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June 9th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – June 9th, 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.


Top PUBLIC Bets Today:

#1. 910 Milwaukee Brewers 94%
#2. 907 St Louis Cardinals 93%
#3. 905 Atlanta Braves 90%
#4. 914 San Diego Padres 90%
#5. 904 Philadelphia Phillies 86%
#6. 922 Detroit Tigers 82%
#7. 912 Colorado Rockies 80%
#8. 924 Minnesota Twins 76%
#9. 920 New York Yankees 75%

Sports News – PGA news: Tiger Woods withdraws from U.S. Open

Tiger Woods withdraws from U.S. Open

2011 is looking more and more like another lost season for Tiger Woods. He announced earlier this week that he won’t play in next week’s U.S. open due to a nagging knee injury.

“I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National [on June 30], the next two majors and the rest of the year.”

The injury occurred during an awkward swing at the Masters in April.

MLB news: Knee surgery for Dustin Pedroia? Rangers draft paralyzed college player; Chipper Jones calls out Jason Heyward

Are the Boston Red Sox about to lose second baseman Dustin Pedroia to knee surgery? The knee has bothered him since he fell awkwardly during a May 16 game against Baltimore. The former American League MVP will have it re-evaluated today and it’s possible that he’ll go under the knife and miss an extend period of time.

The Texas Rangers made a classy move during day three of the MLB amateur draft yesterday, drafting paralyzed Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd round. Taylor was paralyzed from the waist down after a horrific outfield collision with teammate Zach Cone on March 6 but has shown signs of improvement, hinting that he may walk again some day.

The Rangers were already quite familiar with Taylor, as they’d scouted him throughout his high-school and college years, and explained that they were already planning to draft him before his injury, so they didn’t want to change their plans.

Crotchety old man and Atlanta Braves vet Chipper Jones is calling out the young pup. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he believes Jason Heyward has to play through some aches and pains. Heyward hasn’t played since May 19 because of a shoulder injury and recently said he wouldn’t play until it was 100 per cent healed.

“What Jason needs to realize is that Jason at 80 per cent is a force, and Jason at 80 per cent is better than a lot of people in this league,” Jones said. “And that there are a bunch of his teammates that are out there playing with discomfort and not healthy and still going at it.”

NBA news: Barkley slams Heat fans; Iguodala for Kaman? Sterns says NBA not close to CBA deal

Charles Barkley’s war with the Miami Heat fans continues. He had already drawn their ire after calling the Heat a “whiney bunch” earlier in the playoffs. This week, he called Heat fans the NBA’s worst. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

“You’re at the game and you are like, ‘Man this place isn’t even loud.” At least when you go to Chicago, it’s loud in there, it’s crazy down in Dallas but it’s not even loud in Miami.”

Andre Iguodala trade rumors continue to swirl out of Philadelphia. The latest has the guard-forward heading to the Los Angeles Clippers for a package featuring Chris Kaman. No word yet on what the Clippers would add to sweeten the pot.

Could the NBA soon join the NFL in lockout mode? Commissioner David Stern has hinted at that fate. He said yesterday that the owners and players remain very far apart on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. Owners want to drastically change the league’s salary structure and include a hard cap.

NHL news: Milbury calls Sedins “Thelma and Louise”; Chris Drury done with Rangers

NBC/Versus commentator Mike Milbury ruffled the Vancouver Canucks’ feathers last night after he called the Sedin twins “Thelma and Louise” during their Game-4 loss to Boston.

“I have no comment. That’s so bad,” Daniel said. He has a goal and an assist in the Stanley Cup final and brother Henrik has zero points.

Cory Schneider responded with a solid burn on the former (horrible) GM Milbury: “Who cares what he thinks. If he’d been their general manager, he would have traded them in their first year anyway like he did with everyone else.”

After several injury-ravaged seasons, Chris Drury’s time with the New York Rangers appear to be up. Reportedly, they will buy out the final season of his five-year, $35.25-million deal. Brutal contract. Not Bobby-Holik brutal, but brutal nonetheless.


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