Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

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Today is September 9th, the 251st day of 2014. There are 114 days left in the year.

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Lightning's Drouin highlights Top 60 prospects.

Player Media Tour an eye-opener for NHL stars.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazzard) is 63. Hugh Grant is 54. Adam Sandler is 48. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) is 43. Michael Buble is 39.

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Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Monday his wrist has not yet fully recovered after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in April.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1776, the second Continental Congress officially made the term "United States", replacing the previous term "United Colonies."

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USA Hockey Adds Six to Model Association Contingent
Distinguished program welcomes additions from five different states
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that six additional youth hockey organizations have earned designation as a USA Hockey Model Association, bringing the total number of model associations nationwide to 17.
With this designation, each has committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate, age-specific skill development, in accordance with USA Hockey's American Development Model, throughout the 8-and-Under (mite), 10-and-Under (squirt) and 12-and-Under (peewee) age classifications.
The newly designated model associations include:
AssociationLocation
Admirals Hockey ClubGlen Ellyn, Illinois
Anaheim Wildcats Youth Hockey ClubAnaheim, California
Colorado Rampage Hockey ClubMonument, Colorado
Nassau County HockeyHicksville, New York
Schenectady Youth Hockey AssociationSchenectady, New York
Stongsville Youth Hockey ClubStrongsville, Ohio
"We're excited to welcome this next wave of model associations and we're excited for the kids who will benefit from the commitment of these associations to age-appropriate skill development," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "By taking this step, these associations are making a strong move to offer the best possible competition and training environment for their players."
As a benefit of their Model Association designation, each association will receive support from USA Hockey to implement the ADM throughout their programs, including in-person coaches training, on-ice instruction and parent education from USA Hockey's national staff. Further, each program will also receive equipment, signage and educational resources from USA Hockey.
Every youth hockey organization affiliated with USA Hockey has the opportunity to be recognized as a Model Association by meeting development-centric criteria outlined here.
For more information, contact Jayson Hron (jaysonh@usahockey.org / 719.538.1159).
NOTES: The six new USA Hockey Model Associations join an existing roster that includes the Arvada Hockey Association (Arvada, Colorado), Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (Littleton, Colorado), Colorado Springs Hockey Association (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Kettler Capitals (Kettler, Virginia), Kirkland Sno-King Hockey Association (Kirkland, Washington), Kirkwood Youth Hockey Association (Kirkwood, Missouri), Montgomery Youth Hockey Association (Montgomery, Maryland), New Jersey Bandits (Wayne, New Jersey), Orchard Lake United (Orchard Lake, Michigan) and the San Jose Junior Sharks (San Jose, California.)

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Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law on this date in 1836.

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Regina, SK. -- I wasn’t in the Rider locker room after Sunday’s 30-24 win Winnipeg, but I heard about it.

Read the rest here.

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 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

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California became the 31st state to join the union on this date in 1850.

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At least a week: Durant ruled out for Week 12.

Video: #KegSize Plays of the Week.

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

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U.S. President Grover Cleveland's wife, Frances Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther on this date in 1893. It was the first time a president's child was born in the White House.

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Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 657: Miles of toilet paper used in a lifetime by the average person.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays will open the 2015 season at home. Major League Baseball released next season's schedule on Monday afternoon, so Tampa Bay fans can mark the date on their calendars: Monday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. ET, Rays vs. Orioles at Tropicana Field.

Read the rest here.

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Very soon voters in Scotland will decide whether to remain with the UK or go independent. [They could stay with the team or declare free agency. There's even talk that they may return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.]

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San Francisco, CA. -- For the sixth year in a row, the Giants will open the regular season on the road, according to the preliminary 2015 schedule released Monday by Major League Baseball.

Read the rest here.

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Today (Tuesday) is a big day for Apple. They are taking the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, to take the wraps off of the iPhone 6. There are also rumors of an iWatch, secure payment, and other bits and bobs. For Apple geeks, it is the Super Bowl, Oscars, and Christmas morning all wrapped up into one.

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Jimmy does a first day word search.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the WNBA finals, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley performed "Love Me Tender" for his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show "Toast of the Town." He was shot from just the waist up during the performance. Elvis would make a total of three appearances on the show. 

2003 - The CD single for Elvis Presley's "Rubberneckin'" was released. The disc also contained two remixes by Paul Oakenfold. 

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With the iPhone 6 announcement happening today Amazon knows it needs to move it's Fire phone fast. The online retail giant has announced an agreement with AT&T to offer customers in the U.S. (and soon the UK) a Fire Phone for $.99 with a two year contract. That's a pretty steep discount considering the smartphones normally sell for around $200 to $400 depending on memory configurations. The Fire Phones haven't been selling all that well in their first three months of life and they've gotten so-so reviews from the press.

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Today in Beatles History:

1971 - 
John Lennon's LP "Imagine" was released. 

2009 - "The Beatles - Rock Band" was released.

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During a robbery in England, a robber's pants slipped down and he dropped a handful of cash. The machete-wielding man also tripped, causing his hood to come off and partially revealing his face. Police have released the footage.

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Today in Sports History:

1898 - 
In Omaha, NE, Tommy Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first logrolling championship. 

1950 - Sal Maglie of the New York Giants pitched a fourth consecutive shutout. Only four other pitchers in the National League had ever accomplished this feat. 

1965 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched the eighth perfect game in major league baseball history. 

1971 - Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings retired from the National Hockey League (NHL). 

1979 - Tracy Austin, at 16, became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open women’s tennis title. 

1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Brown’s combined yardage record when he reached 15,517 yards. 

1987 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) got his 4,500th strike out. 

1992 - Robin Yount became the 17th major league baseball player to reach 3,000 hits. 

1994 - Los Angeles prosecutors announced that they would not seek the death penalty against O.J. Simpson. 

1998 - The New York Yankees officially clinched the American League East title. It was the earliest in AL history. The Yankees ended the season 20 1/2 games ahead of second-place Boston. 

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco) hit three home runs to give him 63 for the season.

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TV TONIGHT: FASHION ROCKS - This 2-hour special, that coincides with New York Fashion Week, celebrates the relationship between fashion and music. Performers include Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, KISS, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Nicki Minaj, and the Band Perry. (9p ET, CBS)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday--

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 3:45pm EDT

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

Friday --

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 -- Myafibstory.com 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

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

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