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Giants-Cowboys war of words

DeMarcus Ware offered a theory on Justin Tuck's less-than-flattering hammering of Dallas. To the Dallas Cowboys' pass-rusher, Tuck is nothing more than a desperate wannabe. And every time Tuck trashes the Cowboys, every time he talks about how much he "hates" Dallas and how he thinks Cowboys Stadium a dump, Ware feels a sense of pity for the struggling Giants defensive lineman. "He says that because maybe he wants to play here," Ware told reporters in Irving, Tex., on Wednesday. "Everybody wants to play for the Cowboys." ... The two NFC East rivals will clash at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night, but the verbal battle between both squads has already begun. (New York Daily News)Comment

Prepare for a Darvish bidding war

Let the bidding begin. Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish ended the speculation and only heightended the anticipation when he announced he wants to pitch in the major leagues next season. The 25-year-old right-handed star of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters requested that he be posted, which would inject a prize talent into this winter's market. Assuming the Fighters agree to the posting, which they are expected to do, major league teams could then submit sealed bids for the right to negotiate with Darvish. ... "He's one of the best," says new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who managed against Darvish in Japan. "If you asked, 'Who are the four best pitchers in baseball?' you'd have to talk about him." (USA Today)Comment

Paul won't commit to Warriors or Clippers

Chris Paul's destination remained murky as of Thursday morning, partly by his own doing. [Paul] will not commit to signing a contract extension after this season with the Golden State Warriors or Los Angeles Clippers if he is traded to either team, citing the potential financial hit if he were to do that rather than becoming a free agent and signing a new deal with a new team next summer, according to league sources. That has left potential deals with both teams in limbo. It was not known Wednesday if Paul had similar reluctance to sign an extension after this season with the Lakers, who are also involved in trade talks for Paul. Paul is essentially making the same decision that Nets guard Deron Williams made last week. (

Must-See Photo

The Buffalo Sabres' Nathan Gerbe lays on the ice after getting hit from behind by Philadelphia Flyers' Marc-Andre Bourdon. (AP)

Must-See Video

Army-Navy game honored lat President Kennedy in 1963

Game To Watch

Harvard vs. UConn, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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This Day in Sports

  • 1940 -- The Bears beat the Redskins 73-0 in the most lopsided NFL championship game ever played.
  • 1987 -- The Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes the first goalie to shoot a puck into the opposing goal.
  • 2007 -- Florida QB Tim Tebow becomes the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.