Friday Tidbits – 3/13/09
LeBron James messed around and got three straight Triple-Doubles. Chris Paul had one of his own. Luol Deng will miss two weeks with a stress fracture. Lamar Odom got suspended a game for leaving the bench. Orlando and the Lakers clinched playoff spots. Atlanta snapped Utah’s twelve-game winning streak.
Ray Whitney scored his 300th goal. Montreal fired Guy Carbonneau. Bob Gainey will take over. Gary Roberts is hanging up his skates. Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin came of the IR. Martin Brodeur won his 550th game. He’s one short of tying Patrick Roy’s NHL record.
Shutouts: Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen vs. Montreal & Colorado, Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. NY Rangers, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Boston
Hat Tricks: Carolina’s Ray Whitney vs. Calgary, NY Islanders’ Sean Bergenheim vs. New Jersey, Columbus’ Rick Nash vs. Detroit, Florida’s David Booth vs. St. Louis, Carolina’s Eric Staal vs. Tampa Bay
Team USA beat Team Canada in their opening game of the World Baseball Classic. The Netherlands beat the Dominican Republic twice to eliminate them from the WBC. A-Rod will miss six to nine weeks following hip surgery. Jon Lester signed a five-year deal with Boston. Despite not having a test for HGH Bud Selig is proud that baseball is clean. I apologize for the laughter. Team USA beat Venezuela to advance in the WBC, but Venezuela won the rematch. Next up for Team USA is Puerto Rico. Ervin Santana will open the year on the DL. Joe Mauer will increase his medication to treat his back. Jonathan Papelbon ran his mouth about Manny. Pedro Martinez looked sharp in the WBC and could find a gig.
Dallas signed Igor Oshansky. Philly signed Sean Jones. Ray Willis signed with Seattle. Cleveland signed Mike Adams. T.O. signs with Buffalo. Anthony Smith signed with Green Bay. Arizona signed CB Bryant McFadden. Jacksonville signed Tra Thomas. Matt “Crackman” Jones got arrested on drug possession again. Tampa Bay’s Geno Hayes was stabbed by his girlfriend with scissors. Cleveland signed CB Hank Poteat. Alex Smith restructured his deal with the 49ers. Atlanta signed LB Mike Peterson. Dallas signed S Gerald Sensabaugh. San Diego and LT reworked their deal to keep him a Charger. Orlando Pace was cut by St. Louis. New England signed Leigh Bodden. The Rams signed FB Mike Karney. The Eagles made their big free agency splash by signing Safety Rashad Baker. Cleveland cut Joe Jurevicius. Carolina release Ken Lucas. Steve Smith broke his nose in last year’s preseason. The Jets signed T Howard Green. Miami signed CB Eric Green.
#4 Pitt beat #1 UConn. Texas A & M beat #12 Missouri. #25 Syracuse beat #15 Marquette. Auburn beat #11 LSU. Richmond beat #18 Xavier. #8 Michigan State beat #20 Purdue. #2 UNC beat #7 Duke. #10 Wake Forest beat #19 Clemson. Cleveland State beat #17 Butler to win the Horizon League tournament. Baylor beat #11 Kansas. #13 Villanova beat #21 Marquette. Georgia Tech beat #18 Clemson. Oklahoma State beat #7 Oklahoma. West Virginia beat #2 Pitt. #20 Syracuse beat #4 UConn in the sixth Overtime.
Colorado State suspended LB Ricky Brewer. Michigan State suspended Glenn Winston. Ereck Plancher’s parents are suing Central Florida. He died during offseason conditioning. Missouri settled with Aaron O’Neal’s family. he died in 2005. Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen lead a quartet of golfers at seven under after the first day in Doral. Tiger finished -1.
Y.E. Yang won the Honda Classic. Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Women’s Champions. Steve Alker won the New Zealand PGA Championship. Eduardo Romero won the Toshiba Classic.
The U.S. beat Switzerland in the Davis Cup. Marion Bartoli beat Na Li to win the WTA Monterrey Open.
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