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This Week in Sports :: April 21-25, 2008

Apr 22, 2008

A high-five gone bad? Apparently that is the case for Benny the Bull who is being sued by a fan. Find out what else happened this week!

Benny the Bull Sued

In one of the more bizarre events of the week, Benny the Bull, who is the mascot for the Chicago Bulls is being sued by a fan. At a Bulls game on Feb. 12, Dr. Don Kalent Sr. (who is a dentist), alleges that he went to give Benny the Bull a high-five, but the mascot pulled the dentists' arm instead resulting in Kalent falling forward and injuring himself. Kalent ruptured his bicep and needed surgery. This is not the first time the mascot has been in trouble. Earlier this month, members of the Boston Celtics accused the mascot of shooting t-shirts from an air gun at them during a timeout.

Suns Drop First Two Games

When superstar Shaquille O'Neal[/KWLINK] was traded to the Phoenix Suns, he was looked at as the final piece to a championship team. But two games into the playoffs, it doesn't look like that vision will come true this year. Playing the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, the Suns have lost their first two games of this first round series. In the first game, the Suns blew a double-digit lead and lost 117-115 in double overtime. In Game 2, the Suns fell down to as many as 19 points in the second half before losing 102-96. The series returns to Phoenix on Friday night, as the Suns look for revenge in Game 3.

Canadian Teams Dropping in NHL Playoffs

It took Sidney Crosby just four games to send the defending Eastern Conference champion Ottawa Senators home. And the San Jose Sharks grinded out a seven-game series against the Calgary Flames before advancing to the second round. With Calgary and Ottawa out of the playoffs, that means that the Montreal Canadians are the last Canadian team standing. Hockey is Canada's pastime, but a Canadian team has not won the Cup since Montreal did it in 1993. If the Canadians want to regain the Cup, they are going to have to get through their second round opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Kevin Garnett[/KWLINK] of the Boston Celtics was named Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 6'11" forward averaged 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.
  • Can anybody stop the Boston Red Sox? The Sox have won six in a row and nine of their last 10 games. They have the best record in the American League.
  • The Seattle Seahawks have cut running back Shaun Alexander - their former franchise player. Injuries have significantly slowed down Alexander, who led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl appearance just two years ago. He was also the 2006 NFL MVP.
  • On Wednesday, the Tennessee Titans have traded their troubled but talented cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round pick in this Saturday's NFL Draft.

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