Minnesota Twins superstar catcher Joe Mauer has had a forgettable 2011 season. A persistent leg injury kept the three-time batting champion out of a whopping 57 games. The 2009 American League MVP finally returned to the lineup last Friday vs. the San Diego Padres, getting an RBI single in his first at bat, but somewhat struggling to find his stoke ever since.
Thursday, Mauer was held out of the starting nine during the Twins 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Prior to the game, Mauer was seen taking cuts and receiving instruction from Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra, in the batting cages underneath the Giants’ home ballpark.
Mauer would pinch hit in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game, grounding weakly to first base.
Thursday, 200,000 Mavericks fans crammed the streets of downtown Dallas, in celebration of their team’s first-ever NBA title. The parade’s end point was Victory Plaza, located at the entrance to American Airlines Center. Prior to heading inside the arena, where an additional 20,000 fans were waiting to witness a championship rally, members of the team took to the microphone.
By far, the most memorable oratorical effort came from 2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki. After addressing the crowd, the German native and future Hall of Famer began to belt out lyrics to the classic Queen anthem “We Are The Champions.”
Take a look and listen to the below piece of video, recorded by one of the excited fans, who braved the hot and humid North Texas weather, to be a part of the celebration.
As the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks lock up in the deciding game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, it’s amazing to consider the amount of time both teams have spent on airplanes, since the series began a little more than two weeks ago. With a city-to-city distance of approximately 2,500 miles and the NHL’s 2-2-1-1-1 series travel format, the finalists have actually spent far more time in the air than on the ice.
Being the road club during the series, the Bruins have logged significantly more air time than the Canucks, because of the two additional flights involved with getting to Vancouver to begin the series and heading back home to Boston after the completion of Game 7.
Hours after the Dallas Mavericks NBA title clinching victory vs. the Miami Heat, several Mavs, including Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, were photographed at LIV, the trendy nightclub inside the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. One of the more noteworthy pictures showcased a jubilant Nowitzki partying, while wearing an unusual pair of glasses.
Tuesday, while appearing on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Nowitzki explained the origin of the now famous specs and if he intends to make them a permanent part of his appearance.
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has found himself at the center of a firestorm during the 2011 NBA Finals. The King’s lack of production, particularly in the fourth quarter, has contributed significantly to the Heat entering Sunday’s Game 6, trailing the Dallas Mavericks 3-2 in the best of 7.
Versus/NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury is probably not the most popular guy in Vancouver these days. Wednesday night, Milbury hurled a very unflattering shot regarding how to defend Canucks stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
“By all means, stay on Thelma and Louise — I mean Henrik and Daniel. Get in their way, make them pay. This series is starting to go our way,’’ exclaimed Milbury.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News spoke to Mavericks forward Tyson Chandler about all the trash talk being levied during the NBA Finals, particularly those jabs hurled against the underperforming LeBron James. Chandler had an interesting take regarding the impact these comments actually have.
"At this point, it doesn't matter what you say about anybody. I mean, we've got three games left in the season and we're playing for an NBA championship. I don't need anybody over there (Miami Heat) to rattle me up,” explained Chandler.
Dallas Mavericks superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki is playing at an all-time level during the Mavs incredible run to the 2011 NBA Finals. The undisputed greatest player in Dallas basketball history has most certainly joined the upper echelon of North Texas sports royalty, after leading his team to its second-ever championship series. The 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer is living large on and off the Big D hardwood.
Games 3, 4 & 5 of the 2011 NBA Finals make their way to Dallas, beginning with Game 3 on Sunday night. Dallas/Fort Worth has been the country’s center for major sporting events as of late. Within the past 16 months, Super Bowl XLV, the 2010 World Series and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game have all taken place within the Metroplex.
Dallas is guaranteed to be the site of NBA Finals games on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. This long stretch of time means that the area will be jumping with activity, involving both the worlds of sports and entertainment.
Hoops fans have been intently focused on the actions of the Miami Heat, since the joining together of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh last July. While much attention has been given to the players’ efforts on the hardwood of the American Airlines Arena, it should be noted that these very famous men are also enjoying all that goes into playing basketball on the golden shores of South Florida. One of the locales that has enjoyed significant benefit from the NBA’s newest glamour team is a particular area of Miami Beach.
Located eight miles to the north of the Heat’s Downtown Miami arena, La Gorce Island is an exclusive residential community, with outstanding views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. This portion of Miami Beach is situated five miles north of South Beach.