While putting the Kurt Warner saga to rest Thursday, general manager Scot McCloughan left the door open -- if just a crack -- for the 49ers to pursue another famous name. McCloughan did not rule out signing receiver Terrell Owens, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. During an interview on KNBR radio, McCloughan initially gave a vague answer about Owens by explaining that the 49ers evaluate every free agent on the market. Brian Murphy, co-host of the "Murph & Mac" morning show, pressed the issue by saying, "So official statement from the 49ers: 'Not closing the door?' " "Correct," McCloughan said. (Oakland Tribune) Comment
Uncertainty hangs over the reason for Monta Ellis' departure. Some members of the Warriors organization, according to multiple team sources, believe Ellis left for more than a family matter. Why? Ellis didn't stick around for the team photo, which was taken last Friday before the Warriors' home game against Charlotte. Also, according to the sources, he left with an amount of luggage that suggested he wasn't coming back soon. Those recent developments, in addition to Ellis' noticeable discontent, is leading some to believe his departure was at least in part a protest, a gesture of his unhappiness. According to the sources, Ellis has shunned huddles when he's not in the game, been late to shootarounds and practices without reason, and -- in moments of frustration on the court -- has voiced his desire to be traded. Publicly, however, Ellis has maintained his desire to stay with Golden State and his appreciation for the six-year, $66 million contract he was given this offseason. (Oakland Tribune) Comment
Who will start at shortstop for the Red Sox on Opening Day? Terry Francona isn't ready to answer that yet. In fact, with a month to go before that point, the Boston manager doesn't feel as if there's a rush. Julio Lugo and Jed Lowrie were both in the lineup for Thursday's exhibition game against Puerto Rico, with the latter playing third base. ugo, in the third year of his $36 million contract, has underperformed in his first two years in Boston, but the Red Sox want to give him a clean slate this season. Lowrie showed poise and consistency while being thrown into the fire last year as a rookie after Lugo tore his left quad before the All-Star break. (MLB.com) Comment
After four months of negotiations, it's all good for (from left) Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, owner Frank McCourt, Manny Ramirez and agent Scott Boras. (AP)
A rare Clippers highlight, courtesy of 6-foot-2 rookie Mike Taylor.
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Cavaliers at Celtics, 8 PM ET -- Cleveland leads Boston by one game in the East.
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