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Tuesday, February 9

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Yanks 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 may miss All-Star Game

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

Schilling: Sox should extend Beckett

Curt Schilling fired up his blog again and write that the Red Sox should sign Josh Beckett to a contract extension. His reasoning is that Beckett tries really hard. Just a guess, but the Red Sox might work in a few more factors before they make a decision. (Boston Globe)Comment

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This Day in Sports

  • 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.