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April 21st 2010: Daily Sports News-Gossip-Headlines

Wednesday Water Cooler – April 21st, 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!

The LPGA has been very quiet in our daily news over the last few months – but not anymore. The Tour’s top player pulled a Tiger – and then some. Golf leads off a wild day of news that covers death, retirement and the robot apocalypse.

Golf news: Lorena Ochoa retires at age 28

And the PGA thought it was in trouble when its top-ranked player took a hiatus.

Women’s world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa did Tiger one better yesterday, stunning the golf community when she announced her retirement.

Ochoa leaves behind quite a legacy at age 28. She won four straight Player of the Year Awards from 2006-2009, 27 tournaments and already qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame two years ago. Known for her charity work and warm demeanour, Ochoa reportedly wants to start a family and perform more charity work.

Good on ya, Lorena.

MLB news: Rockies president found dead; Edinson Volquez suspended for PED use

Big news day in Major League Baseball. First off, Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor was found dead in a Utah hotel room yesterday morning. He was just 48 years old. Authorities said they didn’t suspect any foul play and that he died of natural causes.

Reds starting pitcher Edinson Volquez is the latest 50-game suspendee in Major League Baseball. The ban was announced yesterday; he tested positive for several illegal substances when he reported for spring training. Volquez claimed the PEDs were actually fertility drugs he was using to help start a family with his wife.

“Luckily” for Volquez, he’s on the DL with Tommy John Surgery and (inexplicably) will be allowed to serve the suspension while he rehabs.

NFL news: Holt joins the Patriots; Nedney defeats robot in kicking contest

Even though Fred Taylor and Joey Galloway didn’t succeed on the same level as Corey Dillon, the New England Patriots aren’t through with their veteran free-agent reclamation projects. Their latest one: Torry Holt, a seven-time Pro-Bowl wideout who could make the Hall of Fame one day.

Holt, who ranks 10th all-time in receiving yards and 11th in catches, had a lackluster 2009 season with Jacksonville. He caught 51 passes for 772 yards.

Think it’s time for the Robot Apocalypse to finally take Earth by storm? Not on Joe Nedney’s watch. The 49ers kicker defeated a 340-pound robot named Ziggy in a field-goal contest. Ziggy nailed a 45-yarder but Nedney topped him with a 50-yarder. Phew.

Quick Brett Favre update: Brad Childress spoke to him…and learned nothing. Sigh.

NBA news: Superman takes defensive honors again; Noah sounds off on Cleveland

This just in: Superman is still well, super. Dwight Howard captured his second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award yesterday.

Not only is he the only player to lead the league in blocks and rebounds in the same season twice, he just did it in two straight seasons. Impressive stuff.

Joakim Noah just loves making enemies, doesn’t he? He ripped into the city of Cleveland following Chicago’s Game-1 loss, saying that “Cleveland sucks” and that there’s “nothing going on.”

Naturally, he got the Bronx Cheer in Game 2. Conspiracy theory: is he trying to plant the seeds of free-agent departure in LeBron James’ head to distract him?

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