Friday Tidbits – 8/29/08
Francisco Rodriguez collected his 50th Save. Every Day Eddie Guardado re-joined the Twins for a Minor Leaguer. Johnny Cueto will miss a start. Kevin Mench got sent down to the Minors. John Maine landed on the DL. Grady Sizemore joined the 30-30 (HR-SB) club. Instant Replay on Home Runs is now in effect. Oh boy. The Red Sox acquired Mark Kotsay from the Braves for a Minor Leaguer. Good thing they were able to strike a deal because J.D. Drew went on the DL. Cristian Guzman hit for the Cycle.
Osi Umenyiora will miss the season with a knee injury. Things just got a little tougher for the Champs since Michael Strahan will remain retired. Houston WR Harry Williams fractured a vertebra. What a scare. He most likely won’t play football again. Tom Brady missed another preseason game. J.T. O’Sullivan won the SF starting gig. Matt Ryan won the Falcons starting gig. Kurt Warner beat at Matt Leinart for the Arizona gig. They are great in college, but USC’s offensive skill position players haven’t been very successful Pros of late. Jason Taylor will miss a couple weeks with a strained knee. Carson Palmer had his nose broken for him. The Cowboys will be without LG Kyle Kosier for a month. Oakland lost WR Drew Carter and Oren O’Neal for the year with knee injuries. Chad Johnson has a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder. No good. Peyton Manning returned to practice. Cadillac Williams, Joe Jurevicius (knee), and David Tyree (knee) will miss the first six weeks of the season. The Chiefs signed Jay Feely and then cut him the next day. When did Donald Trump start working in the Chiefs’ front office? Shawne Merriman will play with two torn ligaments. Two thoughts: A) The Chargers are foolish for not shutting him down. This is not in the best interest of their future and B) I guess steroids can cloud the ability to make sound judgement. Derrick Harvey finally signed with Jacksonville. Baltimore traded a couple of draft picks for DE Marques Douglas. Pacman Jones got reinstated. Jeff Saturday (knee) will be out for a month or two. Brandon Marshall has his suspension reduced to one game. Kudos to those of you who took a chance on him in your fantasy drafts. The Cowboys acquired G Montrae Holland for Denver for a draft pick.
The Celtics signed KG look-alike Darius Miles. It will be confusing when they stand next to eachother. J.R. Smith re-signed with Denver. New Orleans signed Devin Brown. Phoenix traded D.J. Strawberry to Houston for Sean Singletary. Kevin Duckworth passed away of congestive heart failure. He was only 44. Another former player, Wayman Tisdale, who is also 44, had part of his leg amputated because of cancer. Monta Ellis will be sidelined for three months with a bad ankle sprain. Memphis signed Iranian Center Hamed Haddadi.
Joe Sakic signed a one-year deal worth $6 million to play for Colorado next year. San Jose signed Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a four-year extension. Dallas Center Stu Barnes called it quits after 16 seasons. L.A. signed first-rounder Colten Teubert to a three-year deal.
Notre Dame lost TE Mike Ragone to a knee injury. Miami will be without seven players (suspension) for their opener. Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski will miss their opener with strep throat. Oregon QB Nate Costa will miss the season with a knee injury. Mark Sanchez (knee) returned to practice for USC. Indiana suspended last years NCAA’s top sack artist DE Greg Middleton for their opener. #23 Wake Forest blew the doors off Baylor 41-13 to kick the 2008 season off. Miami, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, South Carolina, and Standord also got off on the right foot.
Buffalo suspended leading scorer Andy Robinson for trying to pay someone to write a paper for him. For further proof he isn’t too bright, he posted an ad online. Yeah, they never trace that stuff back to you. Indiana F Kyle Taber had surgery on his knee, which will sideline him for a couple months. Coach K will continue to be a part of Team USA.
The Redeem Team took the Gold. The U.S. Women’s Hoops did as well. Bryan Clay won Gold in the Decathalon. Usain Bolt won Gold in the 400 meter relay. The U.S. Women took their 400 meter relay. The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team capped a tragic Olympics with a Gold Medal. The U.S. led the way with 110 medals (36 Gold, 38 Silver, 36 Bronze). China was next with 100 (51, 21, 28).
Carl Edwards won the Sprint Cup’s NSCS at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch took 2nd. Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol.
Vijay Singh won The Barclays FedEx Cup event in a playoff over Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland. Cristie Kerr won the LPGA’s Safeway Classic in a playoff over Sophie Gustafson and Helen Alfredsson. Tom Kite won the Boeing Classic (Nationwide) over Scott Simpson. Scott Piercy won the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic (Nationwide) over Brendon de Jonge and Cameron Percy. Darren Clarke won the Dutch Open.
Marin Cilic beat Mardy Fish in the ATP Pilot Pen Tennis. Lucie Safarova beat Shuai Peng in the WTA Forest Hills Women’s Tennis Classic. Caroline Wozniacki beat Anna Chakvetadze in the WTA Tour Pilot Pen Tennis. No. 1 Ana Ivanovic got beat by Julie Coin in the U.S. Open.
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