Welcome back, sports fans! I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. Did you enjoy the All-Star week? This week’s headlines include UFC 101: Declaration, a violent confrontation avoided, and the NFL trying to restore law and order.
The topsy-turvy world of the AL East shifted again last night. The Yankees beat the Red Sox for the first time this season, which has the Red Sox nation in a frenzied panic. They put P John Smoltz on waivers and are suffering from injuries (Jason Bay, Tim Wakefield, and Daisuke Matsuzaka among them). The Yanks still need to win the series before celebrating their victory. They need to win the next two out of three games to give their AL East lead some cushion. If the Sox win the next three games, they are still in it to win it.
In other baseball news, the NY Daily News reported the Mets are open to trading P Billy Wagner and 1B Carlos Delgado by August 31. That date is the debut of the 40-man roster, which extends all teams from 25. Both players are injured and will be free agents after this season. P Jake Peavy of the White Sox could return by August 28. The right-hander is recuperating from a strained tendon in his right ankle. Plus, the Twins acquired P Carl Pavano off waivers. The Athletics released the struggling Jason Giambi. Will any team pick up the first baseman?
LeBron James is in trouble. He would like to stay in Cleveland but will not sign a contract extension with the Cavaliers until after this season. LeBron also approved on the Shaq move and the “Dunkgate” scandal. LeBron was excited about having Shaq as a teammate and said he was not involved in trying to ban the tape. He also defended himself in not shaking hands after the Cavs were eliminated by the Magic. LeBron James is a marked man by the media and the NBA. James will still be sought after by nearly every NBA team. The question still remains: where will LeBron James play for after the 2009-10 season.
Michael Crabtree is willing to sit out the entire season and reenter the NFL Draft. The WR wants a hefty contract and is not satisfied with the 49ers’ offers. Coach Mike Singletary is not worried and is satisfied with the crew he has in training camp. Plus, Giants QB Eli Manning signed a 6-year, $97.5 million extension. He becomes the third highest player paid in the NFL behind Panthers DE Julius Peppers and Bengals QB Carson Palmer.
Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!
- Giants LB Antonio Pierce has not been indicted by the NY State Grand Jury. Former teammate Plaxico Burress has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment.
- MLB has passed judgment on the actions of Brewers 1B Prince Fielder and Dodgers P Guillermo Mota. Both were fined an undisclosed amount as Mota hit Fielder in the 8th inning of a 13-4 victory. Fielder went to the Dodgers clubhouse to confront Mota after the game. He was held back by teammates and manager Ken Macha.
- Magic F Rashad Lewis will serve a 10-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy. Lewis said he took an over-the-counter substance without knowing it was banned. Lewis will serve the suspension and hopes others learn from his mistake.
- Donte Stallworth met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday. No official ruling has been passed on Stallworth. He just wants to make amends for his actions and play once more.
Time for the magic man to take over! Pure Magic:
UFC 101: Declaration is another big event that will take place in Philadelphia Saturday night. The two main event match-ups are important for all four fighter’s careers.
- UFC Lightweight Title: B.J. “Prodigy” Penn (Champion) vs. Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian: both men are determined to become the best in the lightweight division. Florian is undefeated through his last six fights. Penn is coming off a welterweight loss against Champion George St. Pierre. Both have very similar fighting styles. Yet, Penn isn’t ready to drop the belt at this time.
Prediction: Penn in the 2nd round via submission
- Anderson “Spider” Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion) vs. Forrest Griffin: both fighters love to brawl. Silva’s Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu technique versus Griffin’s smash mouth style. Both can go the distance and love to finish their opponents. Silva is determined to destroy Griffin, but Griffin is eager to become the first man to defeat Silva in the UFC.
Prediction: Griffin in the 2nd round via TKO
1) Yankees OF Melky Cabrera made history: he hit a single, double, triple, and a home run in one game. Cabrera hit for the cycle in a Yankee victory over the White Sox, the first Yankee to achieve this feat since SS Tony Fernandez did in 1995.
2) Jeremy Roenick has officially retired from hockey. The center of the San Jose Sharks hung up the skates and stick after 20 years in the NHL. Roenick is one of only four Americans to score 500 or more goals (513).
NFL rookies are holding out for more money, and it’s a mistake. The top 3 have already been signed; there is no possible way the remaining unsigned players will get more than them. Since we are in the recession, they should not expect anything more than the top 3 rookies. Whatever happened to playing on the grandest stage of the gridiron world? Money should not talk all the time. It’s time to sign up or forget about playing. These kids look money-hungry, which does not make them deserving of a football spot. Many players vie for that spot and some end up on the practice squad. If you want to play, hurry up and sign.
Well, that’s it for today. If you disagree with anything I say, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. Until then, that’s it you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!
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