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Gary Sheffield interested in playing in 2011

12.15.10 at 6:29 am ET
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In a radio show appearance on Monday night, Gary Sheffield said that he wants to make a comeback despite not playing in 2010. Sheffield said that he has been in contact with the Rays, Giants, Rangers and Diamondacks over the past year.

“I had a meeting with the Rays and they’re going to get back to me, and it’s out there now that they’re talking to me, and hopefully something comes about,” said Sheffield. “I wanted to play last year, and the Nationals made a pitch all offseason.”

He said he is willing to serve as a bench player for a team. The 22-year veteran has not played since 2009 when .276 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs for the Mets.

“I mean, you know, we get to a point in our career where I know I can’t run around out in the outfield for 162 games, and I’m not going to fool myself and even try to do that,” Sheffield said. “At this point, I’m in a position where I don’t need baseball and I don’t need to run around 162 days, so I don’t want to take my body through that.

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Reports: Lakers to trade Sasha Vujacic

12.14.10 at 7:01 pm ET
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In what looks like a relatively minor deal, the Nets are apparently going to trade Terrence Williams, whom they sent to the D-League for disciplinary reasons, and ageless Joe Smith to the Lakers for Sasha Vujacic. Once the deal goes down, Williams will reportedly wind up in Houston and a first round pick will come back to the Nets. It can’t become official per NBA rules on trading free agents signed in the offseason before Dec. 15.

There’s more to this deal than the particulars, however. It would give New Jersey more resources to try and swing a trade for Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets are said to want two first rounders in addition to rookie Derrick Favors and other contractual stuff (namely Troy Murphy).

But from the Celtics perspective, not having Vujacic in Laker blue and gold is the real kicker. The Machine once claimed that he wouldn’t wear green because that’s how much he hated the Celtics. The rivalry just won’t be the same without him. Of course, we can think of one Celtic who may be sorry to see him go.

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Chargers WR Vincent Jackson should play Thursday vs. 49ers

12.14.10 at 4:39 pm ET
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Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is likely to play Thursday night against the 49ers, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.

Jackson is recovering from a calf injury that has limited him to just two catches for 29 yards since becoming eligible to play. There was speculation that Jackson would not be able to play because of the short turnaround.

The Pro-Bowler sat out the first week eight weeks of the season due to a contract dispute and then missed the next three games due to a suspension. Since returning, Jackson was limited to just two snaps against the Colts due to the injury, missed the Chargers’ game against the Raiders due to the injury, before playing a small role Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Hot Stove: Pirates sign first baseman Lyle Overbay

12.14.10 at 3:04 pm ET
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According to NBCSports.com Aaron Gleeman, Lyle Overbay has signed a one-year deal with the Pirates Tuesday, to become their starting first baseman. Overbay spent the past five years in Toronto where he averaged 17 home runs and 68 RBIs per year.

The move means that first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones will platoon in the outfield alongside new addition Matt Diaz. Overbay’s signing also likely means that catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit will be traded, after the team was already looking to move him after they signed Diaz last week.

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Steelers Heath Miller cleared to return Sunday against Jets

12.14.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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Steelers tight end Heath Miller has been cleared to return Tuesday, after he passed his post-concussion neurological tests.  Miller will rejoin the team at practice Wednesday and will play Sunday against the Jets, after missing the team’s 23-7 win over the Bengals Sunday.

Miller sustained the concussion Dec. 5 against the Ravens on a hit by linebacker Jameel McCLain, who was fined  $40,000 for the helmet-to-helmet contact. The tight end is the third-leading receiver for the Steelers this season, with 33 catches for 384 yards and a touchdown.

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Timberwolves Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster could make debuts Tuesday

12.14.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said Monday that guards Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster could make their season debuts Tuesday night at Golden State. Both players are recovering from injuries that have kept them out of the team’s first 24 games of the season.

“I said they might be active,” Rambis said. “I didn’t say they’d play.”

Flynn was activated Monday after a short two-game stint in the D League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Syracuse product is recovering from a hip operation in July. Last season he averaged 13.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game as the team’s starting point guard.

“I think I’m at the point now where I can go out and not be a burden,” Flynn said Tuesday.

Webster is recovering from a spinal surgery but believes he is finally ready to play. Last season with the Trail Blazers, Webster finished with 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Read More: Jonny Flynn, Kurt Rambis, Martell Webster, Rumor Mill

Report: Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico national team

12.14.10 at 1:44 pm ET
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According to a tweet from FIBA Americas, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the national basketball team of Puerto Rico. Reports suggest that Pitino will coach Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying next summer in Argentina and in the 2012 London Games (should Puerto Rico qualify).

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Video: Flyers Jody Shelley suspended two games for hit

12.14.10 at 11:58 am ET
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The NHL has suspended Flyers forward Jody Shelley two games for hitting Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid from behind. The players were chasing the puck during the second period of Saturday’s game when Shelley shoved McQuaid with two hands and knocked him off his skates. McQuaid got his hands up just in time to avoid slamming headfirst into the boards. Shelley was given a game misconduct penalty and served five minutes. He later apologized to McQuaid. The suspension will force Shelley to forfeit nearly $12,000 in salary and miss games against the Penguins on Tuesday and at the Canadiens on Wednesday. He will be eligible to return when the Flyers host the Rangers on Saturday.

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Bulls’ Derrick Rose sprains wrist

12.14.10 at 11:58 am ET
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Bulls point guard Derrick Rose sprained his right wrist at the end of Monday night’s game against the Pacers. X-rays on the wrist after the game were negative. “I thought it was going to be worse than that,” Rose said after the hard fall he took in the fourth quarter, “but right now it just feels sore.” Before the wrist injury, Rose also hurt his left ankle midway through the fourth quarter. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday before the team leaves for Toronto. “That’s basketball,” Rose said of the injuries. “Some of the times, the games are going to be physical, and you got to be able to play through them.” Rose scored 17 points and dished out 12 assists in Monday night’s 92-73 win over the Pacers. It was the Bulls’ sixth straight win.

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Dolphins look for WR depth with cancer survivor Kevin Curtis

12.14.10 at 11:57 am ET
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An NFL insider is reporting that the Dolphins plan to sign veteran wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who overcame cancer this year  and a knee injury last year, for the rest of the 2010 season. Curtis, 32, would add depth to a Dolphins receiving group that lost Brian Hartline for the season Sunday with an injured finger. Over seven seasons with the Rams and Eagles, Curtis has 252 catches and 20 touchdowns. He played three games for the Eagles last season before injuring his knee and being released during the offseason. While trying out with other teams, Curtis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery in September.

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