Friday Tidbits 5/2/08
Philadelphia beat Detroit to take a 2-1 series lead. Dallas fought back (Dirk 32 points, 19 boards) to take Game 3. Before the game Josh Howard spoke of how he likes to smoke weed. Grant Hill won the Joe Dumars Award for good sportsmanship. Tony Parker had 41 points and 12 assists as San Antonio took a 3-0 lead over Phoenix. When they traded for Shaq to limit Duncan, they forgot to address acquiring someone to slow Tony Parker. Charlotte fired Sam Vincent. Chris Bosh had 39 points & 15 rebounds, but he couldn’t keep Toronto from falling into a 3-1 hole against Orlando. The Lakers shut down Denver to take a 3-0 series lead. Atlanta stunned the Celtics in Game 3. They trail 2-1 in the series. Utah took a 3-1 lead over Houston behind Mehmet Okur’s 14 points and 18 boards. Cleveland took Game 4 vs. Washington for a 3-1 series lead. The “overrated” LeBron James had 34 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists. Phoenix avoided a sweep at the hands of San Antonio. Detroit evened things up at 2 with Philly. New Orleans was too much for Dallas as they pushed them to the brink of elimination 3 games to 1. Pat Riley is stepping down as Miami coach. Erik Spoelstra will take over until the team is good enough to challenge for the title and then he’ll stab him in the back and take over. OK, I made that last part up. but it wouldn’t be the first time. Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu won the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He won the Lesters Award in the same category. Dwight Howard produced yet another 20-20 (21 points & 21 rebounds) as Orlando sent Toronto packing in Game 5. Joe Johnson and Josh Smith combined for 63 points as the Hawks evened their series against Boston at two. Kobe & Co. got their brooms out as they swept Denver away. Larry Brown will coach Charlotte next year. I’m so tired of him. Byron Scott won the Coach of the Year Award. Chris Paul’s Triple-Double send Dallas packing 4-1. San Antonio sent Shaq and Phoenix. See what happens when you make reactionary trades? Detroit took care of Philly to take a 3-2 series lead. Houston stayed alive in Game 5. They trail Utah 3-2. Dallas canned Avery Johnson. KG got away with shoving a ref. Perkins and Williams got away with leaving the bench. I was hoping Cleveland would send them packing, but Washington took Game 5. “Overrated (but already played in an NBA Finals)” LeBron James had 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Caron Butler hit the game-winner. Boston whooped the Hawks in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. Kevin Durant was named Rookie of the Year. Detroit blew out Philly to win the series 4 games to 2.
Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-4 to take their series opener. Dallas won in OT to take the opener vs. San Jose. Detroit pounded Colorado behind Johan Franzen’s hat trick for a 2-0 series lead. Philadelphia evened things up at 1 with Montreal. Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury shutout the Rangers 2-0 as they Penguins took the same lead in the series. Dallas whooped on San Jose to take a 2-0 lead. Philadelphia’s improbable run continued as it took Game 3 and a 2-1 lead over Montreal. Anaheim signed C Ryan Carter to a three-year deal. Pittsburgh cruised to a 3-0 lead as Malkin netted two goals. Dallas pushed San Jose to the brink of elimination (3 games to None) with a 2-1 OT win. Detroit did the same to Anaheim in regulation. Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen and will miss the rest of the playoffs for the Rangers. Philadelphia took a commaning 3-1 series lead over Montreal. San Jose didn’t go down without a fight in winning Game 4. The still trail Dallas 3-1 in the series. Jaromir Jagr had 2 Goals and an Assist and Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the Rangers stayed alive vs. Pittsburgh. Johan Franzen netted his second hat trick of the series as Detroit swept Colorado.
Roger Clemens had a rough week. The Twins sent Liriano down to the minors. I knew they brought him up too early. Jason Giambi hit 2 HRs. Justin Morneau hit a Grand Slam. Randy Johnson won his 285th career game. Lance Berkman cracked a couple of solo shots. Matt Kemp hit a Grand Slam. Erik Bedard returned from the DL. Carlos Delgado Paul Konerko, Brandon Phillips, and Nate McLouth each hit a pair of HRs. Jorge Posada landed on the DL with a bad shoulder. Proof that the NFL’s contract aren’t that bad…Barry Zito 0-6 with a 7.53 ERA. Mike Mussina won his 253rd career game. Hank Blaylock landed on the DL with a torn hamstring. Now it’s John Smoltz to the DL. He wants to return to the bullpen when he comes back. Greg Maddux was denied #350 yet again. Roy Halladay threw his fourth straight complete game. Scott Hairston hit a pair of HRs. A-Rod went on the DL with a strained quad. Chad Cordero will miss a month with a shoulder tear. Placido Polanco and Geovany Soto each hit a pair of HRs. Rafael Furcal had five hits. Josh Hamilton hit a Grand Slam. Alfonso Soriano returned from the DL. Troy Tulowitzki tore his quad and wil be out for a few months. Same with Phil Hughes (rib).
The Raiders got McFadden. There were a record 33 trades made in the draft. They cut Dominic Rhodes shortly thereafter. Dallas traded LB Akin Ayodele and TE Anthony Fasano to Bill Parcels and Miami for a 4th round pick. Carolina signed Darwin Walker. The Jets signed Danny Woodhead, the NCAA career rushing leader, to a free agent contract. The Bills will be paid $78 million for their 8 games in Toronto over the next five years.
Darren Collison has decided he’s going to stay at UCLA. His teammate Josh Shipp will dip his toes in the water. Stanford named Johnny Dawkins head coach. UNC’s Danny Green had declared for the draft. Ben Hansbrough is transferring to Notre Dame. UCLA’s Chace Stanbac is transferring from UCLA. Washington State coach Tony Bennett got a $200K raise.
UCLA QB Patrick Cowan will miss the year after tearing his ACL. Georgia Tech QB Taylor Bennett is transferring to Louisiana Tech. Lou Holtz, Troy Aikman, Wilber Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Syracuse QB Don McPherson, Jay Novacek, Thurman Thomas and others were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Adam Scott won the Byron Nelson Championship.
Kyle Busch won the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race thre on Saturday.
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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