Weekend Sports Wrap

<p>NBA logo courtesy of the NBA</p>

NBA logo courtesy of the NBA

WEEKEND SPORTS WRAP

Because the weekend brings plenty of sports action, “Weekend Sports Wrap” is the supplement to our KAPP/KVEW Sports Beat.

NATIONAL WRAP:

NBA Free Agency: The Jeremy Lin Sweepstakes? Who would have thought in July 2011 we would be discussing two teams vying for the services of one, Jeremy Lin? Not too many could have predicted it but we have it this year. Lin made quite the name for himself by stepping up and delivering for the New York Knicks. His performance lured the Houston Rockets to make a 3 year/$26 million offer. The Knicks have until 11:59pm Tuesday to match.

Bounty-Gate Not So Potent: Plenty of news has been written about the New Orleans Saints and their “BountyGate”. In a ‘study’ conducted by the Los Angeles Times, the program did not significantly impact injury reports during Saints’ games between 2009-2011 seasons.

NASCAR: Leading does not always lead to winning. Just ask Denny Hamlin. Hamlin led for most of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in New Hampshire yesterday. But one bad pit-stop undid all the good Hamlin had done throughout the race. That pit-top helped vault Kasey Kahne to the win and into a wild-card spot in the Sprint Cup standings.

NHL: Labor issues last year for the NFL and NBA were par for the course in the summer of 2011. Such may be the case for 2012 with the NHL. If early indications are correct, labor talks may be a long drawn out process given the early proposal by the NHL. Parts of the proposal? Lowering the shared players-revenue portion from 57% to 46%, change the current five-year requirement for unrestricted free-agency status from five to ten years, no signing bonuses and no salary arbitration, just to name a few. With a Donald Fehr led players’ union, that NHL proposal may not even be a starting point to open discussion.

LOCAL WRAP:

TRI-CITY FEVER: The United Bowl started out promising for the Tri-City Fever. Able to score early and maintain their ‘slow the game’ down approach, the Fever held the lead before the Sioux Falls Storm took the lead right before the half. Making the necessary halftime adjustments it was all Storm in the second half as they win their third United Bowl championship with the 59-32 victory.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS: The road trip to New York was a pleasant one for the Seattle Sounders. At the very least, they secured an important point with a 2-2 tie yesterday with the Red Bulls. Caution, however, in that tie is the fact that the Sounders defense gave up a 2-1 lead in the second half.

BASEBALL AROUND THE REGION: The Yakima Bears are just a few wins away from securing the first-half title in Northwest League action. The Bears have won 6 of their last 7 games, including taking 4 of 5 from the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

The Tri-City Dust Devils got back to their winning ways yesterday, ending their four-game losing streak with a 7-0 bounce back victory over the Eugene Emeralds. The Dust Devils lost four of five to the Emeralds, including a double-header loss on Saturday. The Dust Devils begin a three-game series tonight in Spokane.

Tough weekend for the Walla Walla Sweets. After taking the series earlier in the week at the Cowlitz Black Bears, 2 games to 1, the Sweets were swept over the weekend by the Klamath Falls Gems, including yesterday’s 6-5 loss. The Sweets will be back in Walla Walla Tuesday after a much needed day off today.

EASTERN WASHINGTON FOOTBALL: The college football season is right around the corner, believe it or not. Preseason media days begin today with the opening of the Big Sky Conference media days in Park City, Utah today. Yesterday, the conference announced their preseason team. Four EWU Eagles were on it: T.J. Lee III (cornerback, unanimous selection); Nicholas Edwards and Brandon Kaufman (wide receivers); Will Post (offensive lineman). The Eagles will open the season on August 30th at Idaho.  

LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS: The Washington State 18A fast pitch tournament was held this weekend. Selah 18’s finished fifth in tournament action.

A 34-0 defeat didn’t detract from a successful season for the Yakima Mavericks in Pacific Football League action on Saturday. The Mavericks finished 7-2, despite the loss in the North Division championship game to the Bellingham Bulldogs. Minus three receivers, the Mavericks could not generate much offensively against a stout Bulldog defense.

It’s that time of year where Little League teams are in win-or-go-home mode. And that’s exactly where the Richland National team finds itself today. The Nats lost to Salmon Creek Saturday, 9-4, and will play in a loser-out game today in Selah at 3pm.    

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