Saturday, March 25, 2006

Johnson Keyshawn to be with the Carolina Panthers for 4 years

Johnson keyshawn one of the most popular American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers is joining Panthers and would remain with the team for next four years, all necessary legal formalities are to be undertaken on March 24. He is expected to play opposite Steve Smith as the number two receiver. The manager of the Carolina Panthers ‘Marty Hurney’ says that they all hope to formally introduce him very soon. Johnson was formerly a part of the Dallas Cowboys who has been released from them recently in March 2006 only. After getting released by the Dallas Cowboys he turned down an offer from the New York Giants and had planned to visit Seattle after meeting with the Panthers. He had himself not thought about Carolina before the miraculous meeting of 23rd march with the team officials that finally resulted in his joining Carolina Panthers.

Johnson is among the top player of the football he stands on 23rd place in NFL with career reception of 673 and is 39 catches shy of the NFL’s all time Top 20. With 839 yards receiving in 2005, Johnson became the 23rd player in NFL history to reach the 9,000-yard mark for his career. Carolina Panthers team expects that his coming up in the team would definitely prove to be beneficial for the team. All his fans and spectators of football have positive expectations from him. I would like to wish him all the best and sincerely hope to see him as a super sports star in future.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Bonds still going strong

Barry Bonds hit his fourth homer of the spring on his first swing in five days, sending a two-run shot to right field in the first inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 11-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Despite being hounded by allegations of steroids in the ‘’Game of Shadows,’’ the book detailing extensive evidence of Bonds’ alleged steroid use, the slugger did not seem to be worried about its publication while going 1-for-2 with a walk and playing six innings in left field, his longest stint of the spring. Barry Bonds needs seven homers to pass Babe Ruth for second place and 48 to overtake Hank Aaron for the top spot. So many accusations are going on against Bonds and his alleged steroids use and other performance enhancing drugs. Bonds, a cool 9-for-13 .692 in spring training, would not speak with reporters before or after his first exhibition appearance since Friday, March 17. Bonds’ homer provided San Francisco’s only runs against Escobar. Bonds grounded out to first base in the third inning, then walked in the sixth before leaving for a pinch-runner. The closer Bonds is getting towards passing Ruth for second Place and Aaron for the first top spot, controversies seems to increase. With all these allegations it seemed uncertain whether Bonds should make the Hall of Fame if his alleged use of steroids is proven. The upcoming book, written by two San Francisco Chronicles reporters, alleged that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs for at least five seasons beginning in 1998. Such drugs were banned by baseball after the 2002 season.

Monday, March 20, 2006

James, Anthony emerges as winners once again

LeBron Raymone James one of the imminent players of National Basketball Association who has once again been emerged as the king and proves his nicknames King James or the Chosen One. Along with James, Carmelo Anthony of Denver Nuggets was named NBA co-players of the week recently. James is an All-Star NBA basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers who averaged 30.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists as the Cavaliers won two of three games recently. Anthony led the Nuggets to a 3-1 record, averaging a league-high 31.8 points on 57.8 per cent shooting. Both these players have proved that hard work and determination is the key to success as they were honored by NBA once again on March 20, 2006.

James is considered one of the most gifted and versatile players in the NBA. At the 2006 NBA All-Star game, James led the Eastern Conference team to victory with a 29-point, six-rebound performance. He was awarded the game's MVP, becoming the youngest player to do so. James is the youngest player in the history of NBA to win All-Star Game MVP at the age of 21 years and 55 days after leading the East to a 122-120 victory over the West at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

As a fan of James, I am very happy at the success of my favorite player and wish him all the best for his future.

Soriano and the Nationals, the outfield battle!

Alfonso Soriano refused to play the outfield for the Washington Nationals in what was supposed to be his spring training debut Monday night, and general manager Jim Bowden supposed to be his spring training debut Monday night. Soriano, a second baseman by trade who the Nationals had hoped to convert into a left fielder, informed the club on Monday that he will not play outfield. He was told by the team that he could be placed on the disqualified list if he failed to do so. Soriano played most of the March representing the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, he was set to hit leadoff and play the outfield for the National against the Dodgers on Monday night. However, when the players took the field, only eight ran to their positions. Confused players and fans looked toward Washington’s dugout. Manager Frank Robinson then went to home plate umpire Mike Estabrook and told him there going to be some changes in the lineup. Brandon Watson, who was supposed to sit out the game, went to center field, while Ryan Church switched from center to left field. According to Soriano, he said that he was not mentally prepared to play the outfield. Soriano was acquired from the Rangers on December 7 for outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Termel Sledge and right-hander Armando Galarraga. Soriano is a hard player and good kid, it seems like the Nationals need to figure out a way to handle this situation or trade him out to another team.