We heard several weeks ago that the Giants had been unable to get in touch with receiver Plaxico Burress after the 2008 season. During a Thursday interview with Chris Russo of Sirius XM Radio's Mad Dog Unleashed, Giants co-owner John Mara confirmed that Burress wasn't being responsive. And Mara didn't like it. "[G.M.] Jerry Reese had attempted to contact him on a number of occasions and was not able to get a hold of him which, to be honest with you, irritated me quite a bit," Mara said. Mara also explained that the decision to sever ties with Burress resulted from the fact that his pending legal entanglement has not yet been resolved -- and that no resolution was in sight. (profootballtalk.com) Comment
As silly as it might sound to anyone dismissive of hexes, karma or juju, maybe the Angels really are cursed . . . Even they are suspicious. . . .As longtime Angels communications director Tim Mead admitted to The Times a decade ago, "We all come to work choosing to disregard public and media talk of the jinx, but do we privately wonder? Yeah, we shake our heads and wonder." . . . On Thursday, sadly, their fragile world was shaken anew. . . .(Los Angeles Times) Comment
The Bruins, lobbying for months to bring the NHL's Winter Classic to Boston, have been given the go-ahead by commissioner Gary Bettman's office to host the game Jan. 1, 2010, despite mild, perfunctory protestations from Causeway Street that plans for the popular New Year's Day game have yet to be finalized. Pending a last-second hiccup, the game will be staged at the near century-old Fenway Park, with its iconic Green Monster serving as the backdrop to the boards, Plexiglas, and 85- by 200-foot sheet of ice. The league gave the Bruins the official go-ahead Wednesday night. According to a source familiar with negotiations involving the NHL, players, and the Bruins, Boston likely will host either the Washington Capitals or the Philadelphia Flyers. It has long been rumored that the next Jan. 1 game would include a Canadian-based team, with the Montreal Canadiens the probable partner for a game in the Hub of Hockey. (Boston Globe) Comment
Say cheese: Duke Keaton, 8, the son of actress Diane Keaton, snaps a photo of superstar Kobe Bryant during a break in the Lakers' game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center in L.A. on April 9. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Always nice to be praised by coach -- if you can understand him.
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