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Jon Lester, who less than a year ago was recovering from cancer, has just thrown a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox. Watch a video of the last two strikes from the game right here:

VIDEO – Jon Lester putting the finishing touches on his no-no

This is from the AP story:

Jon Lester can now add pitching a no-hitter to his already amazing list of accomplishments.

The 24-year-old lefty, who survived cancer to pitch the clincher of Boston’s 2007 World Series victory, shut down Kansas City 7-0 Monday night for the first no-hitter in the majors this season.

“Really, words can’t describe it right now,” Lester said.

Lester (3-2) allowed just two baserunners, walking Billy Butler in the second inning and Esteban German to open the ninth. He struck out nine, including Alberto Callaspo to end the game

You can check out ESPN’s recap or box-score of the game, or take a look at its already-updated list of baseball’s all-time no-hitters.

For more information, check out Just an incredible story.

Considering how sparse decent rap releases have become, I have hope that 2008 will bring a little more in the way of hip hop than 2007. Here is a list of “proposed” releases for the upcoming year, taken directly from, with the ones that I am excited for (all that matters, since I’m the one who reads this blog) in bold:

1. Dr. Dre – “Detox” (Aftermath)****************2. Ghostface / MF Doom – “Swift & Changable” (Nature Sounds)****************3. Nas – “N***er” (Def Jam)*****************4. Raekwon – “Only Built For Cuban Linx 2″ (Aftermath)*******************5. Lil Wayne – “The Carter 3″ (Cash Money)6. The Roots – “Rising Down” (Def Jam)********************7. Del – “The 11th Hour” (Definitive Jux / Hieroglyphics)8. Atmosphere – “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” (Rhymesayers)9. T.I. – “Paper Trail” (Atlantic)10. J-Live – “Then What Happened” (BBE)11. Papoose – “Papoose – The Nacirema Dream” (Columbia)12. The Game – “The D.O.C. (Diary Of Compton)” (Geffen)13. Skillz – “The Million Dollar Backpack” (Koch)14. Fat Joe – “The Elephant In The Room (Koch)15. Rhymefest – “El Che” (J Records)16. Sa-Ra Creative Partners – “Nuclear Evolution: The Age Of Love” (Ubiquity)17. 50 Cent – “Before I Self Destruct” (G-Unit)18. Lupe Fiasco – “L.U.P.End”********************19. Busta Rhymes – “Back On My Bullshit” (Aftermath)*************20. Kanye West – “A Good Ass Job” (Def Jam)****************21. Madlib + MF Doom – Madvillan 2 (Stones Throw)****************22. Mos Def – “The Ecstatic” (Downtown Recordings)***************23. Stat Quo – “Statlanta” (Shady/Aftermath)24. J. Dilla – “Jay Love Japan” – Re-Release**************25. KRS-One – “Adventures In Emceein” (Koch)*****************26. AZ – “Undeniable” (Koch)***************27. Foxy Brown – “Brooklyn’s Don Diva” (Koch)28. Kool G. Rap – “Half A Klip” (Koch)****************29. Akrobatik – “Absolute Value” (Koch)30. Ludacris – “Theatre Of The Mind” (Def Jam)**31. Timbaland – “Shock Value II” (Interscope)**32. Saigon – “The Greatest Story Never Told” (Fort Knox)*****33. Bishop Lamont – “The Reformation” (Aftermath)34. Royce Da 5′9 – “The Revival” (Babygrande)*****************35. Andre 3000 Solo LP (LaFace)*****************36. Outkast – Atliens 2 (LaFace)****************37. Snoop Dogg – “Ego Trippin’” (Geffen)38. The Cool Kids – “The Bake Sale” (Chocolate Industries)39. Cesar Comanche – “Die In Your Lap” (Hall Of Justus / ABB)40. Pete Rock – “NY’s Finest” (Nature Sounds)*************41. Lil Jon – “Crunk Rock” (TVT)42. G-Unit – “Shoot To Kill” (G-Unit)43. Missy Elliot – “The Countdown” (Atlantic)44. Edgar Allen Floe – “The Streetwise LP” (MCEO Records)45. Sean Price & Chaundon – “A Tale Of Two Seans” (Duck Down)**************46. 9th Wonder & Buckshot – “Chemistry 2″ (Duck Down)***************47. Rock of Heltah Skeltah – “Shell Shock” (Duck Down)***************48. Cee-Lo & Jack Splash “Love Stink” (Counterflow)49. Gnarls Barkley – Sophomore LP (Downtown Recordings)50. MF Doom – “Doomposter” (Rhymesayers)**************** 


Some comments on that list:

1. My ass Outkast releases an album together this year; we’d be lucky if we got both solo albums in 2008.2. I can’t tell whether Edgar Allen Floe is just about the dumbest or hottest name I’ve ever heard.3. I can tell that When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is just about the funniest name for an album I’ve ever heard.4. Detox/Carter III? I’ll believe it when I see it…

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