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February 25th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – February 24th, 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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Sports News – NBA news: Gerald Wallace, Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier, Jeff Green moved in deadline deals

Lots of trades this week in the NBA

The huge deals happened earlier this week but NBA trade deadline day still delivered a few more intriguing trades.

The Boston Celtics got younger and more athletic, acquiring Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. Green, the key to the deal, averages 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Perkins is still recovering from a knee injury.

Shane Battier, one of the NBA’s favorite team guys, rejoined the team that drafted him yesterday. Houston sent him and Ish Smith to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first-rounder and  7’3” center Hasheem Thabeet, the second pick from the 2009 draft.

The Rockets weren’t done. They also traded Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick. Brooks broke out last year to average 19.6 points per game but was a huge disappointment in Houston this year, averaging just 11.6 points per contest.

After surviving without Brandon Roy and staying in the playoff hunt until his return, the Portland Trail Blazers were buyers yesterday. They picked up Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham and two first-round picks. Wallace, an All-Star last year, averages 15.6 points and 8.2 boards this season.

NHL news: Canadiens acquire Brent Sopel; Cory Stillman traded back to Carolina

A few minor deals  went down in the NHL yesterday as Monday’s trade deadline approaches. The Montreal Canadiens sent Ben Maxwell and a fourth-round draft pick to Atlanta for defenseman Brent Sopel and forward Nigel Dawes.

Also, Cory Stillman is back in Carolina. The Hurricanes picked up the veteran, who won a Stanley Cup with them in 2006, from the Florida Panthers for center Ryan Carter.

MLB news: Miguel Cabrera practicing with Tigers, will enter treatment for alcoholism; Adrian Beltre strains calf; Joe Blanton on the block?

Miguel Cabrera joined Detroit Tigers camp to practice today for the first time since his DUI arrest. Manager Jim Leyland said Miggy was in excellent physical condition and would be ready for game action soon. Cabrera apologized for his arrest yesterday and will enter an alcohol treatment program. He’ll remain with the team will undergoing treatment that includes professional behavioral counselling.

Adrian Beltre’s Texas Rangers debut could be on hold. The freshly signed third baseman looks like he’ll miss 10 to 14 spring training games with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

After Adam Wainwright’s season-ending elbow injury, rumors are swirling out of St. Louis that the Cardinals are interested in the Phillies’ Joe Blanton – possibly in exchange for Colby Rasmus. Interestingly enough, it was Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. who refuted the rumor this week, insisting that Blanton would open the season as Philadelphia’s fifth starter.

Um, Phillies? Did St. Louis really offer you Rasmus for Blanton? Are you kidding me? TAKE THAT TRADE if it’s for real.

NFL news: Jerry Jones takes blame for Super Bowl ticket error; Bears extend Lovie Smith; Kyle Orton named Broncos’ 2011 starter

Jerry Jones takes the blame for accidentally screwing some angry people out of their Super Bowl seats earlier this month. More than 1,000 temporary seats were ruled unsafe just before the game, forcing fans to new seats or standing room-only areas. Jones, the Cowboys owner and the man behind Cowboys Stadium, said it was his fault for not making sure all the seats were checked and ready in time.

The Bears are sticking with Lovie Smith as their head coach; they signed him to a two-year extension this week. He led them to an 11-5 record and an NFC Championship berth last season. Smith has a 66-52 career record and took the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006.

The Tim Tebow era won’t begin in Denver just yet. New head coach John Fox has already named Kyle Orton his starting quarterback for 2011. Should Denver fans be nervous about this? Fox was the man guiding Jake Delhomme for years in Carolina. He’s not exactly a quarterback guru.

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