|07.03.10 at 1:34 pm ET|
It was put up or shut up time today after the war of words in the media in the lead-up to the all-important quarterfinals between Germany and Argentina.
I can’t say Germany were better start to finish against Argentina today because truth be told, the Albicelestes were really terrific for the final 25-30 minutes of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half really controlling possession and looking threatening through mostly the likes of Angel Di Maria.
|07.02.10 at 6:18 pm ET|
Netherlands 2, Brazil 1 – Five-time champion and World Cup powerhouse Brazil were knocked out of the tournament by the Netherlands, 2-1, on Friday morning. After suffering a loss to France in the same round four years ago, Brazil came up short once again. Despite controlling the match for the first half, Brazil fell apart after allowing an own goal in the 53rd minute off an inadvertent header by Felipe Melo. Earlier, Melo made a great pass up the field which Robinho finished to give Brazil the 1-0 lead. Wesley Sneijder put the Dutch ahead with a header in the 68th minute which Brazil could not respond to. The Netherlands advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1998 when it lost to Brazil on penalty kicks.
Uruguay (4) 1, 1 (2) Ghana – In one of the toughest defeats in recent World Cup memory, Ghana missed a penalty kick at the end of extra time before losing on penalty kicks to be eliminated by Uruguay. Asamoah Gyan missed the opportunity in extra time then converted on his penalty kick attempt, but that wasn’t enough to keep Ghana from heartbreak after missing twice in the shootout. Sebastian Abreu sealed the victory with his chip shot to send Uruguay to the semifinals while knocking out the final African team.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was an amazing game. I think we showed the whole world how we can play. Finally we won, we beat Brazil.” – Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder
STAT OF THE DAY: 24 – Team-record unbeaten streak of games for the Netherlands, extending back to a September 2008 loss to Australia
Argentina vs. Germany, 10:00 a.m.
Paraguay vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m.
|07.02.10 at 12:46 pm ET|
It’s the second day of free agency in the NBA, and after Day 1 failed to produce any answers to when and where the biggest names will sign, the rumors (and some facts?) continue to pour in.
The biggest news of the day by far came early Friday morning when multiple outlets, including WEEI.com, reported that Celtics great Paul Pierce had agreed to a four-year, $61-million contract with the team. Pierce had opted out of his previous contract just days ago and became an unrestricted free agent, but Friday’s news most likely means he never wished to truly test the free-agent waters and instead wanted to rejoin the C’s from the get-go to try for another run at the title. To see what Pierce’s signing means for the C’s, click here.
Speaking of getting the band back together, the Boston Globe reported that the Celtics reached out to Ray Allen, the other free-agent member of the Big Three, first at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning. C’s coach Doc Rivers, who had announced that he would remain on the Boston bench for at least another year, told the Globe, “The first call, we called Ray. We sat around and we have these names on the list and we said, ‘Hey guys, our most important guy is Ray. We gotta get Ray back.’” In the same report, it mentions that Boston reached out big men David Lee and Brad Miller as well. WEEI.com reported that the C’s were actually the first team to talk to Lee, who averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last season for the Knicks.
The biggest non-Celtics rumor may be that Joe Johnson will reportedly accept the Hawks’ six-year, $119 million contract offer. He is listening to other teams, but according to ESPN.com, the deal is nearly as good as done. Read the rest of this entry »
|07.02.10 at 7:00 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ John Paul Morosi at FoxSports.com writes that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa‘s statement supporting Arizona’s controversial immigration law confirms that he is “out of touch” with his players.
♦ Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports writes about the Diamondbacks’ decision to fire general manager Josh Byrnes, a former Red Sox front office star.
♦ Michael Lewis in the The New York Daily News looks at the bickering between the stars on the Dutch soccer team as Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal match with Brazil approaches.
♦ Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie writes that Joe Johnson‘s six-year, $119 million deal with the Hawks is the worst free agent contract ever, as it burdens the team with almost $20 million per season for a player who is “regarded as a second option at best on a great team.”
♦ With Phil Jackson deciding to return to the Lakers bench, Bill Plaschke at The Los Angeles Times anoints the Lakers as favorites to win the 2011 title.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 2, 1975, which Red Sox pitcher, bidding to join Jim Bunning as the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter in both leagues, held the Brewers hitless until there were two outs in the ninth inning, when he gave up a walk and back-to-back homers to George Scott and Bobby Darwin before closing out a 6-3 Red Sox win?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Clearly there’s a divide between Jacoby [Ellsbury] and his people and the trust of the Red Sox medical staff. There’s no doubt about that, I don’t think there’s any secret.” — Peter Gammons, during an appearance on The Big Show on Thursday
STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — Consecutive extra-innings road victories for the Reds, after Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs in 10 innings
‘NET RESULTS: A legless man climbs the Great Wall of China.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Wise
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Springfield of The Springfields is 76 today.
|07.02.10 at 6:39 am ET|
Whenever a game in any sport goes beyond its limits and stretches on into times previously unseen, the players in the game typically are called “iron men.” Fans and journalists will admire them as athletes with incredible physical training. But in most cases, those players are on a team that can support them, so one individual doesn’t have to take the brunt of the work over the hours and hours of game play.
That isn’t the case in tennis, where it’s one vs. one the whole way (except in doubles, but that’s a different story). Despite a World Cup day filled with intense matches for the United States and England last Wednesday, attention quickly shot over to old Wimbledon in London as two men made history for enduring the longest tennis match on record.
By now, most everyone knows the story: John Isner, an American, took on Nicolas Mahut, a Frenchman, in an opening round match on Court 18, the lowest court in the complex. They started late on Tuesday the 22nd and had to suspend the match in the fourth set because of darkness, two hours and 54 minutes in. Play resumed Wednesday afternoon and just kept going on, into an elongated fifth set.
Just before 6 p.m., a new tennis record was set for it being the longest match, but it wasn’t until just after 9 p.m., with the fifth set tied at 59, that play had to be suspended a second time due to darkness. With exactly 10 hours of play recorded, Isner and Mahut returned for a third day. An hour and five minutes later, Isner finally broke Mahut and took the fifth set, 70-68. After a record match lasting 11 hours and five minutes, both Isner and Mahut, as well as the chair umpire, received special awards for their endurance record.
With an opening-round match that was played on the lowest court being the highlight of the entire tournament, it got us to thinking of other memorable endurance matches in sports history, both in the professional and collegiate ranks.
April 18, 1981: Pawtucket Red Sox 3, Rochester Red Wings 2 (33 innings)
Most likely the most famous marathon game was played right in our backyard in a tiny minor league game. At 8 p.m. the night before Easter 1981, the Triple-A affiliates of the Orioles and Red Sox started play at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket and didn’t finish until 4:09 a.m., stuck in a 2-2 tie. Of the 2,000 fans that were at the park at the beginning of the game, only 19 stuck around to see the last of the 32 innings of play that night/morning, and they all received season passes.
Over two months later, the game resumed. Eighteen minutes in, the PawSox won on a walk-off single by Dave Koza, scoring Marty Barrett. With a final score of 3-2, the teams played 33 innings in eight hours and 25 minutes. Future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken played in the game, going a combined 6-for-25, but it was relief pitcher Jim Umbarger for the Red Wings who stole the show. He pitched 10 shutout innings of relief (innings 23 through 32), giving up four hits, no walks and striking out nine.
May 1, 1920: Brooklyn Robins 1, Boston Braves 1 (26 innings)
Here’s another game played in our backyard, this time where Boston University’s Nickerson Field is located. The longest major league game looks like child’s play compared to the Rochester-Pawtucket game. At 26 innings, it still set a record for most amount of innings. Remarkably, those 26 innings only took three hours and 50 minutes to get through before the game was called because of darkness (both pitchers threw all 26 innings, too). Even if they played to find a winner, it still might have been shorter than the longest nine-inning game in MLB history, a 14-11 Yankee-Red Sox game played in 2006 that lasted four hours and 45 minutes and actually was part of a doubleheader that lasted a record eight hours and 40 minutes.
For the single longest game in terms of time, you’d have to look back to May 8, 1984, when it took the White Sox and Brewers eight hours and six minutes to finish up a 25-inning doozy. That game was played over two days when the game was called after 17 innings on its first day because of the MLB curfew rule. The next day, the two teams played another eight innings until Harold Baines hit a walk-off homer to win it. Interestingly, Tom Seaver pitched the final inning and picked up the win in this game, then pitched 8 1/3 innings later the same day, picking up the win in the very next game.
May 31, 2009: University of Texas 3, Boston College 2 (25 innings)
Maybe it has something to do with Boston, but the longest NCAA baseball game has local ties as well, even if the result wasn’t as favorable. Texas got a game-winning RBI single in the 25th inning, at 2:05 a.m., seven hours and three minutes after the game started. Just like the Pawtucket game, there was one relief pitcher who stole the spotlight: Texas’ Austin Wood pitched 12 1/3 innings of no-hit ball until he gave up a single with two out in the 19th.
The game took place in the sub-regional of the College World Series. BC was eliminated with its next loss, while Texas advanced all the way to Omaha.
Dec. 25, 1971: Miami Dolphins 27, Kansas City Chiefs 24 (2 OT)
A year before their unbeaten season, the Dolphins faced the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs in the second AFC divisional playoffs ever. The game was played on Christmas Day, and both teams seemingly didn’t want to go home as they played through six quarters, including a scoreless first overtime. Future Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud missed two winning field goals for the Chiefs, both at the end of regulation and in the first OT.
It was Miami’s Garo Yepremian (who would be recognized for a more unfortunate moment) who kicked the winner, seven minutes and 40 seconds into the second overtime. Chiefs running back Ed Podolak had an astounding 350 yards on the day, but maybe even more amazing was the example of old-time television efficiency. What took 82 minutes and 40 seconds on the game clock took only 3 hours and 21 minutes to play, shorter than a regulation game in modern televised football.
Nov. 1, 2003: Arkansas 71, Kentucky 63 (7 OT)
As we all know, NCAA football overtimes can be thrilling with their alternating possessions. Deciding whether to kick or go for it on fourth down plus the extra excitement of crucial two-point conversions can make OTs nerve-wracking and high-scoring. In a four-hour, 56-minute game, these teams played seven OTs before Arkansas was able to upset the home crowd. Coincidentally, long overtime games were nothing new to Arkansas; the Razorbacks already had beaten Ole Miss in a seven-OT game in 2001 and lost to Tennessee in the sixth OT a year after that.
Here are highlights from the first seven-OT game in NCAA history between Arkansas and Ole Miss:
Jan. 6, 1951: Indianapolis Olympians 75, Rochester Royals 73 (6 OT)
Basketball is where long games can get fun (or really boring, based on your perspective). Games can either be shockingly high scoring or grotesquely low scoring. In the pre-shot clock days, it was more the latter, and this game goes to show it. In what was largely a close defensive struggle, Indianapolis edged Rochester, a city very familiar with long games. Unfortunately for the fans at the game, both teams took a combined 23 shots in the six overtimes.
Dec. 21, 1981: Cincinnati 75, Bradley 73, (7 OT)
Another 75-73 basketball game, but this one was 30 years later, an extra overtime added and in the collegiate ranks. Playing essentially two additional games, Cincinnati barely got by Bradley in another game before the advent of the shot clock. Both Bradley’s Donald Reese and Cincinnati’s Bobby Austin played 73 out of the possible 75 minutes, setting NCA records for most minutes played in a game. Also, Cincinnati’s center, Mike Williams, liked the area so much he transferred over to Bradley the next year, playing there for three years.
If you’re looking for something from post-shot clock era, with much more frantic offense, look no further than the six-OT Syracuse-UConn game from 2009 in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
March 24, 1936: Detroit Red Wings 1, Montreal Maroons 0 (6 OT)
The longest NHL game comes from the first game of the 1936 Stanley Cup playoffs. After 176 minutes and 30 seconds of a scoreless game (imagine the suspense on every possession), Mud Brunteneau broke the scoreless tie in the sixth overtime. Detroit fed off this win and swept the best-of-five series from Montreal on the way to winning the Cup against Toronto, 3-1 in the series.
This game is just barely longer than another six-OT game from the ’30s, a 1-0 Maple Leafs win over the Bruins in the deciding game of the semifinals, three years earlier. That game lasted 164 minutes and 46 seconds. But don’t let these two old games fool you. Of the 10 longest NHL games in history, half of them occurred within the last 15 years.
March 12, 2010: Quinnipiac 3, Union 2 (5 OT)
Just a few months ago in the Upstate New York town of Schenectady, these two ECAC teams were scoreless for the last six periods of the opening game of their conference quarterfinal series until Greg Holt broke the 2-2 tie 10 minutes and 22 seconds into the fifth overtime period. Ironically, this 150-minute game broke a record for the longest NCAA hockey game set in 2006 by Yale and Union at 144 minutes. The Dutchmen lost that game by a 3-2 score as well.
March 14, 1939: England 316 & 654/5, South Africa 530 & 481 (draw)
Cricket test matches are notorious for lasting days as both teams try to make as many runs as possible. Back in the day, however, they took length to an extreme, showing that things in the 1930s must have gone a whole lot slower. Playing in a “timeless test,” both sides agreed to play without restrictions. The test lasted over the course of 12 days, playing nine of those days. England was batting in the fourth inning and had a significant shot at overcoming the 42-run deficit, but on the ninth day of play, both sides agreed to call a draw because England had to catch a boat the next day to return home.
In the end, tennis may be the most physical sport to play over a long period of time, but it is definitely cricket that takes the cake for pushing the endurance boundary. Just ask this guy …
|07.01.10 at 11:56 am ET|
The day has officially arrived: July 1, or as some are calling it, Lebron 1. At midnight last night, the NBA free agency market became officially open for business, and as is the norm, the rumors continue to swirl over the possible destinations of every free agent on the market, including the King himself, Lebron James.
Before we get to LeBron, though, a Celtics-related item. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on his twitter account that sources have told him that Boston has interest in Anthony Morrow. The Golden State swingman, who averaged 13.0 points and shot 45.6 percent on 3-pointers in 2009-10, is a restricted free agent.
ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor writes that the Knicks absolutely need to sign James to a deal. The two have a meeting in northeastern Ohio scheduled for Thursday afternoon that was set up by James to discuss the possibility of him coming to the Big Apple. Even better for Knicks fans is this rumor that he is already begun shopping for a new place to live in New York’s West Village, according to the New York Post. His biggest concern in choosing his new place appears to be “ceiling heights.”
However, back at James’ home in Cleveland, the Cavaliers appear to be moving forward in their search for a new coach for LeBron should he choose to remain in Cleveland. Sources told Chris Broussard of ESPN.com that Cleveland is expected to announce Byron Scott as their newest head coach soon. This would be Scott’s third head coaching job after coaching both the Nets and Hornets in the past. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 and has an overall record of 352-355 during his time on the NBA sidelines.
Other free agents and teams aren’t just sitting idly by, though. Chris Bosh met with the Houston Rockets early Monday morning and seemed impressed by what they have to offer. Bosh listed the opportunity to play with big man Yao Ming as one reason he would put the Rockets high on his list of potential suitors.
Fellow superstar Dwyane Wade was also in the headlines for potential meetings, this time with the Bulls. Although Wade is widely expected to resign with the Heat, the Bulls want to at least talk it out with the native Chicagoan before he makes any decisions. James and Bosh are also expected to listen to what the Bulls’ presentation.
The big-name free agents aren’t the only ones teams are doing their due diligence on, however. Dallas and Cleveland are reportedly considering a dual sign-and-trade, but it doesn’t neither Dirk Nowitzki nor James. Instead, centers Brendan Haywood and Shaquille O’Neal, both free agents, would be swapped.
For the most off-the-wall news of the day, we turn to who else but Charles Barkley, who seems to want the Suns GM position left vacant after the firing of Steve Kerr. Barkley mentions one of the first things he’d do if he got the position would be to not resign Amar’e Stoudemire after he opted out of his deal to become a free agent.
The NBA isn’t the only pro league making some noise in its offseason. The NHL starts its own free-agency period Thursday at noon, and one of the big stars expected to test the waters is Ilya Kovalchuk. It appears that the Kings have become front runners for Kovalchuk’s services as they try to add a little bit of a veteran spice to a young, up-and-coming squad.
In other news, Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle believes he’ll finally be traded this offseason after years of rumors surrounding his name. He had been rumored to be part of a swap with the Bruins that would have also involved Marc Savard, but that was nixed week not long ago by Toronto GM Brian Burke.
|07.01.10 at 7:08 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
No local games scheduled
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Surveillance video reportedly does not back up the story Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told police about what happened when an associate was shot at a Virginia Beach nightclub. Phil Sheridan in The Inquirer writes that the Eagles should cut Vick if he lied or they lose all credibility.
♦ Kevin Ding in The Orange County Register writes that Kobe Bryant‘s right index finger might never be normal again due to arthritis, misuse and overuse, as the Lakers star played through the injury this season.
♦ Vic Carucci at NFL.com writes about Tim Tebow working hard with the Broncos as he tries to prove his doubters wrong.
♦ Dayn Perry at FoxSports.com looks at the American League’s continued supremacy over the National League. The AL went 134-118 in interleague play this season.
♦ Nigeria’s president suspended the national soccer team after its poor performance at the World Cup.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 1, 1973, which Red Sox player stole the 500th base of his major league career?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My kids all said, ‘You’re a coach. That’s what you are. And you’re a parent, and we appreciate both.’ And so that made it easier.” — Doc Rivers, on announcing his return as coach of the Celtics
STAT OF THE DAY: 21 — Consecutive solo home runs for the Rays until Jason Bartlett hit a two-run shot Wednesday night against the Red Sox
‘NET RESULTS: A fan at Yankee Stadium is talking on his cell phone and takes a ball off his face.
This is what the World Cup should do when teams start their absurd celebrations.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Aparicio
SOOTHING SOUNDS: On July 1, 1980, “O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.
|06.30.10 at 2:57 pm ET|
We all knew about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba entering the 2010 World Cup - the super stars of the world that were to make South Africa their own. All except Messi were disappointing for one reason or another.
Ronaldo had no team to help him, Drogba broke his elbow just a week and a half before the tournament and could not be effective enough when he played, and Rooney was played out of positional on a completely dysfunctional team and never showed up.
One player that was virtually forgotten or unheard of by the common fan because of both the domestic club (Valencia) that he played on entering the World Cup and country (Spain) that he is from was David Villa.
Upstaged on Spain by the likes of all the superstars from Barcelona (Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Puyol, Busquets) and Real Madrid (Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas), and even a couple of players from the English Premier League (Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal) including his own partner up top in Fernando Torres (Liverpool) – all Villa has done throughout his career is score goals.
In La Liga, Villa has become the top poacher scoring 203 goals in 383 appearances dating back to the 1999/00 season. For Spain, Villa has 62 caps (international appearances) and incredibly has 42 goals for the Red Fury – most players are considered gods if they score a goal every three games – Villa has essentially doubled that feat scoring two goals every three appearances.
He was the leading goal scorer at Euro 2008 with four strikes as Espania took home the championship as Kings of Europe – just the second time in the country’s history it had won a major international tournament.
Now Villa is once again tied atop the scoring lead with four goals in the 2010 World Cup with Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain and Slovakia’s Robert Vittek. Villa realistically has a great chance to win the golden boot (top goalscorer of the World Cup) as Spain are into the quarterfinals against Paraguay a team they should likely beat to move on to the semis, while Slovakia is out of the tournament having lost to the Netherlands and Argentina have a very difficult match with Germany – a team that knocked them out of the last World Cup.
But more so than just putting goals into the back of the net, Villa has been one of the real showmen of South Africa with several moments of individual brilliance that have produced some of the most spectacular goals thus far.
His first goal of the tournament came as he beat two Honduran defenders at the top of the box, accelerated into the box, cut back on a third defender, slipped, then finished with a sliding shot upper-90. His second also occurred in that match, and got a little help as it deflected off a Honduran defender and in.
The third goal was also a magnificent effort as a ball had been played into Fernando Torres on the break, but Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo came flying out off his line well out of the box to knock the ball away. However, the ball only went as far as Villa, who from 45-plus yards out hit the ball one-time left-footed (he’s a righty by the way) curling it up over the keeper and another defender in an amazing show of skill. Spain would go on to win 2-1, and remarkably it was Villa’s only non-game-winner of the tournament.
Finally, Villa knocked off dangerous foe and Iberian Peninsula rival Portugal in Spain’s opening game of the knockout phase in the last game of the round of 16. It was one of Espania’s typical brilliant fluid moments as Iniesta knocked the ball to Llorente, who flicked on for Villa (possibly off-sides). Although Villa’s first shot was blocked by in my opinion the best goalkeeper of the tournament in Eduardo, Villa followed up and used every bit of the goal knocking it off the crossbar and in. It was Villa’s second game-winner of the tournament and the first goal the Portuguese had given up all tournament.
Look for more El Matador celebrations in the World Cup, and in case you were wondering where Villa will be lacing it up in the 2010/11 season – well the little man finally made a move to one of the World’s best clubs, Barcelona, where he will play alongside Spanish teammates Xavi and Iniesta as well as Messi.
|06.30.10 at 1:32 pm ET|
With the July 1 free agency period set to begin tomorrow, and with news swirling as to where LeBron James and other prized free agents from both the NBA and NHL will be heading, it is easy to get caught up in the hoopla.
Of course LeBron and his basketball cohorts have hogged the attention of almost every media outlet, with rumors abounding that James and Raptors forward Chris Bosh will head to either South Beach to join Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, or New York to play for the Knicks.
Other people like the possibility of James joining the Bulls and playing in Michael Jordan’s shadow. NBCsports.com columnist Johnette Howard says the Bulls are the perfect place to cement his own legacy, regardless of the organization’s storied history. Click here to read the story.
Although it was recently reported that the New York Knicks were unlikely suitors, they too will attempt to lure King James with a monstrous offer of their own. Ian Thomsen of SI.com is reporting that the Knicks, who will speak with LeBron tomorrow, will attempt to sign not only James but free agent Joe Johnson and either Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire as well. Click here to read the story.
Ultimately, the favorite heading into free agency is Chicago, but these writers take a look at all the top free agents and where they think they will end up.
While it seems that pairing any one of these free agent superstars would guarantee championship success, Charley Rosen of FoxSports.com warns that these combinations of players don’t guarantee titles.
With news breaking that Paul Pierce has opted out of the final year of his contract in hopes of signing a long-term deal, Chris Forsberg explains that Pierce’s agent Jeff Schwartz will force the Celtics to be aggressive in re-signing him. Click here to read the story.
On the NHL front, Sergei Gonchar and Ilya Kovalchuk are the two big names entering the free agent maelstrom. ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun looks at the top defensmen, while Scott Burnside examines the best available forwards come Thursday.
AOL Sports blogger Adam Gretz takes a look at free agent winger Lee Stempniak, who started slow last year but helped push the Phoenix Coyotes into the playoffs for the first time since 2001. With very few good players available, Stempniak could be a gamble worth taking. Click here for the story.
|06.30.10 at 7:10 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The New York Post has the story of former Mets and Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra reportedly boasting that he was one of the original major league steroid users. “I was like a pioneer for that stuff,” Dykstra said, according to author Randall Lane.
♦ Here’s an update on New York Giants draft pick Chad Jones, who was transferred to a New York hospital as he recovers injuries suffered in a car accident in New Orleans.
♦ In the wake of Lions president Tom Lewand being arrested for DUI, Les Carpenter at Yahoo! Sports writes that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell needs to tighten up the league’s conduct policy.
♦ Grahame L. Jones in The Los Angeles Times is critical of Ronaldo for his apparent lack of effort in Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Spain in the World Cup on Tuesday.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 30, 2000, the Red Sox acquired which infielder from the Padres, only to release him later in the season and watch him re-sign with San Diego?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m pretty happy coming to an organization that’s already a Stanley Cup contender, and that’s pretty cool and I would take that over a rebuilding team any day.” — Bruins draft pick Tyler Seguin, on the Dale & Holley show Tuesday
STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Consecutive decisions won by Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, after Tuesday night’s win over the Rays
‘NET RESULTS: NBA players Steve Nash, Jared Dudley and Nate Robinson take to the soccer field for the Showdown in Chinatown.
A rugby referee takes a punted ball to the face.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Ed Sprague
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Glenn Shorrock, former lead singer of Little River Band, is 66 today.
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