Wednesday, December 06, 2006

SPORTS: BoSox Signings and Other News Recapped

The Red Sox agreed to terms with OF J.D. Drew (five years, $70 million) and SS Julio Lugo (four years, $36 million). Rumor had it these signings were to replace Manny Ramirez, which looks less likely now.

Manny has a few screws loose but let’s not forget he’s been the best overall hitter in the game for the past decade. He hits for average and power and uses the combination to drive in many runs. You don’t think David Ortiz sees more fastballs with runners on first and second with Manny protecting him?

If Lugo leadoffs (effectively replacing Johnny Damon a year late) and Drew protects Manny, Beantown’s lineup just got nastier.

Elsewhere, the Padres signed Greg Maddux to a one year contract (with a player option for 2008), reportedly worth $10 million. … The Mets dealt SP Brian Bannister for the Royal's RP Ambiorix Burgos. … The Indians signed RP Joe Borowski, likely to close in 2007.

NBA Commissioner David Stern admitted a mistake by not consulting with players before implementing a new basketball.

Really? Synthetic material is less desirable than leather? Steve Nash sustaining cuts on his fingers from dribbling the basketball qualifies as a mistake?

I'd say that "mistake" constitutes aggravated assault.

My only explanation is Spalding talked Stern into this so the company could charge as much for an “Official NBA Basketball” as it does for the old leather balls.


No. 24 Oklahoma State held off No. 21 Syracuse, in one of the best games I’ve seen all year, 72-68.

Two impressive aspects of the game:

(1) Oklahoma’s scoring tandem of Mario Boggans and JamesOn Curry is awesome. Watch this team climb the rankings because these two are that good together. I hopes the team doesn’t improve in ranking so I look like a genius in my bracket.

(2) The heavily recruited Paul Harris nearly burst onto the college basketball scene in a big way. He scored nine of his 11 points during Syracuse’s furious fourth quarter rally at the Jimmy V Classic. Down by 13, Harris led the charge. He performed in the clutch at Madison Square Garden, something stars do. Keep your eye on him; maybe his star will burn bright. It would help if he built his technical skill-set though.

Others Jimmy V Classic upsets: Washington State beat No. 18 Gonzaga 67 -77. No. 11 LSU beat No. 6 Texas A&M 52-64.

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