Saturday, February 25, 2006

Bagwell comes back at the Astros camp

Jeff Bagwell a popular and well known player of the baseball returns to the Houston Astros team after a long break. He has arrived back at the spring training. Bagwell has undergone a surgery of his right shoulder in June and it was said that he was too hurt to play and hence an insurance claim was also filed for the same by the Astros. Now the news of his return inculcated the spirit of happiness all over. It seemed as the sun brought the rays of excitement for all his fans and dear ones who had been wishing best for there favorite star. Bagwell is the franchise's leader in home runs (449), RBIs (1,529) and runs (1,517). He returned late last season and could bat but could not throw. He went 1-for-8 with an RBI in the World Series. Doctors after examining Bagwell stated that his shoulder was damaged and was impaired; the team could not expect him to be productive hence he should take rest till he gets well.

Bagwell is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Killingworth, Connecticut who did his graduation from the Xavier High School of Middletown. Bagwell played commendable soccer as well as baseball in his early times. Bagwell has emerged as one of the most respected player of the Astros history. He has been with the Astros from a long time from 1990s and 2000s. He maintains an excellent record history as he has captivated a number of awards and honors during his brilliant career. In his debut season in the 1991, he achieved the National League Rookie of the year award. Bagwell has dealt with the arthritic shoulder since 2001 and says the team has never raised the issue until now. He batted no lower than .266 in the four years prior to 2005, when he missed 115 games following shoulder surgery. Now his return to the team after having rest is expected high. His fans, dear ones and team member are waiting to see there favorite star twinkling again in their sky of hopes. To know more about the Bagwell please refer to http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4626, http://houston.astros.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=110432.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Steve Francis New York Trade

The New York Knicks has acquired the three-time NBA All-Star from the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, traded for Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway. This deal will pair Francis with Stephon Marbury as the Highest-paid backcourt duo in the NBA. Over the next three seasons Francis will be owed $49 million by the Knicks, while Hardaway’s $ 15.75 million contract comes off the cap at the end of this season. Ariza, who fell out of favor with Knicks coach Larry Brown, was averaging only 4.6 points in 36 games for New York. Francis was suspended by the Magic before he was reinstated following a meeting with Coach Brian Hill and team executives. He was on trading block since refusing to reenter a game against Seattle on January 11. Francis was averaging a career low 16.2 points this season, a drop of more than five points from last season. On Tuesday he turned 29. Francis had career averages of 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 452 career games for the Rockets and Magic entering the 2005-06 season. "Acquiring a player of Steve's level and talent is very exciting for this team," Hall of Fame Coach Brown said. "In him, we have added a veteran that could help us in many areas, and assist with our young players' development." As Backcourt players, it is to be seen how coach will put together, two players of the same talent Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury. Will they get along sharing the sane backcourt? One must wonder what would happen when these players share the same backcourt. Francis is prone to such mood swings and slumps, it is very difficult to measure how he will fit with Marbury. But before we come to any conclusion it is good to sit back and watch. One hopes the Knicks would return to its superiority on the court, hopefully with Steve Francis experience and ability on the basketball court.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ricky Williams - unsuccessful in the drug test.

Ricky Williams a popular sports star is found positive on the drug test. Williams is an American football running back for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Williams also played for the New Orleans Saints franchise. He has captivated the 1998 Heisman Trophy. The drug he is using is not known publicly. According to the sources, it is found that Williams was tested for the use of drugs and was found positive on the marijuana in December 2003. He was heavily fined and severely punished; he had to face a four-game suspension for violating the rules of the NFL’s substance–abuse policy. Williams officially retired from the team on August 2, 2004 but he returned to the NFL as a part of the Dolphins on July 24, 2005 and completed his four-game suspension for the crime. At his return he expressed his apologies for leaving the team two days before the start of training camp, which led the Dolphins to their worst season in years, only winning 4 games in the 2004 season.

On February 20, 2006 it was declared that Williams has violated the league’s substance-abuse policy once again. This time it is expected that he might has to face suspension for one year. His mother said that this time he is expected not to be guilty of using marijuana violation. When tested he was found positive on the test for drug use under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It is confirmed that this time he is not using marijuana, which he was using previously. The drug which he is using is still unknown to public.

But the question here arises is that: Is there a need to employ more severe punishment for the violators in order to decrease the crime rate? Or should the violators be expelled from the team or league? According to me there is a great need of some extreme punishment for the violators in order get the crime rate result in positive.