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Tiki's interest in Buccaneers unrequited

A day after it was reported that Tiki Barber was open to playing in Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, speculation in the former leaned toward a lack of mutual interest. It's not going to happen. Tiki Barber's hopes of joining his twin brother, Ronde, on the Buccaneers are destined to end in disappointment because Tampa Bay has no interest in the former Pro Bowl running back of the New York Giants. At the age of 36, Tiki doesn't fit in with Tampa Bay's youth movement and the people that count within the organization have no intentions of signing him once he is granted his release from the Giants upon the end of the NFL lockout. ... Playing with Ronde would fulfill a dream, but the Bucs don't believe he is the right fit at this juncture. (The Tampa Tribune)Comment

Leyland: Tension with umps getting worse

If you think it seems easier to get tossed from a game these days, Jim Leyland will speak for those who agree with you. An Angels batter shrugs his shoulders after a called third strike. He gets tossed. Three Tigers get ejected from the same game without even a major scene taking place. If Tuesday night's 1-0 Tigers loss to the Angels proved anything beyond what an excellent matchup it was for Justin Verlander to face Dan Haren, it was this: The tension on the field is tangible. Between players and umpires, that is. ... "For some reason, it appears to me that the tension level is much more than it should be between managers, players, coaches and umpires," said Leyland. "I know [Joe Torre] is trying to get it resolved, but right now the tension seems worse." (The Detroit News)Comment

Deron Williams headed to Turkey?

Deron Williams has been looped into speculation of joining a list of NBA players interested in playing overseas. Beikta Cola Turka, briefly known as the team employing Allen Iverson (remember him?), has reportedly agreed to terms with another, perhaps more reliable American NBA baller. Turkey-based sports news outlet NTV Spor announced today that [Williams] of the New Jersey Nets will be joining the TBL club for the 2011-12 with an out clause, should the NBA lockout end. Williams stands to earn some $16 million with Mikhail Prokhorov's team, should a season be played. (

Must-See Photo

A pint-sized fan cheers on the U.S. women's soccer team as they take on Sweden. Ultimately Team USA fell short in a 2-1 loss. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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After making his major league debut last month, Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall nailed his first home run in Cleveland's 5-3 win over the Yankees.

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