January 19, 2011
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Chargers-to-L.A. clears another hurdle

According to a report, Philip Anschutz has agreed to finance construction of a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles under four conditions. Whether a stadium gets built remains to be seen. Proposals that would return the National Football League to Los Angeles have been floated like wobbly balls across the middle since the Rams and Raiders left about 15 years ago, and two are in play now. How either proposal affects the San Diego Chargers at this point is anyone's guess, as it has been for some time. But one of Anschutz's conditions is that an NFL team commits to moving to Los Angeles, which is something only a handful of teams, including the Chargers, could consider given their existing leases. (Anschutz's other conditions involve commitments from businesses, city officials and the NFL.) (San Diego Union-Tribune) Comment

Blanton not going anywhere

Many assumed after the Phillies added Cliff Lee that Joe Blanton would be on the move. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, however, on Tuesday said he does not intend to move Blanton before Opening Day. "I don't feel comfortable doing it," Amaro told FOXSports.com. "He's going to pitch for the Phillies, probably for the entire season." Blanton, 30, projects as the Phillies' fifth starter, behind righty Roy Halladay, Lee, righty Roy Oswalt and lefty Cole Hamels. The Phillies' decision to keep Blanton, at least for the moment, might stem from the difficulty of trading him. Blanton, who went 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 2010, is guaranteed $8.5 million in each of the next two seasons. (FOXSports.com) Comment

Karl may sit 'distracted' Anthony

A distracted Carmelo Anthony isn't an asset to George Karl. [Karl] said his star forward was "very distracted" during practice Tuesday for one of the few times this season. Karl couldn't say for sure it was due to trade rumors swirling but did say it could affect Anthony's playing time. "If Melo plays distracted, I can't play him as many minutes," Karl, whose Nuggets play host to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, told FanHouse. "I thought he was very distracted (Tuesday)... I don't know (if it's because of trade rumors). I don't have that answer." Karl said overall the Nuggets had a very bad practice Tuesday and the team looked distracted, but he was willing to single out Anthony. (FanHouse) Comment

Must-See Photo
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Bobcats center Kwame Brown (left) fouls Bulls center Kurt Thomas during Tuesday night's game. (AP)

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The Flyers knocked off the Capitals in overtime.
This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More UCLA basketball
  • 1974 -- The UCLA men's basketball team's record 88-game winning streak is snapped with a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame in South Bend.
  • 1996 -- The NHL announces the Winnipeg Jets can move to Phoenix.
  • 2002 -- Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goals in the waning seconds of regulation and in overtime propel the New England Patriots to victory in the "Tuck Rule Game."

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