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Dallas fires GM Joe Nieuwendyk after missing playoffs for fourth straight year

Joe Nieuwendyk (photo by Resolute via wikipedia commons)

There had been speculation in Dallas for weeks that Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan was going to be fired at the end of the lockout-shortened 48-game NHL season.

Well, at least for now, Black Monday did not get the coach, but the GM instead.

On Sunday night, the Stars fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk after four seasons, two coaches and no playoffs appearances.

The Stars ended the season with a 22-22-4 mark and out of the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

The 46-year-old Nieuwendyk is a former NHL center playing for Calgary, Dallas, New Jersey, Toronto and Florida from 1987-2007.

For now, Dallas has an option on Coach Gulutzan for a third season.

 

 

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.

LeGrand to participate in coin toss before Tampa Bay-NY Giants game

 

Eric LeGrand (courtesy of Rutgers athletics)

22-year-old former Rutgers University linebacker Eric LeGrand will be participating this Sunday in the coin toss before the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

The New Jersey native was paralyzed in a game against Army at the same stadium back in 2010.

LeGrand was signed by Buccaneers this summer by coach Greg Schiano, his coach at Rutgers. LeGrand officially announced his retirement from football on July 26, 2012 to free up a roster spot for the team.

In June 2012, LeGrand was presented the Unsung Hero Award by the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He was presented the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY’s on July 11, 2012. During his speech, he announced that he would someday walk again.

In August 2012, LeGrand was named the most influential person in New Jersey sports by the Newark-Star Ledger newspaper.

 

Info compiled from Rutgers University, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

Maher buys minority interest in New York Mets

 

Bill Maher with Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA (2007 photo by David Shankbone via wikipedia commons)

Stand-up comic and political satirist Bill Maher, visited Citi Field over the weekend and revealed to the media that he had purchased minority interest in the New York Mets several months ago.

The 56-year-old Maher, a New York native, grew up in nearby New Jersey and has been a Mets fan all of his life.

He did not reveal how much he spent or how much of a percentage he owns in the team.

His career influences have been Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Steve Allen, Don Rickles and Robert Klein.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Former Notre Dame, NBA star Woolridge dies at 52

 

Orlando Woolridge (photo courtesy of Notre Dame athletics)

Former basketball star Orlando Woolridge died on Thursday night at his parents’ home in Mansfield, Louisiana. He was 52.

Woolridge had suffered for years with a chronic heart condition and was under hospice care.

The 6’9, 215-pound center/forward played in the NBA with Chicago, New Jersey, the Lakers, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee and the Philadelphia 76ers.

One of the most-prolific dunkers in NBA history, Wooldridge played in 851 games scoring 13,623 points (16.0 ppg), grabbed 3,696 rebounds (4.3 rpg) and dished out 1,609 assists (1.9 apg).

He played his final two seasons of basketball in Italy with Benetton Treviso and Buckler Bologna.

Woolridge also coached three teams, the LA Sparks in the WNBA and two teams from the ABA.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Notre Dame, Radio & TV news

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