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The punchlines are easy when it comes to Dez Bryant's recent return to the news cycle, but should the Cowboys be concerned? Mostly, his character comes into question, fair or not. He's a lightning rod anyway, not because of any past serious incidents on a police blotter, because there aren't any. Many, however, still have Dez on the tick-tick-tick watch. The Cowboys' time bomb. Bryant's adviser, David Wells of Dallas, said Wednesday, "I told Dez this the other today: I don't worry about him during the football season. It's now, with no football, that I worry. The smallest thing can become blown up, news-wise." Plus, of course, Valley Ranch is also shut down because the NFL is shut down. As Wells added, there's no football focal point at the moment for Bryant. (Star-Telegram)Comment
While his would-be replacement, Jesus Montero, may be sent back to Class AAA, Jorge Posada made some news Wednesday, too. If all goes well in his new designated-hitter role, Posada wants to come back to the Yankees again in 2012. If they don't want him back, Posada admitted, it would be difficult after playing in the Yankees organization his entire career, but he would look elsewhere to find a place to play. "I feel like I can keep playing, I feel like I can still contribute," Posada told The Post [Tuesday]. "That's the toughest one," Posada said of the possibility of moving to another team. "I really don't want to go anywhere else. I would like to stay here." If the Yankees closed the door on him, though, and Posada still thought he could contribute, he said he would look to other teams. "I would, if it's the right situation," he explained. "It's got to be the right situation." (New York Post)Comment
The last time Phil Jackson retired from the Lakers, in 2004, they made a run at landing Mike Krzyzewski, who eventually turned the job down. Krzyzewski said Wednesday his answer would be the same if the Lakers, who could be in the market for a head coach if Jackson goes through with his plan to retire after the season, decided to call him again. "I've never thought of ever leaving Duke for another school but there were three serious times where I almost left to go to the pros," Krzyzewski said. ... Krzyzewski, who has won four national titles at Duke, was reportedly offered a five-year, $40 million deal after Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with him around the time of the 2004 NBA draft. (ESPNLosAngeles.com)Comment
Cory Sarich of the Flames chows down on a knuckle sandwich delivered by Ryane Clowe of the Sharks in San Jose on Wednesday night. The game was painful for Calgary: a 6-3 loss. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Game To Watch
Florida (#2) vs. BYU (#3), 7:27 PM, ET, TBS -- the Gators try to put the bite on Jimmer-mania
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This Day in Sports
- 1936 -- Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in a 6-0T Stanley Cup semifinal game
- 1962 -- Benny "Kid" Paret is knocked out by Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden and dies 10 days later
- 1971 -- Boston Patriots become the New England Patriots
- 1973 -- Nate "Tiny" Archibald becomes the first player to lead the NBA in scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4) in the same season.
- 2005 -- NHL cancels its draft due to the six-month player lockout