Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories from the weekend!
Albert Pujols, the best player in baseball over the past decade, has signed a 10 year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In a signing that stunned almost everyone at the Winter Meetings, "The Machine" is reportedly going to make around 254 million over the next 10 years, which gives him the second highest contract in MLB history, only behind Alex Rodriguez. And top things off, the Angels also acquired free agent starter C.J. Wilson for ONLY 77.5 million, who was considered the best pitcher on the market. Who knows which bank the Angels have robbed, but regardless, it's safe to say they're in the running to be World Series favorites this upcoming 2012 season.
Staying in baseball, current NL MVP Ryan Bruan just got busted for PED's. And no, that doesn't stand for Pet Employment Department Darryl. Braun tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs a month before receiving his NL MVP when the test revealed testosterone levels at four times the normal level of an athlete, which means the testosterone is synthetic…meaning it's not produced naturally by his body…there's your health lesson kids! All of this news coming from ESPN's Outside The Lines. MLB has not made an announcement yet because Braun is disputing the result via arbitration. If the result is upheld, Braun faces a 50 game suspension.
R.G. THREEEE. Blazin' a trail for Baylor, superman socks and all, became the first Bear to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. The Junior quarterback beat out Andrew Luck for the most prestigious college football award with 405 first place votes to Luck's 247. Alabama runningback Trent Richardson finished third.
In a bizarre series of events, it looked as if all-star point guard Chris Paul was becoming a Laker on Thursday. The deal would have sent Lakers forwards Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Lamar Odom to New Orleans, but shortly after reports came out confirming the deal, the NBA vetoed the trade, leaving the Lakers Fans, Kobe Bryant…not to mention all the players involved in the trade…befuddled. Commissioner David Stern said that because the Hornets are currently owned by the NBA, the trade was nixed due to 'basketball reasons.' Whatever that means. And some think the NBA is rigged?? Weird….. Because of hurt feelings, Lamar Odom demanded a trade shortly after on Friday, and is now a Maverick, Pau Gasol is still a Laker, and As of Monday morning reports now reveal that it's possible Paul could end up as a Clipper, pending another blockbuster deal that would involve Clippers Kris Kaman and Eric Gordon to be traded as well.
And in the final speed round! Manny Ramirez wants another chance as he seeks reinstation into Major League Baseball. The Packers are still undefeated. Tim Tebow and the Broncos shocked the Bears in Overtime after scoring their only 10 points in regulation during the last 2 minutes of the game. The Texans clinch their first ever playoff birth with a win over the Bengals, North Carolina won the NCAA soccer title, and the UCLA Bruins have hired ex-NFL coach Jim Mora to head their football program.
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