Homepage, Sports - The Portland Trail Blazers will be in trouble if Darius Miles plays two more games this season. Drafted by the Blazers in 2000, Miles underwent microfracture surgery in 2006 and had his salary taken off the books under a classification of “career ending injury”. After 6 preseason games with Boston, and two regular season games with the Grizzlies, Miles is just two games away from going back on the books for Portland. If his salary is reinstated, the Trailblazers will not only go over the salary cap, but they will also have less money at their disposal for signing new free agents next year. While the Blazers have e-mailed GM’s asking for them to not play Miles, all teams stand to earn $250,000 in revenue sharing if Portland goes over the cap (versus the $28,000 it would cost to play Miles for two games).
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Concerts, Homepage - Phish has finally announced their Summer 2009 Reunion Tour dates. They will make a stop at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA on June 9th, and more dates across the country are expected to be announced soon
6/4 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
6/5 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
6/6 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6/7 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/9 – Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
6/16 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
6/18 – Post Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
6/19 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
6/20 – Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI
6/21 – Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI
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Concerts, Homepage, Ticket Sales - Led Zeppelin’s manager Peter Mensch recently told the BBC that a Led Zeppelin reunion is imminent, pending the band finding an appropriate vocalist to take over for Robert Plant. When the band reunited to play at a benefit for long-time friend Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records, the rest of the band meshed. “They had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up” Mensch said. ““And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill – whatever their bill was at this stage in their career – that they’d make a record and go on tour.” Plant’s replacement has not been announced, but Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy has been mentioned in passing.
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Homepage, Sports - The New York Yankees may have won the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, but they did not have the biggest offer on the table. The Sox had a 10-year $212 million deal on the table that included two vested option years. Yahoo Sports’ Gordon Edes reports that Boras balked at the option year conditions, and pressed Boston for a contract with an average yearly salary exceeding $23mm. The best per-year offer was still from the Yankees, who Teixeira says were his preferred team all along.
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Homepage, Sports - Pitchers and catchers report to Red Sox training camp on Feb. 12. Currently, Red Sox fans are not sure who will be the starter among those in attendance. One-time Sox backup Josh Bard was recently signed by the Sox, and prospects Dusty Brown and George Kottaras look to make impacts in the future, but there is still a void in the lineup. Team captain Jason Varitek has yet to re-sign with the team, and his future seems to be up in the air. The speculation is that Varitek’s agent (Scott Boras) wants a deal similar to Jorge Posada’s, something around 4-years $52.4 million. With offseason spending relatively low, a shallow pool of free agents, and some reluctance to trade prospects, Varitek may end up back with the Sox before catchers report.
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Homepage, Sports - ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Stephon Marbury’s falling out with the New York Knicks could lead to him playing for the Green. With the losses of James Posey and PJ Brown, and the free agent pool quickly dwindling; Marbury could be a low-cost veteran precence off of the bench. Despite recent failures in buyout discussions with the Knicks, Stein’s source says that “it will happen” in due time. “I didn’t want to be a distraction for the team first and me second” Marbury wrote on his New York Post Blog. “I honestly came to help the team win. Real talk. I was willing to put in the work necessary to earn my starting spot and humble enough to accept coming off of the bench.”
The Knicks beat the Celtics 100 to 88 on Saturday in New York. Boston shot just 29.5% in the second half, and failed to capitalize on late chances to take the game back.
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Sports - New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist got his 20th win and 1st shutout of the year last night stopping 27 Penguins shots en route to a 4-0 Rangers win. It was Lundqvist’s 18th career shutout. The Rangers who have struggled of late especially on the power play got off to a good start with 2 power play goals in the 1st two periods. Nigel Dawes got the 1st period pp goal while Paul Mara added the 2nd in period 2. Chris Drury and Scott Gomez added 3rd period insurance goals as the Rangers regained their lead in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers will host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday 1/7 at Madison Square Garden before hitting the road for games against the Sabres, Senators, Islanders, Blackhawks, and Penguins. New York Rangers tickets are available for all remaining 2009 games.
Homepage, Sports - Al Skinner’s Boston College basketball team pulled off a stunning upset of undefeated and unanimously no. 1 ranked North Carolina. BC had a slim 4 point leave at the half, and hung on to beat the Tar Heels on their home turf. BC guard Tyrese Rice put up 25 points, sophomore Rakim Sanders scored 22, and freshman Reggie Sanders had 17 points off of the bench. BC held NC superstar Tyler Hansbrough to only 21 points, and kept the NC bench in single digits. The Tar Heels were held to just 25% shooting in the second half.
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Homepage, Sports - With Tom Brady’s 2009 season still a question mark, the New England Patriots are looking to get some insurance at the quarterback position. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Pats will franchise tag Cassell. This will guarantee him $14 million next year (just $1 million less than Tom Brady). The NFL salary cap is set to be raised, so the Pats will still have $94 million to work with for the rest of the team.
Cassell had a solid season, who threw for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions while leading the Patriots to a 11-5 record; barely missing the playoffs.
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