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Brewers: Cameron-Yankees deal dead
Tired of waiting for the Yankees to make a move, the Brewers killed the proposed deal for Mike Cameron Wednesday, leaving a gaping hole in center field in the Bronx. Could that hole be filled indirectly by Manny Ramirez? Only time will tell. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said Wednesday that he had yanked the Cameron deal off the negotiating table, ending the week-long saga that had led most to believe the veteran center fielder would be sent to the Bronx in exchange for Melky Cabrera and Kei Igawa. "I haven't heard from Brian Cashman and I haven't called them," Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'm very happy having Mike Cameron with our ballclub." cquiring Cameron would have locked three veterans into the starting outfield spots, but now the Yankees have the flexibility to shift Johnny Damon back to center if they were to sign Ramirez. (New York Daily News)
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Chiefs owner lining up Pioli, Cowher?
The abrupt dismissal of Carl Peterson signaled that Clark Hunt has a plan he's ready to execute. Hunt did not dynamite Peterson strictly for our edification, enjoyment and entertainment. There was a dual purpose. In my estimation, the logical conclusion to reach based on Hunt's action is that he has identified two targets to be Kansas City's next general manager and wanted to alert them that he's coming to woo and be wooed by them. There's going to be fierce competition for general managers this offseason. The Detroit Lions dumped Matt Millen early in the season and have had a head start on the Chiefs. The Cleveland Browns might make a move on Phil Savage and be in the market for a GM. Hunt would be foolish to wait to join the race for a personnel difference-maker. There are two no-brainer options: 1. New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli. 2. An experienced front-office executive with strong ties to and the ability to deliver former Steelers coach Bill Cowher. I think Hunt is zeroed in on landing Pioli or someone who can land Cowher. (Kansas City Star)
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Farmar disgruntled with Lakers role
It was a meeting of the minds Monday between Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar and Coach Phil Jackson. They talked about differences in philosophies and styles of play. By Tuesday night, Farmar seemed disgruntled, the telling sign coming when Jackson yanked him out of the game against New York 4:01 into the fourth quarter and the 6-foot-2 guard stormed off the court and exchanged words with his coach. Farmar played just nine minutes against the Knicks. On Wednesday after practice, Farmar sounded more disillusioned about his role when he talked about his meeting in Jackson's office at the team's practice facility. "He didn't call me up there, I asked to talk to him -- to vent," Farmar said. "Just trying to get some things across." It was as if Farmar popped into the "principal's office," Jackson said. "I felt he was frustrated." Earlier in the season, Jackson allowed Farmar the freedom to run the fastbreak, to run more pick and rolls on offense and less of the triangle offense. Now, Farmar said, Jackson wants him to be more precise, to run the triangle offense and throttle down on the fastbreak when it's not there. (Los Angeles Times)
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Must-See Photo
 
Mexico's Pachuca forward Christian Gimenez (white jersey) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Liga de Quito midfielder William Araujo during the FIFA Club World Cup in Tokyo. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
 
Must-See Video
Josh Smith throws down a vicious dunk over Kendrick Perkins.

 
Game To Watch
Colts at Jaguars, 8:15 p.m. ET -- Indianapolis can clinch a playoff spot with a victory.
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Wayne Gretzky
1962 -- The San Francisco Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain scores 61 points against the St. Louis Hawks.
1983 -- Wayne Gretzky scores his 100th point of the season in the Oilers' 34th game.
 
 
 

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