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Aug
30

Aug
30

Even seats behind the outfield fence will be costly at the new Yankee Stadium.

The front part of the area behind the outfield in right and left will cost US$100 and $75 per game next year as part of season-ticket plans at the $1.3-billion ballpark.

But behind those four sections of seats, and to the rear of the bullpens closer to centre field, are nine sections of bleachers priced at $12, the same as the cost this season in the final year of the 85-year-old ballpark.

The Yankees put season ticket prices on their website Friday along with a seat locator that shows views from each location. They also mailed relocation brochures to season-ticket holders.

Prices for the best seats were announced in March, with the Yankees charging $500-$2,500 for tickets near home plate in the first nine rows, contained in 25 sections ringing home plate. In all, the Yankees have sold more than 3,500 of approximately 4,300 premium seats on the field, main and terrace levels, chief operating officer Lonn Trost said Friday.

“Other than those 4,300 seats, which are going to subsidize everybody else, the prices are not” being raised significantly, Trost said. “And remember, 24,000-plus seats will have no price increase at all.”

The Yankees said Friday the remainder of the field-seats level seats cost from $75-$325 as part of season tickets, while main-level seats go for $45-$100. The highest deck is split into two areas, with terrace seats going for $40-$65 and grandstand selling for $20 and $25.

In a sign most of the best seats will be sold as season tickets, only the least expensive category of field seats and the two least expensive levels of main seats are being made available for partial plans. The Yankees are charging $5-$10 more per seat for partial plans than they are for season tickets. Individuals game prices haven’t been set.

Invoices for season tickets will be sent out starting in mid-September, and fans who decline their seats, wishing to upgrade, downgrade or switch their plan, can go in a pool for others seats. A 10 per cent payment is due about two weeks after receiving an invoice.

Aug
29

Thew New York Knicks have traded C Frederic Weis to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Ewing JR., the son of former Knick great Patrick Ewing, who played for the Knicks from 1985-2000.

Aug
28

Record-setting swimming star Michael Phelps, who was ubiquitous both in official Olympics coverage and in advertisements, will get even more TV face time in the next few weeks.

The U.S. swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, will be a presenter at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, organizers announced Thursday.

Other celebrities slated to help hand out MTV’s Moonman hardware at the Sept. 7 gala in Los Angeles include Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Ciara, and actors from the High School Musical franchise and upcoming film Twilight.

Taking the stage to perform will be acts such as Katy Perry, T-Pain, Rihanna, Pink, T.I., The Jonas Brothers and Lil Wayne.

About a week later, on Sept. 13, “Phelps Phans” will be treated to another side of the 23-year-old when he hosts the season premiere episode of Saturday Night Live.

Producers announced Wednesday that Phelps would host the first show of SNL’s 34th season, with Lil Wayne to appear as the evening’s musical guest.

Last week, a U.S. publisher announced that Phelps will pen a book revealing the story behind his amazing performance at the Olympics, his philosophies on training and competitions, as well as on his childhood growing up in a single-parent family.

The book, tentatively called Built to Succeed, is slated for release in December.

Aug
28

Adam “Pacman” Jones hs been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and will be able to play in the Cowboys season opener in Cleveland.

The league in June allowed Jones, a cornerback and kick returner who was suspended last season after multiple arrests, to practice with the Cowboys and play in pre-season games. Today’s full reinstatement was confirmed by NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

The Cowboys acquired Jones’s rights on April 23 from the Tennessee Titans, where he played his first two NFL seasons.

Jones, 24, received a 16-game ban in April 2007 for conduct detrimental to the league after his fifth arrest in less than two years.

“This is another step in the process,” Jones said in a statement released by the Cowboys. “I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I understand my responsibilities to the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League.”

In December, Jones pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct after being ejected from a Las Vegas strip club in February 2007, shortly before a triple shooting that left an employee paralyzed.

Jones, the sixth pick in the 2005 draft, had four interceptions for Tennessee during his first two NFL seasons, returning one for a touchdown. He also had four punt returns for scores.

The Cowboys open the NFL regular season on Sept. 7 against the Browns.

Aug
27

Michael Strahan isn’t pulling a Brett Favre. After Osi Umenyiora went down with a knee injury that will force him to sit out the season, the Giants started contacted Strahan about coming out of retirement to play for the G-Men. He thought about it hard, but in the end decided to stay retired and take the $2 million from FOX Sports to do pre-game shows on Sundays.

“He was very close to returning, but the great part about Michael is that he takes his time to think about things and he is very thorough,” Tony Agnone said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “You can get excited about coming back and running through the tunnel one more time.”

Aug
26

A couple days ago, I published a post saying Kurt Warner has taken over the starting QB job in Arizona, which was according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Well, it turns out Mort was wrong. It seems like sometimes he just makes up scoops from out of the clear blue sky.

Consider:

– Matt Leinart plays horribly Saturday night in what all coaches regard as the most important preseason game. He had been neck and neck with Kurt Warner up to this point. So it would seem that Warner’s going to win the job.

– The next day, Mort reports that he has a “source” that told him Warner will be named the starter.

– A beat writer for the Arizona Cardinals acknowledges Mort’s scoop and keeps digging … only to find nothing concrete.

Now this

:”I haven’t read the paper today or seen the Internet,” (Head Coach Ken) Whisenhunt said. “Do we have a quarterback? … It seems like Chris Mortensen is making the decision on our quarterback for our football team. … But nothing has changed.”

Also contained in the above article was that no decision on the starting QB in the desert has been made, and that Leinart’s pathetic display Saturday night would not be a huge portion of the ultimate decision.

Aug
26

A.L. EAST STANDINGS
Tampa Bay……..| 79-50
Boston………….| 75-55 (4.5 GB)
New York……..| 70-60 (9.5 GB)

A.L. WILD CARD STANDINGS
Boston…………| 75-55
Minnesota……..| 74-56 (1.0 GB)
New York……..| 70-60 (5.0 GB)
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Next Game:
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
at Boston Red Sox (75-55)
First Pitch: 7:05pm ET
TV, Radio: MY9, WCBS 880

Probable Pitchers:
BOS: Tim Wakefield (7-8, 3.67 ERA)
NYY: Andy Pettitte (13-9, 4.17 ERA)

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PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Andy Pettitte — Pettitte picked up his 13th win of the season and his first since July 26 with seven innings of one-run ball on Wednesday at the Rogers Centre, holding the Blue Jays to just Alex Rios’ run-scoring single in the sixth inning. Pettitte has given up five hits or fewer in 11 of his 27 appearances this season. He is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox this season, having beaten them on July 26 at Fenway Park with six innings of three-run ball, though only one was earned.

Tim Wakefield (BOS) — With the tingling and numbness in his right arm still an issue, Josh Beckett will be skipped against the Yankees, leaving a vacancy that will likely be filled by Wakefield, who pitched a side session on Saturday and was pronounced ready to start on Tuesday. The knuckleballer has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 with tightness in his right shoulder and is expected to be activated in time to face the Yankees on Tuesday. In his two starts before going on the disabled list, Wakefield had gone 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. In his career against the Yankees, the 16-year veteran is 9-17 with a 5.14 ERA.

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OFFENSIVE PREVIEW

Yankees vs. Wakefield:

Red Sox vs. Pettitte:
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WEATHER REPORT
Sunny 75 F, Light wind from NNW at 8 mph, 0% chance of precipitation

Aug
26

From NBA.com

2008 NBA MEDAL WINNERS

Gold Medalists
Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) United States
Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz) United States
Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors) United States
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) United States
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) United States
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) United States
Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks) United States
Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) United States
Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons) United States
Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) United States
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) United States
Deron Williams (Utah Jazz) United States

Silver Medalists
Jose-Manuel Calderon (Toronto Raptors) Spain
Rudy Fernandez (Portland Trail Blazers) Spain
Jorge Garbajosa (Toronto Raptors 07 – 08) Spain
Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) Spain
Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) Spain
Raul Lopez (Utah Jazz 02 – 05) Spain
Juan Carlos Navarro (Memphis Grizzlies 07 – 08) Spain

Bronze Medalists
Carlos Delfino (Toronto Raptors 07 – 08, Detroit Pistons 04 – 07) Argentina
Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs) Argentina
Andres Nocioni (Chicago Bulls) Argentina
Fabricio Oberto (San Antonio Spurs) Argentina
Luis Scola (Houston Rockets) Argentina

Here you can see more USA basketball players showing off their gold medals.

Aug
26

Kevin Duckworth, the former two-time NBA All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on Monday evening while visiting a basketball clinic in Oregon.

“Today is an extremely sad day for the Trail Blazers family,” Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said. “Kevin will be remembered by fans as one of the most popular and recognizable players to ever wear the Blazers uniform, but to people who knew him, he’ll be remembered as one of the warmest and biggest-hearted.”

Duckworth was on the Oregon Coast representing the Trail Blazers as a Heritage Ambassador on the team’s 19-city Statewide Summer Tour. The cause of death is unknown.

Duckworth, 44, was the starting center on the Portland Trail Blazer teams that made it to the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals. He played in the NBA from 1986-1997, spending most of his years with the Blazers. However, toward the end of his career, he played for the Bullets, Bucks, and Clippers.

Duckworth was a second-round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs out of Eastern Illinois University in 1986. Early into his rookie season, he was traded to the Blazers for Walter Berry. He then played with the Blazers until 1993.

Duckworth remains the 10th leading scorer (7,188) and rebounder (3,327) in Trail Blazers history, compiling averages of 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 527 games with Portland. During his tenure, Trail Blazers teams compiled a record of 356-193 (.648). In 684 career NBA games, Duckworth scored 8,085 points (11.8 ppg), grabbed 3,945 rebounds (5.8 rpg) and shot 46.8 percent from the field.

R.I.P Mr. Duckworth