Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's Wednesday












Welcome to Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 7th, the 250th day of 2011. There are 115 days left in the year.

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Russian plane carrying KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashes, at least 43 killed.

TSN video report on crash.

Crosby to address media today in Pittsburgh.

Winnipeg Jets unveil new uniforms.

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Todays Birthdays: Actress Julie Kavner is 61 ... Singer Chrissie Hynde is 60 ... Actor Corbin Bernsen is 57 ... Grammy Award winning songwriter Diane Warren is 55 ... Model Angie Everhart is 42 ... Figure skater Rudy Galindo is 42 ... Actress Shannon Elizabeth is 38 ... Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 24.

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USA Hockey Launches Revolutionary Online Coaching Education Modules

Age-Specific Modules Include On- and Off-Ice Lessons from Top Hockey Experts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Beginning today, and throughout September, USA Hockey is launching its series of revolutionary online, age-specific coaching education modules that will further enhance the organization's already highly regarded Coaching Education Program. The modules address on-ice skill development and team concepts, as well as off-ice training and overall athlete wellness.

"This is an exciting step forward," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It will arm our coaches with the latest and most specific information pertinent to the age level they're coaching. I'm not aware of any other youth sports organizations in our country that has anything like this."

Each of the modules - 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under and 16/18 & Under - uses animation, video and whiteboard examples along with written text and tests to cover a wide array of age-appropriate hockey topics. Among the on-ice topics covered in each module are skill development, practice planning, goaltending and team concepts. Additionally, the modules address off-ice issues such as off-ice training, nutrition, sport psychology, sleep awareness and drug and alcohol awareness.

All modules are hosted by U.S. Olympian Ed Olczyk and include content from longtime NHL coaches Barry Smith and Mike Sullivan; American Development Model Regional Managers Roger Grillo and Bob Mancini; medical professionals Dr. Dan Freigang and Dr. Chris Winter; and women's hockey experts such as current and former U.S. Women's National Team head coaches Mark Johnson, Ben Smith and Katey Stone.

USA Hockey-registered coaches must pass the age-specific module pertaining to the age level of children they are coaching. The modules are designed to take approximately five-to-six hours to complete, and include questions after each chapter that coaches must answer.

The 8 & Under module is available beginning today, while the other modules will be rolled out throughout the course of the month. A full schedule is below.

For more information, visit USAHockey.com/Coaching.

USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Modules
Age-Specific Release Dates

Module Date Available
8 & Under September 6
10 & Under September 13
12 & Under September 20
14 & Under September 27
16/18 & Under September 27

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Google Commemoration(founded) Day is today.

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Andy Fantuz to practice today. (And he even has his own website!)

Durant drives Riders' offence.

There's no rest for the weary and precious little time to celebrate, as the Riders and Bombers meet this coming Sunday in the annual Banjo Bowl game at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg. Game time, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling all the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, is 4:00pm EDT. The game can also be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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Today is Beer Lovers Day.

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Landry: Argos aim to straighten course with Jyles.

CFL.ca Power Rankings for Week #10.

Higgins: Mid-season flag stats and more.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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Registered trademark and brand holders are getting a chance to secure .xxx domains today (Wednesday). The organization which doles out domains to third parties like GoDaddy and Network Solutions is giving brands 50 days to claim their domain. For example, Coca-Cola can grab coca-cola.xxx. The cost is around $200 for brands to get their .xxx domains.

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Beavers unsettled going into big test at Wisconsin.

Beavers prepare for ESPN game at Wisconsin.

The 0-1 Oregon State Beavers travel to Wisconsin this Saturday for a meeting with the 1-0 Badgers, ranked #11 in the AP Top25 and #10 in the USA Today poll. Kickoff is set for 12:00pm EDT. Catch the game on 860AM KPAM and the Beaver Sports Network, with Mike Parker, Jim Wilson and Ron Callan calling the action. The game can be seen on ESPN2.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

Visit the school's official athletics website by clicking here.

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Grandma Moses Day is today.

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Let's go home everybody!

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You know when you absolutely need a bathroom, but there isn't a public one to be found? Well that problem will soon be gone thanks to Cloo -- short for Community and Loo -- an app that allows people to make their private restrooms available to the public for a small fee. If you're a restroom lender you may receive a small amount of money every time a loo-user shows up. And Cloo says "brand partnerships" will help to keep loo-lenders stocked with important toiletries.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. -- The celebration will have to wait.

The 11,611 in attendance at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night were denied a chance to witness the 1,000th win in Rays history, as Tampa Bay fell to the Rangers, 8-0, snapping their three-game winning streak.

It was the 14th time this season the Rays (77-64) have been shut out, as the Rangers' C.J. Wilson was the latest to take the honors. With the loss, Tampa Bay dropped to 5-3 in its season series against Texas, with one game to play.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Neither Snow nor Rain Day.

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SAN DIEGO, Ca. -- Call the Giants' 6-4 triumph Tuesday night over San Diego anything you want. Just don't call it conventional.

San Francisco's blueprint for victory included plenty of scribbling on the margins. For one thing, nobody from Opening Night's starting lineup started this game.

The 30-something journeyman batting leadoff wasn't Andres Torres, but Justin Christian.

The first baseman providing much-needed power wasn't veteran Aubrey Huff, but rookie Brett Pill.

The decision went to Eric Surkamp, who spent the bulk of this season at Double-A.

Read the rest here.

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Let's face it: Yahoo ain't what it used to be. The secret sauce it once had that made it so special has been gone for many years, partly because of better, smarter companies like Google. Maybe that'll change now that Yahoo has fired it's latest CEO. Her name is Carol Bartz and she emailed her employees Tuesday to say she was out.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis finished recording seasonal tracks for a forthcoming Christmas album.

1974 - The album "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" hit #44 in the U.K.

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Today is Salami Day. (Linky Link)

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - The half hour Saturday morning cartoon "The Beatles" aired its last show. The show had debuted on September 25, 1965.

1976 - Paul McCartney commemorated Buddy Holly's 40th birthday with the inauguration of "Buddy Holly Week" in Britain.

2010 - A parole board decided not to release Mark David Chapman. It was his sixth denial of parole.

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In Michigan a 43-year-old man told police his child's mother attacked him with a pasta strainer. The woman was arrested.

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Today in Sports History:

1896 - A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack. The race was held in Cranston, RI.

1963 - The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.

1979 - ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.

1986 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th NFL game, which set a NFL record.

1998 - Mark McGwire set a new major league baseball record for most homeruns hit in a single season. The previous record was 61 set in 1961.

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The Oscars people announced Tuesday that Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards in February.

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HAMPTON, Ga. -- It may have taken two extra days to complete the AdvoCare 500, but for Jeff Gordon, it was worth the wait.

The four-time Cup champion chased down teammate Jimmie Johnson in the waning stages of Tuesday's rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, then held off a furious rally by Johnson to score his third win of the season and the 85th of his career.

"Hell yeah! That's what I'm talking about boys!" an elated Gordon yelled after crossing the finish line .598 second ahead of Johnson.

Gordon was strong early, leading 100 of the first 164 laps. And after two brief stops for rain -- one that brought a halt to the action for nearly 25 minutes -- he slowly worked his way back into the lead on Lap 276, passing Johnson, and then held his advantage through a final round of green-flag pit stops on Lap 284.

He had nearly a 2-second lead with 22 laps remaining in the 325-lap race, but Johnson closed the gap and the two battled furiously through the closing moments.

"That was fun. I was slipping, he was slipping," Gordon said. "There were a couple of times I thought he had me.

"This team is on a roll."

Read the rest here.

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On this day in 1813, The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 6:35pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EDT

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 4:40pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 4:10pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs USF Bulls 7:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi (Road Course) 11:30pm EDT

Sunday --

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway 2:00pm EDT

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That's all for another day. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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