Friday Tidbits 7/25/08

Jul 25, 2008

The Mets had their ten-game winning streak snapped.  C.C. Sabathia tossed another Complete Game for Milwaukee.  Milwaukee sent some Minor Leaguers to San Fran for Ray Durham.  J.J. Putz, Bobby Jenks, Alfonso Soriano, and Troy Percival returned from injury.  Chris Duncan and Kerry Wood landed on the DL.  Hall of Fame sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, who invented the Save, died at the tender age of 81.  San Diego traded Randy Wolf to Houston for a Minor Leaguer.  Arizona got RP John Rauch for a Minor Leaguer.  The Brew Crew signed Jay Gibbons to a Minor League deal.  The Mets moved into first place.

Washington landed Jason Taylor for 2nd & 6th round draft picks.  The Saints got richer by adding TE Jeremey Shockey for 2nd & 5th round draft picks.  Brian Urlacher and the Bears resolved their contract issue.  Devin Hester skipped the Bears’ first practice.  Luis Castillo signed a mega-deal with San Diego.  Marques Colston signed a three-year deal with New Orleans.  Rod Smith finally retired.

Make that a three-year extension for Deron Williams.  New Jersey bought Kenyon Dooling from Orlando.  Boston signed Eddie House and Tony Allen.  The Wolves signed Sebastian Telfair to a multi-year contract.  The Spurs signed Kurt Thomas.  New Jersey sent Marcus Williams to Golden State.  Josh Childress signed with a Greek team.  He got $20 million over three years.  Have a gyro for me Childress as you become a distant memory.  Phoenix signed Matt Barnes.  Utah sent Jason Hart to the Clippers for Brevin Knight.  Chris Andersen is leaving New Orleans for Denver.  Why?  Better weed there.  Just kidding Birdman.  The Warriors matched the Clippers offer for Kelenna Azubuike.  They also signed Monta Ellis to a six-year $67 million deal.  Is it me or does every offseason move seem to involve the Warriors or Clippers?

Chicago named Jonathan Toews their Captain for next season.  Pittsburgh gave Coach Michel Therrien a three-year extension.  The Islanders signed C Frans Nielsen to a four-year deal.  Buffalo signed G Ryan Miller to a five-year deal.  Philly inked RW Joffrey Lupul to a four-year deal.  Phoenix re-signed LW Daniel Carcillo.  Anaheim signed Coach Randy Carlyle to a two-year extension.  Boston signed D Dennis Wideman to an extension. 

Ohio University gave Coach Frank Solich an extension.  Vanderbilt RB Jermaine Doster was arrested for disorderly conduct.  Updating an earlier story, San Jose LB Ryne Gonzalez won’t lose his scholarship.  He busted a guy in the face a couple years ago over a girl. 

Oregon gave Coach Ernie Kent an extension. 

Padraig Harrington won the British Open.  Greg Norman tied for 3rd.  R.W. Eaks won the 3M Championship (Champions Tour).  Colt Knost won the Price Cutter Charity Championship (Nationwide Tour).  RIchard Johnson won the U.S. Bank Championship.  Ji Young Oh won the State Farm Classic (LPGA).
Carl Edwards won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Gateway International Raceway.
Fernando Verdasco beat Igor Andreev in the ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag.  Juan Martin Del Potro beat Jurgen Melzer in the ATP Tour Austrian Open.  Gilles Simon beat Dmitry Tursunov in the ATP Indianapolis Tennis Championship.  Albert Montanes beat Steve Darcis in the ATP Dutch Open.  On the Women’s side, Aleksandra Wozniak beat Marion Bartoli in the WTA Tour Bank of the West Classic and Pauline Parmentier beat Lucie Hradecka in the WTA Gastein Ladies.  Rpger Federer lost in the first round of the Rogers Cup.

There was a brawl in a WNBA game resulting in 11 suspensions.  David Stern tried to get Ron Artest suspended too, but they didn’t go for it.  50 year old Nancy Lieberman will play for Detroit.
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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