Friday, September 12, 2014

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Today is September 12th, the 254th day of 2014. There are 111 days left in the year.


Analysis: Rules changes could create more scoring.

Niederreiter, Wild agree to three-year contract.

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Today's Birthdays: Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, Risky Business, The Matrix) is 63. Comedian Louis C.K. is 47. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 33.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning last season reaped the rewards of a farm system that has improved vastly since Steve Yzerman took the helm and plotted a development course.

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English explorer Henry Hudson sailed down what is now known as the Hudson River on this date in 1609.


Teams Grier and Olczyk Set for
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
Game Set for September 25 at Buffalo's First Niagara Center
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While the players for the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were previously announced, USA Hockey today unveiled the division of players that will comprise Team Grier and Team Olczyk. Former NHL players Mike Grier andEddie Olczyk will each coach a team in the event, which will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The game is slated for Sept. 25, at First Niagara Center, home of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.
Twenty-three players appeared on NHL Central Scouting's "Futures List," which highlights players that have potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
The game will include four players from New YorkJeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.), Joseph Cecconi(Youngstown, N.Y.), Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.) and Steven Ruggiero (Kings Park, N.Y.).

For the complete Team Grier and Team Olczyk rosters, click here.

For more information on the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, or to purchase tickets,

Notes: Follow @USAHockey on Twitter for information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG ... Don Granato (Team Grier) and Nick Fohr (Team Olczyk) of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program will serve as assistant coaches … The officials selected for the event can be found here ... CCM-designed uniforms will be unveiled next week … Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... 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.


The first practical typewriter was sold to customers on this date in 1873.


Regina, SK. -- "He's one of the guys. You see that the players love him. That means a ton." Find out why Rod Pedersen thinks Tino Sunseri is the right man for the job on Countdown To Game Day.

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Next up for the 8-2 Riders is a week 12 away game at the 2-7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, September 14th. Kickoff for the game at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton is set for 1:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on


Patent litigation involving the Bell Telephone Company against Western Union Telegraph Company and Elisha Gray began on this date in 1878. The issues were over various telephone patents.



2014 Game Notes: A look at Week 12.

Reilly not 100 per cent but will play versus Als.

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The Episcopal Church removed the word "Obey" from the bride's section of wedding vows on this date in 1922.


Tampa, FL. -- Jeff Tedford's participation in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game-planning is once again limited, which is not good news.

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A Utah elementary school teacher with a concealed weapon permit accidentally shot himself in the leg in front of his students. ["Extra credit to anyone who remembers how to apply a tourniquet."]


New York, NY. -- The Yankees feasted on "Jake & The Box" for two late homers Thursday night en route to a 5-4 walk-off win over the Rays.

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A new study shows that if you place germs on a office building's door handle, the germs will spread to people scattered throughout a large scale structure in only hours.


San Francisco, CA. -- The last time the Dodgers visited AT&T Park, Jake Peavy was in his first weekend as a Giant and his new teammates were reeling: Angel Pagan was injured, production from second base didn't exist, and Matt Cain was just pronounced lost for the season.

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Parents in a village in England have removed around 14 children from a school after they instituted a blanket ban on packed lunches. Milefield Primary School (in Grimethorpe) says the only options open to parents now are to let them have a school lunch or to go home.


Here's Jimmy in his new classroom.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to the drug store, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - 
Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse attended a special showing of "G.I. Blues" for theater owners. Prowse was his co-star in the movie. 

1966 - Production began on the Elvis Presley film "Easy Come, Easy Go." 

1977 - The Elvis Presley single "Way Down" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

1980 - An in-depth report on the death of Elvis Presley aired on ABC-TV’s "20/20". It raised so many unanswered questions that the official case concerning Elvis’ death was reopened. 

2000 - The Elvis Presley boxed set "Peace in the Valley - The Complete Gospel Recordings" was released. 

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed on "The Ellen Degeneres Show." 


A driver in England (Lincolnshire) has racked up almost $23,000 in parking fines after ignoring more than 140 tickets. David Lee's bill is one of the highest ever recorded in the UK, and grew so large after he repeatedly broke the rules, often by parking in disabled spaces.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - 
The Beatles received a gold record for "Yellow Submarine." 

1977 - James Louis McCartney was born. He is the third child of Paul McCartney. 

2005 - Paul McCartney's album "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" was released. It was his 20th solo album.


Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, now an ESPN analyst, will be joining ABC's Good Morning America as a contributor effective this coming Monday.


Today in Sports History:

1979 - 
Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs. 

1984 - Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. 

1984 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets set a rookie strikeout record with his 251st strikeout of the season. 

2002 - A judge announced that a jury would have to decide who would get the ball that Barry Bonds hit for his record 73rd home run. The ownership of the ball, with an estimated value of $1 million, was being disputed between two men that had been in the bleachers. 

2006 - Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders) signed a 15-year contract worth $67.5 million.


IN THEATERS: Dolphin Tale 2 (PG). No Good Deed (PG-13). The Drop (R, limited release).


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered By Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway 3:30pm EDT

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EDT

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

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 10:00am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- 400 at Chicagoland Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs St. Louis Rams 4:05pm EDT

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


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

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