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May 2, 2011

Quite The Sight

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 1:13 pm

It was quite the spectacle last night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. When the news broke of Osama Bin Ladens death, the ballpark in unison rose to they’re feet and all at once the crowd began to chant U-S-A. Sports are fascinating in the way in which they can bring a country together, no matter who is playing who, or what the game means, when news such as this breaks you remember that it is only a game.

May 1, 2011

Osama is Dead

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelperchick @ 10:45 pm

Osama bin Laden is dead.  Some stories are more important than sports.  This would be one of those stories.

Sharks Take 2-0 Lead over Detroit

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelperchick @ 6:30 pm

Two up, two down.  The San Jose Sharks have taken the first two games from the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the NHL Playoffs.  The Sharks never trailed in this one, beating the Wings 2-1.  Sharks goalie Antti Niemi came up big again, saving 33 shots.  Jimmy Howard was able to keep a suddenly struggling Detroit offense alive throughout most of the game, only yielding goals to Ian White and Niclas Wallin over 37 shots.

The teams will travel to Detroit for Game 3, where the Red Wings are in a near-almost win situation.

April 29, 2011

NFL Draft

Filed under: NFL football,UM sports — Dana Hatic @ 6:34 pm

Everyone ready for round two?

No surprise, Cam Newton was snatched up in the first round, along with other standout players and a total of four quarterbacks in the first 12 drafts.

Now about halfway through round 2, the Hurricanes have their first drafted player, with offensive guard Orlando Franklin going to the Denver Broncos.

Who will go next? Miami has 12 players left, including kicker Matt Bosher, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and inside linebacker Colin McCarthy, who recorded 106 tackles in the 2010 season.

April 28, 2011

Rays’ Zobrist Knocks in 8

Filed under: Major League Baseball — michaelperchick @ 5:48 pm

After 23 games, Ben Zobrist had an impressive 15 RBI’s, putting him on average for nearly 106 RBI’s.  But Zobrist went off in the opening game of the team’s double header against the Twins on Thursday, knocking in a team-record 8 RBI’s.  Zobrist had two doubles and a home run as well as a single in his career game.

The Rays have won four in a row, and are now 13-11, only 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

Coach L Tweets!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ProfK @ 3:15 pm

New UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga is tweeting! Check him out @CanesCoachL

He announces today that he just got a call from recruit Bishop Daniels, whom he visited in Georgia yesterday, and Daniels said he will stick with his UM commitment.

In other news, he flew to NC on Easter Sunday and visited with Reggie Johnson and his mom at their home and is doing all he can to get him to stay in school.

April 27, 2011

Heat have plenty to work on heading into series with Celtics

Filed under: NBA — davidfurones @ 9:55 pm
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With a 97-91 victory against the 76ers Wednesday night in Miami, the Heat finished off the pesky Sixers four games to one and advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals where they will face the experienced and playoff-savvy Boston Celtics.

Miami’s pure talent was enough to get them passed the Sixers, but they’re going to need to show much more hustle, determination, and outright desire if they plan on being as successful against the Celtics.

Throughout their first round series, we saw far too often that the Heat had their minds more set on looking flashy and winning with flair, style and ease. Against Boston, they’re going to have to change that attitude. In a seven game series against the Celtics, you have to match their intensity, their scrappiness, and their bully state of mind.

The Heat was drastically outscored in points in the paint in Game 5. Although they turned on that interior defense late in the game, as Joel Anthony contributed with a few key blocks, it took them quite a while to get that figured out. Philly was a jump shooting team for most of the series, and Miami was getting dominated inside during various stretches.

They need to display greater toughness near the basket on both sides of the ball. On the offensive end, a team that throughout the year was able to reach the free throw line at will was settling for perimeter jump shots. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 11 three pointers.

In their defense, the referees were extremely inconsistent in how much contact they would allow players to get away with. There were several plays where Heat players, specifically their stars, felt they got fouled and let it be known to the officials.

But that’s another thing. Just play the game!

On one play in the third, LeBron thought he was fouled on a fastbreak and missed a layup. The teams sprinted down to the other side of the court off the miss while James stayed behind pleading his case to the ref and leaving his team to defend five-on-four for a series.

With about a minute remaining in the game, Dwyane Wade, on a play where he missed but Bosh rebounded and was fouled, received a technical foul for arguing on the shot he took.

Earth to Dwyane: your teammate was fouled and will get two free throws. It’s a positive play for your team. Albeit, the technical did not ultimately decide the game, but against a good team in a close game, every point given away is pivotal.

Both discipline and hustle are lacking, and I have not seen it from this team since that regular season series finale against Boston when they dominated the Celtics at home.

I have never seen this team move around defensively with such determination and gusto the way they did that afternoon.

Watching this game, I can almost say I was secretly rooting for the series to go seven so Udonis Haslem can buy himself some time to get back and any sense of hustle can be restored on the floor for this team.

And then there’s the shot selection… well, I’ll save that for another rant.

One thing’s for sure. It’ll be extremely interesting when the Celtics and Heat get their series started Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.

And The Madden 2012 Cover Goes To….

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ESPN and EA Sports teamed up to run a contest for the next cover athlete for the Madden 2012 video game.  It had a total of 32 players going up head to head with the fans voting to decide who moves on.  The finals came down to Peyton Hillis, the number 10 seed and unlikely candidate, and Michael Vick, the number 3 seed.  Hillis won suprisingly getting 66% of the votes, which means Vick received 34% of the votes.

During this process, there were almost 13,000,000 fans that voted.  Hillis’ road to the championship wasnt easy, he had to go through players like Ray Rice, Matt Ryan, Jamaal Charles, Aaron Rodgers, and Michael Vick.

Billups Retained by Knicks

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The New York Knicks are reportedly picking up the option to keep Chauncey Billups in New York.  The retention of Billups will cost New York $14.2 million.

Billups will be 35 years old at the start of the 2011-12 season, and the investment in the veteran point guard is a risk by the Knicks front office, who visibly have no plan b in terms of picking up a less expensive guard before next season.

Billups is only signed through the end of next season, so the Knicks may look to deal for a point guard, or trade up in next year’s draft to get a point guard who can run a team featuring two premier players in Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

Billups averaged nearly 17 points per game this season, as well as averaged over five assists  per game.  If he can retain these numbers next year, the Knicks may be in the position to break into the top half of the conference standings.

Ethier extends hit streak, wins game for Dodgers

Filed under: Major League Baseball — davidfurones @ 3:00 pm
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By DAVID FURONES

 With a smooth swing of the bat and a fly ball that gracefully landed into the abandoned right field Sun Life Stadium seats, Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers their first lead, and the only one they would need Wednesday afternoon for the 5-4 victory. 

Ethier had already extended his Major League-leading hitting streak to 24 games with a sharp line drive to center in his second at bat against Sanchez, which came in the fourth inning. 

The Marlins, who had already managed to win the first two of the series against the Dodgers, finished the homestand going 7-2, are now tied with the Phillies for the lead atop the NL East as they wait for Philadelphia to play in Arizona at 3:40 p.m.

 Nonetheless, the 15-7 start ties the Marlins franchise record for best start through 23 games. 

Florida went down harmlessly in the bottom of the tenth as the two, three and four hitters were retired in order against Vicente Padilla—not Jonathan Broxton—who earned the save making only his third appearance of the season.

 The Marlins threatened to finish it in the bottom of the ninth with runners on second and third and one out. Scott Cousins, who remained in the game via a double switch after pinch hitting in the seventh, then struck out and pinch hitter John Buck grounded softly to short to end the inning. 

The usually reliable Marlins bullpen gave up the lead in the seventh and then the ball game in extras, although they were called upon earlier than normal. 

The Marlins utilized every single pitcher they had in the bullpen to get through the game.

 Anibal Sanchez, coming off his Friday night no-hit bid that was lost in the ninth against the Rockies, was spotless through three innings, but the Dodgers got to him in the fourth with a Rod Barajas three-run shot to left field. 

After throwing 123 pitches in his complete game outing against Colorado, the team wanted to hold him back Wednesday and his day was done after 77 pitches. He ended the day pitching five innings, striking out four, giving up four hits and three runs, with his only mistake being the pitch he made to Barajas in the fourth.

 He left the game with a one-run lead but would end up with a no decision after Ryan Webb gave up a double to pinch hitter Juan Uribe that plated Aaron Miles in the seventh.

 Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley pitched six innings, giving up four runs off five hits. Billingsley did not give up a hit after all the damage was done off him in the second inning. The Dodger bullpen pitched in four shutout innings in relief. 

The Fish got the scoring started in the second when a rally of three consecutive singles loaded the bases for Brett Hayes, who then belted a long single off the left field “teal tower” that could only score one as the runners held as Tony Gwynn bluffed as if he was under the high fly ball. After an Anibal Sanchez strikeout, Chris Coghlan lined a shot down the left field line that cleared the bases and put the Marlins up 4-0. They wouldn’t score again. 

Marlins all-star Hanley Ramirez went right back to his struggling ways after his 2-for-4 outing Tuesday night. Ramirez went 0-for-5 on the day and is currently hitting .135 on the season against right-handed pitching. 

The Marlins have been winning without the services of Logan Morrison, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 20 with a sprained left foot. The cast on his foot was removed Monday but Morrison will continue to rehab to get back into action. The original prognosis on his injury was that it would take two to four weeks to recover.

 Despite the time lost, he continues to lead the team in several statistical categories including batting average and OPS while he remains tied with leadoff man Chris Coghlan for the home run lead.

 Contrary to other recent seasons, Florida has gotten outstanding production from their bullpen and defense and has not had to rely on the three-run bombs that have usually salvaged them. 

“Timely hitting, pitching, and defense,” says Morrison, “that’ll get you where you need to go.”

 The registered attendance of 16,523 for Wednesday’s matinee consisted of approximately 9,000 students in grades 3-8 who were invited to Sun Life Stadium as part of the fifth annual CBS4 Weather Day, in which students received a pre-game program on weather issues relevant in South Florida and then stayed for the noon start to the game.

 Mostly all the schools invited to the game left before the final out as they had to get their kids back on campus before 3 p.m.

 The Marlins have the day off Thursday before they travel to Cincinnati to face the Reds at Great American Ballpark to kick off a week-long road trip that ends in St. Louis. 

Javier Vazquez will take his record of 1-2 and 6.52 ERA and start Friday to face Cincinnati lefty Travis Wood. 

The Marlins did not fare well in their last trip to Cincinnati, getting swept in the three-game series in 2010. The last time the Marlins won a season series against the Reds was 2005.

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