Friday Tidbits – 7/24/09
Joel Zumaya, Frank Francisco, Tim Wakefield, J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin, Lance Berkman, and Ramon Hernandez landed on the DL. Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Quentin, and Jed Lowrie returned from injury. Milwaukee sent two Minor Leaguers to Arizona for Felipe Lopez. Edgar Gonzalez went on the DL after getting plunked on the head with a fastball. Dale Svuem got suspended three games for getting on an Umpire. Manny Ramirez passed Mickey Mantle on the HR list. The Cubs snapped the Phillies’ 10-game winning streak. Pittsburgh sent Adam LaRoche to Boston for prospects. They also traded Julio Lugo to St. Louis for Chris Duncan. Mark Buehrle threw a Perfect Game.
Reports came out that Steve McNair was drunk when he was murdered. Last time I checked a couch wasn’t considered a motor vehicle. Who cares if he had been drinking? Michael Vick is a free man. We’ll have to wait to see what Goodell does. Jeremy Newberry injured his knee and will call it a career. Big Ben was accused of sexual assault. Detroit sent Ronald Curry to St. Louis for Orien Harris. The Vikings signed Antoine Winfield to a five-year deal.
Chris Wilcox signed with the Pistons. The Clippers sent Zach Randolph to Memphis for Quentin Richardson. Steve Nash is sticking with Phoenix. The Wolves traded Craig Smith, Sebastian Telfair, and Mark Madsen for Quentin Richardson. I hope he hasn’t wasted his time house hunting. The Pacers chose not to match Jarrett Jack’s offer from Toronto making him a Raptor. Earl Watson will replace him. Orlando signed Matt Barnes. Yao Ming had foot surgery. Sacramento signed Sean May. Jaamal Magloire signed with Miami. The Curse of the Clippers continues. Blake Griffin has a shoulder strain. The Pacers parted ways with Jamaal Tinsley. The Islanders signed Martin Biron. The LeBron dunk video was released. I have as much interest in seeing that as I do that shady Erin Andrews video.
Montreal signed Curtis Sanford and Tomas Plekanec. Boston signed Matt Hunwick. Atlanta signed Evander Kane. Tampa Bay sent Radim Vrbata to Phoenix for Todd Fedoruk and David Hale. Edmonton signed Denis Grebeshkov. New Jersey signed Travs Zajac. Marian Hossa will have shoulder surgery. Carolina signed Tuomo Ruutu. The Wild signed Kyle Brodziak.
Troy Aikman, Lou Holtz, Wilber Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Sam Mills, Jay Novachek, Rod Smith, and Thurman Thomas highlight the 2009 Class of College Football Hall of Famers. Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon got popped for a DUI. Iowa gave Coach Kirk Ferentz a long-term extension. Four North Dakota State football players have been popped for DUIs in the lasts six months. Illinois gave Ron Zook an extension.
Ed O’Bannon is part of a class action lawsuit against the NCAA for using images of student-athletes without compensation. Anthony Mason, Jr. gained a year of eligibility because of a foot injury costing him the bulk of last season. East Tennessee State gave Murry Bartow an extension.
Stewart Cink won the British Open. Tom Watson challenged history, but fell short. Tiger Woods missed the cut. Bo Van Pelt won the U.S. Bank Championship. Rick Rhoden won the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Brad Benjamin won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race at the Gateway International Raceway.
Jeremy Chardy beat Victor Hanescu to win the ATP Mercedes Cup. Robin Soderling beat Juan Monaco to win the ATP Catella Swedish Open. Sybille Bammer beat Francesca Schiavone to win the WTA ECM Prague Open. Flavia Pennetta beat Sara Errani to win the WTA Tour Internazionali Femminili di Palermo.
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