Thursday, February 11
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Even though the Mets seemingly need a proven starting catcher and a fifth starting pitcher, another baseball writer says the team has no money to spend on either. Free agent catcher Rod Barajas is the latest player the Mets have to pass on because they have reached the end of their 2010 budget, according to FOXSports.com. Ken Rosenthal writes, "The Mets ... are out of money, major-league sources say -- a curious position for a team that spent $66 million on outfielder Jason Bay knowing it had other needs." (New York Post)Comment
According to Sports Illustrated, Saints officials could ask Reggie Bush to restructure his contract. If he refuses and is released, there are a number of teams that make sense for Bush. Take the Seahawks, who need a running back. And who knows Bush better than his former college coach, Pete Carroll, hired last month from Southern California. The Lions also would be interested in Bush, who would provide Detroit a home-run threat. It's also believed the 49ers would be interested in Bush as a steady backup to Frank Gore. (Detroit News)Comment
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently spoke to cbsports.com about the NBA and NFL. While he didn't comment on NBA labor talks, Cuban said he believes the salary cap in the NFL might not work. Without a deal in the next five weeks to preserve labor peace - the next NFL season will have no salary cap, which figures to benefit wealthier teams such as the Redskins and Cowboys. On whether NBA can ever be as popular as the NFL: "Absolutely. Sports go in cycles." (Dallas Morning News)Comment
Jozef Ninis of Slovakia practices during the first men's single luge training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre ahead of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan wowed the crowd with this tip jam against the Sixers.
Game To Watch
Magic at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
- Orlando Magic
- Cleveland Cavaliers
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This Day in Sports
- 1973 -- Arnold Palmer wins his 60th and final PGA tournament at the Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs.
- 1986 -- The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA.
- 1990 -- James "Buster" Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson for the world heavyweight championship in Tokyo.