Mychal Kendricks Looks Like a Starter For Philadelphia Eagles

26 05 2012

by Kevin Noonan

Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks looked good at strong-side linebacker and should end up as the starter there. Granted, there wasn’t any live hitting (in the minnicamp), which makes it difficult to evaluate a defensive player, especially a rookie defensive player. But he looked comfortable and confident in pass coverage and that’s why the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the second round.


Usain Bolt dumps girlfriend to focus on Summer Olympics

14 05 2012

By Chris Chase

Usain Bolt ended his six-month relationship with a Slovakian fashion designer in order to focus on the upcoming Summer Olympics.

News reports suggest Bolt’s breakup with Lubica Slovak, 28, was because of his desire to repeat his double-gold/world-record Olympic performance in London. The Jamaican swept the sprint events in 2008 and set the world marks in each race.

A source close to Bolt told The Sun, “He will have plenty of time for relationships. At the moment he’s concentrating on his running career and doesn’t want anything to distract from that.”Usain Bolt Dumps Girlfriend

Slovak emigrated to Canada as a teenager and later moved to Jamaica after she took a vacation there. She was introduced to Bolt by reggae singer Tami Chynn, a mutual friend.

The sprinting star was criticized in his native Jamaica when a picture of him kissing Slovak, who is white, appeared in a local newspaper. A cartoon accompanied the photo, in which Bolt was seen running past a black woman with “local” written on her shirt and into the arms of a “Slovakian fashion designer.”

The island’s second-largest newspaper published letters to the editor criticizing Bolt’s choice in women. Countless Internet comments angrily reacted to the Bolt-Slovak relationship.

Phillies To Trade Away Stars?

10 05 2012

by Jim Salisbury

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. witnessed the verbal spanking that Charlie Manuel gave his sleep-walking team after it fell victim to an ugly sweep at the hands of the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Was it needed?

“Most undoubtedly,” Amaro said Thursday. “It was deserved.”Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies

Was it overdue?

“Maybe,” Amaro said.

Did Amaro feel compelled to jump in and say anything to his stumbling team?

“I didn’t have to,” he said. “Charlie handled it very well.”

As GM, Amaro charts the team’s course with his handling of personnel matters, and, as he pointed out Thursday, “Sometimes change is good.” But for now, Amaro said he was not planning any wholesale changes. A bullpen tweak — the promotion of lefty Jake Diekman — appears on the way, but the bulk of the responsibility of turning around this downbound train lies with the players.

And if things don’t turn around, Amaro said, it could be another busy July for him. Only this time, instead of adding talent — as he did with Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence — he could be looking to sell it off. Read the rest of this entry »

Phillies Passed on Brandon Morrow

9 05 2012

Anybody remember when the Phillies passed on taking Brandon Morrow as part of the Cliff Lee deal with Seattle a few years back? I groaned about it then and wonder if anybody else would like to groan with me now. He is arguably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball through the first month and a half of the season. Good thing Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and Juan Ramirez. have all panned out.