League sources say the Browns remain the odds-on choice to land Bill Cowher, 51, who played in Cleveland and began his coaching career there under Marty Schottenheimer. But that was before the Jets' season went into free fall, before they frittered away an 8-3 record. Eric Mangini too often is a silent bystander, folding his arms and chewing his gum while his team under-performs. (New York Newsday) Comment
As the Mark Teixeira free-agent negotiations go, so might go the market for Joe Mauer, who can become a free agent after the 2010 season. Teixeira, 28, is seeking a deal in excess of $20 million a season. Mauer, 25, the Twins' two-time batting champion and Gold Glove catcher, next season will be the Twins' third-highest paid player at $10.5 million. He'll make $12.5 million in 2010. People in the know say the Boston Red Sox already are salivating over Mauer, who would be only 27 as a free agent. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment
Reports have surfaced that Browns defensive tackle Shaun Smith punched quarterback Brady Quinn in the face last week in the weight room after a verbal spat, and there are strong indications that the reports are true. WKYC's Jim Donovan reported the punch Sunday during the 6 p.m. news after word of an altercation broke on profootballtalk.com during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, Monday morning, Darnell Dinkins confirmed on WQAL FM/104.1 that a scuffle took place between the two and that Quinn had a mark on his face as a result, according to station general manager Chris Maduri. (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment
WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito (right) exchanges punches with challenger Shingo Yamaguchi during the 10th round of their 12-round title bout Tuesday in Tokyo. (AP)
Detroit News columnist Rob Parker went on ESPN2 to publicly apologize to Lions coach Rod Marinelli.
Game To Watch
76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET -- Celts shoot for history-making win against traditional rivals.
1951 -- The L.A. Rams defeat the Cleveland Browns, 24-17, in the first nationally televised NFL championship game. 1972 -- Pittsburgh's Franco Harris catches a deflected pass and runs for the winning touchdown in a playoff game against the Raiders. The "Immaculate Reception" seals a 13-7 victory for the Steelers. 1997 -- Colorado's Jari Kurri becomes the eighth player in NHL history to eclipse 600 career goals.
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