Friday Tidbits – 6/5/09
The Lakers took care of the Nuggets in Game 6 to earn a trip to the Finals for a second straight year. It’s not tough though when you’re handed a player like Pau Gasol for a rack of balls. The Sixers hired Eddie Jordan to be their next Coach. Orlando beat Cleveland in Game 6 to advance to the Finals to face the Lakers. I guess Stan the Man isn’t the Master of Panic. Tracy McGrady had shoulder surgery. Bulls’ Assistant Del Harris is retiring. LeBron had a growth removed from his mouth. That’s why he couldn’t congratulate the Magic or talk to the media. Boston’s Tony Allen had surgery. The Lakers crushed the Magic to take the NBA Finals opener. Jameer Nelson did play. Kobe had 40. Mike Dunleavy had hip surgery. Chris Bosh said he will not sign an extension this summer.
Detroit beat Pittsburgh to win the Stanley Cup opener. Detroit beat Pittsburgh for a 2-0 series lead. Joe Nieuwendyk is Dallas’ new GM. Jacques Martin is Montreal’s new Coach. Sports Properties Acquisition Corporation agreed to buy the Florida Panthers. Marek Zagrapan signed a deal to play in Russia for the Severstal Cherepovets. Pittsburgh took Game 3 to stay in down 2-1. Boston extended the contract of David Krejci. Colorado fired Coach Tony Granato. Joe Sacco will replace him. Pittsburgh beat Detroit to even the series at 2-2.
Clint Hurdle was fired by Colorado. Joey Votto and Grady Sizemore landed on the DL. Zack Greinke’s ERA went above 1.00. Edison Volquez lasted one inning after coming off the DL because of numbness in his hand. Jim Thome hit his 550th HR. Milwaukee released Jorge Julio. Joakim Soria came off the DL. Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 27 games. Washington fired Pitching Coach Randy St. Claire. The Pirates sent Nate McLouth to the Braves for three Minor Leaguers. The Braves released Tom Glavine and called up prized prospect Tommy Hanson. Chien-Ming Wang returned to the Yankees’ rotation. Scott Hairston (bicep) and Asdrubal Cabrera (shoulder) were placed on the DL. J.C. Romero completed his 50-game suspension for taking a PED. Speaking of PEDs, Sammy Sosa is oficially calling it a career. A.J. Burnett was suspended six games for throwing at Nelson Cruz. He’s appealing the suspension. The Angels should get another lift when Kelvim Escobar returns to the rotation on tomorrow. Randy Johnson won his 300th career game. Chris Carpenter tossed a Complete Game.
Shutouts: Jeff Niemann, Cole Hamels
Grand Slams: Luke Scott, Ryan Howard, Cody Ross, Ben Zobrist
Detroit signed Jon Jansen. Chicago signed Pisa Tinoisamoa and extended Israel Idonije. Anquan Boldin hired Tom Condon. Jeremy Bridges had assault charges dropped. Leon Hall pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges. Dallas released Greg Ellis. Rodney Harrison retired. Brian Westbrook will have his knee scoped. Jacksonville signed S Marlon McCree and cut DT Nader Abdallah and S Kevin Patterson. Atlanta signed G Tyson Clabo. Joe Staley signed a six-year extension with the 49ers. Arizona signed S Adrian Wilson to a five-year extension.
Arkansas suspended Marcus Britt after he got popped for a DUI.
Duke kicked Zack Asack to the curb. Florida CB Janoris Jenkins was arrested for fighting. Boston College QB Dominique Davis will transfer. Missouri reinstated QB Blaine Dalton. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett (finger) will miss a couple weeks.
Steve Stricker won the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Mark McNulty won the Principal Charity Classic. Christian Cevaer won the European Open. Kevin Johnson won the Rex Hospital Open. Texas A & M won the NCAA golf championship. Phil Mickelson will play in the St. Jude Classic to tune-up for the U.S. Open. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus will team together in the Memorial Skins Game.
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