Water Cooler – February 10th, 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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Today’s Sports News – NBA news: Carmelo Anthony would consider extension in Denver; Cavaliers tie pro sports futility record
After all the Carmelo Anthony trade hoop-la, could the superstar wind up staying with the Denver Nuggets after all?
He recently said that he would “take a real hard look” at signing a contract extension with the Nuggets if he isn’t dealt by the deadline this season. A report from The Denver Post suggests that the chances of Anthony not getting traded are “better than average.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one loss away from becoming professional sports’ ultimate losers. At 26 games, they already own the new NBA record for the longest losing streak. But with that 26th loss, they tied the NFL’s 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in any major pro sport. A 27th loss would have the Cavs standing alone.
NHL news: Maple Leafs trade Francois Beauchemin to Ducks; Blackhawks, Panthers swing multi-player deal; Matt Cooke suspended; Chris Drury out six weeks
It’s been a busy 24 hours in the NHL. The first domino leading up to the NHL trade deadline has fallen. The Toronto Maple Leafs traded veteran blueliner Francois Beauchemin back to his previous team, the Anaheim Ducks. In return, Toronto received enigmatic sniper Joffrey Lupul, defensive prospect (and former first-rounder) Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2013.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers completed a five-player trade today. Chicago received forward Michael Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak; Florida got Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan. While Skille and Jessiman were once considered top prospects, Frolik is the big name in the deal. The former 10th overall pick has 29 points in 52 games this season.
NFL news: League, Players Association cancel meeting; Carson Palmer to put house up for sale
The NFL and the Players Association met for a long session yesterday to hammer away at negotiations for the next collective bargaining agreement. They also held a session this past Saturday for the first time since November.
The sides are hoping to strike a deal in time to save the 2011 season but for now, they’re stepping back. They were supposed to meet for five hours today but the meeting has been cancelled.
The Cincinnati Bengals previously insisted that they’re not trading Carson Palmer but the 31-year-old quarterback is intent on leaving. He demanded a trade and intends to retire if Cincy doesn’t trade or release him. Proof he isn’t bluffing; a Cincinnati TV station reported yesterday that Palmer plans to put his house up for sale.
MLB news: Rockies pull out of Michael Young sweepstakes
Michael Young wants out of Texas but his ticket won’t be punched for Colorado. With $48 million remaining on the third baseman’s contract and Texas unwilling to eat some if any of his deal, the Rockies deemed the price too high. They’ve withdrawn their offer.
NCAA football news: Tate Forcier transfers to Miami
Could the Miami Hurricanes have their starter for when the Jacory Harris era ends? Tate Forcier has transferred from Michigan to Miami, figuring he won’t get the Wolverines’ starting quarterback job back from Denard Robinson.
Forcier, who has 2,647 passing yards, 17 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions over 20 games with Michigan, won’t be eligible to play for the Hurricanes until 2012. That works out fine for Miami, however, as Jacory Harris will graduate after 2011, leaving only Stephen Morris under center.
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