Friday Tidbits – 3/6/09
The Celtics signed Marbury. Shaq beat Kobe despite his 49 point effort. Jason Kidd dished out his 10,000th career assist. Drew Gooden and Joe Smith had their contracts bought out. To me either of those guys would make more sense than Marbury did. Russell Westbrook messed around and got a Triple-Double. Carmelo Anthony was suspended a game by the Nuggets. Phoenix signed Stromile Swift. Joe Smith signed with the Cavs. Drew Gooden signed with the Spurs. Allen Iverson (back) will miss two weeks. Martell Webster (foot) will miss the rest of the season. Miami signed Luther Head. The Cavs and Celtics have clinched playoff spots. Shaq and Stan Van Gundy are feuding.
Montreal grabbed Glen Metropolit off waivers. NY Islander Brendan Witt was suspended five games for elbowing Niklas Hagman. Derek Boogaard got the same suspension for his elbow on Brandon Prust. Nashville beat Detroit 8-0. Martin Brodeur recorded his 100th Shutout. Steve Ott was suspended for trying to hurt Travis Moen. Jarome Iginla became Calgary’s scoring leader and notched his 400th goal in the same game. Atlanta traded Niclas Havelid to New Jersey Anssi Salmela. The Wild finally signed Niklas Backstrom to a four-year extension. Vancouver gave Alexandre Burrows a four-year extension as well. Columbus traded Pascal Leclaire to Ottawa for Antonie Vermette. Calgary traded Lawrence Nycholat and Ryan Wilson to Colorado for Jordan Leopolt. The also sent Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust to Phoenix for Olli Jokinen. Buffalo signed Tim Connolly to a two-year extension. Ottawa signe Filip Kuba to a three-year extension. Toronto traded Nik Antropov to the Rangers for draft picks. Toronto put Vesa Toskala on IR and picked up Martin Gerber off waivers. Phoenix sent Derek Morris to the Rangers for Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha, and Dmitri Kalinin. Tampa Bay sent Mark Recchi to Boston for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums. The Islanders sent Bill Guerin to Pittsburgh for a draft pick. The Rangers picked up Sean Avery. Carolina got Erik Cole, the Kings got Justin Williams, and Edmonton got Patrick O’Sullivan in a three-team trade. Thomas Vanek (jaw) returned to action.
Shutouts: NY Islanders’ Yann Danis vs. Buffalo, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. Detroit, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Philadelphia, Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. St. Louis
Hat Tricks: Chicago’s Jonathan Toews vs. Pittsburgh, Nashville’s Jason Arnott vs. Detroit, Calgary’s David Moss vs. Ottawa, LA’s Michal Handzus vs. Dallas
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The Phillies cut Adam Eaton. Kansas City signed Juan Cruz. Washington GM Jim Bowden resigned. Oakland signed Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra. Manny finally signed with the Dodgers. A-Rod is going to miss time with a hip injury. How long he is out will be determined by whether he has surger or not. St. Louis signed Dennys Reyes.
The Skins landed Albert Haynesworth and Derrick Dockery. Fred Taylor signed with New England. The Bucs got Kellen Winslow from the Browns. The Falcons cut Keith Brooking. The Vikes got Sage Rosenfels from the Texans. Kerry Collins re-signed with Tennessee. The Skins cut Shawn Springs. Bart Scott signed with the J-E-T-S. Jonathan Vilma re-signed with New Orleans. The Eagles traded Lito Sheppard to the Jets. The Rams signed Jason Brown. The Chiefs got Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel from New England for a second round pick. Houston signed DE Antonio Smith. Brian Dawkins signed with Denver. Dallas signed Keith Brooking. The Giants signed Mike Boley, Chris Canty, and Rocky Bernard. Michael Crabtree will have surgery and not run at his pro day. Brandon Marshall got arrested. Tampa re-signed Michael Clayton. Denver kept its spending spree going by inking Andra Davis, Renaldo Hill, and Andre Goodman. The Redskins cut Jason Taylor. T.J. Houshmandzadeh chose Seattle. Derrick Ward went to Washington. Miami cut Vonnie Holliday. St. Louis re-signed Ron Bartell. #7 Duke beat #24 Florida State. Cedric Benson re-signed with Cincy. Kurt Warner signed with Arizona. LaMont Jordan signed with Denver. Ray Lewis re-signed with Baltimore. The Ravens aslo signed Pro Bowl Center Matt Birk. Laveranues Coles signed with Baltimore. The 49ers re-signed Takeo Spikes and signed Damon Huard after losing out on Warner. Phillip Buchanon signed a two-year deal with Detroit. Dallas cut Terrell Owens. Dallas cut S Roy Williams. The Browns signed Robert Royal. J.T. O’Sullivan signed with Cincinnati. Marshawn Lynch pleaded guilty to a gun charge. The Pats signed Shawn Springs and traded with Philly for Greg Lewis. Chris Simms signed with Denver.
Georgetown beat #12 Villanova. #25 Florida State beat #13 Clemson. Blake Griffin returned for Oklahoma. Washington State beat #11 Arizona State. Oklahoma State beat #24 Texas. #6 Louisville beat #10 Marquette. #15 Kansas beat #8 Missouri. #9 Michigan State beat #20 Illinois. Northwestern beat #20 Purdue. #4 Pitt beat #15 Marquette. Vanderbilt beat #11 LSU. #12 Missouri beat #5 Oklahoma. Texas Tech pounded #9 Kansas. Stanford beat #21 Arizona State. Penn State beat #23 Illinois.
Geoff Ogilvy beat Paul Casey to win the Accenture Match Play Championship. Mark Wilson won the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Lorena Ochoa won the Honda LPGA Thailand. It was her 25th LPGA victory. Thongchai Jaidee won the Indonesia Open. He set a record with his 11th victory on the Asian tour. Mardy Fish beat Evgeny Korolev to win the ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championship. Venus Williams beat Flavia Pennetta to win the WTA Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC. Robert Allenby leads the Honda Classic after the Opening Round.
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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