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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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Heat to gut roster for 2011-12?

The Big Three, though at times it has been speculated otherwise, is not likely to change in Miami. You don't host a party one year then usher out the guests of honor the next. So 2011-12 (lockout permitting) for the Miami Heat will start where 2010-11 ended, with a blueprint designed around the skills of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The difference will be that Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra will have a greater sense of what it takes to complement such a core. ... In fact, the Heat could return as few as seven players from the current roster, when counting James, Wade, Bosh, Anthony, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and [James Jones]. But much like last summer, the Heat will be limited in their options to find upgrades. (Sun-Sentinel) Comment

Manny's pay could sink Dodgers

A balloon payment of sorts places in jeopardy the Dodgers' ability to meet June 30th payroll obligations. [Frank McCourt] is expected to meet the Dodgers' payroll Wednesday, according to three people briefed on the matter but not authorized to discuss it. The Dodgers owe about $10 million in payroll Wednesday, according to one of the people, but that figure roughly triples for the June 30 payment as several deferred salaries come due, including more than $8 million to Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers appear to have "no chance" to meet the June 30 payroll without a cash infusion from a new television contract, according to a person familiar with McCourt's finances but not authorized to discuss them. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

UFL hoped for lockout

One need not be a conspiracy theorist to notice the coincidence. From the very beginning, the United Football League (UFL) knew that the NFL faced labor uncertainty during 2011-12 and that the upstart league could capitalize. "The planning of this anticipated that we could possibly leapfrog significantly in the third season," UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said. "We were hopeful that the situation would be almost exactly like it is right now." That planning could come to fruition this year. ... The talent level has been elevated. Returning UFL starters from the 2010 season have a good shot of playing, but last year???s backups likely will not make teams this season. QB Colt Brennan signed with the Hartford Colonials. Rumors have swirled that Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor could consider the UFL as well. (National Football Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Conquering heroes return: Dirk Nowitzki holds his NBA FInals MVP trophy aloft as he and the champion Mavericks leave their charter flight from Miami into an ovation by fans at Love Field in Dallas on Monday. (LM Otero/AP Photos)

Must-See Video

The Bruins blitz Roberto Luongo and the Canucks with a record-setting start (four goals in the first 4:14) and go on force a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

Game To Watch

Rangers and red-hot hurler Alexi Ogando ride into Bronx for ALCS rematch, 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, YES

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Rangers
  • 1952 -- Warren Spahn of the Braves ties NL record with 18 strikeouts in 15-inning, 3-1 loss to Cubs
  • 1965 -- Reds' Jim Maloney no-hits Mets, but loses 1-0 in 11 innings
  • 1969 -- Reggie Jackson of the A's has 10 RBI in 21-7 win over Red Sox
  • 1992 -- Chicago Bulls beat Portland, 4 games to 2, to win NBA title
  • 1994 -- Rangers end 54-year drought by beating Canucks in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final
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