Formerly of the Chunichi Dragons of the Japan Central League, righty Kenshin Kawakami may be the next Japanese Pitcher to make the move to Boston. Kawakami seems like a potential #4-5 starter, and brings a lot to the table. Just two years ago, Kawakami walked a miniscule 21 batters in 190 innings of work. He can consistently strike batters out (over a strikeout per inning this season) and induces a lot of ground balls.
At 33 years old, Kawakami has his first taste of free agency, and seems to be leaning towards Boston.
After a ring ceremony that brought Celtics’ vet Paul Pierce to tears, Boston went to the task of defending their title. The Cavaliers, Boston’s opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, looked to avenge their game 7 loss in last year’s playoff run.
The Celtics held Lebron James to a somewhat un-Lebron-like 22 points, 7 rebounds, and six assists (along with three turnovers). The Cavs held the lead at the half, but the Celtics’ dominant 24-13 third quarter gave them the boost they needed to overtake Cleveland. Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 27, followed by Rajon Rondo with 14 and Leon Powe with 13.
Boston outshot Cleveland 46.6% to 42.6% in what proved to be a close and exciting season opener. The Celtics next game is scheduled for Friday night, October 31st against the Chicago Bulls.
There wasn’t much offense in Vancouver last night. No complaints from the Boston Bruins though, who only needed Michael Ryder’s 1st period goal to take care of the Canucks. The win put the Bruins at 5-2-3 on the year and earned Tim Thomas his second consecutive shutout. His 31 saves were good for 1st star honors. Meanwhile Roberto Luongo stopped 29 Bruins shots in his losing effort for the Canucks.
The Bruins will play the Calgary Flames in Calgary this Thursday before returning to the TD Banknorth Garden on 11/1 to host the Dallas Stars. Great Bruins tickets are still available for all games. Check them out now at Boston’s source, Ace Ticket.
Bud Selig has confirmed that Busch Stadium in St Louis will be the site of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game on July 14th. This will be St Louis’ first since 1966, and the 80th in the history of the MLB. Rays coach Joe Maddon will be in charge of the American League team, who haven’t lost an All-Star game since 1996. Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel will try to break the NL’s losing streak. The National League leads the all-time record at 40-37-2, but the AL’s recent streak has nearly tipped the scales.
2009 MLB All-Star Game tickets are available now, so reserve your seat early!
The New York Rangers remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL with a 9-2 record to start the year. They earned that 9th win last night in a win over the rival New York Islanders by a 4-2 score.
Rangers’ captain, Chris Drury got his first two goals of the year while Henrik Lundqvist earned another win between the pipes with 28 saves. Ryan Callahan and Scott Gomez each added a goal for the Rangers.
The Rangers haven’t won 9 out of 12 games since the 1983-84 season. The Rangers will face the Atlanta Thrashers in their next game on 10/30. New York Rangers tickets are available for this and all 2008-2009 games.
Upcoming Rangers Schedule:
Rangers vs Thrasher 10/30
Rangers at Maple Leafs 11/1
Rangers vs Islanders 11/4
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Sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the year, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game will be held at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ. Sure to attract players and celebrities alike, the NBA’s midseason contest is always interesting. The NBA Slam Dunk and 3-Pointer competition is also a fan favorite – tickets are available for this event as well.
Buy your ticket early and make sure you’ll have a seat to the hottest game of the year! 2009 NBA All-Star Game tickets are going fast!
The 2007-2008 World Champion Boston Celtics finished up the preseason with a 6-2 record, looking solid so far. The Champs will face their Conference Final opponents as they raise the banner at the Garden. Lebron and the Cavaliers only managed a 3-5 preseason record (including a close loss to the C’s), but looked better as the games went on.
New players J.R. Giddens and Patrick O’Bryant are eager to figure out which roles they will be playing on the 08-09 team. Giddens will have to work through a hip injury, and O’Bryant would need to win a spot as the #3 center. The big three are returning healthy, Kendrick Perkins has recovered from his shoulder injury, and veteran Sam Cassell looks as if he will be ready to start the season. Aside from James Posey, nearly everyone involved in last season’s playoff run will be returning to this year’s team.
The Celtics tip off the season on Tuesday night at 8:00pm. Plenty of great Boston Celtics tickets are still available if you want to cheer on the C’s as they start the road to Green 18!
Halfway through 2008 NFL season last year’s Super Bowl contenders are both headed in the right direction. The New England Patriots won for the 2nd week in a row while the New York Giants improved to 6-1 with a big win in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile the Titans remain undefeated with seven wins on the year.
10/26/08Carolina Panthers (6-2) 27 Arizona Cardinals (4-3) 23 – Kurt Warner outpassed Jake Delhomme but it was the Panthers who came away with the win improving to 6-2.
Baltimore Ravens (4-3) 29 Oakland Raiders (2-5) 10 – The Ravens got the best of the Raiders today going one game over .500.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) 27 Altanta Falcons (4-3) 14 – Westbrook had two rushing TD’s and led the Eagles past Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Washington Redskins (6-2) 25 Detroit Lions (0-7) 17 – QB Campbell threw for 328 yards as the Redskins had no trouble handing the Lions their 7th loss of the year.
Miami Dolphins (3-4) 25 Buffalo Bills (5-2) 16 – The Dolphins handed the Bills only their 2nd loss on the year behind 314 passing yards by Chad Pennington.
Dallas Cowboys (5-3) 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) 9 – The Cowboys got away with a win without QB Tony Romo in an offensively challenged matchup with the Bucs today.
New England Patriots (5-2) 23 St. Louis Rams (2-5) 16 – The Patriots won for the 2nd game in a row improving to 5-2.
New York Jets (4-3) 28 Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) 24 – Brett Favre threw for 290 yards and two TD’s getting the Jets over .500 while the Chiefs sank to 1-6.
New Orleans Saints (4-4) 37 San Diego Chargers (3-5) 32 – Drew Brees’ three TD passes led the Saints over the Chargers by a slim margin on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns (3-4) 23 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) 17 – Anderson had 246 passing yards in leading the Browns over Jacksonville today.
Houston Texans (3-4) 35 Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) 6 – The Bengals are making a strong case for a winless season. They looked hopeless against a mediocre Texans team.
Seattle Seahawks (2-5) 34 San Francisco 49ers (2-6) 13 – The Seahawks bested the 49ers handily on Sunday.
New York Giants (6-1) 21 Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) 14 - The Giants put up 12 points in the 4th quarter including a safety to overcome the Steelers today.
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Tennessee Titans (7-0) 31 vs Indianapolis Colts (3-4) 21 – The Titans looked like a team on a mission on Monday night as they kept the pressure on Peyton Manning and the Colts forcing two interceptions en route to a 31-21 win.
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Almost halfway through their 2008 season the defending Super Bowl Champion, New York Giants are looking like a team intent on getting back to the big game. The Giants completed a comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday to improve to 6-1. That record is good for first place in the NFC East. Good news for the Giants who will face two East rivals in the next two weeks in the Cowboys and the Eagles.
Down 14-9 in the fourth quarter the Giants relied on a little luck and Manning’s arm to complete a 12 point comeback. With a backup snapper in the game the Steelers snapped the ball into the endzone on a punt attempt resulting in a safety and possession for the Giants. Eli Manning led the Giants down the field completing the drive with a TD pass to Kevin Boss. The Giants held their 21-14 lead for the eventual win.
The Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday 11/2. Giants tickets still available for this and all 2008 games at Giants Stadium.
The Boston Bruins finally wound up on the winning end of a tight game, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 5-4 on Saturday. Unlike most games this season for the Bruins, the team actually found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the first. The Thrashers jumped out to a lead with goals by Jason Williams and Mathieu Schneider.
Starting the second period down 2, the Bruins wasted no time knotting the game up with goals by Stephane Yelle and Milan Lucic 2 minutes apart. Lucic would go on to complete the game with a hat trick; his third goal the game winner in the final two minutes of play. The Boston Bruins were certainly glad to end the game in regulation. Boston already has three OT losses on the year.
The win puts the Bruins at 3-2-3 on the year. The Bruins will play the Oilers in Edmonton on Monday night. They return to the Garden on Saturday to host the Dallas Stars.
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