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December 1st 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – December 1st, 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.


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NFL news: Will Smith claims arrest is “misunderstanding”

Will Smith Of The New Orleans Saints In The News...

Saints defensive end Will Smith was arrested on a domestic abuse charge over the weekend but claims it was the result of an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” He got into an argument with his wife while leaving a New Orleans nightclub just after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday; police offers on patrol saw the argument escalate and saw Smith grab his wife’s hair. Hmm…don’t see how the cops  misunderstood that one, Will.

MLB news: Miguel Tejada signs with Giants; Dodgers sign Uribe, trade Theriot

The World Series champion San Francisco Giants lost infielders Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe, both crucial contributors during their playoff run, to free agency this offseason and have moved quickly to replace their production. They signed Miguel Tejada to a one-year, $6.5-million deal yesterday. Tejada, the 2002 American League MVP, hit .269 with 15 homers and 71 RBI last season.

One of San Fran’s top rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, retooled this week. They finalized a three-year, $21-million deal with Uribe. The deal rendered Ryan Theriot expendable, so the Dodgers shipped the scrappy shortstop/second baseman to the St. Louis Cardinals for reliever Blake Hawksworth.

NHL news: Avalanche acquire Tomas Fleischmann; Marian Hossa out three weeks; Pat Burns’ widow robbed after funeral

The Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals struck a seemingly small-time deal that could pay some important dividends yesterday. Colorado acquired enigmatic, underused forward Tomas Fleischmann from Washington in exchange for gritty defender Scott Hannan.

Fleischmann has struggled this season, netting just 10 points in 23 games, but he had 23 goals and 51 points in 69 games last year and is only 26 years old. Hannan gives the Caps some desperately needed physicality on the back end.

Marian Hossa just can’t shake off the injury bug. He was hurt in a collision with big Nick Boynton during practice on Monday and had to be helped off the ice. He’s out two to three weeks with an upper-body injury.

There’s low, and then there’s what happened at Pat Burns’ funeral yesterday. Some time between midnight and Tuesday morning the night after the legendary coach’s service, someone ransacked his widow’s car. Line Burns had left lots of memorabilia, including autographed sweaters, in the car along with family photos, clothes, jewelry and an iPad, all of which were stolen. Disgusting.

NCAA football news: Alabama fires P.A. operator for taunting Cameron Newton

Yes, even P.A. song selection can go too far. When Auburn visited Alabama for the Iron Bowl last week, a stadium employee selected songs to taunt quarterback Cameron Newton. “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” played on the P.A .while Newton warmed up; the songs were used in reference to the NCAA probe regarding Newton’s father, a pastor, soliciting $180,000 during recruiting last year. Alabama has since fired the employee, who did not clear the songs with a senior athletic administrator.

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Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.