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March 30th 2010: Daily Sports News-Gossip-Headlines

Tuesday Water Cooler – March 30, 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!

After a hiatus, the daily news beat is back and there’s plenty to discuss. The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons this NFL offseason. The latest guy to lead off the day’s news: Santonio Holmes.

NFL news: Santonio Holmes accused of assault

Did Santonio Holmes feel the need to honor his quarterback and (allegedly) commit a crime of his own? He joined Ben Roethlisberger as a second Pittsburgh Steeler to be accused of a violent offense in the last week.

In a lawsuit filed last Wednesday, Anshonoe Mills claimed that Holmes, the Super Bowl XLIII MVP, threw a glass in her face and bloodied her because she was sitting on a couch in the VIP section of an Orlando nightclub. He reportedly offered to pay her off, wanting to avoid bad publicity, but she eventually contacted the police.

On a lighter note, Sam Bradford keeps rocketing up the draft board as the big day approaches; in fact, he may be back in the No. 1 spot. He impressed scouts bigtime in his 63-pass workout yesterday, generating buzz like “no ball touched the ground” and Troy Aikman comparisons because of his accuracy. The Rams must be licking their chops.

NBA news: Nets avoid worst record in NBA history

Rejoice! The New Jersey Nets aren’t the NBA’s ultimate all-time laughing stock. By the looks of it, they’ll just be the second- biggest laughing stock. They won their 10th game of the season last night, eclipsing the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers’ nine wins.

Now, it’s time to sit back and, eventually, watch out. New (and insane?) owner Mikhail Prokhorov has big money to spend, we know all about the 2010 free agent class and there’s also a potential John Wall pick via the lottery.

But before we file the Nets’ story away for the season, here’s one more humiliating nugget: Nets CEO Brett Yormark will have lunch today with a real “brown bag fan.” Chris Lisi had an angry exchange with Yormark while wearing a paper bag on his head a week ago. The lunch will serve as Yormark’s olive branch.

NHL news: Coyotes on the move despite banner season?

Sheesh, NHL. You couldn’t have kept this under wraps until the season ended? The Phoenix Coyotes have been an amazing story, overcoming bankruptcy and threats of a move to challenge for the Western Conference crown this season. A report leaked in the Phoenix Business Journal yesterday explaining that the NHL had a “backup deal” with Toronto billionaire David Thomson and True North Sports and Entertainment, a Winnipeg-based company.

If Ice Edge Holdings or Jerry Reinsdorf fails to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, the move north is a contingency plan.

Hey – nothing wrong with a Plan B or C. But it would’ve been nice to keep the thought of a move out of the players’ minds while they make their push for the Stanley Cup, no?

Golf news: Couples making life on the Champions Tour unfair

Oh, Freddy, At least you’re having a blast on the Champions Tour and we’re having a blast watching ya. But I wonder what the other poor seniors are feeling right now?

Couples’ finishes so far on the Champions Tour: second, first, first, first. Wow. Does this mean he should keep dominating hapless seniors or could his game be hot enough to challenge for a title again on the PGA tour? (The Masters is coming…he does own a Green Jacket)

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