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Morning Jolt: Nets have inside track to Melo?

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Thursday, December 16

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Nets believe 'Melo will come

New Jersey remains confident it can offer Denver the best deal for Carmelo Anthony. At this point, it would be draft picks, Derrick Favors, probably Harris, maybe Troy Murphy (who will be gone by the deadline, but not necessarily to Denver). According to someone who should know, the Nets never have been told Anthony will sign with them. The Nets never have been told he won't. The belief is the Nuggets will listen hardest and longest to what the Nets offer -- then hope Anthony signs the three-year, $65 million extension that has been there since June. The Nets can't make the deal without him signing. And if he doesn't, they still have a boatload of assets to look elsewhere for trades. But the Nets are confident they can get it done with 'Melo, perhaps long before the February trade deadline. (New York Post)Comment

Typhoid fever rocks closer

So much for paradise. It's been a dizzying few weeks for Padres closer Heath Bell and his wife, Nicole, and not just because they've covered a good section of the Pacific Ocean on trips to the Fijian island of Tavarua followed by a vacation to Hawaii, where the couple renewed their wedding vows last week. These were memory-making trips to be sure, just not for all the right reasons. While in Maui, the two-time All-Star, was hospitalized with what was later diagnosed as typhoid fever, a bacterial infection that worked its way into Bell's bloodstream on their trip to Tavarua 10 days earlier. (

Vikes to open Webb era Monday?

The Vikings quarterback carousel added Patrick Ramsey on Wednesday. Ramsey, joining his eighth team, has not played in a game since 2008 or started one since 2005. It's unlikely that he will start Monday night against the Chicago Bears, according to coach Leslie Frazier. The starter likely will be rookie Joe Webb, who has served as the No. 3 quarterback all season until Monday and even played wide receiver two weeks ago. Last week's starter, Tarvaris Jackson, won't be able to play because of a turf toe injury, Frazier indicated. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

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SI Vault: More Wilt Chamberlain

This Day in Sports

  • 1967 -- Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 68 points in a 143-123 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
  • 1973 -- O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills rushes for 200 yards in a 34-14 victory over the New York Jets and sets an NFL record with 2,003 yards rushing for the season.
  • 2006 -- Morten Andersen becomes the greatest scorer in NFL history. The 46-year-old Andersen breaks Gary Anderson's career scoring record of 2,434 points with the second of four extra points in the Atlanta Falcons' 38-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.