Eye of the Hurricane

May 10, 2011

Working Overtime

Filed under: NBA — magdebar @ 1:23 am
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After last night’s Mother’s Day games left us with some good story lines…tonight’s games did not disappoint, with both going beyond regulation. The Heat outscored the Celtics 12-4 in overtime to pick up a 98-90 victory and 3-1 lead. This team played with heart and should wrap the series up Wednesday back in Miami.

The Big Three combined for 83 points and 35 of the Heat’s 45 rebounds. Also notable: Miami forward Udonis Haslem made his much anticipated return tonight…The only thing he picked up in his three minutes of action? A technical foul for arguing with a ref.

And in the second part of the doubleheader…
For the second time in as many games, Zach Randolph and company needed more than 42 minutes and even more than 48 minutes to try to extend their lead against the OK City Thunder. Both Western Conference teams fought through THREE overtimes. In a game that lasted just under four hours, the Thunder broke open to win the game 133-123 and tie up the series at two apiece.

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May 9, 2011

Playoff Headlines

Can someone please remind me what Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers went down 0-3 Friday night against the Mavericks?

I’m sorry, Kobe. There’s a difference between saying your team has a chance to keep the series alive and just completely blowing smoke. After last night’s ugly 36 point loss to the Mavs, what are you going to say now?

So the Lakers bow out in four straight and Phil Jackson looks like he might retire. But those aren’t the only story lines coming out of this weekend…

Atlanta evened its series with Chicago last night despite MVP Derrick Rose leading the Bulls with a game high 34 points. But Rose took 32 shots from the field to get those points (making only 12 for an unimpressive 37.5 field goal percentage).

Meanwhile the Memphis Grizzlies…yes, the Grizzlies…continue their Cinderella story as they’re up 2-1 against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Will tonight’s contest be as exciting as Saturday’s overtime game where Zach Randolph and the Grizz went off and established themselves in the extra five minutes?

And before that game, we’ll see if the Celtics have the energy, heart, and healthy bodies to tie their series against the Heat. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.

May 4, 2011

UM Football Player Turns Himself In to Police

Filed under: sports, college — magdebar @ 5:53 pm
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According to CBS4 in Miami, UM defensive lineman Jeffrey Brown turned himself in to Coral Gables police just hours ago. Brown, a redshirt freshman, will potentially face charges of rape stemming from an incident that police say happened in a University dorm. According to the following report, Brown helped a severely intoxicated UM student back into her dorm room and later returned and sexually assaulted her.

Brown is currently suspended indefinitely. The University released a statement saying they are aware of the “serious charges” and cannot comment further right now.

We clearly don’t know what happened that night. And I’m not about to brand a kid when we don’t know all the facts yet. But this is obviously not something Al Golden and his staff want to deal with. And knowing him, I’m sure he won’t tolerate it. A charge like this is not about image anymore…If convicted, Brown should face proper justice and not be allowed to see the field as a University of Miami student-athlete.

April 20, 2011

Post-Dodgers Takeover: A Look at League Owned Franchises

Following Bud Selig’s announcement that the MLB will take over day-to-day operations of the LA Dodgers, I decided to take a look at the owners of various teams in the four major professional sports leagues. After scrolling through a list of NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB teams the only other teams currently owned by the leagues themselves are the New Orleans Hornets and the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Hornets previous owners, Gary Chouest and George Shinn, supposedly had an arrangement planned where Chouest would buy out Shinn’s contract and become sole owner. However, the deal fell through and when finances became a question, the NBA bought out the team in December 2010.

The Coyotes situation is a bit more difficult. The NHL took over for the Coyotes approximately two years ago when the team went bankrupt under former owner Jerry Moyes. Since then, various parties expressed interest in owning the franchise. Each time, talks fell through. The NHL fought in the interest of Glendale, Arizona, home of the Jobing.com Arena.

But now it’s becoming a bigger question of what actually is better for the city: Would keeping the Coyotes be economically viable? Or, with new giveback fees acting as terms of keeping the team in Glendale, is it becoming too much of a hassle? Here’s a good read where ESPN columnist Scott Burnside tries to sort through all the financial and now political woes battling the city of Glendale.

Other times that pro sports leagues seized ownership of its teams were the MLB with the Washington Nationals (2002-06) and the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres (2002-03) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1975).

UM Tennis Update

Filed under: sports, college — magdebar @ 7:54 pm
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Both UM tennis teams lost their last matches of the season this past weekend. The men dropped their last two on the road to UNC and Duke, both by scores of 5-2. The women also lost to Duke at home on Friday 5-2. 

The women (17-5, 9-2 ACC) were playing for the top spot in the ACC Friday. Going into the match, they were tied with Duke atop the conference. The loss pushed them down to second place with UNC. (North Carolina holds the better overall record of 20-5 and won the heads up match-up between the two schools on March 9th, 4-3).

Despite the losses, both UM squads earned first round byes in this weekend’s ACC Tournament. The women, a No. 3 seed, will face the winner of Clemson/Virginia Tech on Friday. The men, a No. 4 seed, will face the winner of BC/Georgia Tech.

And finally…Congratulations to Bianca Eichkorn. The nationally ranked No. 6 senior from Germany finished her final regular season with a 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 38 Nadine Fahoum. That win marked her 131st as a Hurricane — tying the career singles record set by former UM All-American Laura Vallverdu. Eichkorn is 31-6 this year in singles play and a perfect 11-0 in ACC singles. Her singles records over the past four years currently sit at 131-28 and 38-3, ACC. That’s an 82% and 93% win percentage for those of you keeping track at home.

April 19, 2011

Eichorst Introduced as New AD

Filed under: Uncategorized — magdebar @ 1:17 pm

Moments ago, Shawn Eichorst was formally introduced as the new Athletic Director at the University of Miami. Eichorst, the former deputy athletic director at Wisconsin, was presented to the crowd in the Hecht Athletic Center by UM President Donna Shalala. Shalala has her own ties to Wisconsin from her days as chancellor.

If you want to stream the press conference live or get a rundown of what was said, click

April 17, 2011

Oklahoma City Edges Denver in Final Game 1

Last night Dwight Howard scored 46 points in a losing effort to the Atlanta Hawks. Tonight, Kevin Durant dropped 41. Unlike the Orlando Magic, the Oklahoma City Thunder supporting cast scored enough to edge past the Denver Nuggets 107-103.

After the game, Durant told Cheryl Miller this was going to be hard fought series. “On any given night anybody can go off and score 30,” Durant said.

The only other player to score over 30 in this game was Durant’s teammate, PG Russell Westbrook who put up 31. A crucial no-call with a minute left in the game helped solidify an OKC lead that they would not relinquish.

With 1:06 left, Westbrook attempted a jumpshot from the far corner. The ball hit the rim, bounced off the backboard, and looked as though it would fall back into play. That’s when OKC forward Kendrick Perkins reached up, through the net, and tipped the ball in. No goal tending call was made. Instead, Perkins was credited with the bucket. It put the Thunder up 102-101.

A poorly executed three point attempt by Nuggets PG Raymond Felton and a few free throws Durant and Westbrook helped insure the win for the Thunder.

Headlines

Filed under: Major League Baseball,NBA — magdebar @ 10:28 pm

NBA: Wade Questionable:

Dwyane Wade is questionable for Game 2 tomorrow night versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Wade missed the Heat’s practice Sunday with a migraine. This is not the first time he suffered from migraines. The point guard, who scored 17 points in Saturday’s 97-89 Game 1 win, missed a game back in January.

MLB: Sizemore Returns:

OF Grady Sizemore made his return to the Indians lineup known today. Sizemore hit a homerun to right field in the bottom of the third for his first run and RBI of the season. This was his first game back after having knee surgery almost a year ago.  The Indians went on to beat the Orioles 4-2. The win, coupled with a KC Royals loss, puts Cleveland solely atop the AL Central.

Tennis: Nadal Wins Monte Carlo Title:

Less than a month after losing in the Sony Ericsson Open men’s final, Rafael Nadal bounced back to win the Monte Carlo Masters title. No. 1 Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard, No. 6 David Ferrer, 6-4, 7-5. Current No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who beat Nadal for the Sony Ericsson title in March, skipped the Monte Carlo tournament to rest a knee injury.

Grizzlies Stop West-Best Spurs

Filed under: Uncategorized — magdebar @ 4:25 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies took game one in this #1 versus #8 match-up earlier this afternoon, 101-98. This was the third straight loss for the Spurs (61-21). Even with Ginobli missing the game with an elbow strain and a rotation of only eight players…How many people saw this one coming? Memphis (46-36) handed San Antonio just their 5th loss at home all year.

Power Forward Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies, earning a double double with a game high 25 points and 14 rebounds. Teammate Mike Conley and Spurs Center Tim Duncan also had double doubles with 15 points/10 assists and 16 points/13 rebounds, respectively.

This was a close one all game, with neither team ever putting the other away. The key was the Griz made their last three field goals while the Spurs missed their last three. Down four with a minute left, Memphis Center Marc Gasol hit a layup to pull within two. After Tony Parker missed a jumper, Shane Battier knocked down a three to put Memphis ahead 99-98. PG George Hill then missed a three for SA and fouled Grizzlies SG Tony Allen. Allen made both FTs, forcing Spurs SF Richard Jefferson to shoot a desperation three to tie it with one second left. Jefferson had a wide open look, but the ball ricocheted off the rim.

Let’s say the Spurs rebound in game two and the Grizzlies protect home court advantage. That would put them ahead 3-1 in the series. What are the odds that they can actually knock off Tim Duncan and Co.? I say the Spurs rebound, but this might be a longer series than anyone imagined.

April 3, 2011

Breaking Down the SEO Men’s Final

Filed under: Uncategorized — magdebar @ 11:51 pm

No. 2 Novak Djokovic entered today’s Sony Ericsson Open Men’s Final undefeated on the year and playing great tennis. No. 1 Rafael Nadal, looking to pick up his first Sony Ericsson Open title in three attempts, hoped to change that. And for the beginning of the first set it looked like he had.

But Djokovich bounced back en route to a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win on the purple courts. Djokovic turned to his drop shot all day, randomly putting the ball in the front of the court and forcing Nadal to play the whole length of it. Nadal adjusted well for the most part and seemed to get some favorable no-calls on balls that I thought were out, but he did double fault six times. You can’t give points away to Djokovic like that…He’s just too good.

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