Friday Tidbits – 4/10/09
Happy Birthday Lynn!
Ichiro (ulcer) landed on the DL. Gary Sheffield signed with the Mets. The Braves opened the 2009 season with a Win over the Phillies. Joey Devine landed on the 60-Day DL. The Yankees got smoked by Baltimore in their Opener. Ken Griffey, Jr. homered in his first game back with Seattle. Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby and Henry Aaron were chosen to be the recipients of the Beacon Awards. Brandon Webb will miss a start. Joe Mauer took Batting Practice. Koji Uehara beat the Yankees in his MLB debut. Angels’ Rookie Nick Adenart was killed in a hit-and-run crash. So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Chris Carpenter fired a gem for St. Louis. Tampa picked up where it left off by beating the Sox.
Dino Gallinari will shut it down following back surgery. Andre Miller messed around and got a Triple-Double. John Stockton, Jerry Sloan, C. Vivian Stringer and David Robinson were named to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Oh, and this Michael Jordan fella got in too. Dwight Howard had another 20-20 game. Andrew Bogut (back) is done for the year. Jason Kidd dished out 20 Assists to move past Magic Johnson into #3 on the all-time list. Zach Randolph got popped for a DUI. Manu Ginobili (ankle) is done for the year. Carl Landry returned for Houston. Udonis Haslem (finger) will miss the rest of the regular season. The Knicks signed Mouhamed Sene. Andrew Bynum returned for the Lakers. Hef’s treatment must have worked.
Toronto signed Tyler Bozak. Taylor Pyatt is taking a leave from Vancouver following the death of his fiance in a car accident. Columbus activated Jason Chimera from the IR. New Jersey G Kevin Weeks will miss a couple of weeks. San Jose welcomed back Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux. The Islanders signed Doug Weight to an extension. Ottawa signed Cory Clouston to a two-year deal.
Shutouts: Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Calgary, Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. NY Rangers, Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Columbus, Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. NY Islanders, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Colorado, Colorado’s Peter Budaj vs. San Jose, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. L.A. Kings
Hat Tricks: Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter vs. Toronto, Carolina’s Eric Staal vs. NY Islanders
The Giants cut Plaxico Burress. Tennessee signed Patrick Ramsey. The Rams signed Kyle Boller. Pittsurgh re-signed LB Keyaron Fox. Reggie Williams got arrested again. Put a fork in him. Plaxico Burress won a $1 million grievance against the Giants. Cheddard Plax can use that for legal and medical expenses. Houston signed Cato June. The Chiefs won a ruling that would allow them to cut the troubled back without having to pay his guaranteed salary next year. Jeff Garcia is returning to the Bay Area. This time for the Raiders. Kellen Winslow signed a six-year extension with Tampa. Samari Rolle re-signed with Baltimore. Cincinnati brought in Tank Johnson. He kept his nose clean in Big D, hopefully he’ll do the same in Cincy. Marcus Stroud got an extension with the Bills. Marshawn Lynch got slapped with a three game suspension for getting busted on gun charges. T.O., his new teammate, decided to show up for workouts after all.
Blake Griffin was named AP Player of the Year and won the Naismith Award. Bill Self won Coach of the Year honors. Michigan State beat UConn to advance to the title game. UNC beat Villanova to join them. UNC beat Michigan State for the National Championship. Sean Miller is leaving Xavier for Arizona. Memphis promoted Assistant Josh Pastner to Coach. Leonard Hamilton signed an extension with Florida State. Blake Griffin, DeJuan Blair, Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill, James Johnson, and James Harden are turning Pro. Jodie Meeks, Jeff Teague, Dwayne Collins and Devan Downey will test the waters, but not hire an agent. Jamie Dixon was named the Naismith Coach of the Year. Top recruit DeMarcus Cousins has spurned Memphis for Kentucky. Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf, and Paul Harris will test the NBA Draft waters. Only Flynn will make a decent Pro. Jim Calhoun will return for UConn next year.
UConn Women capped off a perfect season with another National Title.
Purdue will be without QB Justin Siller (academics) for at least a year. Iowa’s James Ferentz, Tyler Christensen, and end Zach Derby got pinched for public intoxication. Florida State’s Rod Owens picked up a DUI.
Paul Casey beat J.B. Holmes in a playoff to win the Texas Motor Speedway. Michael Hoey won the Estoril Open. Brittany Lincicome won the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. Chad Campbell led after the first day at the Masters. Tiger was five strokes back.
Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 to win the Sony Ericsson Open championship. Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-1 on the Women’s side.
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