Welcome to a brand new edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you the latest news in all of sports with a fresh insight. We have the NFC & AFC Championship games, the All-Star list, and the Mets make a move! We start with the UFC Heavyweight Champion’s return.
Brock Lesnar has successfully healed from diverticulitis, a condition that left a hole in his intestine and put his career in jeopardy. Lesnar stated he’s still the champ in an ESPN interview. He will face the winner of March’s Frank Mir-Shane Carwin fight in the fall or winter. Lesnar is still as hungry as ever, and he wants to prove to the MMA fans he can still bring the fight in the octagon. In other news, Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields is going to the UFC as a coach for The Ultimate Fighter. He will be one of Chuck Liddell’s coaches for the upcoming season. Liddell will coach one team against Tito Ortiz’s team; both will be teaching middleweights as production started yesterday.
The NBA All-Star starters are all set. The Western Conference All-Stars feature Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant in the backcourt, Carmelo Anthony and Tim Duncan as forwards, and Amare Stoudemire at center. The Eastern Conference All-Stars include Dwight Howard at center, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James as forwards, and Dwyane Wade & Allen Iverson in the backcourt. Iverson has had an up-and-down season being released by the Grizzlies, contemplating retirement, and returning to the 76ers. His 14.4 points per average is the lowest of his career, but the fans still see Iverson as an All-Star. The reserves will be announced on TNT this Thursday (check local listings).
Kobe Bryant has an interesting week of his own. His Lakers lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-87 last Thursday night. The Cavs swept the season series with the Lakers. Kobe then returned to New York last night. Everyone remembers Kobe’s 61 point performance in the Garden. This time, he scored only 27. The Lakers still beat the Knicks 115-105, pulling away in the 4th quarter.
The Mets have made a move! They traded P Brian Stokes to the Angels for OF Gary Matthews Jr. Matthews is owed $23 million from the Angels, and they will help pay the rest of his contract. The Mets made the trade because of Carlos Beltran’s knee surgery. They believe Matthews is an insurance policy just in case Beltran does not come back full strength. In other news, the Royals and OF Rick Ankiel agreed to a 1-yr. $3.25 million deal.
Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!
- Wednesday a judge ruled that fired Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s lawsuit against the university can go forward but not as quickly as his attorneys wanted. State District Judge William Sowder denied a motion by Leach’s attorneys to speed up taking depositions from school administrators and obtaining documents relevant to the case. The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after it suspended him amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach denied those allegations. His suit includes allegations of libel and slander, breach of contract and violation of Texas’ Whistleblower Act.
We are down to four teams vying for the Lombardi Trophy. I went 4-0 with my picks bringing my total to 5-3 for the post-season. Both games are the most important games for all teams. Let’s see who has the tools to go to Miami.
(5) New York Jets at (1) Indianapolis Colts: it’s a rematch of Week 16 at the same venue. The Jets handed the Colts their first loss in that week, but the Colts rested their main players. The Colts beat the Ravens last week in dominating fashion, but the Jets came back to beat the Chargers in the 4th quarter. Many matchups are key, especially WR Reggie Wayne vs. Darrelle Revis. Both teams are capable of winning this game; the Colts love playing at home, while the Jets are fighting with chips on their shoulders. The Jets’ defense looks unstoppable and difficult to figure out. If anyone can dissect the Jets’ defense, it’s the NFL MVP Peyton Manning.
Prediction: Colts 21-20
It’s time for:
The Power of the DUE!!!
This segment is about who is due for either a victory or a letdown. This NFC Championship Game will feature both.
(2) Minnesota Vikings at (1) New Orleans Saints: both teams are due for a victory. Both teams need to go to the Super Bowl. The Saints came back from their last three losses and destroyed the Cardinals, while the Vikings demolished the Cowboys. The Saints have a great home field advantage. Their arena gets loud, especially for big games. The Vikings still have issues with the road, as they’ve lost their last few games on the road. The Saints’ key to victory is the running game; they need to establish it for Drew Brees to be successful. Expect this game to be a heartbreaker for New Orleans.
24-18 they’re DUE to win on the road.
This means my match-up for Miami is the Vikings against the Colts. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if either the Saints or the Jets (or both) reach the Super Bowl.
Time for the magic man to take over!
ESPN’s Outside the Lines will feature an interview with Mark McGwire’s steroid supplier. He tells ESPN that McGwire took steroids not for health reasons but to become “bigger, faster, stronger,” according to excerpts released. It’s not new when someone took steroids that more information comes out. Most are true; if this is true, then it would hurt McGwire’s already damaged credibility. This is the same trainer that supplied Jose Canseco with steroids, and we all know how that turned out. Why can’t people be honest with everything? It’s why I called for last week to put the steroid issue to rest. Stop sweeping it under the rug, Bud Selig. The time to nip PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) in the bud is now.
- Perhaps the most shocking news from the Major Leagues is Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera being treated for alcoholism. He spent three months in an alcoholic treatment center and has not had a drink since his domestic abuse complaint from his wife of October 3rd.
- Tim Duncan is the 3rd current player to score 20,000 points with one team. Duncan joins Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki as the only three players to
- 10 players donated 1,000 dollars for each point they scored yesterday to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Lakers teammates Pau Gasol and Jordan Farmar, Knicks F Danilo Gallinari, Bulls G Derrick Rose, Hawks G Joe Johnson, Sacramento rookie Tyreke Evans and Wizards F Antwan Jamison were among the players. More than $100,000 will go to Haiti combined from these players. Let’s applaud all charity organizations for their efforts and wish Haiti a good recovery.
Michael Vick is slated to have his own TV show. It’s not a reality series but a 10-part documentary on his life. It will air on BET next month as it explores how Vick got into trouble for his dog-fighting ring. The question is do people want to know how he did it and why. The answer is yes. Vick’s fall from superstardom is one of the most depressing stories in sports. Why would anyone want to hurt another living thing? Vick wants to tell the world so he could be forgiven for his actions. He might not get what he wants, but it’s still worth seeing.
I understand why you wouldn’t see it. It is depressing material and probably not for the weak at heart. Plus, you might still hate Vick for killing dogs. The documentary should cover Vick’s actions in-depth, so watch at your own risk. Check your local listings.
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