Thursday, December 17
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The Red Sox are not done yet. The team, which announced the signings of right-hander John Lackey and center fielder Mike Cameron on Wednesday, is working hard to obtain Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, according to major-league sources. A deal is not close, and might not happen at all, sources said. Jed Hoyer, the Padres' new general manager -- and Red Sox's former assistant GM -- wants a high price for Gonzalez, whose contract is one of the biggest bargains in baseball. "Jed has been asking for a ton," one source said. (FOX Sports)Comment
Tracy McGrady's comeback is only part of a larger plan to increase his minutes and prove his worth to a team willing to take a chance on his once-breathtaking ability to score and benefit from his $23 million expiring contract at the same time. The Rockets were 14-10 this season without Yao Ming and McGrady, and now the only question is how long they'll have to keep up the charade until McGrady is in good enough condition to help another team. (CBSSports.com)Comment
John Tortorella came to New York with a reputation as the toughest sheriff around. He was going to be the demanding presence to hold players accountable no matter the names on the backs of their sweaters or the numbers on the dotted lines of their contracts. The Rangers' 7-15-3 nosedive to the bottom of the Atlantic and toward the nether regions of the NHL has the smell of a death march and the feel of a team quitting on its coach. This has the feel of last February when the Rangers could not, would not and did not respond to Tom Renney. (New York Post)Comment
Anaheim's Kyle Chipchura (right) punches Vancouver's Shane O'Brien during a second-period fight. The Ducks ended up winning the game, 3-2. (AP)
Kobe Bryant lifts the Lakers over the Bucks by hitting an elbow jumper as time expires in overtime.
Game To Watch
Colts at Jaguars, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network
- Indianapolis Colts
- Jacksonville Jaguars
SI Vault: Green Bay Packers
This Day in Sports
- 1944 -- Green Bay Packers win NFL championship.
- 1988 -- Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games.
- 1993 -- Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds Barbara Feltus (27).