There are some early signs that the Dodgers' negotiations involving Manny Ramirez, who almost single-handedly lifted the storied franchise to the postseason, will not necessarily go smoothly. Ramirez is believed to be seeking a six-year deal for as much as $25 million per year. The Manny Derby surely will be limited by the stratospheric price, but at least three teams are emerging as potential suitors. The Yankees' will "take a look at Manny," according to someone familiar with their thinking, the Mets are said to be weighing a run despite deep pitching needs, and the pitching-strong Blue Jays are also believed to be considering a run. The Orioles are another team that has been suggested as a possible landing spot, but if they do go for a major free agent, it's more likely to be Severna Park, Md., native and Angels star Mark Teixeira. The Angels make some sense for Ramirez, but are more likely to try to keep the much younger Teixeira, whom they love. (SI.com) Comment
Suspended Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones was scheduled to begin alcohol treatment Wednesday at an undisclosed location in the Dallas area, according to a source. Jones, working with former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders and a friend, began the process of trying to get back into the league after the NFL suspended him Tuesday. The league has required Jones to go into treatment following his fight last week with his bodyguard in a hotel bathroom. Dallas police were called to the scene and determined Jones was drinking. Jones was suspended indefinitely. He will be able to apply for reinstatement after missing four games. The Associated Press reported Jones will not have his probation revoked in Georgia as a result of his fight. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said probation officers decided not to pursue revocation proceedings because Jones wasn't arrested for the incident. (Dallas Morning News) Comment
Brook Lopez has shown a shooter's mid-range touch. But the Nets are trying to channel another side of Lopez on the court. An aggressive, forceful inside side. "Just aggressive, it doesn't have to be outlandish or anything," said Vince Carter, who began squeezing that aspect out of Lopez when he got in the rookie's ear Sunday in London. Lopez went up and seemed to avoid contact. Carter told him next time to stuff it. Stuff the basketball - and the genteel attitude. "He told me to go up and dunk it. He just kind of changed my mentality a bit," said Lopez who admitted he assumed a more aggressive tone after that second quarter incident. "Defensively, too, I was just trying to rebound everything, trying to go out there and be aggressive." When a veteran says it in your ear, a veteran with a body of work like Carter, you tend to listen, remember and implement. The words hit home. (New York Post) Comment
The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate on the field after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series to advance to the World Series. (AP).
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