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Cuban questions Mavs' effort
Throughout the season, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has expressed confidence in his players. Cuban has weathered the embarrassing losses, instead of focusing on the high level of talent on his team -- four players who are either All-Stars, former All-Stars or near-All-Stars. The lack of achievement by his team finally got to him, however. After the Mavericks were humiliated Monday by an Oklahoma City team playing without its top two scorers, Cuban lashed out, and for the first time indicated that there are no untouchables on the team. He did not mention Dirk Nowitzki by name. Nor did he say that he might not re-sign Jason Kidd. And he did not express regret that he did not trade Josh Howard before the trading deadline. Instead, Cuban was critical of the team in general. In an e-mail response to questions submitted to him Tuesday, Cuban said: "It's only one game, which I keep reminding myself of today. But let's just say I wasn't happy with our preparation, execution or effort. Not only did it look like we had no idea what we were doing, but we did it without effort. The effort and energy, on both sides of the ball, by each player will decide their future with the Mavericks. "If each player can't take the personal initiative to make every game important and play like it, I don't see them being here next season." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Broncos, Lions interested in Simms
The Tennessee Titans still want to re-sign Chris Simms for the 2009, perhaps even to be their primary backup quarterback, but now have some competition for his services. According to league sources, Simms is drawing interest from the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions, and is expected to travel to Denver for a visit with the Broncos on Wednesday. (Nashville City Paper)
Garciaparra to sign with A's
A day after it was learned that the A's have agreed to terms on an as-yet-unannounced contract with free-agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera for the 2009 season, a Major League source confirmed to on Tuesday that Oakland is in the final stages of working out another one-year deal with free-agent infielder Nomar Garciaparra. Garciaparra, a 35-year-old veteran of 13 big league seasons who had been considering retirement, is expected to serve as a utility infielder for the A's. (
Must-See Photo
Royals center fielder Tommy Murphy hits the wall while chasing a double hit by the Indians' Carlos Rivero during Tuesday's game in Surprise, Ariz.(AP)
Must-See Video
Syracuse's Paul Harris takes care of the "alley" and the "oop" vs. Rutgers.

Game To Watch
Oklahoma at Missouri, 9 PM ET -- The Tigers put their 17-0 home record on the line vs. Blake Griffin.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Chris Evert
1973 -- Chris Evert, 18, beats Virginia Wade at the S&H Green Stamps Women's Tennis Classic for her first title as a pro.
1990 -- Hank Gathers dies after collapsing on the court during Loyola Marymount's game against Portland.
2000 -- Karrie Webb gets her fourth victory in four LPGA starts to being the year, beating Annika Sorenstam in a playoff at the Takefuji Classic.


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