As the Washington Redskins continue to prepare for the second year of the Jim Zorn era, we're hearing ongoing chatter that, come 2010, the head coach of the team will be former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. Of course, the 'Skins might not end up getting a clear shot at Shanahan. With Cowboys coach Wade Phillips entering the final year of his contract and a new deal unlikely, Jerry Jones likely will be looking for a new head coach, too. In the end, Shanahan's final destination might come down to money. Specifically, the question will be the extent to which any team is willing to exceed the $7 million that Shanahan is due to receive from the Broncos regardless of whether he works next season.(profootballtalk.com) Comment
The Mets buckled under to a heavy fan outcry yesterday and decided to preserve Dwight Gooden's Citi Field autograph after all. After insisting for the better part of two days that Gooden's signature inside the exclusive Ebbets Club would be wiped away, the club announced it will move it to a more public part of the stadium. "We got a lot of calls on this and it was a topic on [sports radio] all day, so we're going to listen to the fans," Mets PR chief Jay Horwitz said last night. According to Horwitz, the section of the Ebbets Club wall with Gooden's autograph will be removed and put behind fiberglass at a to-be-determined spot in the park more accessible to fans. The Mets also will cut out a large enough section of the wall for other former stars such as Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman to add their signatures to Gooden's or create other formats for them to do so.(New York Post) Comment
Expect the Raptors and free agent forward Shawn Marion to help each other get the best situation possible this offseason. Marion, soon to be 31, understandably is hoping for a long-term contract, and he is still interested in Toronto, though he is keeping his options open. The Raptors are keeping their options open, too; they are very interested in re-signing Marion, but if he decides to go elsewhere, they hope to facilitate that via sign-and-trade to get a top player back. (Boston Globe) Comment
The Capitals' Brooks Laich slips the puck under Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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