Friday Tidbits 7/18/08
Roy Halladay threw a Complete Game Shutout. A-Rod passed The Mick on the HR list. Randy Johnson picked up win #290. The Rays lost seven straight to head into the All-Star Breakk in 2nd Place. Ryan Howard (28) and Josh Hamilton (95) led the Majors in HRs and RBI, respectively, at the break. Brandon Webb, who got a rare no-decision, topped the Bigs with 13 Wins. K-Rod had 38 first-half Saves. Cliff Lee and Ben Sheets were named All-Star starters. Josh Hamilton clubbed 28 first round HRs in the HR Derby, but Justin Morneau took home the crown. The All-Star game went 15 Innings. Yuck. J.D. Drew won the MVP. Oh yeah, the AL won again giving them Home Field Advantage in the World Series. The years go by and that rule seems as dumb as it did when it was first implemented. Takashi Saito’s elbow will keep him out a few weeks. Florida’s Sergio Mitre had Tommy John surgery. It looks like Richie Sexson will land with the Yankees. San Diego traded Tony Clark to Arizona for Minor League Pitcher Evan Scribner. Oakland sent Joe Blanton to the Phils for some Minor Leaguers. The Mets won their 10th straight. That can’t make Willie Randolph feel good. Francisco Liriano wants the Players Association to investigate why he hasn’t been called up yet. Magglio Ordonez came off the DL.
Travis Henry got busted for weed…again. Darrion Scott got a three game suspension for pleading guilty to child abuse charges. He held a plastic bag over his son’s head. He gets three games. Chris Henry and Pacman Jones didn’t come close to the level of sickness Scott displayed and they got much stiffer penalties. Something is wrong here. Peyton Manning had a bursa sac removed. He’ll be out a month. It sold for $10K on eBay. Just kidding. The pissing match in Green Bay continued. It’s now involving the Vikings. The Bears signed RB Kevin Jones. He’s good, but can’t stay healthy. Cedric Benson was the same, only he wasn’t good and he also displayed a drinking problem. Dallas signed Ken Hamlin to a six-year deal. Terrell Suggs, Albert Haynesworth, and Nnamdi Asomugha didn’t reach long-term deals with their respective teams. Joe Flacco signed a five-year deal with Baltimore.
Gilbert Arenas was offered a six-year deal with the Wizards worth $127 million. He signed for $111 instead to give his team more money for other deals. Marcus Camby was traded to the Clippers for a 2nd round pick. My guess is Denver is getting rid of money so they can lock up Melo long term. Orlando signed PG Anthony Johnson. James Posey signed a four-year deal with New Orleans. The Cavs signed Daniel Gibson to a five-year deal. Luke Walton is having ankle surgery today. The Celtics signed Patrick O’Bryant. Deron Williams signed a four-year, $70 million extension. Milwaukee signed Tyronn Lue and Malik Allen. The Wolves signed Craig Smith.
San Jose signed Marcel Goc. Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster quit his post. They also signed G Mike Smith to a two-year deal and Vincent Lecavalier to an eleven-year deal worth $85 million. Minnesota traded D Shawn Belle to Montreal for C Corey Locke. Atlanta signed RW Jason Williams, C Marty Reasoner, and G Kari Lehtonen. Dallas tacked two more years onto Coach Dave Tippett’s contract. Dallas Drake retired. The Islanders fired Ted Nolan. Buffalo re-signed LW Daniel Paille. Edmonton signed C Shawn Horcoff to a six-year, $33 million deal. Terry Murray will coach the Kings.
Florida S Dorian Munroe will miss the year because of a knee injury. Louisville kicked WR JaJuan Spillman to the curb. Jack Swarbrick will be the new Athletic Director at Notre Dame. Some sad news to report, Oregon redshirt freshman Todd Doxey drowned. Kansas extended Coach Mark Mangino’s contract for two more years. UConn’s Terence Jeffers is transferring to Vanderbilt. Destin Hood decided to play baseball with the Nationals rather than play at Alabama. LSU kicked OL Jarvis Jones off the team for violating team rules.
Gonzaga F Austin Daye partially tore his ACL. Upon second review he just has a bone bruise. He’ll only miss a couple of weeks. Temple gave Coach Fran Dunphy a two-year extension. UAB Center Zisis Sarikopoulos is transferring to The Ohio State.
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway. He wins everything.
Rocco Mediate, Graeme McDowell, and Robert Allenby led the British Open after the Opening Round. Greg Norman was a shot back. He shot another even round to take the early lead in Day 2 at the British Open. Last week Kenny Perry beat Brad Adamonis and Jay Williamson in a one-hole playoff to take the John Deere Classic. Paula Creamer won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Rick Price beat Chris Anderson in a playoff to win the Nationwide Tour Players Cup. Graeme McDowell won the Scottish Open.
Victor Hanescu beat Igor Andreev in the ATP Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad. Fabrice Santoro beat Prakash Amritraj in the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Juan Martin Del Potro beat Richard Gasquet in the ATP Mercedes Cup. Tommy Robredo beat Tomas Berdych in the ATP Catella Swedish Open. On the Women’s Circuit, Sara Errani beat Mariya Koryttseva in the WTA Tour Internazionali Femminili di Palermo and Alize Cornet beat Andreja Klepac in the WTA Budapest Grand Prix.
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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