Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

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Today is September 24th, the 266th day of 2014. There are 99 days left in the year.

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Jordan Staal breaks leg in Hurricanes preseason game.

Capitals excited to bring NHL Winter Classic to D.C..

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

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Today's Birthdays: Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) is 66. Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: Legendary Journeys) is 56. Nia Vardalos (My Life In Ruins, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is 52.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the highly-anticipated 2014-15 season at Amalie Arena hosting the Nashville Predators in the first preseason game for both teams.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. Congress passed the First Judiciary Act on this date in 1789. The act provided for an Attorney General and a lower federal courts.

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University of Minnesota Takes No. 1 in Preseason USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll
Defending NCAA National Champion, Clarkson University, Ranks No. 7
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Women's College Hockey Poll - Preseason

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolFinal 2013-14 Rank2013-14 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1.University of Minnesota, 174 (14)238-2-11
2.University of Wisconsin, 142 (4)328-8-21
3.Boston College, 127527-7-31
4.Harvard University, 123723-7-41
5.Boston University, 119924-13-11
6.Cornell University, 104424-6-41
7.Clarkson University, 65131-5-51
8.University of North Dakota, 46820-12-41
9.Mercyhurst University, 35624-9-41
10.Quinnipiac University, 241022-6-91
Others Receiving Votes: Northeastern University, 17; University of Minnesota Duluth, 15; Robert Morris University, 9.
Notes: Defending NCAA national champion, Clarkson University, ranks seventh, tallying 65 votes ... The Hockey East Association and the ECAC each have four teams in the rankings, while theWestern Collegiate Hockey Association has three and College Hockey America has two.
About the Poll: The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.



USA Hockey Foundation Announces 2014-15 Grant Recipients
Grants Support Efforts All Across the Nation
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — The USA Hockey Foundation announced today the nearly $650,000 in grants it has awarded for the 2014-15 season.

“Recipient programs are all heavily invested in growing and improving the sport of ice hockey in our country,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of The USA Hockey Foundation. “Through our growing list of generous donors, we're able to help make a difference in a wide variety of programs all across the country."

The USA Hockey Foundation is a charitable and educational nonprofit organization that provides long-range financial support for USA Hockey and promotes the growth of hockey. The foundation's primary interest in grant making is to assist USA Hockey, Inc., USA Hockey Affiliate Associations and charitable organizations that promote and grow the sport of ice hockey.
2014-15 USA Hockey Foundation Grant Recipients
Affiliate Block Grants$ 230,422
AHAI Diversity Program (HIFE)$ 10,000
Capital City Crew Program (HIFE)$ 5,000
Clark Park Youth Hockey (HIFE)$ 10,000
Columbus Ice Hockey Club (HIFE)$ 10,000
Defending the Blue Line (Military Youth Grant)$ 15,000
DinoMights (HIFE)$ 10,000
Disabled Hockey Section (Disabled Hockey Grants)           $ 100,000
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation$ 10,000
Evanston Youth Hockey Association (HIFE)           $ 5,000
Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program (HIFE)$ 10,000
Growing the Game (College Hockey/ACHA)$ 25,000
Hartford PAL Hockey Start-Up (HIFE)$ 10,000
Hasek’s Heroes (HIFE)$ 10,000
Ice Hockey in Harlem (HIFE)$ 10,000
Las Vegas Firefighters for Youth Hockey(HIFE)$ 10,000
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center (SPEC Grant)$ 64,337
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center (SPEC Grant)$ 9,404
Pittsburgh Ice (HIFE)$ 10,000
S.C.O.R.E. (HIFE)$ 10,000
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum (USHHF Museum Grant)$ 30,000
U.S. Women’s Sledge Hockey Team (Team Grant)$ 35,000
Westchester Hockey Organization (HIFE)$ 10,000
HIFE denotes Hockey Is For Everyone programs. HIFE is the NHL's youth development program that supports organizations that bring the sport to participants of all backgrounds.

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On this date in 1869, thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

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Regina, SK. -- No one is complaining today.

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Next up for the 9-3 Riders is a week 14 road game with the 8-4 Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, September 26th. Kickoff for the game at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton is set for 10:00pm 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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A new research program hopes to implant a small electrical device in humans that would monitor health then stimulate nerves to repair any damage. [Instead of two aspirin you'd take two batteries.]

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Landry: Happy bye week for Argos before home stretch.

Ready to Run: Cornish to re-enter Stamps lineup.


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

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"The Lamb," Douglas Fairbanks first film, was shown at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York City, NY on this date in 1915.

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Tampa, FL. --
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed to have all the right pieces to finish among the top-10 in the NFL on defense this year. But through three games, they're on the wrong end of the spectrum.



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"Roses and Drums" was heard on WABC in New York City on this date in 1933. It was the first dramatic presentation for radio.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Beavs journey to LA for clash with Trojans.

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A small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.

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Boston, MA. -- Alex Cobb didn't have his best stuff, the right-hander just had positive results Tuesday night, and the bats came alive late to lead the Rays to a 6-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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"The Bullwinkle Show" premiered in prime time on NBC-TV on this date in 1961. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as "Rocky and His Friends."

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Los Angeles, CA. -- Madison Bumgarner's action-packed Tuesday night made him an exception among the Giants. He jawed with Yasiel Puig, lined a two-run homer and pitched 7 1/3 effective innings, but the rest of the Giants did little else, as right-hander Zack Greinke subdued them for eight innings in Los Angeles' 4-2 triumph.

Read the rest here.

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Have you ever been hungry late at night, but unsure whether you wanted to get burgers or pizza? Your dilemma has been solved - thanks to White Castle and the "Slider Italiano Fest". It's a slice of pepperoni, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese on an original beef slider. There are also chicken-based sliders.

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I can't help it. I'm just a naturally happy guy!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as seeing your car go down the road on the back of a tow truck, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
The Elvis Presley single "Jailhouse Rock" was shipped. 

1977 - The first Elvis Presley convention took place in Memphis, TN. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Way Down" hit #18 in the U.S. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "The Sun Years" hit #31 in the U.K. 

1998 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

2002 - The tribute album "Elvis - 30 #1 Hits" was released. It was the first Elvis Presley album to debut at the top of the U.S. charts. The album also set a record by debuting at #1 in 17 territories.

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"60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV on this date in 1968.

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Today in Beatles History:

1984 - 
Paul McCartney released "No More Lonely Nights." 

2002 - Yoko Ono began testifying against Frederic Seaman in a federal trial she had filed in 1999. Seaman was accused to violating confidentiality agreements and profiting by stealing mementos and selling them to collectors after the death of John Lennon.

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TV TONIGHT: SEASON PREMIERE: SURVIVOR: BLOOD VS. WATER - The 29th season brings back the theme of contestants playing with a loved one. This season also brings back Exile Island. Some of the contestants include controversial former baseball relief pitcher John Rocker and his girlfriend and twin sisters Nadiya and Natalie Anderson from The Amazing Race. (8p ET, CBS)

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Today in Sports History:

1934 - 
Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player. 

1937 - The NHL Board of Governors introduced legislation that discouraged "icing" during the League's semi-annual meeting. The new rules would cause a face-off in the defending zone if a team shot the puck all the way down the ice without scoring a goal. 

1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open. 

1940 - Jimmie Foxx hit his 500th career home run. 

1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field. 

1989 - O.J. Simpson was a guest on the 15th Anniversary Special of "Saturday Night Live." 

2006 - The Detroit Tigers clinched their first playoff berth since 1987. 

2006 - Atlanta was eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

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After months of True Detective Season 2 speculation, HBO confirmed Tuesday that Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell will be starring. They will follow in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

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

Thursday --

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 10:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 6:05pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at USC Trojans 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 9:30am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 1:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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

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