Water Cooler – February 17th, 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: Nets jump back into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes; Magic vs Bird to become Broadway play?
Just when we thought Mikhail Prokhorov and the New Jersey Nets were out of the Melo sweepstakes, they’re back in the thick of it. Reportedly, both Prokhorov and the New York Knicks owner, James Dolan, plan to meet with Anthony’s camp this weekend during the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles.
While Melo openly prefers the Knicks, the Denver Nuggets are higher on the package the Nets have to offer, which could include Derrick Favors and multiple first-round picks.
Today’s sign of the apocalypse: the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird rivalry is becoming a Broadway musical. Inspired by the highly positive response to the play “Lombardi,” Broadway producers Fran Kimser and Tony Ponturo are green-lighting a play focusing on Magic and Bird’s lives as they entered the league in 1979 right up until they were Dream Team teammates in 1992.
NHL news: Kaberle booked for Boston? Senators make two minor moves; Canucks lose another defenseman
Could the NHL’s version of the Carmelo Anthony drama finally, mercifully end today? It looks like a Tomas Kaberle trade to the Boston Bruins is imminent – so imminent that it may have already happened by the time you read these words. Sources suggest the Toronto Maple Leafs will receive Boston’s first-round pick plus a young player (originally thought to be Blake Wheeler but now more likely to be Joe Colborne). Another team could jump in for Kaberle’s services but the Bruins are the only team we know for certain that he’d waive his no-trade clause to join.
The Ottawa Senators continue to clean house. They shipped agitator Jarkko Ruutu to the Anaheim Ducks yesterday for a sixth-round draft pick. Today, they pulled off a curious move, swapping starting goalie Brian Elliott with Colorado’s starter, Craig Anderson. Both are slated to become free agents this summer (Elliott restricted).
The poor Vancouver Canucks can’t make it through a game without losing another defenseman. They’d already lost Alex Edler, Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. The latest casualty is Kevin Bieksa, who should miss two to three weeks with a broken foot. He suffered the injury while blocking a shot during Tuesday’s win over Minnesota.
MLB news: No comeback for Gary Sheffield, Jim Edmonds
Gary Sheffield and Jim Edmonds both enjoyed solid careers as power-hitting outfielders but both appear to be ending their possible comeback bids. Sheff, who tallied 509 homers and had eight 30-homer seasons, said he called the MLB Players Association Wednesday to officially retire.
Edmonds isn’t officially retired but has decided not to report to the St. Louis Cardinals’ camp as he recovers from offseason Achilles’ tendon surgery.
NFL news: Colts release Bob Sanders; no long-term offer for Vincent Jackson in San Diego
As talented a player as safety Bob Sanders is, the Indianapolis Colts just couldn’t put up with his injuries any longer. They released him today, ending his seven-year tenure with the team. Sanders hasn’t played a full season since 2007 and played just one game in 2010.
Not surprisingly, San Diego Chargers’ GM A.J. Smith said he isn’t “comfortable” negotiating a long-term extension with Vincent Jackson, who was given the franchise tag earlier this week. He suggested he’d be open to making an offer if Jackson has a big 2011 season, however.
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