December 30, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Terrell Davis calls T.O. 'a cancer'
Not to be outdone by ESPN's Cris Carter who mentioned Terrell Owens and a "bullet" in the same sentence, NFLN's Terrell Davis had this to say Monday on "Total Access" when the discussion turned to fixing the Cowboys: "The first guy that's got to go is T.O..." T.D. said. "T.O. I'm sorry you are a cancer. You got to go." I think T.D. called T.O. the "c" word at least three times. What is it about T.O. that brings out such tough words from a couple of guys who were pretty good players themselves? Recall that T.D., who did his time with the Broncos, is a two-time Super Bowl champ and a Super Bowl MVP. Meanwhile...NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi was all over Roy (WR) Williams. He mentioned Williams had questionable work ethics at Texas and with the Lions. He said he would keep T.O. and dump Williams. Yes, but which team will give the Cowboys a first- and a third-round draft choice for Williams? (Dallas Morning News)
Dodgers consider Manny alternatives
As the stalemate between Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers approaches its third month, the club is exploring whether Bobby Abreu or Adam Dunn could replace Ramirez in left field. The market for Ramirez apparently has not heated up even after Mark Teixeira, the most coveted hitter available in free agency, signed last week with the New York Yankees. General Manager Ned Colletti said Monday the Dodgers have not heard since then from Scott Boras, the agent for Ramirez and Teixeira. "I'm assuming, if Manny wants to play here, we'll hear at some point from Scott," Colletti said. Colletti would not discuss what other players the Dodgers might pursue. "Manny is our first choice," Colletti said. The Dodgers offered Ramirez a two-year, $45-million contract eight weeks ago, then withdrew the offer after Boras declined to propose a counteroffer. The Dodgers also offered a one-year contract via salary arbitration, which Ramirez declined. (Los Angeles Times)
Source: Pro Bowl abandoning Honolulu
The Pro Bowl will abandon Honolulu for Miami Gardens in 2010, kicking off one week before the Super Bowl arrives at Dolphin Stadium, according to a source involved in the decision and local Super Bowl organizers. The anticipated move is seen as a bid to revive interest in the NFL's annual all-star game, whose timing and remote location make it harder to attract fans, sports writers and even players. The 2010 plan would launch a new NFL tradition of playing the Pro Bowl in the same city as the Super Bowl. It also would end the NFL's policy of holding the Pro Bowl the week after the Super Bowl, a practice that makes professional football the only major sport that plays its all-star game after the season ends. While league officials would not confirm the decision Monday night, South Florida's Super Bowl organizers said they've been told to prepare for a 2010 Pro Bowl in Dolphin Stadium. (Miami Herald)
Must-See Photo
A jumper looks like a stealth bomber or UFO as he soars through the twilight in the first round of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany on Dec. 29. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
If you occupy the basement in your fantasy sports league and had a little too much grog at the holiday office party, just be thankful you don't have friends like this...
Game To Watch
Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Oregon (9-3), 8:00 p.m. ET -- Two teams with outstanding rushing attacks and high-scoring offenses battle in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Fun fact: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy will become the first person to play and coach in a Holiday Bowl.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oregon Ducks
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Wayne Gretzky
1907 -- Abraham Mills' commission declares that Abner Doubleday invented baseball.
1954 -- First use of the 24-second shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston).
1956 -- New York Giants trounce the Chicago Bears 47-7 in the NFL Championship Game.
1978 -- Ohio State dismisses its overly combative football coach, Woody Hayes.
1981 -- Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers sets the NHL record of 50 goals by the 39th game of the season.

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