Friday Tidbits – 6/19/09
The Lakers beat Orlando to win the NBA Finals. It was Phil Jackson’s record tenth NBA championship as a Coach. Kobe Bryant won the Finals MVP. Hedo Turkoglu will test the free agent waters. Kevin McHale is out as Timberwovles Coach.
The Penguins beat the Red Wings in Detroit in Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup. Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Sidney Crosby caught some heat over a handshake. Carolina extended Coach Paul Maurice’s contract. Derian Hatcher retired. Boston gave GM Peter Chiarelli a contract extension. Minnesota named Todd Richards as their new Coach. A judge rejected the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a Canadian billionaire that would have moved the team to Canada. Pittsburgh signed D Alex Goligoski to a three-year deal. Alexander Ovechkin won the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP). Tim Thomas won the Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender). Steve Mason won the Calder Memorial Trophy (ROY). Claude Julien won the Jack Adams Award (Top Coach).
Nick Punto came off the DL. Jeremy Bonderman and John Maine went on it. Jake Peavy (ankle) is out for a month. Jonathan Papelbon was fined $1K for his slow pace. Torii Hunter had a three-HR game. Miguel Tejada picked up his 2000th hit. Lance Berkman launced his 300th HR. The Yankees crushed the Mets 15-0 to win the Subway Series. The Cubs fired Hitting Coach Gerald Perry. Jason Isringhausen (elbow) will miss the rest of the year and possibly call it a career. A report came out that Sammy Sosa took steroids. This ranks right up there with the moon is not made of cheese. Ivan Rodriguez set a record for most games caught as a Catcher. Kyle Farnsworth was bit by a dog. Joe Torre tied Sparky Anderson for fifth in managerial wins. The Padres set a record with their 12th straight Interleague loss. Roy Halladay and Scott Downs landed on the DL. Erik Bedard and Raul Ibanez went on the DL as well. San Diego’s Chris Young and Detroit’s Dontrelle Willis landed on the DL. Dusty Rhodes passed away.
The Falcons released Michael Vick. Trent Green retired. Hopefully for good. He doesn’t need any more concussions. The Redskins cut James Thrash. Oakland signed Greg Ellis. The Jets signed third-round pick RB Shonn Greene. Brett Favre had a little talk on HBO. Nothing cahnged. If he’s healthy he’ll be the Vikings’ QB. Arizona TE Ben Patrick got suspended four games for using Adderall. Denver signed Brandon Lloyd. Donte Stallworth pled guilty to DUI manslaughter. He got a whopping 30 day sentence for taking a man’s life. There’s no outrage like in the Michael Vick case and there won’t be an issue as to whether he’s allowed back in the league. Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely. Denver cut Boss Bailey.
Lamont Jones and Derrick Williams have decided not to go to USC thanks to fear of NCAA sanctions. Gani Lawal, Devan Downey, Greivis Vasquez, Luke Harangody, Ater Majok, and Damion Jones are going back to their respective schools after testing the NBA waters. Clemson gave Coach Oliver Purnell an extension. UCLA’s Drew Gordon tore his knee. BYU Coach Dave Rose has pancreatic cancer. My prayers are with him. Akron gave Coach Keith Dambrot an extension.
Mark Martin won the LifeLock 400. Joey Logano won the Meijer 300.
Andy Murray beat James Blake to win the ATP AEGON Championship. Magdalena Rybarikova beat Na Li to win the Women’s Final. Tommy Haas beat Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Gerry Weber Open.
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