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March 14th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – March 14th, 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 – NBA news: Kevin Love’s streak ends; Franchise low in points allowed for Celtics; Ilgauskas hospitalized with foot infection

NBA news: Kevin Love’s streak ends

Kevin Love is now sole proprietor of the NBA record for most consecutive double doubles…but the streak is over. He had six points, 12 rebounds and five assists last night against Golden State, ending his run at 53 straight double-doubles.

We knew Celtics/Bucks would be low scoring yesterday, as the Celtics defend with the best of ’em and the Bucks can’t score. But 56 points? Wow. Boston’s 87-56 win set a new franchise low for points allowed in a game. The Celtics hadn’t allowed fewer than 57 since the adoption of the shot clock.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas was hospitalized Saturday in South Florida after a freak injury led to a dangerous foot infection. He stepped on a nail that went through his foot and the injury eventually became infected. He was treated with an intravenous Sunday.

NCAA basketball news: Washington wins berth on buzzer beater from Isaiah Thomas

Selection Sunday is over and the NCAA Tournament field is set. Should be a fantastic couple of weeks for sports betting fans. Perhaps the most talked about tourney berth of the weekend was Washington’s.

“Cold….blooded!” That was the call from the legendary Gus Johnson after the Huskies’ Isaiah Thomas hit a buzzer beater against Arizona to clinch both the Pac-10 title and an NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday.

MLB news: Red Sox shopping Dice-K; muscle strain for Ryan Braun; Injury woes for Cook, Duke, Marcum, Rodriguez

It appears the stacked Boston Red Sox are looking to clear out unwanted veteran bodies as the 2011 season approaches. Reportedly, they’re entertaining offers for fallen ace Daisuke Matsuzaka, Marco Scutaro, Tim Wakefield and Mike Cameron, among others. I understand why most of those names are on the block – but aren’t they slapping Wakefield in the face a bit? He’s been a stalwart with Boston for a decade and a half.

Ryan Braun left Saturday’s exhibition game for the Brewers with an intercostal strain in his left size. The superstar is day-to-day for now. He’s battled through this injury in the past and insists he’ll be fine.

Another Milwaukee Brewer, newly acquired starter Shaun Marcum, is battling shoulder tightness but says it’s nothing to worry about. The news isn’t so good for several other big-league starters, including Aaron Cook (broken finger), Zach Duke (broken hand) and Wandy Rodriguez (shoulder tendinitis), to name just a few.

NFL news: Uncapped 2011 season probable if lockout ends; Players file antitrust suit against owners

Let the NFL lockout fallout begin. After the owners and player union failed to strike a deal by Friday’s deadline, the owners locked the players out for 2011. If the lockout ends, the 2011 season will likely be played with no salary cap and a general breakdown similar to 2010’s structure. Reportedly, the NFL plans to stick with an uncapped system because it gives them a better chance to withstand the antitrust suit filed against them by the players.

Immediately after the deadline passed on Friday and the NFLPA decertified, the players filed the antitrust suit in an attempt to block the lockout from happening. The suit claims that the league and its teams have “jointly agreed and conspired to deny Plaintiffs [the players] the ability to provide and/or market their services…through a patently unlawful group boycott and price-fixing arrangement.”

NHL news: Sidney Crosby’s father denies retirement rumor

Troy Crosby, Sidney’s father, spoke out recently to deny a wild rumor that surfaced Saturday about his son. There are whispers that Crosby’s family is urging Sid the Kid to retire as he struggles to recover from a serious concussion suffered on January 5.

But Troy said “We’re just trying to get him healthy again. However long that takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.”


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