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GM sees greatness, statue for Howard

While many are bailing on the idea of Dwight Howard as the future of the Lakers, GM Mitch Kupchak will do no such thing. [Kupchak] reiterated in a radio interview Wednesday that the Lakers have no intention of trading Howard, and the GM sees big things ahead despite his lackluster season so far. "He belongs to have his name on the wall (with a retired jersey) and a statue in front of Staples at some point in time," Kupchak said. "Dwight is our future. Kobe has one more year on his deal (one year after this season). ... This team's window to win is this year and next year." As supportive as that might sound, Howard remained noncommittal about his future plans, saying that the general manager has expressed that sentiment "plenty of times." (The Orange County Register) Comment

Cowboys want to 'reward' Romo

Now publicly, the push is twofold. Don't misunderstand the Dallas Cowboys' position on wanting to give Tony Romo a contract extension. It's not only being discussed because the Cowboys will gain valuable and much-needed salary cap space. Stephen Jones, the team's executive vice president, said Wednesday that the franchise would like to give Romo an extension to "reward" someone they consider to be a "great quarterback." "I think on this particular situation with Tony is we think we have a great quarterback and we want him to be our quarterback here for the next 4-5 years," Jones told 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "We're fortunate that we have a really good quarterback, if not a great one. He deserves to be paid. He's in the last year of his contract." (The Dallas Morning News) Comment

Pirates owner puts everyone on notice

As moral victories go, a 22-win improvement over two seasons and the most wins in 20 years isn't bad -- but moral victories aren't quite what will be expected of Clint Hurdle after his contract extension. [Owner Bob Nutting] repeated the 22-win improvement organizational mantra, and expressed support for what [Neal Huntington] and Hurdle have done. But he also made it very clear that despite the extensions, no jobs are really safe ... "The mindset is we must take a step forward," Nutting said. "We expect to win. I expect to win. Clint expects to win. Neal and [club president Frank Coonelly] have the same expectation. The idea that an extension is somehow a free pass is exactly the message I would not want to send, and not the message Clint heard." (CBS Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Antawn Jamison goes for a layup against Jeff Green and Brandon Bass of the Celtics at Staples Center in LA. The Lakers honored their late owner Jerry Buss before the game, and then rolled over Boston, 113-99. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The amazing world travels of a Brad Richards bobblehead doll.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Jimmy Connors
  • 1968 -- Major League Baseball boosts minimum player salary to $10,000
  • 1970 -- Bobby Hull of the Blackhawks scores his 500th career point
  • 1986 -- Pitcher Rollie Fingers refuses to shave his mustache to comply with Cincinnati Reds policy
  • 1986 -- Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 and suspended 10 weeks for blowing gasket during match against Ivan Lendl
  • 2002 -- Sarah Hughes, 16, wins Olympic gold in women's figure skating at Salt Lake City Games
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