Sports Blurbals

By Melanie Greenberg
November 29, 2010

Sidney Crosby breaks scores 200th goal and almost sets records

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguin’s center, scored his 200th goal on Saturday November 27th against the Calgary Flames. Crosby scored a hat trick but a missed penalty shot prevented him from accomplishing a smaller scale version of Mario Lemieux’s 1988 feat. Lemieux is the only NHL player to score five goals all five ways: even-strength, power play, short-handed, penalty shot and empty net. Crosby scored his three goals on a power play, open net and short-handed. Crosby was quoted saying, “That’s one thing I never thought would ever be beat. To know I came that close, that hurts, but it was fun, and, obviously, I would have liked to have put that one in,” speaking of the missed penalty shot. This hat trick is 23-year-old Crosby’s sixth career hat trick and sixth win in a row for the Penguins. Crosby has 18 goals in 25 games.

Read original story from ESPN | Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010

LeBron was recruited through text messages

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tried to recruit LeBron James during free agency last summer through a series of text messages. Cuban tried to convince James he would be closer to winning a championship with the Mavs than with the Miami Heat. The Heat have struggled this season while the Mavericks have gotten off to an impressive start in the league. Cuban is now wondering whether James regrets his decision to sign with the Heat, especially after their 106-95 loss to the Mavericks Saturday, Nov. 27.  James was quoted saying the Mavericks were a team he looked at and that Mark is, “a very sly guy.” Even with an impressive start to a season, Cuban still burns with the thought of the potential All-Star team James could have played with.

Read original story from ESPN | Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010

Cliff Lee a possible Yankee next season

Negotiations for the bidding of Cliff Lee are expected to heat up in the next week. The All-Star left-hander will choose his next employer during winter meetings that will begin Monday, Dec. 6. As one of the most dominant postseason pitchers in history,  Lee is being scouted by many teams. The Washington Nationals are in talks with Lee but the two main teams are the Texas Rangers, who traded for Lee during the 2010 season, as well as the New York Yankees. Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, has said that there are a half-dozen teams in talks with Lee. The Yankees have made Lee their offseason focus, which could lead to the second largest in history for pitchers. The first largest is CC Sabathia’s seven-year $161 million deal.

Read original story from ESPN | Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

NHL referee causes loss for Flyers

NHL Referee Ghislain Hebert cost the Philadelphia Flyers a victory over the Calgary Flames Friday, Nov. 26. Hebert ruled that the Flyers’ Chris Pronger waved his hand in front of the Flame’s goalie Mikka Kiprusoff. This call gave Pronger a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The call negated a goal by Mike Richards which would have ended overtime with a score of 3-2. Instead, the Flames beat the Flyers in a shoot-out 3-2. Replays have showed Pronger raising his left arm and quickly bringing it down. The penalty was not called for three seconds, after Richard’s shot went in the goal. Pronger’s stick was down when Richards took his shot. The league’s senior VP and director of officiating, Terry Gregson, made a statement after many calls and emails from fans. The statement said, “The spirit and intent of the unsportsmanlike conduct rule is to keep an acceptable hockey decorum in the game, in this case when a player is screening.”

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Jimmie Johnson wins fifth consecutive Sprint Cup

Jimmie Johnson did not lead Nascar with the best record all year but he won his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup race. Johnson became the third driver to overcome a points deficit in the season’s final race and win the championship since 1975. Johnson had 39 points over Hamlin and 41 over Harvick. Johnson crossed the finish line, pumping his fists and screaming, “this is unbelievable!” Johnson began his reign as Sprint Cup champion in 2006. The fifth title win moved Johnson past Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most titles among active drivers. Johnson is now ranked third on the career list behind seven-time champions and Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Read Original Story at ESPN | Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

NFL fist fight

Houston receiver Andre Johnson and Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan were involved in a fistfight which got both players ejected in the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 28. The game was halted for more than five minutes while officials attempted to get the chaos under control. Finnegan started the fight by pushing Johnson’s facemask at the line of scrimmage. Before referees could intervene, Johnson then ripped off Finnegan’s helmet and punched his head and neck at least two times. A Houston home game, Johnson had the support of his fans as he was escorted out off the field to a standing ovation. Finnegan exited through a tunnel on the opposite side, taunting booing fans. Johnson apologized to the organization, his owner and teammates after the game. Finnegan and Johnson have brawled before. Last season Johnson was fined $7,500 for taking Finnegan to the ground by his facemask.

Read Original Story at ESPN | Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Eagles lose to the Bears; tragic death at game

Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears defeated the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 28, 31-26. Not only did the Bears take sole lead of the NFC North, but they also forced Michael Vick to throw his first interception since Christmas Eve of 2006. The Eagles had a three-game winning streak and led the NFC East. They are now tied with the New York Giants for first place. Vick threw for 333 yards and had two touchdown passes. During the unfortunate loss for the Eagles, a man tragically fell to his death at the game. The man fell at least 20 feet from a ledge at Soldier Stadium. Witnesses say the 20-something-year-old man ran to the ledge and jumped. This is the second death this week at a major sporting arena. A 2-year-old boy fell from a luxury box at the Staples Center during an LA Lakers game.

Read Original Story at ESPN | Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

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