Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Minnesota Faces Former Minnesota In NHL Playoffs

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DALLAS (AP) – Patrick Sharp is getting ready to face Minnesota in a playoff series for the fourth year in a row. It will be the first for the Dallas Stars, the franchise with roots in the Twin Cities.

Known as the North Stars before moving south to Dallas in 1993, the Stars are the top seed in the Western Conference. They open their first-round series at home Thursday night against the Wild, the team that eventually replaced them in Minnesota.

“I’m sure it means something to the fans,” Stars center Jason Spezza said. “For us as players, it’s a little different generation for us, we weren’t directly involved in it.”

Spezza and Sharp were acquired in trades the past two offseasons, and with the high-scoring young All-Star duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin helped lead Dallas to its first No. 1 seed since consecutive Stanley Cup appearances in 1999 and 2000.

The Wild, in their 15th season since entering the NHL as an expansion team, are hurting going into their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. Top scorer Zach Parise (25 goals) won’t even travel for the first two games because of an upper-body injury that has kept him off the ice for more than a week.

“It changes lines and the combinations we have and special teams. In every area of the game, it will have an effect,” center Mikko Koivu said. “But if he’s in, if he’s not, then we’ve got to react to that as a team and go from there.”

The Wild will also be without Thomas Vanek (18 goals) while Erik Haula, a solid third-line center who defends well, will likely be a game-time decision.

When the Stars won their only Stanley Cup title in 1999, they beat Buffalo and Lindy Ruff, now their third-year coach. Sharp was part of his third Stanley Cup championship last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Stars won four of five meetings this season against Minnesota, three in overtime along with a 6-3 win that included two empty-net goals — among the Stars’ NHL-record 24 empty-netters and NHL-best 265 goals overall this season. Minnesota’s victory was 2-1.

But the last of those games was Feb. 9, before the Wild fired Mike Yeo and named John Torchetti the interim coach.

“Their defense is involved a little bit more … Offensively, I think they’ve got a little bit more giddy-up and go in them,” Ruff said. “There’s going to be some structure changes for them and there might be personnel that are in or out. The playoffs, I wipe the slate clean and you start from Game 1.”

Some things to know when the Central Division foes meet in the playoffs for the first time:

SEGUIN SKATING: All-Star forward Tyler Seguin was back on the ice this week after missing Dallas’ last 10 games because of a small cut of his left Achilles tendon. Seguin had 73 points in 72 games before getting hurt. Ruff said Wednesday that Seguin was available to play, but that a decision for Game 1 wouldn’t be made until Thursday. Seguin and Benn (89 points) are the NHL’s highest-scoring teammates over the past two seasons.

WILD ENDINGS: Minnesota has finished its last three playoff appearances with losses to Chicago and Sharp. The Wild lost a first-round series in 2013 when the Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup. The two teams met in the second round each of the last two seasons after Minnesota’s first-round upsets — over Colorado in 2014 and St. Louis last year.

WHICH FIN IN NET?: Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen have split goaltending duties for the Stars all season, and likely will do so to start the playoffs after both Finnish players recorded 25 wins this season. Ruff said he wouldn’t name a starting goalie before Game 1.

DIFFERING FINISHES: Minnesota ended the regular season with five straight losses, after winning six in a row before that. While the Wild were 15-11-1 after Torchetti took over as coach, they had the fewest points (87) by a Western Conference playoff team since San Jose in 1999-2000. Dallas won eight of its last 10 games, including 3-2 over Nashville in the regular season finale when Spezza had a hat trick and the Stars clinched the top seed.

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Toyota Recalling 60,000 Cars For Air Bag Defect

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TORRANCE, California (AP) – Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 60,000 Avalon and Camry sedans in North America because their front passenger air bags may not deploy in a crash.

The recall involves Avalons and Camrys from the 2016 model year. Almost all were sold in the U.S.; about 1,500 were sold in Canada and Mexico.

Toyota says the cars have a system that activates or deactivates the front passenger air bags depending on the weight of the passenger. In some of the affected vehicles the system was improperly calibrated, so the front passenger air bags and knee air bags may not deploy.

Toyota says it’s unclear how many times the condition has occurred or whether it has been responsible for any injuries.

Owners will be notified. Toyota dealers will recalibrate the system for free.

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Rangers Call Up Reliever Alex Claudio

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SEATTLE (AP) – The Texas Rangers called up left-handed reliever Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday and optioned right-hander Phil Klein.

Claudio, 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 33 relief appearances with Texas during the last two seasons, struck out two and walked one in two scoreless innings in his only game this season with Round Rock.

Klein pitched three scoreless innings in two relief appearances this season with Texas.

“A left for right switch based on the number of left-handed hitters on this club,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said before Wednesday’s game at Seattle. “The No. 1 thing, Phil Klein being the long guy in that swing role of only three innings in 10 days.”

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MLB To Incorporate Pink On Jerseys For Mother’s Day

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NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball teams will wear specially designed jerseys for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this season.

Team scripts and logos will incorporate pink for Mother’s Day on May 8 and light blue for Father’s Day on June 19. The commissioner’s office said Wednesday that there also will be special caps, with gray crowns and brims.

Clubs also will wear camouflage design scripts for Memorial Day on May 30 and caps with red, white and blue on the Fourth of July, along with special jerseys. For Toronto, Memorial Day jerseys will feature a Canadian Forces color scheme and July 4 caps will have a Maple Leaf design.

MLB will donate its licensed uniform royalties to Susan G. Komen (Mother’s Day), the Prostate Cancer Foundation (Father’s Day), Stand Up to Cancer (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), Welcome Back Veterans (Memorial Day and Independence Day) and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” (Memorial Day).

Players in the All-Star Game at San Diego on July 12 will wear caps containing logos outlined in gold.

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Police Seek Haltom City Woman After Grandson’s Death

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HALTOM CITY (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Haltom City are searching for a woman who has been accused of injuring her 2-year-old grandson last month. According to authorities, Patricia Flores was caring for young Lyfe Flores when the child was left alone in a bathroom with hot running water.

The toddler sustained “significant burns to his body,” the Haltom City Police Department said. But while this alleged incident took place on March 24, officials stated that Flores waited six days before seeking any medical treatment for the child’s burns. Police were called to her home, located in the 2100 block of Haltom Road, on March 30 and found the injured boy.

Lyfe was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, and then to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. However, last Monday morning, the child died from his injuries. Authorities said that the lack of medical treatment led to an infection. That might have contributed to the toddler’s death.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy, but has not yet determined the boy’s cause of death.

Meanwhile, an arrest warrant was issued for Flores. She faces a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, with a $75,000 bond. But police officers have been unable to locate the grandmother. Authorities believe that she may now be in the San Antonio area.

Flores has been described as a 43-year-old woman, about 5 feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police are hoping that the public can help lead them to her location. Anyone with information about Flores is urged to call 817-222-7027 and speak with the Haltom City Police Department.


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The 2016 New York International Auto Show

The Tampa Bay International auto show comes to town every November and it’s a great event to attend. It’s right on the water in downtown Tampa, there’s plenty of space for the new cars and you can sign up for a free year of Motor Trend magazine and there really isn’t a catch. Other large cities also have similar events, but none quite like the one that happens this time of year in New York City. The city is alive in the spring when the smell of urine stained snowbanks transform in to the smell of urine soaked alley ways.

I sent a professional photographer to the NYC show last week, he took many amazing pictures and learned many new things. The most important being, make sure you bring a BMW key fob to the show with you, because they’ll let you in the VIP area, high above the floor and away from the hoards of non-BMW owning peasants. Please enjoy the pretty pictures Justin Alexander took with what I assume is a very expensive camera.

View from the BMW VIP Zone. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

View from the BMW VIP Zone. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Not sure if this is going to show up on Portlandia. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Not sure if this is going to show up on Portlandia. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Twin Turbo V6 Bumblebee Ford. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Twin Turbo V6 Bumblebee Ford. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

The cammo isn't fooling anyone. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

The cammo isn’t fooling anyone. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Orange video game Datsun (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Orange video game Datsun (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

New Camaro is awesome (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

New Camaro is awesome (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

#teamblue (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

#teamblue (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

I'm almost old enough to buy one of these (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

I’m almost old enough to buy one of these (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Interesting (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Interesting (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

I'm not going to make a diesel joke (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

I’m not going to make a diesel joke (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Still not making a diesel joke (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Still not making a diesel joke (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

It was given a speeding ticket for "Tremendous Potential" (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

It was given a speeding ticket for “Tremendous Potential” (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Fatty (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Fatty (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Hellyeah (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Hellyeah (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

ZL1 Camaro with enough power to cause internal injuries upon acceleration (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

ZL1 Camaro with enough power to cause internal injuries upon acceleration (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

All the rage in Dubai (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

All the rage in Dubai (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Most of you reading this won't make enough money in your lifetime to cover an oil change for this car (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Most of you reading this won’t make enough money in your lifetime to cover an oil change for this car (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

It's a Spyker. Google it. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

It’s a Spyker. Google it. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Wind tunnel tested Lotus (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Wind tunnel tested Lotus (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Seriously, no more VW jokes. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Seriously, no more VW jokes. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

With stripey stripes. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Smiley. With stripey stripes. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Shiny (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Shiny (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

The choice of the discriminating football player (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

The choice of the discriminating football player (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

The choice of the discriminating football players agent (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

The choice of the discriminating football players agent (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Muscular Bentley (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

This is a Hyundai? (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Maserati status: Check Engine light illuminated (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Maserati status: Check Engine light illuminated (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Cadillac ATS-V Twin Turbo V6 is a hit. #teamblue (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Cadillac ATS-V Twin Turbo V6 is a hit. #teamblue (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Lincoln is still trying. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Lincoln is still trying. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Something funny Matthew McConaughey (Photo credit Justin Alexander)

Something funny Matthew McConaughey (Photo credit Justin Alexander)

Love an orange Jag (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Love an orange Jag (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Thanks for the VIP, BMW (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Thanks for the VIP, BMW (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Classic BMW M1. Worth more than you life. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Classic BMW M1. Worth more than you life. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Efficient German Electricity (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Efficient German Electricity (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Mercedes Benz C63 Convertible that will rip your hair out. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Mercedes Benz C63 Convertible that will rip your hair out. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Audi's R8 remains beautiful (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Audi’s R8 remains beautiful (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Don't tell anyone, but it's basically a Lamborghini. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

Don’t tell anyone, but it’s basically a Lamborghini. (Photo credit: Justin Alexander)

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