Water Cooler – May 30th, 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.
Top PUBLIC Bets Today:
#1 974 Texas Rangers 92%
#2 978 Oakland Athletics 89%
#3 401 New Orleans Voodoo 80%
#4 954 Washington Nationals 80%
#5 955 Philadelphia Phillies 80%
#6 964 Colorado Rockies 77%
#7 979 New York Yankees 75%
#8 958 Atlanta Braves 74%
#9 972 Tampa Bay Rays 73%
Sports News – NCAA football news: Jim Tressel resigns
Ohio State football head coach Jim Tressel shocked the sports world today when he resigned. Over the last several months, he has become the focal point of an investigation surrounding Ohio State players trading memorabilia for tattoos. Tressel was exposed for lying about not knowing about the incident and for knowingly playing ineligible players. He had already been suspended for the start of the 2011 season.
”After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach,” Tressel said in a statement released today. “The appreciation that [his wife] Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”
NHL news: Manny Malhotra cleared for the Stanley Cup; Nathan Horton fined for water bottle incident
Quite the turnaround for Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra. After he required multiple surgeries on his left eye when a puck struck him on March 16, his career was in question. Now, he’s back and ready to suit up for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. He had 30 points for Vancouver and was considered a top penalty killer and faceoff man for Vancouver this season.
The NHL has fined Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton for squirting a heckling Tampa Bay Lightning fan with a water bottle in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. He also tossed the bottle in the fan’s direction. Horton has three-game winning goals in these playoffs, including two series-clinchers.
NFL news: Eagles pursing Plaxico Burress; Kurt Warner urges NFL players to give in
Plaxico Burress is set to be released from prison early in June and may find a home quickly. The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in the 6’6” wideout’s skill set. Burress, a former Giant and Steeler, has been in jail since September 2009 after accidentally shooting himself with a loaded handgun in a nightclub.
Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner urged the NFL players this week to “give in” to the owners in the lockout dispute since the players have too much to lose. “I don’t think there’s any question the players have to give back money,” Warner said. “And we have to realize we’ve had it great for a number of years,” he added.
“As a player, you have to say, ‘it’s OK for us to pull back a little bit and make less.’ So now where do we subsidize that? Where do we get our benefits in this new agreement?”
MLB news: Twins place Joe Nathan on DL
Minnesota Twins reliever Joe Nathan just couldn’t win his closing job back to start 2011 after working his way back from Tommy John surgery. After he went 1-1 with a 7.63 ERA over 17 appearances this season, the Twinkies placed him on the 15-day DL Saturday due to soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.
NBA news: Cavs pursuing No. 2 pick; Heat dealing with injuries
The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 1 and No. 4 pick overall in the upcoming NBA draft but they aren’t satisfied. Likely eyeing both Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams, they’re reportedly trying to acquire the No. 2 overall pick. In their proposed trade, they would take Richard Hamilton into their $14.8-million trade exception in exchange for Detroit’s No. 8 overall pick. They would then take that pick and the fourth overall pick to Minnesota for the second pick.
As the NBA Finals approach, the Miami Heat are hobbled. Swingman Mike Miller’s thumb continues to bother him and he says it won’t be right until he has offseason surgery. James Jones is battling a toe injury plus a bad back. Dwayne Wade is playing through a sore shoulder. It didn’t affect him in round two against Boston, when he averaged 30.2 points and shot 52 per cent, but it seemed to limit him against Chicago in round three, when he slipped to 18.8 points on 40.5 per cent shooting.
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