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Magic eyeing a piece of Dodgers

Magic Johnson, whose future was cast in doubt 20 years ago this week, isn't going away. [Johnson] is tracking several ownership possibilities around the league. Johnson's NBA future is clouded by a heavy involvement in bringing pro football back to Los Angeles with a proposed downtown stadium near Staples Center. He loves the NFL and had grown close to recently deceased Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, who sent Magic hand-written notes of appreciation for what Johnson meant to sports. If an opportunity came there first, with the Raiders or another organization, that would take precedence over any basketball possibility. Plus, the Los Angeles Dodgers are about to go on the market. Johnson is following those developments as well. (

Wright could follow Reyes out

David Wright chose the escape route. [Wright] has spent most of the offseason in Virginia, sheltering himself from the uncertainty surrounding the Mets??? future -- including his own, and Jose Reyes'. "You realize if Jose goes, I guess anybody can go," said Wright, who is trying not to focus too much on offseason issues. "Every day there's something new, but it's a little too early to know which way we're gonna go or Jose's gonna go," Wright said. "You try not to pay too much attention to it. But to see the kind of interest Jose is getting -- which you knew he was gonna get -- it finally kind of hits home. When he speaks to different teams, you know there's a possibility that he's not here." There is also the possibility that Wright isn't here, either. (New York Post)Comment

Morris blames McCoy for his injury

Raheem Morris is not much for coddling. On Sunday, Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy was lost for the year with a torn biceps muscle. On Monday, [Morris] rubbed McCoy's face in the injured area by blaming the incident on tackling form. "It goes back to Pop Warner," Morris told WDAE on Monday, via "All your Pop Warner coaches tell you, 'Don't arm tackle.' ... You gotta have your eyes up. Sky your eyes and do the right thing all the time, or it's going to happen in football. You're going to get hurt." Regardless of whether Morris is right (and he probably is), publicly calling out a key player whose error has resulted in a significant injury may not be the best way to retain the affections of the locker room. (

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