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Cuban calls Phil Jackson a "boy toy"

Phil Jackson may be too distracted by his team's issues to notice, but Mark Cuban is name-calling. [Cuban] was asked what he thought of [Jackson] saying that the Mavericks would have a tough time overcoming the loss of Caron Butler -- which by the way was a pretty benign comment in and of itself. That didn't stop Cuban from throwing some jabs Jackson's way. "I love that Jeanie Buss' boy toy had something to say about us," Cuban said of Jackson, who dates the Lakers' owner's daughter. "I don't know if it was his thought or Jeanie's thought, but it's nice to know she lets him speak in public about other teams." (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Ex-Congressman believes Palmeiro

Tom Davis, the former head of the Congressional subcommittee made infamous by Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa (photo, left) and Jose Canseco feels bad for Rafael Palmeiro. "I believe that he didn't know he was taking steroids. I think he told the truth. We conducted an investigation and that was the conclusion our investigators came to." Ever since the positive test that led to a 10-game ban late in the 2005 season, Palmeiro has claimed that teammate Miguel Tejada gave him what he thought was a B-12 shot and not a vial of steroids. (FanHouse)Comment

Elways scrambles on Tebow topic

John Elway will hit the ground running with the Broncos, maybe even scramble a little if he has to. Elway said recently that Stanford's Andrew Luck had to be the No. 1 draft choice if he comes out, and the Carolina Panthers probably will choose him. The Broncos have the second choice in the first round. They already have Tim Tebow. "I think Tim has met all the expectations everyone had for him as a person, a hard worker, a great athlete, a great leader, a learner," Elway said. "I was impressed with what he did in the last three games, considering how few reps (repetitions) and plays in games before that, but the questions now are can he translate that grit, the winning attitude, that athletic ability into maturing into a great quarterback on the pro level." (The Denver Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Runningback Jordan Hall of the Buckeyes was greeted by five Arkansas Razorbacks in the fourth quarter of Ohio State's 31-26 win in the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

The Lightning zapped the Capitals in overtime of a marquee showdown between Tampa Bay's rising superstar Steven Stamkos and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.

Game To Watch

Lakers vs. Suns, 10:30 pm, ESPN

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  2. Phoenix Suns

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This Day in Sports

  • 1920 -- Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to New York Yankees
  • 1927 -- Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis begins three-day public hearing on charges that four games played between Chicago and Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
  • 1957 -- Jackie Robinson retires instead of being traded to New York Giants
  • 1964 -- San Diego Chargers win AFL championship
  • 1989 -- Baseball signs $400 million deal with ESPN to show 175 games in 1990
  • 1993 -- Reggie Jackson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame