January 16, 2014
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Cavs' No. 1 pick Bennett open to playing in D-League

In a season that many would grade an "F," Anthony Bennett could soon earn a "D." Even before he didn't play a minute in a 120-118 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night, [Bennett] was being asked whether he'd be interested in going down to play with the Cavaliers' owned-and-operated NBA Development League franchise in Canton. "It's something I'd think about, for sure," Bennett said before Tuesday's game. "It's not a bad thing, especially going down there, hopefully playing a lot, going out there, building my confidence." Of course, it's not really up to Bennett. A few young players have asked to be sent down so they could get some playing time, but no No. 1 overall pick has ever been sent to the D-League. Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009, did spend time there. (The Plain Dealer) Comment

Cromartie expects to be Jets cap casualty

The Antonio Cromartie era in New York may be coming to a close. Cromartie admitted he expects to be a cap casualty this offseason. "I think I (will be)," Cromartie said on NBC Sports Network. "Just because my cap number is very high. And I had one of the worst seasons of my career this past year." ... "I just had a bad year," Cromartie added. "That falls heavily on me and no one else." Under his current deal, Cromartie is scheduled to carry a team-high cap number of $14.98 million, according to overthecap.com. He is due a $5 million roster bonus in March, which is when the team will have to make a decision by. If he is cut, he could still return to the Jets on a cheaper deal. Does he expect to be back on the Jets? "That's the plan," Cromartie said. "I'm not guaranteeing it." (New York Daily News) Comment

Will the Dodgers have 7 $20 million men?

Given Clayton Kershaw's deal and a willingness to take on more salary, clearly, Los Angeles is playing on a different financial field. The Dodgers likely will zoom past $250 million if they sign [Masahiro Tanaka]. Kershaw will be their fifth $20 million a year player, joining Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Tanaka would make six. Hanley Ramirez could make seven, if the Dodgers sign him to an extension. But who's counting? The Dodgers treat the luxury-tax threshold the way teenage drivers treat yellow caution lights -- they barely note the warning, then floor it. ... The threshold is rising from $178 million to $189 million, but the Dodgers' payroll likely will rise in kind. And, as a second-time offender, the Dodgers will be taxed at a rate of 30 percent. (Fox Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Mother Nature continues to rule all at the Australian Open with 100+ degree temperatures giving way to rain and lightning, which caused delays during Day 4. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

Must-See Video

Greg Oden -- yes, that Greg Oden -- throws down for his first NBA points since 2009 in his first possession on the court with the Miami Heat.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Brady vs. Manning
  • 1970 -- Curt Flood filed his historic civil lawsuit challenging Major League Baseball's reserve clause, which ultimately paved the way for free agency.
  • 1993 -- Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan scored 64 points against the Orlando Magic, the second-most points he scored in a single game. The Bulls lost, though, 128-124.
  • 2005 -- Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts to advance to the AFC Championship Game en route to their third Super Bowl title in four years.
  • 2008 -- Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight won his 900th career game, with his Red Raiders defeating Texas A&M 68-53.
  • 2013 -- LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000-point plateau.

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