Homepage, Sports - On Sunday the Arizona Cardinals attempted something that had not been successfully pulled off since 1968 – a free kick field goal. Players, fans, coaches, and even the refs seemed to be confused about the specifics as it was occurring. Although rare, the free kick can be a useful way to parlay a bad punt into three fast points.
A team may attempt a free kick after fielding a ball on a fair catch (even if the clock runs out during the kicking play). The kicker may not use a tee, and the defense must stay back ten yards from the line of scrimmage. Cards kicker Neil Rackers failed in his attempt, and the New York Giants finished the first half with a 17-12 lead (in a game they would ultimately win.
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Concerts - Rock legend Rod Stewart recently told the Mirror that the surviving members of the Faces were preparing to hold a “secret rehearsal” today, in hopes that there may be a full reunion and tour in the Summer of 2009. Of the current plans, Stewart said it “will be next summer and I am looking forward to it, it’ll be great.” Recently-divorced Ronnie Wood is said to be very interested in reforming the group, and would be available as long as there are no conflicts with Rolling Stone gigs.
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Sports - Matt Cassell is looking more like Tom Brady everyday as the Patriots won in impressive style over the Dolphins today. Check out the highlights from all of the week 12 NFL action below. 11/20/08Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) 27 Cincinnati Bengals (1-9-1) 10 – Roethlisberger and the Steelers had little trouble getting by the Bengals this week. At 8-3 the Steelers chances in the AFC look great.
11/23/08New York Jets (8-3) 34 Tennessee Titans (10-1) 13 – The Jets continue to prove why they belong at the top of the AFC East. Brett Favre had two TD’s as the Jets handed the Titans their first loss of the year.
Chicago Bears (6-5) 27 St. Louis Rams (2-9) 3 – The Bears held their lead in the NFC North with a win over the Rams today.
Houston Texans (4-7) 16 Cleveland Browns (4-7) 6- The Texans got the best of the Browns on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) 38 Detroit Lions (0-11) 20 – Tampa Bay kept the Lions winless today and Jeff Garcia had two TD passes for the Bucs.
Baltimore Ravens (7-4) 36 Philadelphia Eagles (5-5-1) 7 – The Eagles’ chances in the NFC East are fading as the Ravens got their seventh win.
Minnesota Vikings (6-5) 30 Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) 12 – The win put the Vikings over .500 on the year as they look to keep their playoff chances alive.
Dallas Cowboys (7-4) 35 San Francisco 49ers (3-8) 22 – Tony Romo exploded for 341 yards and three TD passes as the Cowboys look to stay near the top of the NFC East.
Buffalo Bills (6-5) 54 Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) 31 – The Bills picked on an inferior opponent in the Chiefs today.
New England Patriots (7-4) 48 Miami Dolphins (6-5) 28 – Matt Cassell had another huge day with three TD passes on 415 passing yards as the Patriots prove they have what it takes to overcome injuries.
New York Giants (10-1) 37 Arizona Cardinals (7-4) 29 – The Giants are making a strong bid at a repeat appearance in the Super Bowl. Manning threw for three TD’s as the Giants won one on the road from a tough Cardinals team.
Oakland Raiders (3-8) 31 Denver Broncos (6-5) 12 – The Raiders upset the Denver Broncos today getting just their 3rd win of the year.
Atlanta Falcons (7-4) 45 Carolina Panthers (8-3) 28 – The Falcons came up big in a win over the Panthers. Michael Turner ran for four TD’s for the Falcons.
Washington Redskins (7-4) 20 Seattle Seahawks (2-9) 17 – The Redskins just got by the Seahawks today with a three point win over Seattle.
Indianapolis Colts (7-4) 23 San Diego Chargers (4-7) 20 – The Colts won this one on an Adam Viniateri Field Goal with time expiring in the 4th quarter.
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Sports - Riding the momentum from Friday night’s win in Minnesota, Garnett’s first trip back since his trade to the Celtics, Boston dropped 118 points on the Toronto Raptors today for their 13th win of the year. In Friday night’s win at the Timberwolves, Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 17 points en route to a 95-78 win.
It was Ray Allen dominating the Raptors on Sunday, scoring 21 points for the team high. Scoring 15 points each were Kevin Garnett, Tony Allen, and Rajon Rondo. Perkins added 12 points and 8 rebounds and Paul Pierce had 11 points as the Celtics made sure they got their baskets today.
The win was the fifth straight for the Boston Celtics who have been cruising lately. They’ve overcome some tough opponents and early deficits to maintain their poise. As the defending champions they are no doubt wearing a target on their backs. The Celtics will get two days to rest before hosting the Golden State Warriors on 11/26. On Friday the Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a double header of hockey and basketball at the TD Banknorth Garden. Celtics tickets are available for both of these games now.
Sports - It was a good finish to a very successful week for the Boston Bruins. After a win at home on Friday night Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal last night to take 1st place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins won 3-2 in a shoot out victory. The win came on the same night that the Canadiens welcomed back old goalie Patrick Roy to retire his number 33. The win for the Bruins was their 9th in 10 games and gave them 32 points, good for first overall in the Eastern Conference.
Tim Thomas continues to play at the top of his game. He stopped 33 Montreal shots in the game, again holding his opponent to two goals or less. The Bruins got goals from Milan Lucic (2nd period) and Matt Hunwick (3rd period) in regulation while Blake Wheeler got the lone shootout goal to steal the win for Boston.
The Bruins will be back on home ice this Friday to host the Islanders. The Detroit Red Wings come in the following day, 11/29. Boston Bruins tickets are available for all remaining games.
Sports - Allen Iverson’s move to Detroit has helped the Pistons get past the Lakers and the Cavs but not their Eastern Conference rival, Boston Celtics. The Celtics ruined Iverson’s home debut with Detroit a couple of weeks ago. It was more of the same last night at the TD Banknorth Garden as the Celtics prevailed over Detroit 98-80. Iverson managed 16 points and 4 assists but was outplayed by Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo scored 18 and had 8 assists as the leading scorer for Boston last night.
Both teams scored 21 points in the 1st but Boston would pull away in the 2nd and 3rd quarters outscoring Detroit 56-36 in that stretch. The Celtics got 15 points out of Kevin Garnett who returned from a one game suspension. Rasheed Wallace would add 13 points and 6 rebounds for Detroit. Last night marked the 5th straight game where the Celtics held the Pistons to under 90 points.
The Celtics will play their next two games on the road before returning home to the TD Banknorth Garden to host the Golden State Warriors on 11/26. Celtics tickets are available for all remaining 2008-2009 games.
Sports - Despite a slow and sloppy start to last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to turn it around in the second half of the game, eventually winning 6-3. Dallas got it going early, scoring the first goal and outshooting Chicago 10-1 at one point. Brenden Morrow got the lone first period goal for the Stars at the 7:37 mark. The Blackhawks were able to tie it up at the end of the first on a wrist shot by Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks would play a more involved and intense game in the second period. They took their first lead of the night on Ben Eager’s second period goal assisted by Dave Bolland. A Stars’ power play goal by Mike Modano would even the score at 2 apiece just one minute later. Near the end of the second period, Chicago rookie Kris Versteeg broke a 3-3 tie with a power play goal. Chicago would hang on to this lead for good adding two goals in the third period from Martin Havlat and Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks will play their next four on the road before returning to the United Center on 12/3 to host the Anaheim Ducks. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available for all 2008-2009 games now.
Sports - The score after one period of play between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres last night stood at 4-3, which sounds more like a final score than a first period score. It was the first time since 1995 that the Bruins have been involved in a seven goal first period. The scoring wouldn’t stop there for the Bruins as they added four more goals to take a 7-4 win over Buffalo after trailing for much of the first period.
The offense started quickly for both teams last night. Five goals were scored before 6 minutes of hockey were played. Buffalo would hold the lead three different times in the first on goals by Jason Pominville, Derek Roy, and two by Thomas Vanek. The Bruins would answer with three goals in the first by Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci, and Marc Savard.
The second and third periods were all Bruins as the Sabres seemed to run out of gas. Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez also settled down nicely in the net and didn’t allow another goal after the 12:37 mark of the first period. The Bruins got second period goals from Chuck Kobasew and Zdeno Chara who scored twice on power plays. Phil Kessel added an insurance goal in the third period.
At 12-3-4 the Boston Bruins lead the North East Division and trail the Rangers by two points for the overall lead in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins will host the Panthers on Friday night 11/21. Bruins tickets are available for this game.
Sports - The Boston Red Sox were able to free up some money, move an outfielder and pick up a solid reliever via a trade with the Kansas City Royals today. Centerfielder Coco Crisp will be heading to the Royals in a deal for right handed reliever Ramon Ramirez. Crisp split time in the outfield with Jacoby Ellsbury but was owed $5.75 million in 2009, too rich for a part time player. The move also helps the Red Sox free up cash for a very good free agent market this off-season.
Ramon Ramirez appeared in 71 games in 2008 with a 2.64 ERA in 71 1/3 innings. He was 3-2 with one save.