Mar 31

Osi Umenyiora, defensive end of the New York Giants, did not find satisfaction with his role on the team in 2009, and on Thursday when he spoke with the media during a break in the Giant’s workout program it was made clear that he is still at odds with his team. His silence spoke a thousand words when he answered questions about his lasting knee injury, role on the team next season, competition for a starting position, and retiring or trading with, “no comment.”

Umenyiora said he wants to be truthful to the media, but if he were to be truthful it would reflect badly on the Giant’s coaching staff. He seems to be keeping his troubles to himself after last season when he publicly said some things that got him in trouble with the Giants.

After an 8-8 season, Umenyioria made it public that he was not yet guaranteed his starting job for next year by general manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin. Since this upset Reese and Coughlin, it seems as though Umenyiora learned his lesson by keeping his mouth shut on Thursday.

During the 2008 season Osi Umenyiora did not play in any games due to a major injury during a pre-season game to his left knee. Last season he insisted that his knee did not prove to be a problem, and started in 11 games finishing with 45 tackles seven sacks, which is a team high.

Despite everything, Umenyiora expects that this will be “a very, very good season” for him with the New York Giants.

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Mar 29

The Final Four of the 2010 NCAA Bracket has now been completed. On April 3rd Michigan State will be matched against Butler, while West Virginia will square up against Duke at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Michigan State was victorious on Sunday over Tennessee to join the college basketball tournament’s Final Four. The Michigan State Spartans won 70-69 with a little help from Raymar Morgan. Morgan was the hero of the game when he successfully made a free throw with just two seconds remaining. He also added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Spartans advance to the Final Four.

The Spartans have been in the Final Four six times in the past 12 years. Last year they were beaten in the national championship game by the North Carolina Tar Heels. Luckily for Michigan State, they have had much success in Indianapolis. In NCAA tournament games held in Indianapolis, they are 7-0, and they have won a national title there 10 years ago.

The semi-finals of the Final Four tournament will be held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, April 3, 2010, and the championship game will be held on Monday, April 5, 2010.

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Mar 29

The Top Five Events on SelectATicket.com last week were:

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  4. MLB All Star Game Tickets
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Mar 28

The New Jersey Devils secured their spot in the postseason for their 13th consecutive season which began in 1997. They clinched their playoff berth by beating the Montreal Canadiens4-2  for the fourth straight time in Montreal on Saturday Night. The Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins both have 93 points, and are now in a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Devils could not have done it without their superstar goalie Martin Brodeur. He has been with New Jersey for all 13 postseason appearances. Saturday night was his 41st victory of the season. Brodeur was unbeatable in the third, and made 25 saves throughout the game.

The players who scored New Jersey’s four points on Saturday night were Patrik Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, Dainius Zubrus, and Brian Rolston. The Devils took an early lead when Elias scored in the first on a power play, as well as Langenbrunner who scored at the beginning of the second period. Zubrus deflected a shot at the end of the second to give the Devils another point. Brian Rolston scored into an empty net with seconds left in the game, as he recorded his 700th career point.

The New Jersey Devils will play their next game in Philadelphia against the Flyers on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

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Mar 27

Megan Mullally was set to star in the Broadway revival of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” a Terrence McNally play. However, she quit the show this week causing the opening of previews to be postponed for the spring season. The Roundabout Theater Company announced the postponement on Thursday following Mullally’s decision to quit.

Megan Mullally, best known for playing Karen Walker on “Will and Grace,” abruptly quit the show. Frustration with the lack of experience from her co-star Patton Oswalt led to her departure from “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” on Wednesday.

In a statement, Roundabout Theater Company’s artistic director Todd Haimes said that they were “surprised and disappointed,”  and that it was a breach of contract. Her replacement will be named shortly, but since the show was supposed to start preview performances on April 9 the first preview will be delayed.

Although the first preview of the show will be delayed, Haimes did say that the opening date will remain on Thursday April 29, 2010. Other cast members for the show include Patton Oswalt, David Wilson Barnes, and lily Taylor.

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Mar 26

The New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. This win was the Rangers’ second win in two nights. The Rangers were behind the Devils all night, but managed to pull through with a 4-3 victory in Newark.

This was the second time this month that the Rangers were able to come back, and take the lead after having three separate one-goal deficits in Newark. During these two games Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk both put points on the board in each of the first two periods.

With 16.5 seconds left in the game on Thursday, Chris Drury made the goal that tied the game. Christensen sent him a backhanded pass who was able to score the tying goal, and that goal was his 12th goal of the season from the front edge of the crease. This only enhanced his reputation as being one of the most clutch players of the NHL. Erik Chistensen made the most important goal when he scored the Rangers’ fourth goal in the game during the shootout.

This game put the Rangers 10th in the Eastern Conference. They moved three points behind the number eight Boston Bruins, and five within the seventh place Philadelphia Flyers.

The New York Rangers will play their next game on Sunday, March 27 in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Get your New York Rangers tickets from Select A Ticket now!

Mar 25

Phil Hughes has officially been chosen as the New York Yankees’ fifth starter. Manager Joe Giardi and his coaching staff finalized the decision on Wednesday. Giardi then made the announcement on Thursday that revealed the solution to the biggest decision for the Yankees’ of the spring.

Last season Hughes pitched in 51 games of which he started in seven. The 23-year-old posted an ERA of 3.03 with an 8-3 record for the season. During spring training for this year he did give up five home runs, but otherwise he was able to keep runners off base pretty well.

The announcement put an end to a competition between Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Sergio Mitre, and Chad Gaudin that lasted a total of six weeks. This was considered a big set back for Chamberlin who was passed up for the number five spot. Gaudin was the final candidate in the running for the number five slot in the Yankees rotation, but was released on Thursday.

The New York Yankees will have their opening day game on April 13, 2010 at Yankee Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Mar 23

This week thousands of out of town visitors will be traveling to Syracuse  for the 2010 NCAA Tournament East Regionals. The City of Syracuse wanted to help spruce up the city before all of the out of towners arrived.

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, the city, and Onondaga County searched for volunteers to help with an organized clean up in nine different spots around downtown Syracuse, and the Syracuse University Campus. The Carrier Dome at the University will be housin three games for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight to compete in. Those three games include two semifinal games on Thursday, March 25, and a final on Saturday, March 27.

Around 150 volunteers went out to support the cleanup. They picked up empty cups, food wrappers, plastic bags, and any other garbage that was there. With the volunteers focusing most of their cleanup on roads leading to the Carrier Dome, areas near major roads, and other spots that were trash prone, almost 300 bags of trash were filled by the end of the day.

If you would like to get involved for Syracuse’s next “spring cleaning”, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse has another clean up date scheduled for April 17.

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Mar 22

The Top Five Events on SelectATicket.com last week were:

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  2. NCAA Tournament East Regionals Tickets
  3. 2010 MLB Home Run Derby Tickets
  4. 2010 Kentucky Oaks Tickets
  5. New York Yankees Tickets

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Mar 21

Major League Baseball along with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the city of Anaheim are beginning an innovative project that will benefit the youth of Anaheim. This is a part of the charity and reconstruction theme called “Going Beyond,” which was established for the 2010 MLB All-Star Summer in Anaheim, CA.

Managed by the Angels Baseball Foundation and the Magical Builders, the project entails reconstruction of youth softball and baseball fields. This existing field at Pioneer Park will be renamed “All-Star Field #1″ and is to be used by many programs, including Little League.

In addition, a new Miracle League Field will be built to offer many opportunities for children with special needs to play baseball. This new field at Pioneer Park will be called “All-Star Field #2″ which is going to be designed for use by special needs groups. This field will include many custom designs such as wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface which will be cushioned and rubberized minimize injuries.

The Scotts Company, officially named Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be supporting the renovations of the youth fields, as well as the brand new Miracle League Field.

The 2010 MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at Angel Stadium.

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Mar 19

The New York Rangers lost to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. This 4-3 loss did not help the Rangers advance their place in the playoffs. Even though a loss from the Boston Bruins last night did help the Rangers, New York still finds themselves tied for ninth place with the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Rangers quickly fell behind, but ended up leaving the first period with a 2-1 lead over the Blues with goals from Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik. Callahan scored on a power play with assists from Olli Jokinen and Gaborik, and Gaborik’s goal was his 37th of the season.

The only other goal made by the aRangers on Thursday night did not come until the third period when Wade Redden tied the game at 3-3. The goal made by Redden was the first time he scored in 58 games, and was only his second of the season.

Playoff hopes for the New York Rangers are slowly winding down. They needed to do well in this game, and they did not show up the way they needed to. The New York Rangers will play their next game in Boston against the Bruins on Sunday, March 21, 2010.

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Mar 18

New York Yankees super stars, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, are due for new contracts after the 2010 baseball season. The Yankees will also have to handle the deal for manager Joe Giardi. However according to team policy their possible contract extensions will not be discussed until after this season.

Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in the history of baseball. Throughout his career he has 502 saves, and he is only one out of two relievers who can say they have at least 500 saves. Also throughout his career has has a 2.29 ERA. Rivera had a great season in 2009 because he converted 39 out of 40 save chances with an ERA of 1.40. There is no doubt that he is an excellent asset to the Yankees. He makes strike outs, barely walks batters, and hardly ever lets extra-base hits occur.

Derek Jeter is also entering his final season of his 10-year contract with New York. He said he understood the team’s policy of not negotiating new contracts until the current deal is over. Nonetheless, Jeter has made it clear many of times that he wants to be a Yankee for life. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is the only organization I ever wanted to play for. It’s still the only organization I want to play for. I can’t say it enough times,” said Jeter.

The New York Yankees will have their opening day game on April 13, 2010 at Yankee Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Joe Giardi are all entering the final year of their contracts, and their deals will not be negotiated until this season is over. Don’t miss your chance to see them in action.

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Mar 15

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl, formerly known as the Yankee Stadium Bowl Game, is the newest addition to the postseason of college football. The New York Yankees announced on Tuesday that the game will be played annually at Yankee Stadium. The first ever Yankee Stadium Bowl game will be held at the end of the 2010 college football season on December 30.

The Pinstripe Bowl is a football game which pits the Big 12 Conference against the Big East Conference. As many people began to be skeptic about the excess of bowl games, the Yankees had no bad thoughts about it. There was much negative thinking generated from this idea, but the President of the Yankees, Randy Levine, made it clear that the negative thinking is not what the Yankees are about.

Randy Levine also expressed that he thought this bowl game will be a big success because “people want to play in New York, people want to play in the stadium, people are interested in watching the stadium.” He thinks that Yankee Stadium is the appropriate venue for the Pinstripe Bowl for it to be as successful as it could possibly be..

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Mar 15

The Top Five Events on SelectATicket.com last week were:

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  4. Mexico vs Ecuador Soccer Tickets
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Mar 13

On Friday night the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fifth straight time. The Devils beat the current Stanley Cup Champions 3-1 with the help of Ilya Kovalchuk who is responsible for one goal and two assists in the game.

After joining New Jersey in a trade in early February, Kovalchuk only had three goals and five assists in his first 10 games as a Devil. In Friday’s game he assisted Andy Greene and Patrik Elias in the Devils’ first two goals, and even made one of his own for his 35th goal this season.

During the five game run of wins against the Penguins, the Devils have outscored them 16-3. New Jersey is now within two points of being in first place in the Atlantic Division, which is where the Penguins currently stand. As the NHL regular season slowly comes to an end, the New Jersey Devils find themselves in a great position for the playoffs.

The New Jersey Devils will play their next game against the Boston Bruins on March 15, 2010.

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