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Brooklyn Nets beat NY Knicks in overtime, 96-89

 

The Brooklyn Nets, formerly of New Jersey, pulled out an overtime thriller in their new-look rivalry opener with the New York Knicks who are from Manhattan, 96-89.

The win allowed the city rivals to tie for first place.

The game was originally scheduled to be played November 1, but was postponed in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

(courtesy of Brooklyn Nets via wikipedia commons)

Wearing uniform #42 that Jackie Robinson made famous in Brooklyn for the Dodgers, Jerry Stackhouse scored the tie-breaking three-point goal with 3:31 left in overtime to help the Nets clinch the game.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Knicks only had two players in double figures scoring, Carmelo Anthony with 35 points, 13 rebounds and Tyson Chandler with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Sportswriter Maury Allen, dies at age 78

One of the most popular sportswriters, Maury Allen, who wrote 38 biographies on such athletes as Jackie Robinson and Joe Namath and primarily covered the New York Yankees, died of lymphoma at age 78.

(courtesy of Clker.com) (OCAL)

Maury spent 27 years writing for the New York Post.

compiled from staff & MLB news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2010: Almanacs, News & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Wednesday, September 15, the 258th day of 2010. That means there are 107 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On September 15, 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the momentum turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses against the Luftwaffe, forcing Adolph Hitler to indefinitely postpone his plans to invade Britain.

* In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

* In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign affairs was renamed the Department of State.

* In 1857, William Howard Taft, who served as president of the United States and as U.S. Chief Justice, was born in Cincinnati.

* In 1959, Nikita Krushchev became the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

* In 2000, the Summer Olympics opened in Sydney, Australia.

CELEBRITY NEWS

Harold Gould (wfe cc photo)

Veteran character actor Harold Gould, born Harold V. Goldstein ,who played the father of the Valerie Harper character on Rhoda and the con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie The Sting, has died at age 86.

He died of prostate cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills.


President Barack Obama has written a children's book (file photo)

Our 44th president, Barack Obama has written a children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, to be published November 16.

The book pays tribute to 13 Americans, including George Washington, artist Georgia O’Keeffe and baseball great Jackie Robinson. It is illustrated by Cincinnati artist Loren Long.

Of Thee I Sing is intended for children 3 years of age and older.

The publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young readers, an imprint of Random House, says the book is priced at $17.99 with proceeds going to charity.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

88 Jackie Cooper, actor. The youngest actor to gain a best-actor nomination, at age 9 for Skippy.

65 Jessye Norman, opera singer.

64 Tommy Lee Jones, actor.

49 Dan Marino, Football Hall of Fame QB.

26 Prince Henry, “Harry” of Wales.

24 Heidi Montag, actress from the reality-TV show, The Hills.

compiled from staff, wire & entertainment news

Reds nip Cardinals 4-3 in Gillette Civil Rights Game; half-game back

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO–Saturday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds was the fourth annual Civil Rights Game as part of the Civil Rights Weekend.

Major League Baseball founded the Gillette Civil Rights Game in 2007 as a platform to honor the pioneers of American culture who have affected change, and to examine baseball’s place in society, both historically and in the current moment.

The 2010 honorees included Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Women’s Tennis star Billie Jean King and Entertainer Harry Belafonte received the Beacon of Life, Beacon of Change and the Beacon of Hope Awards, respectively. Also being involved in the weekend were former Atlanta Mayor, United States congressman and ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young giving the keynote address at the Awards Luncheon. Also being recognized was Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie Robinson; Hall of Famer Ernie Banks throwing out the first pitch and there was a special tribute to Lena Horne, who just passed away last week at age 92. Her video tribute brought a standing ovation from the crowd in Great American Ballpark.

Mike Leake Reds (ASU photo)

As for the game itself, the Cardinals were trying to win another game in this series against the 2nd place Reds in the NL Central Division. St. Louis won Friday night and they had Adam Wainwright, one of their Cy Award candidates pitching against Reds rookie Mike Leake.

The Cardinals have been in more meaningful games over the years than the Reds, so they know how to win these games and usually play without any pressure on their backs. It’s the other team that feels and plays with pressure.

St. Louis opened the scoring against the Reds phenom Mike Leake in second inning. David Freese doubled down the leftfield line; Yadier Molina tapped a slow roller to third moving Freese to third and Skip Schumaker hit a sacrifice fly to left center, 1-0 Cardinals.

The Reds have been resilient all season and they showed it by coming back twice in the game. The first comeback was in the bottom of the second, Jay Bruce doubled to right center; two slow infield groundouts to Cards’ third baseman David Freese moved Bruce to third and he scored on a base hit by Ramon Hernandez to left, 1-1 tie.

But the Cardinals always had an answer for whenever the Reds scored. In the top of the 3rd, Colby Rasmus who has been a thorn in the Reds side the last two seasons, hit a 411 foot homer to centerfield and it was 2-1 St. Louis. The third inning was probably Leake’s worst inning, giving up the homer and walking Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday back-to-back.

Drew Stubbs Reds (mlb)

The score stayed 2-1 St. Louis until the bottom of the fourth when Jonny Gomes hit a 2-2 curveball from Adam Wainwright, 433 feet into the upper deck in leftfield to tie the game at 2-2. The Reds hitters seemed to be right on Wainwright’s pitches. Eventhough he is one of the top 3-4 pitchers in the NL, Wainwright is only 2-2 lifetime against the Reds with a 4.46 ERA.

The Reds took control of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Scott Rolen doubled to the corner in left; Jonny Gomes was intentionally walked; Drew Stubbs, who is showing more patience at the plate batting seventh, tripled to rightcenter plating Rolen and Gomes to make it 4-2 and then it was up to the bullpen to hold off the Cardinals.

Arthur Rhodes and Nick Masset threw scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth and then would come the adventurous ninth with closer Francisco Cordero, who always seems to have a little suspense when he closes games. But let’s give him an out here. He hadn’t  pitched since Monday in Pittsburgh due to the success of the starting pitching staff. So he was a little rusty.

In the ninth inning, David Freese singled to center and moved up to second on a wild pitch; Yadier Molina grounded out to shortstop moving Freese to third and Skip Schumaker knocked him in with a base hit to center, cutting the lead down to 4-3 Reds.

Jon Jay pinch-hit for Jason Motte and struck out. Before we go any further, Reds manager Dusty Baker before the inning started inserted rookie Chris Heisey into left field to replace Jonny Gomes defensively. It would prove to be a wise decision.

Joe Mather doubled down into the left field corner and the ball did not come right to Heisey, it just laid on the warning track. He went to pick it up and relayed the ball to shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Cards third base coach Jose Oquendo was trying to stop Skip Schumaker from scoring from first base, but with the ball in front of him, Schumaker thought he could make it home and force 2 good throws from the Reds defense. Well the Reds defense did make to good throws. Cabrera took the relay throw and threw a one-hopper to catcher Ramon Hernandez to the left of the plate and all he had to do was dive into the baseline and tag out Schumaker at the plate for the final out. Home plate umpire Rob Drake was set up behind the plate to be in a good position to make the call and it was a good call as Hernandez put the tag down in the baseline and the runner was out. Reds win 4-3 and are a half-game out of first place in the NL Central.

The winning pitcher was Mike Leake (4-0), the losing pitcher Adam Wainwright (5-2). Francisco Cordero notched his 12th save out of 14 chances.

Mike Leake is the first Reds pitcher to begin his Major League career at 4-0 since 1976 when RHP Santo Alcala began 5-0 and RHP Pat Zachary went 4-0.

The sellout crowd of 41,326 was the second of the season, both against the Cardinals.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 942 Chris Heisey Reds LF On the ball getting stuck in the corner and not coming to him (Megasportsnews.com)

44 945 Drew Stubbs Reds CF Got to meet Willie Mays was an honor (megasportsnews.com)

44 947 Drew Stubbs Reds Cf Being a part of Civil Rights Day in Cincinnati (Megasportsnews.com)

44 948 Drew Stubbs Reds CF He is getting more comfortable at the plate (Megasportsnews.com)

44 953 Mike Leake Reds Rookie Pitcher The Reds starters 6 of 7 quality starts in a week (Megasportsnews.com)


Cardinals hold off Reds, 4-3 on MLB’s Civil Rights Weekend kickoff

compiled from staff and wire reports

Albert Pujols ended St. Louis’ longest homer drought in three years with a two-run shot and left-hander Jaime Garcia pitched into the seventh inning, beating the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3 on Friday night.

Ryan Ludwick blasted a two-run shot off Aaron Harang (2-5) that also barely cleared the outfield wall, giving spark to an offense which hadn’t homered in the last nine.

Garcia (4-2) has gone at least six innings and given up two or fewer runs in all seven starts. It’s the best opening streak by a rookie since the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela opening up the 1981 season with 8 games under his belt.

Albert Pujols (MLB)

St. Louis’ win opened up baseball’s Civil Rights Weekend, honoring those individuals who worked for equality. Harry Belafonte, Willie Mays and Billie Jean King will receive Major League Baseball’s Beacon Awards at a luncheon Saturday.

On Saturday evening, the Cardinals and Reds will wear replica 1947 caps and jerseys, honoring the year Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barriers.