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Monday 9.1.14
Today's Trivia: He's a psychologist, a television personality, author, and host of his own television show. He first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. Who is he?

Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Washington Nationals yesterday 5-3. The NL East-leading Nationals hit 10 home runs in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record for a three-game set established by Cleveland back in 2009. Seattle stopped its three-game losing streak. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who missed the previous two games to attend his daughter's wedding in Indiana, returned just before game time and assumed his duties. The Mariners are now a half-game behind Detroit in the race for that second AL Wild Card slot. Seattle opens a three-game series at Oakland beginning this afternoon.

If you're following the AL West, you're probably not surprised to hear that the Houston Astros today fired manager Bo Porter.

The Seattle Seahawks got their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 53 players over the weekend. Among those released was quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Seahawks acquired Pryor from the Oakland Raiders in April. Pryor came into training camp as possible competition for backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, but his performance in the preseason didn't warrant a roster spot as the team's No. 3 QB. Coming up Thursday night, it's the Green Bay Packers in the nationally televised NFL season opener at the Clink. That's also when the championship banner is being unveiled.

Interesting to note that yesterday was the last Sunday without NFL Football until February 8th.

The St. Louis Rams on Saturday cut defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player drafted into the NFL. The seventh-round pick earned his way through previous cuts, but was left off the Rams' final 53-man roster, which had to be finalized Saturday afternoon. In a series of tweets, Sam thanked the Rams for "giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," adding that his "journey continues."

The debut game of the Chris Petersen era at the University of Washington was not a triumph, but rather a 17-16 non-conference win Saturday night over a Hawaii team that was 4-and-20 over the previous two seasons. But a win is a win. The No. 25 Huskies are back in action Saturday at noon as they host the Eastern Washington Eagles at Husky Stadium.

Following their 41-38 loss to Rutgers, the WSU Cougars are back at it at 7:30 Friday night. They face the Nevada Wolf Pack at Reno.

In addition to being Labor Day, today is is Emma M. Nutt Day. In Boston on this day in 1878, Ms. Nutt became history's very first telephone operator. She held the job 33 years. Today is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, a celebration of words that don't rhyme with any other words. (orange, purple, and silver). Today is National Cherry Popover Day. International Enthusiasm Week begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. In 1967, Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band. In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Muammar Gaddafi to power. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. Ten years ago today, on this date in 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

In Latin septem means "the seventh." Originally, back when the new year started in March, September was the 7th month. September's birthstone is the sapphire. September is the busiest month for births in the US, more than 11,000 on an average day.

Birthdays: Comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 75; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 68; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 57; he won a reality contest to become singer for INXS, J.D Fortune is 41; and retired Seahawk Sidney Rice is 28.

September is National Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Children's Good Manners Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Coupon Month, Happy Cat Month, Hug a Texas Chef Month, National Honey Month, and Mold Awareness Month. September is Backpack Safety Month, International People Skills Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, National Biscuit Month, National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Velociraptor Awareness Month, and Pleasure Your Mate Month.

The Guardians of the Galaxy misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over this Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero Captain America to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. Guardians rang up $16.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, topping weekend charts for the third time since its August 1st debut. For the weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the No. 2 slot. The drama If I Stay based on a young adult novel about a girl who has an out of body experience after a catastrophic car accident, claimed third place. Low-budget horror flick As Above, So Below debuted in fourth place. The R-rated comedy Let's Be Cops rounded out the Top Five.

Trivia Answer: Phillip McGraw who turns 64 today. He's best known as Dr. Phil. His television show is also named Dr. Phil and it debuted in 2002. McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. After obtaining his Ph.D., McGraw joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had established his private psychology practice. Appearing on the Today Show in January 2008, McGraw said that he has made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. Magraw's license is currently is listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.