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March 11th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – March 11th, 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 – NFL news: Witness says Meriweather isn’t the shooter; Tempers flare in CBA negotiations

Witness says Meriweather isn’t the shooter

Maybe Brandon Meriweather didn’t shoot two people after all. Well, at least according to one of his relatives. The unnamed person said that Meriweather wasn’t carrying a gun and was playing peacemaker in the fight with the two victims before someone else opened fire.

The NFL labor agreement expires tonight and things aren’t looking good. The owners and players have resorted to verbal jabs. Lead NFL negotiator Jeff Pash openly questioned the union’s desire to get a deal done, saying he doesn’t know “if both sides have an equal commitment.” Union head DeMaurice Smith countered by discussing the revelation that the owners were trying to strike a TV deal that would pay them $4 billion in the event of a lockout regardless of whether or not any games were played.

NHL news: Joe Thornton accuses NHL of being lenient toward Boston; Kubina suspended; Gagner, Steen, Jackman out for season

Sharks center Joe Thornton made a bold accusation toward the NHL yesterday, suggesting that the league is more lenient toward the Boston Bruins when it comes to punishing players for questionable behavior.

Colin Campbell is the NHL’s vice-president of hockey operations and almost always involved in disciplinary action. His son, Gregory, plays for the Boston Bruins. Thornton said he isn’t assuming that’s why the Bruins get so many breaks, but that “it just seems like they have a horseshoe.” He was obviously referring to the lack of discipline for Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty this week. Campbell wasn’t involved in the ruling because of a conflict of interest with his son’s team.

Supporting Thornton’s theory, the NHL suspended Pavel Kubina yesterday after he elbowed Chicago’s Dave Bolland in the head during Wednesday’s game. Kubina will sit out three games.

Oilers center Sam Gagner is out for the season. He suffered a deep wrist laceration from a teammate’s skate on Thursday and had surgery yesterday. The St. Louis Blues have probably lost two of their own guys for the year as well. Alex Steen is out with a high ankle sprain and Barret Jackman had finger surgery. Both guys are expected to miss four to six weeks and, with the Blues out of the Western Conference playoff picture, that means their seasons are all but over.

NBA news: Gerald Wallace calls Bobcats trade “stab in the back”

Even though Gerald Wallace got dealt from the mediocre Charlotte Bobcats to the superior Portland Trail Blazers, he’s still sore about the trade. He said this week that the trade was a “stab in the back” and “slap in the face.” He’s most angry with Michael Jordan, who told him the day of the deal that no trades were happening.

Wallace was the last remaining member of the original Charlotte Bobcats.

MLB news: Japanese players affected by Earthquake; Jon Garland out with oblique strain

The devastating, 8.9-magnitude Earthquake that hit Japan is having an effect on some Major League Baseball players. Takashi Saito and Kei Igawa have both left their respective training camps as they try to locate family members. Saito hasn’t found his parents and Igawa said he’s hometown was hit by a tsunami.

Dodgers starter Jon Garland’s 2011 campaign will start late. He strained his oblique muscle during an exhibition start Wednesday and will miss four to six weeks.


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