Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
Will NBA owners, players agree soon?
It is said that both sides are are finally are starting to reason, but are still a ways away. NBA expert, Chris Sheridan says different. Sheridan says the players are asking for under 15 billion and the owners are offering 12 so they are closer to making a deal. However, that is still three billion dollars difference. David Stern, Bill Hunter and most NBA labor negotiators think both sides are nowhere close. (ProBasketballTalk)
Hold on Forte contract talk
Matt Forte's contract talk is put on hold until the end of the season. He was being offered 13-14 million. Forte is taking a risk because he's not guaranteed more money if he gets to free agency. It is also possible that the Bears could keep him next year. (ProFootballTalk)
Kelly looks to control emotions
No wonder coach Brian Kelly was so upset. That loss on Saturday dropped Notre Dame out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll. LSU is now No. 2 behind Oklahoma. Kelly has admitted that the loss to South Florida has been one of the most frustrating of his career. (ChicagoTribune)
LaHair or Pena?
Carlos Pena has turned down a trade with the Yankees. It seems as though Pena wants to resign with the Cubs. However, the question is do the Cubs want Pena back for 10 million next season or will Bryan Lahair (Pacific Coast League MVP) get a shot for just 350,000? The Cubs are reportedly heavily considering Pena. (HardballTalk)
Levy the Novelist
Former coach Marv Levy is releasing his first novel later this month, "Between The Lies." He has expressed his passion for football through his novel. Levy said the great thing about coaching and writing is waiting to see if the outcome is acceptable. The novel is about two teams, Los Angeles Leopards and Portland Pioneers meeting up in the Super Bowl. Although these are events from real life experiences the book is fiction.
Pera's soon to recover
Although Dan Persa is not putting a timetable on his recover he says he it is not far. He is helping out from the sidelines as an unofficial quarterbacks coach. Persa also said since Kain Colter did such a great job that it takes pressure off of him.
On Sunday, NBC Sports announced that an all-female crew will broadcast and produce coverage for March 8's Blackhawks vs. Blues contest at the United Center.
The broadcast will coincide with International Women’s Day and mark the first NHL game broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.
Kate Scott will handle play-by-play duties, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne-Schofield will serve as the "inside the glass" analyst and AJ Mleczko - also a gold medalist with the U.S. - will work as an analyst from the game in Chicago.
Back in the studio, Kathryn Tappen will anchor with three-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jen Botterill on hand. Game production will be led by producer Rene Hatlelid and director Lisa Seltzer.
Per NBC Sports' release:
"The first-of-its-kind broadcast will be in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, which dates back over 100 years. Throughout the broadcast there will be nods to those who have made their mark on women’s hockey, and sports in general, with the hopes to inspire future generations of women to excel on the ice and behind the scenes."
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The Astros' sign-stealing scandal is personal for a lot of players, though it probably hits a little differently for Yu Darvish.
Darvish was a member of the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team that Houston beat in the World Series. Darvish didn't have his best performance in the series and when asked about the scandal, the Cubs' pitcher didn't hold back:
It's a weird feeling. Like, in the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can't have a Gold medal, right? But they still have as World Series title. That makes me feel weird. That's it. And one more thing. With [Carlos] Correra talking about [Cody] Bellinger. I saw that yesterday. So they cheat, and I think right now that they don't have to talk. They shouldn't talk like that right now.
You can watch the video of Darvish's comments, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, it right here.
The comments took on a life of their own, as Astros' soundbytes have been known to do over the last few weeks or so. Darvish was ready for the clapback, though, and delivered a final blow to some poor 'Stros fan who thought he could compete with Darvish on twitter dot com.
Sign a lifetime contract, Yu. Never leave us.
Related: Bryant crushes Astros for cheating scandal: 'What a disgrace that was'
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