For the first time this off-season, the Packers and the agent for running back Ryan Grant have had substantive talks about a long-term contract. Nevertheless, Grant is holding firm that he won't report to training camp if an agreement isn't reached. Grant's agent, Alan Herman, said Wednesday that the two sides finally got down to business last Friday and have spoken almost every day since in an attempt to hammer out a contract. Herman didn't think the sides were all that far apart, but there were some fundamental differences keeping the deal from getting done. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Comment
Mets owner Fred Wilpon told reporters Wednesday the Mets bungled the firing of Willie Randolph on June 16. He told Newsday at a gathering at SNY's television studios in Manhattan that the Mets should have waited until the morning after the team's game against the Angels, and not immediately after the game. "I know I screwed up," Wilpon said. "I should have said, 'wait a second.'" The Mets were roundly criticized for the manner in which they handled the firing, mostly because it was announced via a press release at 3:14 a.m. EST. Wilpon's comments were originally reported by Newsday.com earlier in the day.(Newark Star-Ledger) Comment
As if this Emeka Okafor situation won't get complicated enough already, I'm told by front-office folk from two other NBA franchises that an NBA salary-cap rule -- base-year compensation -- makes it challenging to trade a restricted free agent for fair value. When a player signs a contract that dramatically raises his salary (as Okafor seemingly would in any sign-and-trade), he can't be traded for at least the next six months for a player of comparable salary. Essentially a team acquiring Okafor would need the cap room to absorb his entire new salary, while sending back roughly half that to the Bobcats. (Charlotte Observer) Comment
J.D. Miller picks up a calf during the tie-down roping portion of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Ben Woloszyn)
A 6-year-old girl sings the national anthem at a recent Astros game.