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Houston is front-runner to be Knicks GM

07.22.10 at 3:50 pm ET
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Former Knicks shooting guard Allan Houston is leading the search to fill the general manager position of the Knicks, according to league sources.

Team president Donny Walsh didn’t hint on Houston’s status and said that the former player is learning the GM position, whether it be for New York or elsewhere. Currently, Houston is listed for the Knicks as the special assistant to Walsh.

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Panthers trade Taffe to Blackhawks for Reasoner

07.22.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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George Richards of the Miami Herald reports via Twitter Thursday afternoon that the Panthers have acquired Marty Reasoner from the Blackhawks for Jeff Taffe.

Taffe was going to be the fourth-line center on Florida next season while Reasoner spent the past two years with the Thrashers. Reasoner recorded 18 goals and 29 assists for a total of 47 points in his time with Atlanta.

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Barnes possibly joining Lakers

07.22.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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The NBA champions are trying to bolster their roster for another run, and Matt Barnes could be joining them soon. The forward is leaning toward the Lakers unless the Cavaliers up their multi-year deal starting at $3.5 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter.

Barnes averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in over 25 minutes per game with the Magic last season as a starter. The 30-year-old has played for seven teams in eight NBA seasons.

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Orioles release Gathright

07.22.10 at 1:47 pm ET
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Former Red Sox outfielder Joey Gathright has been released Thursday morning, according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter. Playing in Triple A, Gathright hit .185 in 244 plate appearances and was 12 for 18 stealing bases.

The 29-year-old has stolen 20 or more bases in the majors three times and has also played with the Royals, Rays, and Cubs in his six-year career.

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Report: Mets’ Manuel on hot seat

07.22.10 at 1:11 pm ET
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The New York Post is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel’s job is at risk. The Mets are 1-6 since the All-Star break and begin a four-game series against the Dodgers on Thursday. Manuel called a team meeting earlier this week to try to jumpstart his club, but it hasn’t worked. New York is 49-46 and 6 1/2 games back of the Braves in the NL East.

“Things are desperate,” one player told the paper. “We’re starting to sink back into old habits.”

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Rumor: White Sox interested in Dunn, Fielder

07.22.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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The Chicago Sun Times reported that the White Sox are interested in acquiring Nationals first baseman/outfielder Adam Dunn or Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. The report indicates that White Sox won’t give up Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, whom the Nationals want in return for Dunn, which is why Chicago might focus on Fielder.

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Agent: Ravens CB Williams suspended by league

07.22.10 at 11:37 am ET
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According to a report at the National Football Post, the agent for Ravens cornerback Cary Williams confirmed that the player has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Over a year ago while Cary was a member of the Tennessee Titans, he was involved in an incident that fell under the NFL conduct policy,” agent Marc Lillibridge told the National Football Post. “Through the appeals process with the NFL and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office, Cary was suspended for two games. Although we’re disappointed we did not win the appeal, we respect the league office’s decision. Cary just wants to focus on the training camp with the Ravens and the remaining games in the regular season.

“Even though Cary was a member of the Titans at the time, he’s disappointed he let the Ravens’ front office, ownership and teammates down. What happened is in the past and now he just wants to focus on helping the Ravens get back to the playoffs and to the Super Bowl. Cary is a father, Cary is the kind of guy any agent is proud to represent. I’m excited for him moving forward as a player and a person as a human being.”

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Ravens’ Reed expects to miss 6 games

07.22.10 at 11:26 am ET
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Ravens safety Ed Reed confirmed in a radio interview that he expects his team to place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would require him to miss the first six games of the upcoming NFL season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Reed missed the end of the 2009 season with various hip, neck and groin injuries. Reed is entering his seventh season in the NFL.

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Mets reportedly want to move Francoeur

07.22.10 at 9:32 am ET
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The New York Post reports that the Mets are trying to trade right fielder Jeff Francoeur, now that Carlos Beltran finally is healthy and Angel Pagan continues to play well. The story quotes a friend of Francoeur’s as saying the player would welcome a trade as he wants to play every day.

Francoeur, acquired a year ago from the Braves, is hitting .243 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 91 games this season.

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McGrady works out for Clippers

07.22.10 at 9:01 am ET
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Tracy McGrady worked out for the Clippers Wednesday in Los Angeles, one day after taking a physical for the team. ESPN has the information about McGrady’s attempt to hook on with another team after finishing the 2009-10 campaign with the Knicks.

“The workout/visit went well,” Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said. “Tracy will continue to explore his options as will we.”

ESPN also reports that the Bulls have expressed some interest in getting more information about McGrady, while the player tweeted that he’s considering the Clippers, Bulls, Lakers and Heat.

McGrady, 31, is a seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion, but he has struggled with injuries to his shoulder, back and knee, playing just 65 games over the past three seasons.

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