January 23, 2014
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Irsay calls Steinberg's Manning claim BS

In a fairly lengthy conversation, Jim Irsay, lauding the Peyton Manning era, also fired back at a new rival. [Irsay] had plenty to say about former super-agent Leigh Steinberg's new book, in which Steinberg claims he manipulated the 1998 draft so that the Colts would pass on his client, Ryan Leaf, and instead take Manning with the first pick. ... Irsay denied he was ever leaning toward Leaf, who went on to have a short and miserable career and is now incarcerated. "The interesting thing is that [Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin] and Manning-Leaf were very, very similar," Irsay said. "We always had our focus on Peyton, just as we always had our focus on Andrew. I read something where he (Leaf) purposely missed that meeting with Mora and that's what affected what we were going to do; that's a bunch of BS." (Indianapolis Star) Comment

Gomes points out Yankees' flaws

Jonny Gomes has taken the occasion of a wide-ranging interview to give his take on the Yankees' $500 million offseason shopping spree, which included Masahiro Tanaka. "People can go out and sign whoever they want right now. I mean, boxing rules, we still have the belt. ... I tell you what, (Yankees GM Brian) Cashman and (manager Joe) Girardi are about as professional as they get in the pinstripe organization. They run a pretty tight camp. It's kind of interesting, though -- $500 million and still, some questions. You've got (catcher Brian) McCann who hasn't been in the American League before. The pitcher (Tanaka) who hasn't pitched a game over here. They've got some guys playing different positions. They've got some true professionals over there. They've got some guys coming back." (Boston Herald) Comment

NBA's least valuable franchise

With values of at least a billion dollars, the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls lead the pack when it comes to the NBA's most valuable teams -- but there are, of course, the have-nots, including a No. 30 on the board. #30 Milwaukee Bucks ... Current value: $405 million ... Revenue: $109 million ... Operating profit: $11 million ... The 26-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center is one of the NBA's oldest arenas and owner Herb Kohl wants it replaced. The venue recently got $3 million in upgrades to luxury suites and theater boxes, but it is not enough to keep up with the newer venues around the NBA. The team's current lease at the Bradley Center runs until 2017 and shares only a limited portion of suite, merchandise and concession revenues with the Bucks. (Forbes) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Sam Rogers flips a trick during practice for tonight's Winter X Games Snowmobile Freestyle Final on Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain. (Mahala Gaylord/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Nathan Gerbe of the Carolina Hurricanes adds his entry to the NHL goal of the year competition.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Super Bowl XXXIV
  • 1944 -- Red Wings set NHL single-game record for consecutive goals in 15-0 squeaker vs. Rangers.
  • 1979 -- Willie Mays elected to Hall of Fame.
  • 1998 -- Nuggets tie NBA single-season record with 23rd consecutive loss.
  • 2000 -- Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas paralyzed in car accident.
  • 2000 -- Titans and Rams advance to Super Bowl, which later ends in thrilling fashion as time runs out (see More story link).

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