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Daily Jolt: Yanks to target Soriano after Granderson injury?

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Monday, February 25

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Yanks targeting Soriano for outfield?

Alfonso Soriano knew what was coming when he heard Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game on Sunday. Would the Cubs outfielder be interested in waiving his no-trade clause if the Yankees called the Cubs about a trade? "I hope they don't look that way because I'm feeling comfortable here and I believe in this team," he said. "We have a better chance this year." Whether the Yankees would seek Soriano is a question that sprung to mind because he came up in that organization and the Cubs have been forthcoming about their willingness to eat a significant portion of the remaining $36 million left on his contract. "I don't like to say no," Soriano said. "That's the team that opened the door for me in the big leagues. But, like I said, that was a long time ago. ... It happened today, so I don't know if they want to call (the Cubs) or not. But if they call for me I have to think about it. I'm 37 years old, so I have to think about it first, what's good for me and the team and my family too." (Chicago Tribune)Comment

'DWTS' nabs Jacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones danced in several NFL end zones this season as he went from unheralded free agent pickup to one of the heroes of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month. He'll now take his dance moves to another stage, and this time, they'll be judged. The wide receiver and Pro Bowl return man was unveiled by ABC Sunday night as one of the contestants on 'Dancing With the Stars.' The rest of the cast will be announced Tuesday on Good Morning America. Season 16 of the show will debut on March 18 on ABC. (Baltimore Sun)Comment

Nowitzki not ready to retire soon

As he said in Germany during the Mavericks' preseason European trip, Dirk Nowitzki still plans to sign another contract after his current deal expires after the 2013-14 season. Not that there weren't some antsy moments for him when he was struggling earlier this season. "I had some doubts here when I came back," Nowitzki said. "It took so long. Is it ever going to come back? It was a tough stretch for me coming back from the surgery. But the way I feel now, I still think I can play a couple of years. I've got this year and next year under contract, so I'll be 36 and for sure play a couple of more years." Nowitzki even mentioned the possibility of becoming a 40-year-old role player. (Dallas Morning News)Comment

Must-See Photo

This Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan wasn't able to cheer his driver to victory in the Daytona 500 Sunday but he was able to offer a sense of NASCAR style. (AP)

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Kobe Bryant answered Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's suggestion that the Lakers might have to amnesty him next season by scoring 38 points and adding a monstrous block to lead L.A. past Dallas Sunday.

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