

Happy Fourth of July, Massachusetts! Here’s your comprehensive guide to 2011’s 4th of July fireworks from North Shore to the Cape, through Central and Southeastern Massachusetts, out to Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley and beyond. After all, Massachusetts is not just Boston! Whether you’re staying home or venturing out for quiet camping or beach fun, there’s a 4th of July fireworks display nearby in 2011.

Notes:

  • Dates and locations accurate as of press time.
  • Times and rain dates provided by the venue when available, otherwise by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
  • Due to set up time and logistics, fireworks times should be considered as approximate.
  • All 2011 Massachusetts 4th of July fireworks listings have been verified.
  • If you have a few extra dollars, be sure to drop them in any donation box at the fireworks site to keep these fun community events going!

2011 4th of July Fireworks in Massachusetts

Acton – July 2: U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty performs, fireworks follow. Nara Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way. Acton Recreation Department at (978) 929-6640.

Amesbury – July 4: 9:00 p.m. at Woodsoms Farm, Lion’s Mouth Rd.

*NEW* Amherst – July 4: Community celebration at 5pm; fireworks in fields just behind UMass McGuirk Stadium at 9:30pm.

Andover – July 3: 9:00 p.m. Andover High School, Shawsheen Road. More info: Andover, Ma. website .

Attleborough – July 4: Dusk/9:00 p.m., at Hayward Field, 73 North Ave.

Auburn – July 2: Holiday events start at 9:00 a.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Lymanski Park, North Oxford & Reithel Streets. Rain date for fireworks only: July 3.

Ayer – July 2: Fireworks at dusk , at Pirone Memorial Field, 90 School Street. More info: town of Ayer .

Bellingham – July 4: 9:00 p.m., High School Field, 60 Blackstone Street. Rain date: July 5.

Beverly – July 4: 9:15 p.m, barge off West Beach. Rain date: July 5.

Boston – July 4: fireworks 10:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular concert. Can’t make it to the city? Watch the show on WBZ-TV Channel 4 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Brockton – July 1 to July 4, July 7 & 8: Fireworks at 10:30 p.m., Brockton Fairgrounds, 433 Forest Ave Brockton.

Danvers – July 3: Patriotic concert 7:00 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Plains Park on Damon Street. Rain date: July 5.

Dracut – July 2: 9:00 p.m., Dracut High School, 1540 Lakeview Avenue. Rain date: July 5.

East Brookfield – July 9: 9:30 p.m., Connie Mack Drive. Rain date: July 10

East Longmeadow – July 3 – 9:30 p.m. High School Athletic Field, 180 Maple Street.

Edgartown – July 4, 9:00 p.m., Memorial Wharf.

Fall River – July 4: 1 9:30 p.m., Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street. Cost: $3 per ticket. time: Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks 9 p.m. Info: (508)678-1100.

Falmouth – July 4: 8:45 p.m., Falmouth Heights Beach.

Fitchburg – July 3, 9:00 p.m., Rollstone Hill. Rain date: July 5.

Franklin – July 2: Festivities start at 10 a.m. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m., Franklin Junior High Athletic Fields. Rain date: July 5.

Freetown – July 3: 8:00 p.m. Off South Main Street. Rain date: July 9.

Gloucester – July 3: Head to Cape Ann for the weekend or the night. Fireworks at 10 p.m. over Gloucester Harbor.

Great Barrington – July 2: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Wyantenuck Country Club, West Sheffield Road. Rain date: July 3. Info: 413-528-8174.

Greenfield -July 2: Beacon Street at 9:30 p.m. Activities and events start at 4:30 p.m. Rain date is July 3. For more info: Town of Greenfield.

Groton – July 8: 9:00 p.m. Groton Town Field. Rain date: July 9.

*NEW* Hancock – July 9: fireworks 9:30 p.m. Jiminy Peak Resort.

Harwich – July 4: at 9:00 p.m.m off a barge in Pleasant Bay. Rain date: July 5.

Harwichport: July 3: 9:00 p.m. off a barge in Wychmere Harbor. Rain date: July 5.

Holyoke – July 1: Fireworks at dusk from Holyoke Community College. Rain date July 3.

Hyannis – July 4: Dusk at Lewis Bay. For best views, set up your blanket and picnic around Hyannis Harbor.

Lanesborough – July 4: at 9:30 p.m., 30 Swamp Road. Rain date: July 8.

Lawrence – July 4: at 9:00 p.m., Devlin Field. Rain date: July 5.

Lexington – July 2: 9:30pm/after sunset. Center Field off Worthen Road. More info: Lexington Lions .

Lincoln – July 4: fireworks at 9:00 p.m. Fireworks display will happen in “light rain.” Rain date is July 5. Ballfiled Road complex parking donation: $20. Check Lincolnrec.com for updates.

Lowell: Music at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:00 p.m. Sampas Pavilion, Vandenberg Esplanade. Rain date: July 6.

Lynn – July 3, 9:00 p.m., off a barge near Red Rock. Rain date: July 5.

Marblehead – July 4: Wait for the cannon signal 8:45 p.m. and light your flare. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m., launched from barges at the mouth of the harbor, begin at 9 p.m. More information: Marbleheadfireworks.org.

*UPDATED* Marion – July 1 – 9:15 p.m., barge off Silvershell Beach; Rain date July 5. (Per the Town of Marion, rescheduled to July 1 from July 2)

Mashpee: July 1 – 9:00 p.m. – Mashpee High Schooll; rain date 7/2; ALSO Mashpee -July 30, Mashpee Night at the Pops, 9:15 p.m., Mashpee Commons.

*NEW* Mattapoisett – July 4 – 9:00 p.m. at Bay Club at Mattapoisett ; rain date July 6.

Methuen – July 2: fireworks 9:30 p.m., Nicholson Field. Rain date: July 5.

Middleton: July 9: 9:20 p.m., Town Transfer Station. Rain date: July 10.

Milford – July 3: 9:00 p.m., Plains Park. Rain date: July 5.

Millbury – July 3 & 4: 9:00 p.m., Windle Field, Canal. Street. Rain date: July 5.

Monson – SummerFest and fireworks CANCELLED. Tornado donations welcome, bring to any churches in the town of Monson.

Nantucket – July 4: 9:00 p.m., barge off Jetties Beach, 4 Bathing Beach Road. Rain date: July 5.

Needham – July 3: Dusk, Memorial Park, 470 Dedham Avenue.

Newton – July 4: 9:00pm, Russell J. Halloran Field; weather hotline (617) 796-1903.

New Marlborough – July 2: 9:30 p.m., 100 Steve Manor Drive.

North Adams: July 4: 9:30pm Fireworks follow the SteepleCats game. Joe Wolfe Field. 87 Marshall Street.

North Andover – July 3: 9:00 p.m., Hayes Stadium.

Northbridge – July 1: 7/1/2011 9:00 p.m., Lasalle Field 171 Linwood Ave in Whitinsivlle ( Northbridge ). Rain date: July 5.

Onset – July 2: Onset Harbor, dusk.

Orleans – July 1: Rock Harbor. Rain date: July 2.

Otis – July 9: 9:30 p.m. Otis Reservoir.

*NEW* Pepperell – July 2 – 9:00 p.m., Nissitissit Middle School.

Plymouth 7/4/2011 9:30 PM Barge in Plymouth Cove

Provincetown – July 4: 9:00 p.m., Provincetown Harbor.

*NEW* Rowe – July 9: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks over Pelham Lake Park, part of Rowe’s Old Home Day Celebration.

Rutland – July 3, 2011: Huge family-oriented fireworks event with food and fun. Fireworks at 9 p.m. behind DPW Garage; visible from Memorial Field and the town common. Rain date: July 8.

Salem – July 4: Join 50,000 other people to celebrate the 4th of July. Music 5:00 p.m., fireworks: 9:00/9:15 p.m., Derby Wharf, Inner harbor of Salem.

Salisbury – July 2, 3 & 9: Shot off a barge, Salisbury Beach at 10 p.m.

*NEW* Sandwich – July 3: 9:00pm – Ridge Country Club; rain date: July 5.

*NEW* Seekonk – July 3: – 9:00 p.m. – Seekonk Speedway; rain date: July 4.

Sharon – July 3: 9:30pm at Memorial Park Beach

Somerville – June 30, 1 9:00 PM Trum Field. Rain date July 7.

South Hadley – July 2: Activities at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m., Michael E. Smith Middle School. Rain date July 8. Call the hotline for cancellation updates in South Hadley : (413) 538-5017 x233.

South Yarmouth – July 1: 8:00 p.m. Dennis-Yarmouth High School. Rain date: July 2.

Spencer – July 2: 9:00 p.m. Zukas Hilltop, 89 Smithville Road. Rain date: July 16.

Sturbridge – July 3: Except for damage to trees on the access road, the historic village was spared during the June tornado. This is a fee-based event, but worth it for the quaint setting. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Info: 800-SEE-1830.

Springfield – July 4: Star Spangled Springfield on July 4. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks launched off the Memorial Bridge at 9:30 p.m.

Stoughton – July 3: 9:00 p.m., Stoughton School Complex.

Swampscott – July 3: dusk; Rain date: July 5.

Tewksbury – July 4: 9:00 p.m., Livingston Street Park. Rain date: July 9.

Wakefield – July 4: 9:00 p.m., end of Beacon Street. Rain date: July 5.

Walpole – July 3: 9:30 p.m., Joe Morgan Memorial Field, 135 School St. Rain date: July 9.

Waltham – July 4: 8:00 p.m., Leary Field. Rain date: July 5.

Wareham – July 2: 9:20 p.m., Shell Point. Rain date: July 9.

Webster – July 3: One of the most popular fireworks displays in south Central Mass. 9:00 p.m. Memorial Beach. Rain date: July 4.

Westfield – July 2: time not given. Stanley Park , 400 Western Avenue. Rain date July 3. Info: (413) 568-9312 .

Weymouth – July 3: 9:00 p.m., barge off Wessagusset Beach. Rain date: July 9.

Wilmington – July 2 & 3: 9:00 p.m., Wilmington High School, 159 Church Street.

Winthrop – July 4: 9:00 p.m., Coughlin Park, Bay View Ave. Rain date: July 5.

Worcester – July 1: at 9:30 p.m. at Belmont Hill. Rain date: July 2.

Yarmouth – July 1: 9:00 p.m. Dennis-Yarmouth High School 210 Station Ave.

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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon to Premiere March 31st at New York Auto Show

Luxury car makers like BMW, Mercedes and Audi claim to import upscale station wagon alternatives to the hum-drum SUV to this country but if you go to their dealer lots you will find a very different story being told. Far more often than not there won’t even be one luxury wagon at these upscale dealerships and to get a look at the wagon in the flesh you actually have to special order one. Now that’s not fair, is it?

What else isn’t fair is the obscene sticker price being charged by BMW, Audi and Mercedes for their Euro-styled wagons. So what can an SUV-protestor from the good old U.S of A do if he or she wants a sexy wagon with plenty of space? Well, you really should check out the upcoming 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon that is going to be unveiled to the public on March 31st at the New York Auto Show.

Will this be the luxury wagon revolution all car lovers have been waiting for? Quite possibly. For far too long people have gotten by on the notion that they “need” their SUV or that wagons didn’t come with all the luxury features they wanted. The TSX Sport Wagon promises to be spacious, elegantly styled and a pure blast to drive if it is anything like the TSX V6 sports sedan.

It is rumored that Acura plans to release the TSX with both the 201 horsepower 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine and the 280 horsepower V6 at the same time but only with an automatic transmission. No word yet on if this transmission will be the current five speed or the new six-speed that was installed in the MDX this year.

While the TSX Sport Wagon is meant to be a luxurious vehicle what with its standard supple leather, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control and premium audio one must not forget the most important feature is how well it hauls cargo. While Acura has yet to release solid cargo volume figures it will be approximately the same size as the voluminous cargo hold of the Accord Crosstour.

So if you are in the market for a new luxury crossover or SUV why not wait until fall of 2010 (the TSX Sport Wagon’s expected on sale date) and think a little outside of the box. Aren’t you tired of losing your Lexus RX350 in the Macy’s parking lot? Thank goodness for panic alarms on your key fob or you’d never find the darn thing.

There was a time when a station wagon used to get lost out in parking lots but that was back when they were nowhere near as stylishly executed. The 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is part of this new “smart downsizing revolution” in this country so hop on board before this band “wagon” passes you by.

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2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Set forth in this article is the 2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule: it includes each game date, opponent, location, score/time, team record, and AP and USA Today rankings, if applicable.

Led by senior guard Melvin Goins, the Tennessee Volunteers basketball team enters the 2010-2011 season as a top ranked team and contender for the SEC title. Last year, Tennessee finished the season with a 28-9 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the SEC.

The 2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule includes games against familiar foes and perennial SEC rivals: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. The 2010-2011 schedule also includes non-conference games against Chattanooga, Belmont, Middle Tennessee State, Pitt, USC, and Memphis, among others.

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 12, 2010
Opponent: Chattanooga
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 82-62
Record: 1-0
AP Ranking: 23
USA Today Ranking: 20

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 16, 2010
Opponent: Belmont
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 85-76
Record: 2-0
AP Ranking: 24
USA Today Ranking: 23

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 17, 2010
Opponent: Arkansas State/Missouri State
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 60-56
Record: 3-0
AP Ranking: 24
USA Today Ranking: 23

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 24, 2010
Opponent: VCU
Location: New York, New York
Score/Time: W 77-72
Record: 4-0
AP Ranking: 24
USA Today Ranking: 24

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 26, 2010
Opponent: Villanova
Location: New York, New York
Score/Time: W 78-68
Record: 5-0
AP Ranking: 24
USA Today Ranking: 24

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 30, 2010
Opponent: Middle Tennessee State
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 86-56
Record: 6-0
AP Ranking: 13
USA Today Ranking: 17

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 11, 2010
Opponent: Pitt
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 83-76
Record: 7-0
AP Ranking: 11
USA Today Ranking: 14

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 14, 2010
Opponent: Oakland
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 89-82
Record: 7-1
AP Ranking: 7
USA Today Ranking: 7

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 17, 2010
Opponent: Charlotte
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Score/Time: L 49-48
Record: 7-2
AP Ranking: 7
USA Today Ranking: 7

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 21, 2010
Opponent: USC
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 65-64
Record: 7-3
AP Ranking: 19
USA Today Ranking: 18

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 23, 2010
Opponent: Belmont
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 66-65
Record: 8-3
AP Ranking: 19
USA Today Ranking: 18

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 29, 2010
Opponent: Tennessee-Martin
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 68-62
Record: 9-3
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 31, 2011
Opponent: College of Charleston
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 91-78
Record: 9-4
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 5, 2011
Opponent: Memphis
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 104-84
Record: 10-4
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 8, 2011
Opponent: Arkansas
Location: Fayettevile, Arkansas
Score/Time: L 68-65
Record: 10-5
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 11, 2011
Opponent: Florida
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 81-75
Record: 10-6
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 15, 2011
Opponent: Vanderbilt
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 67-64
Record: 11-6
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 18, 2011
Opponent: Georgia
Location: Athens, Georgia
Score/Time: W 59-57
Record: 12-6
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 22, 2011
Opponent: Connecticut
Location: Storrs, Connecticut
Score/Time: L 72-61
Record: 12-7
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 26, 2011
Opponent: LSU
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 75-53
Record: 13-7
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 29, 2011
Opponent: Ole Miss
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Score/Time: W 74-57
Record: 14-7
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 3, 2011
Opponent: Auburn
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Score/Time: W 69-59
Record: 15-7
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 5, 2011
Opponent: Alabama
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 65-60
Record: 15-8
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 8, 2011
Opponent: Kentucky
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Score/Time: L 73-61
Record: 15-9
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 12, 2011
Opponent: Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Score/Time: L 61-60
Record: 15-10
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 16, 2011
Opponent: South Carolina
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: W 73-67
Record: 16-10
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 19, 2011
Opponent: Georgia
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 69-63
Record: 16-11
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 22, 2011
Opponent: Vanderbilt
Location: Nashville, Florida
Score/Time: W 60-51
Record: 17-11
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 26, 2011
Opponent: Mississippi State
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 70-69
Record: 17-12
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 3, 2011
Opponent: South Carolina
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Score/Time: W 73-69
Record: 18-12
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 6, 2011
Opponent: Kentucky
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Score/Time: L 64-58
Record: 18-13
AP Ranking: N/A
USA Today Ranking: N/A

2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 10-13, 2011
Opponent: SEC Tournament
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Score/Time: TBA
Record:
AP Ranking:
USA Today Ranking:

Source(s):

“Tennessee Basketball: 2010-2011 Schedule,” University of Tennessee

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2011 4th of July Fireworks Displays in the St. Louis, Missouri Area

What better way to spend the 4th of July than heating up the BBQ pit, grilling burgers, brats and ribs, downing your preferred beverage and simply enjoying the mid-summer holiday. And as the sun starts to set, everyone is packed into the car and away you drive to watch those spectacular fireworks displays that light up the night skies with multi-colored starbursts, fountains, and streams of sparks trailing through the darkness. Those in the St. Louis area are fortunate to be able to choose between many different venues to view these impressive exhibits of pyrotechnics.

This year downtown St. Louis will be treated to three nights of fireworks at Fair St. Louis, but the grand daddy of all fireworks displays in St. Louis marks the end of Fair St. Louis. The grand finale fireworks display commences around 9:15 P.M. on July 4th at the Arch grounds. Barges afloat in the Mississippi River fire off the shells high into the sky above the Arch illuminating the entire downtown area. Don’t wait until the last minute to drive downtown and think you’ll find a place under the Arch to spread a blanket to watch the display. Hundreds of thousands attend the all day Fair St. Louis event and the area around the Arch fills up fast. But here is a secret known to a few. You can watch the fireworks from the Grand Ave. overpass near St. Louis University. The view from there to downtown and the Arch is unobstructed.

The City of Kirkwood host its annual fireworks display on the 4th of July at Kirkwood Park, the corner of Geyer and Adams. No official time is set, but the program starts when darkness falls, usually around 9:00P.M.. Come early to spread your blanket or set your lawn chairs to stake claim to your area and chat with friends and neighbors. Plan on parking and walking as some of the nearby streets are closed to traffic. A truly remarkable display.

If you happen to live in the western municipalities of St. Louis County, you don’t have to make the drive east into St. Louis to view great displays. The City of Ellisville holds a display in Bluebird Park, 225 Keifer Creek Rd. and the City of Chesterfield hosts its annual event at the Chesterfield Mall. More information can be found on their websites.

If you live east of the Mississippi, you can view pyrotechnical extravaganzas in the Alton area and in Alhambra, Il.

So make a day of it and let the fun last well into the night as you watch in celebration of our nations independence way back in 1776.

Sources:

http://ift.tt/2b7Y9rD

http://ift.tt/2bizcGI

www. ellisvile.mo.us

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2011 - How to Access Facebook in Vietnam

When you come home from work, you probably are tired and want some mindless entertainment. So you turn on the computer and decide to watch some TV or talk to your buddy on Facebook. Horrors! You can’t access Facebook in Vietnam anymore! It’s been banned here in Vietnam by the government and you can’t get on the popular social networking site anymore.

What can you do? If you want access Facebook in Vietnam it’s not going to happen unless you sign up for service with a virtual private network or VPN. Ever since the Vietnamese government began to block Facebook and some other Internet locations like Twitter or My Space, it only works with IP addresses in
other countries like the U.S. or U.K.

Virtual Private Networks get you back on track

If you desire to access Facebook in Vietnam, then you must acquire that US or UK IP address via virtual private network service providers that are available like Hide My Ass, 12vpn or StrongVPN. Any of these will work. A VPN gives you security and safety due to the fact that it has a way to mask your surfing and you are protected by their secure servers. When you subscribe to VPN services from one of these VPN service providers online, you get a private virtual connection between your computer and their computer. This lets your computer have an IP address from the US or other location such as the UK and you can access Facebook in Vietnam.

A VPN is a secure line to that VPN’s servers and gives you a US or UK or other country IP address so you appear to be coming to the Facebook site from those locations and so you can access Facebook in Vietnam through that subscription. Your connection is secure, private and encrypted and the VPN server has protocols in place to protect users.

So, it not only lets you talk to your buddies, it also keeps you safe and secure and you can use it in Vietnam or any other country you travel to all over the world. So, that’s how I access Facebook in Vietnam whenever I want.

The VPN services are not cost free, but range from about $6 to $30 or so a month and that’s not much to pay so you can talk to your friends and access Facebook in Vietnam.

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