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Kobe says he'd go to Italy for $50M
If Italy comes knocking with big money next summer, the NBA could lose its biggest star in Kobe Bryant. In lieu of a report that Cleveland star LeBron James would strongly consider playing in Europe for $50 million for one season when he becomes a free agent in two years, when asked by The Boston Globe about the report Bryant said he would take a similar deal by a pro team in Italy if offered when he becomes a free agent next summer. The Associated Press originally reported that Bryant could have interest in playing professionally in Europe. "I'd go. I'd probably go," said Bryant, during a USA Basketball press conference on Friday morning. "Like Milan or something like that, where I grew up or something like that? Peace out." Bryant continued: "Do you know any reasonable person that would turn down 50 (million dollars)?" (Boston Globe)
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Dolphins talking to Pennington
The Dolphins are attempting to enter the sweepstakes for quarterback Chad Pennington. Miami already has situated itself to engage in deeper discussions to acquire the quarterback who was a casualty in New York as a result of the Favre trade. Miami vice president of football operations Bill Parcells, who served in a similar role with the Jets in 2000 when the team drafted Pennington, currently has interest in acquiring the quarterback once again. The team engaged in preliminary discussions with Pennington's agent, Tom Condon, about a potential acquisition early Thursday afternoon, two sources said Thursday. (Miami Herald)
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How the Jets convinced Favre
Jets' general manager Mike Tannenbaum, accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and player development director Dave Szott, boarded owner Woody Johnson's private jet, a twin-jet Cessna Citation. At 5:54 a.m., the plane took off for Hattiesburg, Miss., no doubt passing Cloud 9 along the way. A little more than two hours later, Tannenbaum, working on virtually no sleep, was in Mississippi, greeting the newest and most famous Jet since Joe Namath - Brett Favre. It took 24 days to reach that moment, from the first phone call to the meet-and-greet in Hattiesburg. In between, the Jets executed a carefully scripted game plan, with Tannenbaum employing a strategy he learned from his mentor, former Jets coach Bill Parcells. On Tuesday night, after Favre's relationship with the Packers had all but disintegrated, the Jets spoke to Favre for the first time. He was at his home in Green Bay. Tannenbaum, coach Eric Mangini and Johnson turned into salesmen, extolling the franchise's newly imported talent, the new $75 million training facility in Florham Park, N.J., and the new stadium in 2010. Johnson, aware of Favre's love of hunting and fishing, extended an open invitation to his 1,000-acre homestead in central Jersey, not far from the new facility. You can hunt there anytime, Johnson told Favre. The Jets also sent a shipment to Favre's home that included reams of information about the team, along with details about the Florham Park area - everything from schools and farms to hunting and communities. (New York Daily News)
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Must-See Photo
 
Spotlights shine over the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, before the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
 
Must-See Video
A Packers fan says goodbye to Brett Favre ... with a little help from Steam.

 
Game To Watch
Red Sox at White Sox, 8:11 p.m. ET
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Casey Stengel
1988 -- Matt Biondi swims US record 200m freestyle.
1985 -- Baseball's new agreement permits new teams in '93.
1970 -- Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his No. 37.
 
 
 

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