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Yankees want Derek Jeter to ‘drink the reality potion’

11.30.10 at 1:14 am ET
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According to ESPN.com, the Yankees and the agent for Derek Jeter have not been negotiating since at least the holiday weekend, with the Yankees waiting until Jeter and agent Casey Close “drink the reality potion,” according to a source cited by the article.

The Yankees, according to the website, have a standing three-year, $45 million offer for Jeter, who is coming off the worst year of his career at age 36. Jeter is reportedly seeking more years at an annual rate of $23-25 million per season. Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.com last week that Jeter was welcome to shop for a better offer than the one New York has made, with the belief that no team will match it.

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Yorvit Torrealba signs with Rangers

11.29.10 at 10:10 pm ET
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According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via twitter), the Rangers have agreed to sign free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year deal. Anthony Andro of the Star-Telegram reported (via twitter) that Torrealba will earn $3 million in 2011 and $3.25 million in 2012.

The 32-year-old hit .271/.343/.378/.721 with seven homers in 95 games last year for the Padres. Interestingly, he was more of a force at San Diego’s offense-smothering home ballpark (.312, .823 OPS) than on the road (.234, .627).

The Padres will receive a draft pick as a result of the Type B free agent’s departure. Torrealba is the third prominent catcher to sign a free agent deal this offseason, joining Victor Martinez (4 years, $50 million) and John Buck (3 years, $18 million).

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Rangers deny making run at Andy Pettitte

11.29.10 at 9:12 pm ET
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The New Nork Daily News reports that Rangers president Nolan Ryan contacted free agent Andy Pettitte — who has spent most of his career with the Yankees, save for a three-year stint with the Astros — to see if the left-hander could be convinced to sign with Texas. After the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers in the American league Championship Series, Pettitte told reporters that he was torn between his desire to be at home (he lives in Deer Park, Tex.) and a fear of waking away from the game before he was truly ready to do so.

UPDATE: MLB.com cites “Rangers sources” in saying that there was no such contact, and that the only conversation between Pettitte and Ryan took place when the pitched called the Rangers president to congratulate him on reaching the World Series.

Pettitte made $11.75 million on a one-year deal last season. Though he missed a significant chunk of the season due to injury, he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts, then went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in the postseason.

The Rangers and Yankees are also viewed as the prime competitors for the services of free agent pitcher Cliff Lee.

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Report: Former Celtic Antoine Walker planning comeback in D-League

11.29.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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According to Scott Schroeder of AOL Fanhouse, Antoine Walker is close to signing a contract with a D-League team in his attempt to get back to the NBA. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Walker just needs to pass a background check, that all D-Leaguers must pass, before he will sign on with the Idaho Stampede.

The twelve-year NBA veteran tried to catch on with the Bobcats during training camp but the team did not add him to their camp roster. Sources have said that Walker is in much better shape than last year when the former All-Star made it through just eight games in the Puerto Rican league.

When and if he signs, Walker will become the second-oldest player in the D-League behind only Antonio Daniels, a member of the Texas Legends.

Walker has not played in the NBA since the ’07-08 season when he played in 46 games with the Timberwolves. For his career, the Kentucky product has averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 35.3 minutes per game.

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Josh McDaniels aware of controversy around Broncos and job security

11.29.10 at 4:47 pm ET
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Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said Monday that he was aware of the tension around his team after their off-field video controversy and eighth consecutive loss. McDaniels believes that he is not focused on his job security because it is not something that is up to him.

“It’s not my decision, not something that’s in my control,” McDaniels said. “I’m just going to worry about what I can focus on and try to control the things that I can control.”

Sunday the Broncos lost 36-33 at home against the Rams, leaving the Broncos in last place in the AFC West. McDaniels is in the second year of a four year contract and the team has won just five of its last 16 games.

“Nobody likes to have that kind of attention,” McDaniels said. “I’m not oblivious to that. I’m human.”

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Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez’s future won’t be decided until after bowl game

11.29.10 at 4:45 pm ET
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Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday  that he won’t carry out his performance review of head coach Rich Rodriguez until after the team is finished playing games. The team is eligible for their first bowl game in three years.

“Everybody needs to take a deep breath,” Brandon said. “My approach is to give him the opportunity to do his job without doing a performance review at this time. It would be great if everyone let Rich do his job and let me do mine because the timetable for reviews is not going to change for any of our sports.

Rodriguez is in the third year of a a six-year contract and has a career record of 15-21 at Ann Arbor. To make matters worse, the Wolverines are just 1-10 against ranked opponents in his tenure, including a 37-7 loss to Ohio State Saturday.

“But nothing is going to change how we work,” Rodriguez said in response to questions about his future with the program. “I took this job to make it the best program in America.”

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Andre Johnson dodges suspension, will be fined

11.29.10 at 3:11 pm ET
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According to Fox 26 Sports in Houston, Andre Johnson will not be suspended for his role in an on-field brawl with the Titans Cortland Finnegan Sunday. The station reports that Johnson will be fined but is available for Thursday night’s game against the Eagles.

No news was available about the punishment for the Titans’ Finnegan who is a repeat offender. Both players were ejected for their roles in the scuffle.

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Man falls and dies at Bears game Sunday

11.29.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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A man in his 20s fell from a ledge at least 20 feet to his death Sunday at Soldier Field stadium authorities said Monday. According to Chicago fire chief Joe Roccasalva, the man landed on a small rooftop outside the stadium during the Bears-Eagles game.

Authorities have not released the man’s name but said that witnesses say the man ran and jumped off the ledge. It is the second death at a sporting event in the U.S. in two weeks, as a young boy fell from a luxury box November 21 at a Lakers game.

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Report: Cortland Finnegan and Jeff Fisher plead to NFL for fine rather than suspension

11.29.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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According to Gregg Rosenthal of NBCSports.com, Titans coach Jeff Fisher and cornerback Cortland Finnegan spoke to the NFL office Monday arguing for a fine rather than a suspension  from the brawl Finnegan participated in with Andre Johnson Sunday. The two men stated that Finnegan did not throw any punches and would have only been penalized, not suspended, if Johnson had not thrown Finnegan’s helmet off.

This is not the first time that Finnegan and Johnson have been in trouble with the league. Finnegan was fined for his actions in Weeks 2-4 and warned after the Titans’ week 4 game that he could face “increased disciplinary action,” for  any further trouble. Last season, Johnson was fined $7,500 for pulling Finnegan to the ground by his facemask after a play.

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Report: Juan Uribe to sign three-year deal with Dodgers

11.29.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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Middle-infielder Juan Uribe is close to signing a three year deal for $21 million with the Dodgers according to sources close to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Uribe had one of his best seasons last year with the Giants, hitting .248 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs. The 10-year veteran will likely play second base for the Dodgers who still hold the rights to incumbent shortstop Rafael Furcal. It also means that the Dodgers will likely non-tender Ryan Theriot, who played in 54 games with the team after coming over in a trade with the Cubs.

While Uribe struggled in the playoffs with an injury, the move leaves the World Series champions with just one shortstop on the roster, Mike Fontenot another former Cub. In just 240 at bats last year, Fontenot hit one home run, 25 RBIs and hit .270.

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