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Pujols turned down $195M last winter

Perhaps, were it up to Albert Pujols, there would be no postseason drama. [Pujols] remains uncomfortable talking about free agency. He wishes it never got to this point. He would have gladly signed a long-term deal last winter. Or the winter before. Or even the year before that. The Cardinals' contract proposal offer finally did arrive last winter: a nine-year deal for about $195 million, according to two officials with knowledge of the offer but not authorized to publicly discuss it. But it wasn't enough to sway Pujols. He wanted a 10-year contract, paying at least the $23 million annual salary of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, guaranteeing a minimum of $230 million. (USA TODAY)Comment

NBA to sacrifice preseason?

There are positive signs in the fact the NBA and the players' union are meeting, but is there enough time to work out a deal? [David Stern] pointed out on Wednesday that, to save the season, "We have three weeks." Training camp is supposed to start in less than a month. When the NFL was in a lockout, there was an emphasis on saving training camp, but according to a league source, that's not necessarily as important for the NBA. First of all, pro football is a lot more complicated to coach and requires more thorough conditioning. Second, the source said, "Financially, the NFL makes a killing off the preseason. The NBA doesn't. We play in some pretty far-off spots. And our preseason games aren't televised much." (Sporting News)Comment

Dynasty a dirty word to Packers GM

Don't mention the 'D' word in Green Bay: Dynasty. Perhaps that is why the Green Bay Packers want nothing to do with the preseason chatter that they are poised to become the next NFL dynasty. A warning was issued by a Packers staffer, in advance, that general manager Ted Thompson would not want to talk about dynasties. He recoils at that word. It's not appropriate, Thompson said. Dynasties are built over time, after multiple championships in a row, perhaps six. He did not laugh when he said that. ... He says the Packers Way is to keep your head down, your mouth shut and your eyes wide open. He says the word "dynasty" means nothing to him. "There's a reason why there are not a whole lot of repeats in this thing," he said. (

Must-See Photo

Grieving fans in Jonkoping, Sweden gathered near a poster of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl goaltender Stefan Liv, who was killed in a jet crash in Russia on Wednesday. All but one of his KHL teammates and coaches, some of whom had played in the NHL, died in one of the worst air disasters in sports history. (Reuters photos)

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Game To Watch

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This Day in Sports

  • 1919 -- Babe Ruth breaks Buck Freeman's single-season home run record (25) set in 1919
  • 1963 -- Warren Spahn of the Braves ties Christy Mathewson's mark of 13 20-win seasons
  • 1974 -- Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong ito win U.S. Open women's singles title
  • 1985 -- Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb's career hit mark of 4,191
  • 1993 -- American League approves switch to three divisions
  • 2002 -- Texas Rangers homer in MLB record 26th straight game