USA Hockey Upsets Team Canada

The United States hockey team, competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, upset tournament favorite and home side Canada on Sunday night, in a 5-3 thriller of a game.

A young American squad, led by three olympic veterans all scoring goals on the great Canadian goaltender Marty Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) including defenseman Brian Rafalski (Detroit Redwings), Chris Drury (New York Rangers), and Jamie Langdenbrunner (New Jersey Devils), fought off a Canadian side that tied the game twice and stayed close throughout the game.

Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) made 42 saves in a lights-out performance that included a bevy of incredible stops, including the save of the tournament in flurry of the dying minutes while the Americans were hanging on to a 4-3 lead before Phil Kesler (Vancouver Canucks) whacked in the game-clinching goal on the empty net.

The Canadians seemed to be cruising through the first two periods, content with turning on the burners when they had to in order to tie the game through Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) and again through Danny Heatley (San Jose Sharks), who leads the tournament with 4 goals along with USA’s Rafalski, who netted two in this game.

The Americans led at every intermission, 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second, but the viewer always felt that the depth of talent on Canada’s roster suggested they could turn on the pressure whenever they wanted to.  Unfortunately for them, it came too late.

Canada began the third period needing to kill off three consecutive penalties and the U.S. capitalized making it 4-2 with just under 13 minutes left.  The Canadian’s finally kicked into gear and the firing squad escalated on U.S. goalie Miller.  While one goal by Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) did slip by, Miller was up to the task, however, and made several amazing saves to preserve victory for the red, white, and blue.

This border matchup was sure to be a bruiser and it didn’t disappoint as the two squads made up entirely of NHL players left it all on the ice.  There was hard skating, huge hits, and immense passion on display as the teams battled for the top slot in Group A.

The spoils of the game for USA, are a first round bye in the playoffs where they will meet the winner of a game between Switzerland and Belarus.  Canada will face Germany for the right to face another arch-rival; the Russians.

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Tax Credit Deadline for Home Buyers Extended

The deadline for the federal tax credit to first time home buyers has been extended.  The federal government has also included an expansion for prospective buyers that already own a home.
The federal government has extended the $8,000 tax credit to new home buyers, and those who have not owned a home in the last three years, when they sign a contract to buy a home before April 30, 2010.  Congress also added a $6,500 tax incentive to those buyers who currently own a home and have lived there for the last five years.

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12 Days of Jennerette

The Buffalo Sabres play the Washington Capitols tonight at the Verizon Center.  As I told you yesterday I would have something special for you Caps fans.  Here it is, from the greatest hockey commentator in the business, Rick Jennerette’s 12 Days of Christmas:

By: David

The Mike Webb Team:

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NFL Draft

The 2010 NFL Draft takes place today at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  It offers a chance for teams to retool their rosters with the addition of college footballs best players.  The Washington Redskins have the 4th overall pick this year after a disappointing 4-12 season.  With a front office overhaul and the help of new coach Mike Shanahan and new general manager Bruce Allen the ‘Skins are expected to wheel and deal, with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, quarterback Jason Campbell, and linebacker Rocky McIntosh on the trading block, to add the four alloted selections they currently have.

David’s Mock Draft:
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
2. Detroit Lions – DT Ndamakah Suh (Nebraska)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma)
4. Washington Redskins – OT Russell Okung (Oklahoma State)
5. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Trent Williams (Oklahoma)
6. Seattle Seahawks – OT Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)
7. Cleveland Browns – S Eric Berry (Tennessee)
8. Oakland Raiders – OT Bruce Campbell (Maryland)
9. Buffalo Bills – QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – LB Rolando McClain (Alabama)
11. Denver Broncos – WR Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State)
12. Miami Dolphins – LB Sergio Kindle (Texas)
13. San Francisco 49ers – CB Joe Haden (Florida)
14. Seattle Seahawks – RB C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
15. New York Giants – DT Dan Williams (Tennessee)
16. Tennessee Titans – LB Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech)
17. San Francisco 49ers – OG Mike Iupati (Idaho)
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
19. Atlanta Falcons – LB Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)
20. Houston Texans – S Earl Thomas (Texas)
21. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma)
22. New England Patriots – DE/LB Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida)
23. Green Bay Packers – S Taylor Mays (Southern Cal)
24. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State)
25. Baltimore Ravens – DT Jared Odrick (Penn State)
26. Arizona Cardinals – DE Brandon Graham (Michigan)
27. Dallas Cowboys – OT Anthony Davis (Rutgers)
28. San Diego Chargers – RB Ryan Matthews (Fresno State)
29. New York Jets – DE Everson Griffin (Southern Cal)
30. Minnesota Vikings – CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers)
31. Indianapolis Colts – C Maurkice Pouncey (Florida)
32. New Orleans Saints – DE Jerry Hughes (Texas Christian)

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New EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules

On April 22nd, 2010 all residential renovations and/or remodeling in the United States will have to be done by EPA certified contractors.  This includes interior, exterior, large, and small projects on any home built before 1978 that may contain lead based paint.  Fines for neglect of the law may be up to $37,500 per violation.

Known as the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule requires the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning.  This new law affects a wide range of people including contractors, homeowners, property managers (landlords), Realtors, and training providers.  For more information, view the EPA website.

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Regional Groups Launch New Foreclosure Network

Article from the Washington Business Journal:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington launched on Wednesday the Capital Area Foreclosure Network, a group funded by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that will work to prevent foreclosures in the Washington area.

The group, comprised of local governments and nonprofits, as well as larger organizations such as NeighborWorks America, plans to conduct marketing and outreach campaigns and support existing nonprofits and coalitions that work with residents at risk of foreclosure.

CAFN released preliminary data from the Urban Institute that found a 2.9 percent foreclosure rate in the region, where foreclosure rates range from 1 percent in Arlington to 6 percent in Prince George’s County.

The institute found that 9.5 percent of all area mortgages were 30 days delinquent or more.

The Urban Institute plans to conduct further research of legal services, housing counseling and social services in the area to help the CAFN better connect at-risk residents to services.

The group will co-host an event May 6 with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Fannie Mae about new federal protections for renters whose landlords have gone into foreclosure.

It also plans to host an event with Freddie Mac about working with loan servicers.

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