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Morning Jolt: Rangers' best case for Oswalt?

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Friday, June 18

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Rangers' best case for Oswalt?

But for one small sticking point -- who owns the club -- Texas might be the best fit for Roy Oswalt. [The Rangers] are the frontrunners for him if the sale of the club proceeds forward early in July. If not, the Astros may not be willing to wait and see what the Rangers' financial situation is going to be at the end of the month. Because there is so much money left in Oswalt's contract -- there would be about $23-25 million guaranteed at the end of July -- this deal is going to come down to who has the right combination of finances and prospects to close out the deal. ... [The best] situation for him to succeed as a "hired-gun" ace will be in a media market where the scrutiny isn't as rough as it can be in New York and Boston. (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Will Rasheed Wallace retire?

If true, Rasheed Wallace would end on a high note -- save, perhaps, for wearing sunglasses en route to a postgame trip toward the referees' room. Back in the interview room, Doc Rivers was letting it be known that Wallace was thinking about retiring after 15 NBA seasons. ... "You know, I don't know if Rasheed will ever play again. I think he took that out on the floor with him. I think he is thinking about retiring, and I thought you could see that in his play. He was dying out there. When he got the cramps and the strains, he was just trying to figure out a way of staying on the floor." (Boston Herald)Comment

Tebow to get statue at Florida

Florida's Heisman Trophy winners are coming back to Gainesville -- in bronze. Florida will construct individual bronze statues of former Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after the 2010 season, University Athletic Association board members approved Wednesday. Private donations will cover the estimated $550,000 cost of the larger-than-life statues, which will appear on the west side of the stadium. "Construction can't be this fall, so some time after the new year starts we can get the three honorees together," McGarity said. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)Comment

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