March 28, 2008
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Dirk hurt his ankle and knee. He'll be out a couple weeks. The Wolves beat the tanking Knicks. Amare Stoudemire went 20 for 20 from the line in a win over Houston. Rick Adelman won his 800th game. Brent Barry signed with the Spurs. Joel Przybilla ripped 25 boards in a win over the Clippers. Lamar Odom had 23 points and 21 boards in a win over Golden State. Elton Brand was able to scrimmage. Chris Webber is retiring. Dwight Howard had 24 points and grabbed 21 boards in a loss to the Spurs. Deron Williams had 15 assists in a win over Charlotte. Chris Paul handed out 20 assists in a win over the Cavs. Andre Miller dished out 18 in a win over Chicago. Devin Harris had 15 in a win over Indiana. Brandon Roy will miss a few games with a groin injury. Seattle's Chris Wilcox (finger) called it a season. Jason Kidd had 15 assists, but lost to Denver putting them a game behind Dallas and a half game behind Golden State for the 7th & 8th playoff spots. Nene made his return after missing most of the season to testicular cancer. Celtics beat both the Suns and the Hornets by 20 points each.
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the year. Calgary's Jarome Iginla had a hat trick against the Wild. San Jose's Joe Thornton had one against Phoenix. This week's shutouts: Colorado's Jose Theodore vs. Calgary, Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury vs. New Jersey, Nashville's Dan Ellis vs. Columbus' Fredrik Norrena vs. Chicago, and LA's Erik Ersberg vs. Phoenix. Buffalo's Tim Connolly will miss the rest of the year because of a bad hip. NY Rangers F Blair Betts will miss a couple weeks because of foot surgery. Vancouver C Brendan Morrison's knee injury will cost him the rest of the year. Sid Crosby returned.
Miguel Cabrera signed an 8-year, $153 million deal with Detroit. Milwaukee placed P Yovani Gallardo on the 15 day DL (knee). Javy Lopez retired. Detroit's Curtis Granderson broke his finger. He was placed on the 15 day DL. The Twins signed Joe Nathan to a four-year deal worth $47 million. A great closer is awesome to have, but what happens when you never have leads? Brad Lidge landed on the Phillies' 15 day DL. Scott Rolen (finger) will miss a couple of weeks. The Red Sox opened the 2008 season with a win over Oakland. Manny drove in four. Jose Canseco claimed he introduce A-Rod to a steroid distibutor. The Cubs signed OF Reed Johnson. Rich Harden pitched a gem to earn Oakland a split in Japan. The Yankees named their Spring Training field George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Lofa Tatupu signed a six-year, $42 million extension with Seattle. They also signed CB Marcus Trufant to a six-year, $50 million deal. The Packers signed Atari Bigby to a one-year deal. Jason Elam is heading to Atlanta. The Niners lost a 5th round pick for tampering with Lance Briggs. Brandon Marshall hurt his arm at home and will be out a few months. The Giants signed LG Rich Seubert to a three-year deal. WR Reche Caldwell signed with St. Louis. Kevin Carter restructured his deal to return to Tampa Bay. The Colts extended the contract of President Bill Polian. San Diego C Nick Hardwick will miss at least a month following foot surgery. Draft prospect Heath Benedict was found dead in his home.
Day 2 finally saw March Madness live up to its name. #10 Davidson beat #7 Gonzaga behind Stephen Curry's 40 points. #12 Western Kentucky beat #5 Drake on a Ty Rogers' bomb as the clock expired. #13 San Diego knocked off #4 UConn. #13 Siena upset #4 Vanderbilt. #9 Arkansas put #8 Indiana out of its misery. #12 Villanova knocked off #5 Clemson. Day 3 saw the upsets continue. #7 West Virginia finished the job Belmont started on #2 Duke. #5 Michigan State got by #4 Pitt. Day 4 saw #12 Villanova reach the Sweet Sixteen with a win over Siena, #10 Davidson knock off #2 Georgetown, #12 Western Kentucky get by #13 San Diego. #1 North Carolina beat #4 Washington State to advance to the Elite 8. #3 Xavier joined them by knocking off #7 West Virginia. In the late games, #3 Louisville beat #2 Tennesse and #1 UCLA survived #12 Western Kentucky's comeback attempt. Davidson advances to the Sweet 16 after knocking out Wisconsin earlier tonight, Texas beat Stanford and currently #1 Kansas and #1 Memphis have comfortable leads against their opponents (Villanova and Michigan St.) in the 2nd half.
Tiger lost. I guess I should say Geoff Ogilvy won the WGC-CA Championship. Dean Wilson has the early lead in the Zurich Classic. Scott Wimmer won the Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
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