Friday Tibits 4/4/08
The Celtics were the first to reach the 60 win mark. Kobe exploded for 53 but lost to Memphis. Al Thornton kept it rolling with 39 of his own as the other LA team actually beat Memphis. Miami made just 17 FGs in a lost to Boston. That’s just sad. Minnesota beat Utah. Jermaine O’Neal made his return. Amare Stoudemire had 41 points as Phoenix overcame a 22 deficit to beat Denver. Steve Nash had 18 assists, but Denver got revenge against Phoenix. Well, it seems that the Knicks lost the game of chicken with the Timberwolves (McHale) and the Lions (Millen). They hired Donnie Walsh to take over, which all but seals Isiah Thomas’ fate. Dirk, Arenas, and Gasol all returned on Wednesday. Larry Brown is bored and wants to coach again.
Pittsburgh won the Atlantic Division. This Week’s Shutouts: Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Columbus, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Vancouver, Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Ottawa, Washington’s Cristobal Huet vs. Florida, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek vs. Nashville, Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen vs. Tampa Bay, Montreal’s Carey Price vs.Ottawa, and NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. the Islanders. Montreal will be without Saku Koivu for the rest of the season and possibly some of the playoffs. Carolina’s Chad LaRose recorded a hat trick against Tampa Bay. Antoine Vermette did the same against Toronto. The Wild won the Northwest Division. Ovechkin broke the single-season record for goals scored by Winger (64). Detroit won the Presidents’ Trophy…again.
Kosuke Fukudome made a splash his Cubs’ debut. He went 3 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBI. Arizona’s Doug Davis will have surgery for thyroid cancer. He’s expected to miss about a month. Good luck Doug. Jeff Conine officially retired. Washington opened their new ballpark, as well as baseball in the United States, with a win over Atlanta. The Orioles cut Jay Gibbons. It’s unclear if he catches on with another team if he’ll have to serve his 15 day HGH suspension. Johan Santana took care of business in his Mets’ debut striking out 8 and picking up the win. Jim Thome and Xavier Nady smacked two HRs in the season opener. RP Rudy Seanez signed with the Phillies. Tampa signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Dan Wheeler. Pedro pulled his hammy. J.J. Putz landed on the DL with bad ribs. Dodger 3B Coach Larry Bowa got suspended three games for arguing after he left the coach’s box. Then he goes on record saying that he got suspended while confessed steroid users didn’t. Pretty ballsy. Kevin Youkilis broke the record for consecutive games at 1st without an error. The Braves put Mike Hampton on the DL…big surprise. The Royals swept Detroit.
Henry was cut by the Bengals after yet another arrest. Instead of giving him a contract extension, the Jets have decided to guarantee the final two years on Laveranues Coles’ contract. Matt Leinart got into some hot water (puh dum pah) because of some pictures that made their way to TMZ.com. One he was helping a girl do a beer bong. In another he was sharing a hot tub with four women. I fail to see the problem. Wasn’t Broadway Joe known for doing the same thing. Chris Jacksonville signed Jack Del Rio to a contract extension. James Harrison had the charges dropped against him.
#10 Davidson continued its impressive roll knocking off #3Wisonsin to move into the Elite 8. Stephen Curry led the way with 33 points. It was his fourth straight 30+ point tournament game dating back to last year. Joining them are #1 Kansas (who beat Villanova), #1 Memphis (who beat Michigan State), and #2 Texas (who beat #3 Stanford). #1′s UCLA (over Xavier) and UNC (over Louisville) punched their tickets to the Final Four last Saturday. On the following Sunday #1′s Memphis (over Texas) and Kansas (sadly over Davidson) made it the first all-one seed Final Four ever. Tyler Hansbrough, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, D.J. Augustin, and Chris Douglas-Roberts were named First Team All-Americans. None of them are seniors, which is the first time that happened. Stanford will be losing a pair of Redwood trees as Robin and Brook Lopez will test the NBA waters. Robin should have stayed in school. Cal’s Ryan Anderson will join them. Indiana hired Tom Crean to be their new basketball coach. Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson had ankle surgery.
Cincinnati suspended DT Terrill Byrd one game for smoking some weed. He was double-fisting Oreos when he got caught (just kidding). Mississippi State kicked LT Michael Brown and DT Quinton Wesley to the curb after being arrested for a “campus incident involving two handguns.” Classy. Florida will be without WR Percy Harvin this spring because of a heel injury.
Andres Romero won the Zurich Classic.
Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville.
That concludes the Tidbits. As always feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.
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