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Brees to get Brady, Manning money

Coming off his Sportsman of the Year honor, Drew Brees isn't far removed from a contract year. When Brees and his agent, Tom Condon, sit down with Saints officials during the offseason and begin to hammer out details of a new contract/extension, look for No. 9 to be paid in the same neighborhood with fellow NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning of Indianapolis and Tom Brady of New England. ... He is scheduled to make base salaries of $6.498 million this season and $7.3935 million in 2011, considerably less in both years than running back Reggie Bush ($8M, $11M). (

Yao, coach disagree over return date

Yao Ming is looking at a return early next week, but head coach Rick Adelman said Thursday he'd like to see Yao after a full workout before making a determination. Yao, who has been sidelined more than three weeks with a sprained and bruised left ankle, went through a light workout Thursday at Toyota Center. ... Before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Yao told reporters he is targeting Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons for his return. Adelman said he hasn't discussed specifics on a return date with Yao. "Yao said that, but no one else told me that," Adelman said. "He didn't tell me." (Houston Chronicle)Comment

Foul play feared in Russia WC vote

The English team for the bid to host the 2018 World Cup were left fearing they had been victims of a fix last night after they earned just two votes from the Fifa executive committee in a crushing defeat to Russia. The Russian 2018 chief executive, Alexei Sorokin, told a member of the English bid team on Wednesday that the Russians believed they already had the necessary votes in the bag. Yesterday, Russia took just two rounds of voting to earn an outright majority, defeating both bids from Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium in the second round. (The Independent)Comment

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If you look close enough, you'll see a Tiger in the woods. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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This Day in Sports

  • 1997 -- The four-year, $32 million contract of Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell was terminated for attacking his coach, P J Carlesimo.
  • 1988 -- Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders wins the 54th Heisman Trophy Award.
  • 1956 -- Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his first college basketball game.