Friday Tidbits – 3/27/09

Mar 27, 2009

KG returned.  Shaq passed Moses Malone for fifth on the all-time scoring list.  Orlando re-signed Adonal Foyle.  Dwyane gave a sick eight-year old Heat fan the jersey off his back.  Houston signed James White.   Derrick Rose hurt his wrist.  Gilbert Arenas is supposed to return tomorrow.  Linas Kleiza  was fined $25K for mouthing off to officials.  Dwight Howard had another 20-20 game.  Orlando clinched the Southeast Division.   Atlanta clinched a playoff spot.  Nene got suspended for two games for head-butting Louis Amundson.  Isiah Thomas spoke with the Clippers.  Talk about a match made in Heaven.  LeBron James became the second person (Oscar Robertson) with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in at least four seasons.  Troy Murphy sprained his knee.

Chicago’s Ben Eager was suspended three games for hitting Liam Reddox in the head.  Marian Gaborik returned for the Wild, but Mikko Koivu (knee) will miss a week.  Boston clinched the Northeast Division.  Patrik Elias missed a tilt against Philly.  Colorado’s Paul Stastny (foot) will miss a couple weeks. Toronto’s Martin Gerber was slapped with a three-game suspension for pushing and firing a puck at a referee.

Shutouts:  New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Minnesota, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Edmonton, St. Louis’ Chris Mason vs. LA Kings, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Calgary, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Calgary, LA Kings’ Jonathan Quick vs. Dallas, Dallas’ Marty Turco vs. LA Kings

Hat Tricks: 

Joe Mauer won’t be ready for Opening Day.  Corey Koskie has decided to retire rather than continue his comeback attempt.  The White Sox signed Gavin Floyd to a four-year extension.  Oakland extended Manager Bob Geren.  Japan sent the U.S. packing the WBC.  Curt Schilling called it quits.  B.J. Upton will miss the Opener.  Manny returned from his hamstring injury.  Japan beat South Korea to win the WBC.  They are the only team to have won the Classic.  Hall of Famer George Kell passed away.  Cole Hamels returned from his elbow injury.  Tampa Bay send David Price to the Minors.  Miguel Tejada got probabation for lying about steroids.  Justin Duchscherer will likely head to the DL.

The Eagles signed Leonard Weaver.  Cincy signed Naufahu Tahi.  Minnesota gave Cedric Griffin a contract extension.  Detroit is retiring Corey Smith’s #93 for next season.  Chicago signed Glenn Earl.  Miami sent Samson Satele to Oakland for a sixth round pick.  LT saved the Bolts a cool $2.25 million in cap space.  T.O. skipped a voluntary workout.  It’s voluntary, and conditioning has never been his problem, so I don’t see it as being a big deal.  He plans to skip all of the voluntary workouts.  Now that I do have an issue with.  Cleveland signed David Patten.  Cleveland will have an open competition for the starting QB job.  The NFL put an end to the wedge, along with three other safety changes for next year.  The NFL owners voted to change the draft order of picks 21-30 based on where they finish in the playoffs.  Roger Goodell wants a longer season.  The Jets signed CB Donald Strickland.  Tony Gonzalez still wants to be traded.  T.O. received the Alzheimer’s Association’s first Young Champions Award.  Chicago signed T Kevin Shaffer.  New Orleans signed S Pierson Prioleau and cut Kevin Kaesviharn.

#11 Dayton beat #6 West Virginia.  #12 Arizona beat #5 Utah.  #10 USC beat #7 Boston College.  #9 Siena beat #8 Ohio State.  #13 Cleveland State beat #4 Wake Forest.  #12 Wisconsin beat #5 Florida State.  #5 Purdue beat #4 Washington.  Cole Aldrich recorded a Triple-Double (13 points, 20 boards, 10 blocks) as Kansas beat Dayton.  #12 Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over #13 Cleveland State.  St. Mary’s eliminated Davidson in the NIT.  UConn may have violated some NCAA rules.  They beat Purdue to advance to the Elite Eight.  Pitt beat Xavier, Missouri upset Memphis, and Villanova upset Duke to join them.

Blake Joseph won’t return to Houston.  Nebraska Freshman QB Cody Green (hip) will miss a few Spring practices.  Jason Meinke left Minnesota to hit the books.

Retief Goosen won the Transitions Championship.  Estanislao Goya won the Madeira Islands Open.  Pat Hurst won the Mastercard Classic.  Chapchai Nirat won the SAIL Open.  He set a record for the Asian Tour by finishing at 32 under par.  Jason Gore leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger is three strokes back.

Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Kevin Harvick won the Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray to win the ATP BNP Paribas Open.  Vera Zvonareva beat Ana Ivanovic in the Women’s final.

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    March 27th, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    The Duke Curse lives on!

    I like the new draft order — makes more sense. And, I hope they extend the season and eliminate meaningless preseason games — I can’t stand watching preseason games after the first half is over when I have no clue who is playing.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 27th, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    I’m in the minority. 16 games is enough. My simple solution for the preseason games is to tune them out. You have 100s of other alternatives. You’re not forced to watch the games. They shouldn’t charge full price for them though or tie them with any regular season game though.

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