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Friday, December 17

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Giants offend Series MVP

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 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. (

Steelers' 'defensive hero' sidelined

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

Bobcats ready to deal leaders

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

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