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 another quarterback returning to play, drama in baseball, and history made on Sunday.
We begin with a historic upset in the PGA. Tiger Woods had a commanding lead over Y.E. Yang in the finals of the PGA Championship. Yang came back on the final round and became the first Asian to win a major championship. The South Korean golfer finished at 8-under 280 and won $1.35 million, along with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour and the majors. Yang has made history at the expense of one of the greatest golf players in the game. Yang has to start a streak from Sunday’s victory. If he can, he can become a positive influence to his country. Woods needs to come back from this devastating loss. Otherwise, he could be on a slippery-slope into mediocrity.
Brett Favre is coming back to play for the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers’ NFC North division rival. After Tuesday’s practice with his new team, Favre signed a $12 million deal for this season. He will also receive $13 million for the 2010 season. Favre has been known in recent years to suffer from arm fatigue and told the Vikings he had a slight rotator cuff tear. In Favre’s favor, half of the Vikings’ games will be in the Metrodome. There will not be any weather problems for Favre to deal with for eight games. It’s unclear whether Favre will be effective. However, Brett Favre is the Vikings’ best option for right now.
In other football news, hostility and chaos run supreme in the pre-season. Jets Coach Rex Ryan has verbally attacked everyone that he plays/will play, including his former team the Ravens and now Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan has made it clear that his team will go after anyone that comes in their quest to become Super Bowl Champions. Plus, WR Brandon Marshall wants a trade out of Denver AGAIN. The Broncos do not want to trade Marshall and have no plans to deal him.
The MLB Playoff race is still on fire. The Rangers are in the lead for the AL Wild Card. They reacquired C Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez from the Astros. Rodriguez is known for being a leader and a force that will not go away quietly. He’s also good with leading young players, which includes the Rangers’ pitching staff. St. Louis picked up John Smoltz and is expected to join the team Thursday. They want him to be the setup man for closer Ryan Franklin. The Tigers acquired 1B/DH Aubrey Huff from the Orioles. Huff provides the Tigers with a big bat and protection for 1B Miguel Cabrera.
The NL Wild Card will feature a showdown between the Rockies and Giants. Both teams are the top two in the Wild Card standings. Speaking of showdowns, round 5 of the Yankees/Sox at Fenway also takes place on Friday. The Red Sox hope to make ground on the Yankees to at least get within striking range. The Yankees look to bury their rivals once and for all. Who will reign supreme in the AL East?
Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!
- Carmelo Anthony is suing his former business manager for allegedly misappropriate management of $2 million of Anthony’s cash. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, against Anthony’s former business manager, Larry W. Harmon, and employees of Larry Harmon & Associates P.A. Anthony is also seeking punitive damages from Harmon.
- The Raiders had a scuffle between Coach Tom Cable and defensive assistant Randy Hanson. Cable allegedly punched Hanson in the jaw, but the Raiders would not confirm the report. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the situation to try to determine the facts of what happened.
- Ben Roethlisberger’s attorney stated a Nevada woman should drop her rape lawsuit because she sent e-mails and text messages that prove she wasn’t assaulted. The Super Bowl QB was accused of raping a 31-year old woman in July 2008. A motion was filed to drop the lawsuit; the woman’ attorney did not comment on the motion.
- Knicks G Nate Robinson was arrested last night for driving without a license. Police said Robinson was arrested after officers pulled him over in the Bronx at about 5:30 p.m. and discovered he had a suspended license. The Knicks guard and restricted free agent was taken to the 52nd Precinct and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and issued a summons to return to court at a later date. A Knicks spokesman said they were aware of the situation and would meet with Robinson directly.
- South Africa’s track and field federation had been asked to conduct a gender test on Wednesday’s 800-meter runner favorite: 18-year-old Caster Semenya. Officials are concerned she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. Officials also stressed that this is not a cheating issue but a medical issue.
Time for the magic man to take over!
The legacy of Brett Favre will be remembered for its triumphs and complications. Favre has done what every quarterback wants to do: set all-time records (consecutive starts, touchdowns, etc.) and win a Super Bowl. Yet, Brett Favre wants more. He wants to play again, which leaves many to be annoyed and angry with him. The fans in Green Bay feel betrayed by their “hero.” Many people outside of Green Bay have had enough of the Favre saga. They just want him to retire; they felt that they have seen enough. Even though you could say a lot on Favre’s actions, the main concern is not being mentioned.
Numerous athletes have refused to leave the game at the right time. We all remember Michael Jordan’s comeback debacle with the Washington Wizards. We all remember Muhammad Ali and the beatings he took at the end of his career. Plus, Evander Holyfield STILL wants to box. The worst case scenario out of these journeys is Ali. After his career was over, he was diagnosed from Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984. No one believes Favre could suffer from that type of disability, but it’s a possibility. Defenders hit harder every year, and helmet-to-helmet hits are becoming an epidemic. Yes, no one can stop Favre’s decision to play. As a football fan, it is still interesting to see what he can do. As a human being, let’s hope that Favre’s career ends on his terms and not on a stretcher.
- Derek Jeter leads all shortstops in hits. The Yankee SS passed Hall-Of-Famer Luis Aparicio last Sunday in a 10-3 loss to Seattle. Jeter went 3 for 4 and has still been on a roll, just as he has been for the entire season.
- The Nationals finally signed their #1 draft pick, P Stephen Strasberg. Strasberg’s agent, Scott Boras, got Strasberg a 4-year, $15 million deal with a $7 million signing bonus. Boras brings his client the money once again.
Well, that’s it for today. If you disagree with anything I say, feel free to email me at email@example.com or leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. Until then, see you next time you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!
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