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Sunday, December 9, 2012

SUNDAY SPORTS

Johnny Football just got a way cooler nickname -- Johnny Heisman. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win college football's most coveted trophy. Manziel passed for 3,419 yards and threw 24 TD passes for the Aggies, who will play Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl this season on January 4th.

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Donald Fehr isn't backing down from his comments that a deal was close with the NHL to end the lockout before talks broke off. Speaking at a Canadian Auto Workers council meeting, the players union rep said a deal was there for the taking Thursday night before the league rejected it. Fehr's comments run contrary to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who said Thursday he didn't think the owners and players were close to an agreement to end the standoff.

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Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold with a vicious right hand at the end of the sixth round. It was the fourth meeting between the two boxing rivals. The referee waved the fight to an end as Marquez celebrated and the sold-out crowd at the MGM erupted. Pacquiao was down for about two minutes before his handlers managed to get him up.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have loaded up their starting rotation by signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke. The deal is reportedly worth $147 million dollars over six years. The 2009 AL Cy Young would pair with 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

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O-J Mayo scored 40 points to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets in coach Kevin McHale's return to Houston's bench. McHale rejoined the team after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter. McHale said after the game that he was excited to be back and hoped it was the right time to return.

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Chicago snapped New York's five-game winning streak, with a 93-85 victory. Marco Belinelli scored 15 points in the first quarter, giving the Bulls their first three-game winning streak of the season. Elsewhere, Dwyane Wade scored 26 points and LeBron James finished with 24 points as and Miami snapped a two-game slide by topping New Orleans 106-90.

(The Canadian Press)

7 comments:

Mike from Vita, MB said...

In the movie "Johnny Be Good", wasn't Anthony Michael Hall's nickname 'Johnny Ballgame'?

Anonymous said...

Sick of Bettman and his sarcastic behavior. From day one when this man was hired as NHL commisioner he has slowly destroyed the NHL with his directional vision, stubborn opinion along with certain team owners. Bettman has finally met his match In Donald Fehr and doesn't like It one bit with his childish behavior. Yes there are two sides to the story, but the players are what make the game what It Is, sport and entertainment. Bettman's time has come and gone and he needs to step aside for all future professional hockey. Both sides need long term resolution that Is acceptable to all Involved and gives the game back to It's rightful place, the fans !

Anonymous said...

If the players were really worried about the continuation of professional sport entertainment, they would have tried negotiating prior to 1 month before training camps were to open. The players want to have top tier sport payment, however they would have a tough time proving that they are even the 4th ranked sport in north america (NFL, NBA and MLB are definitely ahead and nascar is probably next). Clearly the players think they and the sport entertainment they participate in is bigger than in reality

NHLPA’s tactic all along has been to appease to fan apathy. They keep saying the owners didn’t have to lock them out, that they could’ve played and negotiated a new contract. Well if the last CBA wasn’t working economically, why would the owners continue with it? and how long would the NHLPA expect to continue without an agreement - until it no longer worked for them?

Movie companies provide entertainment, when they don’t make acceptable profits they don’t pay movie stars as much, they don’t make as many movies and they lay people off. To the person making the comment above - maybe the NHLPA should keep that model in mind if they they truly believe they are entertainment. After all they are only the 5th best sport entertainment (economically) in north america.

Anonymous said...

That is completely not true. You think Tom Cruise doesn't get his salary or the union guys on a movie set don't get their rates?

You have it all wrong with this caring about the state of the world bunk. The entire point of labour relations and collective bargaining is to improve the current state. It has nothing to do with anything, but that. You think it is so easy with this Owners taking risks and all that. In the NHL how many Owners has Bettman brought into the league or inherited where they were carted off to jail for fraud? You think it's so easy to deal with those people fair and square? Don't give me this other thing where the Owners care about people's livlihoods. Jeremy Jacobs made his own staff pay for their Stanley Cup rings along with the tax on them. Front Office staff with the Bruins had their rings paid for by the Players covering the bill.

It doesn't matter whether the NHL is 5th - it's still 5th and the Business of NHL Hockey is worth Billions. So paying so called Millions is the going rate.

You want to change the system and play for love of the game, then practice your wrist shot and take some power skating lessons.

Obama

Anonymous said...

Reply to anon #3 from #2 ; are you defending Gary Bettman and his dismal record to date as commissioner of the National Hockey League and another lockout? Both parties to this continuous Impasse should have been at the table well In advance of this current expired collective dispute and had resolution thus avoiding lost games/revenues or total season cancellation.Anyone with any sense of sensibility knows full well that hockey In the USA will never be fully accepted over all things Americana, baseball, football etc. Bettmans dream of placing teams In non traditional non profitable hockey markets unfailingly costly and detrimental to the game and It's very existance. Don't give me your crap of appeasing fan apathy. NHL fan for life, ElA

Anonymous said...

Bettman a central figure In three NHL labour stoppage during his tenure as commissioner. Stubborn condescending sarcastic childish boorish behavior has got to go for the betterment of professional hockey.

Anonymous said...

2012-13 NHL season cancelled.