Morning Jolt: New Met already burning bridges

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New Met already burning bridges

Chris Coste is burning bridges with Mets fans before he even crossed them. The ex-Phillies catcher/first baseman signed with the Mets today, just three days after belittling his new team in an interview with a Philadelphia sports Web site. After telling that he "will always be a Phillie," Coste said he had been hesitant to sign with Philadelphia's arch-rival. "It was the Mets," Coste said, according to the site. "It's the last team I ever saw myself playing for. I knew I was going to accept [the contract], but had to think about it for a few days." (New York Post)Comment

Wade Phillips wants more respect

Wade Phillips removed the "kick me" sign critics have attached to his Cowboys tenure and launched into a spirited defense of his credentials Wednesday afternoon. Hours after owner Jerry Jones responded to a question about his coach's future, Phillips wondered aloud how many coaches have won more games than him since the start of the 2007 season. The answer is one -- New England's Bill Belichick. There's more. It became clear the more Phillips talked that he believes he hasn't received the respect he deserves. He acknowledged his inability to win in the playoffs factors into the slight, but stated that winning in the regular season breeds winning in the playoffs, and he's confident that will happen. (Dallas Morning News)Comment

Fulmer interested in Notre Dame job

Former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, who was forced to step down last season, is interested in the Notre Dame job opening. (Chicago Tribune)Comment

Must-See Photo

Denver's J.R. Smith gets ready for Thursday's game against the Heat at the Pepsi Center. (Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Allen Iverson made his return to Philadelphia official with a teary press conference Thursday afternoon.

Game To Watch

Heat at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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This Day in Sports

  • 1943 -- MLB commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announces that any club is free to employ black players.
  • 1960 -- Green Bay's Paul Hornung scores two touchdowns and kicks two field goals and five extra points in a victory over the Bears to break Don Hutson's NFL record for points in a single season.
  • 1997 -- The NBA suspends Golden State's Latrell Sprewell for one year without pay, three days after the All-Star choked Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo and threatened to kill him.