Jonathan Lee’s Sports Recap for Week of July 27th
Everybody deserves a second chance, and that was the route the NFL took, when they reinstated Michael Vick earlier this Monday. Vick who finished serving his 18 months prison sentence for running a dog fighting ring was reinstated by Goodell on a conditional basis. Part of the conditions allows Vick to practice and workout with his team, along with playing the final two games of the preseason. He will be fully reinstated, no later then week 6 if all goes well.
From one NFL stars fall from stardom to another, Plaxico Burress is also waiting the verdict on shooting himself with an unlicensed gun. According to the New York post, the district attorney wants to see Burress in prison for more than a year. Burress could face up to 3 ½ years if found guilty.
Following weeks of anticipation and waiting on Brett Favre, the future hall of fame quarterback decided to remain retired, an announcement was made earlier this week.
Denver Wide Receiver, Brandon Marshall reported to camp Monday but not with a smile. Marshall who is still unhappy with his contract and has demanded a trade told reporters, the only reason he showed up to camp was to avoid the $15,888 fine. His teammates, Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers have yet to sign a deal with the club as well.
Some NFL rookies who have signed with their respected clubs this week were running backs Glenn Coffee and Chris Ogbonnaya, along with defensive end Cody Brown and Strong Safety Patrick Chung. Wide Receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey along with Rey Maualuga both signed four-year deals with their teams.
The NFL is receiving some criticism from Delaware legislator Peter Schwartzkopf for the lawsuit the league filed against sports betting in Delaware. Other leagues involved in this suit include the NBA, the NHL and the NCAA.
In baseball, the Red Sox made another move to shore up their lineup for the present and future. Outfielder, Mark Kotsay and cash considerations were traded to the White Sox for outfielder Brian Anderson. This is one of several moves the Red Sox have been making, as they make a run for the pennant, currently third in the AL East.
After rumors that the Phillies had interest in ace pitcher Roy Halladay, instead the club opted for Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, who was traded along with Ben Francisco for four minor league prospects. The deal will be complete pending the players passing their physicals. Cleveland will be receiving Triple-A pitcher Carlos Carrasco, infielder Jason Donald, catcher Lou Marson, and Single-A pitcher Jason Knapp.
Another trade this week was between the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates received shortstop Ronny Cedeno along with Triple-A catcher Jeff Clement and three minor league pitchers. The Mariners received shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell.
Some signings and trades in the NBA have been former Bull and Knick Tim Thomas signing with the Mavericks and point guard Earl Watson with the Thunder. The Hornets and Bobcats have made a swap in big man. Emeka Okafor of the Charlotte Bobcats has been swapped for Hornets center Tyson Chandler. Another deal was between the Thunder and Wolves. The Timberwolves received point guard Chucky Atkins for Etan Thomas and two second-round draft picks next year.
After signing Hedo Turkoglu to a multi-year deal, the Raptors made another move to sure up their line-up for the 2009-10 season. The Raptors traded Devean George and cash to Golden State for Marco Belinelli.
After much contract dispute, Lamar Odom will remain with the Lakers. Odom agreed on a four year deal reportedly worth $33 million. Odom strengthens an already championship caliber team, who recently signed defensive specialist Ron Artest.
ESPN, the world wide leader in sports, has bought the rights to air Major League Soccer in Britain and Ireland. They will begin to air on
Brazilian Police ruled the death of Arturo Gatti as a suicide and released the wife of Gatti, who was suspected of killing her husband. That was the sports law headline this week.