Welcome to another edition of Today’s Sports Update, sports fans! I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. The NBA draft brought out many surprises. MLB’s war on drugs continues, and a sad passing results in a community in disarray.
It has been 15 years since a certain player was drafted. It’s been 15 years since Michael Jordan started changing the face of basketball around the world. Jordan highlighted a heavyweight class of great players, such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton. Thursday’s NBA Draft lived up to its expectations. Many trades were made before and during the draft. Here are the big three major trades:
SF Richard Jefferson- San Antonio Spurs
SG Vince Carter- Orlando Magic
C Shaquille O’Neal- Cleveland Cavaliers
All three players instantly make their new team better. Jefferson fits into San Antonio’s style of play. Carter can take over the small forward spot, replacing Hedo Turkoglu (who is now a free agent). Shaq’s presence can make everyone around him even better, especially LeBron.
The Draft also featured many picks dealt and other teams suffering heartbreaks. Here are the results of the entire NBA Draft, where the player is from and the position he plays:
|PICK NO.||TEAM||THE PICK|
|1||Blake Griffin: PF Oklahoma|
|2||Hasheem Thabeet: C Connecticut|
|3||James Harden: SG Arizona State|
|4||Tyreke Evans: SG Memphis|
|5||Ricky Rubio: PG Spain|
|6||Jonny Flynn: PG Syracuse|
|7||Stephen Curry: SG Davidson|
|8||Jordan Hill: PF Arizona|
|9||DeMar DeRozan: SG USC|
|10||Brandon Jennings: PG Italy|
|11||Terrence Williams: SG Louisville|
|12||Gerald Henderson: SG Duke|
|13||Tyler Hansbrough: F North Carolina|
|14||Earl Clark: SF Louisville|
|15||Austin Daye: SF Gonzaga|
|16||James Johnson: PF Wake Forest|
|17||Jrue Holiday: PG UCLA|
|18||Ty Lawson: PG North Carolina (traded to Denver)|
|19||Jeff Teague: PG Wake Forest|
|20||Eric Maynor: PG VA Commonwealth|
|21||Darren Collison: PG UCLA|
|22||Victor Claver: SF Spain|
|23||Omri Casspi: SF Israel|
|24||B.J. Mullens: C Ohio St. (traded to Oklahoma City)|
|25||Rodrigue Beaubois: PG France (traded to Dallas)|
|26||Taj Gibson: PF USC|
|27||DeMarre Carroll: PF Missouri|
|28||Wayne Ellington: SG North Carolina|
|29||Toney Douglas: SG Florida St. (traded to New York)|
|30||Christian Eyenga: SF Congo|
|31||Jeff Pendergraph: PF Arizona St. (traded to Portland)|
|32||Jermaine Taylor: SG Central Florida (traded to Houston)|
|33||Dante Cunningham: PF Villanova|
|34||Sergio Llull: PG Spain (traded to Houston)|
|35||DaJuan Summers: SF Georgetown|
|36||Sam Young: SF Pittsburgh|
|37||DeJuan Blair: PF Pittsburgh|
|38||Jon Brockman: PF Washington (traded to Sacramento)|
|39||Jonas Jerebko: SF Sweden|
|40||Derrick Brown: PF Xavier|
|41||Jodie Meeks: SG Kentucky|
|42||Patrick Beverley: PG Ukraine (traded to Miami)|
|43||Marcus Thornton: SG LSU (traded to New Orleans)|
|44||Chase Budinger: SF Arizona (traded to Houston)|
|45||Nick Calathes: PG Florida|
|46||Daniel Green: SF North Carolina|
|47||Henk Norel: PF Netherlands|
|48||Taylor Griffin: SF Oklahoma|
|49||Sergiy Gladyr: SG Ukraine|
|50||Goran Suton: C Michigan State|
|51||Jack McClinton: SG Miami|
|52||A.J. Price: PG Connecticut|
|53||Nando De Colo: PG France|
|54||Robert Vaden: SG UAB (traded to Oklahoma City)|
|55||Patrick Mills: PG St. Mary’s (CA)|
|56||Ahmad Nivins: PF St. Joseph’s|
|57||Emir Preldzic: SF Slovenia|
|58||Lester Hudson: SG Tenn. Martin|
|59||Chinemelu Elonu: PF Texas|
|60||Robert Dozier: SF Memphis|
The rumor is Rubio will stay in Spain, and he might be traded to the Knicks. Which of these players will make an impact in the NBA? To find out more about the draft, go to www.nba.com.
Interleague play is coming to a close, but it’s ending with a bang! The White Sox won a thriller against the Dodgers in 13 innings. The Yankee bats finally explode, taking two out of three in Atlanta. John Smoltz came back only to get rocked against the Nationals. As it ends this Sunday, many teams strive to enter the playoffs. Only eight can enter, but it seems nearly every team is in the hunt.
UFC 100 is coming July 11th, but last week featured a fight to remember. On The Ultimate Finale, the main event was a lightweight bout between Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. The first round went to Sanchez, while the second round went to Guida. The third round was a standstill, making it a very tough decision for the judges to score. They awarded Sanchez a victory by split decision. If you love good old fashioned brawls, then this fight is for you.
Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!
Baseball has made the headlines in controversy again.
- The Manny Ramirez case is being investigated by MLB and the DEA. Both organizations suspect the prescription for HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, was written by Pedro Publio Bosch, a doctor in Florida since 1976. His son, Anthony Bosch, supposedly worked as a middle man for the doctor and Ramirez, ESPN said. The investigation is ongoing.
- Cubs C Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic. However, Soto will not be suspended by MLB. Instead, he is suspended for two years by the International Baseball Federation. Soto has accepted the suspension and will take full responsibility for his actions.
Time for the magic man to take over!
There is an interesting scenario in the potential MLB post-season. The AL East was once dominated by the Yankees from 1996 to 2004. The landscape changed when the Red Sox became champions and dethroned the Yanks. The roles seem to be reversed, but here’s the twist. The AL East has become the Wild, Wild West. Four teams appear to be in the hunt to at least make the playoffs. Despite Toronto’s injuries, they are still in contention. Despite a bad April by Tampa Bay, they are still in contention. The Red Sox may be in first place, but the Yankees are still in reach. What was once a two-headed monster has now become the OK Corral!
How does this affect the rest of the American League? Since the AL East is always in the thick of the playoffs, the rest of the AL is in trouble. Only one team is likely to win from the AL Central and Al West. This means that two out of the four AL East teams could have a playoff picture. It also means that both the Yankees and Red Sox could be on the outside looking in. It’s not the most likely scenario, but it could happen. It would be a nightmare for MLB if that happened since the Yankees and Red Sox are both huge draws for TV viewers. However, baseball fans love competition. Competition is great for the sport, and now is the time to see who the real contenders from the AL East are.
- Lucas Glover is the latest U.S. Open winner. He fended off David Duval, Ricky Barnes, and Phil Mickelson to win. Glover will also play in the Buick Open in late July.
- The New York Mets made a classy move. They had a kid who was shot on a Brooklyn baseball field throw the first pitch for Tuesday night’s game. Davonte Kelly, 11, also got a jersey from the Mets, and it was handed to him by 3B David Wright. Nice job, Mets.
Among the many things that have happened, it has been a rough week for too many. Many mourn the passings of entertainers Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. In the beginning of this week, the football world lost a great man. In Parkersburg, Iowa, Aplington Parkersburg High School coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed by one of his former players. The player was in a psychiatric ward days before, according to authorities. Thomas helped many players have successful NFL careers and was very active in his community. Thomas was an influential coach to countless players, and let us keep his family in our thoughts as well as others that passed away during this week.
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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