So, if you're the architect behind the Toronto Blue Jays, what's your next move? The Los Angeles Dodgers added outfielder Yasiel Puig to their roster on June 2. Puig is proving to be a handful for manager Don Mattingly. But, on June 2, the Dodgers had 23 victories, one fewer than the Blue Jays.
"I can't believe Lindsay Lohan beat A-Rod to an Oprah sitdown," writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News.
"Maybe the guy has lost more foot speed than we thought."
If you missed it, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers issued a statement last week in which he owned up to using PEDs. "He likely got his statement at one of Miller Park's confession stands," notes Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post.
The website 800Razors.com offered Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson $1 million to shave his beard, only to have him turn it down. Wrote Hamilton: "A million bucks for a beard? Isn't that a hedge fund?". .. Hey, Kamloops, how did you like that big kiss from Big Oil as we head into the last long weekend of the summer? Forbes magazine reports that supermodel Gisele Bündchen earned US$42 million last season. That would be almost $4 million more than her husband, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, who topped up at a measly $38.3 million.. .. And what was the split in your household? A tip of the hat to Charlie Bruce and all the folks who were involved in organizing the B.C. Senior Games that wrapped up here a week ago. Now some guy named Putin wants to talk to them. Something about running some games in Russia this winter.
The NCAA is being ridiculed for suspending Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, for the first half of today's game against Rice. Yes, the game is expected to be a rout. As Todd Behrendt of Fox Sports tweeted: "If he hadn't been suspended, he'd have sat out the second half. #NCAAlogic".
Forward Brayden Gelsinger of Regina, an 18-year-old who played 12 games with the Kamloops Blazers last season, has joined the BCHL's Cowichan Valley Capitals.
Okanagan defeated the visiting Langley Rams in a BCFC game a week ago, after which this message came from the Sun's Twitter account: "Sun defeat Langley Rams 29-28 in epic battle. Sun move to 6-0 and first place.". .. Hmm, could it be that the Sun has forgotten it used an ineligible player and had its opening-night victory over the Valley Huskers turned into a 1-0 defeat? Mike Babcock had his Canadian Olympic hockey team hopefuls play some ball hockey on Monday in Calgary. Sportsnet and TSN treated it as though it was Game 7 of a Stanley Cup final. The question is: Why? Here's Dwight Perry, in the Seattle Times: "Let's see if we have this straight: Alex Rodriguez - who once let his cousin inject questionable substances into his buttocks - is complaining about his medical treatment from the Yankees?" Headline at TheOnion.com: A-Rod incredibly humbled to be mentioned alongside all-time greats Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco.
Scott Wasden, a former captain of the Kamloops Blazers, will play this season with the Duisburg Foxes of the Oberliga West, a third tier pro league in Germany. Wasden, 25, played four years at UBC while earning a commerce degree.
"For a tough guy," tweets Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register, "Floyd Mayweather has the biggest bodyguards I've ever seen." One more from Whicker: "How do you feel about energy conservation in Lichtenstein? Good. That's how I feel about your fantasy football team."
Here's Janice Hough, from leftcoastsportsbabe.com: "On Family Feud the question was: 'Name a state that ends with the letter A.' One contestant's response: 'Arkansas.' " "Maria Sharapova fired new coach Jimmy Connors after just one match," writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. "Their relationship ended so quickly even Taylor Swift was shocked." Here's Currie again: "Paulina Gretzky just got engaged to pro golfer Dustin Johnson. She must have liked his approach."
Gregg Drinnan is sports editor of The Kamloops Daily News. He is at firstname.lastname@example.org, gdrinnan.blogspot.ca and twitter. com/gdrinnan.
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