March 02, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Shaq blasts Raptors' Bosh
After Shaquille O'Neal scored 45 against Toronto on Friday, Raptors star Chris Bosh said O'Neal had benefited from officials ignoring his three-second lane violations. "I heard what Chris Bosh said, and that's strong words coming from the RuPaul of big men," O'Neal said. "I'm going to do the same thing (in their next meeting) I did before -- make him quit. Make 'em quit and complain. It's what I do." O'Neal is the only NBA player other than Stephon Marbury and Bernard King to record 40-point games with four teams. "I warned these guys he can do that," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. (Arizona Republic)
Cutler believes he still may be traded
The biggest question in Broncoland: Did Josh McDaniels at least entertain moving Jay Cutler because he wanted Matt Cassel to help him move the Patriots' offensive system to Denver? Or does McDaniels want to move Cutler? Cutler believes he may still be trade bait. But while several reports quoted sources saying it was McDaniels who initiated the Cassel-Cutler trade proposal, only McDaniels put his name behind his comment. "We don't want to trade Jay," McDaniels said Saturday. "We never did. He's our quarterback." Expect other NFL coaches and GMs to test McDaniels' resolve. An NFL source said the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings also expressed interest in Cutler. But it's unlikely the cash-strapped Broncos would want the Lions' No. 1 overall draft pick, because that slot would command a minimum $30 million guarantee. The Vikings, however, have a terrific defense and the league's best running back in Adrian Peterson. With all due respect to the recently acquired Sage Rosenfels, the Vikings may consider Cutler, who threw for 4,525 yards last season, as a final piece to becoming a Super Bowl contender. Most significant NFL trades are made on the first day of the draft. The threat of a Cutler trade probably won't dissolve until the draft's second day, April 26. (Denver Post)
Peavy still interested in Cubs
The Jake Peavy saga began in November and lasted through most of the off-season, leaving Cubs fans wondering if the Padres ace would be in blue pinstripes by Opening Day. It hasn't happened yet, and there's no indication a Peavy deal ever will be consummated. But there's little doubt he's a wanted man in the Cubs' clubhouse. "Love to have him," Ryan Theriot said. "That's definitely the type of player you want on your team." The Cubs are waiting for the Ricketts family to close its purchase of the team before deciding whether to re-explore the possibility of acquiring Peavy. Talks have not resumed since the last day of the winter meetings. But after throwing three shutout innings against the Cubs in San Diego's 4-2 Cactus League victory Sunday -- Peavy's final tuneup before starting for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic -- he still sounded like a man who'd readily leave paradise for Wrigley Field. "Obviously, Chicago was a team that I did have an interest in playing for, and I respect [general manager] Jim Hendry and the organization," he said. "I respect a lot of the players they have and feel like they have a good bunch, and obviously [it's] a great city. [Those] were reasons I identified the Cubs as a team I wanted to be a part of if I had to move on from San Diego." (Chicago Tribune)
Must-See Photo
Shaq and Kobe renewed acquaintances Sunday in Phoenix. Shaq scored 33 points and the Suns overcame Kobe's 49 in a 118-111 victory. (AP)
Must-See Video
Blake Griffin went all out in Oklahoma's victory at Texas Tech on Saturday.
Game To Watch
Villanova at Notre Dame, 7 PM ET -- A victory would boost the Irish's NCAA tournament hopes.
Villanova Wildcats
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Wilt Chamberlain
1927 -- Babe Ruth accepts a three-year deal from the New York Yankees worth $210,000, the richest contract in the sport.
1962 -- The Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a 169-147 victory against the New York Knicks.
1963 -- Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts signs a seven-year, $98 million contract, including a record $34.5 million signing bonus.


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