Archive for March 24th, 2008


Monday, March 24th, 2008

Walsh Leaving the Pacers | Headed To Garden?

Knicks Rumors & News

Despite reports to the contrary, Indiana Pacers chief executive Donnie Walsh has announced that he will leave the organization following the season. The decision comes following an 8-hour meeting on Friday with Pacers owners Herbert and Melvin Simon.

It was reported last week that Walsh has had discussions with Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan about possibly taking over control of the Knicks at the end of the season.

More, via ESPN:

“As far as what I’m going to do, I’m not sure,” the 67-year-old Walsh said at a news conference. “As a result, I’m not going to comment on it until I have a better idea.”

Reached Monday, Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said the Knicks would not comment on Walsh’s departure. Walsh’s agent, Steve Kaufman, said he would not comment on his client’s employment status until after the NBA season.

In New York, Thomas wouldn’t comment on speculation that Walsh could replace him, but praised his former boss with the Pacers.

There are two major obstacles that must be cleared befre the …

Injuries Force Rangers To Dust Off Prucha, Hollweg

Rangers Rumors & News

With the unexpected announcement that the Rangers would be without fourth line pivot Blair Betts for 2-to-3 weeks following foot surgery, Ryan Hollweg returned to the lineup on Friday for the first time in eight games after the acquisition of Freddy Sjostrom pushed the hard-hitting winger to the bench. It’s unclear if the Rangers will stick with Hollweg out-of-position at center, or recall a player such as Greg Moore from Hartford. My guess is that Tom Renney gives Hollweg a fair shot to stay in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Flyers saw Scott Gomez fall to injury as well, bruising his ribs after losing an edge and crashing into the boards. The diagnosis of bruised, rather than broken ribs is encouraging news for the Blueshirts, however it appears that the team still plans to proceed cautiously with their franchise center, opening the door for the return of Peter Prucha, who has missed the last 16 games, initially as an injury- then as a healthy-scratch.

During the …

King: Shockey to Saints not dead

Giants Rumors & News

Maybe he is just trying to stir up off-season intrigue, but SI.com’s Peter King believes the Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints talks aren’t dead.

From King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column today:

I think, Giant beat writers, you might sniff around this one: New Orleans is not through trying to acquire Jeremy Shockey.

I’m not making too much of this rumor. It seems that the Saints would like Shockey, and they probably will continue asking right up through Draft Day.

I doubt, though, that General Manager Jerry Reese intends to let Shockey go. Previous reports indicated that the Giants wanted at least a No. 1 pick, or a No. 2 and a starting type player for Shockey.

I see no reason why that would have changed. I also see no reason why New Orleans would give up that much for a guy coming off a broken leg.

I really don’t care what King says. The Saints can sniff around all they want, but I still believe Shockey will be a Giant next season.

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Jets Looking To Trade Up For McFadden

Jets Rumors & News

There has been buzz over the last several days concerning Gang Green’s plans for the upcoming NFL Draft and there appears to be increasing noise that the Jets hope to plug Arkansas RB Darren McFadden behind their reconfigured offensive line.

The Jets, who hold the sixth overall pick in the draft, visited with McFadden last week and view the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 overall as the most legitimate threat to snag McFadden before the Jets’ selection.

According to a report from Xtra Sports 1360 AM, the teams have had discussions about a trade that would see the Jets ship out DE Kenyon Coleman, along with the No. 6 pick, in exchange for Oakland’s fourth overall selection.

1360’s “Hacksaw” Hamilton probably isn’t the most reliable of sources, and the loss of Coleman, who led all defensive lineman in tackles last season, would present the team with another hole to fill; however it’s fun to envision a Jets backfield featuring incumbent Thomas Jones and McFadden, whom some pundits believe …

Brian Cashman Q&A

Yankees Rumors & News

Over at his LoHud Yankees Blog, Journal News beat reporter Peter Abraham is taking questions from his readers for a Q&A session with Bombers GM Brian Cashman. Submission guidelines are as follows:

* Submit your one (1) question to Pete via e-mail at pabraham@lohud.com. Do not submit your question via commenting on the blog.

* The deadline for questions is Tuesday at 6 p.m. EDT.

* Please don’t ask something he wouldn’t be able to answer. He can’t comment on trading for players from other organizations or private talks he has had with other GMs.

* Pete’ll select the best 10 questions, interview Cash, and the responses (and audio) will appear on the blog later this week. This will be a blog-exclusive feature and won’t apppear in The Journal News.

This is a fun opportunity for the fans to interact with their team’s top decision-maker. I encourage any Yanks fan to submit a query to Pete.

In this draft, Kenny Phillips would be a Giant

Giants Rumors & News

The folks at SportProjections.com put together a mock draft using team bloggers from all around the great Inter-Google.

I was honored to be asked to make the first-round selection for the Giants, and my turn on the clock came up Easter Sunday.

My choice was … Kenny Phillips, S, Miami.

This first round mock actually broke perfectly for the Giants. Phillips, the best safety in the draft, was obviously still on the board when my turn came. In addition, the two linebackers who seem to be the most likely targets for the Giants in the first round — Dan Connor (Penn State) and Jerod Mayo (Tennessee) — were also both on the board.

I would think that, should the real first round play out this way next month, Giants’ General Manager Jerry Reese will feel like he hit the jackpot. I know I felt like there was no wrong choice to make here.

For me, it really came down to Phillips and Connor, both prototype players at their positions, and both from …

Pettitte Still Sidelined, Could Miss Start of Season

Yankees Rumors & News

Andy Pettitte might have a problem with his back, thus causing him to possibly miss his first start of the regular season.

Pettitte has been sidelined since Thursday with what he says is stiffness in his back. He last pitched on March 17th, where he threw 65 pitches in 3 1/3 innings. At the time, Pettitte was dealing with an elbow issue, but reported no pain after his outing. Now, the back spasms he is experiencing have set him back a few days, something that should cause Joe Girardi and the Yanks some concern. Although, Girardi did downplay his concern.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said.

Andy skipped his start on Saturday because of the spasms. If he can play catch today and have a pain-free bullpen session tomorrow, then he is in line for either a minor league game on Friday in Tampa or pitch against the Marlins in Miami Friday night. That would then have Pettitte on pace to make his regular season debut against Toronto on Wednesday, …

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