Friday Tidbits 3/14/08
Dwayne Wade is out for the rest of the year following OssaTron treatment on his knee. Chris Paul handed out 16 assists in a win over New Jersey. He had 17 against San Antonio. Utah’s Deron Williams had 15 as Phoenix lost again despite Steve Nash’s 15 assists. Minnesota actually won a game despite 48 points from Kevin Martin. Deron added 16 more assists in a win over Denver. Tracy McGrady scored 41 as Houston won its 18th straight game. Make it 19 as they knocked off New Jersey. How about 20 as they beat Atlanta? LeBron…Kobe…make some room for Tracy McGrady in the MVP discussion. Josh Smith had 22 rebounds in the loss. Dirk Nowitzki became Dallas’ all-time leading scorer. Nate Robinson had 45 points in an overtime loss to Portland. Minnesota beat the Clippers. Eddy Curry has torn cartilage in his knee. Phoenix beat San Antonio. LeBron messed around and got a triple-double in a win over Portland. He followed up with 42 points, 11 boards, and 7 dimes. Hedo Turkoglu matched him in a win over Atlanta. Allen Iverson has a fracture on his ring finger. He’ll play through the pain. Golden State picked up the option on Don Nelson’s contract assuring he’ll be back next season. Boston was the first to 50 wins. The beat Seattle for their tenth straight win. David West returned for New Orleans. I wish I had known or maybe I would have used him in my lineup this week. Greg Oden was able to practice for Portland. I hope he can get healthy because I like him a lot. Caron Butler returned for the Washington Bullets. Smush Parker signed with the Clippers. Amare’s 36 points were enough to top Baron Davis’ near triple-double (38 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists).
Jarome Iginla became Calgary’s all-time leading goal scorer. Anaheim’s RW Corey Perry is out over a month following surgery after injuring a tendon above his knee on a skate. The Kings lost Goalie Jason LaBarberia to a hernia. Buffalo send F Clarke McArthur to the minors. Replacing him is Jochen Hecht. Minnesota’s Eric Belander broke his toe. This week’s shutouts: New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Boston, Dallas’ Marty Turco vs. Colorado. Montreal’s Carey Price vs. New Jersey. Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Chicago. Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Montreal. Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. Vancouver. Buffalo will be without defensmen Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin for a while because of injuries. Detroit signed RW Daniel Cleary to a five-year, $14 million deal. Vincent Lecavalier netted a hat trick against the Islanders. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk matched him in a win over Calgary. Dallas F Steve Ott was suspended three games for hitting Jordan Leopold in the head. Andre Cogliano set a record by scoring in three straight overtime games. Washington’s Olie Kolzig won his 300th game. Chicago D James Wisniewski was suspended a game cross-checking Mikael Samuelsson. Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch got a concussion from an elbow delivered by Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque. Laraque was suspended. Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund will miss the rest of the year after having knee surgery. Tampa signed DE Marques Douglas. Detroit is the first team to 100 points. They tied Montreal with their 8th straight 100 point season.
Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal with Arizona. The New York Giants coughed up $21 million to Tom Coughlin over four years to remain their coach. Seattle signed Julius Jones for four years and $12 million. See you later Shaun Alexander. Dan Morgan signed with the Saints. Pittsburgh LB James Harrison was arrested for assault. Denver signed safeties Marquand Manuel and Marlon McCree. Jesse Chapman signed with the Jets. Tatum Bell re-signed with Detroit for a year. Who says you can’t go home. Trent Green is returning to St. Louis (3 years, $8.9 million) and Warrick Dunn is going back to Tampa Bay (2 years, $6 million). Dwayne Jarrett got popped for a DUI. Joey Harrington re-signed with Atlanta. Carolina cut C Justin Hartwig. WR Devard Darling signe with the Chiefs. Olympian Justin Gatlin worked out for NFL scouts. He’s banned for using PEDs. Why not try the NFL? Tennessee reach a deal with Justin McCareins. The Raiders signed Drew Carter. David Carr signed with the Giants. Denver fired GM Ted Sundquist. Trent Dilfer was cut by San Fran. Kevin Jones was cut by Detroit. Mark Brunell signed a two-year deal with New Orleans. Chris Brown signed with the Texans.
Curt Schilling was placed on the 60-Day DL. Francisco Liriano made his return following Tommy John surgery. He looked good. The soft Mike Hampton strained his groin. Old man Jim Edmonds strained his calf. He’ll miss a couple weeks. Nomar Garciaparra’s life was made a little easier as his main competition for the third base gig, Andy LaRoche, will miss a couple months after tearing a ligament in his thumb. Adam Easton has a herniated disk in his back. Texas is the latest team to give Sidney Ponson a chance. Good luck with that. The Big Unit made his return the mound. Unfortunately he got bombed. Texas P Brandan McCarthy will miss a month or more because of forearm inflammation. Toronto P Casey Janssen will miss the season with a shoulder injury. Tampa Bay’s Rocco Baldelli will start the season on the DL. His teammates got into a brawl with the Yankees on Wednesday. Luckily for the Rays, Billy Crystal wasn’t with the Yanks yet or they would have been in a world of hurt. Greg Maddux left the game after being hit in the leg with a line drive.
#1 North Carolina beat #5 Duke 76-68 to win the ACC. O.J. Mayo scored 25 as USC upset #7 Stanford 77-64. #10 Georgetown defeated #13 Louisville 55-52 to win the Big East title. Alabama knoced off #16 Vanderbilt 78-73. My beloved Syracuse beat #20 Marquette 87-72. Penn State beat #17 Indiana 68-64. Ohio State beat #18 Michigan State 63-54. #21 Drake won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Lute Olson will coach Arizona next year. San Diego beat #22 Gonzaga 69-62 to win the WCC title and crash the NCAA tournament. #25 Davidson beat Elon to win the Southern Conference Championship. George Mason won the CAA title. Siena took the MAAC. Tyler Hansbrough was named the Sporting News Player of the Year. North Carolina will retire his number. Kevin Love was named Pac-10 Player of the Year. Michael Beasley won Big 12 Player of the Year…shocking. Oral Roberst won the Summit League tourney. #10 Butler won the Horizon League tourney. Mount St. Mary won the Northeast tourney. Portland State won the Big Sky tourney. 97 year old John Wooden was able to leave the hospital after he broke his wrist and collarbone. Loyola Marymount’s Rodney Tention resigned. West Virginia beat #15 UConn, Pitt beat #13 Louisville, and #24 Marquette beat #14 Notre Dame in the Big East tourney.
South Florida gave Coach Jim Leavitt a two-year extension. He’s penciled in to be their coach through 2014. Oklahoma recruit Josh Jarboe was arrested for weapon possession and receiving stolen property. Clemson RB Ray Ray McElrathbey is leaving the school. West Virginia RB Noel Devine was arrested on battery charges. I guess he’s not living up to his last name.
The news keeps getting better for Kyle Busch. First, he ascended to the top spot in the points race following Carl Edwards’ penalty. Then he proved his worth by winning at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the Nicorette 300. There is a lot of discussion about tires in the news. It’s above my head.
John Daly’s swing coach had enough. He said Daly is more interested in drinking than golf. I guess he was right because Daly skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational pro am, which left him ineligible for the event. He recently spent a rain delay drinking in the Hooters tent and talking with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden. He had Gruden caddie for him when play resumed. That’s just hilarious. Sad, but hilarious. Sean O’Hair won the PODS Championship. Tiger Woods will try to win his sixth straight tournament in Bay Hill at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Fred Couples is tied with J.J. Henry for the lead at five under.
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.
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