Friday Tidbits – 11/14/08
DeAngelo Hall signed a one-year deal with Washington. The NFL overturned Justin Tuck’s late-hit fine. The Steelers cut Najeh Davenport. Tennessee remained undefeated. Kerry Collins did more than manage this one. Drew Brees threw for 422 yards, but Matt Ryan and the Falcons won to improve to 6-3. MJD (Detroit) and Thomas Jones (St. Louis) each scored three times as they rolled on bad teams. Ricky Williams had a nice game as Miami improved to 4-5. Adrian Peterson ran for 192 as Minnesota moved into a tie for first in the NFC North. Green Bay lost Nick Barnett (knee) for the year. New England quietly improved to 6-3, but lost Adalius Thomas (forearm) for the year. Oakland lost, but that’s not news. Indy came back to beat the Steelers. KC got beat by San Diego as they went for two. The G-Men outlasted Philly. For some reason the Eagles tried two running plays at the end of the game. You have a mobile QB. Let him make the play with his arm or his foot. There is no room for stupidity on an NFL sideline. Too bad Mike Singelary didn’t get the message. He did the same thing. Sorry but you weren’t handing the ball off to Sweetness. Kurt Warner threw for 300 yards again. You knew that if you watched the game. I’m sorry but listening to Tony is painful. The Jets signed Ty Law. Tatum Bell signed with Denver. Watch your luggage. Tampa brushed off its Cadillac. Romo should be back this week. Clinton Portis and Steven Jackson will likely miss their games. Javon Walker (ankle) is likely done for the year. Nice signing Al. The Jets won a shootout against New England to take over first place. Thomas Jones ran well and Favre didn’t shoot his team in the foot. Matt Cassel did his best Tom Brady impersonation, but it wasn’t enough.
Allen Iverson lost his debut with Detroit. After blowing up for 55 against the Wolves Tony Parker sprained his ankle in a loss to Miami. He’ll miss a month. Jerry Sloan won his 1000th game with Utah. He’s the first Coach to win 1000 with one team. Kirk Hinrich (thumb) will miss the next three months. Chris Paul broke Oscar Robinson’s record with his sixth straight game of at last 20 Points and 10 Assists to start the year. The Nuggets cut Antonio McDyess. Mehmet Okur went to Turkey for a family issue. Al Harrington (back) will miss two weeks. Kevin Martin (ankle) will miss a week. Deron Williams returned for the Jazz. Jason Kidd and Dwight Howard messed around and got Triple Doubles. Greg Oden’s back. He scored a blazing three points. Jason Richardson (knee) will miss a week. Reggie Theus got fined $25K for criticizing referees. I guess free speech doesn’t apply to the tyrant David Stern’s league. Chicago signed Lindsey Hunter.
Carolina’s Peter Laviolette broke the record for most wins by an American-born Coach. The Flyers sent Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay for Matt Carle. Glenn Anderson, Ed Chynoweth, Igor Larionov and Ray Scapinello were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Montreal’s Tom Kostopoulos was suspended three games for a dirty check. Elk River, Minnesota’s Paul Martin (back) landed on the IR. Ottawa’s Jarkko Ruutu was suspended two games for elbowing Maxim Lapierre. Pascal Leclaire is back for Columbus. Owen Nolan is back for the Wild. Bob Murray will replace Brian Burke as Anaheim’s GM.
Shutouts: Colorado’s Peter Budaj vs. Nashville, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. Minnesota, Montreal’s Carey Price vs. Ottawa, Florida’s Craig Anderson vs. Tampa Bay, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Phoenix
Hat Tricks: Dallas’ Mark Parrish vs. Anaheim, Florida’s David Booth vs. Anaheim, Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal vs. Detroit, Montreal’s Christopher Higgins vs. Ottawa
Houston signed LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year deal. San Diego picked up Brian Giles’ option. Texas picked up Hank Blaylock’s. Milwaukee hired Willie Randolph to be a Bench Coach. Oakland acquired Matt Holliday from the Rockies for Hudson Street, Greg Smith and Carlos Gonzalez. Evan Longoria and Geovany Soto won Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues. The Nationals acquried Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen from Florida. Scott Eyre signed a one-year deal with the World Champion Phillies. Jon Lester won the Hutch Award. Kansas City signed Brandon Duckworth for one year. Tim Lincecum won the Cy Young. I still think they got it wrong as Johan Santana was more deserving. Had his bullpen not been so bad he would have won 20+. He also took the Mets on his back in a pennant race. This is the second time (2005) he got screwed. Pat Neshek (elbow) will miss next year as well. Trevor Hoffman’s days appear numbered in San Diego. Damaso Marte signed a three-year deal with the Yankees. Joe Maddon and Lou Piniella won Managers of the Year. Cliff Lee won the AL Cy Young. The Yankees acquired Nick Swisher from the White Sox for Wilson Betemit and a couple of Minor Leaguers. The Cubs acquried Closer Kevin Gregg from Florida. Kerry Wood’s run with the Cubs appears over. The Twins gave Ron Gardenhire a two-year extension. Randy Johnson filed for free agency.
#1 Alabama beat #16 LSU. #2 Texas Tech pounded #9 Oklahoma State behind Graham Harrell’s 456 yards and 6 TDs. Michael Crabtree had three of them. Iowa knocked off #3 Penn State. #4 Texas cruised over Baylor behind Colt McCoy’s 5 TD passes. #6 Oklahoma rolled Texas A & M behind Sam Bradford’s 4 TDs. #7 USC beat #21 Cal. #11 Ohio State beat #24 Northwestern. #19 UNC edged out #20 Georgia Tech. Charlie Weis is going to call the plays this week. Big games this week: #4 Florida vs. #25 South Carolina, #16 UNC vs. 6-3 Maryland, #17 BYU vs. 8-2 Air Force, and #19 Florida State vs. 6-3 Boston College.
Towson suspended Tony Durant (1 Game), Junior Hairston (3), and Rick Brown (5) for rule violaions. Mississippi G Trevor Gaskins (knee) will miss the year. Georgia Tech’s Lewis Clinch is academically ineligible. Tennessee’s Daniel West is academically ineligible. Virginia Tech will be without J.T. Thompson (hernia) for several weeks.
Davis Love III won the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. He earned a lifetime exemption because it was his 20th career PGA Tour victory. Shin Ji-yai won the LPGA’s Mizuno Classic. Matt Bettencourt won the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Venus Williams beat Vera Zvonareva to win the WTA Sony Ericsson Tour Championships. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat David Nalbandian to win the ATP BNP Paribas Masters.
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