Archive for January 5th, 2008


Saturday, January 5th, 2008

DiPi Won’t Be Suspended

Islanders Rumors & News

Via ESPN.com:

New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will get his confiscated pads back and won’t be suspended for using them for one period of Thursday’s overtime loss to the Florida Panthers….”I can confirm the pads have been cleared. They are being returned to Rick in Colorado and he will not be suspended,” Islanders spokesman Chris Botta said in an e-mail Friday. “I don’t know if he’ll get the pads in time for Saturday’s game or if he will be wearing them.”

Nets win fourth straight, now at .500

Nets Rumors & News

Friday night was another step in the right direction for the New Jersey Nets, as they won their fourth straight game. The 102-96 win over the visting Charottle Bobcats .was the Nets’ sixth win in their seven. It also put them at .500 (16-16) on the season.

“We haven’t turned any corner,” said Jason Kidd. “What are we? 15-15? 16-16? Have we turned the corner? Until you get 10 games over [.500] you haven’t turned the corner. We’re just at the starting line.”

Kidd finished with 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Vince Carter contributed 30 points and 7 rebounds to go along with Richard Jefferson’s 28 points and six assists. The Nets were down as much as 13 in the first half and didn’t take the lead until the final seconds of the third quarter.

“We’re getting extra efforts,” Carter said. “Guys are focusing. We are limiting our lulls. During the course of this game, we didn’t have as many.”

For the Bobcats (11-20), the loss was thier …

Will the good Giants or the bad ones show up Sunday?

Giants Rumors & News

Do I think the New York Giants should win their first-round playoff game in Tampa Bay Sunday? Without a doubt.

Am I supremely confident that the Giants will emerge with the first playoff victory of the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning Era? Not a chance.

These are, as Giants’ fans know all too well, the teasingly-good, maddeningly inconsistent and sometimes disturbingly awful Coughlin/Manning Giants.

For about 58 of the 60 minutes last Saturday against New England the Giants were not only a good football team, but a championship caliber one.

Yet, at other times this season they have a looked like a horrid, rag-tag collection of players who could barely beat the Dolphins — which, in fact, is what happened when they played Miami. In losses to Minnesota, Washington and early in the year to Green Bay the Giants were atrocious.

Which team will show up Sunday? Damned if I know.

The Giants are coming off the excellent performance against New England and a stirring come-from-behind win over Buffalo.

I would like to think they are carrying momentum on their side that would to …

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