It seems Stephon Marbury could get his buyout and release from the Knicks Monday, and there'll be no shortage of suitors, though as I often say, Life is too short to have Marbury on your team. Anyway, it seems the Mavs, Heat, Warriors, Raptors, Magic, Wizards, Timberwolves (now that would be funny) and Suns also seem like possibilities, though Dallas, Miami and Golden State seem to have expressed the most interest if Marbury is freed and they have to pay just a veteran's minimum. (NBA.com) Comment
I tell you this as a way of saying no matter what CC Sabathia or Mark Teixeira get this offseason, I will again have no qualms. But I will if Andy Pettitte takes money from any team not named the New York Yankees. If Pettitte signs elsewhere, regardless of the dollar figure, he should be viewed as a world-class phony forever around here. There should be no more pardons. He should receive no invites to future Old-Timers Games, hear no cheers when the dynastic teams reassemble. In his moment of need, when it was revealed Pettitte was both a liar and cheater, the Yankees stood by him last season. At that time, Pettitte was only too happy to say the Yankees were the only team he ever wanted to play for any more. He did not say he only wanted to play for the Yankees unless they offer him a paycut.The Yanks have indeed offered that cut. Pettitte made $16 million last year and, according to sources, he was offered $10 million to return in 2009. So far, Pettitte has rejected that bid while his camp has done nothing to dispel reports linking him to Joe Torre and the Dodgers. (New York Post) Comment
With so many pro teams changing coaches -- possibly as many as three on the West Coast -- is this the right time for Pete Carroll to return to the NFL? It's nowhere near as simple as A-B-C. "I'd like to see it a different way," Carroll said of the BCS system, "but I'm not using that as an issue that frustrates me so much I would want to bail. Not at all. I don't care that much about it, and I don't give it that much regard. . . . I can't do anything about it." Unlike in other years, people in NFL circles haven't been talking about Carroll this season. They respect what he's done. They know he might be a good fit in several cities. They might even be on board with his desire for top-to-bottom control of personnel decisions. But for the moment, the big fish aren't nibbling. That's not to say it won't happen. Situations can change very quickly in the NFL, and some starry-eyed owner might decide to pry open his wallet so wide that Carroll simply couldn't refuse. But Carroll is paid handsomely where he is, with a total compensation north of $4 million, and people close to him constantly insist that it's not money that would persuade him to leave. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Australia's Cameron Sinclair is airborne as he attempts a double backflip on his motorbike into Sydney Harbor. (Mark Baker/AP)
Derrick Rose to Andre Miller: I must break you.
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No. 9 Purdue hosts No. 4 Duke to kick off the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (9 p.m. ET on ESPN).
1958 -- Army back Pete Dawkins is named the Heisman Trophywinner. 1993 -- The Houston Rockets tie the NBA record for the best start to a season, improving to 15-0 with a 94-85 victory over the New York Knicks. 1995 -- Notre Dame becomes the first team to beat 13-time champion North Carolina in the NCAA women's soccer semifinals.
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