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February 14th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – February 14th, 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 – MLB news: Pujols, Cards push deadline to Wednesday; Sabathia ponders opting out? Dukes claims MLB blackballed him for coming clean on drug use

Bleak days for Albert Pujols Contract Negotiations...

As bleak as Albert Pujols’ contract negotiations are going with the St. Louis Cardinals – he rejected their most recent offer – neither side has given up on striking a deal. The deadline has been pushed back to Wednesday since Cards Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial will be honored at the White House on Tuesday.

Pujols’ teammate, Matt Holliday, is trying to help the cause. He said on Friday that he’d be willing to defer more of the salary on his seven-year, $120-million deal if it gave the Cards a better shot of re-signing Pujols.

Could C.C. Sabathia exercise his opt-out on his current pact with the New York Yankees after this season? “Anything is possible in a contract,” he recently told the New York Post. With Cliff Lee now making about $2 million more per season on average, maybe the younger C.C. feels slighted?

Elijah Dukes is back in the news. He never made headlines for baseball during his playing career, instead drawing attention for fathering six children with four women and getting arrested multiple times. He recently told the Tampa Tribune that he feels he was blackballed by baseball because he came forward about drug use – his own and that of some Washington Nationals teammates.

Dukes admitted to smoking Marijuana occasionally before home games with the Nats and said some other players would smuggle drugs onto planes and use them in hotel rooms during road trips. Dukes is out of baseball now and trying to make it as a rapper, Fly Eli.

NBA news: Bobcats shopping Boris Diaw? DeMarcus Cousins banned from own team flight; Paul Pierce injures foot; Melo-drama hurting Knicks?

The Charlotte Bobcats are making a bit of noise in the lowly Eastern Conference playoff hunt; at 23-31, they’re two games behind Indiana in the race for eighth place. As a result, they’re looking for a shakeup to put them over the top. They’ve made forward Boris Diaw available for a trade. He averages 11.1 points, 5.3 boards and 3.7 assists on the year.

It was a rough weekend for DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. After a 99-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, Cousins confronted Donte Greene, angry that Green passed to Tyreke Evans instead of him for the final shot in the game. Few details about the incident have been released but we do know that Greene left the locker room “composed” and without any physical marks on him.

Still, Cousins was banned from the team flight to Phoenix late Saturday. The team may suspend him but wants to review the incident further.

The Boston Celtics beat streaking Miami yesterday but the news wasn’t all good. Paul Pierce had an epically bad game, going 0 for 10 from the field. He said he’s battling minor injuries to his hand and foot and will have an MRI on the foot today.

The New York Knicks haven’t been themselves of late and Raymond Felton believes he knows why. He says the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors are “being talked about too much” and affecting the team negatively. The Nicks are 4-8 since the New Jersey Nets publicly pulled out of the Melo sweepstakes and made New York the frontrunner to land him.

NHL news: Mario Lemieux attacks NHL’s handling of Penguins/Islanders brawl

Did you see the New York Islanders hammer the Pittsburgh Penguins 9-3 on Friday? The game was straight out of the 1970s, filled with wild brawls. It ended with 346 penalty minutes, 15 fighting majors, 20 misconducts and 10 ejections. Trevor Gillies, Matt martin and Eric Godard all received multi-game suspensions.

Mario Lemieux slammed the league for failing to properly punish the Islanders, as Isles forward Eric Godard was the first to leave the bench and start the brawl. Gillies got a nine-game ban for a head shot that concussed Eric Tangradi.

Lemieux said that the Islanders – who were fined $100,000 by the league – “must bear some responsibility for their failure to control their players.” He also suggested “If events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to rethink whether I want to be part of it.”

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