During a segment on ESPN's Outside the Lines on Wednesday afternoon, ESPN college basketball analyst Doris Burke and AP writer Jim Litke talked about the UConn Huskies women's basketball team's 80-game winning streak and what it means for women's college basketball.
I haven't done anything like this in a while mainly because I haven't noticed it. But can someone tell me when Steve Nash and LeBron James turned into hockey players Saku and Mikko Koivu???
I caught this earlier on ESPN.com. It's since been fixed.
After today's matinee loss to Manchester, 4-3 at the Verizon Center, the Hartford Wolf Pack, soon to be CT Whale, are 4-10-2-2 for 12 points and last place in the Atlantic Division of the AHL.
The team continues to struggle to score goals as they have 37 in 18 games good for 2.05 goals per game while they've given up 49 an average of 2.72 per game.
After playing 11 of their first 17 games at home, the Pack hit the road for five straight games, including today's, four of which are in five days. Friday they're in Springfield, to play the Falcons. Then it’s on to Binghamton on Saturday night and they finish off the weekend at Hershey.
The next home game is Saturday, November 27, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and that night the franchise will officially be re-branded the Connecticut Whale. The first 3,000 fans will receive a green Whale T-shirt and faceoff is at 7:00 PM.
Individual tickets for Whale home games are on sale now at the XL Center ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.CTwhale.com. Tickets start at $7 each at the XL Center ticket office on game day.
Time to take a look at some former Whalers. And we start with the greatest player in franchise history, Ron Francis. He was a center, who wore #4 and #10 for the team and served as team captain as well. Francis a first round NHL Draft pick in 1981 (4th overall) played in 714 Whalers games scoring 264 goals and notching 557 assists for 821 points in parts of 10 seasons in Hartford. He also played in 33 playoff games with the franchise and added 8 goals and 14 assists. He was traded away on March 4, 1991 to Pittsburgh along with Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings for Zarley Zalapski, John Cullen and Jeff Parker. Other than the day the team left, this was the darkest day in Hartford hockey history. In 1991 and 1992 he won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh and scored the cup clinching goal in 1992. On November 12, 2007 Ron Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Al Smith wore #1 for the New England and Hartford Whalers and helped backstop the team to it's only championship the Inaugural AVCO Cup trophy in the WHA's first season. Smith played 260 games and 12 shutouts and posted a 3.29 GAA. He also appeared in 37 playoff games posting a 3.89 GAA with 1 shutout.He played 5 WHA seasons and 1 NHL season with the Whalers and after his release in 1975 he played two seasons for Buffalo in the NHL. He was re-signed in 1977 and after the 1979-80 season was sold off to the Colorado Rockies (New Jersey Devils). Where he played his final NHL season. Smith played in 4 WHA All-Star games, stopped 5 out of 6 penalty shots for the club in the WHA and the first one against the team in the NHL. He registered the teams' first NHL shutout and on August 7, 2002, Al Smith passed away.
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The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) announced their 2010 American League and National League Manager of the Year winners on Wednesday afternoon as they named Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres as the recipients.
Always a bridesmaid never a bride, Gardenhire finally won the AL Manager of the Year Award after finishing in second place five times in an eight-year span. Gardenhire led his Twins to a 94-68 record and the AL Central title. It's the sixth time in his nine years the Twins have won their division.
Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona finished in fourth place in the voting picking up two second place votes.
Black's Padres fell just short of making the playoffs as they were beat out by the eventual World Series champions San Francisco Giants on the final day of the regular season. Black's Padres finished with a 90-72 record despite having the second lowest payroll in MLB at $38 million.
Next up in the voting from the BBWAA is the American League Cy Young voting. We should see Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox get some votes and maybe even one of them might sneak out the win.
|AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR VOTING||NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR VOTING|
|Ron Gardenhire, Twins||16||8||4||108||Bud Black, Padres||16||7||3||104|
|Ron Washington, Rangers||10||8||7||81||Dusty Baker, Reds||13||12||2||103|
|Joe Maddon, Rays||1||10||9||44||Bruce Bochy, Giants||1||4||13||30|
|Terry Francona, Red Sox||-||2||7||13||Bobby Cox, Braves||1||4||11||28|
|Cito Gaston, Blue Jays||1||-||-||5||Charlie Manuel, Phillies||1||4||3||20|
|Joe Girardi, Yankees||-||-||1||1||Brad Mills, Astros||-||1||-||3|
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By Bruce Berlet
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Special teams decided the outcome on Wednesday morning/early afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Center.
The Wolf Pack allowed three power-play goals and was 1-for-5 with the man advantage, failing to convert on a 5-on-3 for 94 seconds, in dropping a 4-3 decision to the Manchester Monarchs before 4,508 mostly screaming youngsters on a special school-day game that started at 11 a.m.
And the Wolf Pack's offensive woes this season were epitomized with 40.2 seconds left when Monarchs goalie Jeff Zatkoff dove across the crease to make a sprawling stop on Mats Zuccarello's one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Jeremy Williams, who had his team-leading ninth and 10th goals.
Zuccarello shook his head in disbelief after Zatkoff's 22nd save handed the Wolf Pack (4-10-2-2) their ninth one-goal loss, with a 10th being by two goals with an empty-netter against.
"I got a pretty good, quick shot, but it was an unbelievable save," Zuccarello said of what local observers called the save of the season for the Monarchs. "A little higher and it would have been a goal, but I couldn't believe I missed. I was trying to shoot as fast as I could because there were guys coming at me and a few in front of me, and I don't know how he saw me. But on a day like this, it's a tough break. It's kind of the story of our season right there."
A 1-9-2-1 slide has dropped the Wolf Pack into a tie for last place in the Atlantic Division with the idle Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6-10-0-0), who have two games in hand.
Even Zatkoff admitted the Wolf Pack were unlucky not to get at least a point.
"The puck popped out right on (Zuccarello's) stick," Zatkoff said of Williams' cross-slot pass from the top left circle. "I was just trying to get over and fill space. It was a desperation save at that point, especially at that time in the game. I was fortunate enough that it hit me in the pad, and I was able to cover it."
Justin Azevedo's power-play goal with 4:17 left in the second period proved the winner, as the Monarchs (9-6-1-1) notched their second consecutive one-goal victory over the Wolf Pack to move into second place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the idle Springfield Falcons and five behind the idle first-place Portland Pirates.
The game started a season-high stretch of five straight road games for the Wolf Pack.
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According to Juan Mercado of El Dia (link is in Spanish), the Oakland Athletics have made a five-year, $45 million offer to Boston Red Sox free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. As we learned last night, the Red Sox would go as high as a four-year, $52 million contract for Beltre.
But Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has denied that only to say that talks are continuing.
The A's deal would work out to $9 million a year while the Red Sox offer would be at $13 million a year. Beltre's agent, Scott Boras, has said that he'd like to get at least $10 million a year for Beltre.
Beltre was the Red Sox MVP of the 2010 season as he pretty much carried the offense with injuries to Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia. Beltre hit .321 with 28 home runs, 102 RBIs and two stolen bases. He was awarded the American League Silver Slugger at third base.
Like I've been saying, it's still too early for any of the big chips to fall. You know that the GMs will be talking with everyone's agents but don't expect anything significant to happen until the first week of December at the earliest.
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Each week a group of Bloguin college football bloggers get together and put our votes in for the top Heisman Trophy candidates. Then after the votes are tabulated by the fine folks at Randall Simon's Sausages, the poll is released on Wednesday.
Here are the results for the 11th week of the 2010 college football season. Be sure to head over Randall Simon's Sausages for a full look at the results for the week for more insight on the poll.
- Cameron Newton (QB-Auburn) - 53 Points, 49.1%, 17 1st Place Votes
- LaMichael James (RB-Oregon) - 29 Points, 26.85%, 1 1st Place Votes
- Kellen Moore (QB-Boise State) - 15 Points, 13.89%, 4 2nd Place Votes
- Andrew Luck (QB-Stanford) - 5 Points, 4.63%, 1 2nd Place Vote
- Also Receiving Votes - Tyrod Taylor (QB-VT), Patrick Peterson (CB-LSU), Marcus Lattimore (RB-SC), Justin Blackmon (Ok St), Brandon Weeden (QB-Ok St) 1 pt.
In case you were wondering, this is how I voted in this week's poll:
- Cam Newton Auburn (QB)
- LaMichael James – Oregon (RB)
- Kellen Moore – Boise State (QB)
Here's a press release from MLB honoring the Boston Red Sox for their philanthropic work:
Major League Baseball and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig have named the Boston Red Sox as the inaugural recipients of the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence, which was created to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of an MLB Club. The Red Sox will be acknowledged for their work with the Red Sox Scholars program, which is administered by the Red Sox Foundation and creates educational opportunities for inner-city youth. The Red Sox Foundation will receive a $10,000 grant from Major League Baseball for this recognition.
"I am enormously proud of the charitable efforts made by all 30 Clubs this season. Their contributions have made a significant impact in communities across the country," said Commissioner Selig. "I congratulate the entire Boston Red Sox organization, and particularly the Red Sox Foundation, for their commitment to the future of hundreds of young people from the inner-cities of Boston."
"When John Henry, Larry Lucchino and I joined our partners to become owners of the Boston Red Sox, we pledged to not only field a competitive team, but to harness the passion of Red Sox fans to create positive change in our community," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "With the support of our players, sponsors and generous fans, the Red Sox Foundation has become a philanthropic force in our community. We are humbled to receive this award and accept it on behalf of Red Sox Nation."
The Red Sox Scholar program is the educational cornerstone of the Red Sox Foundation and seeks to create a ladder of opportunity for inner-city youth. Each year, the Red Sox provide mentoring, tutoring, enrichment activities and a $10,000 college scholarship to 25 academically talented, but economically disadvantaged, Boston Public School students.
Selected in the 5th grade, Scholars become part of the Red Sox Family, attending games, participating in afterschool programs and working closely with Red Sox staff to realize their future aspirations. Beyond the school year, Club employees help enroll the Scholars in summer camps or find part-time jobs, including working as summer interns for the Club.
"The Red Sox Foundation is a civic and charitable leader in our community," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. "They demonstrate teamwork where it counts most, by helping open the doors to college for our talented Boston Public School students. We are especially honored that MLB has highlighted the Red Sox Scholars program. It shows the impact professional sports teams can have when, like the Red Sox Foundation, they join with our public schools and with cities across the country to help those struggling with poverty, illness, stigma and low expectations. We congratulate the Sox on this award."
Funded by the Red Sox Foundation, the Red Sox Scholars program now serves over 200 low income students from 6th grade through their first class of Scholars, who are currently college freshmen. Each year, the new class of 25 Scholars is introduced during a Fenway Park pre-game ceremony where they are escorted onto the field by Red Sox players.
New England Patriots safety James Sanders was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday evening. Sanders had four tackles and returned an interception 32 yards for a TD.
At least one media member was surprised with the award as others felt Sanders had been outplayed by teammates Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty who had 10 and 9 tackles a piece.
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They have already shared our "Offensive Player of the Game" honors for their effort against Pittsburgh but now New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and rookie TE Rob Gronkowski are up for more prestigious awards through the NFL for those performances.
Brady is nominated for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for his tremendous game against the Steelers. Brady was 30 for 43 for 350 yards with 3 TD passes and 1 rushing TD in the 39-26 win. He also wasn't intercepted or sacked in the game. You can vote for him through noon on Friday.
Gronkowski had a big day as well. He became the third of three brothers to score a TD on the same day and he caught 3 TD's from Brady among his five catches for 72 yards in the game. He is the second Patriots rookie TE to be nominated this year, Aaron Hernandez was nominated in Week 3. You can vote for him through noon on Friday.
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