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March 1st 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – March 1st, 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: Thunder extend Kendrick Perkins; Andrew Bogut out a week; Danilo Gallinari fractures toe; Antawn Jamison breaks finger

Thunder extend Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins, acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder last week in a trade that sent Jeff Green to Boston, just made a shrewd decision. He signed a long-term contract extension with Oklahoma City today. Smart move considering the Thunder are set for the future with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on board. Though terms haven’t been disclosed yet, we know Perkins turned down a four-year, $22-million offer from the Celtics.

Now, to the infirmary. Andrew Bogut is injured. In other news, the sun rose today. The Bucks center strained a muscle near his ribcage on Saturday against the Bulls and is expected to miss a week.

Tough break for the Nuggets. Danilo Gallinari, one of the key pieces in the Melo trade, will miss seven to 10 days with a nondisplaced fracture in his big toe.

Though it’s hardly news since it has to do with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Antawn Jamison fractured the pinky in his left hand on Sunday night against the 76ers. He’ll need surgery and will miss five to seven weeks. It’s actually a big blow to an already-hopeless Cleveland squad, as Jamison averages 18.1 points and 6.7 boards for the year.

NHL news: Dustin Penner, Jason Arnott traded on quiet deadline day

Maybe because so many teams made major moves in the weeks leading up to it, the NHL’s much-hyped trade deadline day was a dud this year. The biggest fish, such as Brad Richards and Ales Hemsky, went nowhere. Only a few “names” changed teams.

On Sunday night, the Sabres added scoring punch by acquiring Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick. Boyes has a 43 and 33-goal season to his name but has been a non-factor this year with just 12 markers.

On Monday, Dustin Penner, Jason Arnott and Dennis Wideman were arguably the biggest names dealt. The Edmonton Oilers sent Penner, their leading goal scorer, to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2011 first-round pick, defensive prospect Colten Teubert and a conditional third-rounder.

The Washington Capitals made the biggest splash. They picked up Arnott from the Devils for David Steckel and a second-rounder. Arnott will likely take over as their second-line center. They also shored up their blueline by acquiring Wideman from Florida for Jake Hauswirth and a third-round pick.

Among the (few) other noteworthy names traded yesterday were Rotislav Klesla (from Columbus to Phoenix), Chris Campoli (from Ottawa to Chicago), Radek Dvorak (from Florida to Atlanta) and Fredrik Modin (from Atlanta to Calgary).

The Vancouver Canucks, considered the top Stanley Cup contender by many pundits, set out to improve their checking lines and succeeded. They picked up Chris Higgins from the Panthers and Maxim Lapierre from the Ducks.

MLB news: Josh Beckett hit by ball, concussed; Grady Sizemore won’t be ready for season opener; Corey Hart strains oblique

As MLB spring training gets going, the aches, pains, strains and other injuries start to pile up. Josh Beckett got hit in the side of the head by a stray flyball on Monday. He went home after experiencing concussion-like systems and said he had trouble climbing his stairs. He claims he feels much better today, however.

It doesn’t look like Grady Sizemore will be ready for Opening Day. The Indians’ fallen star outfielder continues to recover from microfracture surgery. Indians’ general manager Chris Antonetti said he doesn’t expect Sizemore to be healthy enough to play the Tribe’s season opener.

Corey Hart, who broke out with the Brewers for 31 homers and 102 RBI last season, has been shut down for the next two weeks. He strained his oblique during a throwing drill over the weekend.

NFL news: Clinton Portis, Tommie Harris, Damien Woody released; Patriots sign Marcus Stroud

Some big names and ex-Pro Bowler got walking papers from their respective NFL teams yesterday. The Washington Redskins cut running back Clinton Portis, who has enjoyed great career but is simply breaking down physically. The Bears cut defensive lineman Tommie Harris. The Jets sent offensive tackle Damien Woody packing.

The New England Patriots continued their tradition of reviving veteran castoffs, signing veteran defensive lineman Marcus Stroud to a two-year deal.

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Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.


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