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Florida fireman has nation's top mustache

St. Louis -- A Florida firefighter's soup-strainer was named the country's top mustache at the "Stache Bash" in Missouri.

Brian Sheets of Orlando, who works as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and EMT instructor for the Central Florida Fire Academy in Kissimmee, was named the top mustachioed American in an online poll, gathering 22 percent of the 500,000 votes, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Wednesday.

Rose Bowl queen picked

Pasadena, Calif. -- Evanne Friedmann has been named the 93rd rose queen for the 2011 Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif., organizers announced Tuesday.

The announcement concludes a month-long process that began with more than 1,000 Pasadena-area young women who participated in the Tournament of Roses Royal Court tryouts.

Queen Evanne, 17, was selected from the recently appointed seven-member royal court and will reign over the 2011 New Year's Day festivities, culminating with the 122nd Rose Parade -- themed Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories -- and the 97th Rose Bowl game.

Leiweke named Lightning's CEO

Tampa, Fla. -- Tod Leiweke moved back to the NHL from the NFL Monday, taking over as chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Team Chairman Jeff Vinik said Leiweke will be the CEO of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment and its subsidiaries, the Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum. Leiweke also gets an ownership stake in Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, pending league approval.

"Tod has the vision, the passion and the experience to lead the franchise towards my goal of being world class on and off the ice," Vinik said. "He is an inspirational leader and I am delighted he has shown the confidence in the entire Tampa Bay community to join the Lightning."