Friday Tidbits 4/18/08
Jason Kidd notched his 100th career triple-double. Carmelo got popped for a DUI. Nice distraction as your team is battling for the final playoff spot. The Wolves won back-to-back games. The Sonics won what is most likely their last home game. Indiana and Golden State lost to eliminate their playoff chances. Ramon Sessions had 20 points to go along with his 24 assists. The Lakers took top seed in the West. LeBron won the scoring title. Boston finished with 66 wins. The Bulls showed Jim Boylan the door. Milwaukee did the same for Larry Krystkowiak.
Chris Chelios played in his 248th playoff game, which set an NHL record. Pittsburgh (over Ottawa) and the Rangers (over the Devils) jumped out to 2-0 series leads. Minnesota even their series with a win over Colorado. Washington took Game 1 against Philly. Robert Nilsson signed a three-year deal with Edmonton. Detroit (Nashville) Dallas(Anaheim), and Montreal (Boston) jumped out to 2-0 leads. Martin Biron and the Flyers blanked Washington to even the series at 1-1. Boston (Montreal) and New Jersey (Rangers) showed some life by taking game 3. Calgary stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 2-1 series lead. Unlike the NBA, the NHL can make rule changes when they want to. Sean Avery’s stick in Brodeur’s face to distract him was deemed unsportsmanlike. Instead of waiting until the end of the year to address it, the NHL decided it’s against the rules. I like it. Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. Nashville scored 3 in the third to take Game 3. Minnesota used OT (yet again) to take a 2-1 lead over Colorado. Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 1-0 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Philadelphia took Game 3 of their series with Washington for a 2-1 lead. Anaheim fought back with a 4-2 victory Dallas, who leads 2-1. San Jose evened their series at 2 with a 3-2 win over Calgary. Colorado blasted Minnesota 5-1 to even their series at 2 apiece. Carolina signed Sergei Samsonov to a three-year deal worth $7.6 million. Vancouver fired GM Dave Nonis. Pittsburgh swept Ottawa away. The Rangers buried the Devils to take a 3-1 series lead. Nashville knocked off Detroit to even their series at 2. Boston peppered Montreal 5-1 to stay alive. Montreal has a 3-2 lead. Philly beat Washington in Double OT to take a 3-1 series lead. Dallas beat Anaheim in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead. Colorado beat Minnesota in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. San Jose took game 5 and a 3-2 series lead over Calgary.
Randy Johnson’s 285 victory was blown by his relievers. Hey, at least he was back and pitched well. The Yankees drew first blood on the Red Sox behind Chien-Ming Wang’s two-hitter. Carlos Pena, Raul Ibanez, and Jeremy Hermedia hit a pair of HRs last Friday. Dontrelle Willis hyperextended his knee. Jeff Francoeur smashed 2 HRs on Saturday. Roy Halladay fired a complete game. Dave Roberts had knee surgery and will be out a few months. Barry Bonds’ last HR ball sold for $370K, The problem is, there is still a chance someone picks him up to DH later this year or next, making that ball virtually worthless. Tom Glavine hurt his hamstring in the first inning of his start vs. Washington on Sunday. Paul Konerko and Joe Crede cranked Grand Slams in the same game. Zack Greinke threw a complete game on Monday to improve to 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA. Joe Borowski and Eric Bedard landed on the DL. Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HRs #595 &596. A-Rod tied and passed Ted Williams and Willie McCovey on the all-time HR list. Alfonso Soriano landed on the DL. Edgar Renteria cracked a Grand Slam. Carlos Zambrano had three hits in a game. C.C. Sabathia got rocked..again. Miguel Tejada not only lied about steroids, evidently he lied about his age. Manny Ramirez and Chipper Jones each smacked a pair of HRs. Colorado beat San Diego in 22 innings.
Steve McNair is retiring. It was a good run. Chad Johnson has demanded a trade. Housh said Cincy should trade him.Darrell Jackson and Samie Parker signed with the Denver Broncos. Deuce McAllister reworked his deal to remain a Saint. Cato June had his DUI charges dropped. The Chargers will be without LB Stephen Cooper for 4 games due to a substance abuse violation. Duane Starks signed with the Raiders. Arizona NT Gabe Watson broke his kneecap when he fell off a treadmill. Guess he won’t be getting any “Dancing with the Stars” invites. Jared Allen will visit Minnesota and Tampa Bay, who are speculated to be suitors via trade. Terrell Suggs showed up for minicamp. The G-Men are still waiting to hear what Strahan decides. The Packers will retire Brett Favre’s #4 in the season opener with Minnesota.
Michael Beasley is turning pro. Derrick Rose will join him. They figure to be the top two picks in the draft. Florida F Jonathan Mitchell will transfer. Tyler Hansbrough won the Wooden Award. Kentucky G Jodie Meeks had a sports hernia surgery. Former Duke F Taylor King is transfering to Villanova. Tennessee Guard J.P. Prince had shoulder surgery. John Calipari signed an extension with Memphis. Butler’s Brad Stevens signed a seven-year deal, but I would guess if he continued his success, he’d be moving on. Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo is turning pro. Kansas State Coach Frank Martin signed a five-year extension. Psst. He doesn’t have Beasley anymore. Kevin Love is turning pro…mistake. Kansas’ Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur will turn pro.
Penn State suspended DT Phil Taylor. Teammate Sean Lee (LB) will miss the year with a torn knee. Duke suspended OT Cameron Goldberg for a rule violation.
Trevor Immelman earned the Green Jacket by winning the Masters. What a failure for Tiger Woods as he finished second. To get sympathy (kidding), he underwent knee surgery, which means he’ll likely miss The Players Championship. So much for that Grand Slam.
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 after his crew chief gambled on his fuel.
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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