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Edgar Renteria doesn't sound like a guy who wants to return to San Francisco, not after an offer from the Giants roughly a third of the average MLB player's salary. [Renteria] understands the best part of his major league career is over and baseball is a business, but he still hoped for better treatment from the San Francisco Giants after helping the team to the World Series in October. San Francisco offered a one year, $1 million contract to the 2010 World Series MVP. "That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect," Renteria told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday from Colombia. "To play for a million dollars, I'd rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family," he said. (ESPNDeportes.com)Comment
Because of Heath Miller's concussion and unclear status, the Steelers are faced with injury issues on both sides of the ball. Troy Polamalu, who has made game-changing defensive plays in each of the past three games, is not expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets after aggravating his lower-leg injury on a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Polamalu has not practiced the past two days, which has been the routine for the five-time Pro Bowl safety since he was injured last month. But he has always practiced Friday and played Sunday -- until now. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment
Begging a team to play, which Larry Brown did Wednesday, is a bad sign and one that may lead to significant changes in Charlotte. [The] Bobcats have been gauging the trade value of various players, including co-captains Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, two NBA sources confirmed Thursday. ... [Michael] Jordan personally addressed the team after Saturday's blow-out loss to Boston. Team personnel described Jordan''s remarks as stern and loud. "I'd think they're proposing different scenarios to different teams; maybe 15 or 20," said one of the sources, adding that Chicago and Detroit might be two teams receptive to making a deal. (Charlotte Observer)Comment
Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay shows off his new coif. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
J.R. Smith posterizes Gary Neal.
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This Day in Sports
- 1991 -- The Cleveland Cavaliers turn a 20-point halftime lead over Miami into the most lopsided victory in NBA history, 148-80 over the Heat.
- Year -- LaDainian Tomlinson breaks Paul Hornung's 46-year-old NFL single-season scoring record on a 15-yard run in the first quarter of San Diego's game against Kansas City to give the Chargers' rusher 180 points.
- 2006 -- Green Bay's Brett Favre passes Dan Marino to become the league's all-time completions leader with a 21-yard pass to wide receiver Carlyle Holiday.