Friday Tidbits 12/7/07
Three youths were charge in Sean Taylor’s murder. He was buried on Monday. Unfortunately the Redskins couldn’t honor him with a win. Roy Williams will miss the rest of the year. The Giants will be without Derrick Ward for the year witha broken leg. The Ravens shut McNair down for the year. Zach Thomas is done with Miami this year. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 177 yards and 2 scores against Kansas City. Peyton Manning fired four TD passes. The Jets kept Miami winless. Adrian Peterson returned for the Vikes with 116 yards and 2 TDs. Travis Henry won his appeal and won’t be suspended for failing a drug test. Denver cut Sam Adams. The Vikings will be without Ray Edw*rds for four games after a steroid violation. Pittsburgh’s Anthony Smith is guaranteeing a win against New England this weekend. They should have Santonio Holmes, Troy Polamalu and Marvel Smith back to increase their odds. Washington beat Chicago in a game where both starting QBs were knocked out with knee injuries. Washington gets a much-needed rest both mentally and physically.
Andrei Kirilenko had a triple-double. It only took until games 13 & 14, but the Bulls finally won consecutive games. Dallas had beaten the Hornets 21 straight times dating back to 1999. Chris Paul and company saw to that streak snapping. Dwight Howard grabbed 23 rebounds to go along with his 30 points against Phoenix. Kevin Durant scored 35. Tracy McGrady fired in 40 against Sacramento. He added a triple-double against Memphis. Stephon Marbury’s dad died during one of his games. He was initially at Madison Square Garden. Jerry Sloan signed an extension with Utah. Tim Duncan’s knee gave San Antonio a scare. Minnesota Timberwovles coach had back surgery and will be out for a while. Former coach Duane Casey needed back surgery last year, but that was because Kevin McHale stabbed him there. “That’s Amare” Stoudamire had 42 points and 13 rebounds against Indiana. Steve Nash handed out 17 assists. He followed that up with18 helpers. Cleveland matched Charlotte’s offer on Anderson Varejao. Allen Iverson dropped 51 in a loss to the Lakers. Sacramento will be without Kevin Martin for a month after he pulled his groin. Tyson Chandler grabbed 22 boards against Detroit. Marcus Camby had 20 against the Lakers.
Zach Parise had his first career hat trick against Montreal. Dustin Byfuglien did the same against Phoenix. Nik Antropov made it three with his against the Rangers. The Wild’s Wes Walz decided to retire. This week’s shutouts: Martin Brodeur vs. Montreal, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk vs. the Islanders. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. Anaheim. Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. the Rangers. Dallas will be without RW Jere Lehtinen for two months following abdomin surgery and D Philippe Boucher for a month following his shoulder surgery. Nashville F Scott Nichol was suspended five games for hitting Patrice Brisebois in the head. Philly’s Riley Cote was suspended for three games for throwing an elbow. They are trying to revive the Broad Street Bullies moniker. Court documents revealed that Todd Bertuzzi’s hit on Steve Moore may have been ordered by Coach Marc Crawford. Scott Niedermayer will rejoin Anaheim. Boston traded a minor leaguer and a draft pick for G Alex Auld.
The Tigers made a big splash by acquiring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Florida for prospects. The Mets traded OF Lasting Milledge to Washington for C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church. The Padres sign P Randy Wolf to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $9 million. Washington traded with Tampa Bay for Elijah Dukes. Boston re-signed Mike Timlin. Andy Pettitte will pitch for the Yankees this year. Atlanta traded Jose Ascanio to the Cubs for Will Ohman and Omar Infante. Kansas City signed Jose Guill*n to a three-year $36 million deal. He was be suspended 15 games for HGH involvement. Jay Gibb*ns was also suspended. David Riske signed a three-year deal with Milwaukee. Andruw Jones signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers worth $36 million. Not quite Willie, Mickey, and the Duke, but LA does have some nice Centerfielders now. Washington signed Aaron F’n Boone.
The craziness continued as #1 Missouri and #2 West Virginia fell to Oklahoma and Pitt respectively. The BCS is really a mess now. #6 Virginia Tech avenged an earlier loss to #11 Boston College. #7 LSU took care of #14 Tennessee. Colt Brennan threw for 442 more yards and 5 more TDs against Washington to overcome a 21 point deficit to remain undefeated. Nobody else wants it. Let them play for the National Championship. Oregon State upset #17 Oregon. UCLA fired Karl Dorrell. LSU DT Glenn Dorsey won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player. He added the Lombardi Award, honoring him as the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker. Nebraska hired Bo Pelini, who was the Defensive Coordinator for LSU. Les Miles will remain at LSU. UConn Coach Randy Edsall will stay with the school despite his success. Virginia DE Chris Long (Howie’s son) won the Ted Hendricks Award for being the best defensive end. Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner of Texas A&M football players have been charged with armed robbery. Les Miles will be with LSU through 2012. At least that’s what his contract says. Darren McFadden won the Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards. Tim Tebow won the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards. Safe to say one of them will win the Heisman.
Lute Olson is going to take a leave for the rest of the season. #8 Texas upset #1 UCLA 63-61. #4 Kansas beat #24 USC. #15 Indiana beat #22 Southern Illinois. Eric Gordon led the way with 22 points. He got hurt, but Indiana kept rolling. Arizona upset #9 Texas A&M behind Jerryd Bayless’ 26 points. Freshman Alex Legion wants to transfer from Kentucky. Washington Guard Adrian Oliver is also transferring. #6 Washington State bested #19 Gonzaga 51-47.
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.