The Nets gave themselves maximum financial effectiveness ($22 million under the projected cap of $58M, July 1, 2010) to recruit potential free agent (while boxing out the Knicks) LeBron James. . .and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Clearing cap room two years ahead of time on the belief James' outwardly magnetic bond with Nets' minority owner Jay-Z (it's not as if he rhymes as tight as Biggie Smalls) will influence him to forsake his home state of Ohio is like building an elaborate spec house just across the Brooklyn Bridge in today's saggy, baggy real estate market.(New York Post) Comment
Willie Randolph still might get honored at the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium for his service to the Bronx Bombers. But despite manager Clint Hurdle's wishes, Randolph will not be a member of his National League coaching staff. After discussions with the league office, Hurdle named Chicago Cubs' boss Lou Piniella to replace Randolph, who was fired by the Mets earlier this month. Hurdle had hoped to keep Randolph on his staff, something he conveyed in voice messages to Randolph after he was let go.(Denver Post) Comment
It's taken a while, and it's required the added scrutiny of the NCAA's watchdogs, but we are now getting a clear idea of how thoroughly and painfully mismanaged Indiana's basketball program was. It may be true that athletic director Rick Greenspan had Kelvin Sampson shoved down his throat by former school President Adam Herbert and some trustees. And it may be true that Greenspan has taken an unfair percentage of the criticism, what with Herbert and the others hiding under various rocks and avoiding culpability. It's also true that Greenspan ultimately signed off on the hiring. He was the one in the front of a stage set up in Assembly Hall, hailing Sampson's arrival, insisting that IU hired a man who was contrite about the mistakes he made at Oklahoma and was ready to turn over a new leaf. Hiring Sampson, though, wasn't the worst of it. The worst came thereafter when IU apparently failed to properly monitor the work of Sampson and his staff. Incredibly, it took nearly a year of phone bills -- many of them with the "3W" designation, meaning three-way calls -- before IU woke up to the possibility that Sampson and his staff were violating the terms of the probation.(Indianapolis Star) Comment
Russia's Igor Akinfeev fails to save a shot by Spain's David Silva, unseen, during the semifinal match between Russia and Spain in Vienna, Austria at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships. (AP Photo)
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