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Is Crabtree ready to sign with 49ers?

So Michael Crabtree is in the mood to converse again? Assuming the indefatigable "multiple sources" are correct, we've got a new bend in the wisteria that this story has become, starting with: The offer or offers Crabtree and agent Eugene Parker clearly were expecting for 2010 might have evaporated, maybe because the New York Jets are taking the tampering charge filed by the 49ers seriously. It is the only sensible explanation that explains both the lack of discussions before now and the sudden interest in re-opening them. The two sides finally decided that not talking at all is silly, and that they are no closer now to agreement than they ever were. They're simply reacquainting themselves with the distance between them. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment

Why Norman-Evert marriage fizzled?

Greg Norman paid an especially high price to wed Chris Evert: His divorce from his wife of 25 years, former flight attendant Laura Andrassy, set him back a staggering $103 million. Andrassy didn't hesitate to offer insight into why the Norman-Evert union fizzled, telling the Sydney Sunday Telegraph, "I didn't think it would last because they are both too alike. They are both high-profile, narcissistic people." A friend of Evert blamed the separation on the fact that she didn't want to move into Norman's $60 million estate on Jupiter Island, Fla. "Chris hated the idea of living in the same place Greg shared with Laura," the source told Britain's Mirror. Another insider claims that Norman's kids from his marriage to Andrassy were not fond of Evert "at all." (New York Post)Comment

Mets to be aggressive in free agency

Jeff Wilpon continued to insist Monday that the Mets will be aggressive in free agency, trades and payroll this offseason as they try to pick up the pieces from this year's 70-92 disaster. Shaking off speculation that owner Fred Wilpon's reported $700 million loss in the Bernie Madoff scheme would limit the Mets this winter, Jeff Wilpon vowed that the club would once again have among the highest player budgets in baseball. (New York Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Brett Favre prepares to lead his new Vikings teammates into battle against the Packers team with which he became a star. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Forward to the 4:15 mark for one of the more creative dunk ideas by Cavaliers 2009 first-round draft pick Christian Eyenga.

Game To Watch

Detroit and Minnesota tabgle for MLB's final playoff spot at 5:07 p.m. ET at the Metrodome

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