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Young's bonus the end of Fisher?

Has Bud Adams picked Vince Young over Jeff Fisher? CBS' Charlie Casserly reported that the Titans will pay Young's $4.25 million 2011 roster bonus when it comes due in the offseason. There would be no reason for the Titans to pay the bonus if they didn't plan to keep Young on the roster -- and at this point, after the most recent public falling out between Fisher and Young, it's hard to see how Young's return doesn't lead to Fisher's departure. (FanHouse) Comment

Jays open to players with baggage?

Though Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos would discuss Manny Ramirez specifically, he did say that he's not necessarily afraid of players whose reputations precede them. "It depends how significant the baggage," said Anthopoulos when asked if he had a philosophy about taking on a player with baggage. "Would it affect other players? A lot of times you hear things about players, that there are issues, but the more work you do, the more background you uncover, you find out it's not what everyone assumes. You have to weigh each case by itself. If it's the right player, the right fit, the right talent at the right price, you've got to be open to it." (Toronto Sun) Comment

Carmelo showing signs of coasting?

Carmelo Anthony is under the microscope. His every movement on the court has become subject to the "does he want to be here" litmus test as well. And there is a growing chorus of those who believe there are lack-of-effort signs on the court, making it obvious that Anthony doesn't want to be in Denver. That theory got a big boost from TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith last week ... "Everybody wants to act like nobody knows what's going on," Barkley said on the Nov. 18 edition of "Inside the NBA" after a Nuggets loss to Portland. "You can't fool players. You can fool fans, because fans don't know a lot about the game. You can fool the press; if you're nice to them they are going to write nice things about you. But the Denver Nuggets are coasting. They are not playing with energy and passion." (The Denver Post) Comment

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Must-See Photo

Saints cornerback Malcolm Jenkins (27) staved off a dramatic Cowboys comeback by stripping the ball from Dallas wideout Roy Williams on the New Orleans 11-yard line late in the fourth quarter of their Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium. "The play that Malcolm Jenkins makes late is an effort play, a heart play and it's one of those plays that really inspires everyone on the team," Saints coach Payton Sean Payton said. "It was a gut-check win." Final score: 30-27. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Mike Schmidt
  • 1961 -- MLB's rules committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball
  • 1963 -- Cincinnati Reds second baseman Pete Rose named NL Rookie of the Year
  • 1979 -- IOC votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • 1980 -- Third baseman Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies is unanimous choice for NL MVP
  • 1982 -- Broadcaster Howard Cosell calls his last fight after being disgusted by the Larry Holmes vs. Tex Cobb mismatch
  • 1996 -- MLB owners approve interleague play by a vote of 26-4

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