Friday Tidbits 6/13/08
Paul Pierce looked just fine helping the Celtics jump out to a 2-0 lead. Kobe was Kobe again as the Lakrs took Game 3. The Celtics mounted an impressive comeback to take Game 4 and a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rudy Fernandez will likely leave the Spanish League to join the Blazers next year. Doug Collins will not coach the Bulls. Vinny Del Negro will. Terry Porter will be the new Phoenix Coach. Yao Ming is donating $2 million to Chinese earthquake victims. Gilbert Arenas opted out of the last year of his contract. Indiana hired Sam Perkins as a mentor. David Stern came off like a pompous ass when discussing the Tim Doneghy playoff fixing allegations.
Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #600. Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, Sean Casey, James Shields, Johnny Gomes, Edwin Jackson, Carl Crawford, and Akinori Iwamura were suspended for the Red Sox-Rays brawl. Hiroki Kuroda threw a Complete Game Shutout. The Dodgers acquired Angel Berroa from the Royals for a Minor Leaguer. Brandon Webb picked up his 11th Win of the year. Paul Byrd won his 100th game the same night the Indians beat Detroit for the 1000th time. The Rangers designated Sidney Ponson despite his success (4-1, 3.88 ERA). Joba looked a little better in his second start. The M’s gave hitting coach Jeff Pentland the boot. Cliff Lee became the first ten game winner in the AL. Adam Wainwright and Ryan Church landed on the DL. Alfonso Soriano, Victor Martinez, and Albert Pujols will be out a few weeks. Bartolo Colon won his 150th career game. Jake Peavy returned from the DL in dominating fashion.
Darren McFadden signed a six-year, $60 million contract before taking one handoff. Steroids dealer David Jacobs died in a murder-suicide. Odell Thurman will miss yet another year to suspension. Michael Stahan has called it a career. He was pretty good. Marcus Robinson retired as well. He wasn’t very good. Speaking of not very good, the Bears cut Cedric Benson. McNabb sat out of practice because of a sore shoulder. LeCharles Bentley was granted his release from the Browns. He’ll try and catch on with another team. T.O. will be tested more frequently for PEDs as he missed a drug test. Jonathan Ogden is retiring. Plaxico Burress is sitting out because of a contract dispute. The Saints signed DE Will Smith to the other Will Smith type money. His deal was for six years and $70 million. Cincy signed DT Domata Peko to a five-year, $29 million extension. Chicago’s Adrian Peterson had an appendectomy. He still could probably run tougher than Cedric Bustson.
Dominik Hasek is hanging up his skates. Ron Wilson will be Toronto’s next Coach. The Stanley Cup got a dent at Chris Chelios’ bar. Montreal signed F Maxim Lapierre to a two-year deal. Vancouver F Trevor Linden retired. Detroit signed Coach Mike Babcock to a three-year extension. Todd McLellan will be San Jose’s Coach. Dallas D Matthias Norstrom is calling it quits. The LA Kings kicked Coach Marc Crawford to the curb.
Georgia FB Brannan Southerland will miss the start of the season due to a foot injury. Arkansas kicked LB Freddie Fairchild to the curb. Bill Curry will be Georgia State’s first football Coach.
North Carolina’s Ty Lawson was pinched for driving drunk. Pitt Assistant Coach Orlando Antigua is headed to Memphis. Jordan Crawford is leaving Indiana. UCLA’s Josh Shipp withdrew his name from the NBA Draft. Bob Burton signed a five-year extension with Cal State Fullerton.
Big Brown didn’t win the Triple Crown.
Justin Leonard won the Stanford St. Jude Championship. The U.S. Open is this weekend. Tiger Woods returned with a one over par.
Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway. Brad Keselowski took home the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to win his fourth straight French Open.
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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