Sports: Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez Traded; LeBron James Hits 20 In 114-82 Win; Chris Henry Suspended First Four NFL GamesAugust 1st, 2008
Baseball stars have new Major League homes.
Two of baseball’s biggest names have found new Major League homes. Ken Griffey Jr. has left the Reds for the White Sox, while Manny Ramirez trades his Red Sox jersey for a Dodgers uniform. A Ramirez trade was both speculated and doubted as unlikely for much of the week as Thursday’s deadline for swaps approached. The slugger stated publicly that he was “tired” of Boston. Griffey’s move to Chicago was approved by the player hours after word of the deal reached fans and media. The Cincinnatian hit his 600th home run for the Reds this year. Get the lastest on the last-minute trades at Playa Hater.
LeBron James hits 20 in 114-82 win.
LeBron “King” James led all scorers in the first U.S. men’s basketball team exhibition versus Turkey Thursday. Hitting 20 in the 114-82 win, he drew praise from several teammates, including Dwight Howard, who says James played “excellently.” James had sprained an ankle last week when he landed on a player’s foot during a scrimmage, but appears to have fully recovered from the injury. “Obviously, he’s healthy,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski says. The coach jokingly added that he “voted twice” for James as player of the game. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points.
Chris Henry suspended first four NFL games. Even if he’s given a contract, a legally troubled NFL player won’t be able to play the first four games of the coming season. The league suspended former Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry Thursday, leaving him eligible to suit up 12 times if he’s picked up by a squad. He was suspended eight games last year for player misconduct off the field. Cincinnati released Henry in April after his fifth arrest. His most recent legal snag occurred when he allegedly punched a college student and broke the student’s car window with a bottle. The criminal case against him was eventually dismissed.