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Cano, Yankees headed for clash

Hal Steinbrenner has a fight on his hands -- and while it's early, it's likely he know it. [Steinbrenner] emerged from a closed-door meeting [Tuesday] with Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi to state the Yankees are willing to make a "significant long-term contract" offer to retain Robinson Cano. Think of this like a heavyweight throwing a feel-'em-out jab in the early rounds. Because this negotiation is nothing if not a battle of heavyweights. Biggest agent (Scott Boras). Biggest franchise (Yankees). One of the greatest players in the world (Cano). ... [Boras] almost always takes his elite players to free agency and lets open bidding determine a true price. And he will be emboldened since he has made the Yankees blink in the past. (New York Post)Comment

Sapp takes another shot at Suh

Warren Sapp said he called Detroit GM Martin Mayhew this past summer and warned him that the Lions were in danger of slipping in the 2012 season because he'd seen just that after one of Sapp's teams followed a surprise playoff appearance with a slump. The good news for Lions fans? Sapp expects the Lions to bounce back this season. "This should be the bounceback year," Sapp said. ... Sapp said that only one person can lead the Lions back to the playoffs: defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. "He has to be the catalyst," Sapp said. "If he is playing, then everybody goes with him. You have no choice." But Sapp continued his criticism of Suh. "I haven't seen the kid getting better," said Sapp, who is an analyst for the NFL Network. (Detroit Free Press)Comment

Hawks struggling to get assets for Smith

As of Wednesday morning, Atlanta hadn't found its strike price in the case or Josh Smith. Engaged with multiple teams in trade talks for [Smith], the Hawks are struggling to get the assets they are seeking for the prospective free agent, league sources told Tuesday. Hawks GM Danny Ferry has told prospective trade partners he is not interested in taking back future salary and he won't do a deal "just to do it," one person familiar with the discussions said. The Hawks have been in conversations with many teams about the 27-year-old forward, with the most persistent conversations happening with the Suns, Bucks, Celtics and Nets. Ferry has prioritized youth and multiple draft picks in talks for Smith. (CBS Sports)Comment

Must-See Photo

With the Daytona 500 on tap this coming Sunday, Daytona International Speedway hosted the Whelen Modified Series UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday night. (John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Canucks forward Jannik Hansen delivers a brutal shot to the head of Chicago's Marian Hossa during the Blackhawks' win on Tuesday night. Hansen faces a disciplinary hearing with the NHL.

Game To Watch

Celtics at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN -- Lakers' first game since death of Jerry Buss

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SI Vault: More Willie Mays

This Day in Sports

  • 1953 -- US Court of Appeals rules that organized baseball is a sport, not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 1963 -- Willie Mays signs record $100,000 per season contract with Giants
  • 1974 -- Gordie Howe comes out of retirement to sign with Houston Aeros of WHA for $1 million
  • 1988 -- Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold in men's figure skating