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August 9th 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – August 9th, 2010

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.

Enjoy!

It wasn’t the most eventful sports weekend but there were a few standout performances – both good and bad – worth discussing.

PGA news: Tiger posts worst 72-hole score of his career

The biggest question we have to ask ourselves after Tiger Woods’ struggles at the WGC-Bridgestone last weekend is whether or not the struggles even qualify as news anymore. They’re becoming more trend than anomaly.

Tiger finished 18-over at a tournament he’d won seven times before. He remains winless in 2010 and in grave danger of losing his World No. 1 ranking for the first time in five years. Is Tiger done? Hardly. But I do think he’s done in 2010.

NFL news: Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith inducted into Hall of Fame

The wait is over for two statistical champions at different positions. Jerry Rice, the NFL’s all-time receiving leader, and NFL rushing king Emmitt Smith were both inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton over the weekend.

Some people make a case that Rice is the greatest football player of all time. In addition to receiving yards, he leads all NFLers in receptions and touchdowns for a career. He made 13 Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls with the 49ers dynasty.

Emmitt, proud owner of 11 1,000-yard rushing seasons, won three Super Bowls of his own with the Dallas Cowboys dynasty in the 1990s. Congrats, fellas.

MLB news: Brandon Morrow strikes out 17, barely misses no-hit bid

Toronto’s Brandon Morrow came within a single out of becoming the sixth pitcher to toss a no-hitter in 2010. It’s a shame that Aaron Hill couldn’t scoop Evan Longoria’s grounder on what would’ve been the final out, as Morrow’s performance yesterday may have been the best we’ve seen from a pitcher this year.

Morrow struck out 17 Tampa Bay Rays in his one-hit, complete-game shutout.

NHL news: Selanne returning to Anaheim; Kariya to follow

Though there were rumors of Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya becoming Sidney Crosby’s next linemates, it appears now that the buddies are returning to their old stomping grounds in Anaheim.

Selanne is the much safer bet. The Finnish Flash is reportedly re-signing with the Ducks for “at least one more year.” It’s still unknown if Kariya will join him but Selanne will almost certainly try to convince him.

UFC news: Anderson Silva pulls off a comeback for the ages, retains belt

No one knew if the Anderson Silva/Chael Sonnen UFC middleweight championship fight could live up to all the hype. Sonnen talked and talked and talked but no one knew if he’d back it up.

He did in a big way on Saturday. He outstruck and outhustled Anderson Silva before repeatedly taking him down and bullying the champ for four straight rounds. Sonnen entered the last round pitching a shutout; Silva’s only chance to retain his title was to score a knockout or submission.

And, somehow, Silva did it. In the dying minutes, he caught Sonnen in a triangle choke and scored an improbable submission victory that many fight fans are already dubbing the greatest comeback in UFC history.

Let the rematch buzz begin.

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