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Morning Jolt: November 19, 2010

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Friday, November 19

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Jeter, Yankees $50M apart?

Though it is a very nice neighborhood, $50 million over three years may not be the kind of offer Derek Jeter wants to hear. Neither Jeter nor his agent, Casey Close, has disclosed what numbers they are seeking, but it is believed Jeter wants a five- to six-year deal somewhere in the range of $20 million a year. If you do the math, that's a difference of at least $50 million from the Yanks' offer. Most baseball analysts agree that, on the open market, the 36-year-old Jeter would attract no more than a two-year deal for a total of $15 million to $20 million. (New York Daily News)Comment

Roy to become diminished star?

Trail Blazers president Larry Miller still sees Brandon Roy as star, just one who may have to change his game. Roy revealed last week that after his 2008 surgery on his left knee, and the 2010 surgery on his right knee, he no longer had meniscus in either knee. ... "I still personally think Brandon is going to be a star in this league. Brandon is a smart enough player. If his athleticism is going to change and be limited, he is going to find a way to contribute and be effective on the basketball court. I liken it to Michael Jordan. As he got older, he changed way he played to be effective. Brandon will figure it out. He will still be effective and be a star." (The Oregonian)Comment

Steelers compromising their offensive weapons?

Though the franchise appears reticent to do so, it may be time for the Steelers, who are running nearly half the time, to step away from the ground game. When the Steelers finally opened up, [Ben] Roethlisberger threw for 288 of his 387 yards passing in the fourth quarter, when the Steelers scored 23 points. "I'm sure B.A. probably feels pressure whether it's from the fans, the media, the coaches -- wherever it comes from -- to run the ball," Roethlisberger said of his coordinator, Bruce Arians. "That probably puts him in a little bit of a bind." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

Must-See Photo

Boston's Shawn Thornton and Florida's Darcy Hordichuk exchange punches during the Bruins' 4-0 victory on Thursday. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

On this day in 2004, the Pistons and Pacers engaged in one of the most famous brawls in sports history.

Game To Watch

Thunder at Celtics, 7 p.m. ET

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SI Vault: More Nolan Ryan

This Day in Sports

  • 1979 -- Houston's Nolan Ryan signs a four-year contract for $4.5 million, the largest contract in major league baseball.
  • 1984 -- Dwight Gooden, 20, becomes the youngest pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
  • 2001 -- Barry Bonds becomes the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player Awards.
  • 2004 -- During a Pistons-Pacers game, a fight broke out involving fans and players. Several players were suspended and all involved were later charged with assault and battery.