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Morning Jolt: Maloof open to relocating Kings

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Tuesday, January 11

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Maloof open to relocating Kings

The Kings won't be playing in Arco Arena much longer, a fact that has more to do with naming rights than relocation, though the latter is not out of the question. Responding to a column in Monday's Orange County Register suggesting that the Maloofs are entertaining offers to relocate the franchise to Anaheim because of the region's inability to provide a modern entertainment complex to house the Kings, co-owner Joe Maloof said: "We are looking at all options to ensure the long term viability of this franchise. We're looking at all our options. Of course you're going to look at your options! We're businessmen. We've been at this for 10 years without any (arena) success." (Sacramento Bee)Comment

Rangers challenging Twins for Thome

As much as the Twins hope to see Jim Thome return to their lineup, the slugger reportedly has options. The Rangers also are pursuing Thome, a source familiar with the discussions said today. Thome, 40, batted .283 with 25 home runs and 59 RBI for the Twins last year in 108 games. He needs just 11 more home runs to reach 600 for his career. Asked if anything had changed regarding the Twins' interest in re-signing Thome, General Manager Bill Smith said, "No, we still hope to sign him." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

Love breaks long Twitter silence

After more than a year off, one of the NBA's most prolific tweeters -- who once broke the news that his coach wouldn't return -- is coming back off the bench. "It was about time," said [Kevin] Love, whose 18-point, 17-rebound night Sunday in a loss at San Antonio was his 24th consecutive double-double. ... He proved free speech is alive and well with one of his first Twitter targets last week: Coach Kurt Rambis' haircut, which he tweeted is the "same greatclips haircut" as "Randy aka "Freakshow" from the movie Harold and Kumar. "Why?" he asked. "Because it was easy." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

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