Friday Tidbits – 8/14/09
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The Twins acquired Carl Pavano. Jason Giambi was cut. So was John Smoltz. Carlos Zambrano went on the DL. The Brewers traded for David Weathers. The White Sox bought out Alex Rios’ contract. Vladimir Guerrero hit his 400th HR. Troy Tulowitzki hit for the Cycle. Scott Rolen went on the DL. Kevin Youkilis and Rick Portcello each got five-game suspensions for fighting. The Brewers sent J.J. Hardy to the minors and designated Bill Hall for assignment. They also fired Pitching Coach Bill Castro. Lance Berkman, Gil Meche, and LaTroy Hawkins came off the DL. Pedro got a Win in his return. Someone poured a beer on Shane Victorino. Jordan Zimmermann will have Tommy John surgery. Jonny Gomes had a 3 HR game. Jake Peavy pitched well in a rehab start.
Brandon Jones will miss two months with a cracked shoulder. The Browns cut Shaun Smith. Roddy White got PAID. Rod Woodson, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson and Bob Hayes were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Cornelius Ingram tore his knee and will miss the season. Donnie Avery (foot) will miss a month. Antonio Bryant (knee) will miss the rest of the preseason. Brian Cushing hurt his knee. Antoine Bethea broke his hand. Alan Faneca broke his finger. Donte’ Stallworth got a full year suspension. The Eagles signed Michael Vick. Out with Dawkins, in with Vick. Classy. Tom Brady looked good in his return.
Ben Wallace is returning to Detroit. The Hawks re-signed Marvin Williams. The Celtics signed Shelden Williams. The Nuggets traded Steven Hunter and a future first round pick to Memphis for a future second round pick. They needed to clear space on their payroll. Kurt Rambis is Minnesota’s new Coach. Big Baby re-upped with the Celtics. Linas Kleiza signed a two-year deal with Olympiakos. Von Wafer will join him. Pau Gasol broke his finger. The Sixers signed Royal Ivey. Leon Powe signed with Cleveland. Now LeBron will stay. Washington signed Fabricio Oberto. New Orleans sent Rasual Butler to the Clippers for a future draft pick. David Anderson signed with Houston. Minnesota traded Quentin Richardson to Miami for Mark Blount.
Patrick Kane was charged with theft for allegedly hitting a cab driver for not having 20 cents in change from his $15 fare. If it’s true, what a joke. You make a ton of cash. Give the driver a twenty spot and be on your way. Buffalo signed Mike Grier. Nashville signed Ryan Jones. Anaheim acquired Justin Pogge from Toronto for a 2011 draft pick. Edmonton signed Ladislav Smid.
West Virginia WR Jock Sanders was reinstated. Michigan State reinstated Glenn Winston. Ohio State LB Tyler Moeller (head) will miss the whole season. Texas Tech RB Baron Batch will miss a month with an arm injury. Marell Evans is transferring from Michigan. Virginia Tech RB Darren Evans will miss the year after tearing his knee.
Isiah Thomas landed Dominique Ferguson, a top ten recruit. Georgia Tech’s Kammeon Holsey tore his ACL. Centenary’s Chase Adams is transferring to Pitt. Rick Pitino got in some hot water for cheating on his wife in a restaurant.
Tiger Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational. John Rollins won the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. Chris Tidland won the Wichita Open. Jennifer Song won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Open. Tiger Woods jumped out to an early lead in the PGA Championships.
Tony Stewart won the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Marcos Androse won the Zippo 200 on the Nationwide tour.
Juan Martin Del Potro beat Andy Roddick in the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Flavia Pennetta beat Samantha Stosur in the WTA LA Women’s Tennis Championships Presented by Herbalife.
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