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Vladimir Guerrero may continue to call the AL West home. Hideki Matsui remains at the top of the A's lengthy list of possibilities to fill the designated-hitter spot, but The Chronicle learned Tuesday that obtaining Vladimir Guerrero has become a more viable possibility than previously thought. The A's had put in a call about Guerrero early in the process, but it was thought he would return to Texas; indications were that though Guerrero, 35, might consider a one-year deal from the Rangers, he'd want three years elsewhere. Guerrero, however, is now willing to talk to all four AL West teams about a one-year contract with an option, according to a major-league source. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment
While many wonder what's next at the top of the Broncos -- Will John Elway and Gary Kubiak return? -- one question lingers about Tim Tebow. [One] of things that was said by Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis on Tuesday was that [Eric] Studesville now has a "four-game audition" to be considered a candidate to be the next Broncos head coach. And if a coach like Studesville, in his first opportunity to show himself in the top job, believes he has the opportunity to get himself into consideration with a big finish, he may not have all that much incentive to play a rookie quarterback who has spent little time working with the starting offense in practice. (The Denver Post)Comment
A middling year for Portland has Brandon Roy's injuries hurting that much more as the threat of further reduced minutes looms. To make matters even more difficult, the Blazers are finding that their complementary players don't mesh perfectly with Roy's altered style. His driving, slashing, and playmaking were instrumental parts of Portland's offense, and those three elements of Roy's game have fallen off as his knees have worsened. Without those skills, a once fine collection of role players now seem an odd fit. Roy attributed part of his and his team's struggles to a lack of stable perimeter shooting (the Blazers rank 24th in the league in three-point shooting percentage). (The Oregonian)Comment
At times Tuesday it took three Michigan State Spartans to keep rebounds away from Syracuse's Rick Jackson, who finished with 16 boards in a 72-58 win for the No. 7 Orange. (Lou Capozzola/SI)
Tom Verducci reports on the big trends at baseball's winter meetings.
Game To Watch
Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
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This Day in Sports
- 1940 -- The Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the bigget rout in NFL championship game history.
- 1987 -- Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers becomes the first NHL goalie to shoot the puck into an opponents' goal.
- 2007 -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow becomes the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.