Saturday, May 24, 2014





Kevin Love has decided that enough is enough. He has spent six seasons with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and has told management he will leave as a free agent after next season. As Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel wrote: “He wants to go to a winning franchise. The Timberwolves have finally learned that money can’t buy them Love.” . . . “In an interview with People Magazine,” reports Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong, “Elin Nordegren praises Tiger (Woods) for being a good father. Translation: Tiger is making his monthly support payments on time.” . . . A woman in Florida is facing charges after having her neighbour’s home bulldozed. “That,” Chong points out, “is what you get when you don’t trim your overhanging branches.” . . .

“We don’t even have dental (coverage). Go figure.” That was B.C. Lions kicker Paul McCallum, in conversation with Lowell Ullrich of the Vancouver Province. Just in case you aren’t sure why the CFL and the CFLPA are duking it out. . . . “Two words I’m waiting to hear from the CFL: Replacement players,” writes Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. “I can visualize Keanu Reeves playing quarterback for the Blue Bombers.” . . . “Despite rumours to the contrary,” claims RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, “the CFL has proposed a nine-per-cent increase in the salary cap, not a nine-cent increase.” . . .

In case you missed it, Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the NHL, was honoured the other night as Sports Executive of the Year at the Sports Business Awards in New York City. As he accepted the award, Bettman, who received a standing ovation, told the crowd: “It’s almost an out-of-body experience. This time of year, I’m normally presenting a trophy and getting booed. To receive one and get applause is really quite novel.” . . . A note from Janice Hough (aka The Left Coast Sports Babe): “Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league deal with the Miami Marlins and will work out at the club’s spring training headquarters while he serves the last few weeks of a 105-game suspension for his third failed drug test. It’s all part of Bud Selig’s strict ‘three strikes and you’re almost out, maybe . . .’ policy.” . . .

Greg Cote of the Miami Herald reports that Vito Cammisano, the boyfriend of St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, is the grandson of a former Kansas City enforcer and mob boss. William Cammisano got his nickname -- Willie the Rat -- because he would dispose of bodies in the sewer where, well, you get the picture. . . . “Aside to Rams coach Jeff Fisher,” adds Cote. “Think twice before cutting Sam.” . . . Headline at TheOnion.com: Kevin Garnett mostly just pounding chest to keep heart going at this point. . . . Garnett, 37, will play at least one more NBA season with the Brooklyn Nets. You would, too, for the US$12 million the Nets owe him for next season, the last one on his contract. . . .

Golfer Rory McIlroy sent out the wedding invitations, then got cold feet and ended his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. “In golf,” claims comedian Torben Rolfsen, “that is known as signing an inaccurate card.” . . . “Rory McIlroy opened with a 68 at Wentworth, his first round of golf since calling off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki,” noted Currie. “It’s nice he had a hot hand to go with his cold feet.” . . . Social note: Actress Olivia Munn and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers are said to be an item. Or, as the headline in the New York Daily News put it: Say Cheese! Pack's Rodgers dating actress Munn. . . .

According to USA Today, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is the highest-paid coach in U.S. college sports. He pulls in US$9,682,032 a year. You have to wonder how hard he negotiated for that $32. . . . The Oakland A’s beat the host Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night. Somehow, the A’s scored three runs on only one hit, and think about that for a moment or two. Oakland now is 1-82 when held hitless or getting one hit. . . . On the other side of the coin, the Rays lost for the first time in the 10 games in which they have held the opponent to zero hits or one hit. . . .

From Ron Judd of the Seattle Times: “We loved the reaction to the L.A. Clippers story from some corners around here: ‘Man, that NBA sure is run by a bunch of racist, misogynist mouth-breathers. Any chance this means we get a team?’ ” . . . More from Judd: "We’re hoping someone was joking by throwing together a potential Clippers’ ownership group comprising three of the most stupendous egos on Planet Earth (in order): Larry Ellison, Oprah and David Geffen. Is there some reason they left out Lance Armstrong?" . . . If Oreo cookies had never been invented, would we still have crossword puzzles?

(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at gdrinnan.blogspot.ca and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)

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