Morning Jolt: Yankees to make offer Lee can't refuse?

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Wednesday, October 13

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Yankees to make offer Lee can't refuse?

If the Yankees always get their guy, where might this find Cliff Lee in 2011? The Yankees could make it hard for Lee to stay in Texas. Recent history shows that when the Yankees convince themselves they absolutely must have a certain player, they get their man. Over and over in the last decade, they used their financial might to outbid all other suitors. It happened with Mike Mussina in 2000; Jason Giambi in 2001; Hideki Matsui in 2002; Johnny Damon in 2005; and C. C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A. J. Burnett in 2008. It would be surprising if it did not happen with Lee. (The New York Times)Comment

LeBron's hamstring troubling, too?

Another night, another hamstring headline out of Miami. LeBron James left the Heat's 96-85 exhibition win against CSKA Moscow in the third quarter, clutching his right upper leg and grimacing as he walked to the locker room Tuesday night. The good news: James was merely cramping -- nothing as serious as the hamstring strain that has sidelined Dwyane Wade for the past week. "It's not a great sight for a coach," conceded a relieved Erik Spoelstra, who all but ruled James out of Wednesday's game at New Orleans. "But he came back to the bench. He was just a little bit tight." (Miami Herald)Comment

Timing right for stealthy negotiations with Manning

If the Colts are talking about a new contract with Peyton Manning, owner Jim Irsay prefers to keep it quiet. While Irsay said there's no update on the status of negotiations now, he added the team is trying to operate stealthily to reach an agreement with Manning, whose current deal expires after the season. "It's kind of like the 'Get Smart' cone of silence," Irsay said. "That's when you kind of get things done. So I think you get things done when it's quiet, and it's been quiet. So that's the way we want to move forward." (Indianapolis Star)Comment

Must-See Photo

The Texas Rangers celebrate Tuesday night's 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Division Series in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP)

Must-See Video

Chris Maguire of Scotland's Under-21 team scored an incredible goal from the halfway line in a European Championship playoff defeat to Iceland.

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This Day in Sports

  • 1960 -- Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series lifts the Pirates to a stunning championship victory over the Yankees.
  • 1971 -- Pittsburgh defeats Baltimore, 4-3, in the first-ever World Series game to be played at night.
  • 1985 -- Phil Simms of the New York Giants passed for 513 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals, setting NFL records for pass attempts (62) and first downs (29).