Morning Jolt: Yankees GM: No new deals for Big Three
When Brian Cashman looks at Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Joe Girardi, the Yankees' GM paints his shortstop, closer and manager with the same brush. And with spring training opening next week in Tampa, Cashman has no plans to stray from his plan of not negotiating with them. All three contracts are in the final year. (New York Post) Comment
Kobe Bryant watched the game from the locker room after receiving treatment for a sprained left ankle. An MRI exam earlier in the day confirmed a sprain. The NBA doesn't like its players sitting out the All-Star game, but if Bryant doesn't play Wednesday at Utah, he probably has the option of sitting out Sunday's game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. If he continues to stay off the court, Bryant will pocket a total of 10 days' rest before the Lakers' first game after the break, next Tuesday against Golden State. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
U.S. speed skater Shani Davis takes part in a training session during preparations for the Winter Olympics at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver, B.C. (AP)
Swarms of fans in black and gold greeted the players as they stepped off a chartered plane at the suburban New Orleans airport, cheering them with "Who Dat!" chants.
- SI Vault: More Magic Johnson
- 1971 -- Leroy "Satchel" Paige is elected to a special section of the baseball Hall of Fame.
- 1992 -- L.A. Lakers' guard Magic Johnson, who retired from the NBA earlier that season after testing positive for HIV, returns to play in the All-Star Game and wins MVP after finishing with 25 points and nine rebounds.
- 1997 -- Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 games.