Water Cooler – April 13th, 2011
Here we go with today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter Sports Picks and topics…well, basically all the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.
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Sports News – MLB news: Josh Hamilton breaks bone in shoulder, out two months
It appears Josh Hamilton, the reigning American League MVP, will continue his trend of getting injured every second season. The big Texas outfielder broke a bone in his shoulder Tuesday night on a headfirst slide to home plate.
Hamilton took the advice from his third-base coach to take home on a foul popup and wasn’t happy about it after the game.
“I listened to my third-base coach. That’s a little too aggressive,” Hamilton said. The whole time I was watching the play I was listening. [He said], ‘Nobody’s at home, nobody’s at home.’ I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t want to do this. Something’s going to happen.’” And Hamilton was right.
NBA news: Andrew Bynum out with hyperextended knee; Chris Paul to Charlotte in 2012?
Once, just once, the Lakers would like to get through a season – even half a season –without an Andrew Bynum injury. The big man went down yet again with a hyperextended knee on Tuesday after stepping on the foot of San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair. It was the same knee he recently had surgically repaired. Bynum will undergo an MRI today to check the damage.
Could Chris Paul join forces with Michael Jordan in 2012? CP3 has another year left with the New Orleans Hornets but said Charlotte “would definitely be something to think about.” He added, “I think guys do and will want to play for MJ. Who better to learn from?”
NCAA basketball news: Kemba Walker, Shelvin Mack, Malcolm Lee declare for draft; two Florida players arrested, suspended; San Diego gambling ring exposed
Say what you want about the quality of the 2011 NBA draft class – but at least lots of players are declaring early. Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to a national championship on the strength of an 11-0 run to end the season, has declared. He averaged 23.5 points per game and set a school record for total points.
Also declaring: Butler guard Shelvin Mack. The junior averaged 20.3 points in the NCAA Tournament this year, leading his team to its second straight national title game. UCLA junior guard Malcolm Lee has also entered the draft.
Florida forwards Erik Murphy and Cody Larson have been suspended by the team after they were arrested for burglary on Sunday. They were charged after they attempted to break into a car.
On Monday, federal authorities charged San Diego’s all-time leading scorer, Brandon Johnson, and 10 other people for running an illegal sports betting ring. Reportedly, the arrested parties ran a scheme that included influencing the outcome of games. Johnson allegedly took a bribe to influence a USD game in February of 2010 and may have solicited someone else to affect a San Diego game while playing for the Dakota Wizards in the NBA D-League.
NHL news: Devils win draft lottery, Oilers to pick first; Stars fire Marc Crawford; Jarome Iginla “not going anywhere”
The NHL held its annual draft lottery Tuesday night. The New Jersey Devils, who had just the eighth-worst record in the league, defied the odds to win it. They moved up the maximum four spots to the fourth overall pick in June’s draft. The Edmonton Oilers will pick first for the second straight year.
The Dallas Stars became the latest non-playoff qualifier to axe its head coach on Tuesday, firing Marc Crawford. Over two seasons, he guided Dallas to a 79-60-25 record. Crawford has missed the playoffs in five straight seasons.
Even though the aging Calgary Flames missed the playoffs this season, general manager Jay Feaster insists that captain Jarome Iginla will return for a 15th season next year. “Jarome is the face of the franchise in many ways,” Feaster said. “Jarome is a guy who at times this season carried the hockey club.” Iginla was third in the NHL in goals (43) and sixth in points (86) this past season.
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