Friday Tidbits – 6/26/09
Jim Leyland got an extension from Detroit. Endy Chavez tore his knee and will miss the rest of the year. Alex Gonzalez landed on the 15-day DL. Tony LaRussa picked up his 2500th Win. Dice-K went on the DL. Don Fehr is stepping down. Carlos Beltran (knee) went on the DL. Akinori Iwamura got some good news when he learned he had a partial tear of his ACL rather than a full one. Instead of missing the season, he could be back in six to eight weeks. Joey Votto came off the DL. Coco Crisp (shoulder) is done for the year. Scott Hairston and Brian Giles traded places on the Padres DL. The Yankees sent RP Jose Veras to Cleveland for cash, which is weird because usually it’s the Yankees buying players. Manny Ramirez started a Minor League stint to get ready to return following his steroid ban. If a Minor Leaguer was suspended for cheating, he would have to serve his full sentence before returning, so why is Manny allowed to play? Is the Minor Leagues not a branch of the MLB? Brad Lidge came off the DL. Ryan Freel and Reed Johnson swapped places on the Cubs’ DL. Geovany Soto tested postive for weed during the WBC. Yuniesky Betancourt landed on the DL. Ian Snell was sent down to the Minors. John Smoltz got rocked in his Boston debut. Eric Byrnes broke his hand.
La’Roi Glover is calling it quits. Max Starks signed a long-term deal with the Steelers. Fernando Bryant is hanging it up. Greg Jennings got a nice, fat pay increase. Julius Peppers signed his franchise tender. Mike Brown signed with Kansas City. Michael Boley had hip surgery and could miss the start of training camp. Gloria Estefan bought a share of the Dolphins. Dallas lineman Marco Colombo, Leonard Davis, and Cory Procter formed a heavy metal band called Free Reign. The Lions signed C Dominic Raiola to a four-year deal.
Atlanta signed Rick Dudley as Associate GM. San Antonio acquired Richard Jefferson from the Bucks for a bunch of garbage. Charlotte won’t bring back Sean May. Washington sent the 5th pick, along with some garbage (sorry Etan) to the Timberwolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. The Mavs traded down two slots with Portland for two second round picks (one this year, one next year). Tarence Kinsey, Jr. got popped for a DUI. Phoenix sent Shaq to the Cavs for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic. Yao Ming is out indefinitely with his latest foot injury. The Knicks bought the 29th pick (Toney Douglas) from the Lakers. New Jersey sent Vince Carter to Orlando. As expected, Blake Griffin went #1 in the NBA Draft. Vancouver sent Darko Milicic to New York for Quentin Richardson. The Wolves sent Ty Lawson to Denver for a future first round pick. The Mavs sent B.J. Mullens to Oklahoma City for Rodrigue Beaubois. Washington sold Jermaine Taylor to Houston. Portland sent Sergio Rodriguez and Jon Brockman to Sacramento for Jeff Pendergraph. Denver sold Sergio Llull to Houston. Miami sent Marcus Thornton to New Orleans for two future second rounders. Detroit send Chase Budinger to Houston for a future second roudner and cash. The Lakers sent Patrick Beverley to Miami for a future second rounder and cash. Charlotte sold Robert Vaden to Oklahoma City. The Wolves sent Nick Calathes to Dallas.
St. Louis signed Keith Tkachuk. Florida sent Stefan Meyer to Phoenix for Steve Reinprecht. Florida then signed Reinprecht to a three-year deal. Brent Sutter is Calgary’s new Coach. Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch, and Luc Robitaille were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sergei Federov will play in Russia next year. Jarrett Stoll split with Rachel Hunter just weeks from their wedding.
Noel Johnson, who backed out of USC, chose Clemson. USC signed Kevin O’Neill to replace Tim Floyd. Elliot Williams will transfer from Duke for family reasons. Jeff Jordan is leaving the Illinois program to concentrate on his studies. Dave Rose is cancer-free and ready to coach BYU next year. Oklahoma will rename a health center after Wayman Tisdale.
Iowa T Kyle Calloway got popped for driving a moped drunk. Kellen Lewis, who was booted from Indiana, will play at Valdosta State. Florida State’s Maurice Harris was arrested for grand theft. Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald signed a seven-year extension. Cincinnati added a year to Coach Brian Kelly’s contract.
Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open. Christian Nilsson won the Saint-Omer Open. Jason Enloe won the Fort Smith Classic. Matteo Manassero won the British Amateur. At 16 he became the youngest player to win the tournament, which is golf’s oldest one.
Kasey Kahne won the Sprint Cup race at Sonoma. Carl Edwards won the Nationwide race at the Milwaukee Mile.
Benjamin Becker beat Raemon Sluiter to win the ATP Tour Ordina Open. Tamarine Tanasugarn beatYanina Wickmayer to win the Women’s Final. Dmitry Tursunov beat Frank Dancevic to win the ATP AEGON International. Caroline Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano to win the Women’s Final.
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