Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Today is September 18th, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.


Islanders' Okposo ready to build off career season.

Wild goalie Harding out indefinitely with injury.

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Today's Birthdays: Lance Armstrong is 43. Jada Pinkett Smith (a couple of Matrix films, Hawthorne) is 43. Jason Sudeikis (SNL, Horrible Bosses, We're the Millers.) is 39.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will open training camp this Thursday, September 18 at Amalie Arena, the team announced today. The team released its full schedule today, beginning with tomorrow's media day with players being available starting at approximately 10 a.m.

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The creator of the first dictionary of the English language, Samuel Johnson, was born in England on this date in 1709.


Schedule Announced for 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team
Season Culminates in Buffalo for
International Paralympic Committee World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the schedule for the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Highlighting the slate is the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, which will be hosted at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, New York April 24-May 2. Team USA is the reigning world champion after capturing gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Team USA kicks off international competition at the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Jan. 31-Feb. 8 in Edmonton, Alberta. The U.S. will host Canada for a three-game series March 24-29 in Indian Trail. North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte.
There will be three training camps leading up to international play. The first camp is set for Oct. 2-5 in Washington, D.C. It will also include the 2014 Disabled Hockey Workshop. Additionally, there will be camps in St. Louis, Missouri (Dec. 10-14) and Indian Trail, North Carolina (Jan. 22-25).
Head coach Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) is in his fourth season at the helm for the U.S. National Sled Team.
NOTES: Seventeen players were named to the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team on July 22. Eleven players return from the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won gold in Sochi, Russia, including goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.); defensemen Tyler Carron (Fort Collins, Colo.), Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.); and forwards Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.), Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.), Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) … Over the last five major International Paralympic Committee events, Team USA has won four gold medals (2010 and 2014 Paralympics, 2009 and 2012 World Championships) and one silver medal (2013 World Championship) … Dan Brennan(Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).


It was reported, by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in the United States on this date in 1763. The instrument was named the spinet and was made by John Harris.


Regina, SK. -- Expunge the Saskatchewan Err Show from your memory bank.

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Next up for the 8-3 Riders is a week 13 home game with the 1-9 Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday, September 21st. Kickoff for the game 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 The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on


Alexander Hamilton negotiated and secured the first loan for the United States on this date in 1789. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was repaid on June 8, 1790 at the sum of $191,608.81.



Video: Campbell: 'The Season Isn't Lost'.

Moffat: Many memories ahead of Sunday's HOF Game.

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A government report says that the Chinese have repeatedly hacked into US airlines' computers. [Which explains why every time that I fly the inflight movie is one of Jackie Chan's.]


Tampa, FL. --
Becht: 4 keys for Bucs vs. Falcons.
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U.S. President George Washington laid the actual cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol on this date in 1793.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Alex Cobb didn't come close to a no-hitter this time around. He didn't continue his streak of allowing two runs or fewer, either, or carry the Rays to a series sweep of the Yankees in the clubs' final meeting of the season. No, Cobb's last start at Tropicana Field in 2014 was a pedestrian 3-2 loss to New York on Wednesday night.

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One in three Americans are constantly worried about... money. A new survey found we are still feeling nervous from the recent recession and housing crisis. We are in constant fear of losing what we have today. More people are worried about finances than death or losing a family member. Our main worries when it comes to money is living paycheck-to-paycheck and falling into serious debt.


Phoenix, AZ. -- The more Giants who step forward to excel for the team, the better off they'll be as this season approaches what could be an exciting conclusion. Matt Duffy added his name to the list of key performers Wednesday.

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A woman drove her car through a glass window of a business in Somerville, Massachusetts. She was the only one injured. Fortunately her trip to the hospital was quick, since the glass window she drove through was part of Somerville Hospital.


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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland signed up to be Elvis Presley's guitar player. 

2005 - The TV mini-series "Elvis" received nominations in six categories for the 57th Annual Emmy Awards. The categories included Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, Outstanding Lead Actor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Randy Quaid), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Camryn Manheim).


Joan Rivers will be honored Friday on E! The network will pay tribute to the late host with an all-day marathon of Fashion Police episodes. Highlights include her 80th birthday celebration and her last appearance on the show before her death.


Today in Beatles History:

1974 - 
John Lennon was a guest DJ on WNEW-FM in New York. 

1984 - The Beatles shared the Video Vanguard category, with David Bowie, at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards. 

1993 - New Musical Express ranked John Lennon's album "Imagine" #34 on its list of The Greatest Albums of the 70's. 

2009 - The George Harrison inspired 2008-built Mini Cooper S Hatchback was sold at auction for £23,000.


Lifetime has found the voice for Grumpy Cat: Aubrey Plaza. The actress behind Parks and Recreation's April Ludgate is set to voice the surly kitty in Lifetime's TV movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, about a pet-store cat that is perpetually overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her. The TV movie will premiere on November 29.


Today in Sports History:

1915 - 
The first asphalt covered automobile race track was opened in Cranston, RI. 

1956 - Mickey Mantle hit his 50th home run. 

1962 - Charlie Finley was denied permission to move the Athletics to Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX. 

1965 - Mickey Mantle played in his 2,000th game. 

1972 - Art Williams became the first black umpire in National League history. 

1993 - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks played the Pittsburg Penguins in their first NHL pre-season game. 

1997 - Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo were elected to World Golf Hall of Fame.


The "Ed Sullivan Show" began on CBS-TV on this date in 1955. The show had been "The Toast of the Town" since 1948.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 8:25pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:10pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 300 at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:40pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:00am EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa Redblacks 2:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT


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

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