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Jagr Flirts With Penguins

June 30, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Jaromir Jagr may or may not return to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jaromir Jagr is considering a return to Pittsburgh.

Jaromir Jagr is considering a return to Pittsburgh.

From NHL.com

What began as deadline day for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their pursuit of 39-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr has instead been filled with lingering questions about Jagr’s potential return to the NHL, his actual whereabouts late Wednesday and the interest of his former team in securing his services for the 2011-12 season.

Jagr was supposed to arrive in New York on Wednesday with a definitive decision on whether he would accept the Penguins’ reported offer of one year and $2 million, or if he wanted to sign elsewhere, be it in the NHL or back in Russia, where he played the last three seasons. He has also reportedly received interest from Detroit and Montreal.

Jagr can’t sign a contract with an NHL team until noon ET on Friday.

However, Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told the Detroit Free Press that he could not confirm his client’s whereabouts Wednesday night.

“I don’t know if he missed a connection,” Svoboda told the newspaper after 8 p.m. ET. “I have no clue.”

Original Photos about, thebreakaway.net

Police Want Chara

June 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Police in Montreal would like to speak with Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.

The police in Montreal want to speak with Zdeno Chara.

The police in Montreal want to chat with Zdeno Chara.

From cbcsports.ca

Montreal police say charges against Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara have still not been ruled out as they prepare to speak to him in the coming weeks about his controversial hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Chara’s hit in March landed Pacioretty in the hospital and ended his season. The towering Bruins defenceman was thrown out of the game but subsequently received no suspension from the National Hockey League.

Montreal police said in March that they would investigate the incident to see if there was any criminal element.

Sgt. Ian Lafrenière of the Montreal police said the investigation was delayed because most of the witnesses were hockey players busy with the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Original Photos zimbio, inews880

Dodgers Bankrupt

June 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy in Delaware.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed Chapter 11.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed Chapter 11.

From The Huffington Post

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.

The Chapter 11 financing permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations and buys time for the team to seek a media deal and ensure the team’s long-term financial stability, the Dodgers said in a news release. A judge would need to approve use of the money and a hearing is set for Tuesday.

“There will be no disruption to the Dodgers day-to-day business, the baseball team, or to the Dodger fans,” the statement said.

Original Photo Boston.com

Prokhorov As Prime Minister?

June 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

NJ Nets owner Mikhail Prokorov wants to take down Vladmir Putin and become Prime Minister of Russia.

If Mikhail Prokhorov becomes Prime Minister of Russia, he plans to invade Madison Square Garden and kidnap Carmelo Anthony.

If Mikhail Prokhorov becomes Prime Minister of Russia, he plans to invade Madison Square Garden and kidnap Carmelo Anthony.

From Bloomberg

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov was elected chairman of the Pravoye Delo political party as the pro-democracy movement seeks to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’sUnited Russia in this year’s election.

“We have to become a normal, transparent and efficient party of power,” Prokhorov, Russia’s third-richest man, told reporters and party delegates in Moscow today. Prokhorov said he expected Pravoye Delo, or Right Cause, to come second in parliamentary elections scheduled for December, he said.

Prokhorov, the 46-year-old owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, will lead Pravoye Delo, a party with 56,000 members, into December elections for the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. His party will compete against United Russia, which currently holds 315 of the 450 seats and has about 2 million members.

Original Photos A Soviet Poster A Day, smh.com.au, google

Flyers Blow Up Their Foundation

June 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers made some questionable trades yesterday.

GM Paul Holmgren blew up the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.

GM Paul Holmgren blew up the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.

From Yahoo

Then around 3 p.m. Eastern time, the sound you heard was everyone’s jaw hitting the floor at the same time, because Paul Holmgren totally went off the deep end.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and their more than $110 million in combined salary through 2020 and 2022, respectively, were traded about 35 minutes apart. Then they signed 31-year-old Ilya Bryzgalov for nine years. None of it, seemingly, made any sense.

(Of note: Holmgren seemed genuinely upset to have made the deals at the press conference, so one gets the feeling this was all coming from way upstairs, which is stupid and inexcusable.)

Original Photos betsysbuzz, flickr

2011 NBA Draft

June 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA holds it’s draft tonight, and Jimmer Fredette wants the Knicks to pick him.

Jimmer Fredette really wants to see what he looks like in a Knicks uniform.

Jimmer Fredette really wants to see what he looks like in a Knicks' uniform.

From ESPN NY

Fredette had the college basketball world buzzing throughout the winter and spring, electrifying fans by leading the nation with a scoring average of 28.9 points per game. He was the consensus national player of the year, which partly explains all the hoopla surrounding him. But he has also made waves in recent days, particularly in this city, for stating that he would love to play for the New York Knicks.

“It would be incredible. It would be a lot of fun, to play with those guys and in Coach (Mike) D’Antoni’s system,” Fredette, who is a native of Glens Falls in upstate New York, said on Wednesday. “We’ll see what happens.”

Original Photos zimbio, ny post

NFL Labor Peace Close?

June 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL lockout might be on the verge of  ending.

The NFL lockout might be coming to an end, which is good news for Roger Goodell who was starting to look like the Antichrist.

The NFL lockout might be coming to an end, which is good news for Roger Goodell who was starting to look like the Antichrist in the eyes of many fans.

From SB Nation AZ

Here are the key components:

  • The revenue share will be 48 percent of all revenues for the players, minus any miscellaneous agreed upon credits for things like stadium building. The percentage, though will not go below 46.5. The owners will no longer take a billion off the top before splitting.
  • Players not under contract after three seasons will be restricted free agents and unrestricted after four, as it was before the uncapped 2010 season.
  • The salary floor will, at least to start, will be very close to the salary cap (approximately 90 percent).
  • The 18-game schedule will be something that will be negotiated in the future and cannot be mandated by the league.
  • Starting in 2012, there will be a 16-week Thursday night TV game.
  • There will be some sort of rookie wage scale.

Original Photos giantsfootballblog, anniescostumes

At 80, McKeon Takes Over Marlins

June 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jack McKeon became the second oldest manager in MLB  history when he agreed to take over the Florida Marlins.

The Florida Marlins will take no chances with the health of new manager Jack McKeon.

The Florida Marlins will take no chances with the health of new manager Jack McKeon.

From The Washington Post

The oldest big-league manager was Connie Mack, who led the Philadelphia Athletics in a straw hat and suit until 1950, when he was 87. McKeon will wear a ballcap and uniform with No. 25.

McKeon made no mention Monday of Mack, but said he draws inspiration from 84-year-old Joe Paterno, who will coach Penn State’s football team for a 46th season this year.

“I’ve managed since I was 14 years old,” McKeon jokingly said. “I’ll probably manage until I’m 95.”

Actually, McKeon was 42 when he began managing in 1973. None of his current players were yet born, but none objected to the prospect of taking orders from someone older than their grandparents.

Original Photos bleacherreport, wikimedia, pinesvet

Albert Gets A Boo Boo

June 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals has a broken forearm.

Albert Pujols has a broken forearm, but watching it on TV it looked as if he thought his arm was severed.

Albert Pujols has a broken forearm, but watching it on TV it looked as if he thought his arm was severed.

From USA Today

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will miss four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left forearm, an injury that creates a gaping hole in the St. Louis lineup while vastly altering the dynamic of the National League Central race.

The Cardinals announced today that an MRI showed a non-displaced fracture of the left radius and that the All-Star’s arm was placed in a splint.

Original Photos Yahoo, costumeshopper

Happy Father’s Day

June 19, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Have a happy Father’s Day.

I am your father!

I am your father!

Original Photos 100swallows, 1.bp

Rory McIlroy Is A Machine

June 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Rory McIlroy is dominating the US Open.

Rory McIlroy is a Terminator sent from the future to destroy the world of golf.

Rory McIlroy is a Terminator sent from the future to destroy the world of golf.

From ESPN

That’s what it’s come to: the world’s best players are thisclose to conceding the U.S. Open to the 22-year-old McIlroy. That’s how dominating, how, well, Tiger-ish, he’s been. McIlroy isn’t just atop the leaderboard, he’s hovering over it, almost golf god-like.

“I don’t really know what to say,” said McIlroy, almost sheepishly, after shooting a 5-under-par 66 on Friday. “It’s been two very, very good days of golf.”

Nobody knows what to say, except, “Wow.” You can’t describe some of what he’s done because it’s never been done before. McIlroy has taken a chalkboard eraser to all sorts of previous Open accomplishments and records. And in the process, he’s made us sort of forget about what’s-his-name.

McIlroy actually reached minus-13 for the Open when he birdied No. 17. Never been done before.

Original Photos belfasttelegraph, walyou, thesqueeze

Bruins Win The Stanley Cup

June 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions.

The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup, and might need a new logo.

The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup, and might need a new logo.

From NESN

Three Super Bowl wins, two World Series titles and an NBA Championship. Yet something was missing.

After all of Boston’s triumphs over the past decade, the party never quite seemed complete. No matter how much fun the city’s had or how memorable the moments have been, there’s always been that one little X factor that has kept the party from being a full-fledged blowout for the ages.

Ah, yes, it’s a Bruins Stanley Cup victory. Well, rejoice.

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Game 7: Survival Of The Fittest

June 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Canucks and Bruins face off in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be a fight to the death.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be a fight to the death.

From The Boston Globe

Tonight marks the biggest game of most of the Bruins’ lives. They are doing their best not to allow the moment to overwhelm them.

“Pressure’s five kids, no job,” Shawn Thornton said. “This is Game 7. This is fun, right? We get to play a game for a living. Just enjoy it.”

Mason Raymond will not play tonight because of the vertebrae compression fracture he suffered in Game 6. Jeff Tambellini will dress today.

Puck drop: 8 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins 3-3, Canucks 3-3

TV/radio info: NBC (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire)

Original Photos telegraph.co, flickr/giovanni mari, legendsofhockey

Cleveland Loves Dirk

June 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans officially love Dirk Nowitzki.

We were all witnesses to the power of Dirk and the failure of LeBron.

We were all witnesses to the power of Dirk and the failure of LeBron.

From CNN

Cavs fans may be chuckling over that Monday morning, but Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel writes they were laughing at James as they watched from a Cleveland bar during Sunday night’s game.

“A crowd of Clevelanders gathered here to watch their onetime hero turned all-time traitor, and with each disinterested LeBron offensive possession, each failed LeBron chase down of Jason Terry, each embarrassing LeBron crunch-time turnover, the prevailing emotion was simple.

“Laughter.

“They weren’t hating LeBron here. They were laughing at him,” Wetzel writes

Original Photos wzak, techeblog, nba-usa

Mavs Win It All

June 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks are NBA Champions.. and the Miami Heat are not.

The Dallas skyline looks different now that the Mavericks are NBA Champions.

The Dallas skyline looks different now that the Mavericks are NBA Champions.

From The Dallas Morning News

As hard as it is to believe, snow fell on a steamy June night on South Beach. Today, Dallas sports fans will hit every green light on the way to work.

Yes, the Mavericks are NBA champions, which validates the idea that anything’s possible.

The little franchise that never could just did.

The Mavericks soundly whipped the Miami Heat, 105-95, on Sunday night to finish a mesmerizing NBA Finals with a 4-2 win in the best-of-7 series.

Original Photos pics4.city-data, wikimedia

Julien Hopes To Steady Bruins

June 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Boston Bruins’ coach Claude Julien wants his team to be more physical.

Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins, loos a little bit like a conehead.

Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins, looks a little bit like a conehead.

From The Washington Post

They outhit us and they seemed hungrier,” coach Claude Julien said Saturday. “That’s where we should have been able to push back and we didn’t do that well enough. We’re aware of that and we certainly would like to have another crack at it. We have to show that in our building here next game and hopefully, again, having another crack at going down there and showing that we can push back as well.”  But that’s hardly enough.

“When you don’t score I think you need to improve in more than the physical play,” Julien said. “That’s an area that I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job in Vancouver.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Britt Arrested.. Again

June 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans has been arrested for the 4th time since October.

Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans resisted arrest on Wednesday.

Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans resisted arrest on Wednesday.

From NJ.com

Britt was arrested late Wednesday afternoon at the Riverfront Car Wash and Detail Center on the corner of Willow Avenue and 15th Street in Hoboken by two plainclothes narcotics officers who happened to be getting their unmarked car cleaned, Lt. Tony Bartley, a spokesman in the narcotics division, said.

According to the police report, police detected the odor of marijuana and identified what they believed to be the source in Britt’s hand in the form of a “blunt” or rolled up cigar leaf. Britt crushed the “blunt” with his hand before police could see it. A struggle ensued almost immediately as Britt tried to avoid getting handcuffed.

He was taken in on charges of fourth-degree obstruction, fourth-degree tampering or fabricating evidence and third-degree resisting arrest with force.

Original Photos zimbio, silive

Tim Thomas Fights Back

June 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins have evened up the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals at 2 games each.

Tim Thomas did his best impersonation of Rocky Balboa during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tim Thomas did a great impersonation of Rocky Balboa during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

From The Boston Herald

The game was comfortably decided when Thomas decided to take justice into his own hands. The Canucks were on a power play, and Burrows was scrapping at the edge of his crease. He reached out and whacked the butt end of Thomas’ stick, knocking it out of his hand.

Thomas corralled the lumber and gave Burrows a sizable whack on the outside of the right leg. The Canucks’ rat then came hard at the goalie, and it looked like the pair were locked up, trying to drop their gloves and have a go. They would have, had Seidenberg not intervened to tackle Burrows.
It’s great to have such a warrior back there,” said B’s defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “He hits guys, he defends his crease. It’s awesome.”

Original Photos Yahoo, moviewallpapers

LeBron Slumps In Game 4

June 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of a slumping LeBron James in Game 4 the 2011 NBA Finals.

LeBron James slumped badly in Game 4 for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James slumped badly in Game 4 for the Miami Heat.

From Hoops Hype

The man who famously took his talents to South Beach was vocal, animated, determined and very captain-like before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, exhorting his Miami Heat teammates to leave everything on the floor. He told them that it was a must-win game and he told them to play as if their backs were against the wall.

He said all the right things. Then he went out and laid a Brontosaurus egg as Dallas, once again, rallied in the fourth quarter to square the NBA Finals at 2-2, taking an 86-83 victory.

Original Photo Yahoo

Bruins Storm Back

June 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins scored 8 goals against the Canucks in Game 3.

It might be an old gag, but last night's performance by Roberto Luongo truly deserves a beach ball photoshop.

It might be an old gag, but last night's performance by Roberto Luongo truly deserves a beach ball photoshop.

From The Toronto Star

The seven-goal margin of victory was the most in an NHL final game since Colorado crushed Florida 8-1 in 1996. It was just the third time since 1927, when the NHL began competing exclusively for the Cup, that the margin in a game in the final was seven goals or more. The Bruins dramatically changed the complexion of the Stanley Cup final last night with an 8-1 drubbing of the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

Original Photos Yahoo, shakenbabyva

Heat Take Game 3

June 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat might be too much for the Dallas Mavericks to handle.

Jason Kidd has looked a little old, and really hasn't provided much help for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Jason Kidd has looked a little old, and really hasn't provided much help for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

From SI.com

The more the Dallas Mavericks rely on Dirk Nowitzki, the more obvious it becomes that his teammates aren’t doing enough to help. Dallas got to the NBA finals behind Nowitzki and a supporting cast that provided points from a lot of guys. Three games into the NBA finals, the Mavs are down 2-1 mainly because those other scorers are off-target.

Jason Terry has been shut out in two fourth quarters, but at least has the excuse of being covered by LeBron James.

J.J. Barea’s aim has simply fallen apart. Peja Stojakovic has been so awful that he may soon be stuck to the bench.

Original Photos Yahoo, shcfmd

Burrows Stars In Game 2

June 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Alex Burrows was a one man wrecking crew for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bruins' fans think he's Dracula, but Alex Burrows came up big for the Vancouver Canucks last night.

Bruins' fans might think he's some kind of vampire, but Alex Burrows came up big for the Vancouver Canucks last night.

From SB Nation

Just 11 seconds into the overtime period, Alex Burrows broke free, circled behind the Boston Bruins’ goal and slipped a shot past Tim Thomas and into the net, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win and 2-0 series lead on Saturday night. The man who made headlines following Game 1 for biting Patrice Bergeron during a heated moment let his play do the talking on Saturday night, scoring two goals and assisting on another as the Canucks held serve to take a 2-0 lead to Boston. Burrows, who escaped suspension earlier in the week, played the biggest role of them all, scoring the first goal of the game midway through the first period and assisting on another in the third.

Original Photo Yahoo

Mavericks Show Up In The Clutch

June 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks shocked the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks were clutch late in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks were clutch late in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

From The Chicago Sun Times

The Dallas Mavericks stunned the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with a 22-5 run in the final 6:20 of the fourth quarter that wiped out a 15-point deficit and tied the series 1-1 on Thursday night in Miami.

It was eerily reminiscent of the Heat’s equally stunning comeback against the Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Trailing 77-65 with 3:10 to play, the Heat outscored the Bulls 18-3 down the stretch to win 83-80 and clinch the series.

Original Photos nicoclub, sportslogos.net

Dirk’s Finger Means Trouble For Mavs

June 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Dirk Nowitzki’s injured left middle finger could be a big factor in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Not since Johnny Cash's classic photo was taken has the media focused on a middle finger like they have with Dirk Nowitzki's injury.

Not since Johnny Cash's classic photo was taken has the media focused on a middle finger like they have with Dirk Nowitzki's injury.

From The Chicago Sun Times

Nowitzki paid the price in the Dallas Mavericks’ 92-84 loss in Game 1 of the Finals. With the Mavs trailing 77-73 with 3:44 to play, Nowitzki tried to strip Chris Bosh in the lane. He thought he got all ball. Instead, he was called for a foul, Bosh hit two free throws and Nowitzki tore the tendon.

‘‘I was kind of talking to the referee about the play,’’ Nowitzki said, ‘‘and the next thing you know . . . I’m looking down, and my finger was bent. I couldn’t straighten it. It was a freakish play.’’

Original Photos iconicphotos, hotslive

Stanley Cup Time

June 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face each other tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Goaltending has been key for the Vancouver Canucks, but it is unknown if Roberto Luongo will be fully recovered from an Alexandre Burrows vampire bite.

Goaltending has been key for the Vancouver Canucks, but it is unknown if Roberto Luongo will be fully recovered from an Alexandre Burrows vampire bite.

From Fox News

Boston’s Tim Thomas and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo are two of this year’s three Vezina finalists. They carried their teams to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which will get under way Wednesday night with Game 1 at Rogers Arena. Luongo appeared in 60 games this season; Thomas played in 57. Last year, Cristobal Huet’s 48 appearances for the Blackhawks were the most of any goalie in the Final, but he played just 20 minutes during the entire playoffs.

While some teams were choosing to shore up areas of their team around their goaltenders, GMs Peter Chiarelli of Boston and Mike Gillis of Vancouver made sure a long time ago that they wouldn’t have to worry about their goaltending situations now. Chiarelli signed Thomas to a four-year, $20 million contract in April 2009 while Gillis locked up Luongo for the rest of his career, giving him a 12-year, $64 million deal in September 2009

Original Photos Yahoo, The Hockey News


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