Friday Tidbits – 3/20/09
New Jersey’s Eduard Najera (hernia) will miss the rest of the season. LeBron had his triple-double streak snap, but he scored 51. D-Wade dropped 50 of his own to stay in the MVP race. Jason Kidd recorded a Triple-Double. Dwight Howard had a 20-20 game. Danny Granger returned. Gregg Popovich coached his 1000th game. Stephen Jackson got suspended a game for collecting too many technicals. Bobby Jackson broke his cheekbone. Houston’s Carl Landry was shot in the leg. He’ll miss a couple of weeks. It happened at 4:30 in the morning. What do you think Chris Paul and LeBron James were doing at that time? Probably sleeping. New Jersey’s Sean Williams got arrested for throwing a computer monitor at a cell phone store. It must not have been Verizon or that group you see in the commercials would have stomped him. Devin Harris (shoulder & oblique) will be out a while. Josh Howard (ankle) will miss another week. Wally Szczerbiak (knee) will miss three weeks. D-Wade (hip) and Ray Allen (elbow) miss the tangle between Miami and Boston. Leon Powe (knee) will miss a couple of weeks. Greg Oden is back…for now. Doc Rivers got fined $25K. LeBron had another Triple-Double.
Martin Brodeur tied and the broke the Wins record with his 552nd victory. Colorado’s Cody McCormick was suspended two games for high-sticking. Detroit reached 100 points for a record ninth straight time. Brian Pothier returned for Washington. Evgeni Malkin topped the 100 point mark. Samuel Pahlsson returne for Chicago. Teemu Selanne scored his 1200th point. Montreal signed Olivier Fortier to an extension. Ovechkin scored his 50th goal. Ryan Clowe (surgery) will miss at least a week.
Shutouts: Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. Phoenix, Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. Columbus, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Anaheim, Washington’s Jose Theodore vs. Florida, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. St. Louis
Hat Tricks: Calgary’s Olli Jokinen vs. Toronto, Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz vs. Boston, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner vs. Colorado
Florida cut Jay Gibbons. Pat Burell took an ad out in Philly newspapers thanking Phillies’ fans. Classy. Mark McGwire is working as a hitting instructor for Matt Holliday, Bobby Crosby, Chris Duncan, and Skip Schumaker. I hope his instructions doesn’t included a course in pharmaceuticals. Tim Redding is out because of lack of strength in his arm. Puerto Rico beat the U.S. in the WBC. Ivan Rodriguez signed a one-year deal with Houston. Manny Ramirez (hamstring) shut it down for a week. The Phils and Cole Hamels survived a scare with his elbow. Julio Lugo (knee) will be out a month. Trevor Hoffman (side) will miss some time. Aaron Boone needs heart surgery. The U.S. beat Puerto Rico in the WBC. Kevin Youkilis hurt his ankle in the WBC. Washington signed Joe Beimel. Brian Schneider strained his calf. Venezuela beat the U.S. in the WBC. Evan Longoria will fill-in for Chipper Jones on Team USA.
Corey Mays signed with the Chiefs. The Rams cut Torry Holt. The Ravens cut Samari Rolle. The Browns signed Pork Chop Womack. Denver signed Scott Young. Reggie Williams had DWI and drug possession charges dropped. Donte Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian with his car. Joey Galloway signed a one-year deal with New England. Seattle traded Julian Peterson to Detroit for Cory Redding and a 5th round pick. Baltimore signed Chris Carr. The Browns signed Eric Barton. The Raiders signed Khalif Barnes. The Vikings signed Karl Paymah. The Jags cut Crackman Jones. Paul Spicer signed with New Orleans. Fernando Bryant re-signed with Pittsburgh. Washington signed Renaldo Wynn. Baltimore signed L.J. Smith. The Jets will retain Abram Elam after matching Cleveland’s offer. Kansas City signed Monty Beisel, Bobby Engram, and Terrance Cooper. Cleveland signed John St. Clair. Kurt Warner had his hip scoped. The NFL has decided not to change the Overtime sytem. If it’s broke, why fix it? Baltimore cut Samari Rolle. New Orleans signed Darren Sharper. Arizona signed Bertrand Berry. Tampa Bay signed Angelo Crowell. Cleveland signed Corey Ivy. Minnesota signed Glenn Holt. Didn’t they know Torry was available? They also signed Karl Payhah. Donte Stallworth may have been drunk when he killed the pedestrian. The Saints cut Mike McKenzie. Arizona re-signed Elton Brown.
#20 Syracuse beat West Virginia to advance to the Big East Tournament Championship game. They only needed one OT this time. Temple beat #19 Xavier. #5 Louisville beat #13 Villanova. Maryland beat #9 Wake Forest. #23 Arizona State beat #10 Washington. USC beat #14 UCLA and #23 Arizona State. #22 Florida State beat #1 UNC. Ohio State beat #6 Michigan State. Mississippi State beat #16 LSU. #24 Purdue beat #25 Illinois. #5 Louisville beat #20 Syracuse to win the Big East Championship. #8 Duke beat #22 Florida State to win the ACC tourney. #24 Purdue beat Ohio State to win the Big Ten tourney. Louisville, Pitt, UConn, and UNC were named the #1 seeds. Ty Lawson sat out the opener. #9 Texas A & M beat #8 BYU. Tyler Hansbrough became the all-time leading scorer in the ACC. #10 Maryland beat #7 Cal. #10 Michigan beat #7 Clemson. #12 Western Kentucky beat #5 Illinois.
Torrey Davis left Florida. Boston College LB Mike McLaughlin tore his Achilles. Highly touted RB Bryce Brown has chosen Tennessee. Pitt suspended WR T.J. Porter after he got popped for a second DUI. South Carolina suspended Ladi Ajiboye for rule violations.
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