Late last summer, the Cardinals and agent Mark Bartelstein agreed to suspend negotiations to extend quarterback Kurt Warner's contract because of one unanswered question: Should Warner be paid as a starter or a backup? It took only a few weeks of the season for that question to be answered. Warner is a leading contender to win a third NFL Most Valuable Player award, and the Cardinals are on the cusp of their first division title in 33 years. Yet negotiations haven't resumed. Bartelstein has called General Manager Rod Graves in recent weeks, but the conversations haven't gone beyond pleasantries. "There's nothing new," Bartelstein said Tuesday. "I wish I could tell you something different." Graves declined to comment in detail Tuesday, saying he doesn't want to distract from the team's success. He did say, however, that the Cardinals want to re-sign Warner, but negotiations likely won't resume until after the season. (Arizona Republic) Comment
The Dancing Bear could be doing the free-agent shuffle to AL champion Tampa Bay - and Jason Giambi's replacement at first base will be viewed as the player the Yankees went with over signing Mark Teixeira. Welcome to The Bronx, Nick Swisher. "Right now, he is our first baseman," GM Brian Cashman said of the 27-year-old, switch-hitting Swisher, who actually started more games in the outfield (96) than he did at first (47) last year for the White Sox. Since the defending AL champion Rays are looking for a left-handed DH, Giambi fits the bill. He'll turn 38 in January and clearly won't command anywhere close to the $23 million he made last year. (New York Post) Comment
Two weeks after announcing he was being forced out as Tennessee's Coach, Phillip Fulmer said Tuesday he's open to future coaching opportunities. Fulmer said he's focused on the Vols' final games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky. After that, he plans to proceed with caution and won't jump at the first coaching vacancy that comes his way. While speculation on his future is only natural, Fulmer said he hasn't spent the last two weeks firing off resumes. (Tennessean) Comment
Cleveland's Ben Wallace blocks Ryan Anderson's shot during the Cavs' 106-82 win. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)
Ron Artest goes on a rant about culture, fashion and sexuality while attempting to defend Greg Oden.
1996 -- Albert Belle signs then-record five-year, $55 million deal with White Sox. 1984 -- New York Met Dwight Gooden, 20, becomes the youngest player to win the NL Rookie of Year award. 1983 -- After the Edmonton Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils "a Mickey Mouse organization." 1961 -- SHouston's George Blanda passes for seven touchdowns against the New York Titans in a 49-13 win.
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