Around the Leagues

by Alexandra Giubelli

What happened this week:

Florida Panthers’ forward David Booth’s season ended earlier than expected, as he will miss the remainder of the season due to yet another concussion after he was hit by Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, last Thursday. Earlier in the season, Booth suffered a concussion from a blind-sided hit to the head that was delivered by Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, which kept him on the bench for 45 games.
McLaren’s F1 driver Jenson Button won the Melbourne Grand Prix last Sunday in Australia after a thrilling race. Renault’s driver, Robert Kubica, finished 12 seconds behind the British driver fighting with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who finished in third.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may host the 2011 NHL Winter Classic game usually held on Jan.1. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the team may face Sidney Crosby’s rival, as the Penguins would host Alexander Ovechkin’s Washington Capital at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The San Fransisco Giants announced that three pitchers will be put to contract extensions: Righ-handed starter Matt Cain, left-handed setup Jeremy Affeldt and right handed closer Brian Wilson. Affeldt will receive a raise of $500,000 for a total of $4.5M this season. Wilson signed for two years at $15M, receiving $4.437M this season.
The review of Global Sports Salaries published a list last Sunday of the highest paid players in sports. The New York Yankees came first on top of the list with an average salary of $6.95M per players. In second place, was Spanish soccer team Real Madrid with an average salary of $6.27M per players.

Don’t miss this week:
Don’t miss tonight at 7 p.m. the Atlanta Thrashers against the Washington Capitals. Atlanta is still fighting for a playoffs spot and the Caps…well they are first in the Eastern Conference with approximatly 10 points ahead of the other teams, but the game is worth watching just to see Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom and Green.
Don’t miss The Montreal Canadiens against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday April 2 at 7 p.m. on RDS and TSN. The two teams are also fighting to stay in eighth place and be assured a playoffs spot. Montreal got one victory and two defeats against the Flyers in 2010.
Don’t miss the beginning of the MLB season on Sunday April 4 at 8:05 p.m.  as the Boston Red Sox are playing against the New York Yankees. This is one of the oldest, most famous rivalries you’ll find in all of sports so watch it.
Don’t miss the Formula one Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur. Saturday April 3 are the qualifications and on Sunday the actual race will take place. It might kill the mood for some of you as the race goes from 3:50 a.m. till 6 a.m., but real fans will get up to watch it. I’ll join them and hope that it will be as exciting as the last one.
Pointless information of the week:
Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction.

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