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March 21st 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – March 21st, 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: Phillies sign Luis Castillo; Asdrubal Cabrera suffers leg injury; Jake Peavy shut down with shoulder tendinitis; Ichiro donates to earthquake relief

Ichiro donates to earthquake relief

Further evidence that the Phillies are very, very worried about Chase Utley’s knee: they signed Luis Castillo, who was released by the New York Mets on Friday. The 35-year-old second baseman will fill in for Utley at second base. Castillo is a former All-Star but a shadow of the player he was with the Florida Marlins in the early 2000s.

Indians starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday’s exhibition game with a leg injury. He singled in the first inning before being replaced by a pinch runner.

Jake Peavy is over his illness – and supposedly over the detached muscle in his right shoulder. But he has another ailment to deal with now. Reportedly, the White Sox have shut him down due to rotator cuff tendinitis. Manager Ozzie Guillen apparently blew a fuse when he found out about the injury, as he said Peavy had convinced him he was ready to throw.

Ichiro Suzuki made a big contribution to the earthquake relief efforts for his native Japan on Friday. The star Mariners outfielder donated 100 million yen, or $1.24 million U.S. dollar, to the Japanese Red Cross. You da man, Ichiro.

NBA news: Andris Biedrins out for season; Cousins ejected, Bynum and Brooks suspended; knife-wielding man arrested at Staples Center

The Golden State Warriors will continue their pipe-dream playoff push without center Andris Biedrins. He’s likely out for the season after spraining an ankle Wednesday. He didn’t play on Friday or Sunday. He leaves behind 5.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Volatile Sacramento Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after getting into a shoving match with Martell Webster and Nikola Pekovic. Cousins has already been fined by the kings for a “choke” gesture and kicked out of practice this season.

The NBA doled out two suspensions yesterday. The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum got a two-game ban for his flagrant foul on the T-Wolves’ Michael Beasley, one that left Beasley with a knee injury. Phoenix guard Aaron Brooks was suspended one game for throwing a ball at a referee.

The weirdest NBA story of the weekend came at Staples Center on Friday night. Before the Clippers and Cavaliers locked horns, a knife wielding man engaged in a 20-minute standoff on the court with police. He gained access to the floor through an employee entrance and brandished the knife before the police shot him with a beanbag gun and detained him.

NCAA basketball news: Most ever double-digit seeds in Sweet 16; Hamilton, Thompson will return to Texas next season

If you’re upset about your bracket getting busted, don’t worry. You’re not alone, so you’re probably not even out of the running. The weekend round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament was one of pandemonium and upsets. Richmond already crept its way into the Sweet 16 earlier on the weekend by beating Morehead State; then came Butler’s wild upset of No. 1 Pittsburgh.

The craziness didn’t end there. Tenth-seeded Florida State upset Notre Dame on Friday night; No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth toppled No. 3 Purdue easily; and No. 11 Marquette took down Syracuse in a Big East battle. Overall, four double-digit seeds qualified for the Sweet 16, setting a new tourney record.

Arizona sent Texas packing yesterday but the Longhorns won’t say goodbye to veterans Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson. Both players are legit NBA prospects but both have vowed to return to Texas next year. Thompson said so over the weekend and Hamilton made his choice earlier.

NHL news: Record-breaking weekend for Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist continues to carry the New York Rangers toward an Eastern Conference playoff berth and the Swedish netminder etched his name in the NHL history books on Friday night. He became the league’s first goalie ever to open his career with six straight 30-win seasons.


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