Friday Tidbits 2/29/08
Once again Yao Ming will miss the rest of the year. Stress fracture in his feet. This is a problem that will likely plague him his entire career and force an early retirement. Gerald Wallace got popped with an elbow and got a concussion. He’ll miss a couple of weeks. It was his 4th in four years, so he may want to consider hanging it up. Jamal Crawford poured in 43 in a win over Toronto. J.R. Smith matched him in a loss to Denver. LeBron’s back-to-back triple-double streak was snapped. He only had 33 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. How selfish. He scored his 10,000th point against Boston, who signed P.J. Brown. J-Kidd won his first game with the Mavs. Shaq matched him as Phoenix handed Boston its third straight loss. Shaq only scored four, but he grabbed 14 boards. New Jersey sent Jamaal Magloire packing. Golden State’s Andris Biedrins had an appendectomy. Michael Redd poured in 42 in a win over Denver. Andrew Bogut added 20 rebounds. Jason Kidd had 17 assists in a win over the Wolves. The Heat finally won. Minnesota did too. Jaamal Magloire joined Dallas. Too bad he didn’t wait a little longer or he’d have more valuable minutes for another Texas team. Luke Ridnour dished out 15 assists in a loss to Golden State. Caron Butler has a tear in his hip. That doesn’t sound fun. San Mitchell got cut by the Clippers. He’s likely to reunite with KG soon. The Lakers have won ten straight.
Atlanta traded Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first round draft pick. Tampa traded Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist to Dallas for Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, Mike Smith, and a draft pick. Buffalo traded Brian Campbell and a draft pick to San Jose for Steve Bernier and a first round draft pick. Columbus traded Adam Foote to Colorado for draft picks. They also sent Sergei Federov to Washington for Ted Ruth. Toronto sent Hal Gill to Pittsburgh for a couple of picks. St. Louis sent Christian Backman to the Rangers for a draft pick. Chicago traded Tuomo Ruutu to Carolina for Andrew Ladd. Peter Forsberg re-joined Colorado. Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne notched his 20th career hat trick. Philly’s Mike Richard tore his hamstring. He’ll be out for a while. The New York Islanders signed Trent Hunter to a five-year deal and Mike Comrie to a one-year deal. This week’s shutouts: Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Detroit. Columus’ Pascal Leclaire vs. Montreal. NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Florida. Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. St. Louis. Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Ottawa. Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Ottawa. Chicago’s Patrick Lalime vs. Phoenix. The Wild signed Nick Schultz to a six-year extension worth $21 million. Dallas will be without D Sergei Zubov for a month after his foot surgery. Tampa Bay traded Vaclav Prospal to Philly for Alexandre Picard and a draft pick. St. Louis signed D Barret Jackman to a four-year deal. Detroit signed W Darren McCarty to a one-year deal. NY Rangers D Paul Mara had facial surgery and will miss a couple of weeks. Minnesota acquired the thug Chris Simon from the Islanders for a draft pick. Montreal traded G Cristobal Huet to Washington for a draft pick. Tampa signed D Dan Boyle to a six-year $40 million deal. Ottawa fired Coach John Paddock. Replacing him is Bryan Murray. Pittsburg D Rob Scuderi will miss a month following surgery on his finger. Dallas’ Brad Richard have five assists in a win over Chicago.
The Red Sox extended Terry Francona’s contract for three more years. He could be managing Bartolo Colon next year, as Boston signed him to a minor league deal. K-Rod lost his arbitration. His consolation prize…$10 million. Oh darn. Oliver Perez won his. He’ll get $6.5 million next year from the Mets. New Phillies closer had knee surgery and will miss a month or more. Shannon Stewart signed with Toronto. Tampa’s Scott Kazmir felt some discomfort in his elbow. Omar Vizquel will miss a month or so following knee surgery. The FBI is going to probe Roger Clemens to see if he lied. Scott Spiezo was cut by St. Louis after having six charges brought upon him for drunk driving in December. Colorado signed Manny Corpas to a four-year deal worth $8 million.
If anyone wants Derek Andrerson, it will cost them a 1st and 3rd rounder. Tom Coughlin got a four-year $21 million extension for the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Can you refresh my memory Tiki and Strahan what you thought about him last year? Oakland and Kansas City lost again. This time it was a coin flip to determine the 3rd-5th picks in the draft. Atlanta won. Oakland will go 4th and Kansas City 5th. Dom Capers will join the Patriots as their seconday coach. Plus he has a background in surreptitious videotaping. Just kidding. Had to take the shot. Chicago will give Rex Grossman one more try. Zach Thomas has signed with Dallas. Bryant McKinnie was arrested again. Des Clark signed a two-year deal with the Bears. The Chargers signed LB Derek Smith. The Lions cut CB Fernando Bryant. The Vikings traded Troy Williamson to Jacksonville for a sixth round pick. He dropped his keys twice on the way to his car. New England cut Rosevelt Colvin. Kansas City cut Eddie Kennison. Kevin Faulk got busted with weed at a concert. Washington parted ways with Brandon Lloyd. Nice signing Mr. Snyder. San Fran re-signed NT Isaac Sopoaga and LB Roderick Green. Carolina is bringing back Mushin Muhammad. David Carr is getting kicked to the curb. Kansas City cut Ty Law. Detroit signed S Dwight Smith to a two-year dea. He’s good if he can keep his nose clean. St. Louis’ Leonard Little restructured his deal to save the Rams money. He was killed someone with his vehicle. Indianapolis cut Booger McFarland and Rob Morris. Tennessee cut David Givens. The Bills cut the A-Train. Minnesota cut Kelly Holcomb. Tampa cut Kevin Carter. Philly cut Jevon Kearse. Oakland broke the piggy bank by paying Tommy Kelly $50.5 million over seven years. Tedy Bruschi will return to New England. Flozell will be back in Dallas. Andre Davis signed a four-year deal with Houston. Isaac Bruce was cut by St. Louis.
#2 Tennessee beat #1 Memphis 66-62. Then they lost to #14 Vanderbilt. Kelvin Sampson is out at Indiana. He got $750K to leave. Colorado kicked Xavier Silas off the team. Villanova beat #13 UConn 67-65. Oklahoma State upset #5 Kansas 61-60. Nebraska beat #22 Texas A & M 65-59. #18 Drake beat #8 Butler 71-64. Baylor beat #25 Kansas State 92-86 despite Michael Beasley’s Big 12 record 44 points. He only got 30 & 15 in a loss to #5 Texas. Arizona knocked off #19 Washington State 65-55. Missouri State beat #20 Drake 86-83. Houston’s Robert McKiver had 52 points against Southern Miss. #18 Louisville beat #17 Notre Dame 90-85.#9 Wisconsin beat #15 Michigan State 57-42.
Oklahoma won 8 games last week. OK, they didn’t actually win them, but they got their 8 wins put back on their record after they, gasp, got the NCAA to change its mind in the Rhett Bomar infractions case. Virginia DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald left school. Nick Saban isn’t happy with the misbehaviour of his team. UConn coach Randy Edsall signed a five-year deal worth $7.5 million. SMU suspended QB Justin Willis from spring practice.
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.Images courtesy of Icon SMI