Archive for July 29th, 2007

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Curry Robbed at Gunpoint

Knicks Rumors & News

Via the AP:

Three masked robbers broke into the suburban Chicago home of Knicks forward Eddy Curry early Saturday, according to the police.

The deputy chief of police, John Madden, said the robbers restrained Curry, his wife and an employee with duct tape, then made off with cash and jewelry.

Madden said that investigators did not believe the robbery was a random incident.

The robbery occurred a little more than two weeks after Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker was robbed at gunpoint at his Chicago town house.

Yanks Miss Out On Wiggy, Mets Closing In On Loretta?

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News


Hoping for more offensive production from their infield, the Houston Astros acquired Ty Wigginton from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday for relief pitcher Dan Wheeler.

Wigginton was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs in 98 games this season. Last year, he had a career-high 24 homers and 79 RBIs.

Just yesterday, George King wrote in the New York Post that the Yanks appeared on the verge of acquiring Wigginton in exchange for Scott Proctor, whom the Devils Rays were reportedly interested in converting to a starter. We can only assume therefore that the Yankees had second thoughts about parting with Proctor, or the D-Rays valued Wheeler more highly. Either way, Ty Wigginton is headed to Houston, and apparently will man third base “for the next several seasons,” according to Astros GM Tim Purpura. Given that statement, it would appear Morgan Ensberg’s days in Houston are numbered.

Moreover, the deal could signal the imminent departure of Mark Loretta. With Ensberg hitting just .232 …

Jets Practice 3, Day 2

Jets Rumors & News

Leon Washington was excused from today’s practice for personal reasons. This following an absence from Friday’s afternoon session after becoming ill during the morning practice. No further information was relayed from Eric Mangini.

On the Jets’ official website, Randy Lange tells us that coach Mangini gave kudos to D’Brickashaw Ferguson today, stating that D’Brick is “one guy who had a really good off-season, did a lot of work on his own, in the weightroom and the program, with his nutrition, working with the coaches and Lomas Brown [at minicamp].”

The Jets hit for real today after yesterday’s “thud” tackling sessions. You can ask Alvin Banks if he found his helmet yet after a jarring hit from Cody Spencer.

In the 2-minute drill, Mike Nugent was wide right from 51 yards and wide left from 43. But…they were Arena League goalposts (not as wide as the NFL). I’d still like to know if they would have been good during a real NFL game.

4,000 fans watched today’s practice in sweltering heat and humidity.

Double session scheduled for tomorrow. Look …

The IronMan ~ He is the Man off the Field, too!

Cal Ripken, Jr., The IronMan of baseball, spent his career thrilling fans of all ages with his play on the field, culminating with his induction this weekend in baseball’s ultimate shrine.

He continues to inspire fans of all ages with his commitment outside the baselines.

I had the honor and privilege of working with Mr. Ripken at a recent fundraising event. He spent over three hours with honored guests, corporate “big wigs” and an eager crowd. He posed for pictures and chatted with admirers during two private receptions and then inspired the crowd with stories about commitment, instilled in him growing up with his famous baseball family.

My guess is Mr. Ripken could command appearance fees similar to those of the highest paid celebrities. Instead he is committed to saving organizations’ money by charging nothing so they, in turn, can spend it on those that matter most – the people they serve.

We have heard stories about how he never refuses an autograph and unlike today’s athletes will sign anything you give him, regardless of …

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