Wednesday, December 17
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Truth & Rumors
 
Angels interested in signing Manny
Agent Scott Boras might have the delicious bidding battle he craves for Manny Ramirez. The Yankees admit an interest in the controversial free-agent slugger to bolster a lineup with holes. Now the Angels appear to have Ramirez in their sights if they lose Mark Teixeira, who has offers from the Angels and Nationals and is wanted by the Red Sox and Orioles. The Yanks are monitoring Teixeira, but some believe it's only to drive the price up on the Sox. To Boras, who also represents Teixeira, and Ramirez, it's nirvana to get the Steinbrenner family and Angel owner Arte Moreno involved since they may be the only rich people not affected by the miserable economy. However, the Yankees are not interested in a five-year deal for the 36-year-old Ramirez, who would have to play right field. That would make Xavier Nady expendable. Or the Yankees could attempt to deal Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui, each of whom will make $13 million next season. (New York Post)
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Tour player: Nobody likes Mickelson
Tiger Woods' caddie, Steve Williams, isn't the only person in golf who believes Phil Mickelson isn't the greatest person on tour. One longtime tour player confided that he knows of "nobody on tour who likes Mickelson, and that Phil doesn't care that nobody likes him." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
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Giants may sign Joe Horn
Almost five years ago to the day, Saints wide receiver Joe Horn scored a touchdown against the Giants, lifted up the pad on the goal post and pulled out a cell phone. The Giants have finally returned his call. On a day when the team signed free-agent receiver Derek Hagan to aid a passing game lacking Plaxico Burress, the Giants also dialed up Horn and invited him for a visit, according to someone informed of the Giants' plans to meet with the 13-year veteran. The person, who requested anonymity because the Giants don't publicly confirm free-agent visits, said Horn arrived in the area Tuesday night and will take a physical Wednesday. The person also said it's unclear if he'll also be asked to work out but said a signing could be imminent. (Newark Star-Ledger)
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Must-See Photo
 
Thrill-seeking Santa Clauses get into the spirit of summer by skydiving in Australia. (Craig Bennett/AFP/Getty Images)
 
Must-See Video
Barcelona star Lionel Messi took a beating in a recent match against rival Real Madrid.

 
Game To Watch
Celtics at Hawks, 7 p.m. ET -- Boston seeks 16th consecutive victory; Atlanta is 9-1 at home.
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Dan Marino
1984 -- Dan Marino caps a season in which he set NFL records in completions (362), yards (5,084) and touchdowns (48).
1991 -- The Cavaliers defeat the Heat 148-80 in the most lopsided game in NBA history.
2000 -- 49ers receiver Terrell Owens catches an NFL-record 20 passes (for 283 yards and a touchdown) in a 17-0 victory against the Bears.
 
 
 

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