SportsNet - August 2012
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James Harden was the best sixth man in the National Basketball Association last season and is an important piece to the young Oklahoma City Thunders championship puzzle.
Los Angeles Dodgers News: Adrian Gonzalez Claimed Off Waivers From Boston, The Teams Have 72 Hours To Make Deal
The Boston Red Sox look to be preparing for a fire sale when this season is completed. The team is absolutely reeling.
Years of modeling their payroll off of the Yankee model has finally begun to take its toll (though some would argue that it began last year). New general manager Ben Cherington appears to be trying to put the Theo Epstein behind him and the franchise as a whole. As Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston tweeted today, the Red Sox are in talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers to acquire all-star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez AND all-star outfielder Carl Crawford in addition to Josh Beckett AND Nick Punto.
Los Angeles has been cutthroat about returning to the now-ancient Dodger tradition of winning championships. Earlier they claimed Cliff Lee off trade waivers, but were obviously unable to get the deal done, as the trade deadline was nearly a month ago. The two teams have 72 hours from the time the waiver was claimed today to work out a deal. It likely won't happen within that time frame, but it could very well happen this winter.
It's easy to sit there and pontificate whether or not you believe Lance Armstrong was doping. Everybody seems to have an opinion, and everybody seems to somehow know whether or not he is guilty of the doping charges brought against him. The following commentary is not rooted in analyzing whether or not he took performance-enhancing substances. Rather, it is a look inside the mind of the know-it-alls, the people with all the answers, who know beyond a shadow of a doubt the reasons why Armstrong has ended his fight.
Dallas Cowboys News:Due To Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten Injuries Romo Receiving Depth Is Scarce
The Dallas Cowboys have arguably one of the best set of skill position players in the NFL. Tony Romo is coming off one of this best season statistically, and with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten to throw to, he isn't lacking for playmakers.
However, they haven't been able to build chemistry this preseason. Bryant and Austin have suffered through hamstring and knee injuries while Jason Witten suffered a lacerated spleen in the Cowboys' first preseason game against Oakland a few weeks back. His availability for the season opener against the New York Giants is still in question.
Preseason may not count in the record books, but teams need that time to build chemistry before the regular season starts. Unfortunately for Dallas, they play their first game of the season five days before 30 other NFL teams have to step on the field in week one. That may not sound like a big deal, but that's five extra days of healing that the Cowboys need right now.
Philadelphia Eagles News: If Mike Vick Can't Stay Healthy Mike Kafka, Nick Foles Could Play Crucial Role In Eagles Season
Meet the Philadelphia Eagles' backups, while they are still backups. Over the years, Andy Reid has developed a reputation for bringing in solid players to back up his starting QB. What's amazing is that Andy Reid has done this both with established players and relative no-names.
In 2002, third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley led the Eagles to a #1 NFC seed, after Donovan McNabb and backup Koy Detmer were injured. And in 2006 veteran 49ers and CFL quarterback Jeff Garcia led the Eagles to a 6-2 finish, winning the NFC East title. But Reid's record as of late has been spotty; while Michael Vick was brought in to be Donovan McNabb's backup in 2009, Vick's backups, Kevin Kolb and Vince Young, have either played themselves out of the league or are in the process of doing so.
Vick is a quarterback who can still lead a team to a playoff run, if only he can keep healthy. After leaving the first two preseason games with a dislocated finger and then a rib injury, Vick will not suit up until the regular season opener at Cleveland on Sept. 9.