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Hawks Batter Heat, D-Wade

  • April 30, 2009, 1:56 AM

Also see Hoophead's Basketball Splog

ATLANTA (AP) -- A series of blowouts is now about survival. The Atlanta Hawks hope they have enough players left to finish off Miami. The Heat is counting on Dwyane Wade to save the season, despite a bump on his head and a balky back.

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Rondo Won't Be Suspended for Foul

  • April 29, 2009, 5:40 PM

Check out Duane from New Jersey's take on the Rondo foul

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The NBA says Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo won't be penalized for his hard foul on Chicago's Brad Miller in the closing seconds of Game 5.

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Duane Munn

If Rajon Rondo Throws a Punch in the Woods…

  • Hoophead
  • Duane Munn
  • April 29, 2009, 5:38 PM

UPDATE: Right after I posted this, someone emailed me with some additional comments. And they were so good, I decided to share. Take it away Mal!


"I believe Rajon Rondo, and not Dwight Howard, should have been suspended. Howard threw an elbow during a fight for a rebound. Rondo punched Brad Miller in the face on the game-tying layup. THE GAME-TYING LAYUP! Sounds really, really wrong to me."
-Malachi, Idaho 

And now, back to my regularly-scheduled post...

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Scott Jones

New Racing Game for the Wii is Bot-Tastic

One of the great racing games of all times is ExciteTruck. It was one of the Wii's launch titles, so you probably overlooked it. Also, the name seemed kind of lame. Honestly, ExciteTruck? That was the best you could come up with? Anyway, ExciteTruck gets a sequel--sort of--with ExciteBots: Trick Racing. Instead of brightly colored SUVs, ExciteBots lets you drive around brightly colored robots.
If this sounds silly, that's because it is silly. Click to the right to see a trailer for the game and keep reading for my review!
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Duane Munn


  • GearHead
  • Duane Munn
  • April 29, 2009, 4:48 PM

Courtesy of the NBA

The NBA’s new basketball apparel line offers high-quality shorts, warmups and shooter tops in colors that synch up with your favorite hoops teams. Which is plenty cool, all on its own. But what earns this collection the GearHead Stamp of Approval is the price. Every item from this line is super-affordable.

How affordable?

“Everything costs less than $15” affordable.

You can check out more items from the Brand NBA line after the jump. More »

Sarah Braunstein

Middle Relievers: Show them Some Love!

Yesterday, like every day during baseball season, a bunch of games were won after the starting pitchers had finished for the day. In some, it was all thanks to relief pitchers who preserved slim leads. Still, except for closers, it seems like the only time relievers are ever mentioned is when they mess up.

But if you’re wondering why your team can’t seem to crack the top of its division, look no further than middle relief. Of the six teams currently leading their divisions, four have bullpens with a combined ERA under 4.00. And all of those teams have used their bullpens frequently. In fact, the Blue Jays' pen, one of the best in baseball, has also pitched the third-most innings (71.1). And the Cardinals, Marlins, and Dodgers are all in the top 20 in bullpen innings pitched.

Second-place teams are relying on their bullpens as well. Seven of the Phillies' 11 wins have come thanks to the bullpen. And the Boston Red Sox won 11 straight games despite having a rotation that has pitched the 10th-fewest innings in the majors.

What all this means is that, even with the best rotation and the hottest hitters, teams are often going to rely on their relief corps to bail them out. At some point, every reliever is going to have a bad day. But here are five that deserve a little love for their performance so far...

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Alex Montag

Stephen Strasburg: The Natural

103 miles-per-hour. Yes, you are reading it correctly.

That’s what the radar gun said after Stephen Strasburg fired a ferocious fastball during one of his games at San Diego State University. Some might ask, who is this Stephen Strasburg who’s constantly throwing a baseball over 100 mph?

My answer to that: He is the best pitching prospect in the country, if not the world.

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