At the end of each day, we will provide you with a recap of the top news stories in the world of sports.
1. Report: Brett Favre will play if healthy.
Newsone Analysis: Can this guy finally make his mind up? I’m not sure whether ESPN dropped the ball on this report or if Brett actually went back on what he allegedly told his teammates yesterday. One thing is for sure, we probably won’t know the answer to this question for another few weeks.
2. Report: All-time home-run king Barry Bonds donates $20k to an association of black journalists.
Newsone Analysis: Across the online universe, many are speculating that Bonds’ donation to the National Association of Black Journalists is just a ploy with his trial on the way. But, a donation is a donation. One thing we can say is that Bonds’ relationship with African-American journalists were never as icy as they were with white ones. It’ll be interesting to see how coverage differs between both the white and black media outlets come trial time.
3. Report: The Boston Celtics have signed Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’ Neal.
Newsone Analysis: The added depth of Shaquille O’ Neal and Jermaine O’Neal makes for an intimidating front-line for the Celtics. Obviously, this depends on a number of factors including their attitudes and health. The former because both were past stars and have huge ego’s. The latter focuses on their age and mobility which doesn’t come close to their past ability.
There is no doubt that the Celtics and Lakers are still the most complete teams in the NBA. The Miami Heat may have the best combo of perimeter players on one team, but their overall depth pales in comparison to that of LA and Boston.
The Eastern Conference just became even more interesting.
4. Report: Yankee 3B Alex Rodriguez hits 600th home-run.
Newsone Analysis: The question now is: “Will he pass Barry Bonds?”
Currently, A-Rod is 156 homers away and experts predict it would take him five injury free seasons to break the record (averaging 30-35 home runs per)
I really don’t know where I fall in this discussion. It’s realistic to see A-Rod play another five seasons., but will he average between 30-35 home-runs a year as he gets older? If I were a betting man, I say Alex wins a few more rings and retires short of the record of his good friend. If he decides to play into his late 40’s like Bonds and Clemens, then breaking the record is a no-brainer
5. Report: Dispatchers in Wright case couldn’t verify location of 911 call.
Newsone Analysis: This case just gets stranger and stranger and I don’t think we will ever find out the true story.