Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Tuesday












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 26th, the 237th day of 2014. There are 128 days left in the year.

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With quick changes, Canucks expect playoff return.

Family ties help prospects acclimate to NHL level.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 54. Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Bridesmaids, Mike and Molly, ) is 44. Macaulay Culkin is 34. Chris Pine (Star Trek movies) is 34.

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Tampa, FL. -- Ben Bishop still can't quite believe the freaky way last season abruptly ended for him.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1842, the first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.

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J.D. Forrest Named Intern Assistant Coach
at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program 
Forrest to Aid U.S. National Under-18 Team
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - J.D. Forrest (Auburn, N.Y.) will serve as intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the 2014-15 season, it was announced today.
A draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2000, Forrest recently completed an 11-year professional career that included stints with teams in the ECHL, American and in Europe.
Prior to his time in professional hockey, Forrest patrolled the blue line for Boston College from 2000-04. While with the Eagles, he appeared in 144 games and registered 24 goals and 73 assists. Forrest was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2001 and was a member of Team USA that same year at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Russia. In 2002-03, he was an NCAA All-America Second Team selection.
Forrest is an original member of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (1997-2000). He skated for the first U.S. squad that participated in the IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship (1999) and contributed three points (1-2) in six games.
NOTES: Forrest ranks first in career games played with the NTDP (208) and is also tied for the lead in career assists (88) along with Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06). Additionally, he holds the NTDP record for career points by a defenseman (111), with his 1999-2000 campaign ranking sixth best among blue-liners for a single season (41) ... Forrest's cousins, Chad Morin(Auburn, N.Y./2003-05) and Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y./2007-09), both skated for the NTDP.
ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Celebrating its 18th season of play in 2014-15, the goal of the full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.


Tickets On Sale for 2014 CCM/USA Hockey
All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo
Forty-Two Americans Eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft
to Face Off Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tickets are on sale now for the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game that will take place Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.
The game assembles 42 of the top U.S. players who are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The roster will be announced Wednesday (Aug. 27) morning.
Visit BuffaloSabres.com to order tickets. They are priced at $10 for 100/200 level and $7 for 300 level.
Notes: For more details about the event, visit allamericanprospectsgame.com ... Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game are chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting … Head coaches for the game will be announced in early September … CCM-designed uniforms will be unveiled in mid September … The Buffalo Sabres and First Niagara Center are hosting the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game for the second time. They put on the inaugural event Sept. 29, 2012, when Team McClanahan beat Team Housley, 5-2.

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The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten on this date in 1873.

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Regina, SK. -- Former Saskatchewan Roughriders star Weston Dressler has been released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the 6-2 Riders is a week 10 home game against the 6-3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, August 31st. Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium in Regina is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

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The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect on this date in 1920. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.

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Top 10 Plays of Week 9.

CFL.ca Power Rankings: No changes top to bottom.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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NEW ON DVD - Released August 26

Blended
Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series
Sons of Anarchy: Season 6
Criminal Minds: Season 9
Elementary: Season 2
Portlandia: Season 4
The Walking Dead: Season 4

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Buffalo, NY. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

Read the rest here.

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The American Academy of Pediatricians issued a recommendation that schools begin later in the morning so that students can get the proper amount of sleep. [And teachers would have more time to enjoy their morning cocktails.]

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Baltimore, MD. -- Something wasn't right with Jake Odorizzi on Monday night.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1939, the radio program, "Arch Oboler’s Plays", presented the NBC Symphony for the first time.

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San Francisco, CA. -- One reason the Giants are looking up at the rival Dodgers in the National League West race? The teams' performances against the Rockies, owners of the NL's worst record.

Read the rest here.

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Prepare to battle the most traffic we've seen in six years on Labor Day, according to AAA. That's 34.7 million cars traveling at least 50 miles from home, the highest since 2008 when the recession hit.

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Jimmy is ready to go to school.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as National Dog Day, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1961 - 
Elvis Presley's album "Something For Everybody" hit #1 in the U.S. 

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "Suspicious Minds" was released. 

1969 - In Las Vegas, Elvis Presley began laughing during a performance of "Are You Lonesome Tonight." The performance was recorded and was released on several RCA releases.


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Just broken up with your ex of five years? The bad news is that you won't be fully over the break up until next January. A British study into the psychological impact of rejection has found that, following a break up, people take an average of one month to recover for every year spent in a relationship. One in 12 said they have never recovered from romantic rejection.

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Today in Beatles History:


1963 - 
The Beatles played at the Odeon Cinema. The supporting acts were Tommy Quickly, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black (who were making their first major appearance on stage.) 

1968 - The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released. The U.S. single was "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution." 

1997 - Yoko Ono's "It's Alright (I See Rainbows)" was released. 

1997 - Yoko Ono's "Season of Glass [Remaster]" was released. 

1997 - Yoko Ono's "Starpeace" was released. 

2003 - John Lennon's album "Imagine" was released on a gold disc.


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Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher earned an estimated $26 million this year between June 2013 to June 2014, putting him at the top of Forbes' annual list of TV's top-earning actors.


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Today in Sports History:


1939 - 
The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

1947 - Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball. 

1961 - The International Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto opened. The project had been approved on September 11, 1943. 

1998 - In east Bohemia, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek was fined $30 for speeding when he ran his Ferrari off the road and hit a tree. 


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On this date in 1987, the Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. The company that had sold its products door to door for 81 years.


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 3:45pm EDT

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

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Washington Redskins 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Portland State Vikings 4:00pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- MavTV 500 at Fontana, California 4:00pm EDT

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Great Clips 300 Benefitting Feed The Children at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

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

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

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