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NASCAR Surprises

February 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NASCAR

Jeff Gordan won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Everything was going just fine with Kasey Kahne's pit stop, right up until Blake Griffin tried to jump over his car.

Everything was going just fine with Kasey Kahne's pit stop, right up until Blake Griffin tried to jump over his car.

From The Seattle Times

Gordon passed Busch with eight laps left Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway and stretched his lead from there, ending his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winless streak at 66 races.

“It feels so amazing. I can’t tell you how amazing this feels,” said Gordon, a four-time series champion at NASCAR’s highest level. “It’s been a long time, I know, and I’m going to savor this one so much.”

PIR has been the place to end long winless streaks lately. Ryan Newman halted a 77-race checkerless streak at PIR in the spring and Carl Edwards stopped his run at 70 races without a victory in the fall.

Original Photos Yahoo, Yahoo

Capitals Flat At Home

February 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals were shut out by the New York Rangers 6-0 on Friday night.

Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals quickly learned that  Michael Sauer of the New York Rangers knows how to fight.

Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals quickly learned that Michael Sauer of the New York Rangers can be pretty scary when he fights.

From The Washington Post

Last night’s blowout loss to the Rangers was especially disconcerting considering the Capitals should have been well rested by faceoff. Players had two days off after completing their recent road trip, then practiced on Thursday, but the energy clearly was lacking for 60 minutes against New York.

Steve Eminger scored first at 5 minutes 56 seconds of the first period, and Erik Christensen followed with a goal at 14:47. By the time Christensen tallied his second goal at 4:19 in the second period on the power play, the Rangers were well on their way to a victory that moved them within four points of Washington for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Original Photos Yahoo, monstermask.net

Alternate Logo: St. Louis Cardinals

February 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The St. Louis Cardinals are in a tough spot after losing Adam Wainwright.

The St. Louis Cardinals have some holes this year.

The St. Louis Cardinals look like they are going to have some holes this year.

From columbiatribune.com

A month before the season opener, the St. Louis Cardinals have reached a fork in a well-traveled road.Adam Wainwright will require ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, with the procedure scheduled for Monday. Standard recovery from such surgery lasts 12 to 15 months.

“Not to be melodramatic, but you’re losing an ace,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said during a briefing at Roger Dean Stadium. “It’s not something you can just replace overnight. Some different people are going to have to step up.”

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Bye Bye Baron

February 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After seeing the news that he had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Baron Davis collapsed during last night's shoot around.

After seeing the news that he had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers during last night's shoot around, Baron Davis suddenly collapsed .

From SB Nation

Baron’s already struggled to stay motivated and in shape with the Clippers; what happens when he’s playing for the worst team in the league, a coach (Byron Scott) that he absolutely hated in New Orleans? I’m imagining a more spiteful version of Eddy Curry. Not just gaining weight and losing interest, but doing all of it to prove a point.

Baron’s revolution in Cleveland will not be televised, but here’s to hoping it will involve hot dogs on the bench, dozens of donut boxes decorating his locker, and lots and lots of on-court yawning.

Of course, he could just skip out on Cleveland altogether.

Ric Bucher said as much on ESPN:

“the big question for me right now is, will we see Baron Davis actually in a Cavaliers’ uniform? Because that ‘knee injury’ [air quotes] that caused him to sit out last night’s game, I could see that become a real serious issue

Original Photos lebasketbawl.com, kudzumaster, ambasketball

Shockey Out On The Street

February 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New Orleans Saints have released Jeremy Shockey.

Jeremy Shockey has been called a bum before, but now he's unemployed and homeless after getting released by the New Orleans Saints.

Jeremy Shockey has been called a bum before, but now he's unemployed and homeless after getting released by the New Orleans Saints.

From NOLA

I’d like to thank Jeremy for the contributions he made to our team during his time in New Orleans,” Saints GM Mickey Loomis said. “These decisions are never easy to make and we wish him the best in the future.” “Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans,” said Coach Sean Payton. “He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker, and we’re appreciative of his efforts.

Original Photos Life, freerangetalk

Carmelo Heads East

February 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

In case you haven’t heard, Carmelo Anthony is now a member of the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks fans are pretty excited about welcoming Carmelo Anthony to NY.

New York Knicks fans are pretty excited about welcoming Carmelo Anthony to NY.

From The Star Ledger

Every team needs a 1, 1A punch,” Stoudemire said. “And so with the ways that we both can score …. we’re very versatile, so it’s hard to guard us.

“Stoudemire said he had “no doubt” the All-Star forwards and longtime friends could play together, and said Anthony would handle the move to New York as well as he has.

“It’s what he wants. It’s what I wanted, to come to New York and play on the big stage,” Stoudemire said. “He has the same type of swag. This is what he wants and he can handle it. We’re going to do it together.”

The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2004, but are in sixth place in their first season since acquiring Stoudemire from Phoenix last summer. He thinks the blockbuster deal could make them better equipped to face teams such as Boston or Miami, which already have multiple All-Stars, in the postseason.

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Flames Win Heritage Classic

February 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Heritage Classic.

The Calgary Flames dressed like Ronald McDonald for the Heritage Classic.

The Calgary Flames dressed like Ronald McDonald for the Heritage Classic.

From The Calgary Herald

It had all the hoopla of a championship game.

And the 2011 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic left fans with memories of something much more meaningful than a regular-season NHL match.

The thermometer read -8.6 C at the opening faceoff between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens -and dropped as low as -21 C with the wind chill during the game -but the 41,022 faithful who filled the sold-out stands at McMahon Stadium didn’t seem to care.

“It was worth every penny,” enthused Kim White, bedecked in Flames yellow and red Heritage Classic clothing.

“Yesterday and today, it was fantastic, absolutely wonderful,” added her mother, Jackie White, outfitted head to toe in Habs gear. “We loved every minute of it.”

Original Photos Yahoo, munster, progressillinois

Alternate Logo: LA Clippers

February 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers won the Slam Dunk contest.

Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin has become the face of the franchise, so the Los Angeles Clippers may be altering their logo.

Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin has become the face of the franchise, so the the Los Angeles Clippers may be altering their logo.

From The LA Times

Clippers rookie power forward Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk contest by leaping over a compact car while catching a pass from teammate Baron Davis through the sunroof and then slamming the ball through the rim with two hands Saturday night at Staples Center.

The final round by scored by fans nationwide. Griffin defeated Wizards center JaVale McGee, who did a one-handed catch and dunk in his final attempt. But Griffin’s final dunk triggered wild applause as he jumped over the car perfectly and scored his dunk in his first attempt.

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Seymour Gets Paid

February 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Richard Seymour signed a new deal with the Oakland Raiders.

To celebrate the signing of his new 30 million dollar deal with the Raiders, Richard Seymour bought Flavor Flav's teeth.

To celebrate the signing of his new 30 million dollar deal with the Raiders, Richard Seymour bought Flavor Flav's teeth.

From The Mercury News

The Raiders retained the services of defensive tackle Richard Seymour on Wednesday without having to use the franchise tag, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract worth as much as $30 million with a guarantee of $22.5 million.

Although Seymour was the first NFL player of note scheduled for free agency to re-sign with his team this offseason, the move was not announced by the Raiders but confirmed by a source close to Seymour.

Raiders officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Seymour, 31, was facing a possible franchise tag for a second consecutive season that would have paid him $14.9 million for the 2011 season, a 20 percent raise from last season.

Having played on three Super Bowl championship teams in New England, Seymour was on record as wanting to stay in Oakland.

Original Photos  Yahoo, Oh Pepper

Miguel Cabrera Back On The Sauce

February 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was arrested for DUI.

The Detroit Tigers are not happy with Miguel Cabrera.

The Detroit Tigers are not happy with Miguel Cabrera.

From The Detroit Free Press

He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail at 12:20 a.m. today and released at 7:45 a.m., after posting $1,350 bond, according to information provided by Mark Weinberg from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida on Wednesday night, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of resisting an officer without violence.

Original Photos zimbio, webshots.com

Lakers Get 3 Billion

February 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers signed a cable TV deal that will pay them 3 billion dollars.

A 3 Billion dollar deal with Time Warner means the Lakers can finally start printing their own money.

A 3 Billion dollar deal with Time Warner means the Lakers can finally start printing their own money.

From The LA Times

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Under its current deal with Fox Sports West, the Lakers were getting about $30 million a year in rights fees, people familiar with the situation said. Some industry observers pegged the 20-year pact at a value of $3 billion, a figure dismissed by Time Warner Cable.

In a statement, Fox Sports said it had made the Lakers an offer that “would have paid them one of the highest local TV rights fees in professional sports.  We did not believe that going higher was in the best interest of our business or pay TV customers in Los Angeles, who will bear the cost of this deal for years to come.

Original Photos indiatone, realclearsports, famouswonders

Alternate Logo: Pittsburgh Penguins

February 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Mario Lemieux made some comments over the weekend that make him look a little silly.

Mario Lemieux made some comments that make his Penguins franchise look a little goofy.

Mario Lemieux made some comments that make both he and the Pittsburgh Penguins look a little hypocritical. And goofy.

From The National Post

And Mr. Lemieux’s remarks would be worth taking seriously, if not for the fact Mr. Lemieux employs one of the most offensive goons in the game, and has much to answer for in enabling the sort of travesty he’s now complaining of. Mr. Lemieux signs the pay cheques for Matt Cooke, a left-winger who has been suspended repeatedly by the league for dirty play. His best-known exploit to date was ruining the career of Boston Bruins’ Marc Savard, who has been unable to play at his previous high level since being concussed by Cooke last March. Last week, just days before Mr. Lemieux’s outburst, Cooke was again suspended for a vicious check from behind, in which he clearly left his feet in leaping at a player and driving his face into the glass.

Original Photos southdakotapolitics, sportandcinema

NHL Suspends 3 For Isles Pens Brawl

February 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL suspended both Trevor Gillies and Matt Martin of the NY Islanders, as well as Eric Godard of the Pittsburgh Penguins for their roles in Friday night’s fight filled game.

Trevor Gillies of the NY ISlanders, shown here stabbing Eric Godard with a shank during Friday's prison riot, was suspended 9 games by the NHL.

Trevor Gillies of the NY Islanders, shown here stabbing Eric Godard with a shank during Friday's prison riot, was suspended 9 games by the NHL.

From The NY Daily News

The NHL came down hard late Saturday night on two Islanders deemed to be instigators in Friday’s fight-filled 9-3 pummeling of the Penguins.

Trevor Gillies earned a nine-game suspension for an elbow to Eric Tangradi’s head during a third-period melee, and Matt Martin was slapped with a four-game ban for ambushing Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot from behind in the neutral zone to ignite the first scrum in the second period.

Gillies continued punching Tangradi after drilling him with his elbow, and then he appeared to taunt the Pens rookie as Tangradi, whom the Pens claim suffered a concussion, lay prone on the ice.

Original Photo Yahoo

Pistons To Retire Rodman’s Number

February 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Detroit Pistons have announced plans to retire Dennis Rodman’s number.

Dennis Rodman may have not heard the news that his number is getting retired due to the fact that he is on location in Croatia filming a porno.

Dennis Rodman may have not heard the news that his number is getting retired due to the fact that he is on location in Croatia filming a porno.

From Yahoo Sports

The Detroit Pistons plan to retire Dennis Rodman’s No. 10 during a halftime ceremony in April.

The eccentric rebounding specialist helped the Pistons win NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. He’ll be honored April 1 when the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls, a team Rodman won three championships with from 1996-98.

Detroit rookie Greg Monroe(notes) currently wears No. 10 and will be allowed to keep it.

Original Photos jerseyshop-online

Jerry Sloan Quits

February 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Jerry Sloan quit as coach of the Utah Jazz.

Jerry Sloan did not like Deron Williams, and Deron Williams did not like Jerry Sloan.

Jerry Sloan did not like Deron Williams, and Deron Williams did not like Jerry Sloan.

From Yahoo Sports

Sloan, the NBA’s longest-tenured coach, and his longtime assistant, Phil Johnson, resigned together on Thursday. The Jazz planned a 5 p.m. ET news conference to officially make the announcement.

Sloan’s relationship with Williams had grown progressively worse over the course of the season, league sources said, and the coach had tired of dealing with the team’s best player. The frustration escalated on Wednesday night when Sloan and Williams clashed in the locker room at halftime.

“He decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”

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Matt Cooke Gets 4 Games

February 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Matt Cooke for a while after the NHL suspended him for a questionable hit.

After getting away with acting like a clown for years, the NHL finally suspended Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After getting away with acting like a clown for years, the NHL finally suspended Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

From The Washington Post

Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended four games for hitting Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind last night in Pittsburgh.

Tyutin was uninjured by the hit, but he told the Columbus Dispatch it was “the worst hit I’ve ever had from behind. … I wasn’t surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits.”

Cooke received a five-minute major penalty for charging and five minutes for his fight with Blue Jackets forward Derrick Brassard.

The incident came just two days after Cooke escaped punishment for a knee-on-knee collision with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. After Sunday’s game, Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t hesitate to share his opinion of Cooke.

Cooke “knows damn well what he did,” Boudreau said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s good at it and he knows how to do it. He knows how to pick this stuff. We as a league, we still buy into this [idea] that, ‘Oh it was an accidental thing.’”

Original Photos Zimbio, halloweencostumes.com

Lakers In The Hunt For Carmelo

February 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are alleged to be in trade talks regarding Carmelo Anthony.

It could be a case of Melo Yellow for Carmelo Anthony if he's traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

It could be a case of Melo Yellow for Carmelo Anthony if he's traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

From The Wall Street Journal

But perched on the trade block in Denver, Carmelo’s transformed into a Favre-like headline machine—even when the big news is no news at all. He is the new all-consuming sports TV distraction, whose potential whereabouts are chronicled in the same breathless way Mr. Favre’s various afflictions were once updated in real-time.

Carmelo’s coming to New York. No, it’s New Jersey. Maybe Houston? Wait, New York again. New Jersey? New York. L.A.? Round and round it goes. Rinse and repeat.

Original Photos zimbio, zimbio

Packers Win Super Bowl

February 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl XLV Champions.

AJ Hawk talks to the media after the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory.

AJ Hawk talks to the media after the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory.

From Boston.com

The Packers dominated the early going, taking a page out of the Patriots’ playbook by spreading out the Steelers’ vaunted zone blitz and throwing quickly to neutralize the rush of linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley and safety Troy Polamalu.

Green Bay built a 21-3 lead before the injuries took hold, and needed that cushion to hold off a gritty championship-tested team stocked with 54 Super Bowl rings.

Original Photos Yahoo, fivejokes

Icy Super Bowl Sunday

February 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Super Bowl XLV takes place today, but the weather might be a problem for attending fans.

Workers take a break from clearing the snow from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLV.

Workers take a break from clearing the snow from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLV.

From Examiner.com

Super Bowl 2011 weather is going to cause hazardous conditions for the Super Bowl fans who are planning to watch the biggest game of the year at Cowboys stadium. This is the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Freezing fog is encompassing the area of the Super Bowl and a cold front is expected to bring in snow and rain for the remainder of the day. Both teams are use to this weather in Pittsburgh and Green Bay, but the fans were hoping for that warm southern Texas sunshine.

Original Photo Yahoo, examiner

Cavaliers Match Worst Streak Ever

February 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers losing streak has hit 23 games in a row.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have looked like a bunch of comedians this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have looked like a bunch of comedians this season.

From Fox Sports

The team that’s been trotting out onto the floor in those wine and gold uniforms for most of this streak doesn’t much resemble an NBA team at all, let alone the one that won more regular-season games than anybody else in the past two seasons. Those guys are mostly gone, replaced for now by a patchwork group of young players that’s not only overmatched but hasn’t been able to build any type of continuity due to constant injuries, change and beatings. The physical kind, the kind that shows on the scoreboard, the kind that wears on the psyche of even the most polished player.

The last win — Dec. 18 in overtime against the New York Knicks — was a long, long time ago.

Original Photos Yahoo, nydailynews

DiPietro Gets Thumped

February 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro got into a fight. It didn’t last long.

Rick DiPietro of the NY Islanders has a boo boo.

Rick DiPietro of the NY Islanders has a boo boo.

From The NY Times

As Penguins forward Matt Cooke skated by his crease, DiPietro shoved him in the chest, knocking the noted Penguins antagonist down. A few scrums ensued and DiPietro met his netminding counterpart, Brent Johnson, at the Islanders’ blue line. Both shed their blockers and gloves.

Johnson had never fought in the N.H.L. before, but he is 6-foot-3. DiPietro, smaller by at least two inches, once got the better of former Rangers goalie prospect Al Montoya in a preseason game. Flashing a left hook that seemed to stun even his own teammates, Johnson dropped DiPietro with the one and only punch of the fight.

Original Photo picasaweb

Packers Try To Keep Focused

February 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers is using his previous experiences to get his team ready for the Super Bowl.

Mike McCarthy likes his Green Bay Packers' chances on Sunday. He also likes them French fried potaters. HMM MM.

Mike McCarthy likes his Green Bay Packers' chances on Sunday. He also likes them French fried potaters. HMM MM.

From The Sporting News

“Mike would be sitting there and his eyes would be rolling and his head would be bobbing,” recalled NFL Sirius Radio analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL quarterback whom McCarthy coached in Kansas City. “He’d be just absolutely dying, working on only a few hours sleep. All of a sudden the next day, you’d think the guy had slept for days.”

McCarthy rose from an offensive assistant to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, working for the Chiefs, Packers, Saints and 49ers, before landing a head coaching job with the Packers in 2006. Five years later, he has led them to Super Bowl XVL, where they will play the Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night.

Original Photo Yahoo

Alternate Logo: Pittsburgh Steelers

February 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The media is starting to ask Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers about his celebration tendencies.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be changing their name to the Queerlers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be changing their name to the Queerlers.

From The Huffington Post

Rashard Mendenhall had an incredible performance in the AFC Championship game, rushing for 121 yards and scoring a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 24-19 victory over the Jets. At the end of the game after Ben Roethlisberger took a knee to seal the deal, the Steelers running back was overjoyed and jumped on his quarterback. Then, he proceeded to hump his teammate on live television

Original Photo sportslogos.net


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