Friday, February 11
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With an awful 2010 behind the Panthers, might they be turning to a future that doesn't include Steve Smith? Smith, who'll turn 32 this summer, discussed the possibility of being traded with team owner Jerry Richardson this past season, according to two league sources. ... While general manager Marty Hurney wouldn't discuss any private conversations the Panthers have had with Smith or his agent, he did acknowledge the team's star receiver is extremely frustrated. "I think Steve is probably not unlike everybody in the building ... he was not happy with 2-14," Hurney said. (CarolinaGrowl.com)Comment
Stephen Strasburg took a small but significant step toward a return by throwing a ball Thursday. While recovery time varies from pitcher to pitcher, Zimmermann's experience sheds some light on when Strasburg may make his next major league appearance. The Nationals treated Zimmermann with extreme caution, and he made his first post-surgery appearance in the majors Aug. 26 last year, about 121/2 months following his August 2009 surgery. Since Strasburg underwent his surgery Sept. 3, he could feasibly return in the middle of September, at the very end of this season. (The Washington Post)Comment
Hours before Jerry Sloan resigned, the reasons behind it were being pieced together. [Sloan] has battled with All-Star guard Deron Williams all season, multiple sources said, and had lost the trust of the team. Williams and Sloan have had at least three altercations, while many players questioned Sloan's handling of everything from playing time and rotational decisions to his insistence on sticking with his revered offensive system. Sources said there has been a growing feeling within the organization that Williams would leave Utah following the 2011-12 season if Sloan did not step down. One stated the divide as being as simple as "either Jerry goes or D-Will goes." (Salt Lake Tribune)Comment
Liverpool's Maxi Rodriguez employs the help of a balance ball while working out at Melwood Training Ground. (John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Ray Allen, with 2561 career three pointers, breaks Reggie Miller's NBA record.
Game To Watch
Lakers at Knicks, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Los Angeles Lakers
- New York Knicks
SI Vault: Bill Parcells
This Day in Sports
- 1997 -- The New York Jets welcome Bill Parcells as their new head coach.
- 1992 -- Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m.
- 1984 -- Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL's short handed season scoring record at 11.