Saturday, June 28, 2014





“Carmelo Anthony is apparently planning to opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks,” notes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “What a shame to break up such a great 37-45 team.” . . . “LeBron James will opt out of his Miami Heat deal. Assume the Spurs have already told him, ‘No thanks.’ ” . . . Hough again: “Wonder how many Miami fans are checking Cleveland websites for advice on the best way to burn jerseys.” . . .

Headline at SportsPickle.com: Pentagon unveils plans for new $390 million T-shirt cannon. . . . “Second seed Li Na was upset at Wimbledon,” reports RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “Barbora Zahlavova Strycova overwhelmed her 23 letters to 4.” . . . “A sign of prosperity or waste in Riderville,” wonders Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. “Every retired player seems to have a job in the front office.” . . .

My wife and I were in our car in the parking lot at our doctor’s office on Thursday afternoon when a guy pulled up in his truck. It was a Ford F350 Lariat Super Duty Powerstroke Turbo Diesel V-8. . . . He sat in it and left it running. Then he lit a cigarette, put down his window and let us share in the smoke. . . . My first thought was that the guy is a disrespectful clown. My second thought was that the guy must be a lottery winner. . . . “I'm on a 3-week cleanse,” tweets Vancouver radio personality Torben Rolfsen. “No vegetables or fibre.” . . . Rolfsen also noted that the World Cup took Friday off because “all the FIFA officials are huge NHL draft junkies.” . . .

“Tired of British voices on World Cup broadcasts?” writes Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot. “Then turn to Univision’s coverage of the Copa Mundial, where announcers and analysts excitedly talk and shout and always appear to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. And that’s before the games start.” . . . Russia and South Korea played to a 1-1 draw during the World Cup, after which, according to Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald, “Vladimir Putin suggested the tie be broken by a military invasion.” . . . Contributor Bill Littlejohn, after Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was suspended for four months for a biting incident: “He asked FIFA if he could serve it in bite-sized increments.” . . . Headline at Fark.com: Chewy Luis in the news. . . . Headline at SportsPickle.com: FIFA officials discover dozens of gnawed-off body parts in Luis Suarez’s locker. . . . The British version of The Huffington Post went with: Chewy Luis and the Blues. . . .

Here‘s comedy writer Alex Kaseberg: “In the World Cup, Mexico faced Croatia. Or as they call that in Los Angeles, the three hours where nobody’s lawn was cared for.” . . . Bennie Logan, the Philadelphia Eagles’ nose tackle, has upped his weight at the request of the coaching staff. As Logan explained: “Most people, when they picture a nose tackle, they picture a 330-plus guy, just clogging up the middle. But the way we play our defence, you’ve got to be able to run. And I don’t feel I’d be able to run or do the things our coaches, in our scheme, require us to do. That’s why I’m not 330, or put on that much weight.” . . . So how much does Bennie weight? He tips the Toledo at a dainty 319 pounds. . . .

Kibwe Johnson, who lives and trains in Kamloops, won the men’s hammer throw title at the U.S. Outdoor track-and-field championships in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday. It was his third national outdoor title in the last four years. “I really thought I had another meter or two in me, so I am not terribly happy,” Johnson told Michael Wagaman of The Associated Presss. “But the main goal was to win and I did that.” Johnson threw 243 feet 4 inches; he won in 2011 by throwing 266-9. . . . Johnson, who was born in San Francisco, moved to Kamloops in order to train under the tutelage of Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk. . . .

“An American Legion baseball game in Juneau, Alaska, was briefly interrupted because a bear was roaming along the outfield fence,” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “It nearly became the first game called on account of game.” . . . One more from Perry: “The Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs on one wild pitch by Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich (last) Saturday. No word on whether Rockies manager Walt Weiss took the team to Dairy Queen after the game.”

(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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