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Amar'e may join Kobe overseas

A European vacation of sorts may be in store for Amar'e Stoudemire. [Stoudemire] would consider joining Kobe Bryant's barnstorming tour through China if the NBA lockout extends into the regular season. According to a person close to the Knicks' All-Star power forward, Stoudemire would only play if he can be insured in case of injury. The Knicks signed Stoudemire last summer to five-year, $100-million contract despite being unable to get the contract insured because Stoudemire has a pre-existing knee problem and has had surgery for a detached retina. After Stoudemire signed, he honored the Knicks' request to withdraw from the U.S. national team in order to rest his body for the upcoming season. (New York Daily News)Comment

Red Sox didn't earn an All-Star appearance

Once told CC Sabathia wasn't heading to the All-Star Game, not even John Lester could muster strenuous objection to his "snub." Despite everybody on the Red Sox sounding stunned that everybody on the Red Sox is not going to Phoenix, there really was not one case of snub that would not be thrown out of court -- kangaroo, Judge Judy's or otherwise. Sure, [Lester], Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard are having terrific years and have every right to be disappointed they are not going. But if everyone were to take off their Red Sox-colored glasses for just a second, they might realize that the "snubbed" Red Sox would have to take a number and get in line behind some pitchers and players who have a real gripe. Like [Sabathia] of the Yankees. (Boston Herald)Comment

Whisenhunt tells troops there will be football

Part of the NFL-USO Coaches Tour, Ken Whisenhunt already has a highlight reel of memories -- from the patrol boat, to the Blackhawk helicopter, to the C-130 airplane at zero gravity. The troops also made it clear to the coaches that they wanted to see football. Many told Whisenhunt they wake up at 2:30 on Monday mornings during the season to watch games. (Iraq is 10 hours ahead of Arizona.) The question most often asked of Whisenhunt and his group is when, or if, the NFL will play this fall. The owners have locked out the players, and it's possible games could be missed. How has Whisenhunt responded? "I think we're going to have football," he said. "Hopefully, that's something that will work out in the near future." (The Arizona Republic)Comment

Must-See Photo

Sporting a Dodgers jersey, former MLB slugger Jose Canseco hits during a home run derby against ex-Angel Tim Salmon in Anaheim, Calif. Canseco won the event. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

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