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Boston Celtics Shocked By Nets

February 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The New Jersey Nets defeated the Boston Celtics yesterday, earning the Nets just their 6th win of the season.

An embarrassed Ray Allen hides his face with a paper bag over his head as Kevin Garnett prepares to do the same after the Boston Celtics were defeated by the New Jersey Nets on Saturday (katchop)

An embarrassed Ray Allen hides his face with a paper bag, as Kevin Garnett prepares to do the same during the Boston Celtics loss to the New Jersey Nets on Saturday (katchop)

On the same day the Celtics hung a sign in their locker room aimed at inspiring the team to get its act together, Boston stumbled through an inexcusable 104-96 loss to the lowly Nets at the TD Garden.

The sign in the locker room reads, “Individuals win games, but teams win titles.” It was born after the team watched the HBO documentary “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals” instead of practicing Friday.

Maybe they should have practiced. Boston showed up for the first three minutes, built a double-digit lead over the five-win (now six-win) Nets, then promptly disappeared.

Original Photos Yahoo buzznet

Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team In Trouble

February 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

The Canadian Women’s hockey team is under fire for their post game celebrations in Vancouver after winning the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Canadian Women's hockey team won a gold medal, but also earned criticism in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games for taking their party out of the locker room and back on the ice (katchop)

The Canadian Women's hockey team won a gold medal in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games, but also earned criticism for taking their party out of the locker room and back on the ice (katchop)

The team spilled back out onto the rink, now emptied of fans, for souvenir snapshots. But its members were apparently unaware that a photographer from the Associated Press was still in the building.

The resulting photos from the news agency show team members, some of them holding beers, posing for photos on the ice surfacing machine, and lying on the ice surface with a giant bottle of champagne and cigars in hand.

After his photographs appeared, Gilbert Felli, the International Olympic Committee’s executive director for the Olympic Games, said the photos were “not what we want to see.”

“I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values,” he told the Associated Press. “If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened.”

Original Photos Yahoo, themagicdragon, thebsreport

US Leads Vancouver Medal Count

February 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

The USA currently has earned 32 medals at the 2010 Winter Games, while 2006 medal leader Germany trails with 26.

Despite winning multiple gold medals thus far, Germany's reign of Winter Olympic domination is in danger of coming to an end in Vancouver (katchop)

Despite winning multiple gold medals thus far, Germany's reign of Winter Olympic domination is in danger of coming to an end in Vancouver (katchop)

USA has been the leading country in the medal count for fourth consecutive day with 28 32 medals. As usual, USA is still followed by Germany with 24 26 medals, Norway with 18 medals, Canada with 15 medals, and Russia with 13 medals.

There are few days left before the end of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and there are 66 medals waiting to be awarded.

Original Photos DayLife, uberreview

Philadelphia Eagles Release Brian Westbrook

February 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles have released former Pro Bowl RB Brian Westbrook.

Unlike Antwan Barnes of the Baltimore Ravens in this 2008 game, the Philadelphia Eagles released Brian Westbrook on Tuesday night (katchop)

Unlike Antwan Barnes of the Baltimore Ravens in this 2008 game, the Philadelphia Eagles released Brian Westbrook on Tuesday night (katchop)

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he called Westbrook with the news Tuesday morning. Reid said Westbrook should still have an opportunity to play for another team.

“Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is an even a better person and leader,” Reid said. “In my mind, there has not been a more versatile running back that the NFL has seen.”

Reid said he thinks Westbrook still wants to play.

LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 637 yards with four touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie, will become Philadelphia’s No. 1 running back.

“That’s who’s going to take the ball from here,” Reid said.

Original Photo lancasteronline

Olympic Bobsled Track Too Fast?

February 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

Several nations have expressed concerns over the speed of the bobsled track at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

The Japanese women's bobsleigh team crashes after a defective floor mat jammed their accelerator pedal (katchop)

The Japanese women's bobsleigh team crashes after a defective floor mat jammed their accelerator pedal (katchop)

Some teams voiced concerns about safety at a meeting Friday with race officials. The head of the Swiss team, Markus Wasser, said in an interview that high speeds and gravitational forces at the bottom of the track give pilots no time to correct driving errors.

The team withdrew driver Daniel Schmid for what it called “safety reasons” after two crashes in training. Swiss gold medal favorite Beat Hefti also withdrew from two-man with concussion following a crash on Wednesday.

For luge, speeds were slowed when the start was moved lower down the track after Kumarishtavili’s death on Feb. 12.

IOC president Jacques Rogge, in an interview with The Associated Press, promised Saturday to do “everything in my power” to prevent a repeat of the crash and said the International Olympic Committee will work with the luge federation to “take all the steps that might be needed” to avoid another tragedy at future games.

Original Photos Yahoo, atlaschrome

San Diego Chargers Cut LaDainian Tomlinson

February 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The San Diego Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday.

The San Diego Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson making the future Hall Of Famer an unrestricted free agent (katchop)

The San Diego Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson making him an unrestricted free agent (katchop)

The main thing for me now is to try to win a championship,” Tomlinson, 30, told SI..com.

“That’s my No. 1 goal. That’s why I still work hard and train like I do, because I still believe there’s a chance of winning that championship. So the next team I go to has to have a chance of winning a title. I can think of a few teams off the top of my head, but that’s what my agent is for. I’m sure he’s going to do some research, talk to some teams and present some options to me.”

Original Photos Chargers.com, pachd

Canada Mourns

February 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

The US defeated Canada last night in men’s hockey, and even though it was only a preliminary round game, many Canadians are taking it hard.

Martin Brodeur did not come up big last night for Canada (katchop)

Martin Brodeur did not come up big last night for Canada (katchop)

Canada could use a drink right about now.

What has already been a disappointing Olympics for Canada took perhaps its worst turn yet at Canada Hockey Place as the gold medal favorites, the team shouldering the hopes of a nation, lost to their hockey-indifferent neighbors to the south.

Hockey is king here. It trumps everything else going on at these Winter Games, which is why, a week before the gold medal will be decided, a preliminary game between the U.S. and Canada is the biggest event of these Olympics so far to many Canadians.

Original Photos CNN

Philadelphia Flyers Pondering Moves

February 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

Paul Holmgren, the Philadelphia Flyers GM, is contemplating making changes to the Flyer’s roster.

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is considering changes to the Flyers' roster, including signing Olympic figure skater Mike Weir who Holmgren calls "a natural fit for our locker room" (katchop)

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is considering changes to the Flyers' roster, including signing Olympic figure skater Mike Weir who Holmgren feels "would be a natural fit in our locker room" (katchop)

Everyone seems to be paying attention to the Winter Olympics, but one man in South Jersey might have other things on his mind. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has just 10 days to make a big decision: Does he stay with what he has in the goaltending position or try to make a deal by the March 3 NHL trade deadline?

It won’t be an easy verdict.

For one thing, he put a lot of faith in the signing of free agent Ray Emery this season and so far it hasn’t really worked out. Emery already sat out a month after abdominal surgery and now he’s in the middle of another month off for a left hip injury which will eventually need surgery, sooner or later.

Giving up on Emery would be admitting the signing was kind of a mistake in the first place.

Original Photos Daylife, sulekha

UK Olympian’s Aerodynamic Advantage?

February 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

Amy Williams won a gold medal in the skeleton for Great Britain in Vancouver that the US and Canada have protested.

Canada and the US have protested Great Britain's Amy Williams gold medal in the Skeleton in Vancouver, claiming that the Olympian's helmet gave her an unfair aerodynamic advantage (katchop)

Canada and the US have protested Great Britain's Amy Williams gold medal in the Skeleton in Vancouver, claiming that the Olympian's helmet gave her an unfair aerodynamic advantage (katchop)

How did someone who hadn’t placed above fourth in any World Cup events this season suddenly vault to the top of the Olympic podium? According to protests from the United States and Canada, it was her helmet.

The U.S. filed two protests and Canada filed one with the International Federation of Bobsleigh and Tobogganing, the governing body that oversees skeleton. The two countries claimed that ridges on Williams’ helmet didn’t conform to aerodynamic standards set by the FIBT.

Original Photos Yahoo, wikimedia

Nate Robinson Officially Becomes A Leprechaun

February 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Boston Celtics have acquired slam dunk champ Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks.

Nate Robinson officially is a leprechaun after the New York Knicks traded the slam dunk champion to the Boston Celtics (katchop)

Nate Robinson officially is a leprechaun after the New York Knicks traded the slam dunk champion to the Boston Celtics (katchop)

I’m sad to see Eddie go,’’ Allen said. “He was a brother of ours. We won a championship together, so we’ll be forever connected. My heart goes out to him because I know he really wanted to be here and help us do what we were trying to set out and do, win a championship this year.’’

The atmosphere in the locker room once the trade deadline passes isn’t terribly different from any other day. But the relief is there.

“As a player, you feel a little more comfortable knowing you’re here for the rest of the season,’’ said Davis. “You’re not getting traded to another team, you’ve just got to keep playing, staying focused on what we have to do, staying focused on the main goal.’’

Said Allen, “We were saying how it’s a lot of guys in grocery carts this past month, because a couple of us have been shopped left and right.’’

Original Photos leprechaunsofireland, nyc3432

Shani Davis Is Fast

February 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

Shani Davis won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver by skating in circles really fast.

Disaster was averted in Vancouver for speed skating gold medal winner Shani Davis when his emergency parachute deployed at the end of the 1,000 meter event (katchop)

Disaster was averted in Vancouver for speed skater Shani Davis when the gold medal winner's emergency parachute deployed at the end of the 1,000 meter event (katchop)

Davis, in fact, became the first long-tracker in Olympic history to win back-to-back 1,000s but, unlike his command performance in Turin four years ago, this one had a high degree of difficulty. Skating in the last lap — and before a crowd that included comedian Steven Colbert, IOC president Jacques Rogge, VANOC president John Furlong and Premier Gordon Campbell — Davis trailed eventual silver medallist Tae-Bum Mo from Korea by a quarter of a second after the first split, but made up the difference with the second-fastest final lap of the competition.

He would win the gold by 18/100ths of a second with a time of 1:08.94, more than 3.5 seconds slower than his world-record time as the Richmond facility again lived up to its Slowval nickname.

Original Photos Quartermilestones, Yahoo

Lakers Keep Winning Without Kobe Bryant

February 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers might be injured, but the Lakers still keep winning.

Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers have found winning to be pretty easy without Kobe Bryant (katchop)

Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers have found winning without Kobe Bryant to be so easy that even.. ah never mind (katchop)

Brown made his third start and had his first career double-double, scoring eight points in the final 1:13 while Bryant sat out his fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.

The defending NBA champions have won all four games they’ve played without Bryant, who also was unable to play in the All-Star game.

Four different players have led the Lakers in scoring during his absence, including Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, who had 18 rebounds and eight points against the Warriors.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, blahblahblah.beloblog.com

Brandon Jennings Is Not Bipolar

February 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings says he was joking when he tweeted that he was bipolar.

Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks says that he's not bipolar, but his hair is (katchop)

Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks says that he's not bipolar, but his hair might be (katchop)

Brandon Jennings this afternoon said he was just joking around on twitter about being bipolar, “Didn’t have to write an article about it.” Welcome to the world of celebrity, Mr. Jennings. Look, we’ve all made the “I’m bipolar” joke with friends and loved ones when we’re in a mood, but if you do it on twitter, it comes off differently. No harm done, but you have to be a little careful about what you put out there.

Original Photo NBA.com

Bumpy Daytona 500

February 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NASCAR

The Daytona 500 was won by Jamie McMurray in a race delayed numerous times by potholes.

There are more people that know the Daytona 500 was delayed due to shockingly poor track conditions on Sunday than there are people who know what driver actually won the race (katchop)

There are more people that know the Daytona 500 was delayed due to shockingly poor track conditions on Sunday than there are people who know what driver actually won the race (katchop)

The dismal track conditions at Daytona have been the subject of conversation for years. Three years ago, the topic was hot, and then it cooled down like the slice of asphalt that came loose on Sunday, not once, but twice.

Was it embarrassing? Yes.

Could the fiasco have been avoided? Yes, had the speedway been paved three years ago when everyone was crying for it.

But we’re missing the point on why DIS officials should be embarrassed.

Why? Because they never fixed the pothole the first time on Sunday.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

Nate Robinson Wins Slam Dunk

February 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks won his 3rd NBA Slam Dunk Championship.

The New York Knicks' Nate Robinson is the NBA Slam Dunk Champion for the third time (katchop)

The New York Knicks' Nate Robinson is the NBA Slam Dunk Champion for the third time (katchop)

After bringing several Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on the court with him, Robinson’s final dunk came when he threw the ball off the backboard, grabbed it and turned midair for a two-handed backward slam.

“The best thing I brought with me, the Dallas cheerleaders of course,” Robinson said. “I asked if they could help me out with the dunk. They did their job and I did mine.”

While not using the cheerleaders as props—“They’re way too beautiful for that,” he said—Robinson celebrated his final dunk by grabbing a pair of silver and blue pompoms from one of them and waving them in the air.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs Need A Break

February 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Colton Orr and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs are happy to have time off for the Winter Olympics.

Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs casts a big shadow amongst the tough guys of the NHL (katchop)

Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs casts a big shadow amongst the tough guys of the NHL (katchop)

Maybe our minds weren’t where they should be,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said, referring to the 11-day Olympic break, which begins Saturday. “We made some bad mistakes. The defence left the front of the net on all four goals.

“We made it easy for them.”

At the morning skate, Wilson warned about a mental letdown but felt his club, revamped by the trades, was beyond that. He also said there was a fresh attitude on the team, and the players “wanted to go into the break feeling good about themselves.”

So it was disappointing to the coach and his troops when they fell completely apart in the second period, looking anything but the team that improved its own-zone play since the trades.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

Tim Lincecum, SF Giants Avoid Arbitration

February 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants have reached a 2 year deal worth 23 million with Tim Lincecum.

Tim Lincecum agreed on a 2 year deal with the San Francisco Giants, with the contract containing provisions such as a coffin for all road trips and no non-dome day games (katchop)

Tim Lincecum agreed on a 2 year deal with the San Francisco Giants, with the contract containing provisions such as a coffin for all road trips and no non-dome day games (katchop)

Lincecum will have two years of arbitration eligibility remaining when the two-year, $23 million deal he agreed to Friday expires after the 2011 season. So in a sense, the Giants will face the same predicament they confronted this year: Do they risk taking Lincecum to arbitration and paying him an enormous sum on a one-year contract if they lose the case? Or do they attempt to sign Lincecum to a longer multiyear pact which might pay him less on an annual basis but still represents a sizable financial commitment.

From Lincecum’s perspective, he can’t lose. By contrast, the Giants have some thinking to do.

Original Photo Day Life

Troy Polamalu’s Biggest Hit?

February 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu received a lot of attention while starring in a TruTV Super Bowl commercial.

Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers was a big hit as Punxsutawney Polamalu in a TruTV commercial during the Super Bowl, even though the version with a midget Britney Spears was not aired (katchop)

Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers was a big hit as Punxsutawney Polamalu in a TruTV commercial during the Super Bowl, even if the version with a midget Britney Spears was not aired (katchop)

TruTV, part of Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System, was named best rookie Super Bowl advertiser by The Wall Street Journal. The 2-year-old cable channel, which used to be Court TV,  depicted Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu as the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

Original Photos YouTube, contactmusicviralclip

Milan Lucic Will Eat Your Children

February 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Maybe not eat them, but if your kid plays for the Buffalo Sabres and they are playing the Boston Bruins, there is a good chance that  Milan Lucic might smack them around a little bit.

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins gets ready to fight Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres, who might have soiled his hockey pants (katchop)

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins gets ready to fight Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres, who might have soiled his hockey pants (katchop)

Although he gave up some size, Mair came out strong landing a few hard left hands on Lucic who responded toward the end of the bout. What’s more impressive is that Mair had broken his nose a few days earlier in Columbus and I don’t many athletes who would have willingly exchanged punches with someone as dangerous as Lucic in such a condition.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, ScientificAmerican

Have The New Orleans Saints Built An Empire?

February 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

It might be a little premature, but some people are talking about a dynasty in New Orleans for the Saints.

The Saints winning the Super Bowl has changed the look of New Orleans (katchop)

The Saints winning the Super Bowl has changed the look of New Orleans (katchop)

Over the next couple weeks, the Saints will ensure that centerpiece Drew Brees finishes his career in New Orleans by giving him a very large contract extension. Whenever the time is right, they’ll also do the same with head coach Sean Payton and make sure that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is happy where he’s at in order to keep their two playcallers intact for years to come as well.

With those three vital pieces in place, the Saints could challenge for multiple Super Bowls and not be a one-year wonder. Continuity breeds success and considering they have a family-like atmosphere in their locker room, the team won’t have a hard sell on its hands in trying to bring free agents like Darren Sharper back to New Orleans next season.

Original Photos jonesindustrialservice, dunceupounatime, vegatransports

Brandon Prust Is Always Willing

February 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Newly acquired form the Calgary Flames, Brandon Prust of the New York Rangers has been dropping the gloves against much bigger players in his first few games with New York.

Brandon Prust of the New York Rangers hold his own against larger opponents like the New Jersey Devils' Andrew Peters (katchop)

Brandon Prust of the New York Rangers holds his own against larger opponents like the New Jersey Devils' Andrew Peters (katchop)

The first period featured two bouts between Brandon Prust, the Rangers’ new enforcer, and Devils left wing Andrew Peters.

Peters held off the smaller Prust in their first go-round at 3:40, but Prust knocked Peters to the ice at 12:41. But as Peters went down, his skate came up and grazed Prust’s forehead. Peters wound up with an extra 10 minutes for misconduct for their second fight, but Prust said it was actually a punch to his ear that made him react in pain.

“I don’t know why he wanted to go again,” said the 5-foot-11 Prust, who has 21 fighting majors this season, including three with the Rangers since being acquired from the Flames on Tuesday. “Maybe he was not happy with the first one. I’m not going to back down.”

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, photobucket, flickr

New Orleans Saints Win Super Bowl XLIV

February 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Tracy Porter of the New Orleans Saints intercepted Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts to seal the Saints first Super Bowl victory. Drew Brees won the MVP.

Tracy Porter of the New Orleans Saints returns an intercepted Peyton Manning pass for a touchdown that sealed the deal against the Indianapolis Colts (katchop)

Tracy Porter of the New Orleans Saints returns an intercepted Peyton Manning pass for a touchdown that sealed the deal against the Indianapolis Colts (katchop)

Drew Brees, who believes it was his “calling” to sign with the Saints after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, lifted his team with a passing performance for the ages. He tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, hitting 32 of 39 for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the MVP.

The Saints trailed after the first quarter, 10-0, but they took over and finished with a flurry, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown catch by former Giant Jeremy Shockey and a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tracy Porter.

Porter’s interception came with 3:12 to play, Manning’s only bad throw of the night. Under pressure, he threw for Reggie Wayne on a short curl, only 31 yards from a potential game-tying touchdown, but he didn’t see Porter. The young cornerback jumped the route and took it to the house, igniting Who Dat Nation.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, ballhype

Has LeBron James Decided?

February 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Is it possible that LeBron James is considering leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after this season.. for the New Jersey Nets? It seems far fetched, but some think James might be sending signals that the Nets could be his choice.

The Cleveland Cavaliers may lose LeBron James in the off-season, with impending New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov expected to attempt to lure James with a max contract and millions more in European endorsement deals (katchop)

The Cleveland Cavaliers may lose LeBron James in the off-season, with impending New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov expected to attempt to lure James with a max contract and millions more in European endorsement deals (katchop)

James is a noted “fan” and close personal friend of UK freshman John Wall, the near-unanimous first overall pick projection. Wall is considered a franchise-type player and whoever lands that player will have a fantastic point guard that they can build around. But the James-Wall connection leads itself to a pretty interesting notion if you step back and see the big picture.

The New Jersey Nets are a near-mathematical lock for the No. 1 spot in the lottery. That only leaves them with a 25 percent chance of landing Wall, but that’s still a better chance than any other team in the league will have. So let’s say the Nets do in fact land Wall, which makes Devin Harris superfluous. The Nets will then have one of the best players to come out of college in the last five years (some consider him the best), oodles and oodles of cap space, a starting-caliber point guard to trade, and cap room beyond belief. The Nets will likely be in New Jersey until 2012, when they will move to the new Barclays center in Brooklyn, making it instantly one of the most marketable teams in the league. You’re seeing this, because you saw it when you read the headline.

New Jersey: Wall: LeBron: Brooklyn.

Original Photos photobucket, zimbio

Colts’ Clint Session Gets A Haircut

February 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

LB Clint Session of the Indianapolis Colts got a haircut.

Clint Session of the Indianapolis Colts shows off his old school haircut while he kids and plays with the Super Bowl media (katchop)

Clint Session of the Indianapolis Colts shows off his old school haircut while he kids and plays with the Super Bowl media (katchop)

A new ‘do didn’t mean an absolute narrow strip of hair down the center like reserve linebacker Freddy Keiaho had done before the playoffs began.

“This is a mohawk,” Session said of his thicker patch, which looks more like an eraser-top cut. “It’s not one of those vintage mohawks like Mr. T, but it’s got a little modern bling to it.”

They strolled into Kenny’s Barber Shop, 3746 Lafayette Road, on Sunday night and Bullitt got creative when he took the chair first.

“I jazzed mine up a little bit with three little slits in the back on each side for 33,” he said of his jersey number. “It was something we said we’d do and we stuck to it.”

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, wikimedia

Mario Lemieux Not Buying Pittsburgh Pirates

February 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Current Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux was unable to purchase a controlling interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux will not be able to see his dream batting order for the Pittsburgh Pirates that would have featured Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (katchop)

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux will not be able to see his dream batting order for the Pittsburgh Pirates that would have featured Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (katchop)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported Saturday that Lemieux and Burkle made an unsolicited proposal for the Pirates four months ago—one that was substantial and serious, a person with knowledge of the offer told The Associated Press.

Previously, Nutting turned aside several sale overtures made by Pittsburgh lawyer Chuck Greenberg, who subsequently teamed with Nolan Ryan to purchase the Texas Rangers in a deal completed last week.

Several years ago, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also was rebuffed in efforts to buy the team.

Nutting gave all the interested parties the same answer: The Pirates aren’t for sale, and the discussions apparently went no further.

Original Photos z.about, Reuters, sulekha

Will Smith Talks About Peyton Manning

February 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints spoke regarding defensive coordinator Greg Williams’ comments about knocking Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts out of the Super Bowl.

Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints spoke about Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning, but he refused to speak about long-snapper DJ Jazzy Jeff (katchop)

Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints spoke about the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning, but he refused to speak about long snapper DJ Jazzy Jeff (katchop)

Smith totaled 13 sacks for New Orleans this season and will be the No. 1 guy in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ quest to see quarterback Peyton Manning exit Sunday’s game early. Williams told a radio audience last week that his Saints’ defense could take a few penalties if it meant seeing backup Curtis Painter in the game.

“I think it was misinterpreted,” Smith said of Williams’ remarks. “The guy asked him if he would talk to his players about hitting Peyton late, and he said he didn’t want to control his players from hitting him late. I think what he meant to say was he doesn’t want to stop guys from hitting the quarterback.

“Now, you hit him hard, sometimes the ref throws the flag, sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes referees throw flags on stuff where you fall and touch his legs.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, fanpop

NY Rangers Finally Trade For Olli Jokinen

February 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers completed a four player swap that the Vancouver Sun calls one of the more bizarre trades in Calgary Flames history.

Olli Jokinen, aka: the human bobble-head, was traded to the New York Rangers along with Brandon Prust while the Calgary Flames received Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik (katchop)

Olli Jokinen, aka: the human bobble-head, was traded to the New York Rangers along with Brandon Prust while the Calgary Flames received Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik (katchop)

Centre Olli Jokinen and gritty forward Brandon Prust both played in the 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers before being shipped to Broadway for forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik.

The trade was rumoured to be close to completion Sunday evening, just hours after the Flames sent defenceman Dion Phaneuf and forward Freddie Sjostrom to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a blockbuster deal that brought defenceman Ian White and forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan and Jamal Mayers to Calgary.

But the deal didn’t go through Monday morning, as many had predicted, and both Jokinen and Prust found themselves in the unusual position of having to play for the Flames against the Flyers despite knowing they would almost certainly be traded to another team after the game.

original photos Life, mtv3.fi

Rough Day For Shaquille O’Neal

February 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Shaquille O’Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers had a bad day on Monday. Still stung by the fact that he was left off the NBA All-Star team, today he was sued by a woman with whom he allegedly had a lengthy affair. The lawsuit came just hours after O’Neal was accused of sleeping with Gilbert Arenas’ fiancee.

If he was an actor in Tropic Thunder instead of playing on the the Cleveland Cavaliers, right now would be the time to tell  Shaquille O'Neal that you never go full retard (katchop)

If he was an actor in Tropic Thunder instead of playing on the the Cleveland Cavaliers, right now would be the time to tell Shaquille O'Neal that you never go full retard (katchop)

A 30-year-old Lake Mary woman has filed suit against NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, accusing him of harassing and cyberstalking her after she broke off their five-year extra-marital affair.

The suit, filed in state circuit court in Orlando, alleges that after Vanessa Lopez dumped O’Neal last summer, he called her at all hours of the day and night, had his 6-foot-6 sister call and threaten her, and spied on her by having someone hack into her cell phone and get access to voice mail and text messages.

“O’Neal’s conduct was outrageous; his conduct was beyond all bounds of decency, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society,” according to the suit, filed Jan. 12.

Original Photo spottheiser, flickr

Maple Leafs Acquire Dion Phaneuf, JS Giguere

February 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames, and in a separate move acquired Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames and Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks (katchop)

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames and Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks (katchop)

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their struggling club Sunday, acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf  from the Calgary Flames in a seven-player deal Sunday and swapping goalies with Anaheim to get Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Along with Phaneuf, Toronto received Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom from Calgary in exchange for Ian White , Matt Stajan, Nick Hagman and Jamal Mayers .

The Maple Leafs also traded goalie Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake to Anaheim for Giguere, who became an expensive backup after the Ducks signed No. 1 goalie Jonas Hiller to a four-year extension Saturday.

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