Monday, March 14, 2011

DC's Brettschneider aims to be matchday regular

D.C. United?s lone Supplemental Draft pick, Blake Brettschneider, signed his first professional contract just last week, inking a developmental deal with the club.

Since then, he earned the start at forward for DC in the Carolina Challenge Cup on Wednesday night alongside Charlie Davies and scored the lone goal in United?s 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire, the club?s second straight win in the competition.


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Monday, February 28, 2011

Brewers Dream Big After Pitching Overhaul

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Zack GreinkePHOENIX -- The Brewers' feelings about the 2011 season changed dramatically one shocking weekend in December, when the unthinkable happened.

The Brewers acquired Zack Greinke.

"Disbelief," is how Corey Hart described his reaction to the news. "Any time the Brewers outdo the big-market teams, you are always a little shocked."

Randy Wolf, who dropped from being the Brewers No. 2 starter to being the No. 4 starter when the club acquired Greinke and Shaun Marcum, said he was taken off guard -- in a good way -- when it happened.

"The discussion was whatever team loses out on Cliff Lee will try to get Zack Greinke," Wolf said, "so when the Phillies got Cliff Lee, I was wondering 'Who's going to get Greinke?' Then it was the Brewers, out of nowhere. I don't think anyone expected it. It was exciting."


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Andy Gray, Richard Keys Taken Off Air for Sexist Comments

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LONDON (AP) -- Two of Britain's leading soccer commentators were reprimanded by their TV network and taken off the air Monday after making sexist remarks about two female game officials and a team executive.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys were disciplined Monday for derogatory comments about Sian Massey's suitability as a lineswoman for a Premier League game the commentators were working Saturday for Sky Sports.

Gray and Keys have been respected voices in soccer for the past 20 years. They also criticized the ability of former Premier League official Wendy Toms and a column written by West Ham executive Karren Brady in the Sun newspaper that day.

The men have privately apologized to their employer. Sky said the two have been warned and "reminded of their responsibilities." They will not work the show Monday night when Bolton hosts Chelsea in the Premier League.

"They (the comments) are inexcusable from anyone at Sky, regardless of their role or seniority," said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.


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Cavs' Trade for Baron Davis Was All About the Draft Pick

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- What does a rebuilding team do when it wants draft picks to help recover from the departure of the league's two-time MVP? It trades another of its popular players for a first-round pick, and agrees to take on almost $28 million in salary for an aging, oft-injured point guard.

Such is the fate of the Cleveland Cavaliers that it celebrated a trade Thursday that took point guard Baron Davis from his home in Los Angeles and dropped him in Cleveland in the middle of winter. Davis goes from playing on the same team as Blake Griffin to joining a 10-47 team.

And the Cavs were exultant -- because they acquired a first-round draft pick that will give them two lottery picks this summer. They said they were happy about acquiring Davis, too, but sending Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers was much more about getting that first-round draft pick.

"Our scouting department just got a little busier, which is a good thing," said GM Chris Grant.


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Playoff and TV Uncertainty Overshadow MLS Schedule Announcement

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mls schedule major league soccer scheduleThere will be an MLS schedule on Thursday, finally. But don't expect all the confusion to be cleared up, and don't expect the pressure on the league to decrease.

The list of dates and opponents MLS unveils will leave a host of unanswered questions about the upcoming season, as well as the more distant future. And of course, it will be subject to change.

The regular season begins in five weeks (the Los Angeles Galaxy will visit the Seattle Sounders on March 15, and the rest of the clubs will kick off four days later), and the fact that clubs and fans still don't have a full fixture list to work with has been a source of frustration and embarrassment.

That discontent reached the league's Fifth Avenue headquarters.


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Jorge Rivera Says 'Classless' Bisping Hit Him With Intentional Illegal Knee

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There are moments from his UFC 127 bout with Michael Bisping in Sydney, Australia that are still fuzzy to Jorge Rivera, but there is at least one thing he knows for sure.

The illegal knee that Bisping hit him with in the first round? No matter what Bisping said later, that was no accident, Rivera told MMA Fighting on Sunday.

"That knee was deliberate, and I'll tell you exactly how I know this," Rivera said.


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