Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Six Pack

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Terrell Owens is playing football again just probably not at the level he was hoping for. Owens made his debut with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League last night and was named the MVP of the Game catching 3 passes, all of them touchdowns, for 53 yards as the Wranglers defeated the Wichita Wild 50-30. 5711 fans were in attendance at the Allen Events Center, and while that may not seem like a lot, it surpassed the total attendance of their entire inaugural 2011 season. Next up for T.O. and the Wranglers is a trip to Washington on the 1st of March where they'll take on the Everett Raptors.

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This guy just can't catch a break. After missing all of 2011, Minnesota Twins reliever Joel Zumaya's latest comeback attempt is over before it really even began. Zumaya threw 13 pitches on Saturday in his first live bullpen session since signing an incentive-laden one year deal with the Twins, but cut the session short after experiencing pain in his elbow. The reliever got the official bad news today as he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow meaning yet another season will be lost for the hard-throwing right-hander. Zumaya had not thrown a pitch in a Major League game since June 2010 after breaking his elbow while pitching for the Tigers.

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Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup Super-G event in Bansko, Bulgaria today giving her a record 18 super-G titles in her career. Vonn entered Sunday tied with Austria's Renate Goetschl with 17 titles, but edged out Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather by 0.05 seconds to take sole possession of the record. The 27 year old Vonn now has 51 career World Cup victories including 10 this season.

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Injuries to Jermaine Jones (strained calf) and José Torres (pulled muscle left leg), leaves Jurgen Klinsmann's squad suddenly short on midfielders for the U.S's upcoming friendly against Italy. Klinsmann didn't opt to make any additions to the squad following Jones' injury, but it remains to be seen if he'll do anything now that Torres may be out as well. Klinsmann will have Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams at his disposal with versatile strikers Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey able to fill in on the wings as well and that may be enough. Otherwise this may be a great time to give Anderlecht's Sacha Kljestan a call.

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Cardiff City nearly pulled off a shocking upset in the Carling Cup Final today, but in the end fell just short losing on penalties to Liverpool. Cardiff City took an early 1-0 lead in the match on a goal by Joe Mason, but Liverpool was able to equalize in the second half when Martin Škrtel punched home a rebound following a corner kick. With the score tied after 90 minutes, the two teams went to extra time where Liverpool took their first lead of the match in the 108th minute on a goal by Dutchman Dirk Kuyt. They appeared to have the match in hand, but 10 minutes later with the clock winding down, Cardiff equalized on a goal by Ben Turner when he punched a loose ball through Pepe Reina's legs following a corner of their own. The game then went to penalties, but Cardiff twice struck the woodwork and eventually Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, missed wide left to clinch it for Liverpool. The victory gives Liverpool their first major title since winning the 2006 FA Cup.


American Jozy Altidore found the back of the net twice today for AZ Alkmaar as they played to a 3-3 draw with Heerenveen. Starting for the first time in 2012, Altidore scored on each side of the intermission giving him 9 goals in Eredivisie Play and 13 goals across all competitions for his Dutch club this season. The 22 year old striker now heads to Italy with the U.S. team as they get set for Wednesday's match with the Italians.

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