Major League star Sheen took steroids

It looks like troubled actor, Charlie Sheen, will once again find himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Sheen, who was recently fired from the hit show “Two and a Half Men”, admitted in the latest edition of Sports Illustration that he took steroids while filming the 1989 hit movie Major League. According to Sheen, by taking steroids for approximately six to eight weeks, his fastball improved from 79 to 85 miles per hour. In the movie Sheen, who portrayed relief pitcher, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, was supposed to be a free spirited pitcher who was known for throwing pitches way outside. Sheen said that the only setback from the steroids was that it made him more irriable than usual.

2011 HHOF inductees

Late June marks the beginning of some lively debates among hockey fans from all across the world, about the players or builders going into the hockey hall of fame. This year fans will be debating about whether the 14 man HHOF Committee did a good job in naming  forwards, Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, goaltender, Eddie Belfour and defenceman, Mark Howe, as the newly crowned hall of famers.  Belfour, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and the Florida Panthers, finished his career as a two time Vezina Trophy winner and with an impressive 484 wins. His greatest thrill, without question, came in 1999 when he helped the Stars win their first ever Stanley Cup.  “It is hard to put into words what this (going to the hall of fame) means to me,” Belfour said in a statement. “I would like to thank all of my teammates and people along the way who helped me achieve my hockey dreams.”  Meanwhile, Nieuwendyk, who was part of that 1999 Stanley Cup winning team, won a cup with three different teams in his career. Besides winning with Dallas, the 564 goal scorer also won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames. This two time 50 goal scorer, who also played for the Leafs and Florida Panthers, also won a gold medal while playing for Team Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.  “I truly love the game and love to compete, and I’m pleased to be honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Nieuwendyk, who is now the Stars’ GM. The third former Leaf who will be inducted on November 14 is Gilmour who, in a 20 year career with the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks  Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens, scored an impressive 1,414 points. His greatest moment came back in 1989 when he helped the Flames win a Stanley Cup. In the spring of 1992, Gilmour was the talk of Toronto, where he led the Leafs to a long play-off run, which ended one goal short of a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. “This is an overwhelming honor and one that makes me reflect back on the teammates and coaches I have had over the years,” Gilmour said. “Larry Mavety, who gave me a chance in Tier II hockey and Gord Wood who drafted me into Junior at Cornwall, are two people who were instrumental in helping me establish myself as a player.” The fourth inductee is the son of Mr. Hockey himself … Gordie Howe. Mark Howe played forward at the beginning of his 22 year career before being moved to defence, where he would go on to be mentioned as the runner up on three occassions for the Norris Trophy. In his career Mark scored 1,246 career points and had three 20 goal campaigns. “I was elated to have this dream come true, given that it is a tremendous honor just to have my name mentioned with the upper echelon of hockey,” Howe said. “To actually have my name in the Hall of Fame with my Dad will mean so much to my family.”

Jagr coming back to the Pens??

 

In hindsight it would be the perfect way for future hall of famer, Jaromir Jagr, to end his storied career. This 39 year-old, who is a former Penguins 1990 first round draft choice, enjoyed 11 standout seasons in Steeltown, which included the ultimate … two Stanley Cups. His popularity in Pittsburgh was slightly declining when, in the summer of 2001, he asked for a trade. From Pittsburgh Jagr enjoyed stops with the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers before leaving the NHL three years ago to play overseas in the KHL. For the past few weeks Jagr has been talking about his strong desire, to once again, playing in the NHL. According to his agent, as of Tuesday night, Jagr was en route from Europe to the United States, where he was going to hold a press conference declairing his future plans. The two teams rumored to be in the Jagr hunt are the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Meanwhile Penguins GM, Ray Shero, has already offered the 1,599 point scorer a one year deal with terms not yet announced. “We feel from the information we have and after seeing, at the world championships, that he’s a guy who might be able to help us this coming season,” Shero said. “We feel he’s a guy who could help us this year, and retire as a Penguin.” Jagr, who has scored 646 goals in his NHL career, can’t sign with a team until Friday, at the earliest, when Free Agency opens up.

Flyers’ trade Carter to Columbus

Thursday proved to be an emotional day for former Philadelphia Flyers’ forward, Jeff Carter, who was shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets. According to his agent, Rick Curran, Carter, who was a first round Flyers pick in 2003, was stunned upon hearing the news, especially since he was apparently reassured last week that the team wasn’t talking to the Blue Jackets. The Flyers, who were obviously trying to create some cap space. acquired a former first round pick in forward, Jakub Voracek, along with the Jackets’ eighth overall selection and their third round pick in Friday’s draft. Carter, who scored 36 goals and 66 points last year, signed a lucrative long terms contract last November worth $58 million over the next 11 seasons. Now that the Flyers aren’t on the hook for that money expect them to sign star goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, to a lucrative long term deal. Meanwhile, Carter, who has scored 181 goals and 161 assists in his career, will more than likely be playing with the Jackets’ top forward, Rick Nash, this coming season.

Yanks’ Posada ends long homerun drought

It’s been a tough season for New York Yankees’ slugger, Jorge Posada, who has seen his role severely diminish with the ball club. Posada, who is now 39,  has gone from being an all-star catcher, with a lethal bat, to being a part time struggling DH. On Wednesday afternoon, against the Cincinnati Reds, Posada proved that he does indeed have something left as he ended a long homerun drought. Showing a flare for the dramatics Posada hit a long tie breaking two run shot off of Mike Leake for his first dinger in 126 at bats. “I don’t know when’s the last time I hit one, but I wasn’t trying to hit one,” Posada said. “They happen for me. I don’t care when they do happen. I’m happy they are, but I’m not going out trying to hit a home run.” With what was a 4-2 win the Yankees have now won four in a row and 10 of their past 12 games. Meanwhile, Posada, who is still a Yankees’ fan favourite, has seen his average improve rapidly from .165 to .227 as a result of a nine game hitting streak. “I don’t know when’s the last time I hit one, but I wasn’t trying to hit one,” Posada said. “They happen for me. I don’t care when they do happen. I’m happy they are, but I’m not going out trying to hit a home run.” Yanks’, Freddie Garcia, who allowed only two unearned runs in seven innings, got the win, to even his record to 6-6  on the season. During interleague Garcia has strung together an impressive 22-10 record, which includes 4-0 against the Reds. Also continuing his stellar play in interleague was pitcher Mariano Riveria, who picked up the save and now has recorded a record 66 saves in interleague play.

Las Vegas NHL awards ceremonies

 

NHL Awards being given out in Las Vegas

1. Calder Trophy (top rookies)

Nominees are Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks), Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes) and Michael Grabner (New York Islanders.

2. Frank J. Selke Trophy (defensive excellence)

Nominees are Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Ryan Kessler (Vancouver Canucks) and Jonathan Toews (Chiago Blackhawks).

3. James Norris Trophy (top defenceman)

Nominees are Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), Nicklas Lindstrom (Detroit Red Wings) and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators).

4. Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Gentlemanly conduct)

Nominees include Loui Eriksson (Dallas Stars), Nicklas Lindstrom (Detroit Red Wings) and Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning).

5. Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)

Nominees include Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators).

6. Jack Adams Award (Best coach of the year)

Nominees include Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh Penguins), Bary Trotz (Nashville Predators) and Alain Vigneault (Vancouver Canucks).

7. Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy ( Perseverance in the sport of hockey).

Nominees include Ray Emery (Anaheim Ducks),  Daymond Langkow (Calgary Flames) and Ian  Laperriere.

General Manager of the Year

Mike Gillis (Vancouver Canucks), David Poile (Nashville Predators) and Steve Yyzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning).

Hart Memorial Trophy (most valauable player to his team)

Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), and Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning).

Ted Lindsay Award (most valuable player to his team).

Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) and Steve Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning).

Jagr coming back to the NHL?

He may be past his prime, but that hasn’t stopped at least two teams inquiring about whether future hall of famer, Jaromir Jagr, really intends to make an NHL comeback. According to Jagr’s agent, and former NHL defenceman, Petr Svododa, the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins have shown strong interest in the 39 year-old, who last played NHL hockey back in 2008 with the New York Rangers. Drafted fifth overall in 1990 by the Penguins, Jagr, who is a five time NHL scoring champion, had some great moments in Pittsburgh, where he helped lead them to a couple of Stanley Cup victories. Prior to spending the past three years in the Kontinental Hockey League, Jagr had racked up an impressive 646 career goals with 1,599 points during a 17 year run with the Penguins, Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. “In Pittsburgh, I played there 10 years. I still have a house there. I was too lazy to sell it,” Jagr said. “Obviously Mario (Lemieux) is the owner. The team they got … (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin … plus other great players. If I went there it would be a lot easier.” “But on the other side, Detroit has great players and play closer to my style … a Euro style. That’s a plus. And (Nicklas) Lindstrom is there, plus (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg … great, great players.” While the Red Wings have come out and vocalized their interest in signing Jagr, the same can’t be said for the Penguins. Another team rumoured to be interested in his services are the Montreal Canadiens.