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Curry rips D'Antoni over benching
Eddy Curry ripped Mike D'Antoni yesterday for not telling him he was out of the rotation for tonight's season opener vs. the Heat. Curry was informed by the media that D'Antoni said the center was not "in the circle" to start the season. "I'm definitely stunned, being that he didn't tell me that," said Curry, sporting a menacing beard. "I haven't talked to him and I'm here every day. All he has to do is tell me and let me know what's up." (New York Post)
2010 All-Star Game in Cowboys stadium
The Mavericks and Cowboys are planning a Thursday announcement that the All-Star Game will be played at the new football stadium in Arlington. A source said that NBA officials will be in Dallas on Thursday, when the Mavericks play their season opener. Most of the ancillary events for the All-Star weekend would be at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks have been working with the Cowboys and the NBA for several months in an attempt to land the 2010 game. Owner Mark Cuban confirmed to The Dallas Morning News in May that the Cowboys and Mavericks were working on a combined bid for the game. Cuban previously had resisted all overtures about bringing the league's midseason extravaganza to Dallas because most of his season-ticket holders would have no chance of seeing the game because the league eats up virtually all of the tickets in an NBA arena for the game. However, with the Cowboys' stadium capable of seating perhaps 50,000 for a basketball game, all of the season-ticket holders could be accommodated. (Dallas Morning News)
Is Leinart's future in Arizona?
After losing the Cardinals starting quarterback job to Kurt Warner in late August, Matt Leinart dropped out of society, grew a long beard and is now working the graveyard shift at a convenience store. At least it seems that way. Warner, 37 and in the last year of his contract, would like to play a couple of more years. And with a performance this season that could merit him MVP consideration, he certainly looks like he could. So far, the Cardinals haven't opened negotiations with Warner's agent, Mark Bartelstein, although Bartelstein plans to call General Manager Rod Graves this week. If the two sides come to an agreement, where does that leave Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft? It's a question Leinart admitted has crossed his mind. But, Leinart said, it's not something that worries him. If Warner signs for two years, Leinart, 25, faces the prospect of being the backup through the 2010 season, unless the Cardinals try to trade him. Trading a talented young quarterback would be a difficult decision to make, given Warner's age. (Arizona Republic)
Must-See Photo
Trail Blazers center Greg Oden injures his right foot after getting fouled by the Lakers' Andrew Bynum during the first half of Portland's season-opener in Los Angeles Tuesday. The 20-year-old center left the game late in the first half after taking four shots and going scoreless. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Must-See Video
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Game To Watch
Raptors at Sixers, 7 p.m. ET -- Two new-look Eastern Conference contenders face off.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Muhammad Ali
1960 -- Muhammad Ali wins first professional fight in six rounds over Tunney Hunsaker.
1983 -- Notre Dame's Gil Fenerty rushes for 337 yards and six touchdowns.
1975 -- Boston's Fred Lynn wins the AL Rookie of Year award.
1942 -- Branch Rickey named president/GM of Brooklyn Dodgers


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