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Houston Rockets Yao Ming InjuryHouston Rockets center, Yao Ming, broke his left foot on Monday night against the Utah Jazz, effectively ending his season.  This is a tough break (no pun intended) for the third year pro who was averaging 22.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks while shooting over 50% from the floor. The All-Star center had suffered a toe infection that sidelined him for 21 games earlier in the season.  Before this latest injury, Ming was showing a tenacity many critics said he was devoid of.  It was a big step in the development of a seemingly “soft” Ming, especially stepping up his game when teammate and perennial All-Star, Tracy McGrady went down to injury himself, a back injury in March that also ended his season.

Ming will have surgery this weekend, which will take about four to six months to heal.  His participation in the basketball world championship hosted in Japan to begin on August 19 is in doubt.


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Eric GagneAfter having right elbow surgery last year that effectively ended his 2005 season, Los Angeles Dodgers closer, Eric Gagne, is scheduled to go under the knife again on Friday to remove a nerve just under the skin on the same elbow, which happens to be his pitching elbow.  Never a good thing.  There is no timetable as to when Gagne will return, and he will be out indefinitely.  Once thought of as the most intimidating closer in all of baseball, Gagne has definitely lost some of that luster thanks to his recent injury woes the past couple of seasons.  Who knows if he’ll ever be the same again. Just like L.L. Cool J said back in the day - “Don’t call it a comeback!”  At least for now.


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Donovan McNabb parks in handicapped spots Not only did they get busted for parking in an illegal spot, but they skipped out on their court date as well.  If these guys miss their next rescheduled court date, they might be charged with contempt by Judge Springman.  Wow guys, I think you guys in the Eagles locker room have been watching too much Judge Dredd, because you fellas must think about one of it’s famous lines: “I never broke the law. I am the law!”  Maybe McNabb thinks he is handicapped considering he gets injured all the time.  Terrell Owens is no longer the only Eagles player acting crazy and now the team can probably pitch for a reality TV show, Eagles Behaving Badly.


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Larry Hughes out another 6-8 weeksSorry to dampen the mood Cavs fans, especially after the impressive wins over the defending NBA champs San Antonio Spurs.  Looks like if the Cavs are going to make the post-season this year, it will be without arguably their second best player in Larry Hughes.  Hughes was supposed to come back from a broken right middle finger.  Hughes cashed in during last summer’s free agent market with a five-year, $60 million contract.  This move was to entice mega-star Lebron James to stay in Cleveland instead of testing the waters of free agency himself when the time comes.  Look for rumors to swirl around PF Drew Gooden once again, since the Cavs may now look to add another scoring threat or PG.


U.S. skier Lindsey Kidlow crashesDownhill skier Lindsey Kildow gave her family and fans quite a scare, but managed to escape with just minor injuries to her hip.  She has not ruled out competing in the rest of the Olympic games.  Kildow crashed on her left hip at onto the course at about 50 mph during a pratice run.  What is interesting is that the Al Michaels/ Oswald the Rabbit trade has already reaped benefits for ABC/ Disney.  On ESPN.COM (whose parent company is ABC) there is now a mutual partnership with NBC, linking extended NBC coverage with a slideshow of the Kildow crash.


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Eddie Sutton out for remainder of the seasonCoach Eddie Sutton, one of the most successful coaches in college basketball with 794 wins, will sit out the remainder of the 2006 season.  This announcement comes after being involved in a car accident on Friday.  Sutton may have been under the influence of alcohol during the accident.  Sutton had led two Oklahoma State teams into the Final Four, once in 1995 and another in 2004.  The ‘95 team was led by Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, the recent 2004 team had strong guards in Tony Allen, (now of the Celtics) and John Lucas Jr.

The Big 12 Conference had other high-profile coaching news earlier this week, when Quinn Snyder resigned from his post as head coach for the Missouri Tigers after disappointing seasons the last couple of years.  Missouri’s last appearance in the NCAA tournament was in the ‘02-‘03 season, when they were knocked out in the second round by a Marquette team led by Dwayne Wade.

 


Michelle Kwan to sit out of 2006 OlympicsAfter coming up short for a gold medal in the 1998 and 2002 Olympic games, Kwan was determined to maintain her amateur eligibility for the 2006 games in Torino.  In the previous two Olympic games she was favored to win the gold medal, but ended up settling for a silver in the 1998 Nagano games and a bronze medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City games.

Kwan mentioned not having any regrets, she has had a great career that included 9 US championships and 5 world championships.  Kwan did not participate in this years U.S. Nationals due to a groin injury and the same injury is keeping her from being at 100% for the Olympics.  She did not want to participate without being as healthy as possible.  She will replaced by Emily Hughes, who was placed 3rd in the U.S. Nationals. This is a change, as the norm sees the top two skaters competing in the Olympics.


Jonathan Bender most likely to retireIndiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender will most likely end up retiring due to chronic knee injuries at the age of 25.  Bender, who was originally drafted out of high school was projected to be a star in the making.  A 7’0” player that had the skills and ability of a shooting guard with tremendous leaping ability, Bender is an athlete whose career never blossomed due to injury. He was the #5 pick in the 1999 draft by the Toronto Raptors and was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Antonio Davis.  Bender ended up fighting for minutes throughout his career at Indiana in a log jam at the swing positions with Jalen Rose, Ron Artest, Al Harrington, and Stephen Jackson taking up the majority of the minutes. 


Leonardo BarbosaLeandro Barbosa starting to play the best basketball of his young career is going to be sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks.

Basketball is a contact sport, injuries happen.  Though it is concerning how this particularly came about.  Against the San Antonio Spurs, Manu Ginobili falls on Barobosa’s knee as he tries to draw a foul against Raja Bell.  Perhaps it’s time we add Manu Ginobili to the list of dirty tough defenders.


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