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June 3rd 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – June 3rd, 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 – MLB news: Tommy John surgery for Mike Lamb; MLB resolves A-Rod/Sucart investigation

MLB resolves A-Rod/Sucart investigation

The Kansas City Royals have baseball’s best farm system, littered with top-20 guys from Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects, but they just lost one for an extended period of time.  Lefty Mike Lamb, 20, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow today. He was 1-2 with a 3.06 ERA at Double-A this season.

It appears Major League Baseball has more or less resolved the issue regarding Alex Rodriguez’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, who was recently seen hanging around the New York Yankees. He was banned from associating with the team after A-Rod admitted that Sucart injected him.

“Our position is, we told the Yankees, they agreed, that [Sucart] should not be allowed in any non-public areas: clubhouses, any team charters, buses,” said Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president of player relations. “And it’s our understanding that that prohibition has been respected.”

NBA news: Howard denies being close to extension with Magic; Heat collapse fuelled by celebrating?

On Thursday, center Dwight Howard denied a report that he was about to sign a two-year contract extension with the Orlando Magic worth $22 million before the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires on July 1.

WKMG sports director David Pingalore had reported that anonymous league and team sources told him the deal was “all but signed.”

The Miami Heat’s collapse in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night was epic; they led by 15 points over the Dallas Mavericks with roughly seven minutes to play only to lose the game. Was the furious Mavs comeback fuelled by a Heat celebration? After Dwyane Wade drained a three to put Miami up 15, LeBron James celebrated by boxing his chest. The Dallas players claimed it offended them and fuelled their fire.

I’m with the Heat on this one: get over it. It was a minor celebration leading into a timeout. You see it a million times per game. This is just scrutinizing Miami because we like to harp on the “bad guys.”

NHL news: Another eye procedure for Manny Malhotra; Stars won’t re-sign Richards; Sidney Crosby cleared to work out; Cup ratings best in 12 years

Manny Malhotra has been cleared by doctors to join the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final but had another procedure on his injured eye this week. Reportedly, it was minor and doesn’t affect his ability to return. Conditioning might be the only thing standing in his way.

It looks like Brad Richards will hit the open market as the NHL’s most coveted free agent this summer. Reportedly, the Dallas Stars won’t re-sign their star center and top scorer.

Sidney Crosby (concussion) has been cleared for offseason workouts. He had continued to suffer from concussion-like symptoms months after his early-January injury but doctors have reportedly given the superstar Penguins center the green light to start working out.

Even though the NHL and NBA championship series are happening at the same time (albeit not on the same night), both leagues’ are flourishing on TV. Hoops ratings are up and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between Vancouver and Boston was the highest-rated since Dallas and Buffalo drew a 3.7 rating for Game 1 of the 1999 final.

NFL news: secret meetings between owners, players? ; No ESPN Fantasy Magazine in 2011

On Wednesday, the NFL and the NFL Players Association cancelled scheduled mediation sessions. But it wasn’t bad news. They did so because, reportedly, several team owners met with league commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith for “confidential settlement sessions.” Fingers crossed.

With the NFL in a work stoppage, ESPN became the first media company to cancel its annual preseason fantasy football magazine.

Kevin Ota, who is a spokesman for ESPN digital media, told the Washington Post that the company didn’t feel it was appropriate to produce the magazine in light of the unsteady climate in the league. USA Today has pushed back the scheduled launch of its fantasy preview magazine to late July.

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  1. Ya it was reported on NFLN and ESPN. “”Several team owners met in Chicago on Wednesday in what was intended to be a secret meeting. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith were also in attendance, both ESPN and NFL Network reported.””

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