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Morning Jolt: March 11, 2011


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Yao wants to return to Houston

Yao Ming doesn't know whether he'll play again, but he isn't ready to retire. Facing the possibility that his inability to play without injury would end his career or prompt him to choose to retire, Yao said for the first time since his injury he hopes to come back from the stress fracture that ended his season in November. "I'll try continuing," Yao said Thursday. ... In the final season of his contract, Yao added he hopes to be back with the Rockets. "I like it here. I'm used to playing here," he said. "I'm comfortable, really, really comfortable to play here, and I have my family here. I'm not really planning to leave." Told of Yao's comments, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey would not discuss the team's plans, but he was as clear about his preference. "I hope Yao Ming comes back to play again," Morey said, "and I hope that it's here." (Houston Chronicle)Comment

Rangers CEO to resign promptly

The short Chuck Greenberg era, a few months removed from the Rangers' charge to the American League pennant, is apparently over. Greenberg will be replaced as the managing general partner of the Texas Rangers and CEO of the club's operating holding company, a source confirmed early Friday. An announcement could come as early as Friday. Neither Greenberg nor club president Nolan Ryan could be reached for comment. According to the source, Greenberg left the Rangers' spring training facility in Arizona abruptly on Saturday during a weekend that was supposed to be full of activities for the managing partnership. He was not at a club party he and Ryan were supposed to host on Sunday. (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Edwards, Jets talking ... not yet about football

Braylon Edwards hopes to return to gang green. [Edwards] reiterated he wants to remain a Jet. Edwards said he chatted with coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum "a couple of days ago," though the conversation didn't focus on football. Edwards said there's mutual admiration and is hopeful something will be worked out whenever a new collective-bargaining agreement is reached. "The interest is there on their side and on my side," Edwards said. "We've just got to put it together and see what happens. If they give me an opportunity, I'd definitely want to come back here and maybe take advantage of the AFC championship this year. Maybe we'll win one." (Newsday)Comment

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Brigham Young fans hold up pictures of BYU players and head coach Dave Rose before the team's game against the TCU in Las Vegas Yesterday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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  • 1965 -- Boston's Bill Russell grabs 49 rebounds, the third-highest total in NBA history, in a 112-100 win over Detroit.
  • 1990 -- Jennifer Capriati, 13, plays her first professional tennis match.
  • 1991 -- Monica Seles takes over the top spot in the women's tennis ranking, taking over for Steffi Graf, who held the spot for 186 straight weeks.