Richard’s Monday Sports Round-up
Gentlemen, need to impress your boss or co-workers around the water cooler? Ladies, tired of getting made fun of by your boyfriend or husband for not following the major sporting events? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Richard’s Daily Round-Up informs you of the ten major happenings in the world of sports. No need to hang your head in shame. After reading the Round-Up each morning, you will impress even the most die-hard sports fans.
10. Former major leaguer Jose Canseco was a major attraction in a pregame ceremony prior to a Japanese professional baseball game on Sunday. He took nine pitches against former Seattle Mariner Kazuhiro Sasaki. Canseco didn’t hit any homeruns. However, he is in Japan for his mixed martial arts bout on Tuesday. Canseco faces Hong Man Choi, a 7-foot-2, 330-pound mammoth. The former slugger’s last MMA fight was in January when he fought to a draw versus Danny Bonaduce, the former child star. My Take: Canseco will write a ground-breaking book on MMA only for the entire country to shun him. Within months after writing the New York Times bestseller, Bud Selig will blackball him from mixed martial arts.
9. In England yesterday, 2-time major winner John Daly shot a 3-over 75 while sporting a pair of intense pink pants. He donned them for Phil Mickelson’s wife, Amy, who was diagnosed this past week with breast cancer. At the time, Daly had not spoken to Phil or Amy. Sadly, the pink pants didn’t help Daly’s game. He finished tied for 72nd with an 8-over total, 25 shots behind winner Paul Casey’s 17-under. My Take: Big John has decided that his New Year’s resolution is to never leave the public’s eyes for more than four weeks at a time. He’s staying true to himself.
8. Don’t go through sports withdrawals solely because football season isn’t here yet. Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon’s college football career has ended. He failed a random drug test by the NCAA back in February. On Saturday he held a news conference saying he unintentionally had taken a banned substance. His appeal to the NCAA was also denied. He has not revealed what substance he was taking, but he might have taken a dietary supplement to make himself leaner for his senior year. My Take: Jarmon had attempted both the South Beach Diet and the Flat Belly Diet. Now he will try out the SpaghettiO’s Diet. Hopefully these alternative weight loss methods will allow him to pass future drug tests.
7. Sitting home on Memorial Day with nothing to view on television? The NCAA lacrosse title game is an option. The defending champion Syracuse Orange will face off against the Cornell Big Red. The second-seeded Orange (15-2) absolutely crushed Duke by a score of 17-7 on Saturday. In the other semifinal, Cornell (13-3) shocked top-ranked Virginia 15-6. The final is on ESPN at 1 p.m. eastern time. My Take: Former Orange star athlete Jim Brown will have six goals in a blowout win over the Big Red. The Cleveland Browns will then sign the Hall of Famer to be their quarterback. Sorry Brady Quinn.
6. The Los Angeles Lakers downed the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, 103-97. Last year’s NBA MVP Kobe Bryant scored 41 points in the win. Starting center Pau Gasol scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. The Nuggets’ chances were smothered when Laker Trevor Ariza stole an inbounds pass and Nugget star Carmelo Anthony fouled him. The Lakers lead the series 2 games to 1. My Take: World Wrestling Entertainment’s Vince McMahon put a hex on the Nuggets Saturday night for their owner bailing on a contract with the WWE’s Monday Night Raw. But, the Nuggets will take Game 4 at the Pepsi Center.
5. A report by Yahoo! Sports Jason Cole states that the National Football League is formally investigating a probe into the Washington Redskins case of tampering with the signing of former Tennessee Titan Albert Haynesworth. He was signed in February by the Redskins only about five hours after free agency opened. If the Redskins did get a head start on signing “Haynesworth-less except during contract years,” it prevented the Titans from getting an opportunity to re-sign him. My Take: The Redskins will realize Haynesworth-less tampered with his stats. His career high in solo tackles (41) and sacks (8.5) are deceiving. Hopefully, the Redskins didn’t hand over the entire lump sum of $41 million the team guaranteed him three months ago.
4. The French Open began yesterday. The red clay tournament at Roland Garros receives almost no media attention in our country. ESPN and ESPN2 have plenty of coverage, but American tennis stars need to step up their game in Paris. No American man has won a singles title there since Andre Agassi in 1999. No American woman has won a singles title there since Serena Williams in 2002. My Take: Watch out for Serena! And, American men don’t stand a chance here. Rafael Nadal will clinch his fifth consecutive French Open singles title.
3. Rumors are flying that Florida Gator guard Nick Calathes is nearing a deal with a professional basketball team in Greece. Panathinaikos, the current Euroleague champion, does not field any American players. Two months after Calathes announced his entrance into the NBA draft, the 2008 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year realizes his mistake. My Take: Calathes wants to be a star, much like all collegiate athletes. He understands his potential stardom doesn’t stand a chance in Billy Donovan’s team-first system. If he attempts playing in the NBA, Calathes’ game will fail. His push shot would succeed in the 1930s. His only chance to shine is in Europe.
2. Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 yesterday. He brought home his 3rd Indy title. Castroneves was able to drink the milk and climb the fence. This impressive win capped off an incredible comeback after being acquitted of tax evasion charges less than two months ago. My Take: It’s tough not to ignore the fact that this is storybook. Along with Danica Patrick finishing a career-best third, the big wigs know what brings in the advertising dollars. The Indy 500 has lost its luster. It will take more than television ratings to get it back.
1. LeBron James scored 41 points, dished 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds in a losing effort last night. With the 99-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic is up 2 games to 1 in the 7-game series. Magic center Dwight Howard had a 24-point game with 9 rebounds to boot. The Magic follow up this win with a Tuesday night home game. My Take: LeBron James needs more help. Eight points off the bench to help King James means nothing. And, those 8 points were scored in 62 minutes from the bench players. The King needs a court!