Sunday February 24, 2008

Welcome to an exciting edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. We got a lot to cover. Let’s start it off with last week’s All-Star Weekend.

The sophomores beat the rookies on Friday’s game. Daniel Gibson hit 11 three-pointers to win the game’s MVP award. We then move on to Saturday with the Haier Shooting Stars competition. The San Antonio Spurs team won, as Tim Duncan, WNBA player Becky Hammon, and “The Admiral” David Robinson provided the upset. Once again, the twin towers (Robinson and Duncan) win another title. Deron Williams took the Playstation Skills Challenge with a record time of 25.5 seconds. Jason Kapono defended his 3-Point Shootout title by tying Craig Hodges’ record of 25 points. Dwight Howard won the Slam Dunk Challenge in the most creative one yet. On Sunday, the East beat out the West, and LeBron James took the MVP award. However, many people believed that Ray Allen (who replaced F Caron Butler) should have won the award.

In other basketball news, the trade deadline is over. Kobe Bryant is still playing with his torn pinky ligament. The West got tougher as Jason Kidd is now a Dallas Maverick. The deal will have Kidd, forward Malik Allen and guard Antoine Wright going to Dallas for guards Devin Harris and Trenton Hassell, center DeSagana Diop and swingman Maurice Ager. Retired forward Keith Van Horn will rejoin the Nets in the deal. New Jersey also will get two first-round draft picks and $3 million. Is this the last piece to an NBA championship? The biggest surprise before the deadline was the Cleveland Cavaliers who got F/C Ben Wallace and G/F Wally Szczerbiak. Has Cleveland found their missing pieces of the puzzle?

The football off-season has officially begun. Notable names have been released from teams, such as LB Zach Thomas and WR Muhsin Muhammad. Thomas recently signed a 1-year, $3 million deal with Dallas. No one knows where certain free agents will go (including Randy Moss). However, Pro Bowl DT Albert Haynesworth got the franchise tag by the Tennessee Titans. A franchise tag allows a team’s manager the privilege of strategically retaining valuable free-agent players while seeking talent through the NFL draft or other acquisitions without exceeding the League’s salary cap. If the designated franchise player elects to play for the team that designated him with the franchise tag, and does not negotiate a contract with another team his one year salary is guaranteed. If the team withdraws, then the player becomes an unrestricted free agent. In other news from Tennessee, they are very interested in TE Alge Crumpler. Plus, Giants coach Tom Coughlin is expected to get a contract extension up to 2011.

The Mets CF Carlos Beltran made a bold statement. Beltran’s guarantee was that the Mets will once again take over the NL East. It made a lot of the team happy, and it has been reported that Jose Reyes will play less to give him rest. The All-Star SS played in 160 out of 162 games last season. The Phillies are jawing back, as NL MVP Jimmy Rollins fired back with words of his own. Even the Braves talked trash on both teams. Guys, save it for the season, PLEASE!!! The Detroit Tigers have an All-Star cast themselves, with Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis as the new faces. Are they the missing pieces to the puzzle? Expect Detroit to be a force in the American League. The Los Angeles Dodgers will have outfielders competing for daily starts. OFs Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, Andre Ethier, and Matt Kemp will compete throughout spring training and into the season. The Padres’ newest pitcher, Mark Prior, threw with no pain in his arm. The injury-prone pitcher hopes to pitch in the entire season. Stay tuned for more spring training news.

Time for the issues to be heard in:

The Athlete’s Court:

This brand new segment will keep you updated on the sports issues in court. Andy Pettitte had a press conference on Monday, his first since his deposition. He talked about his friendship with Roger Clemens, stating that it is “strained”. Yet, Pettitte remained focused and apologized for his use of HGH. His new manager, Joe Girardi, and Yankee GM Brian Cashman sat next to him in a show of support. Yankee teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Yankee Captain Derek Jeter were also there to support Pettitte. Andy Pettitte stood up for what he did. Let’s see if anyone else that was caught cheating does the same.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

In the past week, Alex Rodriguez has been vocal about everything. He has praised the Yankees’ latest current events, including new manager Joe Girardi and P Andy Pettitte. Yet, the biggest news from the AL MVP was not about the “drug tests”. It was about his pick for the 2008 AL MVP. His pick is none other than Derek Jeter. Wait a minute. Didn’t Jeter win an MVP award before? He did in the 2000 World Series, but he lost in 2006 to Twins first baseman (1B) Justin Morneau. Besides the bold prediction, Jeter was ranked as the worst shortstop in a recent study. Now, I’m confused. He is a three-time Gold Glove winner. To say that he is the worst shortstop in baseball is stupidity at its finest. Every player has flaws, but calling Jeter the worst shortstop is just as true as Jose Canseco shutting up. I believe that Jeter will have a strong year. He looks in better shape than last year, and he is uniting all of his teammates behind the Joe Girardi era. Will he win the MVP? I don’t know, but only time will tell.

Congratulations To:

  1. Memphis is no longer undefeated, thanks to Tennessee.
  2. Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman
  3. Kimbo Slice beat Tank Abbott in his hometown of Miami. Slice is a street fighting legend and internet sensation who decided to fight inside the octagon. He beat Abbott in an “Elite XC” MMA ring on Showtime last week.
  4. The Phillies have some sense of humor. Pitcher Kyle Kendrick was traded to the Yomiuri Giants for a player named “Kobayashi Iwamura”, or so he thought. The prank was orchestrated by fellow pitcher Brett Myers. It also included Kendrick’s agent, manager Charlie Manuel, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., the media and others.

Well, that’s it for today. See you later, KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado


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