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September 15th 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – September 15th, 2010

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.


Once again, football injuries steal the top headlines in today’s news.

NFL news: Ryan Grant out for season; Bob Sanders’ season in jeopardy; Patriots trade Laurence Maroney to Denver

Clinton Portis Offers Apology To Ines Sainz

So much for Packers running back Ryan Grant only missing a week or two, as he originally hoped. Turns out he had a fracture near his knee on top of his high ankle sprain and he’s out for the season. Brandon Jackson takes over as Green Bay’s featured back.

Is there a more injury-prone player in football than Bob Sanders? The Colts safety tore his biceps tendon against the Houston Texans on Sunday and will probably miss the rest of the season. He’s played nine games in the last three years and, if you included 2010, will have missed 10 or more regular-season games in five of his seven pro seasons.

The New England Patriots tired with enigmatic running back Laurence Maroney and shipped him to the Denver Broncos yesterday along with a sixth-round pick for a fourth-rounder in 2011. The Broncos hope coach Josh McDaniels, Maroney’s former offensive co-ordinator, can get more out of him.

Clinton Portis offered his opinion on scandal involving Ines Sainz, the beauty queen-turned reporter who called out the New York Jets for making her feel uncomfortable in the locker room. Portis suggested that “if you get to get and look at 53 men’s bodies,” she’s going to “want somebody.” After the league condemned his statements, he issued an apology today, saying he respects “the job that all reporters do. It’s a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner.”

NHL news: Bobby Ryan re-signs with Ducks; Coyotes sign Eric Belanger; Luongo relinquishes captaincy

After a summer’s worth of trade rumors, sniper Bobby Ryan will remain an Anaheim Duck after all. The 23-year-old restricted free agent signed a five-year, $25.5- million deal. He notched 30-plus goals in each of his first two full NHL seasons.

Nine-year veteran center Eric Belanger is now a Phoenix Coyote. The two-way forward signed a one-year deal, leaving behind the Washington Capitals. Terms weren’t disclosed. Belanger scored a career-high 41 points last year.

In 2008, the Vancouver Canucks made Roberto Luongo the NHL’s first goalie captain in 60 years. But the title is his no longer. Luongo relinquished his captaincy on Monday. He says he loved being captain and agonized over the decision but that the extra media attention that comes with being a captain was distracting.

Also, Luongo said it was difficult to criticize his teammates’ defensive play as a captain without being viewed as a goalie blaming his teammates.

NBA news: LeBron James one of sports’ most hated athletes

According to Q Score, the company that polls the general population to learn about their opinions on athletes, “The Decision” has made LeBron James one of sports’ most hated figures. He is now the sixth-most disliked figure, trailing only Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant.

NCAA football news: Reggie Bush officially forfeits Heisman Trophy

We knew it was coming but Reggie Bush made it official on Tuesday. The former USC Trojan became the first player in the Heisman Trophy’s 75-year history to forfeit the award.

Bush, who was deemed ineligible for the 2005 season after accepting illegal gifts, insisted that “in no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals.

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