Friday June 27, 2009

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

Pure Magic:

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.

Congratulations To:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Final Thoughts:

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 spidey23us@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. Until then, that’s it you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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