Friday Tidbits – 2/20/09
Miami sent Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Raptors for Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon. Kevin Durant scored 46 points as the Sophomores won the Rookie Challenge. He followed it up with a win in the H.O.R.S.E. game. Derrick Rose won the Skills Competition. Daequan Cook won the 3-point shootout. Nate Robinson won the Slam Dunk Contest. Phoenix canned Terry Porter and replaced him with Alvin Gentry. The West beat the East in the NBA All-Star Game. Kobe & Shaq shared MVP honors. Jason Richardson got caught going 90 in a 35 with his three-year old son not in a car seat. He was popped in December drunk driving. Glad to see he changed. Phoenis suspended him one game. Way to send a message. New Orleans sent Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City for Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith. Not so fast. Chandler failed his physical. The Celtics shipped Sam Cassell out of town to Sacramento. The Suns went back to their old style and hung 140 on the Clippers. Boston’s Tony Allen (thumb) will miss two months. Sacramento sent Brad Miller and John Salmons to the Bulls for Drew Gooden and Andres Nocioni. The Bulls traded Larry Hughes to the Knicks for Jerome James, Tim Thomas and Anthony Roberson. New York also landed Chris Wilcox for Malik Rose. These are good deals for the Knicks so you can tell Isiah is not in charge anymore. Manu Ginobili (ankle) will miss a couple of weeks. Orlando landed Rafer Alston. Minnesota swapped bust Rashad McCants for bust Shelden Williams. Danny Granger (foot) will miss a couple of weeks.
Mike Green broke the record for most consecutive games for a Defenseman (8) with a goal. It got snapped unfortunately. Pittsburgh fired Coach Michel Therrien. NY Rangers D Paul Mara hurt his shoulder fighting. Montreal traded a second and third round draft pick to Atlanta for Mathieu Schneider. Columbus’ Fredrik Modin was placed on the I.R. Dallas’ Brad Richards (wrist) will miss two months. Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson (jaw) will miss a week or more.
Shutouts: New Jersey’s Scott Clemmensen vs. Boston, St. Louis’ Chris Mason vs. Chicago, Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Buffalo, Ottawa’s Alex Auld vs. Nashville, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. New Jersey, Chicago’s Cristobal Huet vs. Florida
Hat Tricks: Alexander Ovechkin vs. Florida, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Anaheim, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos vs. Chicago
Milwaukee will be without Bill Hall (calf) for a month or so. The Mets are giving Livan Hernandez a shot. Ervin Santana signed a four-year deal with the Angels. Boston signed Brad Wilkerson to a Minor League deal. Ryan Ludwick signed a one-year deal with the Cards. Nate McLouth signed an extension with Pittsburgh. Kelly Johnson signed with Atlanta. Josh Willingham signed with Washington. Ken Griffey, Jr. is returning to Seattle. Jeff Francoeur signed a one-year deal with Atlanta. Tom Glavine signed a one-year deal with Atlanta.
The Giants slapped the Franchise Tag on Brandon Jacobs. The Bears cut Marty Booker. Marshawn Lynch was arrested on gun charges. He was charged with three misdemeanors. Baltimore cut Chris McAllister. Jacksonville cut Fred Taylor. Cincinnati franchised Shayne Graham. Denver cut Dewayne Robertson, Dre’ Bly, Jamie Winborn, and Marquand Manuel. The Saints cut Deuce McAllister. Detroit restructred Daunte Culpepper’s deal to keep him on board. The Cardinals slapped Karlos Dansby with the franchise tag. Rob Bironas signed with Tennesse. Baltimore franchised Terrell Suggs. San Diego franchised Darren Sproles. Kelvin Hayden signed five-year deal with Colts. Carolina signed LT Jordan Gross to a six-year deal and slapped the franchise tag on Julius Peppers. It’s a business and Carolina is just making sure they get compensation if they lose their biggest asset. The Raiders signed shutdown CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a three-year deal. Asomugha got $45.3 million. That’s QB money. Houston CB Dunta Robinson was tagged. Seattle tagged LB Leroy Hill. Tennessee tagged Bo Scaife. The No Fun League fined Santonio Holmes $10K for using a prop in his Super Bowl TD celebration. Hey Goodell, get over yourself.
West Virginia pounded #13 Villanova as Da’Sean Butler poured in 43. Arizona beat #6 UCLA. Blake Griffin had 40 points and 23 rebounds as #2 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech. #8 Wake Forest beat #25 Florida State. Boise State beat #17 Utah State. Virginia beat #11 Clemson. Loyola (IL) beat #15 Butler. Boston College beat #5 Duke. #4 Pitt beat #1 UConn. DeJuan Blair had 22 points and 23 rebounds for Pitt. #21 Purdue beat #5 Michigan State. Penn State beat #16 Illinois. Milwaukee beat #22 Butler. Charlotte beat #17 Xavier. #15 UCLA beat #19 Washington.
Mike Leach signed a five-year extension with Texas Tech. Florid;s Brandon James had surgery on his broken foot. Pitt hired Frank Cignetti, Jr. to help out on Offense. He was with Cal. Cincinnati hired Bob Diaco to run their Defense.
Angela Stanford won the SBS Open. Laura Davies won the Australian Open. Anthony Kang won the Malaysian Open. Mike Goodes won the Allianz Championships. Tiger Woods will be back next week. Phil Mickelson leads after the first day at the Northern Trust Open.
Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal to win the ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Tommy Robredo beat Thomaz Bellucci to win the ATP Brasil Open. Radek Stepanek beat Mardy Fish to win the ATP SAP Open. Amelie Mauresmo beat Elena Dementieva to win the Open GDF SUEZ. Vera Zvonareva beat Sania Mirza to win the WTA PTT Pattaya Women’s Open.
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