In an effort to bring you more complete fantasy coverage, I contacted Fantasy NASCAR Preview for those of you interested in Fantasy NASCAR.  They have agreed to allow me to sharesome info with you.  They provide rankings, previews, an innovative B List Calculator, and a top notch blog.

This week they discuss Talladega.

Hey y’all…I’m going to try this video thing just once more. Here’s my article, in video form:

If you don’t have time to watch it, you’re not missing much….lol. I’ll list my team here for those of you in a hurry:

A list: Clint Bowyer (0/9), Kyle Busch (2/9)…Mark Martin (0/9) and Jeff Burton (0/9) are also under consideration.

B list: Casey Mears (0/9), David Stremme (0/9), David Ragan (0/9), Ryan Newman (0/9). I’m set here…please see the video if you want to hear me plead my case for these four.

C list: Robby Gordon (0/9), Regan Smith (0/9)…Reed Sorenson (0/9) and Sam Hornish, Jr. (0/9) are also under consideration.

 It’s back to writing next week, y’all…hope you enjoyed the two week video streak.

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In an effort to bring you more complete fantasy coverage, I contacted Fantasy NASCAR Preview for those of you interested in Fantasy NASCAR.  They have agreed to allow me to sharesome info with you.  They provide rankings, previews, an innovative B List Calculator, and a top notch blog.

This week they discuss the race at Texas Motor Speedway

Hey everyone! Schafe here, hoping that your fantasy team survived the recent short track swing with relative success. But now, the Cup boys head to a scene all-too familiar on this year’s schedule: a 1.5 mile, intermediate, “cookie-cutter” venue: the Texas Motor Speedway.

Last Week:
It made all too much sense to go with “Big Red” himself, Juan Pablo Montoya, at a track like the Martinsville Speedway, as the brakes here often emit a bright red hue, the drivers’ faces grow crimson with short track fever…and of course who could forget the infamously Maschino cherry-colored Martinsville hot dogs?
Kidding aside, Montoya did great for me, rallying from a lap down late to finish 12th. With Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on my bench in 8th, I only gave up several points and bankrolled another Junior start for later in the season. Mission accomplished. Gracias, JPM! =]

“Hail Mary” time:
For the second time this season, I’ve decided to put all of my chips down on Agent Double Zero: David Reutimann. With the November Texas race still fresh in my mind, I am inclined to believe that DReut can continue his dream season by putting together AT LEAST a solid top 15 effort. Running in the top 5 for most of last fall’s Dickies 500, Reutimann fell victim to a late race caution where most other lead lap cars elected to change just two tires,while the #44 UPS team opted for four…relegating Reuty to a disappointing 10th place finish. The key word in that last sentence was “disappointing.” Who would have expected DAVID REUTIMANN, an MWR driver, to be disappointed with a run that would’ve seemed out of reach just months prior?
However, this young 2009 season is a completely different story from seasons past, as Reutimann finds himself 11th in Sprint Cup points coming into this weekend. Upgraded to B-list status at the start of the year, it seemingly became even more difficult to pull the trigger on Reuty and feel completely safe…hell, just six months ago, I even had trouble activating him as my C-list driver. Needless to say…DReut continues to surprise. This is one of those picks that is not based on past history (looking at Reuty’s Texas past may cause you to cattle prod yourself), but more on the driver’s momentum. Once Reutimann solidified himself in the top 35 last season, he really started tearing it up…and the confidence that this self-conscious driver gained for 2009 was worth its weight in gold (and a nice chunk of fantasy points, too). He’s evolved into quite the all-around racer, which makes him an good sleeper candidate for a Chase berth: superspeedways, intermediates, and short tracks…he runs well enough to warrant a spot on your roster at ANY of these types of tracks. When 2009 is said and done, you may have very well used up most to all of his allocations. Who’d a thunk it?

So…can the ol’ Aaron’s Dream Machine keep it up? Well, the forecast certainly looks favorable for the weekend ahead, but we’ll leave that up to the racing gods.

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Friday Tidbits – 1/16/09

16 January 2009

Kevin Mawae missed last weekend’s game for Tennessee.  Baltimore beat them on a Matt Stover FG.  Anquan Boldin didn’t play for the Cardinals, but they still destroyed the Panthers.  Larry Fitzgerald proved he’s the best WR in the game.  Edge and Tim Hightower were the better 1-2 Punch that day.  Dwight Freeney got fined $20K for criticizing officials.  I’m sorry, I thought you could speak your mind in America.  Rod Marinelli joined the Bears staff.  Now he can give them all of Detroit’s secrets.  Donovan McNabb and the Philly D took it to Eli and the Giants.  Willie Parker and the Steelers rolled over the Chargers. Despite the recent failures of New England guys (Mangini, Romeo, Charlie), Denver hired Josh McDaniels as their next head coach.  Tony Dungy is stepping down.  Jim Caldwell will take over.  Arizona lost TE Stephen Spach (knee) for the rest of the playoffs.  Gene Smith became Jacksonville’s new GM.  Scott Pioli will be Kansas City’s new GM.  Mike Nolan will be Denver’s new Defensive Coordinator.  Michael Irvin had a gun flashed at him, but wasn’t harmed because it was by Cowboys fans.  Chris Samuels was replaced by Jammal Brown in the Pro Bowl.  Detroit hired Tennessee Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz as their new Coach.  Gregg Williams was hired as New Orleans D Coord.

Charles Barkley is taking a leave of absence from TNT.  The Cavs gave it to Boston.  Memphis re-signed Darius Miles despite warnings of a lawsuit from Portland.  If I were Miles, I’d sue Portland for trying to keep him from getting work.  The Wolves won their fifth straight game.  Brandon Roy returned from injury.  Carlos Boozer will miss another month.  Al Horford missed a few games with a bruised knee.  Tracy McGrady will miss two weeks to improve his conditioning.  I hope you took my advice and dealt him after his good game last week.  Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich returned to action for the Bulls.  Ron Artest will miss another week.  Marco Belinelli will miss a week or so with a sprained ankle.  Washington will be without Etan Thomas (knee).  LeBron James messed around and got a triple-double.  Chris Paul had one too, and with 7 steals nealy had a quadruple-double.  Orlando made an NBA record 23 three-pointers in a win over Sacramento.  Delonte West fractured his wrist. 

Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko broke his hand punching Colby Armstrong and will miss six weeks.  Toronto’s Mikhail  Grabovski got suspended three games for shoving a linesman.  Boston’s Claude Julien and San Jose’s Todd McLellan will coach the All-Star game.  Julien could be without Bruins F Marco Sturm (knee) for the rest of the year.  Phoenix will be without Kurt Sauer for a month.  Shea Nash landed on the IR.  Phil Kessel went on the IR for mono.  Calgary co-owner Doc Seaman passed away.  The Islanders sent Brent Skinner to Atlanta for Junior Lessard.  Columbus traded Clay Wilson and a draft pick for Jason Williams.  Brendan Shanahan signed a deal with the Devils.  Roberto Luongo is back.

Shutouts:  Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Washington, New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Ottawa, Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Dallas, Dallas’ Marty Turco vs. Phoenix, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. Toronto, Detroit’s Ty Conklin vs. L.A.

Hat Tricks:  Edmonton’s Erik Cole vs. Washington, Toronto’s Jason Blake vs. Carolina

The Mets signed Tim Redding.  The Dodgers signed Shawn Estes.  Boston signed Mark Kotsay and Takashi Saito.  Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were elected to the Hall of Fame.  Kelly Shoppach signed a one-year deal with Cleveland.  Omar Infante signed a two-year deal with Atlanta.  Houston signed Jose Velarde to a one-year deal. The Brewers signed J.J. Hardy to a one-year deal.  Tampa signed Gabe Kapler to a one-year deal.  Atlanta signed Derek Lowe to a four-year, $60 million deal and a three-year deal with Kenshin Kawakami.  Jay Gibbons signed a Minor League deal with Florida.  Guillermo Mota signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers.  San Diego signed Mark Prior and Chris Burke.  Chone Figgins signed a one-year deal with Anaheim.  Detroit signed Fernando Rodney and Marcus Thames.  Bartolo Colon signed with the White Sox.  The Red Sox signed Kevin Youkilis to a four-year deal.  B.J. Upton (shoulder) will likely miss the first week of the regular season.  Milwaukee signed Dave Bush.  Texas signed Brandon McCarthy.  Michael Young OK’d a move to Third Base.  San Diego signed David Eckstein.  They are moving him to Second Base.  The Dodgers cut Andruw Jones.

Northern State University Coach Don Meyer won his NCAA record 903rd game.  #21 Louisville beat #17 Villanova.  #15 Marquette beat #22 West Virginia.  #6 Oklahoma beat Kansas State behind Blake Griffin’s 29 points and 15 rebounds.  #13 Notre Dame beat Seton Hall behind Luke Harangody’s 30 points, 16 rebounds.  Miami beat #24 Boston College.  #1 Pitt beat St. John’s behind DeJuan Blair’s 23 points, 15 rebounds.  #4 Wake Forest beat #3 North Carolina behind Jeff Teague’s 34 points.  #20 Louisville beat #13 Notre Dame behind Terrece Williams’ 24 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 assists.  Louisiana Tech suspended Kenny Cooper for the season.  Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks poured 54 points on Tennessee.  #2 Duke beat Georgia Tech despite 17 rebounds from Gani Lawal.  Texas A&M beat #21 Baylor behind Chinemelu Elonu’s 17 points and 16 rebounds.  #1 Pitt beat South Florida behind DeJuan Blair’s 18 boards.  #12 Georgetown beat #8 Syracuse.  Illinois beat #24 Michigan.  USC beat #15 Arizona State.

Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, Missouri WR Jeremy Machlin, BYU WR Austin Collie, Alabama RB Glen Coffee, Utah DE Paul Kruger and CB Sean Smith, Penn State DE Aaron Maybin, Ball State QB Nate Davis, Boise State WR Jeremy Childs, LSU WR Brandon LaFell, Pitt RB LeSean McCoy,Florida’s Percy Harvin, USC’s Mark Sanchez, and Ohio State CB Donald Washington 
 declared for the NFL Draft.  Iowa QB Jeff Christiansen is going to transfer.  Southern Miss gave Coach Larry Fedora an extension.  Boston College named Frank Spaziani as their new Coach.  Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham was named American Football Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year.  Florida State’s Myron Rolle is going to Oxford to become a Rhodes Scholar.

Geoff Ogilvy won the Mercedes-Benz Championship.  Asia defeated Europe to win the Royal Trophy.  Annika Sorenstam got married.

Andy Murray beat Andy Roddick in the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open.  Marin Cilic beat Somdev Dev Varman in the Chennai Open.  Radek Stepanek beat Fernando Verdasco and Victoria Azarenka beat Marion Bartoli in the Brisbane International.  Elena Dementieva beat Elena Vesnina in the ASB Classic.

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

Friday Tidbits – 1/9/09

9 January 2009

Peyton Manning won his third MVP.  He got bounced from the playoffs by Super Sub Darren Sproles and the Chargers.  Old Man Kurt Warner and the Cardinals beat the Falcons.  Ed Reed and the Ravens took it to Miami.  Philadelphia played it close with the Vikings until Brian Westbrook busted one.  Home teams on Saturday and Road teams on Sunday.  Asante Samuel returned and NFL record 4th INT for a TD in the game.  Bill Parcels won’t opt out.  The Pats are going to slap the Franchise tag on Matt Cassel.  Atlanta’s Mike Smith won Coach of the Year.  What do Award winners Peyton, Pennington, and Smith have in common?  They all lost this weekend.  Do we have a new Curse?  Pittsbugh better hope not as James Harrison won Defensive Player of the Year.  The Packers fired Defensive Coordinator Bob Sanders.  Marvin Harrison had his charges dropped.  Drew Brees won Offensive Player of the Year.  Vincent Jackson got popped for a DUI.  Reggie Bush had knee surgery.  The Cowboys cut PacMoron Jones.  Eric Mangini is the Browns new Coach.  Brilliant.  It worked out so well for the Browns with Romeo and Belichick.  Why not another person from that line?

LeBron James messed around and got a Triple-Double.  Marcus Camby grabbed 23 Boards.  Tyson Chandler was suspended for elbowing Joel Pryzbilla.  Following Barkley’s lead, Antoine Walker and Jason Richardson got popped for a DUIs.  D.J. White will miss three months following surgery to remove a growth on his jaw.  Carmelo Anthony will miss three weeks with a fractured finger.  Phoenix released Dee Brown.  It must be bizarro world because in a eight game stretch Minnesota went 6-2 while Boston went 2-6  Denver sent Chucky Atkins to Oklahoma City for Johan Petro.  Andrew  Bogut is out with a back injury.

Marian Gaborik, the World’s softest Slovakian, will miss ten weeks following hip surgery.  Who am I kidding?  He probably will miss the rest of the season.  He’s that soft.  Paul Kariya also had hip surgery.  He’ll likely miss the rest of the season too.  Anaheim’s Corey Perry was suspended four games for elbowing Claude Giroux.  Colorado’s Adam Foote (triceps) landed on the IR.  Jarkko Ruutu got suspended two games for biting Andrew Peters.  Mike Tyson should have played hockey.  They aren’t as strict.  Joe Sakic (back) will miss a couple months. Mats Sundin made his Vancouver debut.  Jordan Staal signed a four-year $16 million deal with Pittsburgh.

Shutouts:  Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Colorado & Boston, Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller vs. Phoenix, New York Ranger’s Henrik Lundqvist vs. Pittsburgh, Detroit’s Ty Conklin vs. Columbus, Chicago’s Cristobal Huet vs. Phoenix, Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen vs. New Jersey

Hat Tricks:  Montreal’s Robert Lang vs. New York Rangers, Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan vs. LA

Tony Clark is returning to Arizona.  Florida signed Scott Proctor.  Pat Burrell signed with Tampa.  Milton Bradley signed with the Cubs.  J.C. Romero and Sergio Mitre each got suspended 50 games for using PEDs.  Twins owner Carl Pohlad died at 93.  Texas signed Derrick Turnbow.  Anaheim gave Mike Scioscia an extension.  Andy Pettitte turned down a one-year deal with the Yankees.  The Indians signed Carl Pavano.  The Cubs sent Jason Marquis to Colorado for Luis Vizcaino.  Jason Giambi returned to BALCO, I mean the A’s.  Baltimore signed P Koji Uehara.  The Reds signed Jerry Hairston, Jr.  The Red Sox signed John Smoltz and Rocco Baldelli.  Trevor Hoffman signed with Milwaukee.  San Diego signed Scott Hairston.

#25 Ole Miss beat #7 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl.  Kentucky beat East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.  #6 Utah beat #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.  I love that outcome.  UConn beat Buffalo in the International Bowl.  Rutgers WR Kenny Britt, Southern Miss LB Gerald McRath, Alabama T Andre Smith, Georgia QB Matthew Stafford and RB Knowshon Moreno, Ohio State RB Beanie Wells, Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill, and  UNC WR Hakeem Nicks have declared for the NFL Draft.  Another Bowl Game and another loss for the Big Ten.  This time it was Texas against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.  Tulsa destroyed #22 Ball State in the GMAC Bowl. Boston College fired Coach Jeff Jagodzinski for interviewing with the Jets.  Florida beat Oklahoma in the BCS Championship.

South Carolina beat #20 Baylor.  #14 Arizona State beat Stanford behind Jeff endergraph’ 31 points & 11 rebounds.  #3 Pitt took it to #8 Georgetown behind DeJuan Blair’s 20 points & 17 rebounds.  #6 Wake Forest beat BYU to end their 53-game home winning streak.  St. John’s beat #10 Notre Dame.  Kansas beat #18 Tennessee.  #21 Minnesota beat #23 Ohio State.  Boston College beat #1 UNC.  Cal beat #14 Arizona State.  #13 Notre Dame beat #10 Georgetown behind Luke Harangody’s 31 points, 11 rebounds.  #6 Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a Win over UMES.  #5 UConn beat #22 West Virginia as Stanley Robertson grabbed 15 boards.#17 Villanova beat Seton Hall behind Scottie Reynolds’ 40 points.  Penn State upset #14 Purdue.  Arkansas upset #7 Texas.  Harvard beat #24 Boston College.  Gonzaga beat #2 Tennessee.

John Daly was suspended for six months by the PGA tour.  VijaySingh will miss five weeks following knee surgery.

Andy Murray beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to win the Capitala World Tennis Championship exhibition.

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

Friday Tidbits – 1/2/09

2 January 2009

Mike Brown made his yearly visit to the season-ending IR.  Roger Badell says the ridiculous system of paying top draft picks more than proven vets will continue.  I don’t get how the NFLPA is OK with this system.  Big Ben got knocked the __ out.  The Steelers won without him.  Mike Singletary got the interim tag removed from his coaching title.  The Niners won for him.  Baltimore beat Jacksonville to earn a playoff spot.  The Dolphins went from worst to first after beating the Jets.  The Pats blanked the Bills, but were on the outside looking in at 11-5.  Philly destroyed Dallas sending Tony Romo and Co. packing.  The Eagles made the playoffs as Oakland beat Tampa.  Minnesota beat the Giants to win the NFC North.  It didn’t matter as Chicago fell to Houston.  The Cards got their Offense clicking as they sent Holmgren away with an L.  Speaking of L’s, Green Bay beat Detroit to send them to an 0-16 season.  Carolina beat New Orleans to win the NFC South.  Brees surpassed 5000 yards, but came up short in his quest to beat Marino’s record.  Michael Turner made it interesting for the rushing title (won by Adrian Peterson) as Atlanta beat St. Louis. Cincy won against Kansas City.  Indy blanked the Titans.  The Chargers beat Denver to win the AFC West and take Ed Hochuli off the hook.  Eric Mangini (Jets), Romeo Crennell (Browns), and Rod Marinelli (Lions) got fired on Monday.  In 2010 the Pro Bowl will be the week before the Super Bowl in Miami.  Matt Ryan was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.  Mike Shanahan got fired.  Maybe he’ll go back to Oakland.  Ha.  Mike Martz got the boot in San Fran.  Chad Pennington won the Comeback Player of the Year.  I’m sorry, but his teammate came Ronnie Brown came back from a major knee injury.  My choice is still Cadillac Williams.  Oh well.  Jerod Mayo won the Defensive Rookie of the Year.  Thomas Jone said Favre should have been benched.  I don’t disagree.  Dallas fired Special Teams Coach Bruce Read.

The Wolves finally won.  The Celtics a second consecutive game.  This time it was Golden State.  Melo came back from a three-game layoff.  Dirk Nowitzki was suspended a game for a flagrant foul.  Darko Milicic (knuckle) will miss a month.  Zach Randolph will miss a week for the Clippers.  Shaq passed Dominque Wilkins and Oscar Robertson for 8th on the all-time scoring list.  Ricky Davis was suspended five games for failing a drug test.  Nenad Krstic signed with Oklahoma City.  Houston signed Dikembe Mutumbo.  Chris Paul messed around and got a triple-double.  Carlos Boozer will have his knee scoped.  Carlos Boozer grabbed 24 rebounds. Charles Barkley got popped for a DUI.  George Karl got his 900th Win.

Bill Guerin scored his 400th goal.  Paul Kariya will likely miss the season following hip surgery.  Buffalo C Paul Gaustad landed on the IR.  Washington retired Mike Gartner’s number 11.  New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov took PEDs prior to his death.  Montreal earned their 3,000th regular-season win.  Patrice Bergeron (concussion) went on the IR. Curtis Joseph won his 450th game.  Steve Mason recorded his third consecutive shutout.  The Bruins won their tenth straight game.  Detroit beat Chicago in the Winter Classic.  Montreal lost Alex Tanguay (shoulder) for six weeks.

Shutouts:  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. New Jersey, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Philadelphia & Anaheim, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick vs. Phoenix, Vancouver’s Curtis Sanford vs. Ottawa, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. LA, Detroit’s Ty Conklin vs. Chicago

Hat Tricks:  Carolina’s Eric Staal vs. Atlanta, Atlanta’s Bryan Little  vs. Carolina, Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn vs. Pittsburgh, Calgary’s Rene Bourque vs. Ottawa, Montreal’s Maxim Lapierre vs. Florida

Randy Johnson signed a one-year deal with San Francisco.  Roger Clemens had his name removed from a Houston hospital.  Willy Taveras signed with the Reds.  Cuban pitcher Yadel Marti defected.  Michael Barrett signed a Minor League deal with Toronto.  Boston signed Brad Penny and Josh Bard.  Chris Snyder signed a three-year extension with Arizona.  Tampa signed Joe Nelson.  Brian Fuentes signed with Anaheim.  Chicago traded Mark DeRosa to Cleveland for Minor Leaguers.  Mark Hendrickson signed with Baltimore. 

Florida Atlantic beat Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl.  Army named Rich Ellerson as their new Coach.  Michigan State gave Mark Dantonio a new contract.  Rob Ambrose will be Towson’s next Coach.  Pat White led West Virginia to a win over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.  He’s the first QB to start and win four bowl games.  Florida State pounded Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.  Cal beat Miami in the Emerald Bowl.  Louisiana Tech beat Northern Illinois in the Independence Bowl.  Alabama suspended Andre Smith, the Outland Trophy winner, for the Sugar Bowl.  Rutgers beat North Carolina State in the Bowl.  #21 Missouri beat #23 Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl.  Maryland beat Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl.  Rice beat Western Michigan in the Texas Bowl.  #17 Oregon beat #13 Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl.  Houston beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.  Oregon State shutout #20 Pitt 3-0 in the Sun Bowl.  Vanderbilt beat #24 Boston College in the Music  City Bowl.  Kansas smoked Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.  Want some insight?  Minnesota is junk and shouldn’t have been playing in a bowl game.  LSU smoked #14 Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.  Iowa beat South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.  #15 Georgia beat #18 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.  Nebraska beat Clemson in the Gator Bowl.  #5 USC smacked #8 Penn State in the Rose Bowl.  It’s been a rough bowl season for the Little Ten.  #19 Virginia Tech beat #12 Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl.

Eric Devendorf will be reinstated by Syracuse.  West Virginia thumped #13 Ohio State 76-48.  #1 UNC won their school record 12th straight game by double-digits.  #8 Georgetown beat #2 UConn.  #18 Tennessee beat Louisiana-Lafayette behind Wayne Chism’s 18 points and 15 rebounds.  He left the game on a stretcher though after landing on his back.  #24 Michigan beat North Carolina Central behind Manny Harris’29 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Stevy Worah-Ozimo grabbed 18 boards for NC Central.  Arkansas beat #4 Oklahoma despite 35 points from Willie Warren.  #6 Wake Forest beat Radford despite 15 points and 16 rebounds from Artsiom Parakhouski.  Illinois beat #11 Purdue despite 16 points and 15 rebounds from JaJuan Johnson.  #16 Clemson beat South Carolina despite 37 points from Devan Downey.  #15 Michigan State beat #21 Minnesota. #10 Notre Dame beat DePaul behind Luke Harangody’s 26 points and 16 rebounds.  Utah upset #17 Gonzaga.  UNLV beat #18 Louisville.  #20 Baylor hung 113 on Jackson State.  Wisconsin beat #24 Michigan.  #25 Marquette beat #Villanova.

A.J. Allmendinger will replace Elliott Sadler in Gillett Evernham Motorsports’s Dodge #19.  Petty Enterprises and GEM are merging.

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

Friday Tidbit – 12/26/08

26 December 2008

Hope you had a good Christmas!

Carolina lost G Keydrick (groin) for the year.  Ashley Lelie also went on IR for the Raiders.  The RCA Dome was imploded.  Cincinnati shut out Cleveland behind Cedric Benson’s 171 yards.  Jamal Lewis surpassed 10,000 career rushing yards.  New Orleans pounded Detroit to send them to 0-15.  Drew Brees threw for 351 yards.  Tennessee showed they are still top dogs in the AFC by wrapping up the #1 seed.  Miami got by Kansas City.  San Fran beat St. Louis as Isaac Bruce caught his 1000th pass and moved into #2 in all-time receiving yardage.  New England destroyed Arizona.  Matt Cassel was simply amazing when former MVP candidate Kurt Warner couldn’t do squat.  San Diego kept Tampa on a slide and kept their playoff hopes alive.  Buffalo topped Denver to help San Diego.  Oakland ended Houston’s hot streak.  Seattle took care of the Jets.  Minnesota made too many mistakes allowing Atlanta to beat them.  The Eagles fell to the Skins.  The Giants took care of Carolina to earn the top seed in the NFC.  DeAngelo Williams had 4 TDs.  Brandon Jacobs had 3.  Derrick Ward ran for 215 yards.  Jay Zygmunt is out as Rams GM.  The Bears looked dead, but they came back to beat the Pack.  Shaun Ellis got fined $10K for throwing snow at fans.  The 49ers are going to rock mustaches this week to honor the team when they not only didn’t suck.  Cheddar Plax had guns and ammo siezed from his house.  Wes Welker got fined $10 K for his snow angel.  Hey Roger…get bent.  Marc Colombo signed a four-year extension with the Cowboys.  Raheem Morris will replace Monte Kiffin in Tampa.

Devin Harris torched Jason Kidd as his Nets ripped Dallas. Andre Miller and Joe Johnson each messed around and got a Triple-Double.  Jamal Crawford dropped 50 as Golden State beat Charlotte.   Drew Gooden (ankle) will miss a week.  Carmelo Anthony (elbow) will miss a couple games.  Houston traded Steve Francis to Memphis for a draft pick.  D-Wade bought a family a new home.  Jordan Farmer (knee) will miss two months.  Phoenix signed Dee Brown.  The Lakers snapped the Celtics 19-game winning streak.  Chris Paul saw his NBA record of 108 straight games with a steal come to an end as well.

Washington activated Jose Theodore.  Pittsburgh re-signed Maxime Talbot to a two-year deal.  The Wild put Owen Nolan on the IR.  Vancouver lost Sami Salo (ribs) for a month.  Jonas Hiller tied Anaheim’s record with 51 Saves in a Win over Edmonton.  St. Louis’ Eric Brewer (back surgery) will be out a while.  Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne will miss a month.  Sidney Crosby set the record for most All-Star votes.  Columbus lost Derick Brassard (shoulder) for the year.  The Wild will be without Marc-Andre Bergeron for a while. 

Shutouts:  Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. LA, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. the Islanders, Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Columbus, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. Colorado and Nashville, Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. New Jersey, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick vs. Columbus, Tampa Bay’s Mike Smith vs. Pittsburgh, San Jose’ Evgeni Nabokov vs. Vancouver

Hat Tricks:  Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell vs. Washington, Dallas’ James Neal vs. Toronto

Juan Rivera signed a three-year deal with the Angels.  San Diego signed Jody Gerut.  Daniel Cabrera signed a one-year deal with the Nationals.  The Pirates signed Ryan Doumit to a three-year deal.  Chien-Ming Wang signed a one-year deal worth $5 million.  I think C.C. and A.J. will pay that in taxes.  Next the Devils, I mean the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 Million deal.  Good thing our economy is strong.  Kevin Mench will play in Japan next year.

Richmond beat Montana to win the Football Championship Subdivision national championship.  Iowa State hired Paul Rhodes.  Mount Union won the D3 championship.  Wake Forest beat Navy in the Eaglebank Bowl.  Colorado State beat Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.  South Florida beat Memphis in the Magicjack St. Petersburg Bowl.  Arizona beat BYU in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl.  Southern Miss beat Troy in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.  Sam Bradford was voted AP Player of the Year.  Nick Saban was named AP Coach of the Year.  Miami of Ohio hired Mike Haywood to be their next Coach.  #11 TCU beat #9 Boise State in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (are they serious with that bowl name?)  Notre Dame actually won a bowl game beating Hawaii in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

#2 UConn beat #7 Gonzaga.  #22 Michigan State beat #5 Texas.  #6 Duke beat #7 Xavier.  Minnesota beat #9 Louisville.  #11 Syracuse beat #21 Memphis.  #17 Arizona State beat BYU behind James Harden’s 30 points.  #18 Purdue beat #20 Davidson.  #25 Clemson beat Miami as Trevor Booker grabbed 16 boards.  Willie Warren had 31 points as #4 Oklahoma beat Rice.  Andy Rautins hit nine 3′s as #14 Syracuse beat Tywain McKee (31 points) and Coppin State.  #22 Baylor beat Hartford behind Curtis Jerrells’ triple-double.  Portland State upset #7 Gonzaga.  #8 Texas beat Wisconsin as Damion James had 18 points and 15 rebounds.  #10 UCLA hung 113 on Wyoming.  I guess they weren’t in the holiday spirit.  Butler beat #12 Xavier.  Arizona Freshman Jeff Withey is transferring to Kansas.

Vijay Singh beat Steve Stricker to win the Chevron World Challenge.  Richard Sterne won the South Africa Open.  Lam Chih Bing won the Volvo Masters of Asia.   

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

Friday Tidbits – 12/19/08

19 December 2008

Brandon Jacobs and Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) missed their respective games last week.  Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth will miss the rest of the regular season.  Walter Jones (knee) had surgery and will miss the rest of the year.  Arnez Battle will join  him.  Tampa’s Run D continued to get destroyed as Michael Turner ran for 152 in an Atlanta W.  It’s so bad in DC that Cincy beat the Skins.  Indy kept streaking to keep Detroit winless.  San Diego edged the Chiefs.  Rivers threw for 346.  Seattle won the Toilet Bowl matchup against St. Louis.  Miami topped SF.  The Jets survived the Bills.  Jax beat GB by giving up 13 in the 4th quarter.  Matt Cassel threw four TDs and ex-Raiders Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan had the last laugh.  Carolina rolled on Denver.  Pittsburgh topped Baltimore.  Dallas pounded the Giants.  The G-Men then lockd up CB Corey Webster for five years at $43 million.  Philly pounded Cleveland.  Pat Williams (shoulder) will miss 2-6 weeks.  Carl Peterson will step down as KC’s GM.  Jerry Porter landed on the IR. Sammy Baugh passed away.  Pacmoron will play this weekend.  Marvin Harrison sat on Thursday’s game.  T-Jack will start at QB for the Vikes this weekend.  The Colts won again.  This time it was against the Jags on Can’t See TV.  Manning was unbelievable.

Charlotte signed Juwan Howard.  Andrew Bogut had a 20-20 game.  The Hawks snapped the Cavs win streak.  The Sixers canned Coach Mo Cheeks.  Dwight Howard (knee) missed his first career game.  Jake Voskuhl signed with Toronto.  It’s becoming an epidemic.  Reggie Theus is the latest Coach (Sacramento) to be canned.  The Suns beat Mike D’Antoni in his return to Phoenix.  Tracy McGrady messed around and got a triple-double.  Roger Goodell, I mean David Stern fined A.I. $25K for remarks towards a fan.  Marcus Camby ripped 27 rebounds.  Chris Paul set a record with his 106th straight game with a steal.  Elton Brand dislocated his shoulder.  He’ll miss a month.  The Celtics won their 16th straight game.

Manny Legace (concussion) landed on the IR.  Roberto Luongo (groin) wil remain out.  Marc-Andre Fleury returned.  Chris Chelios made his season debut.  Phoenix’s Brian McGrattan entered the NHL’s substance abuse program.  Jeremy Roenick will miss three weeks because he’s old, I mean he hurt his shoulder.  Sean Avery is done in Dallas.  Someone will take their Sloppy Seconds and give Avery a chance.  Buffalo will be without Nathan Gerbe and Craig Rivet for  a couple weeks because of injuries. Marian Gaborik returned for the Wild.  Marc-Andre Fleury is back for Pittsburgh.  Vancouver retired Trevor Lindens’s number.  San Jose was the fastest team to 25 Wins.  Mats Sundin will play for Vancouver.

Shutouts:  Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Tampa Bay, Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Dallas, Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson vs. Vancouver, Detroit’s Ty Conklin vs. San Jose

Hat Tricks:  Boston’s David Krejci  vs. Toronto, Dallas’ Loui Eriksson vs. Columbus

Raul Ibanez signed a three-year deal with the Phillies.  The Yanks signed A.J. Burnett.  Is Hank printing money?  Arizona got Scott Schoeneweis from the Mets.  The White Sox signed Cuba’s Dayan Viciedo.  The O’s cut Daniel Cabrera.  Kerry Wood signed a two-year deal with Cleveland.  Kyle Farnsworth did the same with Kansas City.  The Phillies signed Father Time (Jamie Moyer) to a two-year deal.  They also signed Chan Ho Park.  Detroit signed Adam Everett.  Rafael Furcal re-signed with the Dodgers after flirting with returning to the Braves.  Trot Nixon signed a Minor League deal with the Brewers.

Syracuse named Doug Marrone their new Head Coach.  Dave Clawson is Bowling Green’s new Coach.  Army fired Stan Brock.  Tim Tebow won the Maxwell Award.  Sam Bradford won the Heisman.  Houston extended Kevin Sumlin’s contract.  Auburn hired Gene Chizik as their next Coach.  Charles Barkley wasn’t pleased.  UConn RB Donald Brown, the nation’s leading rusher, will be back next year.  James Laurinaitis won the Lott Trophy and was named to his third straight All-American squad..  Joe Paterno got a three-year extension.  Dude is 82.  Turner Gill isnt’ Auburn’s next Coach, but he did get more coin from Buffalo.  Paul Johnson worked out a new deal with Georgia Tech. 

A.J. Abrams scored 30 as #6 Texas beat Texas Tech.  ‘Tis the season as Dionte Christmas’s 35 points led Temple beat #8 Tennessee.  Lue Harangoody had 23 points and 15 rebound as #13 Notre Dame beat Boston U.  #19 Georgetown beat #15 Memphis.  #20 Michigan State hung 118 on Alcorn State.  UMass beat #23 Kansas.  Stephen Curry (41 points) outdueled Chattanooga’s Stephen McDowell (31) as Davidson won.  Lazar Hayward had 19 points and 18 rebounds as #24 Marquette beat IPFW.  Arizona upset #4 Gonzaga.  Cleveland’s Cedric Jackson hit a sixty footer to beat #11 Syracuse.  #19 Tennessee beat #23 Marquette despite 30 points from Wesley Matthews.  #3 Pitt won behind Deuan Blair’s 21 point, 1 rebound effort.  Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy was arrested on assault charges. Tyler Hansbrough became the all-time leading scorer at UNC.  #9 Louisville beat Mississippi behind Earl Clark’s 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Corey Pavin will captain the Ryder Cut team again.  Richard Sterne won the Alfred Dunhill Championship.  Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch won the Merrill Lynch Shootout.  Tim Clark won the Australian Open.  Annika Sorenstam birdied her last career hole.  Anja Monke won the Dubai Ladies Masters.  Tiger is hitting irons as his rehab continues.

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Friday Tidbits – 12/12/08

12 December 2008

This time O.J. didn’t walk.  A judge blocked the suspensions of the Williams Wall and the three Saints.  The Pats signed Junior Seau.  Julius Peppers and Jared Allen were each fined $10K. That’s $85K for Allen this year.  Allen performed CPR on a football following his third sack.  The No Fun League strikes again.  MB3 missed Dallas’ game with Pittsburgh.  Chicago beat Jacksonville to stay in the hunt for the NFC North title.  Minnesota kept Detroit winless.  Matt Schaub was back with 414 passing yards to beat Green Bay.  Tennessee’s duo of Johnson and White did it again.  They are 12-1 after beating Cleveland.  Indy stayed hot as Peyton bounced back to dump Cincy.  New Orleans put a damper on Atlanta’s playoff chances.  Philly stunned the Giants.  Westy went off.  Miami moved to 8-5 after taking down Buffalo.  Denver lost another RB (Hillis), but won again.  The Niners lost Gore, but beat the Jets. New England survived Seattle.  Now the Pats, Jets, and Fish are all 8-5.  Arizona pounded St. Louis.  Pittsburgh survived Dallas.  Baltimore topped the Skins.  Carolina topped Tampa on the legs of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.  Morten Anderson called it quits.  Chris Samuels (tricep) is done for the year.  Detroit cut Brian Kelly.  Matt Crackman Jones lost his appeal and will miss three games to suspension.  150 league workers are out of a job.  Matt Cassel’s Dad passed away.  Fred Taylor (thumb) is out for the year.  Clinton Portis wasn’t pleased with Coach Zorn.  Pacman (neck) could be done for the year.  I wonder if he got whiplash at a strip club.  The Colts signed Najeh Davenport. T.O. isn’t happy with Romo’s relationship with Witten.  I think MeO needs a hug.  The Williams Wall and the Saints are allowed to play.  The Bears beat the Saints on Can’t Watch TV.

Dwight Howard had 21 Points & 23 Rebounds.  Amare Stoudemire had a 20-20 game too.  KG also ripped 20 boards.  Andris Biedrins kept the 20 board party going.  Dwight Howard had another 20-20 game.  Troy Murphy had a 20-20 game.  Corie Blount got charged with weed.  Pretty fitting last name.  The Wolves fired Randy Wittman and replaced him with the gutless Kevin McHale.  Aren’t you to guy who hired the past two coaches you subsequently fired Kevin?  The Wolves lost his 2008 debut.  LeBron James (steals) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (rebounds) each became Cav career leaders on Weds.  It was the Cavs ninth straight win by 12+ points, which set an NBA record.  Antonio McDyess is back with Detroit.  Josh Howard (ankle) is on the shelf.  Washington gets Mike James and Javaris Crittenton, New Orleans gets Antonio Daniels, and Memphis gets a first round pick.  Daniel Gibson (toe) will miss a couple of weeks.  Charlotte sent Jason Richardson to Phoenix for Boris Diaw and Raja Bell.  Carmelo Anthony scored an NBA record-tying 33 points in one quarter against the Wolves.  Nice job McHale.  Cuttino Mobley is calling it a career becaue of a heart issue.  Ron Artest (ankle) will miss a couple of games.  The Celtics are a franchise best 21-2.  Zydrunas Ilgauskas sprained his ankle.

Raffi Torres will miss a couple weeks after having his knee scoped.  Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy (knee) will miss a month or more.  Marion Gaborik actually practiced.  Joe Sakic broke three fingers snowblowing, which will cost him three months.  Montreal’s Mathieu Dandenault had surgery on his broken arm.  Carolina’s Dennis Seidenberg came off the IR.  Sergei Zubov is headed back to the IR.

Shutouts:  Boston’s Manny Fernandez vs. Florida, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. Minnesota, Columbus’ Jason LaBarbera vs. L.A., Calgary’s Mikka Kiprusoff vs. the Rangers Chicago’s Cristobal Huet vs. Ottawa, Florida’s Craig Anderson vs. Edmonton, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Anaheim

Hat Tricks:  Ottawa’s Jason Speeza vs. Pittsburgh, St. Louis’ B.J. Crombeen vs. Nashville, Philly’s Scott Hartnell vs. Carolina, Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis vs. NY Islanders, Pittsburgh’s Petr Sykora vs. NY Islanders, LA’s Dustin Brown vs. St. Louis

Greg Maddux is hanging it up.  Quitter.  Just kidding.  Stray-Rod will play for the Dominican in the WBC.  Cleveland signed Tomo Okha to a Minor League deal.  The VC elected Joe Gordon to the HOF.  They snubbed Ron Santo among others.  Texas sent Gerald Laird to Detroit for some prospects.  Adam Everett signed a one-year deal with the Tigers.  K-Rod signed with the Mets.  The O’s sent Ramon Hernandez to Cincy for Ryan Freel.  Casey Blake and Mark Loretta signed with LA.  Charlie Manuel got a contract extension from Philly. C.C. Sabathia signed a seven-year, $160 million deal with the Yankees.  Colorado signed Alan Embree.  Cesar Izturis signed with Baltimore.  The Met, Mariners, and Indians made a twelve-player trade.  The biggest name in the trade, J.J. Putz, is headed to the Mets to be K-Rod’s setup guy.  Detroit send Matt Joyce to Tampa for Edwin Jackson.  Nick Punto re-signed with the Twins.  Arizona signed Felipe Lopez.  Jake Peavy to the Cubs seems dead.

Oklahoma State extended Coach Mike Gundy’s contract for five years.  Mississippi gave Houston Nutt an extension.  Buffalo upset #12 Ball State as Naaman Roosevelt caught three TD passes.  #4 Florida beat #1 Alabama as Tim Tebow tossed 3 TDs.  #2 Oklahoma hung 62 on #20 Missouri.  Chris Brown and Mossis Madu each ran for 3 scores.  #5 USC gave up 2 TDs to wear red jerseys, but they still handled UCLA.  #25 Virginia Tech beat #17 Boston College.  Florida and Oklahoma will play in the National Championship game.  Wake Forest’s Aaron Curry won the Dick Butkus Award.  Oklahoma’s Kevin Wilson won the Broyles Award (top assistant).  Colt McCoy and Graham Harrell will be back at Texas and Texas Tech next year.  McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Sam Bradford were named Heisman finalists.  Texas’ Brian Orakpo won the Lombardi Award.  Florida OC Dan Mullen is Mississippi State’s new coach.  Rutgers AD Robert E. Mulcahy is out.  Doug Marrone will be Syracuse’s next football coach.  Colt McCoy won the Walter Camp Award.

Michigan beat #4 Duke.  Ohio State beat #7 Notre Dame despite 25 Points and 16 Rebounds from Luke Harangoody.  #22 Kentucky beat Miami behind Patrick Patterson’s 19 Points and 16 Rebounds.  Marquette beat #22 Wisconsin.  #24 Davidson beat NC State behind Stephen Curry’s 44 points.  Florida State beat #21 Florida.  #6 Texas beat #12 Villanova and #22 Davidson beat West Virginia despite 17 boards from Denn Ebanks in the Jimmy V Classic.  Syracuse’s Eric Devendorf allegedly hit a woman.  He will be able to play while he appeals a suspension.

Geoff Ogilvy won the Australian PGA.  Henrik Stenson won the Nedbank Golf Challenge.  Jeev Milkha Singh won the Nippon Series Cup days after his wife delivered a stillborn child.  So sad.  Larry and Drew Nelson won the el Webb Father-Son Championship.  Larry won it last year with son Josh.  Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Tour Q-school.  Michelle Wie earned her LPGA card.

Bobby Labonte left Petty Enterprises.   Tony Schumacher was named the NHRA Driver of the Year.

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Friday Tidbits – 12/5/08

5 December 2008

Joey Porter got fined $7500 for running his mouth against the Patriots.  Carolina gave Chris Gamble a six-year extension.  Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg.  He was charged with illegal weapons possession.  His attorney was quoted as saying “He has 35 million reasons to come back to court” regarding his bail.  Either he lives in a cave or he’s even dumber than Plaxico, but that line did not go over well for T.O. last  year.  The Giants suspended him four games.  Nathan Vasher (hand) landed on the IR.  Sammy Knight (hip) will join him.  Sean Taylor was inducted to the Redskins Ring of Honor.  Now Derek Anderson (knee) will miss the rest of the year.  San Fran beat Buffalo on the road.  Baltimore blitzed Cincinnati.  They truly have quit.  Mark Clayton had a monster game for the Ravens.  Indy barely beat Cleveland.  DeAngelo Williams had 4 TDs as Carolina beat Green Bay.  Miami won to move to 7-5.  Tampa beat New Orleans despite Reggie Bush’s return.  No Plax, no problem as the G-Men beat the Skins.  Atlanta continued the woeful season for San Diego.  KC beat Oakland in a battle of puke.  Pittsburgh pounded New England.  Denver upset the J-E-T-S.  The Vikings beat the Bears to take over first in the NFC North.  Bernard Berrian scored on a 99 yard pass.  Detroit got another castoff.  This time it was Keary Colbert.  Anyone get the feeling the Lions are like the Misfits from the Christmas animation?  Steve Slaton dominated as Houston beat Jacksonville.  Steve Smith was robbed at gunpoint.  Too bad he didn’t have Plax’s gun.  If the season wasn’t bad enough for San Diego they are releasing a Ryan Leaf movie to open up that wound.  Kevin Williams, Pat Williams, Deuce McAllister, Will Smith, Charles Grant and Bryan Pittman were suspended four games for taking diuretics.  The Williams Wall is trying to contest it.  The NFLPA is trying as well.  Gary Brackett will miss two games for the Colts.  Cincy signed Victor Hobson.  The Chargers whooped the Raiders on Can’t See TV.  Shaun Ellis got pinched for weed.

The Knicks suspended Stephon Marbury a game for refusing to play.  Chris Duhon dished out a Knick franchise record 22 assists.  David Lee and Dwight Howard had 30+ points and 20+ rebounds.  Corey Brewer will miss the year with a knee injury.  McGrady (knee) will miss three weeks.  Rajon Rondo messed around and got a Triple-Double.  Toronto fired Sam Mitchell.  Elton Brand strained his hamstring.  Josh Smith returned from his ankle sprain.  Former NBA-er Rodney Rogers was left paralyzed following an ATV accident.

Dallas traded Lauri Tukonen to Tampa Bay for Andrew Hutchinson.  Carolina fired Peter Laviolette was and made Paul Maurice the new Coach.  Joe Sakic (back) will miss six weeks.  Danny Briere (groin) will miss a month.  Sean Avery got suspended for a Sloppy Seconds remark.  Buffalo put Patrick Kaleta on IR.

Shutouts:  Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller vs. Chicago, Washington’s Jose Theodore vs. Montreal, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Washington, Florida’s Craig Anderson vs. the Rangers, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne vs. Buffalo, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. St. Louis

Hat Tricks:  Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal vs. Toronto

Washington’s Tim Redding had surgery on his foot.  Houston signed Mike Hampton.  Boston signed Dustin Pedroia to a six-year, $40.5 million extension.  Russell Branyan signed a one-year deal with Seattle.  San Francisco signed Bob Lowry to bolster their pen.  They also signed Edgar Renteriato a two-year deal.  St. Louis signed Trever Miller.  The White Sox traded Javier Vazquez to Atlanta for four players.   San Diego traded Khalil Green to the Cardinals for two players.  Boston signed Japan’s Junichi Tazawa.

Lane Kiffin agreed to be Tennessee’s next Coach.  Word is Monty is joining him.  #9 Boise State hung 61 on Fresno State.  #1 Alabama blanked Auburn.  #3 Oklahoma won a shootout over Okie State.  Sam Bradford threw 4 TDs and ran in another.  #4 Florida put the hurting on #20 Florida State.  #22 Georgia Tech beat #11 Georgia despite 407 yards and 5 TDs from Matthew Stafford. Kansas outlasted #13 Missouri.  #23 Oregon pounded #17 Oregon State despite 5 TDs from Lyle Moevao.  Clemson signed Dabo Swinney to become their next Coach after having success as Interim Coach.  New Mexico State fired Hal Mumme.  USC is giving up a pair of time outs to be able to wear their home jerseys as well against UCLA.  Tommy Tuberville is done in Auburn.  Big games this weekend:  #1 Alabama vs. #4 Florida, #2 Oklahoma vs. #20 Missouri, and #17 Boston College vs. #25 Virginia Tech.
#12 Tennessee beat #16 Georgetown.  #13 Oklahoma knocked off #9 Purdue behind Blake Griffin’s 18 points, 21 rebounds.  Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody is out with pneumonia.  Kyle McAlarney stepped up with 32 points in a win over Furman.  Dayton upset #15 Marquette.  Western Kentucky stunned #3 Louisville.  #1 UNC hung 116 on UNC-Asheville.  #10 Gonzaga beat #12 Tennessee.  #22 Wisconsin beat Virginia Tech despite 30 points from A.D. Vassallo.  #2 UConn pounded Delaware State as Hasheem Thabeet ripped 17 rebounds.  Miami suspended Eddie Rios for violating rules.  #4 Duke beat #10 Purdue.  Notre Dame pounded South Dakota behind Ryan Ayer’ 35 points.  Ohio State beat #22 Miami.  #1 UNC pounde #12 Michigan State.  #3 Pitt beat Duquesne behind DeJuan Blair’s 17 rebounds.  Tyler Smith messed around and got a triple-double as #13 Tennessee.  It was the first ever for Tennessee.  It was Bruce Pearl’s 400th career win.  #20 Syracuse beat Cornell despite 33 points from Ryan Wittman.  #8 Texas beat #9 UCLA behind A.J. Abrams’ 31 points. 

Rod Pampling won the Australian Masters.  Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson won the World Cup over Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal.  The International Team won the Lexus Cup.  K.C. Choi became the first Korean player to win a Skins Game.  Adam Scott got hurt surfing and had to withdraw from the Australian PGA Championship.

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