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Jennings calls out 'total brainwashing' in Green Bay

Greg Jennings, who moved across the aisles of one of football's more intense intra-division border battles, was asked Wednesday by former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber if Minnesota had the makeup of a championship team. "We do. We really do. One of the things that obviously drew me to coming over here was the makeup of the team. And when I came over here ... I was kind of brainwashed. There's no kinda to it. Being over in Green Bay you're brainwashed to think that anyone in the division is just tiers below. ... The response got a laugh out of Leber, but Jennings said he was serious even though "it sounds crazy." "Everything that you know in Green Bay is like 'the best.. the best.. the best.. the best.. the best', and it's like total brainwashing." (KFAN) Comment

Key middleman in Biogenesis scandal

Everth Cabrera, as a promising young infielder hoping to make the Padres, had a nagging shoulder injury that threatened to stall his career before it took off. With spring training approaching and his shoulder not fully healed, Cabrera said, he made a grave mistake: he listened to Juan Carlos Nunez, an interpreter and aide who worked for Cabrera's agent. ... [All 12 suspended] players were current or former clients of ACES, a prominent New York sports agency run by Sam and Seth Levinson, where Nunez had worked since about 2006. Nunez, a Washington Heights travel agent who became essentially a personal valet for the Levinsons' Spanish-speaking clients, has emerged as a key bridge, between the anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, and a wide circle of professional baseball players. (The New York Times) Comment

Bucks GM prefers not using the word 'tanking'

It's a youth movement, and Milwaukee is pitching that approach. [Brandon Knight] has two years of professional experience but is still just 21 and will not turn 22 until early December. But Bucks general manager John Hammond said the team's burgeoning youth movement should not be mistaken for surrender. The Bucks are facing a revitalized Central Division with Derrick Rose returning to Chicago, new faces in Cleveland, a strengthened Indiana team hoping to take on Miami, and an improved Detroit team featuring Jennings and Josh Smith. "Some people use these words like 'tanking,' so to speak," Hammond said at a news conference to introduce Knight and small forward Khris Middleton, also acquired in the trade. "We're by no means in that mode whatsoever." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Comment

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