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Report: Yankees pursuing Andruw Jones

01.17.11 at 12:16 pm ET
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Hoping to add some outfield depth, the Yankees are the leading candidate to land free agent outfielder Andruw Jones, according to ESPN.com.

Jones, a five-time All-Star, hit .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs for the White Sox last season. He has not been an everyday player since 2007 in Atlanta. New York already has Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield and Jorge Posada at designated hitter, so Jones likely would not be a regular there, either.

The article said the Rays are also in the running for Jones after losing Carl Crawford in free agency to the Red Sox.

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Nets reportedly expect to meet with Carmelo Anthony this week

01.17.11 at 11:36 am ET
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The Nets, in the midst of talks of a three-team mega-trade, expect to have a face-to-face meeting with Carmelo Anthony either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Anthony, however, said he had no knowledge of a scheduled meeting and had no desire to talk to anyone.

“I don’t want to talk to nobody,” Anthony told reporters in San Antonio. “I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain’t my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, the Lakers, Dallas, no one. That’s not my job to do.”

ESPN.com reported Friday that the league would have no problem with the meeting as long as the Nuggets approved it first.

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Report: Tom Cable files grievance against Raiders

01.17.11 at 11:36 am ET
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Former Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance against the team to fight fines totaling $120,000, according to ESPN.com.

Oakland owner Al Davis deducted $20,000 from six different paychecks, the article said. It is unclear why Davis fined Cable. One possible reason could be that Davis was upset over the fact the Raiders lost two days of offseason team activities in June.

Cable is not the first coach to file a grievance after being fired by the Raiders. Lane Kiffin did the same in 2008 because he felt Davis owed him money, but the NFL ruled in favor of the team.

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A’s reportedly have deal with reliever Brian Fuentes

01.17.11 at 8:54 am ET
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The Athletics and reliever Brian Fuentes have agreed to a two-year deal, according to The Associated Press. The 35-year-old left-hander still has to pass a physical before the signing becomes official.

Fuentes went 4-1 with 24 saves and a 2.81 ERA last season, splitting time between the Angels and Twins.

The signing adds to an already deep Oakland pitching staff. The A’s led the American League in ERA (3.56) and shutouts (17) last year. Andrew Bailey, who served as the team’s closer for most of last season, returns to the bullpen. The team also signed Grant Balfour to a two-year deal Friday and is expected to move Rich Harden to the bullpen. It is unclear if Fuentes will be the closer or a setup man.

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Report: NL MVP Joey Votto agrees to three-year deal with Reds

01.17.11 at 8:54 am ET
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Reigning National League MVP Joey Votto will remain in Cincinnati for at least the next three seasons after agreeing to a three-year, $38 million deal, the Associated Press reports.

The 27-year-old first baseman made his first All-Star appearance last season and finished with a .324 average, 37 home runs and 113 RBIs. He led the NL in slugging percentage (.600) and led the majors in on-base percentage (.424).

Votto will be getting a big raise for his efforts, as he made $525,000 last year. He was eligible for arbitration this offseason.

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Report: Rob Ryan new Cowboys defensive coordinator

01.17.11 at 7:50 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Rob Ryan will be the next Cowboys defensive coordinator. Ryan, the bother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, was defensive coordinator for the Browns the past two seasons under Eric Mangini, who was replaced last week by Pat Shurmur.

Wade Phillips had coached the defense when he was head coach of the Cowboys. When he was replaced midseason by Jason Garrett, defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni became defensive coordinator. Pasqualoni was named UConn head coach last week.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers’ Blake Griffin humbles Lakers

01.17.11 at 7:25 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins 1 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Clippers knocked off the Lakers on Sunday, 99-92, rallying from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and ending the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak. Clippers phenom Blake Griffin overpowered the Lakers, and when Lamar Odom took exception to Griffin’s physical play in the final seconds, it led to a brouhaha and the ejections of four players. Kobe Bryant was both impressed by Griffin and disappointed by his team’s effort. “[Griffin] punked us,” Bryant said. “He just ran through us. We didn’t put up much of a fight.”

Here’s the video of the altercation, in which Ron Artest was one of the players ejected for no apparent reason other than the fact that he’s Ron Artest. “I have no idea how [the referees] make their decisions ‘€” whimsically, I think,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “I can see Lamar and Griffin [getting ejected], but Ron, it was just ridiculous.”

‘™¦ Carmelo Anthony continues to confound everyone around him. The latest development in the NBA star’s saga was a report over the weekend that the Nuggets had given him permission to talk to the Nets about a contract extension as a prelude to a trade, with Anthony denying it. “I can’t talk to them people,” he said Sunday. “The Denver Nuggets still play me. I can’t talk to nobody. … I don’t want to talk to nobody.”

‘™¦ Frank McCourt, who is attempting to regain sole ownership of the Dodgers after losing a court decision to his estranged wife, struck a deal with the Fox network. Fox is advancing McCourt money to cover the team’s operating expenses.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 17, 1992, which Celtic scored 14 points in a 98-95 win over the 76ers and became the 16th player in NBA history to have 20,000 career points?

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Report: Brian Cashman overruled by Steinbrenners on Rafael Soriano signing

01.15.11 at 4:01 pm ET
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According to a report in the New York Daily News, Hank and Hal Steinbrenner overruled Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on the decision to sign reliever Rafael Soriano to a three-year contract that could be worth up to $35 million.

According to the report, Cashman wanted to keep the team’s first round draft pick rather than sign Soriano, but the Steinbrenners were “bothered by Cashman’s blueprint.”

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Stanford promotes David Shaw to head coach

01.14.11 at 10:55 am ET
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Quarterback Andrew Luck will not have to worry about learning a new system from a new coach in his senior season. That is because Stanford decided to stay in house in its search for Jim Harbaugh‘s replacement, hiring offensive coordinator David Shaw on Thursday.

“Since the day I started coaching, this is the job I always knew that I wanted,” said Shaw, who was a wide receiver at Stanford from 1991-94. “Today’s finally the day.”

Athletic director Bob Bowlsby said he interviewed four other in-house candidates and talked at length with three others from outside the program.

“His contribution to the current state of affairs of our football program is immeasurable,” Bowlsby said of Shaw. “It has been an interesting and exciting fall. This is, in my estimation, the most logical step that we can take. Having David Shaw take over the football program at this university speaks volumes about Stanford. … He is the guy who is going to lead Stanford football for a long, long time.”

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Report: Knicks step up efforts to get Carmelo Anthony

01.14.11 at 8:43 am ET
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The Knicks have reached out to the Grizzlies about a three-team trade that would land Carmelo Anthony in New York and send O.J. Mayo from Memphis to Denver, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.

The Knicks have stepped up their efforts as a result of their belief that Anthony will not three-year, $65 million extension with the Nets if he were traded to New Jersey, Broussard writes. The Nets, Nuggets and Pistons are still discussing their own three-team deal that could involve more than 13 players, the Bergan (N.J.) Record reported.

Broussard says the Nuggets have been unwilling to engage in trade talks with New York to this point because they do not like the pieces the Knicks have to offer, hence why a third team is needed. Talks between the two are in the opening stages and nothing is imminent, the article says.

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