Manny Ramirez doesn't fit the Yankees' desire to get younger and more athletic, but several industry sources believe the Yankees will make a serious push for the free agent to play right field next year. Though GM Brian Cashman says the top offseason priority is starting pitching, he did not rule out interest in the 36-year-old Ramirez. (New York Post) Comment
The Stephen Jackson thing gets weirder and weirder: I've heard from three NBA sources that Chris Mullin and Pistons boss Joe Dumars had continuing, open-ended discussions about a possible deal that would've focused on SJax moving to Detroit and Tayshaun Prince coming to the Warriors. The two sides started talking last summer and agreed to keep talking up to February 2009 trade deadline, if nothing else occurred. Guess what happened: Robert Rowell had dinner with SJax and told him that they'd do a deal, somewhere around SJax's max allowable -- three years and $27M, stretching through 2012-'13. That deal is expected to be announced at any time now and SJax has made sure of it by talking about it publicly. (VERY smart, Stephen.) Dumars, of course, wants no part of SJax for that kind of contract. (San Jose Mercury News) Comment
Soggy weather caused the suspension of Game 5 of the World Series after five and a half innings on Monday and caused Game 3 to start after 10 p.m. last Saturday. Because rain has ruled at times, some have questioned whether Major League Baseball should consider playing the series at a neutral site, with a dome or a warm climate. It is unlikely that will ever happen. Commissioner Bud Selig is against switching the series to a neutral site because it is unfair to fans who follow teams all season. When Rays Manager Joe Maddon and Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel were asked about playing at a neutral site, Maddon passionately opposed it and Manuel said he had to think about it. Maddon, whose Rays received modest fan support as they went from the worst team in baseball to the World Series, said fans should be rewarded with World Series games. In addition, Maddon noted how the Rays would be at a disadvantage if they played away from Tropicana Field. (New York Times) Comment
Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Brad Lidge, left, and the team react after winning the decisive Game 5 of the World Series 4-3 in Philadelphia Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Yao Ming brings the circus (shot) to town aganst the Grizzlies.
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Rockets at Mavericks, 8 p.m. ET -- Two Western Conference contenders face off.
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