January 24, 2014
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Tanaka deal has dire consequences

Lowering the financial bar on landing a star from overseas helped more clubs get in on the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, but not all saw it as a perfect playing field. The only thing MLB accomplished with the Tanaka signing, the executive contends, was to create a worrisome new precedent, since Rakuten got less and Tanaka got a whole lot more. "Since 1996, the idea has been to have a great player market, but to maintain some kind of controls over player salaries," the executive said. ... "Because of this signing, the entire pitching market will be inflated. This is going to pull up Matt Garza and Jimenez and all these other pitchers, and it's going to help David Price next year. There are serious inflationary consequences that are going to affect every other player on the market." (ESPN.com) Comment

What's in NFL's Super Bowl surival kit?

Weather or not, here it comes. If there's a severe weather event that hits on Super Bowl Sunday or the day before, the game could be moved to Monday, Feb. 4. [Eric Grubman, NFL vice president of business operations] said his weather advisers told him it's silly to forecast the weather for Super Bowl Sunday any more than seven days in advance. So he's preparing for worst-case scenarios. ... The NFL is providing fans attending the game with a warm-weather kit that will be waiting for them at their seats. Along with a seat cushion, fans will receive ear-muffs, text-friendly gloves, hand warmers, a knit cap, Kleenex, a cup holder, lip balm and an in-stadium radio that will allow them to hear the play-by-play call of the team. (The Denver Post) Comment

Disturbing details of Kentucky arrest

According to Lexington police, an assistant on Kentucky's basketball staff was arrested Thursday. Brian W. Shorter, 45, a strength and conditioning assistant coach in his second season at UK, was charged with wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Shorter was being held in the Fayette County jail. At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to the Marriott Lexington North, 775 Newtown Court, where Shorter's wife had gone after she fled her home. "The victim said her husband had assaulted her and locked her in a garage," Roberts said. "During the course of an argument, the conflict escalated and became physical." The woman told police that while she was in the garage, Shorter "went to the garage and threw a bucket of water on her," Roberts said. (Kentucky.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The stage is set at Dodger Stadium where Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS will rock the NHL outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

A time lapse sequence of Yankee Stadium being prepared for Sunday's NHL outdoor game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Saints
  • 1981 -- Sniper Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders becomes the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games.
  • 1997 -- Martina Hingis becomes the youngest Grand Slam singles champion of the century, with a 6-2, 6-2, win over Mary Pierce in the Australian Open.
  • 2006 -- Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux announces his retirement.
  • 2010 -- Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal 4:45 into OT sent the New Orleans Saints to the franchise's first Super Bowl.

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