July 26, 2011
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Besiktas believes Kobe's coming to town

Though not by leaps our bounds, the Kobe-to-Turkey story advanced a bit Monday. [The] Turkish basketball team Besiktas plans to have more negotiations with Kobe Bryant's representatives on July 30th in hopes that the Lakers star will join the team. "At the moment there's a 50% chance that Kobe may come to Turkey," Seref Yalcin, Besiktas' head of basketball operations, told reporters in Turkey, as initially mentioned by Slam Online. "Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th. We have not talked about money, as reported. We only talked about the possibility of Kobe playing in Turkey. We asked FIBA for approval and Kobe wants some time to think about it. We believe that his response is going to be positive. Money will not be a problem." (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Losing to Tigers spells s-e-l-l in Chicago

The White Sox may decide this week to turn over the roster. [GM] Ken Williams expressed the need to win the three-game series against Detroit to avoid what could be a sell-off before Sunday's 3 p.m. trading deadline. "Certainly we need to wait and get on the other side of this Detroit series," Williams told reporters Monday. This marks the first time since 2007 that the Sox at least faced the possibility of trading experienced players at the deadline. Asked about a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report stating that the Sox were interested in acquring outfielder Colby Rasmus in a deal involving Edwin Jackson or Matt Thornton and a minor league player, Williams said the story, "as reported, is incorrect." (Chicago Tribune) Comment

Irsay: Manning contract could hurt Colts

Yes, says Jim Irsay, Peyton Manning will be the league's highest-paid player -- and, yes, there's a "but." [Irsay] believes a salary cap of roughly $120 million in the first year of the new labor accord, smaller than the last cap in 2009, will complicate things. ... "Whatever the [annual] number [of the contract] is, $20 million, you're topping off there where it becomes very, very difficult to be competitive and to field a team," Irsay said. ... "It's something I hope gets done very quickly and quite frankly it should get done very quickly because he is going to be the highest-paid player, he is going to make more than Brady. But under this system you cannot pay a player $25 million. It's just not going to work, you're not going to be able to compete." (ESPN.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael McKenry catches a pop fly off the bat of Atlanta Braves Nate McLouth with bases loaded against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning of Monday's game. (AP)

Must-See Video

Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon play at 61-shot rally in Hamburg.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Don Shula
  • 1928 -- Gene Tunney beats Tom Heeney by 11th-round TKO at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.
  • 1996 -- American swimmer Amy Van Dyken won the 50-meter freestyle to become the first U.S. woman to win four in a single Olympics.
  • 1997 -- Giants owner Wellington Mara and Dolphins coach Don Shula are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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