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May 19th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – May 19th, 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 – NHL news: Evgeni Nabokov to attend Isles’ training camp; Patrice Bergeron to return for Game 3?

Patrice Bergeron to return for Game 3?

Maybe the New York Islanders’ promising second half in 2010-11 changed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov’s mind about playing for them. After they claimed him in January, he refused to report and they suspended him.

However, the Isles’ still have Nabokov’s rights for next season. Reportedly, he plans to attend their training camp.

The Boston Bruins’ second-leading point getter and top faceoff man may return for Game 3 against Tampa Bay tonight after missing the first two games of the Eastern Conference final. Patrice Bergeron is reportedly recovered enough from his mild concussion, suffered on a Claude Giroux hit in round two, that he hopes to play. He’ll decide after the morning skate.

MLB news: Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman injured

The St. Louis Cardinals just can’t avoid the parade of injuries these days. Colby Rasmus and David Freese are already battling injuries; Albert Pujols may have lost two more of his lineup protectors last night when both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman left the game against the Houston Astros.

Holliday departed in the second inning after straining his quad; Berkman left in the fifth with a wrist injury. It’s not yet known how much time the two sluggers will miss.

NFL news: Kevin Kolb-to-Arizona trade “a slam dunk”; Chad Ochocinco to Patriots?

According to a report by ESPN, a Kevin Kolb trade from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals is “a slam dunk as much as you can have a slam dunk.” It isn’t yet clear what the Eagles’ compensation will be. They reportedly want the value of a 2012 first-round pick plus a starter on defense.

With the Cincinnati Bengals all but ready to cut Chad Ochocinco – they drafted A.J. Green and No. 85 has publicly slammed coach Marvin Lewis – speculation has begun on the wideout’s next destination. Multiple NFL insiders have predicted that Ochocinco will end up becoming the latest reclamation project for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

NBA news: Abdul-Jabbar upset over lack of statue

There’s crying over spilled milk and then there’s crying because a statue of your likeness hasn’t been erected yet. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, is upset that the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t erected a statue of him outside Staples Center. The venue already has statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya and Wayne Gretzky.

A spokesman for the Lakers said yesterday that an Abdul-Jabbar statue would be the next one erected but that there was no timeframe for it happening.

“A caveat for all my fans – don’t hold your breath,” Abdul-Jabbar tweeted yesterday. “Lakers don’t care about me.”

UFC news: Brock Lesnar’s illness returns; out until 2012

UFC fans hoping to see a heavyweight championship rematch of Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez will have to wait a long time for it now. Lesnar was scheduled to fight his fellow coach on the Ultimate Fighter reality series, Junior Dos Santos, on June 11, with the winner earning the shot against Velasquez. But Lesnar’s serious stomach disorder, diverticulitis, has returned. He’s out indefinitely.

Lesnar will be replaced against Dos Santos by Shane Carwin in June 11. The winner will still earn No. 1 contender status.


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