Friday Tidbits – 10/10/08
The Rays took Game 2 to put the White Sox on the brink of elimination. J.D. Drew’s 9th Inning HR gave Boston a 2-0 lead over the Angels heading back to Boston. Jerry Manuel got a two-year deal with the Mets. Mariano Rivera had shoulder surgery. Wes Helms signed an extension with Florida. Milwaukee beat Philly in Game 3 to stay alive. Bud Selig urged owners not to dramatically raise prises. The Dodgers swept the Cubs. The Curse goes on. The Phillies sent the Brewers packing in Game 4. Mike Napoli blasted a pair of HRs and the Angels took Game 3 to extend their series with Boston. Tampa and Boston both took care of business in their Game 4s setting up an AL East ALCS battle. They should have played in the first round. Who cares if you’re in the same division? If you have the best record, you should get to face the Wild Card. Period. Curt Schilling is talking about playing the second half of next season. Let’s try not to be a distraction while the Sox are still in the playoffs. Richie Weeks had knee surgery. Brandon Backe was arrested at a wedding reception. Classy. The Cubs picked up Rich Harden’s option. Ambiorix Burgos will spend three months in the clink while he awaits trial on his hit-and-run accident that left two women dead. The Twins excercised the option on Mike Redmond’s contract. Chase Utley and Pat Burrell hit sixth-inning HRs to give the Phillies the opening win in their series with the Dodgers.
New Orleans will be without Sedrick Ellis (knee) for a couple of weeks. Baltimore will be without Samari Rolle (neck) for about a month. Plaxico Burress had his fine cut in half. He still missed this week’s game. Anquan Boldin is out indefinitely following surgery to his face. Cincinnati activated Chris Henry. Marvin Lewis has to be pleased. The G-Men and Tennessee remained undefeated. Washington remained on fire taking out Philly. Brian Westbrook broke some ribs. Buffalo lost their first game after Trent Edward (concussion) was knocked out. Tony Gonzalez broke the record for most receiving yards by a Tight End. The Texans played their first home game of the year. They somehow blew a big lead to the Colts. Reggie Bush was a madman returning two punts for TDs (Childress is dumb to punt to him a second time), but Martin Gramatica blew a FG and Minnesota prevailed. Randy McMichael (broken leg) and E.J. Henderson (dislocated toes) are out for the year. Wimps. Just kidding. New Orleans will be without CB Tracy Porter (wrist). Cincy’s Darryl Blackstock was suspended four games for using a PED. Pacman Jones got in a fight at a hotel. Marvin Harrison got sued. Tom Brady had knee surgery. Charles Rogers will have to pay $8.5 million of his signing bonus to the Lions. That is if it hasn’t gone “Up in Smoke”. Shouldn’t Matt Millen have to repay some of his salary? Terence Newman has a sports hernia.
New York’s Jared Jeffries will miss a couple of months with a broken leg. Amare Stoudemire partially tore his iris. Ouch. Shaun Livingston signed with Miami. Tyson Chandler sprained his ankle. Eddy Curry (infection) returned to practice. Antawn Jamison sprained his knee. Elgin Baylor got ousted as the Clippers VP. Brendan Haywood needs surgery on his wrist. Portland’s Martell Webster (foot) will be out a while. Greg Oden made his pro debut. Columbus will be without Manny Malhotra for a while.
Montreal extended Coach Guy Carbonneau’s extension. Carolina signed Zach Boychuk. Tampa Bay sent D Shane O’Brien and RW Michel Ouelett to Vancouver for D Lukas Krajicek and Juraj Simek. Carolina will be without RW Scott Walker for six weeks following hand surgery. Toronto’s Ryan Hollweg was slapped with a two-game suspension for a dirty hit. L.A. signed Patrick O’Sullivan to a three-year deal. Chicago’s Ben Eager was suspended three games for swinging his stick at Sean Avery. The Sharks cut Jeff Friesen.
#1 Oklahoma routed Baylor behind Sam Bradford (372 passing yards). Chase Daniels threw 3 TDs as Missouri handled Nebraska. Texas Tech rolled on Kansas State behind Graham Harrell (454 passing yards, 6 TDs). #9 USC crushed #23 Oregon behind Mark Sanchez (332 passing yards, 3 TDs). #19 Vanderbilt beat #13 Auburn. #14 Ohio State beat #18 Wisconsin. #21 Oklahoma State rolled on Texas A & M behind Dez Bryant’s 3 TD receptons. North Carolina crushed #24 Uconn. Hawaii beat #22 Fresno State in OT. Ball State cracked the top 25. Auburn fired OC Tony Franklin. The Red River Rivalry (Oklahoma-Texas) is the game of the week. Other good matchups include #3 Missouri vs. #17 Oklahoma State, #4 LSU vs. #11 Florida, #22 North Carolina vs. 4-1 Notre Dame, and #23 Michigan State vs. 5-0 Northwestern.
Billy Donovan signed a six-year extension with Florida. North Carolina’s Marcus Ginyard will be out a couple of months following foot surgery. Southeast Missouri State sent AD Don Kaverman packing and placed Coach Scott Edgar on administrative leave after their program got in some hot water.
Dustin Johnson won the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Robert Karlsson won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Bae Sang-moon won the Korean Open. Paula Creamer won the Samsung World Championship.
Tomas Berdych beat Juan Martin Del Potro to win the ATP AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships. Dmitry Tursunov beat Paul-Henri Mathieu to win the ATP Tour Open de Moselle. Caroline Wozniacki beat Kaia Kanepi to win the WTA Tour AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships. Jelena Jankovic beat Nadia Petrova to win the WTA Tour Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea beat Sabine Lisicki to win the WTA Tour Tashkent Open.
Detroit won the WNBA title over the San Antonio Silver Stars. It was their third title in six years. Katie Smith won MVP honors. Candace Parker won the regular season MVP and Rookie of the Year honors.
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