Monday, February 28, 2011

Bonds and Clemens to Court


Both
were pillars of the baseball for much of their career.

Now they are about to go to trial.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the main stars allegedly involved in steroid use, face the jury at opposite ends of the country. "They are almost evenly matched, " said sportscaster Bob Costas.

"Seven Most Valuable Player awards (Bonds), against seven Cy Young awards (Clemens). The best pitcher and probably the better player. "

Bonds go to trial starting March 21 in federal district court in San Francisco, on four counts of making false statements to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice. Clemens touches appear in federal court in Washington, DC, from July 6, for three counts of making false statements, two of perjury and one count of obstruction of the work of Congress.

Although the commissioner Bud Selig, would leave behind the issue of steroid use in baseball, this sport can not be detached from the shadows until the completion of trials of Bonds and Clemens.


Mourinho Surrender Against Barcelona


Portuguese Jose Mourinho, coach of Real Madrid, has said after the draw against Deportivo (0-0), which left him seven points behind Barcelona, which is "a lot" but warned that distance will not give up until it is something "final. "

"Seven points are many, but mathematics plays an important role and, while not involving a seven-point final status, we will continue, " said the coach of the white set in his appearance.

Mourinho said his team deserved the three points on their visit to Riazor, where he had confirmed with a "0-1", but qualified that he met an opponent that was used more intensively than in other games.

"If Deportivo always plays well, would be in UEFA. What you have to ask (said to the reporter's question) is why not always play well. I've seen them play many times this season and there is no comparison because the difference is huge between what they put in this game and others, "he said.


NBA Bibby Buy his Contract


Mike Bibby and the Washington Wizards have agreed terms for the purchase of his contract.

In a surprise move, Bibby, whom the Wizards acquired last week from Atlanta in a trade for Kirk Hinrich, lost his full salary for next season. At the base of 32 years takes away one year and $ 6.2 million in his contract.

"He sacrificed some money to win a championship, "said David Falk, agent Bibby. "Once you are 10, 11 years in the league, you want to be in a situation where you can win. It has some attractive options open. "

Bibby is eager to play with a contender when it passes the waivers, and sources said the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers are interested.

Bibby will clear waivers on Wednesday. Falk said that while Bibby has not taken a decision yet as to which team will join a source close to the situation said it aims to Miami.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Celtics Trade Perkins


Just before
the trading deadline of 3 pm This Thursday, the Boston Celtics agreed to send the center Kendrick Perkins and defender Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeff Green and the big man Nenad Krstic, as indicated by two league sources.

The director of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the Celtics on Wednesday that Perkins will be out at least a week to hurt the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.


It is a sort of homecoming for Green. He was drafted by the Celtics in the first round (fifth overall shift) of the 2007 draft. But it was changed to Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West to the then Seattle SuperSonics for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.

The search for the Celtics of a perimeter player intensified when it became apparent that Marquis Daniels could miss the rest of the season with a spinal injury.

The Thunder also made a change in which Morris Peterson sent to Charlotte, but it was unclear whether it was part of a three-way deal between Thunder, Celtics and Bobcats.

Green averaged 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season as third choice behind the Thunder Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. In his third season in the league, averaged 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.


Beltre Injured Without Playing


Third baseman
dominican Adrian Beltre will miss at least the first week of the preseason games of the Texas Rangers with an injured right calf.

The team's assistant general manager Thad Lavine said the Rangers will be careful with the injury after an MRI revealed a muscle stretch but not break.

"I think we are handling this in a very responsible and conservative manner, taking into account that we are in the spring and the magnitude of the player who is involved, " said Lavine.

Lavine said that Beltre will not play in games at least 10-14 days, but the third baseman should be ready for the first game of the regular season on April 1 against Boston.

The season starts on Sunday.

"Nobody wants to be hurt, especially if it comes to training camps. But we must see the positive side, and it is better to happen now than in the season (regular), " said the Dominican. "Now there is time to be fully healthy and ready for the season. "

Beltre signed a contract last month for five years and $ 80 million, which also includes an option for a sixth season of 16 million.


Barcelona Tops La Liga



The
leader Barcelona confirmed its recovery with another victory, this time in the area of Mallorca (3-0), Saturday in the 25 th day of the Spanish league, which scored three of their offensive figures, Argentina's Lionel Messi (38), David Villa (57) and Pedro (66).

With this victory, the Catalan team was provisionally with eight points clear of Real Madrid, who play on Saturday against Deportivo La Coruna and could again be five in case of victory in Galicia.

After his victory last weekend 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona confirmed their improvement after a small bump in performance, which drew in the field of Sporting de Gijón (1-1) in League and which lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the knockout round of the Champions League.

The game against Mallorca appeared uncomfortable with the casualties of men like Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves and Victor Valdes, but the Barca team avenged one of the few who could stop him in the first round of the championship, reaching draw at the Nou Camp.


Dodgers Snyder Died at 84



Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday of what his family called natural causes. He was 84.

Snider died at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif., according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which announced the death on behalf of the family.

"The Duke of Flatbush" hit .295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times and won two titles. But the eight-time All-Star was defined by much more than his stats — he was, after all, part of the love affair between the borough of Brooklyn and "Dem Bums" who lived in the local neighborhoods.

Snider wore No. 4 in Dodger blue, and was often regarded as the third-best center fielder in New York — behind Willie Mays of the Giants and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees — during what many fans considered the city's golden era of baseball.

Snider hit at least 40 home runs in five straight seasons and led the NL in total bases three times. He never won an MVP award, although a voting error may have cost him the prize in 1955. He lost to Campanella by a very narrow margin — it later turned out an ill voter left Snider off the ballot, supposedly by mistake.

Snider hit .309 with 42 home runs and a career-high 136 RBIs in 1955. That October, he hit four homers, drove in seven runs and hit .320 as the Dodgers beat the Yankees in a seven-game World Series.

For a team that kept preaching "Wait till next year" after Series losses to the Yankees in 1953, 1952, 1949, 1947 and 1941, it had indeed become next year. A generation later, long after they'd all grown old, those Dodgers were lauded as the "Boys of Summer" in Roger Kahn's book.

A durable slugger with a strong arm, good instincts on the bases and a regal style, Snider hit the last home run at Ebbets Field in 1957.

Snider's swing gave the Dodgers a lefty presence on a team of mostly righties. He often launched shots over the short right-field wall at the Brooklyn bandbox, rewarding a waiting throng that gathered on Bedford Avenue.

"The Duke's up," fans in the upper deck would shout to those on the street.

A wild swinger, Snider was harnessed by Branch Rickey, who made him practice standing at home plate with a bat on his shoulder calling balls and strikes but forbidden to swing.

Snider stayed with the Dodgers when they moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and won another World Series ring the next year. Prematurely gray, "The Silver Fox" returned to New York with the bumbling Mets in 1963 and finished his career in 1964 with the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers' longtime rivals.

Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980 on his 11th try. He was a broadcaster for the Montreal Expos for several seasons — he played in the city as a minor leaguer in the Brooklyn farm system — and later was an announcer with the Dodgers.

In 1995, Snider pleaded guilty to federal tax charges and was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $5,000. He admitted not reporting more than $97,000 in cash from autograph signings, card shows and memorabilia sales.

A native Californian, Snider became part of Brooklyn's fabric during his playing days.

"I was born in Los Angeles," he once said. "Baseball-wise, I was born in Brooklyn. We lived with Brooklyn. We died with Brooklyn."

The Duke, however, had some early problems with the boisterous Brooklyn fans.

Once, in the early 1950s, he was quoted as calling them the worst in the game. He came to the park after the quote was published and was greeted with a chorus of boos. But he enjoyed one of his better nights, and silenced the fans for good.

"The fans were something." Snider said. "They were so close to you. You got to know them, some of them by name."




Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Baseball Player Killer will be Released


Dominican reliever Alfredo Simon, who was charged with involuntary homicide, would be freed from jail by Wednesday, a source told The Associated Press.

"Simon and the victim's family are close to reaching an agreement to withdraw the complaint and the prosecution has no evidence involving the player with the fact, so it is possible that between Tuesday and Wednesday to be released" said the informant with knowledge of the negotiations.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement between the parties is not yet official.

Simon, 29, was sent to detention for a year accused of shooting and killing the young Michel Castillo, 25, and gunshot wound to his brother Starlin Castillo, 17, in an incident during the celebrations New Year in the town of Luperon, Puerto Plata.


Simon took over as closer for the Orioles last season and had a 4-2 record with 4.93 ERA, plus 17 saves in his third season in the majors, all with the Baltimore Orioles.


Dominican Horford Little Big Man in NBA


Stand with 6-10 and 245 pounds makes you feel like a person of great presence everywhere, unless you're an NBA center, a league full of men like Shaq and Dwight Howard.

This means that Al Horford, who plays center with the Hawks, he feels as a former player for the Hawks: Spud Webb.


"It's very even sometimes at the height and weight, without doubt, " said Horford.

"The price is paid by my body when faced with men who are 25 or 30 kilos more than me every night and have six or eight inch height advantage. "


But Horford not only survived but is thriving something that confirmed his second call to the All-Star Game and that says a lot about his ability to play and compete.

The
small center is not complaining or cursing their fate, simply competes with what he has, with his head barely reaching the throat of his opponents and working as hard as possible.

Do you
wonder why the Hawks are suspiciously close to the Celtics and the Heat in the standings and they were above the Magic, who humiliated the team in Atlanta last summer? Then they can start by Horford.

However, if the Hawks finally get to get a good center to send Horford to power forward position, to which he belongs, is it that we see a better team and better Hawks Horford? Possibly.

"I do not see myself playing as a center for the rest of my career, "he said. "I like to play (as a power forward) full-time at least once in my career. Just to see how it feels. To see what I can do. "Pause.

"I think it would do well. "


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