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Truth & Rumors
Latest in the Cutler drama
The Broncos coach seems to be trying to make nice. Josh McDaniels told me weeks ago that he is able to "text message," which could have been depicted as a rip job (but wasn't) of predecessor Mike Shanahan, who had admitted he didn't know how to text message. So McDaniels text messaged Jay Cutler the other day, and Cutler didn't respond, according to an NFL source. A text message is for ordering a pizza or replying to a fishing buddy, not for contacting "our quarterback." Pick up the phone, Josh, or fly to Nashville. The word I get is that the Broncos won't trade Cutler, although the laughing hyenas are circling and drooling, knowing Cutler instantly would help teams in Tampa, Detroit, Washington, St. Louis, Cleveland, San Francisco, Buffalo, Washington, Chicago, New York (Jets) . . . need I go on? Meanwhile, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told Mike Klis of The Post he doesn't want to get "involved." Involved?! This is the same owner who held up the Super Bowl trophy and said it was for the quarterback and fired the coach because he wanted to be more "involved." (Denver Post)
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Van Gundy rips Knicks
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy Monday night questioned why the Knicks have refused to consider Patrick Ewing for a job but have no problem using their former superstar center to help sell tickets. "I'm a cynical person," Van Gundy said following the Magic's 106-102 win at the Garden. "If they feel he's one of the greatest players in franchise history and they've hired a lot of other prominent players, why won't they even give him an interview? But on a night like tonight, they'll want him to help him sell out the building." Ewing was honored with six other Knicks legends with the team's first Legacy Awards. When Isiah Thomas ran the Knicks, Ewing was not considered for any front office or coaching positions. But several teammates, including John Starks, Allan Houston, Herb Williams and Hubert Davis, either currently work for the team or have worked for the Knicks. First-year team president Donnie Walsh interviewed former Knick Mark Jackson for the head coaching position, but did not reach out to Ewing. Walsh, who put Monday night's awards ceremonies together, is open to hiring Ewing in the future. "I'm not trying to needle anybody or tell them their business," Van Gundy said. "But they honor the guy every year and what's amazing to me is that while they have a lot of ex-players in their organization, they hadn't made any move to try to hire him. This is a guy who is not only the face of the franchise and their best player ever and who works as hard as he does, and they say great things about him. But when it comes time to put up or shut up, they don't do anything. It's our good fortune."(New York Daily News)
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Busch takes swipe at Junior
Fans who don't like Kyle Busch probably want somebody to shut him up. There's a way do to that, of course, and that's to start beating him as often as Busch has been handing everybody their hats this season and last. Busch has won 10 times and finished in the top five 20 times in 41 races with Joe Gibbs Racing. He's led 2,190 laps in those races, too. That's getting the job done. Busch took a little shot at Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Sunday's race, too. "For me, I don't think I would enjoy having the most fans out there," Busch said. "I actually like the way I am, the role I portray. And I think that there's probably too much pressure on one guy's shoulders who doesn't seem to win very often. But for us, it's a blast to go out there and do what we do." Now if you're a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan that should make your blood boil. More to the point, if you're Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a member of his team it should make your blood boil. (Charlotte Observer)
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Must-See Photo
 
Ichiro Suzuki, center, and his teammates are feeling bubbly after Japan's 5-3 win over South Korea in the World Baseball Classic championship game on Monday. (Getty Images)
 
Must-See Video
Lance Armstrong draws a crowd after his painful spill in first stage of Spain's Vuelta a Castilla y León.

 
Game To Watch
Pistons at Bulls, 8 PM ET -- The hobbling Pistons, desperately clinging to a playoff berth, visit their closest pursuer. The Bulls, two games back, hold the East's No. 8 seed and have been cooking at home with seven wins in their last eight contests at United Center.
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More on Casey's 1962 Mets
1936 -- Rookie Modere "Mud" Bruneteau scores at 16 minutes 30 seconds of the sixth OT period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win over the Montreal Maroons in the longest Stanley Cup playoff game ever (176:30)
1950 -- Dick Button sews up the U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship.
1961 -- New York's state senate approves $55 million for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows that will be named Shea and house the fledgling New York Mets by 1964.
 
 
 

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