Saturday, April 08, 2006

Andre Barrett back in the Raptors

The professional player of the basketball Andre Rashawd Barrett commonly called Andre Barrett has been announced to join back NBA. This imminent sport star is expected to join the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors signed the free agent to consecutive 10-day contracts March 15 and 25. According to the sources he has signed a 10 days contract just recently on March 15 according to which he would be joining the Toronto Raptors with whom he has been playing at the average of 18.7 minutes per game. Barrett had signed a contract of 10 days with the Phoenix Suns but was released from his second contract on March 14 and the very next day he entered a new contract. This time he has signed a contract with the Raptors with whom he had already been a playing. Barrett has appeared in nine games for Toronto, averaging 4.8 points and 2.9 assists in 15.9 minutes. He had a career-high 15 points March 31 versus Phoenix and a season-best seven assists April 2 versus New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Barrett began his career with the Houston Rockets, going on to play for the Orlando Magic. Through out his career he has been a low player who has been playing with an average of 3.1 points per game. Most probably Barrett will play for this whole season and even the next season i.e. for the remainder season of 2005-06 and the 2006-07 seasons. Possibilities are there to see him in the next season but there is no assurance till the next date. Let us see what we find next negative or positive???? But let us hope for the best.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Alarm for selection…….

NFL coaches, scouts, personnel directors and general managers are a bit worried as April 28 is near and the time is going to be tough for them. For the coming three weeks they will be sheltered in gloomy conference hall and will assess the fitness of 300 or more college football players who are trying to earn their livelihood the NFL. The major reason for their tension is the selection of the players. They will have to make selections they're not sure about of young players they can't know enough about. Many of these players will become albatrosses around their selectors' necks. Except from this NFL draft is a time of fun, suspense and sensations. More than 300 selections will be made some will be highly reputed and some might be making their debuts in NFL. It is going to be difficult time for all as every owner and coach wants the best for their teams but sometimes finances don’t allow and sometimes health becomes a hurdle. For 2006 season it is believed that many faces will be introduced, this reason is bothering management of the teams. All football fans are keenly waiting for NFL’s regular season to cheer up for their favorite teams and players. I wish all the teams a very good luck.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

A standing ovation for the controversial Bonds

It was on Opening Day, with a crowd of 42,795 at AT&T Park on Thursday, when the No. 25 was introduced during the pregame ceremonies, the crowd gave Barry Bonds a lengthy ovation and 42 seconds of sustained hometown cheers. The allegations that have been taunting Bonds in the past few weeks dissolve for a while and he felt the respect from home town crowd. He took it all in, savoring final home opener in what could be his final home opener of his illustrious, however highly controversial 21-year career. Bonds tipped his cap twice as sellout crowd gave him a prolonged standing ovation. He then waved with both arms, one at a time to the fans behind the Giants dugout on the third base side o the six-year-old ball park nestled on McCovey Cove. He then turned and waved to the fans on the first-base side. Bonds did not talk to the reporters afterward, but he said he felt good physically and expects to be back in the lineup on Friday night when the Giants take on the Braves in the second game of the four-game series. Later on Bonds left the stadium with his son, Nikolai, to join the rest of his family after remained quite and resolute to the media. The controversies in recent weeks have taunted Bonds, but he seems focus, may be the media should let the man play the game instead of dramatizing the allegations, which needs to be proved if they are true or not.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Burleson’s Dream Come True…….

Canadian-born wide receiver, Al Burleson’s long awaited dream came true when his son was signed by Seattle Seahawks for the first time. In 1975, Al Burleson's career at University of Washington ended as defensive back. He was almost sure for his acquisition by the new NFL team that was about to make its debut across town. But fortunes didn’t favor the bravo and Burleson was signed by the Los Angeles Rams. After spending some good time with Rams, Burleson had to move to Canada where he played for seven years. Burleson’s himself couldn’t play with the Seahawks but his desire is now fulfilled by his eldest son Nate Burleson. I believe this would have been Burleson’s true love and desire to be a part of Seattle and see how his wish has become a reality. Every true citizen has love for his home town, Nate who spent first three years of his football career with Minnesota Vikings, still says "I love Seattle, to be back home, in a place that I treasure so much, that just makes things easier. It makes it that much easier to wake up every day and do your job." His statement clearly says that how eager he was to be in his native place. Natt didn’t have to look for inspiration outside as it was there always there with him in the figure of his father. "When it comes to looking at heroes, my father was the closest thing to me," he said. I think if your ideal is so close to you, then your spirits will always remain high and you will rarely feel low. Seahawks’ newest offensive weapon is happy to be in Seattle. So I wish him all the good luck and prosperity for his longed of life in his native land. May he remain favorite of all forever.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Lackey to be in the Angles for two more years

John Lackey the popular and one of the imminent players of the Angles has agreed to remain with the team for some more time. Lackey stated that he wants to be with the team for three more years and is hopeful to stay, as he has signed the contract of two-year extension. According to the sources John Lackey, had earlier agreed to a two year contract extension through 2008 that ensures him an additional earnings.

John has been a productive member of the pitching staff since his 2002 rookie season. Lackey was 14-5 with a 3.44 ERA in 33 starts last season. He was second to Johan Santana in the AL with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Bill Stoneman, the general manager of Los Angeles stated that they are thrilled to reach this multiyear agreement with him. John has always remained the hero of the team who has achieved a number of titles. He has captivated the rookie honor like winning pitcher in Game7 of the Angels’ 2002 World Series Championship. Being truly inspired by his career and his performance I hope the best for his future and expect positive results for both the team and the league.

Monday, April 03, 2006

NETS On the Way to APEX……..

New Jersey Nets are just two steps behind the hot seat in the East. There is no qualm in the fact that they are playing superb basketball games in the NBA, recent example is Nets 12th straight victory with a 90-78 record which is one of the longest winning streak in the league this season. Nets concluded on the team record of 14 successive wins that was laid down two years ago, but Kidd opines that this winning strip is more exciting because of the excellence of several victories. Nets believe that they were always underestimated and were never respected according to their caliber. But now as a team they are more confident. Richard Jefferson always argued that the Pistons and the Heat are the two best teams in the East; in fact he can say that because their winning records scream this and upon that these two teams reached to the conference finals last year. He said Nets' 3-1 season series edge as an accident which was a result of conspiracy against Heats. Nets are on the way to prove them and Riley said "I'd like to secure what we've had all season, the No. 2 seed,” "We have to gather ourselves and get back on track." Hopefully his wordings come true and Nets always sparkle in the basket ball world.