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Leyland's final game in Detroit?

"The last ..." is a phrase coming up more often in MLB cities, and Detroit may have some significant ways to end the sentence. [Thursday marks] the Tigers' final home game of the season. That means that if the Tigers don't make the playoffs, it could be the final home game in the Old English D for several people whose future with the team beyond this season is unclear. ... Manager Jim Leyland (seven seasons): He is unsigned beyond this season. The question has circulated widely about whether he'll be back and whether his return hinges on whether the Tigers win the division. That's a lot of "whethers" in one sentence, but when a manager is unsigned this late in playoff race, that's what you get. (Detroit Free Press) Comment

Scout: Brees forcing passes

Many expected a decline with the Saints in 2012, but few predicted 0-3. Drew Brees' play was elevated when he hooked up with [Sean Payton], and it's gone down without him. "Sean Payton always was in Brees' ear," a front office man said. "He was always giving him guidance. They truly miss that." ... With other elements of the team struggling, Brees has taken a lot on his shoulders. One scout thought Brees has been trying to do too much and forcing passes. He said Brees misses not having a long ball threat since Robert Meachem left and Devery Henderson has been injured. That means defenders don't have to honor the deep threat and have a smaller field to concern themselves with. (National Football Post) Comment

How Harden could cost OKC $100M

Some believe that the only roadblock between Oklahoma City and James Harden is the luxury tax. The assumption is that the Thunder isn't going to be willing to pay top dollar for Harden, then have to pay millions in luxury tax to the NBA. If the team antes up anything close to what Harden would be worth on the open market, it is going to push the Thunder way above the league's luxury tax threshold. ... [A] team that exceeds the limit by, say, $15 million would owe $28.75 million in luxury taxes. That's a range the Thunder would approach if it signed Harden to a max deal. And remember, that tax would be paid in addition to the combined payroll of all the players. That would put the Thunder on the hook annually for well more than $100 million. (The Oklahoman) Comment

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