For a guy who played the game with Hall of Fame talent and smarts, Gary Carter is saying and doing some dumb things. Talking to the L.A. Times about not getting a chance to manage in the big leagues, Carter took a big and unnecessary shot at Joe Girardi and the Steinbrenner family. "[The] pictures Joe Girardi must have on Steinbrenner," said Carter, who is managing in a California independent league. When those words were relayed to Girardi following last night's 12-3 defeat to the Pirates at PNC Park, Girardi listened without comment. Asked if he had a bad history with Carter, Girardi said he didn't. "He was always cordial and nice to me," Girardi said. When Willie Randolph's job was jeopardy in late May, Carter called a Met official to see if he should contact the Wilpon family to let them know he was interested in managing the Mets.(New York Post) Comment
As the hours tick down to a draft that will start the ball rolling on the Warriors' potentially franchise-changing offseason, they can be sure of one thing: Star point guard Baron Davis will remain under contract for 2008-09. It's possible that Davis, who wants to stay in the Bay Area but was disappointed with the lowball offers from the Warriors, will ask to be dealt. And the team source said that the Pistons, rebuffed initially in their attempts to pry forward Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, are now looking at Davis as a potential target.(Detroit Free Press) Comment
There is no timetable for Tiger Woods' eventual return, although speculation has centered on the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in La Jolla the first week of February. However, those closest to him already know that an ultimate primary target date is already penciled in: April 9, the day of the first round of the Masters.(Los Angeles Times) Comment
Boston Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo can't reach a single by Arizona Diamondbacks' Eric Byrnes in the fourth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park.(AP Photo)
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