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NBA Winds Down Noche Latina

March 31, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA’s Noche Latina program came to an end last week with games in Phoenix and Chicago.

Tracy McGrady of the Nueva York Knicks distracts Jason Richardson of Phoenix Los Suns with his signature maraca trick during an NBA Noche Latina game last week (katchop)

Tracy McGrady of the Nueva York Knicks distracts Jason Richardson of Phoenix Los Suns with his signature maraca trick during an NBA Noche Latina game last week (katchop)

And about the only thing uglier than the Bulls‘ performance on a national stage was the sombrero and pancho TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley briefly wore courtside.

“Los Bulls are muy terrible,” Kenny Smith cracked during the TNT broadcast.

You don’t need a translator to understand the Heat’s 103-74 blowout victory makes the Bulls’ playoff aspirations muy difficult.

Original Photos Yahoo, lh4, maskworld

Legal Troubles Pile Up For Pittsburgh Steelers

March 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

As if the Pittsburgh Steelers dealing with the Ben Roethlisberger saga wasn’t enough, now comes news that Santonio Holmes may have assaulted a woman.

Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets pinched by a crab during an NFL game in Baltimore against the Ravens in 2009 (katchop)

Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets pinched by a crab during an NFL game in Baltimore against the Ravens in 2009 (katchop)

Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the team just learned about the allegation on Monday and was looking to gather more information.

The suit also alleged that Holmes and members of the Orlando police department pressured Mills not to press charges because of his standing as an NFL player. Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, offered money to Mills, the suit said.

The incident allegedly took place on March 7, two days after Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in Georgia.

Original Photos Life, flyingfishshops

Marc Savard Calls Matt Cooke Dirty

March 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Injured Boston Bruins center Marc Savard says the hit that Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins gave him was dirty.

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins has a history of questionable hits, such as this ugly incident in which Cooke injured a Dallas Stars Ice Girl just so he could be the one to collect the hats after a Sidney Crosby hat trick (katchop)

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins has a history of questionable hits, such as this ugly incident in which Cooke injured a Dallas Stars Ice Girl with an elbow to the head, just so he could be the one to collect the hats for Sidney Crosby after a hat trick (katchop)

To me, it was a shoulder and I watched the (Mike) Richards on (David) Booth hit,” Savard said before the Bruins faced the Calgary Flames. “I think that was a shoulder. … I think mine was more of an elbow, so I think there was an attempt to injure there.”

The hit was not penalized on the ice or upon review by the league. NHL vice president Colin Campbell decided Cooke used his shoulder, not his elbow.

“I was, obviously, very unhappy with what happened and I think it could have been avoided very easily,” Savard said.

Original Photos Faceoff.com, Life

JaMarcus Russell Eats

March 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Oakland Raiders are disappointed that JaMarcus Russell currently weighs 290 pounds.

290 pound JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders shows up at the first day of off-season workouts (katchop)

290 pound JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders shows up at the first day of off-season workouts (katchop)

Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell reportedly tipped the scales at 290 pounds when he reported for offseason workouts, according to ESPN.

This is Jared Lorenzen territory.

Russell weighed 271 pounds, according to one report, but that may have been about 19 pounds shy of his true girth.

The Oakland Raiders have been linked to Donovan McNabb in trade rumors. Russell’s lack of production and poor conditioning are two major reasons behind that interest.

Original Photos americansportsblog, perezfox

NJ Nets Avoid Record

March 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The New Jersey Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons on Friday night, giving them 9 wins on the year.

Brook Lopez, Devin Harris and the rest of the NJ Nets unsuccessfully attempt to stop a Houston Rockets Power Dancer after the Nets felt her halftime routine ran too long (katchop)

Brook Lopez, Devin Harris and the rest of the NJ Nets unsuccessfully attempt to stop a Houston Rockets Power Dancer earlier this year, after the Nets felt her halftime routine ran too long (katchop)

The New Jersey Nets eliminated any chance of finishing with the worst record in NBA history, beating the Detroit Pistons 115-107 on Friday night.

Brook Lopez had a career-high 37 points and Yi Jianlian had a career-best 31 to lead the Nets to their ninth win. For the first time this season, the Nets have won two consecutive games.

Even if New Jersey (9-63) loses its final 10 games, it can do no worse than tie the league mark for the worst record (9-72), set by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73. Hey, and that’s not the worst.

Original Photos Yahoo, Yahoo

Donovan McNabb Trade Rumors

March 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles seems likely to be traded, and multiple teams are alleged to have interest in the QB.

The Philadelphia Eagles are about to trade Donovan McNabb to the Oakland Raiders. Or the Buffalo Bills. Or the St Louis Rams. (katchop)

The Philadelphia Eagles are about to trade Donovan McNabb to the Oakland Raiders. Or the Buffalo Bills. Or the St Louis Rams. (katchop)

A person familiar with trade discussions involving McNabb told the Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles will only consider a deal for the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback if it includes a pick among the top 42 in next month’s NFL draft.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team doesn’t comment on potential trades.

After months of saying McNabb would return for another year, Eagles coach Andy Reid acknowledged Wednesday he was listening to offers for McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

Oakland, Buffalo and St. Louis are considered to be most interested in McNabb. Each team has two picks in the top 42.

Original Photos FansEdge

Washington Capitals Talk Steroids

March 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Several members of the Washington Capitals have been interviewed as part of a steroid investigation.

Several members of the Washington Capitals were interviewed by authorities after their chiropractor was arrested for receiving shipments of steroids (katchop)

Several members of the Washington Capitals were interviewed by authorities after their chiropractor was arrested for receiving shipments of steroids (katchop)

Douglas O. Nagel, 50, of Reston, was arrested Tuesday morning in Virginia and charged by Florida authorities with seven counts of soliciting to deliver a controlled substance, specifically steroids.

The Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office alleges that Nagel received regular shipments of steroids, including testosterone and nandrolone, from Richard Andrew Thomas of Lakeland, Fla. Thomas has since pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing steroids with intent to sell. He awaits sentencing.

According to an affidavit, Thomas told police that Nagel boasted about supplying steroids to members of the Capitals and Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.

Original Photo SBNation

Amar’e Stoudemire ‘Elevates And Detonates’

March 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Amar’e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns is feeling frisky these days.

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns turned into the Hulk moments before he dunked on Anthony Tolliver of the Golden State Warriors (katchop)

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns turned into the Hulk moments before he dunked on Anthony Tolliver of the Golden State Warriors (katchop)

Let’s clear the air on this. I concur with Aldridge: “Holy s—.” Plenty comes into play with this dunk to get this reaction from the masses, and not only because of the devastating finish and the PHX pop at the end. No, much of the awe comes from the notion everyone except for poor Anthony Tolliver knows it’s coming. This was no sucker punch. This was a telegraphed roundhouse that connects flush on the jaw and knocks everyone dead.

Original Photos Yahoo, Photobucket

Jimmie Johnson Wins Food City 500

March 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson won his 1st  race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his 50th overall.

Jimmie Johnson used a recalled Toyota Prius to win for the 1st time at Bristol Motor Speedway (katchop)

Jimmie Johnson used a recalled Toyota Prius to win for the 1st time at Bristol Motor Speedway (katchop)

Man, we have worked so hard for this,” Johnson said in Victory Lane. “I thought we were in trouble there, but those four tires were everything, and I was in the outside lane [for the restart], which was helpful. About time, man. I’m so proud of this team. I am so proud of us setting a mark and going at it and accomplishing what we wanted to.

“We’ve been off here over the years. We focused on what we needed to do and got it done [Sunday].”

Johnson also fired a shot across the bow of fellow competitors who might think the No. 48 Chevrolet team is peaking early.

“Well, we have a lot of racing left — there is no doubt about it,” he said. “But when we’re winning at tracks we aren’t supposed to, the boys better look out — even that No. 2 car [Busch] that doesn’t want the No. 48 to win.”

Original Photos Fox Sports, allworldcars

Northern Iowa Bracket Busters

March 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NCAA

Northern Iowa  shocked the world by defeating Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

Marcus Morris of Kansas was upset that his team lost in an upset to Norther Iowa, but he was also devastated that it  meant that the hours he spent on his NCAA bracket sheet were now a waste (katchop)

Marcus Morris of Kansas was sad that his team lost in an upset to Northern Iowa, but he was devastated that it also meant that the hours he spent on his NCAA bracket sheet were now a waste (katchop)

The biggest upset in a tournament full of them was done. Northern Iowa had taken down mighty Kansas.

Playing with poise down the stretch and getting another big 3-pointer from Farokhmanesh, Northern Iowa pulled off one of the biggest NCAA upsets in years by knocking No. 1 overall seed Kansas from the bracket with a program-defining 69-67 win on Saturday.

“If anybody’s going to shoot that shot, I want it to be Ali,” UNI’s Jake Koch said.

This year’s NCAA tournament has been defined by its upsets. Eight double-digit seeds got through the first round. No. 10 Saint Mary’s beat Villanova on Saturday and No. 11 Washington shoved aside New Mexico.

This was the biggest shocker of all.

Original Photo DailyNews

Ron Washington Goes Green

March 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

In addition to cocaine, Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington also liked pot and amphetamines.

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, takes a break during the 7th inning stretch (katchop)

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, takes a break during the 7th inning stretch (katchop)

In recent days, it was revealed that Washington tested positive for cocaine last year. This, Washington said, was the only time he had used the drug. Later, Washington admitted that he had used amphetamines and marijuana during his playing days.

The cocaine episode, coming from a Major League manager, was a major lapse in judgment. But the revelation about amphetamine use by someone who played in the ’80s? It would have been bigger news if he had said that he had NOT used amphetamines. “Beaning up,” was a pervasive part of the baseball culture then, and anyone who says otherwise is defying the truth or was not there.

Original Photos Yahoo, drbongs

NBA Goes Latin

March 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA has been celebrating it’s Noche Latina event this month.

The NBA is celebrating it's Latin players and fans this month (katchop)

The NBA is celebrating it's Latin players and fans this month (katchop)

The NBA has one of the largest and fastest-growing Hispanic fan bases in U.S. professional sports, and we want to continue building their interest in the game through participation, programming and events,” said Saskia Sorrosa, Sr. Director of Marketing for the NBA. “This initiative celebrates the NBA’s unique and dynamic fan base with a focus on our Spanish-speaking communities.”

Noche Latina, first launched during the 2006-07 season, will feature celebratory uniforms developed in conjunction with La Agencia de Orci & Asociados, a U.S. Hispanic agency, to display the team name as spoken by the Latino population. Rather than translating the team names literally, market research concluded that Spanish-speakers in the U.S. refer to them differently. The Miami Heat, for example, is called “El Heat”; the San Antonio Spurs are “Los Spurs.” Noche Latina uniforms were carefully selected based on the uniforms that had the most affinity within the Hispanic population.

Original Photos NBA, sportige

Rangers Manager Tested Positive For Cocaine

March 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted to using cocaine during the 2009 MLB season.

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, fantasizes about the 1st base foul line (katchop)

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, often fantasizes about the 1st base foul line (katchop)

It is not surprising that the Rangers gave manager Ron Washington a second chance after he tested positive for cocaine last year. This is the land of second chances, and the organization has no more shining example of what the best use of second opportunities can produce than in the case of Josh Hamilton.

But now that the story of Washington’s failed drug test is public, the question is how long the Rangers can afford to stand behind their man.

My guess? Not very long.

Original Photo Yahoo

New York Rangers Captain Angry

March 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Chris Drury criticized his New York Ranger teammates after a loss to the Montreal Canadians, calling his teammates immature.

Brandon Dubinski of the New York Rangers attempts to regain control of his rocking horse and avoid a collision with Montreal Canadians' goalie Jaroslav Halak (katchop)

Brandon Dubinski of the New York Rangers attempts to regain control of his rocking horse and avoid a collision with Montreal Canadians' goalie Jaroslav Halak (katchop)

Their 3-1 Garden loss to the Montreal Canadiens pushes them three points back of Boston at the playoff cut line, following the Bruins’ victory Tuesday night in Raleigh.

And it all had their mild-mannered captain thoroughly steamed afterward and telling his team it had better “grow up” or go home.

“It’s immaturity,” Chris Drury told the Daily News, speaking of why his Rangers tend to lose ground almost as soon as they’ve gained it. “That’s what it’s been all year. Simple answer.”

The remedy? “Grow up fast or you’re gonna be watching a lot of playoff hockey in 12 or 13 games, or whatever the hell we have left.”

Original Photos Yahoo, revilotoys

Is Alex Ovechkin Evil?

March 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL suspended Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for 2 games.

Some people think that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is Satan (katchop)

Some people think that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is Satan (katchop)

With the league still reverberating from Matt Cooke’s completely unpunished cheap shot on Marc Savard, you now have a plainly illegal yet clearly less dastardly hockey crime dealt a game misconduct and two-game ban.

Another Cooke-like rat, Tampa’s Steve Downie, tried to put a figure-four leglock on Sidney Crosby on the same day Ovechkin hit Campbell, and walked away scot-free. In another game, Islander tough guy Matt Martin drilled Dion Phaneuf face-first into the ledge along the boards from behind with no puck in sight after he and his teammates had vowed to get even with Phaneuf for an incident earlier in the season. Martin’s punishment? A two-minute penalty.

But they got Ovechkin, a guy who stands up for himself and requires no goon for backup.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

Robert De Niro As Lombardi

March 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Robert De Niro is taking on a role as Green Bay Packer great Vince Lombardi.

Robert De Niro will play Green Bay Packer icon Vince Lombardi in a new film (katchop)

Robert De Niro will play Green Bay Packer icon Vince Lombardi in a new film (katchop)

Robert De Niro is set to play Vince Lombardi in an upcoming movie.

ESPN announced Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actor has agreed to play the Hall of Fame coach in the film it is developing with Andell Entertainment and the NFL.

“Lombardi” will chronicle the years in which he transformed the Green Bay Packers from the NFL’s worst team to league champions. It is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2012 during the weekend between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.

Original Photos askmen, britannica


Same Old Story For NY Mets

March 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Mets continue to have injury problems.

NY Mets manager Jerry Manuel is employing new motivational techniques this season to get his players to fight through injuries (katchop)

NY Mets manager Jerry Manuel is employing new motivational techniques this season to get his players to fight through injuries (katchop)

So now that Jose Reyes is likely to be keeping Carlos Beltran company on the disabled list when the season opens, the result of his mysterious thyroid problem, you want to say the Mets are simply a cursed franchise these days.

Certainly it felt like that here at the club’s spring training complex yesterday as word spread that Reyes’ elevated thyroid hormone levels will sideline him for two to eight weeks, during which he can’t do anything strenuous that would raise his heart rate.

As one Mets person said, “This nightmare can’t be happening again.”

Original Photos Yahoo, ecoles, betterbuysports

Pacquiao Beats Clottey

March 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL, Other

Manny Pacquiao threw 1,231 punches and beat Joshua Clottey in Jerry Jones’ gazillion dollar stadium.

Because of the Manny Pacquiao - Joshua Clottey fight, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has had to make several public appearances despite not having undergone his annual off-season facial reconstruction (katchop)

Because of the Manny Pacquiao - Joshua Clottey fight, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has had to make several public appearances... despite not yet having undergone his annual off-season facial reconstruction (katchop)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has always been one of the boldest and most innovative risk takers in the NFL. His latest high-stakes gamble is the new Cowboys Stadium, a $1.2 billion palace in Arlington, Tex.

Arum and Jones, two of the shrewdest men in their professions, have teamed up to stage a 12-round welterweight match between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night.

Arum and Jones have underlying motives for holding this fight at Cowboys Stadium, which will be scaled down to 45,000 fans with the lowest price ticket being $20. Jones wants to showcase his stadium as a sports and entertainment mecca. Last month it was the site of the NBA All-Star game. Next year Cowboys Stadium will host the Super Bowl and, in 2012, it will be the site for the NCAA Final Four.

Original Photo boxingscene

A Vote For Katchop Is A Vote Against Evil

March 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

So yours truly is in a photoshop contest run by the always amusing Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. The premise was to alter a photo of Sidney Crosby celebrating his gold medal winning goal for Canada in Vancouver.

To vote for Katchop click this and select: Crosby & Women’s Team (Kyle L).

Here is our entry

. Sidney Crosby celebrates with teammates after Canada won the gold medal in women's hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (katchop)

Sidney Crosby celebrates with teammates after Canada won the gold medal in women's hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (katchop)

If you can spare a few seconds, I could use the vote. Plus, there are a bunch of funny entries, so it’s well worth a click.

Thanks

Katchop

Atlanta Thrashers Recall Chris Chelios

March 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

48 year old Chris Chelios was recalled by the Atlanta Thrashers from their minor league club, making him the second oldest player in NHL history.

Chris Chelios became the second oldest player in NHL history when the Atlanta Thrashers recalled the 48 year old defenseman (katchop)

Chris Chelios became the second oldest player in NHL history when the Atlanta Thrashers recalled the 48 year old defenseman (katchop)

I don’t know,” Chelios said when asked why he keeps playing. “Our teams, Detroit especially the last 10 years, we had a lot of success. Not being able to crack that lineup, there were a lot of other teams I thought I could help. And then things have gone very well in [AHL] Chicago with the Wolves.

“I’m just lucky to have an opportunity and I want to make the best of it. Obviously the goal here is to make the playoffs and hopefully I can help them.”

Original Photos hockeydraft.ca, media.canada.com,wikipedia

Steelers Not Happy With Roethlisberger

March 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers are upest with Ben Roethlisberger for not acting like the face of the organization.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are upset with Ben Roethlisberger for tainting the team's image (katchop)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are angry with Ben Roethlisberger for tainting the team's image (katchop)

If Ben Roethlisberger is charged, I think the Pittsburgh Steelers should cut him.

Now before you shove “innocent until proven guilty” at me, let me explain. A lot.

First, that is in a court of law. The Steelers run a football team. A very public organization that is considered the pride of its city and region. The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback is the face of that team. His public standing is very important to the image and representation of the organization. If his image is greatly damaged, then they may need to get rid of him. Even if the jury verdict is innocent.

And ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the team is furious Roethlisberger put himself in this position.

Original Photo mybearsandblackhawks

Aroldis Chapman Lives Up to Hype

March 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Cincinnati Reds were pleased with the debut of Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman.

The Cincinnati Red were very happy with the debut of pitcher Aroldis Chapman, especially his mechanics (katchop)

The Cincinnati Reds were very happy with the debut of pitcher Aroldis Chapman, especially his mechanics (katchop)

Chapman flashed a dominant fastball which sat at 96-97 mph and had good, late life. He topped out at 100 mph on a called third strike to Royals’ second baseman Chris Getz. Chapman struggled to command a 91-92 mph cut fastball that had average movement, and at times he showed a plus slider at 86-87 mph. He only threw one changeup, but had good arm speed on the pitch.

Overall, Chapman lived up to his billing as a future ace and made a strong opening bid to win a spot in the Reds rotation. He certainly impressed manager Dusty Baker, who praised Chapman’s combination of velocity and command.

Original Photos Daylife, lucasfrancisstudio

Ben Roethlisberger Bad For Business?

March 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is learning that his involvement in multiple rape allegations may cost him endorsements.

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is having a bad off-season due to rape allegations (katchop)

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is having a bad off-season due to rape allegations (katchop)

It’s just very concerning,” Ballou told USA TODAY on Monday. “Ben is a single guy. He has every right to be out doing what he’s doing. But when you’re the quarterback of any team, especially the Steelers, you have to take extra measures.”

For the time being, PLB will continue its relationship with the two-time Super Bowl winner.

“Obviously, this is very concerning for all parties. This is the second time this has come out,” said Ballou, whose company markets sponsored foods, cereals and condiments from endorsers such as Roethlisberger, Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox and NFL free agent receiver Terrell Owens.

“We’ll let due process take its course. … I’m not defending Ben, and I’m not going to cast judgment. It’s just unfortunate, extremely unfortunate.

Original Photo paraorkut

The Chicago Bears Are Spenders

March 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Chicago Bears are spending big money this off-season, and so is new DE Julius Peppers.

The Chicago Bears are taking advantage of an uncapped year for the NFL, and have signed every single available free agent player. (katchop)

The Chicago Bears are taking advantage of an uncapped year for the NFL, and have signed every single available free agent player. (katchop)

The new Bears defensive end purchased 25 bottles of Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne ($350 per bottle) at the River North club and had them distributed by staff around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday — complete with sparklers. The crowd was told it was Peppers’ way of saying thanks for the warm welcome.

Peppers, who signed a six-year, $91.5 million deal with the Bears Friday, celebrated his first night in Chicago as a Bear with two other people in a roped off area and ordered three bottles of Ace of Spades Rose for his table.

Original Photos celebritymooch, guim.uk

Johnny Damon To Cease Grooming

March 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

New Detroit Tiger Johnny Damon is bringing back the beard.

Johnny Damon of the Detroit Tigers stopped shaving 3 days ago (katchop)

Johnny Damon of the Detroit Tigers stopped shaving 3 days ago, and the results have been dramatic (katchop)

Johnny Damon could re-grow the beard he was famous for during his tenure with the Red Sox. Damon, who signed with the Tigers last month, wasn’t allowed to grow one while with the Yankees.

“You will probably see the beard, but it might take the whole season for the hair to grow back”

Original Photos Yahoo, gigwise

Courting LeBron James

March 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept through New York and New Jersey earlier this week, leaving a wake of speculation behind him.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat both the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks this week, with both fan bases begging him to sign with NY in July (katchop)

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat both the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks this week, leaving both fan bases dreaming of him signing with their teams in July (katchop)

For those keeping score, the jersey change means James is staying in Cleveland; the Jay-Z concert means he is coming to New York; and the commentary by the disgruntled Nets guard means nothing discernible, but may mean that James will not sign with the Nets.

Amid all of this winking, nodding and subtle plotting, James found time to rout the Knicks and Nets, presumably his two greatest suitors in July.

Original Photos lebronjamesdunks.net zimbio

Milan Lucic Debates Colton Orr

March 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, and Milan Lucic played patty-cakes with Colton Orr.

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice after an accident in which he repeatedly ran into the fist of the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr. (katchop)

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice after an accident in which he repeatedly ran into the fists of the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr. (katchop)

The Bruins are showing they’ve got fight left in them. Milan Lucic dropped ‘em in a prolonged bout with Toronto enforcer Colton Orr and there was a second fight on the ensuing faceoff between Shawn Thornton and Wayne Primeau. Looch got a few shots in, but wanted no part of Orr by the end of his particular brawl. That’s a good sign for Boston’s fortunes against a not-ready-for-prime-time Leafs team tonight.

Lucic looked stunned in the middle of that fight with Orr, and was backing away from him by the end of the brawl. You have to wonder if he might have hurt himself when he skated straight to the dressing room after the fight. It could be something, or it could be nothing. We’ll have to see in the second period, but he looked like he was waiting for the refs to break it up by the end of the brawl.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

NY Rangers Surviving Without Marian Gaborik

March 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf, NHL

The New York Rangers may have been without Marian Gaborik lately, but to the surprise of many they’ve actually been able to win.

The New York Rangers are surprising everyone, including themselves, by being able to win some games without Marian Gaborik (katchop)

The New York Rangers are surprising everyone, including themselves, by being able to win some games without Marian Gaborik (katchop)

The Rangers, tied with Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, may not have Gaborik as they seek a fourth consecutive win.

The right wing, who leads the team with 35 goals and 69 points, has missed three of four games due to a cut on his right knee suffered in a collision with teammate Henrik Lundqvist last month.

Gaborik, however, played through the injury during the Olympics and had four goals and one assist in seven games for Slovakia.

New York was able to overcome his absence Tuesday, getting two goals from Ryan Callahan in a 4-1 win over Ottawa. The right wing credited his third multi-goal game of the season to having played for the United States in the Olympics.

Original Photo sportsfanhome

NFL Combine Wraps Up

March 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL Combine concluded Tuesday, bringing an end to the NFL’s dog and pony show.

Marchshall Newhouse of Texas Christian participates in the "donut drill" at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis (katchop)

Marchshall Newhouse of Texas Christian participates in the "donut drill" at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis (katchop)

Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:
40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It’s kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It’s all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength — 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years…..

Original Photos Yahoo, scnowcommunity

NFL Combine Notes

March 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL Combine is in full swing, but sometimes scouts put too much emphasis on 40-yard dash times.

The NFL Combine is taking place in Indianapolis, with this year marking the first year that women were eligible to participate, though only TV personality Rosie O'Donnell received an invite (katchop)

The NFL Combine is taking place in Indianapolis, with this year marking the first year that women were eligible to participate, though only TV personality Rosie O'Donnell received an invite (katchop)

As for players who did not impress, Syracuse receiver Mike Williams was slower than expected (around 4.55), dropped multiple passes and had trouble keeping his balance. LSU star Brandon LaFell ran in the 4.6 range, failing to eliminate concerns about his deep speed. The comparisons of Texas receiver Jordan Shipley to New England’s Wes Welker will probably stop, as Shipley timed in the high 4.5′s.

However, receivers running 4.55 or higher in recent years have shown that it doesn’t prevent them from being a first-round pick or succeeding at the next level. Shipley can take a page from Austin Collie or Brian Hartline, selected 19 picks apart in the fourth round last year and now appearing to be keepers for the Colts and Dolphins, respectively, despite running in the mid-4.5′s a year ago. Shipley’s hands, routes and quickness after the catch still stand out on film.

Original Photos Yahoo, boxoffice

Canada Sweeps Hockey Gold, Crosby A Hero

March 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

Canada defeated the US 3-2 at the Winter Games in Vancouver, winning the gold medal on a Sidney Crosby overtime goal.

Sidney Crosby and his gold medal winning overtime goal made him a hero to Canadians, but it's his post game announcement and celebration that made him a hero to gay and lesbians worldwide (katchop)

Sidney Crosby's gold medal winning overtime goal made him a hero to Canadians, but it's his post game admission that made him a hero to gays and lesbians worldwide (katchop)

Every kid dreams of that opportunity,” Crosby said. “It could have been any other guy in that room. Obviously, being in Canada, that’s an opportunity of a lifetime, to play in the Olympics and try and win a gold medal. You dream of that moment 1,000 times growing up. For it to come true is pretty amazing.

“We didn’t want to have any regrets and that’s the way I wanted to go out.”

It was an incredible end to a game that saw Canada lead 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Toews — a revelation for Canada — and Corey Perry. The relentless Americans, the youngest team in the tournament, battled back to send it into overtime with just 24.4 seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise banging in a rebound behind Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo.

In the overtime, Canada dominated in the four-on-four play and it ended when Team Canada veteran Jarome Iginla passed the puck from the corner to Miller’s right to Crosby.

“I just tried to throw it at the net, I wasn’t really aiming for anything,” Crosby said. “I didn’t see it go in. I just heard everybody screaming.”

Original Photos Yahoo, thebeijinger


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