This morning we’ll take a quick look around the sports world to see what happened yesterday as the NFL prepare for camp and the pennant race starts to heat up in the MLB.
- As we reported above, Steve Smith spurned the Giants and signed a two-year contract worth up to $4 milliion with the Eagles. The 5’11” 195 lb. WR takes his 4.28 speed to Philly to give Pro Bowl QB and last season’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick, a receiving core headlined by Pro Bowlers DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Steve Smith, in addition to Jason Avant and TE Brent Celek, looking to bounce back from a poor season.
- The NFL announced that the Supplemental Players Draft will take play August 17th. While the league released the list yesterday, the headliner, former Ohio State QB, was omitted due to questions about his eligibility. Prior also pushed back his showcase, which was expected to be attended by representatives from the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers second round draft-pick DaQuan Bowers, once projected as the #1 overall pick, practiced yesterday on his surgically repaired knee. He said his knee is back to 100% and if that is the case, the Bucs may have gotten one of the best steals in draft history should Bowers’ knee hold up, as he was considered the draft’s premier pass rusher.
- Chargers offensive tackle Marcus McNeil injured his left knee in practice and is expected to miss about 2 weeks.
- The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 9-3. The underlying story was the strong pitching performance by Ivan Nova, which may be enough to relegate Phil Hughes to the bullpen come postseason time.
- The Mets dropped a 9-5 decision to the San Diego Padres as they were able to hit R.A. Dickey’s knuckle ball early and often.
- The Boston Red Sox fell to the Minnesota Twins 5-2 after Jim Thome’s tie-breaking, RBI double
- Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31-games in a victory over the Florida Marlins.
- The NBA announced Tom Sanders, Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin, Herb Magee, Artis Gilmore, and Reece Tatum will comprise the Naismith Hall of Fame class that will be enshrined Friday.
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