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Report: Yankees on Soria no-trade list

07.27.10 at 3:22 pm ET
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According to a report by Andrew Marchand on ESPN.com, the Yankees are one of six teams that appear on the no-trade list of Royals closer Joakim Soria.

Soria, an All-Star in 2008 and 2010, has been rumored to be a target of the Yankees, who have an eighth-inning need to fill as Joba Chamberlain continues to struggle.

Marchand writes that the no-trade inclusion of the Yankees does not slam the door on a possible Yankees-Royals deal, but could give Soria leverage should a trade be agreed to by the two clubs.

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LEEInks list: Top NBA Ivy Leaguers

07.27.10 at 3:10 pm ET
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Harvard product Jeremy Lin, who signed with the Warriors last week, is set to become the first Ivy League player in seven years to play in an NBA game. (AP)

When Harvard product Jeremy Lin turned heads at the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month and earned an NBA contract from his hometown Warriors, he became the latest Ivy Leaguer looking to break through at the sport’s highest level. It wasn’t always this tough for products of the Ancient Eight. Ivy League players in the NBA were not that uncommon in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Even in the 1980s, 14 Ivy Leaguers were drafted (granted, the draft used to have many more rounds than it does now), including three Harvard players (1985 seventh-rounder Bob Ferry, 1985 sixth-rounder Joe Carrabino and 1987 seventh-rounder Keith Webster). However, not many stuck around.

Jerome Allen from Penn remains the last Ivy Leaguer to be drafted. Allen was selected 49th overall in 1995 by the Timberwolves, and he didn’t stick around for more than one season. The last Ivy Leaguers in the NBA were Chris Dudley and Matt Maloney, who both played their final seasons in 2002-03. As for Harvard, there have been only two Crimson players to appear in the nation’s top pro league: Saul Mariaschin, who played 43 games for the Celtics in 1947-48, and Ed Smith, who played 11 games for the Knicks in 1953-54.

With all that said, here is our list of the top NBA players from Ivy League schools. Note that our list has a decided New York City flavor to it, with half of the players on our list growing up in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

10. Dave Wohl, Penn

In seven NBA seasons with six teams, Wohl, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 assists. A third-round pick of the 76ers in 1971, Wohl had his best season in 1972-73 with the Buffalo Braves, as he averaged career highs of 8.8 points and 4.6 assists. He went on to become a coach, serving as a Celtics assistant from 2004-07. He then became the C’s assistant general manager before leaving last year to join the Timberwolves as an assistant coach. He edges out his former Penn teammate Corky Calhoun for the 10th spot on our list.

Armond Hill, now a Celtics assistant coach, spent eight years in the NBA.

9. Armond Hill, Princeton

Hill, like Wohl, joined the Celtics coaching staff in 2004, and he remains a trusted sidekick to Doc Rivers. The Ivy League Player of the Year in 1976, the 6-foot-4 guard was drafted ninth overall by the Hawks that year and went on to play eight NBA seasons, including six in Atlanta, averaging 6.9 points and 4.7 assists.

8. John Hummer, Princeton

After a standout career at Princeton in the late 1960s, Hummer was the third Ivy Leaguer to be drafted in 1970, behind Geoff Petrie (8th) and Jim McMillian (13th). The Braves passed on Calvin Murphy from nearby Niagara University to select Hummer, which didn’t go over well then and looked worse when Murphy went on to have a Hall of Fame career. Hummer wasn’t bad, averaging 11.3 points and 8.9 rebounds in his rookie season. The 6-foot-9 forward lasted six NBA seasons before getting his MBA from Stanford and becoming a venture capitalist.

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Stark: Red Sox ‘not likely’ to make big move

07.27.10 at 2:29 pm ET
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Jayson Stark of ESPN.com wrote Tuesday that the Red Sox are “not likely” to make a major trade before the deadline.

“Two teams that have spoken to the Red Sox say that, outside of trying to tweak their bullpen, they’re not likely to do anything major this week,” Stark wrote.

Stark suggested that the Red Sox are likely to wait and see where they are in a month and see what is available on the August waiver wire market.

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Report: Oswalt would cost Phillies Werth, Happ

07.27.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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According to a report from Tom Verducci of SI.com, in order for the Phillies to land righty Roy Oswalt before the conclusion of the non-waiver trade deadline Saturday, the team would have to part with one-time All-Star Jayson Werth as well as young lefty J.A. Happ.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who is not afraid to make big moves at the deadline, will have his hands full if he hopes to land the last big pitcher available. With Dan Haren now a member of the Angels, Oswalt might be the Phillies’ last chance at a game-changing starter. Just last season, the team acquired lefty Cliff Lee for four minor leaguers.

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Report: Bruins interested in Guerin

07.27.10 at 1:11 pm ET
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According to a tweet from St. Louis NHL blogger Andy Strickland, the Bruins are talking to veteran forward Bill Guerin. The tweet notes that the Penguins are interested as well. Guerin played the last season and a half in Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old Massachusetts native played for the Bruins in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

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Yao considers early retirement if foot doesn’t heal

07.27.10 at 11:39 am ET
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Rockets 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming said he “might choose to call it quits” after next season if he does not fully recover from his foot injury. Yao, who missed all of last season after having surgery on his broken foot, told Xinhua News Agency he doubts he will play at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Source: Ramirez to Mets ‘probably not going to happen’

07.27.10 at 10:32 am ET
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A major league source confirmed a report by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the Red Sox and Mets discussed a potential deal that would have sent Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez to New York. One of several possibilities discussed, the source said, included sending catcher Rod Barajas (who landed on the disabled list on Monday with a mild left oblique strain) to Boston.

The source said that the two sides had discussed different scenarios (some including Barajas, some not) in a potential swap, but indicated that a deal sending Ramirez to the Mets was “probably not going to happen at this point.”

The talks, which fizzled late last week, were driven chiefly by the Mets’ interest in Ramirez, who is 0-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 42 appearances for the Sox this year, but whose stuff has some clubs believing that he could become more effective with a change of scenery.

Barajas is hitting .228 with a .266 OBP, .419 slugging mark, .685 OPS and 12 homers in 73 games this year.

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Source: Red Sox, Jays not matching up

07.27.10 at 10:30 am ET
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and Blue Jays currently aren’t a match in terms of making a deal for reliever Scott Downs. While the source points out the dynamic could change before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, there is “nothing right now.” WEEI.com’s Alex Speier is reporting, however, that the Jays continue to aggressively scout Red Sox Single-A pitcher Roman Mendez.

Speier reported earlier Monday that the Blue Jays have been asking for organizations’ “elite prospects” in return for Downs. When appearing on The Big Show last Friday, Peter Gammons reported that the Jays asked for Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias in exchange for Downs.

As for Mendez, a source has told Speier that the Jays have sent multiple scouts to see a number of the young right-hander’s starts. Mendez, who turned 20 on Sunday, was dominant in his U.S. debut in 2009, producing a 1.99 ERA and striking out 47 while walking eight in the Gulf Coast League.

This year, however, he has struggled. He started the year at Single-A Greenville, but that assignment was short-lived after he got off to an 0-2 start with an 11.40 ERA, striking out 18 and walking 10 in 15 innings. He was sent to extended spring training and then reassigned to the Lowell Spinners, for whom he is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA with 29 strikeouts and 17 walks in 28 innings.

Mendez, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, features a big arm, occasionally touching the mid-90s with his fastball while still working to develop a secondary arsenal.

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Report: NHL’s Rangers close to deal with Frolov

07.27.10 at 9:26 am ET
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According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Rangers are close to an agreement with free agent winger Alexander Frolov. Frolov’s agent, Sergei Isakov, told a Russian website that the two sides had a one-year contract in place, but the Daily News credited a source as saying the deal was not complete.

Frolov, 28, made $4 million with the Kings last season, when he scored 19 goals, his lowest total since his rookie season. He’s played all seven of his NHL seasons in Los Angeles, recording 168 career goals. His best season was 2007-07, when he recorded 35 goals and 71 points.

Frolov reportedly has been considering playing in Russia as well.

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Report: Jets have interest in T.O.

07.27.10 at 9:16 am ET
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According to a report from ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the Jets are exploring the idea of signing controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens. The report indicates the Jets have contacted Owens agent, Drew Rosenhaus, although the possibility of Owens landing in New York is considered a longshot.

The Bengals are considered the favorites to sign Owens after offering him an incentive-laden contract with a deadline of Wednesday to accept a deal.

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