Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's Wednesday




It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 14th, the 257th day of 2011. There are 108 days left in the year.

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Reports: Myers, Taveras entertaining long-term deals.

One-on-one with Mike Yeo, NHL's youngest coach.

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Todays Birthdays: Actor Walter Koenig is 75 ... Actor Sam Neill is 64 ... Actress Melissa Leo is 51 ... Wendy Thomas (namesake of the fast food restaurant) is 50 ... Actress Faith Ford is 47 ... Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is 46 ... Actor Dan Cortese is 44 ... Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 40.

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USA Hockey Launches Second in Series
of Revolutionary Online Coaching Education Modules
10 & Under Coaching Module Now Available

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey launched yesterday its second in a series of revolutionary online, age-specific coaching education modules that will further enhance the organization's already highly regarded Coaching Education Program. After releasing the module specific to 8 & Under kids on Sept. 6, the 10 & Under module is now available as well.

The modules address on-ice skill development and team concepts, as well as off-ice training and overall athlete wellness. USA Hockey-registered coaches must pass the age-specific module pertaining to the age level of children they are coaching (8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under and 16/18 & Under).

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.

The remaining 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

U.S. National Sled Hockey Teams to Hold Camp This Weekend
First Camp of the 2011-12 Season to Take Place in Indian Trail, N.C.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team will conduct their first training camp of the season beginning Thursday (Sept. 15) at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C. The camp, which runs through Saturday (Sept. 17), marks the first time the teams will practice following the announcement of the squads in August.

"I'm excited to get out on the ice and get to work," said Jeff Sauer, who was named head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in July. "Training and scrimmaging with the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team will force both teams to bring their best early."

The camp is the first of two joint camps for both squads, though each team will also take part in separate training camps in Indian Trail during the season. The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will take part in its first tournament of the season Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Calgary, Alta., while the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team will face Canada in a series of exhibition games Nov. 2-6 in Indian Trail.

For the full U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here. Meanwhile, for a complete U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.

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Today is the Stars and Stripes Forever Day.

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Riders crediting Miller for winning ways.

Butler named Top Canadian Player of the Week.

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

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Today is International Migratory Bird Day.

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CFL notebook: Argos, Bombers, Riders edition.

Williams playing more like a veteran than a rookie.

Stamps opt for Paredes despite Maver's return.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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This is National Windmill Day.

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Beavers in the NFL: Week #1.

Nassar Named Pac-12 Volleyball Freshman of the Week.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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

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Princeton joined Harvard University atop the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of U.S. colleges released on Tuesday.

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The 2011 NFL season has begun. Here's the week one schedule:

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 8th
At Green Bay 42, New Orleans 37

Sunday, September 11th
At Chicago 30, Atlanta 12
Cincinnati 27 at Cleveland 17
Buffalo 41 at Kansas City 7
Philadelphia 31 at St. Louis 13
At Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14
At Baltimore 35, Pittsburgh 7
At Houston 34, Indianapolis 7
Detroit 27 at Tampa Bay 20
At Washington 28, NY Giants 14
At Arizona 28, Carolina 21
At San Diego 24, Minnesota 17
At San Francisco 33, Seattle 17
At NY Jets 27, Dallas 24

Monday, September 12th
New England 38 at Miami 24
Oakland 23 at Denver 20

Week 2
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 18th
Kansas City at Detroit 1:00 PM
Oakland at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Chicago at New Orleans 1:00 PM
Baltimore at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Seattle at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Arizona at Washington 1:00 PM
Green Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM
Dallas at San Francisco 4:05 PM
San Diego at New England 4:15 PM
Houston at Miami 4:15 PM
Cincinnati at Denver 4:15 PM
Philadelphia at Atlanta 8:20 PM

Monday, September 19th
St. Louis at NY Giants 8:30 PM

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Tonight is Stay Up All Night Night. (I guess that makes sense.)

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Here's Jimmy, two years ago today.

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Al-Qaeda released a posthumous video message from Osama bin Laden. (It was the centerpiece of the big Osama tribute concert organized by his brother Jermaine.)

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Rays relief pitcher J.P. Howell took a quick look when Matt Wieters sent his 1-1 changeup flying towards the left-field seats in the bottom of the eighth, realized the ball wasn't coming back and kneeled on the mound, while Wieters rounded the bases and the fans at Camden Yards roared.

The frustration kept Howell kneeling for several seconds. Wieters snapped a tie with his two-run blast and gave the Orioles a 4-2 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night in a game that slipped away from Tampa Bay, something that's quite frustrating in a pennant race.

Read the rest here.

More Rays' News:

Damon joins exclusive 200-HR, 400-steal club.

James Shields exhibits traits of Clemente nominee.

Rays open with Yanks, close at home in 2012.

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This is World Fair Trade Day.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. -- Maybe the season has lasted a little too long for the Giants. But the duration suits Mark DeRosa.

Finding a way to cope with his injured left wrist, DeRosa has thrived in his sporadic appearances since leaving the disabled list in early August. His latest deed was Tuesday night's two-out, tiebreaking single in the 12th inning that lifted the Giants to their third consecutive victory, a 3-2 decision over the San Diego Padres.

Read the rest here.

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Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge on this date in 1807. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.

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Today in Elvis History:

1948 - Elvis Presley's single "Paralyzed" hit #8 in the U.K.

2005 - The cast members of the musical "All Shook Up" appeared on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children."

2004 - The Elvis Presley CD "Good Rockin' Tonight" was released in the U.S.

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On this date in 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.

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Today in Beatles History:

1995 - Hand written lyrics for "Getting Better" by Paul McCartney sold for $249,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

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In New York City on this date in 1899, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality.

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Today in Sports History:

1916 - Christy Mathewson (Cincinnati Reds) won his 373rd career game. It was the only victory he had earned for a team other than the New York Giants during his 17-year career.

1959 - The $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opened.

1968 - Denny McLain (Detroit Tigers) became baseball's first 30-game winner in 34 years. Dizzy Dean (St. Louis) had earned 30 wins in 1934.

1986 - Bob Brenley (San Francisco) tied a major league baseball record when he committed four errors in one inning.

1987 - Tony Magnuson cleared 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp and set a new skateboard high jump record.

1987 - The Toronto Blue Jays set a club record of 10 home runs when they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 18-3.

1990 - Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. (Seattle Mariners) hit back-to-back home runs off California Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill in the first inning. The Angels won the game 7-5.

1994 - It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled. Baseball owners had voted 26-2 in favor of ending the season. The result was a year with no World Series for the first time since 1904.

1999 - Leon Lett (Dallas Cowboys) was suspended for seven games as punishment for a fifth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

2002 - Tim Montgomery (American) set a world record in the 100 meters when he finished in 9.78 seconds. The previous record had been set in 1999 by Maurice Green (9.79 seconds).

2003 - Jamal Lewis (Baltimore Ravens) set an NFL record for yards gained in a single-game when he gained 295 yards rushing. The Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 33-13.

2003 - Vinny Testaverde (New York Jets) became the ninth player in NFL history to pass for over 40,000 yards.

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"My Mother The Car" premiered on NBC TV on this date in 1965. It's last episode aired September 6, 1966. Depending on the poll, it's generally been ranked as either the first or second worst show of all time.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

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

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

Thursday --

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

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

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues at Orlando, Fl. 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

Saturday --

Pac-12 College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs UCLA Bruins 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 4:15pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Showcase vs TBD, TBA

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