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Talib Blames Mama

March 31, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Aqib Talib of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers says it wasn’t him but his mother who fired shots at a man during a confrontation in Texas.

Aqib Talib was accused of firing a gun at a man, until he explained that it was actually his mother that did the shooting.

Aqib Talib was accused of firing a gun at a man, until he explained that it was actually his mother that did the shooting.

From Yahoo Sports

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback has hired two law firms and a private investigator to help prepare his case. Police say Talib and his mother Okolo both fires shots at Billings on March 21 after he had argued with Talib’s sister Saran. Talib has also been accused of attempting to pistol whip Billings.

Per the report, Talib has retained the counsel of Pittsburgh attorney Jay Reisinger and Dallas criminal attorneys Frank Perez and H. David Lozano.

The attorneys didn’t comment on the matter but Talib reportedly told Clint Bowen, a coach when he was a player at Kansas, that only his mom squeezed off shots at Billings.

“I talked to Aqib two days ago,” Bowen said, according to the Times. “I told him, ‘I just read something about you firing a gun.’ He said, ‘Man, I didn’t do a thing. It’ll all come out soon.’ He just kept saying that. … He said, ‘I didn’t do that. That was my mom. It’s all going to come out.’”

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No Parking For Lebron

March 30, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Lebron James of the Miami Heat was denied access to the player’s parking lot while in Cleveland to play the Cavs.

LeBron James no longer has a place to park at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

LeBron James no longer has a place to park at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

From ESPN

James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat’s shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ underground parking garage.

Cavs officials said James eventually was cleared to enter the building, but several people with him were not. The two cars then left, and James alone returned a short time later and was allowed in, officials said.

While LeBron James later made himself feel at home with his fourth triple-double of the year, the Cavaliers got the last laugh, knocking off the Heat 102-90.

Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert took to Twitter following the game saying, “Not in our garage!!”

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Marbury Rules China

March 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Stephon Marbury has become a mega star in China, where he recently won the MVP award in the CBA All Star game.

Stephon Marbury was named the MVP of the recent Chinese Basketball Association All Star game, though the rule permitting foreigners to use nunchucks while on the court likely aided him.

Stephon Marbury was named the MVP of the recent Chinese Basketball Association All Star game, though the rule permitting foreigners to use nunchucks while on the court likely aided him.

From The Washington Post

NBA bad-boy Stephon Marbury is happy to be in a country where people clamor for his autograph. His new Chinese team, the Foshan Dragon Lions, doesn’t win much – it’s now fourth from the bottom of the league – yet local fans and media still applaud the biggest American name in Chinese basketball.

“China is a positive place, what can I say,” said Marbury, who during his time with the Knicks, from 2004 to 2009, became so unpopular that the New York Daily News called him “the most reviled athlete in New York.” The Chinese, unlike Americans – and particularly New Yorkers – “don’t fill their souls with negativity,” said the 34-year-old point guard, who is known here in China as Ma-bu-li.

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Matt Cooke Keeping Busy

March 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is not enjoying his league imposed Spring Break.

Matt Cooke had planned to spend his suspension with savage head hunters on an undisclosed Pacific island, but they asked him to leave because he couldn't resist elbowing and tripping tribe members during hunts.

Matt Cooke had planned to spend his suspension with savage head hunters on an undisclosed Pacific island, but they asked him to leave because he couldn't resist elbowing and needlessly tripping other tribe members during hunts.

From The Winnipeg Free Press

Don Cherry says the NHL got it right this time.

The colourful “Hockey Night In Canada” personality applauded the league for its stiff suspension of Pittsburgh agitator Matt Cooke on Saturday’s “Coach’s Corner” broadcast on CBC.

Cooke was suspended for the rest of the regular season, which worked out to 10 games, plus the first round of the playoffs for elbowing Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in the head in a game last Sunday afternoon.

“It’s almost like a drunk, (he) has to have something done to him to straighten him out,” Cherry said of Cooke. “I believe this kid will straighten out.”

Cherry was far more measured in tone Saturday than he was in a “Coach’s Corner” segment that aired just over a year ago, when he called Cooke “gutless” and “backstabbing” after his hit to the head of Marc Savard left the Bruins centre with a severe concussion. Cooke was not suspended for that hit, a decision that infuriated Cherry.

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A-Rod The Slumlord

March 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees doesn’t make timely repairs on his rental properties.

Alex Rodriguez has been accused of being a slumlord in Florida.

Alex Rodriguez has been accused of being a slumlord in Florida.

From Fox Sports

Florida housing officials have targeted New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez after residents who live in an apartment complex he owns filed complaints against him, saying the swimming pool has been unusable for two years, the New York Post reported Friday.

Rodriguez, who owns a property company that holds title to the Normandy Park Apartment complex near Tampa, has come under fire for poor living conditions, according to TMZ.

Residents have said that rusty pipes and trash are major issues, but that the swimming pool in the complex is the biggest concern.

Those who live in the complex complained that the pool has been unusable for two years, and local code enforcement officials have now ordered that it be drained and cleaned by next week.

Original Photos empiremovies, IMDB, blogspot

Carmelo Hype Crushing Knicks’ Fans

March 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Did New York Knicks’ fans have inflated expectations of Carmelo Anthony?

Knicks fans are starting to think that Carmelo Anthony might not be the savior that Knicks' ownership made him out to be.

Knicks fans are starting to think that Carmelo Anthony might not be the savior that Knicks' ownership made him out to be.

From SB Nation

As it turns out, trading for ‘Melo, a scorer known to concede with some regularity on defense, didn’t fix the defense. Who could ever have guessed that? As it also turns out, ‘Melo isn’t quite as valuable a scorer as he has widely been considered to be. Anthony isn’t terribly efficient; when Kevin Durant, LeBron James or even Kevin Martin drop 25, they typically do so on fewer shots than someone like ‘Melo would need. That matters! Some discount Anthony’s shot creation value too much, and those who claim he’s not even a legit All-Star level player are being disingenuous; the Knicks’ offense, after all, has performed statistically better since the trade, hellfire and all.

But ‘Melo isn’t one of the top five or 10 players in the league. It appears the hype of his months-long courtship by the Nets and Knicks (and a few other teams) blinded enough people to that fact, given the shock and dismay his sub-MVP performance in New York has drawn. If fans expected Alexander the Great and instead got Mithridates, well of course they’ll be disappointed, even if he turns out to be pretty good.

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Can Chad Ochocinco Really Play?

March 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL, Soccer

Could Chad Ochocinco  of the Cincinnati Bengals actually make it in the MLS?

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City is having some trouble adjusting to soccer practices.

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City is having some trouble adjusting to soccer practices.

From ESPN

In his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, enabled by the NFL lockout and instigated by the eccentric player himself, Ochocinco is trying to prove to his buddies and Real Madrid superstars Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo that he could just as well have been a soccer player. In so doing, he might decide a long-standing debate over whether the U.S. would be a better soccer nation if more of its elite athletes played the sport.

The principals involved insist this is no stunt, like when Ochocinco appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” had his own reality television show or raced a thoroughbred horse.

“We went to dinner when he first got here and he told me straight up that he’s dead serious and really wants this,” said the team’s young U.S. national team striker Teal Bunbury. “He doesn’t want to waste anybody’s time.”

Original Photos Yahoo, imageshack

Goodell Getting Antsy

March 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is talking in urgent tones.

Roger Goodell wants to convince the players that the NFL already has made it's best offer.

Roger Goodell is defending the NFL's offer to the players.

From The Boston Herald

For those who enjoyed two days of discussions of on-the-field football news, it ended when Roger Goodell stepped to the podium. In concluding the NFL’s annual meetings yesterday, the commissioner acknowledged the “primary focus was obviously on our labor dispute.”

Goodell reiterated what has been his stance all offseason on the lockout. He wants negotiations with the players’ representatives to continue and said the confidence expressed by the owners for a full 2011 season is “their hope.”

“The faster we get back to mediation,” Goodell said, “the faster we get an agreement and the fairer it will be.”

Original Photos Yahoo, Forbes, motivatemysalesteam

Kobe Has No Time For Pain

March 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has been banged up all year.

Kobe Bryant does not feel pain, except for that time when his jersey spontaneously combusted and caught on fire.

Kobe Bryant does not feel pain, except for that time when his jersey spontaneously combusted and caught on fire.

From Ball Don’t Lie

It’s the same resolve that fueled him to go on to win Finals MVP for the second consecutive postseason last year despite playing on a right knee that was worse than anyone could really understand. He didn’t just have the knee drained once in the first round against Oklahoma City as was widely reported, but twice more — between the second round against Utah and the conference finals against Phoenix and again between Games 4 and 5 of the Finals — according to a team source.

Original Photo Yahoo

Matt Cooke Is Insane

March 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is in hot water for elbowing an opponent again, this time on national television.

The NHL is considering forcing Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins to play in a straight jacket for the rest of the season.

The NHL is considering forcing Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins to play in a straight jacket for the rest of the season.

From The NY Times

Penguins agitator Matt Cooke will almost certainly be ordered to pay another visit to the office of N.H.L. judge Colin Campbell in the next few days. With his Penguins tied with the Rangers in the third period, 1-1, Cooke nailed Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonough with an elbow to the head. This is exactly the kind of hit that the league has implemented rules over the last year to eliminate — motivated, in part, by some hits by Cooke to heads of his opponents.

On the NBC telecast, Ed Olczyk predicted Cooke — considered a repeat offender by the N.H.L. — would be suspended for eight games. The Penguins have already paid the price short-term. The Rangers scored goals 11 seconds apart on the power play after Cooke received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct. The Rangers won the game, 5-2.

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Capitals Hit Road, Win Games

March 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals are in the middle of a 12 day road trip.

Bruce Boudreau and the Washington Capitals are enjoying life on the road. Especially the pizza.

Bruce Boudreau and the Washington Capitals are enjoying life on the road, especially the pizza.

From The Washington Post

“The mortgage of the building is in the number one position of priority,” Leonsis said in a recent interview. “So concerts and horse shows and the NCAA tournament are really important to us because they help us pay the mortgage on the down days. It’s a balancing act, but I probably would have agreed to the NCAAs and this upcoming schedule.”

Only four of the Capitals’ 12 remaining regular season games will be played at home, and while this six-game stretch is not a traditional road trip — the team will return to Washington at least once to practice — the string of consecutive road games beats their longest homestand of four contests in December.

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Ryan Mallett’s Stock Keeps Falling

March 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Former Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett continues to slide down NFL draft boards due to his alleged past.

Ryan Mallett may have watched too many reruns of The Wire.

Ryan Mallett may have watched too many reruns of The Wire.

From MercuryNews

A potential first-round draft pick, Mallett faced questions at the NFL scouting combine because of an article on www.101espn.com. Tony Softli, a former NFL executive in Carolina and St. Louis, wrote “heavy rumors of drug use and possible addiction kept him from coming out for the 2010 draft. A lot of people are comparing Mallett to Ryan Leaf.”

Mallett tried to deflect the rumors without denying them, saying they were beyond his control, but alleged an ulterior motive in the timing of the story.

“Obviously somebody did it for a reason, right before the combine, right before the draft,” Mallett said. “That’s the last I’m going to talk about it, though. I’ve talked to the teams. It’s all good.”

At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Mallett may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft and said he can throw the football “80-plus” yards.

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Alternate Logo: Sacramento Kings

March 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Seems like the Sacramento Kings will be moving to Anaheim next season.

The Sacramento Kings are going to need a new logo if they become the Anaheim Royals next season.

The Sacramento Kings are going to need a new logo if they become the Anaheim Royals next season.

From Yahoo Sports

The Sacramento Kings have taken yet another step toward a potential move to Southern California.

With the Kings exploring relocation to Anaheim, a Sacramento attorney representing the team’s owners filed for at least four federal trademark registrations this month.

Among the names filed for according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website were: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals. The filing was made March 3 by attorney Scott Hervey on behalf of the Crickets Corp., a Nevada-based company.

Hervey has worked for Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof in previous sports business dealings, including the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding competition in Orange County. A message left at Hervey’s office seeking comment was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Joe Maloof declined to comment about the trademark filing, and a message left with an NBA spokesman also was not immediately returned.

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Adrian Peterson Opens Mouth, Puts In Foot

March 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings said some stupid stuff.

Adrian Peterson has a story to share about the struggle a modern day slave faces trying to get by on only 10 million a year.

Adrian Peterson has a story to share about the struggle a modern day slave faces trying to get by on only 10 million dollars a year.

From Heraldsun.com

Petersen, scheduled to make $10.72 million in base salary in 2011, made the claim in an interview with Yahoo! Sports after the NFL Players Association decertified and the NFL owners subsequently locked out the players.

Talking about how he felt the players were being treated in the talks, Peterson said, “It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too.

“With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that — these are business-minded people. Of course, this is what they are going to want to do … but as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey, without us, there’s no football.’”

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Maple Leafs For Sale

March 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs are for sale.

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is selling their stake in the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is selling it's chunk of the Maple Leafs.

From CBC.com

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan announced over the weekend that it will explore the possibility of selling its 66 per cent majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

The company controls the Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the Toronto FC soccer franchise and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. It also owns the Air Canada Centre.

“The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan has a fiduciary obligation to the people it represents,” said Bettman. “So if they believe there’s a transaction that is fiduciary that they need to engage in, then they’ll do it.”

The prospect of the teacher’s pension fund selling its stake seemed to be a reversal from its public position in December when it said it wasn’t “anxious” to sell its investment. Reports surfaced in December that Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) was trying to buy out the teachers’ piece of the MLSE pie.

Kilmer Sports, which is controlled by Toronto businessman Larry Tanenbaum, holds about 20.5 per cent of MLSE. TD Capital holds the remaining 13.5 per cent.

Original Photo tmlfever.com

Magic Gaining Ground

March 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Orlando Magic crushed the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

It was all laughs for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu against the Suns yesterday.

It was all laughs for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu against the Suns yesterday.

From Orlando Pinstriped  Post

The Orlando Magic rode a monstrous 26-point, 15-rebound, 5-block game from Dwight Howard in easily dispatching the Phoenix Suns, 111-88, Sunday afternoon in a game in which they never trailed. Howard led seven Magic players in double-figure scoring as Orlando put on an offensive clinic, scoring with ease against a Suns defense that simply couldn’t take anything away.

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NFL Lockout Begins

March 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

NFL owners have officially locked out the players.

The NFL owners sent a message to the players, and it's the same message that they've been sending to the fans for years.

The NFL owners sent a message to the players, and it's the same message that they've been sending to the fans for years.

From The Sporting News

When NFL owners decided to enact their lockout strategy Friday night, coming on the heels of the NFLPA’s decision to decertify, the litigation locomotive was full steam ahead.

The lawsuit Tom Brady vs. the NFL was filed Friday, and the courtroom battle promises to be a bumpy ride that could lead to a shortened preseason and maybe even a reduced season. In the end, two sides couldn’t decide how to divvy up $9 billion.

When players couldn’t get the proof they said they needed to warrant the owners’ desired “giveback” from the old CBA, they announced they were decertifying and bringing an antitrust suit against the NFL.

The NFL responded on Friday night by making good on its threat to lock out the players, creating the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987. It puts the 2011 season in jeopardy, though most legal experts don’t believe the entire season will be lost.

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Canada Now Hates Zdeno Chara

March 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Boston Bruins’ star Zdeno Chara is being investigated by Quebec police after a questionable hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.

The only way more people in Canada could possibly hate Zdeno Chara more, is if they find out he likes to hunt baby seals on his days off.

The only way more people in Canada could possibly hate Zdeno Chara more, is if they find out he likes to hunt baby seals on his days off.

From The Vancouver Sun

The NHL found itself under scrutiny Thursday from police, league sponsors and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper over its handling of this week’s devastating hit that put Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in hospital and gave the league another black eye.

After Montreal police announced that they are investigating whether Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara could be criminally charged for his actions, league commissioner Gary Bettman found himself dropping the gloves to duke it out with Air Canada, one of the league’s corporate sponsors.

It’s all fallout from Tuesday’s game in Montreal, where Chara checked Pacioretty into the stanchion which divides the players’ benches. The brutal high-speed collision caused Pacioretty’s body to twist in mid-air before collapsing to the ice.

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Love Sets Record

March 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves set an NBA record with his 52nd straight double double.

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after his M&M bag failed.

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after his M&M bag failed.

From Canis Hoopus

The box score says 15,000+ were at Target Center. They weren’t, but for a Wednesday night against Indiana, there was a pretty good crowd – and they were all on their feet for Kevin Love. Big cheers went up whenever he grabbed a rebound, or touched the ball on offense, and when he went to the free throw line in the second quarter with nine points and 10 boards already, the crowd rose to its feet. Love hit the first, waved to the roaring crowd, then bricked the second. He ended up missing seven free throws and he limped everywhere he went, but he gave the crowd what they came to see.

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The Return Of Tiki Barber

March 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement, but he won’t be playing for the NY Giants.

Former NY Giants RB Tiki Barber is planning on coming out of retirement.

Former NY Giants' RB Tiki Barber is planning on coming out of retirement.

From Business Insider

NFL teams aren’t chomping at the bit to sign Tiki Barber, but Jim Fassel, the head coach of the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives, would be thrilled to add the 35-year-old running back to his roster.

Barber might not be the only NFL (player or ex-NFL as the case may be) to consider suiting up for the United Football League next year.  It’s hard to imagine any of the NFL’s star free agents playing for the fledgling league because of the injury risk and minuscule pay check, but the marginal players could jump ship.

The guys that figure to be hurt the most by the NFL lockout aren’t the players most football fans have heard of, but they could still provide a major bump to the UFL’s product and visibility.  And who knows, the UFL may be able to snatch a few more over the hill stars looking for one more season than usual if there’s no NFL season.

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King Henrik Leads Rangers

March 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Henrik Lundqvist has 9 shutouts for the NY Rangers this season.

God knows where the NY Rangers would be without Henrik Lundqvist.

God knows where the NY Rangers would be without Henrik Lundqvist.

From The NY Times

“I have no idea,” Callahan said, smiling. “They just handed us our sweaters before the game, and they were the white ones. We should wear white all the time.”

Maybe they should, because everything went right in white against the conference-leading Flyers. The Rangers beat them for the first time in five meetings this season; Callahan, the Rangers’ 25-year-old captain of the future, got his first career hat trick and added an assist; the rookie Mats Zuccarello scored twice for his first multigoal game; and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season.

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Feeling The Heat

March 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat have been in a slump.

After missing a lot of big shots lately, LeBron James of the Miami Heat has become sensitive to the word choke.

After missing a lot of big shots lately, LeBron James of the Miami Heat has become sensitive to the word choke.

From Boston.com

At that moment it was clear that James is the new Alex Rodriguez, or at least the pre-2009 postseason A-Rod. He wants so badly to be right that he’s all wrong. He missed a free throw he could have made in his sleep because he simply wanted it too bad.

That’s the problem for the entire Heat team and why it can’t close out good teams down the stretch, why every last-second shot or buzzer beater goes awry.

James is the Miami Vice that is squeezing the life out of the Heat. His desire to win a title is so great, his need to prove his worth so profound that it is actually having the opposite effect on both his own fortune and his team’s. That’s why Miami has a disappointing 14-18 against teams with winning records.

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The Surprising Nuggets

March 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Denver Nuggets have been playing well since trading Carmelo Anthony.

Chris Anderson and the Denver Nuggets have thrived without Carmelo Anthony.

Chris Andersen and the Denver Nuggets have thrived without Carmelo Anthony.

From The NY Times

Playing short-handed in their first game without Anthony on Feb. 22, the Nuggets stormed to a 120-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, a contender for the playoffs themselves. Denver won four of its next five games heading into Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Among the most noteworthy aspects of those six games is the Nuggets’ teamwork. Denver has had five different leading scorers (including the newcomer Danilo Gallinari, who scored 30 points in a 107-106 overtime loss to Portland); three different leading rebounders; and two different leaders in assists (including Raymond Felton, who has averaged 6.2 assists a game so far).

Original Photos Yahoo, deviantart, flickr

Gillies Gets 10 Games

March 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Trevor Gillies of the NY  Islanders got himself suspended.  Again.

Trevor Gillies was suspended 10 games by the NHL for being a big ape.

Trevor Gillies was suspended 10 games by the NHL for being a big ape.

From Bloomberg

The second suspension stems from Gillies’s hit on Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck in the second period of the Islanders’ 4-1 victory two days ago. Gillies was ejected from the game after checking Clutterbuck into the boards from behind.

Gillies will forfeit $60,975.60 in salary, NHL.com said, and that money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Gillies is considered a repeat offender and forfeits his salary based on the suspension as a percentage of the 82-game regular season.

“By targeting his opponent’s head, three shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the league for 10 games,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in a statement posted on the league’s website.

Original Photos Life, cloettafazer

NJ Devils And The Impossible Dream

March 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New Jersey Devils are back from the dead under head coach Jacques Lemaire.

NJ Devils coach Jacques Lemaire gets his players motivated through threats of eternal damnation.

NJ Devils coach Jacques Lemaire gets his players motivated through threats of eternal damnation.

From Bleacher Report

With each win they accumulate, the New Jersey Devils begin to believe all that much more.  It’s been a season of lows and highs, but the team has been flying high in the second half, posting an 18-2-2 record in their last 22 games, and the talk of a miracle comeback to a playoff spot continues to gain steam.

After defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Wednesday night, the Devils moved to within nine points of the eighth seeded Carolina Hurricanes (with a game in hand) and 10 points of the seventh seeded New York Rangers (with two games in hand).  They also moved up in the standings past Florida Panthers, lifting the Devils into 12th place in the conference.

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NFL Labor Plot Thickens

March 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL and the NFL Players Association may be closer to a potential agreement.

Lets all hold hands pray that the NFL does not padlock the doors on the players in a few days.

Lets all hold hands pray that the NFL does not padlock the doors on the players in a few days.

From Yahoo Sports

The NFL Players Association got a huge victory Tuesday, as U.S. District Court Judge David Doty issued a ruling that will likely prevent owners from accessing the television payments that would have helped fund a potential lockout. Forty-eight hours before the current collective bargaining agreement was due to expire, union officials celebrated the dramatic turn of events at a downtown Washington establishment.

We can only hope that the real winners will be the millions of fans whose devotion funds the exceptionally large pile of loot over which these two factions are fighting.

Original Photos pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation, nfl

Bartolo Colon Is Heavy

March 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees probably won’t be counting on Bartolo Colon this season.

Bartolo Colon of New York Yankees forgot that pinstripes can make you look fat.

Bartolo Colon of New York Yankees forgot that pinstripes can make you look fat.

From The Sporting News

What could be clear soon: Bartolo Colon is not the answer at No. 5. His numbers were not that bad in his first outing—one run, two hits, two innings against the Phillies on Saturday. What doesn’t look so hot is Colon’s physique. Never svelte, he admitted to being 25 pounds overweight when he reported. Apparently he did more than rehab when sitting out the 2010 season.

Another candidate, Freddy Garcia, is scheduled for his first start on Thursday.

What has impressed early are the Yankees’ youngsters—22-year-old Dellin Betances and 19-year-old Manny Banuelos. Betances’ fastball was timed at 97 mph on Sunday, according to mlb.com, and Banuelos, a lefty, was throwing 93 on Monday.

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