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Mets disapprove of Beltran's surgery

Happy New Year, the Mets already are hurting. The euphoria of 2009's disappearance lasted exactly 12 days in Flushing, with the Mets last night announcing that Carlos Beltran underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday and will not be ready for Opening Day on April 5 versus the Marlins. Two sources told The Post, however, that Beltran elected to have the surgery without the Mets' blessing. The statement released by the Mets indicated Beltran had a worsening of the osteoarthritis in his right knee. (New York Post) Comment

New USC assistant called Vols' recruits

Lane Kiffin had just finished discussing the "magnifying glass" of operating in the Southeastern Conference, and how it had taught him the importance of "complete attention on the rules." Then came a question about one of the assistant coaches who had come with him, and whether Ed Orgeron had initiated phone calls to players who had been recruited to Tennessee. "I don't know that that's accurate. . . . I don't believe that has happened," Kiffin said Wednesday evening, just after he was introduced as USC's new head football coach. Off to the side a few minutes after Kiffin finished speaking, Orgeron, after much prodding, told reporters that he had indeed initiated phone calls to some of the 26 Tennessee recruits he and Kiffin had received commitments from. However, there were also reports that Orgeron encouraged recruits who had signed up for spring semester courses at Tennessee not to attend their first classes this week. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Will Broncos find taker for Marshall?

There's no question Brandon Marshall has the size and strength to dominate smaller cornerbacks. But it's still a question mark exactly how many of the NFL's toughest critics - the personnel executives the Broncos are going to ask to trade for him - believe Marshall is an elite player at his position. (Denver Post) Comment

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Clemson's Demontez Stitt, center, celebrates after Clemson's 83-64 win over North Carolina on Wednesday. (AP)

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The World Cup is coming; this guy is ready.

Game To Watch

Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose renew their budding rivalry when the Celtics travel to Chicago to face the Bulls, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Miami Dolphins
  • 1973 -- Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII to complete NFL's only perfect season.
  • 1987 -- Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
  • 1954 -- Yankees star Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe.

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