Friday Tidbits 7/4/08
First, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July and a Happy Birthday to the United States. OK, on to the Tidbits.
The Angles no-hit the Dodgers, but lost. Go figure. Magglio Ordonez, Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre, Eric Chavez, Jeff Francis, and Troy Percival landed on the DL. Ryan Church, Carlos Zambrano, Mark Mulder, and Eric Gagne came back from it. The White Sox struck back by sweeping the Cubs. Tampa moved into first in the AL East. Then they swept Boston. The A’s signed 16 year old Dominican prospect Michael Inoa. Hank opened his ignorant mouth, but the Yanks responded with a bucket full of runs. I wish the wouldn’t encourage him. A-Rod and his wife are getting separated. He’s been linked to Madonna. His wife to Lenny Kravitz. Rafael Furcal will have back surgery. He was having an outstanding season too.
Earnest Graham signed a three-year deal with Tampa Bay. The Steelers cut RB Najeh “Laundry Basket’ Davenport. Tennessee signed T David Stewart to a six-year deal. Roger Goodell said that the rookie salaries are “ridiculous”. I’ve long been saying that. Chris Henry’s assault trial ended in a hung jury. Pointing a gun at your girlfriend will get you kicked off the Patriots Willie Andrews. The Bears signed rookie Marcus Harrison to a four-year deal. Joe Jurevicius had his knee scoped. Brett Favre may or may not have the itch to play football again. All I know is John Madden is willing to scratch it. Da Bears signed rookie RB Matt Forte to a four-year deal. Hopefully for the Bears’ sake he pans out better than Cedric Bustson. The Bills signed DT Kyle Williams to a three-year extension.
Baron Davis and Elton Brand opted out of their contracts. It didn’t take long for Baron Davis to head down the PCH to L.A. (Clippers that is). New Orleans did the right thing by locking up Chris Paul to an extension. Washington signed Antawn Jamison to a four-year deal worth a lot of Monoploy money. He quietly gets 20 & 10 just about every year. Ron Artest will stay put, although he wishes he hadn’t. Beno Udrih will remain his teammate. Utah picked up the option on Paul Millsap’s contract. Jose Calderon re-signed with Toronto. Oklahoma City has officially stolen the basketball team from Seattle. Michael Beasley didn’t finish his first practice because of an elbow to the chest. A retired Army General will be in charge of the refs next year. Gilbert Arenas got way overpaid. I don’t even want to discuss it.
Tampa Bay signed Ryan Malone to a seven-year deal, G Olaf Kolzig, and LW Ryan Craig. Colorado signed Defensemen Adam Foote and John-Michael Liles, LW Wojtek Wolski, RW Darcy Tucker and G Andrew Raycroft. Buffalo signed F Paul Gaustad to a four-year deal and G Patrick Lalime to a two-year deal. Detroit signed D Andreas Lilja to a two-year deal and Ty Conklin to a one-year deal. The Kings sent D Lubomir Visnovsky to Edmonton for F Jarrett Stoll and D Matt Greene. They also got D Denis Gauthier and a draft pick from Philly for D Patrik Hersley and LW Ned Lukacevic. San Jose signed goon Jody Shelley to a two-year deal. Columbus signed D Mike Commodore. Montreal signed LW Andrei Kostitsyn to a three-year deal. The Wild trade for Ryan Jones and a draft pick for D Marek Zidlicky. They also signed LW Andrew Brunette, D Kurtis Foster, and RW Craig Weller. Ottawa signed G Alex Auld. Phoenix signed LW Todd Fedoruk and D Kurt Sauer. The Flyers signed Centers Jeff Carter & Glen Metropolit, D Randy Jones, and LW Riley Cote. The Islanders signed D Mark Streit. Boston signed RW Michael Ryder and LW Petteri Nokelainen. Toronto signed Curtis Joseph. Anaheim signed RW Corey Perry to a five-year deal. Edmonton traded LW Raffi Torres to Columbus for Gilbert Brule. Cory Stillman signed a three-year deal with Florida. Pittsburgh signed Evgeni Malkin and to a five-year deal and D Brooks Orpik to a six-year deal. They also inked G Marc-Andre Fleury, Miroslav Satan (nice last name), and Ruslan Fedotenko. Columbus traded Nikolai Zherdey and Dan Fritsche to the Rangers for Christian Backman and Fedor Tyutin. They also signed Kristian Huselius to a four-year deal. Atlanta signed D Ron Hainsey. Phoenix signed G Al Montoya and D David Hale. Chicago signed D Brian Campbell. New Jersey signed Brian Rolston, Bobby Holik, Jay Pandolfo, and Bryce Salvador. The Rangers signed D Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden. Detroit signed Marian Hossa to a one-year deal. Dallas signed Sean Avery to a four-year deal. Montreal signed RW Georges Laraque. The Wild signed RW Antti Miettinen. The Rangers signed Markus Naslund. The Sharks signed Rob Blake. St. Louis signed Yan Stastny. Colorado signed Daniel Tjarnqvist and Chris Durno. Florida signed Rory Fitzpatrick, James DeLory, Steve MacIntyre, and Chris Beckford-Tseu.
UCLA broke the mold by signing Coach Ben Howland to a seven-year deal. Georgia kicked G Billy Humphrey to the curb following his third arrest. Tennesse extended Coach Bruce Pearl through 2014. Indiana is out two scholarships next year.
Georgia Tech CB Jerrard Tarrant was suspended following a rape charge. Michigan RB Kevin Grady got popped for a DUI. Tennesse extended Coach Phillip Fulmer through 2014. Virginia Tech WR Barndon Dillard will miss the year after tearing his Achilles. Georgia DE Mchael Lemon got charged with assault.
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart won the Camping World RV Sales 200 (Nationwide Series).
Inbee Park won the U.S. Women’s Open. Loren Roberts won the Commerce Bank Championship. Pablo Larrazabal won the French Open on the European tour. Justin Hicks won the Wayne Gretzky Classic on the Nationwide Tour. Greg Norman and Chris Evert got married.
Wimbledon News: #5 David Ferrer got beat by Mario Ancic. #11 Tomas Berdych got beat by #22 Fernando Verdasco. #29 Andreas Seppi got beat by Marat Safin. #1 Ana Ivanovic got beat by Jie Zheng. #11 Marion Bartoli got beat by Bethanie Matteck. #14 Paul-Henri got beat by Marin Cilic. #25 Dmitry Tursonov got beat by Janko Tipsarevic. #16 Radek Stepanek got beat by #17 Mikhail Youzhany. #9 Dinara Safina got beat by #24 Shahar Peer. #16 Victoria Azarenka got beat by #21 Nadia Petrova. #12 Andy Murray beat #8 Richard Gasquet. Marat Safin beat #13 Stanislas Wawrinka. Marco Ancic beat #22 Fernando Verdasco. #31 Feliciano Lopez beat #10 Marcos Baghdatis. #14 Agnieszka Radwanska beat #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova. Tamarine Tanasugarn beat #2 Jelena Jankovic. Jie Zheng beat #15 Agnes Szavay. #18 Nicole Vaidisova beat #8 Anna Chakvetadze. Zheng Jie beat #18 Nicole Vaidisova. Safin beat #31 Feliciano Lopez. #7 Venus Williams knocked off #5 Elena Dementieva to earn a trip to the Wimbledon Finals. She’ll face little sister Serena as she beat Zheng Jie. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on a collision course to meet in the Men’s Finals.
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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