Archive for February, 2010

27
Feb
10

Depleted Wizards Sign Shaun Livingston

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By Jesse Jones

Remember Shaun Livingston?  The 6-7 guard who came out of high school with non-stop hype?

Most remember him by his knee injury that has basically ruined his career.  Against the Bobcats in a February game in 2007, Livingston tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL in his left leg as he landed awkwardly coming down from a layup.

Now Livingston has signed with a team that has terrible luck with injury.  Washington signed him to a 10-day contract because of the injury to Josh Howard.

In last night’s overtime loss to the Knicks, Livingston only played two minutes and did not get in the stat book.

Other Team Notes

  • The Wizards bought out Zydrunas Ilgauskas, allowing him to sign with another team or wait 30 days to return to Cleveland.
  • After Josh Howard’s injury, the Wizards have lost to the Grizzlies and Knicks (both at home).
  • James Singleton suffered a sprained ankle in last night’s loss.
  • Forward Mike Harris was brought up from the D-League Wednesday.
26
Feb
10

Maryland 2010 Football Schedule Released

By Ben Linton

Take a look at the Maryland Football Schedule for the 2010 season:

vs. Navy @M&T Bank Stadium 4:00 ESPN

vs. Morgan State

@ West Virginia

vs. Florida International

vs. Duke

@ Clemson

@Boston College

vs. Wake Forest

@ Miami

@ Virginia

vs. Florida State

vs. North Carolina State

Although Maryland gets a break and doesn’t have to play Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, or North Carolina, they still face a rigorous stretch of games in October-Early November when they play four of five games on the road. The Terps’ hardest games will be at West Virginia and at Miami, two teams that were ranked through the most part of last season. The Terps have not played the Canes since 2006, and rekindle their rivalry with WVU, which had been put to an abrupt two-year skid. Maryland opens the season with a tough game against Navy, who won the Alamo Bowl last season and has that dreaded triple-option offense. Luckily for Maryland they will have all spring and fall to prepare for it since it is the first game. Hopefully we see a new and improved team next season on the field as they try to forget memories of last years’ 2-10 debacle.

26
Feb
10

Campbell Will Be Back

By Ben Linton

According to new head coach Mike Shanahan, Quarterback Jason Campbell will be back in D.C. next season. Campbell will be a free agent come March 1st, and the Redskins are expected to offer him around $3.2 million and would require a first and third round pick from another team to let him go.

This basically guarantees that you will see number 17 back in burgundy and gold next season. Whether or not he will have some competition is a different story. The Redskins have the fourth pick overall, and could possibly draft a quarterback like Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford.

However that is not the route I’d prefer the team to go in. Campbell threw for 3,618 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, with a completion percentage of 64.5%. He also was sacked 43 times, which was one of the highest in the league. I truly believe that if Campbell is given more protection up front he can do big things for the Skins. A lot will be decided come April during the NFL Draft.

Shanahan declined to comment on the future of Running Back Clinton Portis, who is currently 28 years old and was lost for the season in Week 9. It seems as though his days in Washington may be numbered, which will make for a very interesting off-season in Washington with a new sheriff in town.

24
Feb
10

New Face, Same Story

By Jesse Jones

Just eight minutes into Josh Howard’s fourth game with the Washington Wizards, Howard tore is ACL, ending his season.  Howard was receiving a long pass from Mike Miller that was setting up an easy layup when he landed wrong.

Howard has averaged 14.5 points per game with the Wizards, as they are 3-1 with him.

Washington has beaten the Timberwolves, Nuggets, and Bulls since their trade frenzy.  Their only loss was in Toronto, when they blew a 10 point fourth quarter lead.

The Wizards host the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.  All students with a valid ID can get into the game for $10.

22
Feb
10

US Hockey Stuns Canada

By Ben Linton

With help from 42 saves by Goalie Ryan Miller, the United States Hockey Team was able to pull off its biggest upset since the Miracle on Ice, beating host Canada 5-3 tonight in Vancouver. The Canadians out-shot the Americans 45-23, and were led by all-stars Sidney Crosby, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, and Martin Brodeur, but were less disciplined and determined than a young American team, with an average age of only 26.

Lightning struck and the tone was set from the get-go when Brian Rafalski(Redwings) scored a goal in the first 41 seconds of play to put the US up, who never trailed the whole game. Later on the Canadians would get on the board when Eric Staal deflected the puck into the net to tie the game, but the Americans and Rafalski would respond immediately, to give the United States a lead of 2-1 after the first period.

In the second period, Dany Heatley tied the score at 2-2 3:32 into the period. Then for thirteen minutes the pace was less frantic and chaotic, and it had seemed that Canada was about to surge, Chris Drury(Rangers) scored to put the US up 3-2. The theme of the game was definitely resiliency by the United States; they were able to respond to every goal that Canada scored and handled everything that the Canadians threw at them.

In the final period, the Americans distanced themselves with a power play goal by Captain Jamie Langenbrunner(Hurricanes) to give them a 4-2 lead. Things got scary and tight when Sidney Crosby finally scored for his Canadian team with three minutes remaining on a power play. But with their goalie pulled with a minute remaining, Ryan Kesler(Canucks) was able to poke in an empty net goal to seal the deal for the United States.

None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for a heroic effort from goalie Ryan Miller(Sabres). Miller finished with 42 saves on 45 shots, and was able to withstand everything Canada threw at him, and trust me, they pulled out all the stops for this one. In the last three minutes or so, Miller killed two Canadian power plays, and survived the frantic pace at which the game was being played.

Its time for the rest of the country to get excited about US Hockey once again. This team is very energetic, exciting, and fun to watch. They advance to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 unblemished record, winning their group of Canada, Norway, and Switzerland. Hold on to your remotes and keep your eyes glued on to the television people. A gold medal may be in the near future for this talented bunch.

20
Feb
10

Tucker Saves the Day

By Ben Linton

13 seconds left. Maryland is down 72-71 to Georgia Tech at home. Greivis Vasquez hits a layup to put the Terps up by one. The crowd goes wild as Georgia Tech rushes up the court. Tech’s Iman Shumpert misses a jumper, but Forward Derrick Favors gets the rebound and the put back with three seconds to put the Jackets back on top. Maryland inbounds to Vasquez, the desperation half court shot is good!!! Wait…Maryland called a timeout before the shot. The crowd looks on in anguish, disgust, and desperation as the referee’s try to get the time right. First, the referee’s put 0.1 seconds on the clock. The crowd hisses in displeasure. Then they put on 15.0 seconds, the crowd cheers, but knows that its just a clock malfunction. Finally the officials get it right and put 1.5 seconds remaining in the game. Maryland in bounds to Cliff Tucker, Tucker shoots, and as Wizards’ announcer Steve Buckhantz would say, “DAGGER!!!” Fans celebrate as the Maryland bench clears and rushes Tucker. Final Score: Maryland 76, Georgia Tech 74.

In one of the most anti-climatic build ups to the end of a game, Maryland’s Cliff Tucker saved the day by draining a three point bucket with a defender in his face as time expired. In an otherwise sloppy and gritty game, full of fouls, bad officiating, and lack of pace, it was fitting that the last 30 seconds would be so dramatic and exciting. Through out the first half, Maryland held the lead, but could never seem to put the Jackets away, who made numerous contested three pointers with time ticking out on the shot clock to keep them in it. In the second half, Tech fought back and even regained the lead at 61-60 with 6:12 remaining. But fate and good fortune were on Maryland’s side as they eventually pulled out the victory to keep them unbeaten at home in the ACC.

With the win the Terps improve to 9-3 in the ACC, and in prime position to make a run at the ACC Title. This caps off a great week of Maryland Basketball, as they win all three games to keep pace with top ranked Duke. Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 18 points, although he was only 1-7 from three point land. Eric Hayes played valiantly with the flu, finishing with 15 points. Georgia Tech was led by a complete domination of the boards, thanks to Derrick Favors (21 pts, 18 rebs). This win also boosts Maryland’s NCAA Tournament resume, as they pick up their third win against an RPI Top 50 team. They will get another chance to do so next Wednesday when the Terps host Clemson.

19
Feb
10

State of the Franchise: Washington Wizards

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By Jesse Jones

The NBA Trade Deadline has passed and the Washington Wizards were involved in two major trades and one other trade.

The first trade sent co-captain Caron Butler, starting center Brendan Haywood, and reserve guard DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks for starting guard/forward Josh Howard, reserve forward/center Drew Gooden, and reserves Guinton Ross and James Singleton.

The next trade came Tuesday night.  This trade involved three teams, the Wizards, Clippers, and Cavaliers.  The Wizards traded the other co-captain Antawn Jamison to Cleveland for starting center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the rights to Emir Preldzic, and the Cavs’ 2010 first round draft pick.  They also traded recently acquired Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Al Thornton.  It is believed, however, that the Wizards will buy out Ilgauskas’ expiring contract, which gives him the ability to resign with the Cavaliers after 30 days.

Their third and final trade came right around the deadline.  Sacramento sent cash and a 2010 protected second-round draft pick to Washington for reserve forward Dominic McGuire.

President Ernie Grunfeld announced in a press conference yesterday that he plans on keeping Gilbert Arenas, who has four years left on his contract, stating, “He’s under contract and he’s going to be with us.  He’s part of the organization. If he wants to play, he’s going to play here.”

Before all the trades, it was believed that Arenas was going to be traded, bought out, or have his contract voided.  Now that the team is under the salary cap, and after Grunfeld’s comments, do not be surprised if you see Arenas back in Washington.

For the rest of the season, the Wizards’ depth chart looks like this:

PG: Gilbert Arenas (suspended), Randy Foye, Earl Boykins, Mike James
SG: Mike Miller, Nick Young
SF: Josh Howard, Al Thornton, Quinton Ross
PF: Andray Blatche, James Singleton
C: Fabricio Oberto, JaVale McGee, Zydrunas Ilgauskas (if not bought out)
**Javaris Crittenton is still under contract**

The only players left under contract after this season are:

  • Gilbert Arenas
  • Josh Howard (team option)
  • Randy Foye (qualifying offer)
  • Andray Blatche
  • Al Thornton
  • Nick Young
  • JaVale McGee
  • Quinton Ross (player option)

In the offseason, the team will have a lot of depth to sign/draft.  The team has two first-round picks, one lottery and one late round, and two second-round picks.  The trades have moved Washington under the luxury tax, so they will be able to sign quality starters and role players.

The Washington Wizards are clearly in a rebuilding stage.  They’ve done a fire sale with the starters, and have acquired draft picks to build for the future.  There is still talent on the team, and hope for the future, but things in the franchise are on the down side.  It will be interesting to watch how the new team gels, especially the people still left on the roster after the season ends.




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