Friday Tidbits – 2/27/09
Amare Stoudemire could miss the rest of the season with an eye injury. LeBron James dropped 55. Dwyane Wade dropped 50. Monta Ellis (ankle) will miss a week or two. The Knicks bought out Stephon Marbury’s contract. Mikki Moore signed with Boston. Dwight Howard had a 20-20 game. The NBA has a bailout plan ($200 Million) for its struggling franchises.
Carolina’s Justin Williams (hand) went on the I.R. Tampa Defensemen Paul Ranger (how cool is that name?) and Andrej Meszaros are set to have shoulder surgery next week. The Islanders sent Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli to Ottawa for Dean McAmmond. The Rangers fired Coach Tom Renney and replaced him with John Tortorella. They also grabbed Mark Bell of waivers. Anaheim traded Chris Kunitz to Pittsburgh for Ryan Whitney. Martin Brodeur returned from injury with a Shutout. Dallas sent Doug Janik to Montreal for Steve Begin.
Shutouts: NY Islanders’ Yann Danis vs. New Jersey, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. Boston, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. St. Louis, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Dallas, Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak vs. Vancouver, Philadelphia’s Martin Biron vs. LA, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. NY Islanders, Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Anaheim, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Colorado, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Edmonton
Hat Tricks: Phoenix’s Olli Jokinen vs. L.A., Carolina’s Matt Cullen vs. Colorado
Brian Roberts signed a four-year extension worth $40 million. Ryan Zimmerman signed a one-year deal. Orlando Hudson signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers. Jason Isringhausen signed a Minor League deal with Tampa. The Twins signed Joe Crede. The Pirates gave Manager John Russell an extension. Garrett Anderson signed a one-year deal with Atlanta. Washington released Odalis Perez. Vernon Wells hurt his hamstring. He’ll miss two weeks. Jeff Francis had shoulder surgery. Boof Bonser will miss the season with a shoulder injury. Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum signed a one-year deal with the Giants. The Dodgers made a signing. No, it wasn’t Manny, but Doug Mientkiewicz.
Right Tackle Vernon Carey signed a six-year deal with Miami. Michael Crabtree has a stress fracture in his foot. Pittsburgh signed Max Starks. The Colts released Marvin Harrison. Atlanta released Lawyer Milloy. Oakland cut Kwame Harris and Justin Griffith. Kansas City cut LB Donnie Edwards, Damon Huard, and Patrick Suratin. The Rams cut QB Trent Green and WR Drew Bennett. Channing Crowder re-signed with Miami. The Jets cut Laveranues Coles. Roger Goodell actually did something decent and took a 20% pay cut. Brandon Jacobs signed a four-year extension with the Giants. Tampa Bay cut Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, and Cato June. Miami signed S Gibril Wilson. Buffalo cut G Derrick Dockery and TE Robert Royal. The Skins re-signed DeAngelo Hall. The Colts re-signed Jeff Saturday.
Washington State beat #15 UCLA. Maryland upset #3 UNC as Greivis Vasquez had a triple-double (35 points, 11 Rebounds, 10 assists). St. Marys beat #23 Utah State. Texas beat #2 Oklahoma. #14 Villanova beat #24 Syracuse. #9 Duke beat #8 Wake Forest. Arkansas-Little Rock kicked leading scorer Steven Moore to the curb. #3 Oklahoma, without Blake Griffin, fell to #15 Kansas. Providence beat #1 Pitt. Marquette’s Dominic Jones (foot) will miss the rest of the year. Jim Calhoun won his 800th game as #2 UConn beat #10 Marquette. Virginia Tech beat #13 Clemson. Michigan beat #16 Purdue. #21 Washington State beat #11 Arizona State.
Illinois suspended DT Josh Brent after he got picked up for a DUI. Nebraska QB Patrick Witt is transferring. Washington State QB MarshalL Lobbestael was suspended after getting arrested for drinking underage.
Phil Mickelson won the Northern Trust Open. Danny Lee won the Johnnie Walker Classic. Loren Roberts won the ACE Group Classic on the Champions Tour. Tiger Woods won his Accenture Play Match against Brendan Jones. Tim Clark beat Tiger in his second match.
Kyle Busch won Nationwide’s NNS at California. Earlier in the day he won the the Camping World Truck’s San Bernardino County 200. He became the first driver ever to win two events on the same day. Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Series race at the Auto Club Speedway. Busch had to settle for third.
Andy Roddick beat Radek Stepanek to win the ATP Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Tommy Robredo beat Juan Monaco to win the ATP Copa Telmex. Victoria Azarenka beat Caroline Wozniacki to win the WTA The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & The Cellular South Cup. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat Gisela Dulko to win the WTA Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas.
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