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Jays to chase Darvish

When offered the chance to back off a statement that Toronto could spend $120 million on payroll, Paul Beeston did not. "I don't know when we're going to do it. It could be this year. It could be next year. It's going to be when it's the right deal that's going to put us over the top." ... There's one special free agent out there this year in 25-year-old Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish. Late in the summer, it was reported that Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and his right-hand man, Tony LaCava, were in attendance at one of the right-hander's key starts for the Nippon Ham. If Rogers ownership was not aware of Darvish before that, it certainly is now, and there's a real possibility of the Jays being in the thick of whatever happens with Darvish. (The Star)Comment

Hard times for Williams in Turkey

Deron Williams now plays to about 3,500 a night. The crowd, and the opponents on the floor, were unimpressed with his All-Star status. He was roughed up by Mons-Hainaut. In the first half, after some physical play, Williams had words with Sean Singletary, a former standout at the University of Virginia, and picked up a technical foul. Midway through the second quarter, Justin Cage, who played at Xavier, barreled over Williams. Later, Williams missed three straight free throws. ... [Of the officiating, Williams] said: "I mean, I've played in a lot of European basketball. I've played in the Olympics. But this is definitely different. The way the reffing has been going has been different for me, but I've got to adjust." (New York Times)Comment

Forte-Bears relationship souring?

Few players can compete Matt Forte's impact on his team's offense, which makes more complicated signing him. [Forte's] agent said it's status quo after four games. "We have received no indication of any change in the stance of the Bears as it relates to their perception -- despite his production -- of Matt's value," agent Adisa Bakari told the Sun-Times. ... Whatever the Bears were willing to pay, the price obviously has gone up. "We've stated from the very beginning that the longer we wait, the more difficult and complicated it becomes," Bakari said. "Matt, to date, is performing at an ultra-elite level, and that's an indisputable reality." What's on the horizon? Here's another sobering reality: This could be Forte's last season with the Bears. (Chicago Sun-Times)Comment

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