While banished from the Knicks, Stephon Marbury was pursued relentlessly by a pair of alleged Swiss bankers claiming to have connections to Real Madrid. Marbury, after discovering their intricate plot was a hoax, was considering turning over information to law-enforcement officials about the contact. The alleged investors, who identified themselves to The Post through phone calls and e-mails as working for Union Bank Suisse, gave their names and claimed they were trying to sign him to a multi-million dollar sponsorship contract that can be parlayed into a deal with the Real Madrid basketball club. Marbury said he returned calls and e-mails from the investors Saturday. "They're phonies, it's a hoax," said Marbury. (New York Post) Comment
Marty Schottenheimer said during an interview Tuesday on Sirius NFL Radio that it's unlikely he'd return to Cleveland to become head coach of the Browns again, but admitted he was intrigued about the possibility of returning in a front-office role with Bill Cowher as coach. "That would be very interesting for a couple of reasons,'' Schottenheimer said on The Sirius Blitz. "You know, Bill and I have remained very, very close friends throughout our NFL careers and it goes back to when he was a player and I was an assistant. I would be less than candid if I didn't say that that is, at the very least, intriguing. But there are so many movable parts there it would be like a Rubix cube." (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment
Phillies officials were working on a complex trade late last night that could bring them a player who would provide insurance for second baseman Chase Utley and a righthanded bat in left field. In a proposed multi-team trade, Mark DeRosa would go from the Chicago Cubs to the Phillies. The Phillies would send the Cubs a prospect or two, which in turn could be sent to San Diego in a package for pitcher Jake Peavy. Pitcher J.A. Happ is one of the prospects the Phils could part with. There were rumblings that the proposed deal could include a fourth team, most likely the Baltimore Orioles. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment
Predators player Scott Nichol falls through a gate into an officials area during the first period of the Blues-Predators game. He was uninjured and returned to play. (Tim Vizer/Icon SMI)
1984 -- - Los Angeles Rams RB Eric Dickerson rushes for 215 yards in a 27-16 victory over Houston. 1988 -- Jerry Sloan is named head coach of the Utah Jazz. 2000 -- The Rockies sign Mike Hampton to the richest contract in baseball history, a $121 million, eight-year deal.
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