Wednesday, February 9
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Is Jon Bon Jovi livin' on a prayer, halfway there or even closer? [Bon Jovi] wants to make it clear. He does aspire to be an NFL team owner. And yes, he has spoken with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank about possibly buying 15 percent of the team. But that's where the story ends for now, Bon Jovi said in a statement Tuesday. The Falcons organization isn't ready to talk about it either, a spokesman told the AJC Sunday. ... Blank acknowledged earlier media reports that Bon Jovi was considering becoming a minority owner for $150 million. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Comment
When Golden State hosts Denver, the Warriors will get a nice look at a player who could fill a need for them. According to multiple sources, the Warriors have inquired about Nene, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound center from Brazil. But the Nuggets would have to agree to trade him, and Nene would have to agree to a contract extension because he is a pending free agent. So he remains a relative dream. "We have to look at what we have," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "We can't wish and hope for something we don't have." Nene, who is averaging 15.3 points per game on an NBA-best 64.4 percent shooting, would seem to quench the Warriors' thirst for inside scoring. (San Jose Mercury News)Comment
Albert Pujols may be on the verge of becoming the distraction he'd prefer not to be. All indications suggest that Pujols and the team that drafted him a dozen years ago are not close to an agreement, and that [seven] days won't be time enough to negotiate and consummate not only the richest contract in club history, but possibly the richest in the history of the game. As of the weekend, the Cardinals hadn't made a concrete offer. Pujols is thought to be seeking something in the range of Alex Rodriguez's contract with the New York Yankees: a 10-year deal that pays $275 million at its base, $305 million including home run milestone bonuses, and $315 million including another $10 million paid by the Texas Rangers for opting out of his previous contract. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment
Dayron Robles of Cuba competes in the 60m hurdles event at the Lievin indoor athletics meeting (FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)
It was Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard who headlined last night's Clippers-Magic showdown. Ultimately, Orlando beat out Los Angeles, 101-85.
Game To Watch
UNC at Duke, 9:00 p.m., ET, ESPN
- North Carolina Tar Heels
- Duke Blue Devils
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This Day in Sports
- 1974 -- Dorothy Hamill wins the U.S. Female Figure Skating championship.
- 1991 -- Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard and ultimately beats him.
- 1997 -- Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 games.