November 19, 2009
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Shockey: LeBron couldn't cut it in NFL

Jeremy Shockey doesn't buy it. King James wouldn't cut it in the NFL on Sundays. That is what the sometimes talkative New Orleans Saints tight end said via his Twitter account Wednesday night. "Everyone trust me Lebron James could not play in the NFL," he wrote on his Twitter account. "ESPN is crazy to even think he could even make a practice squad. He;s a 4.9 40 time." (National Football Post) Comment

Staubach seeks stake in Rangers

Another bidder appeared on the scene for the controlling interest in the Texas Rangers. His name: Tom Hicks. Hicks, who has owned the club since 1998, expressed renewed optimism Wednesday that his own locally-based investment group would allow him to maintain his current status as majority owner. Hicks has been seeking minority investment in the club to help retire debt since late March, but over the course of the summer, it became more likely he would have to sell at least a majority of his interest in the team in order to service the debt. Hicks said he has found a significant number of local investors, including Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, to back him. (Dallas Morning News) Comment

Nets not firing Frank -- yet

Nets team president Rod Thorn knows what odds coach Lawrence Frank has faced from the outset, odds that have grown increasingly worse, odds of an ice cube against a flame thrower. So while he is most supportive of his coach, Thorn uses the word "realistic" when assessing the situation. Be realistic in knowing how tough the situation is, but also be realistic in knowing the losing must somehow end. "If this continues, none of us are safe," Thorn said, providing neither a vote of confidence nor a condemnation of Frank. Should the losing continue, something must happen, although Thorn flatly said don't look for anything on the immediate horizon. (New York Post) Comment

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Buffalo's Adam Mair skates in warmups before their game against the Panthers on Wednesday.

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This is how you DON'T celebrate a goal.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Nolan Ryan
  • 1979 -- Houston ace Nolan Ryan signs a four-year contract for $4.5 million, making him the highest paid player in major league baseball.
  • 1984 - Dwight Gooden, 20, becomes the youngest pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
  • 2001 - Barry Bonds becomes the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player Awards.
  • 2004 - During a Pistons-Pacers game, a fight breaks out involving fans and players. Several players were suspended and all involved were later charged with assault and battery.

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