Friday Tidbits 7/11/08
The Tribe traded C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee (of all places) for prospects. He won his debut for the Brew Crew. The Cubs answered back by snagging Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin for prospects. Johnny Damon Jeff Suppan, Bobby Jenks, Vernon Wells (again), Mark Mulder (again), Erik Bedard (again), Dustin McGowan, and Tom Gordon were placed on the DL. Brad Lidge signed a three-year extension with the Phillies. Randy Johnson picked up his 289th Win. Hiroki Kuroda lost his Perfect Game bid in the 8th on a Mark Teixeira Double. He had to settle for a Complete Game one-hit Shutout. David Ortiz took Batting Practice. Derek Lowe lost a Perfect Game in the 7th. The Mariners cut ties with Richie Sexson. Evan Longoria and Corey Hart won the Internet vote for the last spots on the All-Star rosters.
Former Texas A & M star and San Diego Charger CB Terrence Kiel died in a car crash. Tony Gonzalez was on the opposite end of the spectrum saving a man’s life via the Heimlich maneuver. Kevin Faulk pleaded no contest to his week possession charges. Trent Dilfer is hanging it up. Jacksonville’s Matt Jones got pinched with nose candy. What a tool. T Shane Olivea signed a one-year deal with the Giants.
Chris Duhon signed a two-year deal with the Knicks. Hurting for some positive news, the team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics signed draft picks Russell Westbrook and D.J. White. Round One went to Michael Beasley as he dominated (28 points, 9 rebounds) Derrick Rose (10 points, 4 assists). I wonder if Baron Davis is regretting his decision to go to the Clippers now that Elton Brand has made the move to Philly. His former teammate, Corey Maggette, moved up the coast to Golden State. He won’t get a chance to team with Mickael Pietrus because he left G.S. for Orlando. Milwaukee is locking up Andrew Bogut for five years at the hefty sum on $72.5 million. The Clippers renounced their rights to Shaun Livingston, Dan Dickau, and Smush Parker. Brent Barry signed with the Rockets. Brad Miller got suspended five games for substance abuse.
Detroit and Chicago are going to play a game at Wrigley this year. Jaromir Jagr has left the NHL for a Russian league. Good luck with that. San Jose acquired D Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay. They also signed D Christian Ehrhoff to a three-year deal. The Wild signed RW Owen Nolan. Pittsburgh signed LW Matt Cooke. Buffalo traded RW Steve Bernier for draft picks. Columbus signed R.J. Umberger to a four-year deal and Coach Ken Hitchcock to a three-year deal. Toronto signed Matt Stajan. Calgary signed Todd Bertuzzi. The Flyers gave GM Paul Holmgren a three-year extension. Anaheim signed C Brendan Morrison. Tampa Bay signed Mark Recchi. The Islanders gave D Brendan Witt a two-year extension. Vancouver matched Calgary’s offer on RW Steve Bernier. Montreal signed G Jaroslav Halak. Ottawa signed D Jason Smith. Carolina signed D Dennis Seidenberg. Washington signed Sergei Federov and Brooks Laich. Vancouver signed LW Pavol Demitra. Goalie Ray Emery is bolting to Russia. Martin Straka is bolting to play for a Czech team. G Jose Theodore signed a two-year deal with Washington.
Louisville WR Trent Guy was shot. He should make a full recovery. Another Louisville WR (JaJuan Spillman) is no more as he got kicked off the team after another arrest. Florida State G Evan Bellamy will miss the year because of a blood clot. Indiana reinstated QB Kellen Lewis. Rich Rodriguez will pay a $4 million buyout clause. Michigan will pay half. Maybe this will be the last we hear of it. Ohio State CB Eugene Clifford was charged with assault. San Jose LB Ryne Gonzalez got 45 days in the cooler for popping a man in the face three years ago. It was over a girl, so I guess I understand. East Carolina LB Max Joyner was suspended for assault.
Georgia F Jeremy Jacob is transferring. Notre Dame tacked on two more years to Coach Mike Brey’s contract.
Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer to win the men’s side of Wimbledon in an instant classic. Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title on the women’s side by taking down little sis Serena. They also teamed up to take the Doubles title by defeating Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Jonas Bjorkman and Kevin Ullyett on the men’s side. Mike Bryan and Katarina Srebotnik beat Mike’s brother Bob and Stosure in Mixed Doubles.
It sure sounds like a broken record. Kyle Busch wins another NASCAR Sprint Cup race. This time it was at the Daytona International Speedway. The Nationwide Series race was won by Denny Hamlin. Busch took second. Mark Martin agreed to jump ship from Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to Hendrick Motorsports.
Anthony Kim was victorious in the AT&T National in Bethesda, Maryland. Fredrick Jacobson finished second (two strokes back). Six were tied (including Jim Furyk) for third. Eduardo Romero won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (Champions Tour). Seon Hwa Lee won the NW Arkansas Championship (LPGA). Annika Sorenstam defeated Lorena Ochoa in a skins match in Mexico. Ross Fisher annihilated the field at the European Open. Sergio Garcia finished second (seven strokes back). Paula Creamer shot a 60 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
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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