The Lakers had no answer for Carlos Boozer (27 points, 20 rebounds) in Game 3 as the Jazz made the series 2 Games to 1.  The Knicks landed Mike D’Antoni.  Dallas opted for Rick Carlisle. Detroit won without Chauncey Billups (hamstring) to take a 3-1 series lead.  Rip’s 32 points led the way.  Cleveland beat Boston in Game 3.  The C’s still have a 2-1 lead.  Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists as Utah evened the series at 2 vs. the Lakers.  Tim Duncan had 22 points and 15 boards as San Antonio evened up with the Hornets.  KG, Kobe, Bruce Bowen, Marcus Camby, and Tim Duncan were named First Team NBA All-Defensive Team.  Cleveland took Game 4 to even the series with Boston.  The C’s just can’t win on the road.  Jameer Nelson looked stupid when the Pistons beat Orlando without Chauncey Billups to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Robert Horry set the record for most playoff games.  Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Luis Scola, Al Thornton, and Jeff Green were named to the All-NBA Rookie Team.  New Orleans blasted the Spurs behind David West’s 38 points and 14 rebounds.  Danny Ainge was named Executive of the Year.  I’m shocked Kevin McHale didn’t win.  KG & Pierce combined for 55 points as the Celtics dumped the Cavs (at home of course) despite a good shooting game from LeBron finally.  The Lakers did their thing at home to take a 3-2 series lead.  The Spurs drilled the Hornets in Game 6 to even their series.

Joel Quenneville  won’t be returning as the Avs Coach next year.  Evgeni Malkin had tow goals and an assist as Pittsburgh took Game 1 vs. Philadelphia 4-2.  Johan Franzen didn’t play, but Detroit won anyway for a 2-0 series lead.  Make it 2-0 for the Penguins as well as they took out the Flyers 4-2.  The NHL decided to let Chris Osgood and Mike Ribeiro off with a fine rather than suspensions for their altercation.  San Jose fired Ron Wilson.  Pavel Datsyuk netted a hat trick as Detroit took a commanding 3-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Boston re-signed F Chuck Kobasew.  Marian Hossa netted a couple of goals as Pittsburgh took a 3-0 series lead over Philly in the Keystone State Showdown.  Dallas avoided a sweep by beat Detroit in Game 4.  The Flyers also avoided a sweep by taking out the Penguins.

Friday:  Richie Sexson was suspended six games for charging the mound.  Jimmy Rollins returned from the DL.  San Diego cut Jim Edmonds.  James Shields threw a one-hitter.  Saturday:  Hanley Ramirez signed a six-year, $70 million deal.  Vernon Wells will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist.  Ben Sheets became Milwaukee’s career strikeout leader.  Grady Sizemore went yard twice.  Dan Uggla hit a Grand Slam.  Jeff Keppinger collected five hits.  Greg Maddux finally earned win #350.  Sunday:  Eric Gagne is out as a closer.  His stuff isn’t as nasty without the “stuff”.  Dan Uggla, Ryan Braun, and Craig Monroe each hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  Asdrubal Cabrera turned an unassisted triple-play.  Fausto Carmona fired a Complete Game Shutout.  Cliff Lee pitched 9 scoreless Innings to lower his ERA to 0.67.  Tuesday:  Jeff Keppinger broke his knee cap.  Eric Gagne earned a Save.  Randy Johnson earned Win #287.  Wednesday:  Clay Buchholz and Ryan Doumit landed on the DL.  Tampa locked up Scott Kazmir for three years at $28.5 million.  Let’s see, Carlos Silva got $48 for four years.  Well done Rays.  Well done.  Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs.  Jay Payton, Carlos Quentin and Matt Stairs hit Grand Slams.  C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Manny Ramirez caught a fly, high-fived a fan, and then doubled off the runner at first.  Thursday:  Cole Hamels threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Milwaukee signed Ryan Braun to a eight-year, $45 million deal.  Nice value.  Nick Johnson landed on the DL.  Brandon Webb improved to 9-0.  The Indians finally gave up a run.

Baltimore TE Quinn Sypniewski wil miss the year with a knee injury.  The Packers cut Koren Robinson.  Robbie Gould signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal with Chicago.  Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu got popped for DUI.  The Brown cut Kenny Wright.  There was plenty of Spygate talk.  I’m tired of it, but at the same time ashamed of my Patriots.

UCF CB Johnell Neal was shot in New Orleans.  Florida DL Matt Patchan was shot in the shoulder in Tampa. The ACC decided 8 conference games were enough.  Former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux chose Jacksonville State.

There is speculation O.J. Mayo received gifts.  Shocker.  Duquesne G Kojo Mensah is testing the NBA waters.

Sergio Garcia won The Players Championship.

Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington.  Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington. 

Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season.  Justine Henin will do the same, only immediately.

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Philadelphia beat Detroit to take a 2-1 series lead.  Dallas fought back (Dirk 32 points, 19 boards) to take Game 3. Before the game Josh Howard spoke of how he likes to smoke weed.  Grant Hill won the Joe Dumars Award for good sportsmanship.  Tony Parker had 41 points and 12 assists as San Antonio took a 3-0 lead over Phoenix.  When they traded for Shaq to limit Duncan, they forgot to address acquiring someone to slow Tony Parker.  Charlotte fired Sam Vincent.  Chris Bosh had 39 points & 15 rebounds, but he couldn’t keep Toronto from falling into a 3-1 hole against Orlando.  The Lakers shut down Denver to take a 3-0 series lead. Atlanta stunned the Celtics in Game 3.  They trail 2-1 in the series.  Utah took a 3-1 lead over Houston behind Mehmet Okur’s 14 points and 18 boards. Cleveland took Game 4 vs. Washington for a 3-1 series lead.  The “overrated” LeBron James had 34 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Phoenix avoided a sweep at the hands of San Antonio.  Detroit evened things up at 2 with Philly.  New Orleans was too much for Dallas as they pushed them to the brink of elimination 3 games to 1.  Pat Riley is stepping down as Miami coach.  Erik Spoelstra will take over until the team is good enough to challenge for the title and then he’ll stab him in the back and take over.  OK, I made that last part up. but it wouldn’t be the first time.  Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu won the NBA’s Most Improved Player.  He won the Lesters Award in the same category.  Dwight Howard produced yet another 20-20 (21 points & 21 rebounds) as Orlando sent Toronto packing in Game 5.  Joe Johnson and Josh Smith combined for 63 points as the Hawks evened their series against Boston at two.  Kobe & Co. got their brooms out as they swept Denver away.  Larry Brown will coach Charlotte next year.  I’m so tired of him.  Byron Scott won the Coach of the Year Award.  Chris Paul’s Triple-Double send Dallas packing 4-1.  San Antonio sent Shaq and Phoenix.  See what happens when you make reactionary trades?  Detroit took care of Philly to take a 3-2 series lead.  Houston stayed alive in Game 5.  They trail Utah 3-2.  Dallas canned Avery Johnson.  KG got away with shoving a ref.  Perkins and Williams got away with leaving the bench.  I was hoping Cleveland would send them packing, but Washington took Game 5.  “Overrated (but already played in an NBA Finals)” LeBron James had 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Caron Butler hit the game-winner.  Boston whooped the Hawks in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.  Kevin Durant was named Rookie of the Year.  Detroit blew out Philly to win the series 4 games to 2.

 
Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-4 to take their series opener.  Dallas won in OT to take the opener vs. San Jose.  Detroit pounded Colorado behind Johan Franzen’s hat trick for a 2-0 series lead.  Philadelphia evened things up at 1 with Montreal.  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury shutout the Rangers 2-0 as they Penguins took the same lead in the series.  Dallas whooped on San Jose to take a 2-0 lead.  Philadelphia’s improbable run continued as it took Game 3 and a 2-1 lead over Montreal.  Anaheim signed C Ryan Carter to a three-year deal.  Pittsburgh cruised to a 3-0 lead as Malkin netted two goals. Dallas pushed San Jose to the brink of elimination (3 games to None) with a 2-1 OT win.  Detroit did the same to Anaheim in regulation.  Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen and will miss the rest of the playoffs for the Rangers.  Philadelphia took a commaning 3-1 series lead over Montreal.  San Jose didn’t go down without a fight in winning Game 4.  The still trail Dallas 3-1 in the series.   Jaromir Jagr had 2 Goals and an Assist and Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the Rangers stayed alive vs. Pittsburgh.  Johan Franzen netted his second hat trick of the series as Detroit swept Colorado.
 

Roger Clemens had a rough week.  The Twins sent Liriano down to the minors.  I knew they brought him up too early.  Jason Giambi hit 2 HRs.  Justin Morneau hit a Grand Slam. Randy Johnson won his 285th career game.  Lance Berkman cracked a couple of solo shots.  Matt Kemp hit a Grand Slam.  Erik Bedard returned from the DL.  Carlos Delgado Paul Konerko, Brandon Phillips, and Nate McLouth each hit a pair of HRs.  Jorge Posada landed on the DL with a bad shoulder.  Proof that the NFL’s contract aren’t that bad…Barry Zito 0-6 with a 7.53 ERA.  Mike Mussina won his 253rd career game.  Hank Blaylock landed on the DL with a torn hamstring.  Now it’s John Smoltz to the DL.  He wants to return to the bullpen when he comes back.  Greg Maddux was denied #350 yet again.  Roy Halladay threw his fourth straight complete game.  Scott Hairston hit a pair of HRs.  A-Rod went on the DL with a strained quad.  Chad Cordero will miss a month with a shoulder tear.  Placido Polanco and Geovany Soto each hit a pair of HRs. Rafael Furcal had five hits.  Josh Hamilton hit a Grand Slam.  Alfonso Soriano returned from the DL. Troy Tulowitzki tore his quad and wil be out for a few months.  Same with Phil Hughes (rib).


The Raiders got McFadden.  There were a record 33 trades made in the draft.  They cut Dominic Rhodes shortly thereafter.  Dallas traded LB Akin Ayodele and TE Anthony Fasano to Bill Parcels and Miami for a 4th round pick.  Carolina signed Darwin Walker.  The Jets signed Danny Woodhead, the NCAA career rushing leader, to a free agent contract.  The Bills will be paid $78 million for their 8 games in Toronto over the next five years.
 
Darren Collison has decided he’s going to stay at UCLA.  His teammate Josh Shipp will dip his toes in the water.  Stanford named Johnny Dawkins head coach.  UNC’s Danny Green had declared for the draft.  Ben Hansbrough is transferring to Notre Dame.  UCLA’s Chace Stanbac is transferring from UCLA.  Washington State coach Tony Bennett got a $200K raise.
 
UCLA QB Patrick Cowan will miss the year after tearing his ACL.  Georgia Tech QB Taylor Bennett is transferring to Louisiana Tech.  Lou Holtz, Troy Aikman, Wilber Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Syracuse QB Don McPherson, Jay Novacek, Thurman Thomas and others were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
 
Adam Scott won the Byron Nelson Championship.
 
Kyle Busch won the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega.  Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race thre on Saturday.
 
 
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Friday Tidbits 4/25/08

25 April 2008


Isiah Thomas finally got fired.  Looks like he owes Matt Millen and Kevin McHale dinner. NBA owners have agreed to allow Seattle to move to Oklahoma City.  KG had his first kid.  LeBron helped Cleveland get off to a 1-0 lead vs. Washington.  San Antonio took the opener vs. Phoenix in Double-Overtime despite 40 from Duncan.  New Orleans stormed back to pound Dallas and take a 1-0 lead.  Chris Paul dominated with 35 points and 10 assists.  Utah took Game 1 vs. Houston.  Dwight Howards 25 point, 22 rebound effort was too much for Toronto in Game 1.  Gasol had a monster game (36 points, 16 rebounds) as the Lakers took the opener vs. Denver.  Philly shocked Detroit in their opener.  Manu Ginobili won the 6th Man Award.  Big Shocker.  Scott Skiles signed a four-year deal to coach Milwaukee.  LeBron messed around and just missed a triple-double as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead over Washington.  Utah took Game 2 90-84.  T-Mac is starting to sweat.  KG took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award.  New Orleans crushed Dallas behind CP3′s 32 points & 17 assists to take a -0 lead.  Dwight Howard (29 points, 20 boards) had his second consecutive 20-20 game as Orlando took a 2-0 lead.  The Spurs got 79 points from their Big 3 to take a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.  Italian star Danilo Gallinari has declared for the NBA Draft.  Vince Carter had a bone spur removed from his ankle.  Detroit fought back in a big way to even their series with Philly.  Boston handily beat Atlanta for a 2-0 lead.  Kobe scored 49 and handed 10 assists as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead.  Larry Brown resigned as Philly’s VP.  Ron Artest had surgery on his thumb.  Toronto (Orlando) and Washington (Cleveland) struck back in their series to avoid going down 3-0.  Tracy McGrady kept the trend of the road team winning as Houston avoided going down 3-0 vs. Utah.  All three series sit a 2 games to 1.


The Rangers sent the New Jersey Devils packing.  Detroit beat Nashville in OT for a 3-2 series lead.  Anaheim survived Dallas in Game 5.  Dallas leads 3-2.  Washington stayed in the hunt with a Game 5 victory over Philly.  Boston forced a Game 7 with Montreal.  Colorado finished off the Wild in Game 6.  Chris Osgood shutout Nashville to close out their series.  Cagary’s Miikka Kiprusoff shutout San Jose to force a Game 7.  Dallas knocked off Anaheim in Game 6 so there will be a new champion this year.  Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 5-0 to send them packing.  Washington took care of Philly in Game 7 behind Ovechkin’s pair of goals.  Nashville extended Coach Barry Trotz’s contract. The Flyers stunned Washington on the road in Game 7 to win the series. San Jose beat Calgary in Game 7 behind Jeremy Roenick’s four-point game.  Montreal beat Philly in OT to take the series opener.  Detroit knocked off Colorado in their opener.


John Smoltz joined the 3000 K Club.The Rays were proactive in signing Evan Longoria to a six-year $17.5 deal with options to make it nine-years, $44 million.  Wise move.  Tom Glavine landed on the DL.  Big Papi hit a Grand Slam. Chipper Jones and Richie Sexson smacked another pair of HRs.  JImmy Rollins landed on the DL.  Toronto released Frank Thomas.  Hanley Ramirez and Chase Utley each smacked a pair of HRs on Sunday.  Chase Utley homered for the 5th straight game on Monday.  Jake Westbrook joined the rest of the league on the DL. Ronny Cedeno and Bobby Abreu each blasted each blasted Grand Slams.  Jacoby Ellsbury smacekd a pair of HRs.  C.C. Sabathia punished those who dropped him going 6 shutout ininings allowing 4 hits with 11 Ks.  The Reds fired GM Wayne Krivsky  and replaced him with Walt Jocketty. Miguel Cabrera is moving to 1st with Carlos Guillen taking over at 3rd.  J.J. Putz returned from the DL.  Josh Beckett and Dice K were both scratches.  The Cubs won their 10000th game.  Gary Matthews, JR. hit a pair of HRs.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #597.  Greg Maddux pitched lights out, but was still denied win # 350.  Frank Thomas re-joined Oakland.  The buried Big Papi jersey got $175K for charity.  Magglio Ordonez and Donnie Murphy smacked a pair of HRs on Thursday.  Felipe Lopez hit a Grand Slam.  Cliff Lee fired a three-hit shutout to improve to 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA.


Jake Long will be the #1 pick tomorrow.  The Vikings traded their 1st round pick along with two 3rd round picks for Jared Allen.  The Vikes signed him to a six-year, $74 milllion deal.  The NFL reinstated Cincy LB Odelle Thruman.  He hasn’t played in two years.  The Bungles declined Washington’s offer of two first round picks for Ocho Cinco.  I would have said “Deal” rather than “No Deal”.  Carolina’s Mike Rucker and Cincy’s David Pollack have retired.  Seattle cut Shaun Alexander.  Dallas traded a 4th rounder for Pacman Jones.  The Jets traded DL Dewayne Robertson to Denver for a draft pick.

Boston College kicked DE Brady Smith to the curb after he was charge with B & E and sexual assault.  Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton had his elbow cleaned out.  Florida State WR Preston Parker was arrested on drugs and weapons charges.  Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter had thumb surgery.  OL Justin Boren left Michigan Sate for Ohio State.

Mempis’ Chris Douglas-Roberts, Antonio Anderson, and Robert Dozier will turn pro.  UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will test the NBA waters.  Drake hire Mark Phelps, who was an assistant at Arizona State, to be its next Coach.  Memphis Assist Derek Kellog will be UMass’s next Coach.  Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon will enter the NBA Draft.  Texas Guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams will test the NBA waters.  I don’t know hiow many teams they think are in the NBA.  Sad news to report.  Alabama State G Deshean Porchea collapsed and died following a pickup game.  He was 19.

Boo Weekley won his second consecutive Verizon Heritage Classic.  It’s the only tournament he’s ever won.


Kyle Busch won the Corona Mexico 200.  Danica Patrick won the Honda 300 at Twin Ring Motegi ain Japan to become the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

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Friday Tidbits 3/14/08

14 March 2008

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Dwayne Wade is out for the rest of the year following OssaTron treatment on his knee.  Chris Paul handed out 16 assists in a win over New Jersey.  He had 17 against San Antonio.  Utah’s Deron Williams had 15 as Phoenix lost again despite Steve Nash’s 15 assists.  Minnesota actually won a game despite 48 points from Kevin Martin.  Deron added 16 more assists in a win over Denver.  Tracy McGrady scored 41 as Houston won its 18th straight game.  Make it 19 as they knocked off New Jersey.  How about 20 as they beat Atlanta? LeBron…Kobe…make some room for Tracy McGrady in the MVP discussion.  Josh Smith had 22 rebounds in the loss.  Dirk Nowitzki became Dallas’ all-time leading scorer.  Nate Robinson had 45 points in an overtime loss to Portland.  Minnesota beat the Clippers. Eddy Curry has torn cartilage in his knee.  Phoenix beat San Antonio.  LeBron messed around and got a triple-double in a win over Portland.  He followed up with 42 points, 11 boards, and 7 dimes.  Hedo Turkoglu matched him in a win over Atlanta.  Allen Iverson has a fracture on his ring finger.  He’ll play through the pain.  Golden State picked up the option on Don Nelson’s contract assuring he’ll be back next season.  Boston was the first to 50 wins.  The beat Seattle for their tenth straight win.  David West returned for New Orleans.  I wish I had known or maybe I would have used him in my lineup this week.  Greg Oden was able to practice for Portland.  I hope he can get healthy because I like him a lot.  Caron Butler returned for the Washington Bullets.  Smush Parker signed with the Clippers.  Amare’s 36 points were enough to top Baron Davis’ near triple-double (38 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists).

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Jarome Iginla became Calgary’s all-time leading goal scorer.  Anaheim’s RW Corey Perry is out over a month following surgery after injuring a tendon above his knee on a skate.  The Kings lost Goalie Jason LaBarberia to a hernia.  Buffalo send F Clarke McArthur to the minors.  Replacing him is Jochen Hecht.  Minnesota’s Eric Belander broke his toe.  This week’s shutouts:  New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Boston, Dallas’ Marty Turco vs. Colorado.  Montreal’s Carey Price vs. New Jersey.  Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Chicago.  Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Montreal.   Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. Vancouver. Buffalo will be without defensmen Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin for a while because of injuries.  Detroit signed RW Daniel Cleary to a five-year, $14 million deal.  Vincent Lecavalier netted a hat trick against the Islanders.  Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk matched him in a win over Calgary.  Dallas F Steve Ott was suspended three games for hitting Jordan Leopold in the head.  Andre Cogliano set a record by scoring in three straight overtime games.  Washington’s Olie Kolzig won his 300th game.  Chicago D James Wisniewski was suspended a game cross-checking Mikael Samuelsson.  Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch got a concussion from an elbow delivered by Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque.  Laraque was suspended.  Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund will miss the rest of the year after having knee surgery.  Tampa signed DE Marques Douglas.  Detroit is the first team to 100 points.  They tied Montreal with their 8th straight 100 point season.

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Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal with Arizona.  The New York Giants coughed up $21 million to Tom Coughlin over four years to remain their coach.  Seattle signed Julius Jones for four years and $12 million.  See you later Shaun Alexander.  Dan Morgan signed with the Saints.  Pittsburgh LB James Harrison was arrested for assault.  Denver signed safeties Marquand Manuel and Marlon McCree.  Jesse Chapman signed with the Jets.  Tatum Bell re-signed with Detroit for a year.  Who says you can’t go home.  Trent Green is returning to St. Louis (3 years, $8.9 million) and Warrick Dunn is going back to Tampa Bay (2 years, $6 million).  Dwayne Jarrett got popped for a DUI.  Joey Harrington re-signed with Atlanta.  Carolina cut C Justin Hartwig.  WR Devard Darling signe with the Chiefs.  Olympian Justin Gatlin worked out for NFL scouts.  He’s banned for using PEDs.  Why not try the NFL?  Tennessee reach a deal with Justin McCareins.  The Raiders signed Drew Carter.  David Carr signed with the Giants.  Denver fired GM Ted Sundquist.  Trent Dilfer was cut by San Fran.  Kevin Jones was cut by Detroit.  Mark Brunell signed a two-year deal with New Orleans.  Chris Brown signed with the Texans.

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Curt Schilling was placed on the 60-Day DL. Francisco Liriano made his return following Tommy John surgery.  He looked good.  The soft Mike Hampton strained his groin.  Old man Jim Edmonds strained his calf.  He’ll miss a couple weeks.  Nomar Garciaparra’s life was made a little easier as his main competition for the third base gig, Andy LaRoche, will miss a couple months after tearing a ligament in his thumb.  Adam Easton has a herniated disk in his back.  Texas is the latest team to give Sidney Ponson a chance.  Good luck with that. The Big Unit made his return the mound.  Unfortunately he got bombed.  Texas P Brandan McCarthy will miss a month or more because of forearm inflammation.  Toronto P Casey Janssen will miss the season with a shoulder injury.  Tampa Bay’s Rocco Baldelli will start the season on the DL.  His teammates got into a brawl with the Yankees on Wednesday.  Luckily for the Rays, Billy Crystal wasn’t with the Yanks yet or they would have been in a world of hurt.   Greg Maddux left the game after being hit in the leg with a line drive.

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#1 North Carolina beat #5 Duke 76-68 to win the ACC.  O.J. Mayo scored 25 as USC upset #7 Stanford 77-64.  #10 Georgetown defeated #13 Louisville 55-52 to win the Big East title.  Alabama knoced off #16 Vanderbilt 78-73.  My beloved Syracuse beat #20 Marquette 87-72.  Penn State beat #17 Indiana 68-64.  Ohio State beat #18 Michigan State 63-54.  #21 Drake won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.  Lute Olson will coach Arizona next year. San Diego beat #22 Gonzaga 69-62 to win the WCC title and crash the NCAA tournament.  #25 Davidson beat Elon to win the Southern Conference Championship.  George Mason won the CAA title.  Siena took the MAAC.  Tyler Hansbrough was named the Sporting News Player of the Year.  North Carolina will retire his number.  Kevin Love was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.  Michael Beasley won Big 12 Player of the Year…shocking.  Oral Roberst won the Summit League tourney.  #10 Butler won the Horizon League tourney.  Mount St. Mary won the Northeast tourney.  Portland State won the Big Sky tourney.  97 year old John Wooden was able to leave the hospital after he broke his wrist and collarbone.  Loyola Marymount’s Rodney Tention resigned.  West Virginia beat #15 UConn, Pitt beat #13 Louisville, and #24 Marquette beat #14 Notre Dame in the Big East tourney.

South Florida gave Coach Jim Leavitt a two-year extension.  He’s penciled in to be their coach through 2014.  Oklahoma recruit Josh Jarboe was arrested for weapon possession and receiving stolen property.  Clemson RB Ray Ray McElrathbey is leaving the school.  West Virginia RB Noel Devine was arrested on battery charges.  I guess he’s not living up to his last name.

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The news keeps getting better for Kyle Busch.  First, he ascended to the top spot in the points race following Carl Edwards’ penalty.  Then he proved his worth by winning at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Matt Kenseth won the Nicorette 300.  There is a lot of discussion about tires in the news.  It’s above my head.

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John Daly’s swing coach had enough.  He said Daly is more interested in drinking than golf.  I guess he was right because Daly skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational pro am, which left him ineligible for the event.  He recently spent a rain delay drinking in the Hooters tent and talking with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.  He had Gruden caddie for him when play resumed.  That’s just hilarious.  Sad, but hilarious.  Sean O’Hair won the PODS Championship.  Tiger Woods will try to win his sixth straight tournament in Bay Hill at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Fred Couples is tied with J.J. Henry for the lead at five under.

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