Ben Gordon is a an unrestricted free agent while Kirk Hinrich has three years left on a five-year $47.5 million contract. It ends after the 2011-12 season. It's likely, though not certain, that only one of them will return to the team the next season. That's because with Derrick Rose the starting point guard for the future, it's questionable whether the team's salary structure could support a new deal for Gordon and Hinrich's contract. John Salmons has just one year left on his contract at about $5.5 million. He has an opt-out after next season he's likely to take and the Bulls figure to want to bring him back. It seems unlikely they could satisfy all three with finances and playing situations. Asked about the bitter negotiations the past two summers, Gordon said: "At the end of the day, it's a business. I'm able to put my feelings aside. If there's animosity the organization needs to be able to do the same thing. This is not kids in the playground arguing. This is a business. They need to sit down and figure something about. If there's nothing to figure out, just move on and do something else." (Bulls.com) Comment
In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, his first since a chaotic series of events began in mid-December, Broncos' owner and CEO Pat Bowlen declares: Even now, he doesn't understand why former quarterback Jay Cutler wouldn't return his calls and wanted out of Denver. The Broncos will "probably not" win the Super Bowl next season. He would have preferred that the Broncos had drafted more defensive players last weekend. He has not spoken to Mike Shanahan since he fired him. He has turned over additional organizational responsibilities to chief operating officer Joe Ellis. He has "absolutely" no plans to sell the franchise. His new coach, Josh McDaniels, committed "rookie mistakes," but he fully supports him and is growing more assured he will be outstanding in the long term. His health "is good," but he has experienced "short-term memory loss" in recent months. (Denver Post) Comment
The Mets got an unscheduled off day here yesterday due to the rain, but they remain in a fix when it comes to Oliver Perez. The struggling left-hander's status stayed cloudy after Perez apparently balked at a trip to the minor leagues that the Mets hoped would enable him to salvage a season already gone terribly wrong. The Mets are set to take Perez's spot in the rotation away after yet another terrible start Saturday, when he allowed four runs on five hits and six walks in a season-low 2 1/3 innings of their eventual 6-5 loss to the Phillies in 10 innings. (New York Post) Comment
Dallas' Antoine Wright (21) and Dirk Nowitzki (41) challenge a shot from Denver's Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets beat the Mavs 109-95 in Game 1. (John W. McDonough/SI)
So much for team spirit. After Slovakia backup goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed the final goal in an 8-0 loss to the Czech Republic, teammate Tomas Surovy showed his frustration by bashing Halak in the head.
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NBA Playoffs, Round 2, Game 1: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET
1965 -- Willie Mays hits his 512th home run, breaking Mel Ott's NL record. 1975 -- Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time. 1984 -- Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down, as it lodges in the Metrodome ceiling. 1990 -- Oriole reliever Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher record by pitching 41 consecutive scoreless innings. 1991 -- Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game with nine.
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