February 28th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Sports water cooler headlines and sports gossip for Monday February 28th 2011. Shea Matthews weighs in with his analysis and opinions on today’s sports action…

Water Cooler – February 28th, 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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#1 707 Celtics 88%
#2 958 Red Sox 83%
#3 715 No. Colorado 82%
#4 703 Suns 82%
#5 709 Clippers 79%
#6 952 Braves 75%
#7 3 Wings 71%
#8 1 Blackhawks 70%
#9 722 Idaho St. 67%
#10 701 Bulls 63%

Sports News – NBA news: Tony Parker injures calf; Buyouts coming for Bibby, Murphy?

Tony Parker Injury A concern for the Spurs?

Uh-oh. The main concern for San Antonio’s playoff run was the health of creaky vets like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Tony Parker is supposed to be the “youngster” at age 28. So it has to give the Spurs a scare to see Parker injured last night. He bruised his calf and will be re-examined today. The “gut feeling” is that Parker will miss San Antonio’s next two games.

Could Mike Bibby and Troy Murphy both be signed by contending teams in the next 24 hours? Bibby hopes his new team, the Washington Wizards, will buy him out so he can sign with a team like Miami. It appears the Warriors have already bought out Troy Murphy’s contract. He’s drawing interest from the Heat, Celtics and Magic. Both Bibby and Murphy would have to sign with a team by Tuesday to be playoff-eligible.

MLB news: Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider dies; Yankees pursing Francisco Liriano?

Baseball said goodbye to Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider yesterday. The eight-time All-Star outfielder passed away of natural causes early Sunday morning. He was 84 years old. Snider batted .295 with 407 home runs with the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and, of course, the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was instrumental in leading Brooklyn its only World Series title in 1955.

New York Yankees haters have had plenty of laughs making fun of their shaky pitching staff entering the 2011 season. However, if you know the Yankees, you know we can always count on them to make an aggressive move to fix their holes. Reportedly, they’re looking hard at Minnesota Twins ace Francisco Liriano. The Twins appear receptive to a possible deal. They’re scouting several different Yankee prospects and might consider moving Liriano.

NFL scouting combine news: Mallett has drug problem? McElroy wonderful on Wonderlic; Locker’s mechanics flawed; Julio Jones impresses

Quarterbacks have been the focus at the NFL scouting combine and the news is mixed depending on the player.

Real uncertainty surrounds the physically gifted Arkansas product Ryan Mallett. He impressed with his accuracy, especially on deep balls, but refused to speak to the media about his rumored drug problem.

While Alabama’s Greg McElroy wasn’t considered an elite quarterback prospect by any means entering the combine, and he didn’t throw because of a right hand injury, he at least impressed with his smarts. He scored a 49 on the Wonderlic test, two points off a perfect score of 50. The Wonderlic test examines common sense and problem-solving ability.

At one point considered the top quarterback prospect in the NFL draft, Jake Locker’s stock continues to plummet. Scouts at the combine feel his throwing motion is mechanically flawed and Locker is expected to slip to the third or fourth round as a result.

More so than in recent years, wide receivers are expected to go high in the draft. While A.J. Green was considered the top guy entering the combine, Alabama’s Julio Jones has outdueled Green. Jones ran a 4.43 40-yard dash compared to 4.48 for Green and bested Green’s vertical leap as well.


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By Shea Matthews

Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.