August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 12
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Packers' top pick leaves Green Bay
The status of the contract negotiations between the Green Bay Packers and first-round draft pick B.J. Raji got more cloudy earlier tonight. Witnesses at Austin Straubel International Airport saw Raji boarding a plane out of Green Bay at around 6 p.m. An employee confirmed to the Journal Sentinel that a "Busari Raji" -- Raji's given name -- checked in for a flight to Chicago. Where Raji is headed or why was not immediately known. Representatives from Athletes First, the firm that represents Raji, did not immediately return phone messages. But it's certainly not a good sign as the ninth overall pick's holdout will undoubtedly stretch into a 12th day on Wednesday.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Indians' GM moving on
Rumors have been percolating for a while that GM Mark Shapiro might be ready to take another job with the Indians. The rumors say Shapiro will take a seat upstairs, while Chris Antonetti, his right-hand man, takes over as general manager. In an interview with The Plain Dealer and Tuesday, Shapiro said he has every intention of returning as general manager next year. "I definitely feel I have unfinished business as a general manager," he said.(Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Curry shedding more weight
Eddy Curry has been in Ocean City, N.J., since Aug. 1 to continue his offseason regimen with his trainers, Jerry Powell and Tommy Weatherspoon. According to multiple sources, the Knicks will find that Curry is down another 10 pounds since they saw him in Las Vegas last month, when the embattled center spent two days working out with the summer league team. Knicks president Donnie Walsh made the trip to Ocean City Tuesday to check up on Curry. It is the third time Walsh has seen Curry since the end of the season.
Must-See Photo
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, and center Jeff Saturday sign autographs for fans at training camp. (AP)
Must-See Video
Get in the summer camp spirit with Michael Jordan.
Game To Watch
Tigers at Red Sox 8:40 p.m. ET
Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Mickey Mantle
1974 -- Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford become the first teammates elected to the Hall of Fame on same day.
1984 -- The 23rd Olympic games close in Los Angeles.
1994 -- Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association strike.


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