Friday Tidbits 4/25/08

Apr 25, 2008

Isiah Thomas finally got fired.  Looks like he owes Matt Millen and Kevin McHale dinner. NBA owners have agreed to allow Seattle to move to Oklahoma City.  KG had his first kid.  LeBron helped Cleveland get off to a 1-0 lead vs. Washington.  San Antonio took the opener vs. Phoenix in Double-Overtime despite 40 from Duncan.  New Orleans stormed back to pound Dallas and take a 1-0 lead.  Chris Paul dominated with 35 points and 10 assists.  Utah took Game 1 vs. Houston.  Dwight Howards 25 point, 22 rebound effort was too much for Toronto in Game 1.  Gasol had a monster game (36 points, 16 rebounds) as the Lakers took the opener vs. Denver.  Philly shocked Detroit in their opener.  Manu Ginobili won the 6th Man Award.  Big Shocker.  Scott Skiles signed a four-year deal to coach Milwaukee.  LeBron messed around and just missed a triple-double as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead over Washington.  Utah took Game 2 90-84.  T-Mac is starting to sweat.  KG took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award.  New Orleans crushed Dallas behind CP3′s 32 points & 17 assists to take a -0 lead.  Dwight Howard (29 points, 20 boards) had his second consecutive 20-20 game as Orlando took a 2-0 lead.  The Spurs got 79 points from their Big 3 to take a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.  Italian star Danilo Gallinari has declared for the NBA Draft.  Vince Carter had a bone spur removed from his ankle.  Detroit fought back in a big way to even their series with Philly.  Boston handily beat Atlanta for a 2-0 lead.  Kobe scored 49 and handed 10 assists as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead.  Larry Brown resigned as Philly’s VP.  Ron Artest had surgery on his thumb.  Toronto (Orlando) and Washington (Cleveland) struck back in their series to avoid going down 3-0.  Tracy McGrady kept the trend of the road team winning as Houston avoided going down 3-0 vs. Utah.  All three series sit a 2 games to 1.

The Rangers sent the New Jersey Devils packing.  Detroit beat Nashville in OT for a 3-2 series lead.  Anaheim survived Dallas in Game 5.  Dallas leads 3-2.  Washington stayed in the hunt with a Game 5 victory over Philly.  Boston forced a Game 7 with Montreal.  Colorado finished off the Wild in Game 6.  Chris Osgood shutout Nashville to close out their series.  Cagary’s Miikka Kiprusoff shutout San Jose to force a Game 7.  Dallas knocked off Anaheim in Game 6 so there will be a new champion this year.  Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 5-0 to send them packing.  Washington took care of Philly in Game 7 behind Ovechkin’s pair of goals.  Nashville extended Coach Barry Trotz’s contract. The Flyers stunned Washington on the road in Game 7 to win the series. San Jose beat Calgary in Game 7 behind Jeremy Roenick’s four-point game.  Montreal beat Philly in OT to take the series opener.  Detroit knocked off Colorado in their opener.

John Smoltz joined the 3000 K Club.The Rays were proactive in signing Evan Longoria to a six-year $17.5 deal with options to make it nine-years, $44 million.  Wise move.  Tom Glavine landed on the DL.  Big Papi hit a Grand Slam. Chipper Jones and Richie Sexson smacked another pair of HRs.  JImmy Rollins landed on the DL.  Toronto released Frank Thomas.  Hanley Ramirez and Chase Utley each smacked a pair of HRs on Sunday.  Chase Utley homered for the 5th straight game on Monday.  Jake Westbrook joined the rest of the league on the DL. Ronny Cedeno and Bobby Abreu each blasted each blasted Grand Slams.  Jacoby Ellsbury smacekd a pair of HRs.  C.C. Sabathia punished those who dropped him going 6 shutout ininings allowing 4 hits with 11 Ks.  The Reds fired GM Wayne Krivsky  and replaced him with Walt Jocketty. Miguel Cabrera is moving to 1st with Carlos Guillen taking over at 3rd.  J.J. Putz returned from the DL.  Josh Beckett and Dice K were both scratches.  The Cubs won their 10000th game.  Gary Matthews, JR. hit a pair of HRs.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #597.  Greg Maddux pitched lights out, but was still denied win # 350.  Frank Thomas re-joined Oakland.  The buried Big Papi jersey got $175K for charity.  Magglio Ordonez and Donnie Murphy smacked a pair of HRs on Thursday.  Felipe Lopez hit a Grand Slam.  Cliff Lee fired a three-hit shutout to improve to 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA.

Jake Long will be the #1 pick tomorrow.  The Vikings traded their 1st round pick along with two 3rd round picks for Jared Allen.  The Vikes signed him to a six-year, $74 milllion deal.  The NFL reinstated Cincy LB Odelle Thruman.  He hasn’t played in two years.  The Bungles declined Washington’s offer of two first round picks for Ocho Cinco.  I would have said “Deal” rather than “No Deal”.  Carolina’s Mike Rucker and Cincy’s David Pollack have retired.  Seattle cut Shaun Alexander.  Dallas traded a 4th rounder for Pacman Jones.  The Jets traded DL Dewayne Robertson to Denver for a draft pick.

Boston College kicked DE Brady Smith to the curb after he was charge with B & E and sexual assault.  Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton had his elbow cleaned out.  Florida State WR Preston Parker was arrested on drugs and weapons charges.  Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter had thumb surgery.  OL Justin Boren left Michigan Sate for Ohio State.

Mempis’ Chris Douglas-Roberts, Antonio Anderson, and Robert Dozier will turn pro.  UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will test the NBA waters.  Drake hire Mark Phelps, who was an assistant at Arizona State, to be its next Coach.  Memphis Assist Derek Kellog will be UMass’s next Coach.  Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon will enter the NBA Draft.  Texas Guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams will test the NBA waters.  I don’t know hiow many teams they think are in the NBA.  Sad news to report.  Alabama State G Deshean Porchea collapsed and died following a pickup game.  He was 19.

Boo Weekley won his second consecutive Verizon Heritage Classic.  It’s the only tournament he’s ever won.

Kyle Busch won the Corona Mexico 200.  Danica Patrick won the Honda 300 at Twin Ring Motegi ain Japan to become the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

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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