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Rangers still interested in Lowell

07.16.10 at 9:09 pm ET
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According to major league source familiar with the situation, the Texas Rangers continue to monitor the status of Mike Lowell,who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his surgically repaired right hip. The source suggests the Rangers may have increased interest in making a deal for Lowell depending on how the market unfolds as the trade deadline draws closer.

The Red Sox and Rangers had agreed to a trade for Lowell — along with $9 million of the $12 million owned the infielder this season — in December before Texas backed out of the deal because of concerns regarding the infielder’s hip.

The Rangers have continued to talk with the Red Sox about Lowell throughout the season. With rookie first baseman Chris Davis hitting just .203 (after going 0-for-3 with a walk Thursday night), and Texas having to include first base prospect Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade, there remains a potential need at first for Texas. The source reports the Rangers will continue to explore other trade options before accelerating negotiations for Lowell.

Lowell was out on the Fenway Park field and, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, “took some ground balls, [hit] some balls off the tee and in the cage. He actually felt pretty good. We’re going to start ramping him back up, too.”

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Yanks eyeing Soria, Dunn?

07.16.10 at 4:20 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Yankees “would love to have” Royals closer Joakim Soria and Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. Rosenthal writes that the Nationals’ price tag for a Dunn deal would be “exorbitant” and that the Royals would need to be “overwhelmed” with an offer in order to trade Soria.

Soria has a very team-friendly contract and is just 26 years old. He makes $4 million this season, $6 million next season and his deal calls for club options in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has a 2.31 earned run average with 25 saves and 43 strikeouts in 35 appearances this season.

Dunn is hitting a career-high .288 with a .372 on-base percentage and a career-high .960 OPS. He’s hit 22 homers and drove in 59 runs this season.

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Report: Brewer passed on C’s

07.16.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, free agent shooting guard Ronnie Brewer turned down an offer from the Celtics so he would have the opportunity to start in Chicago. Brewer took a three-year, $12.5 million deal with the Bulls.

“I got an opportunity to start (in Chicago). Both (Chicago and Boston) are storied programs,” Brewer told Spears. It came down to where I could excel more.”

The 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Brewer spent his first four-plus years with the Jazz before being sent to the Grizzlies at the trade deadline last season. He has averaged 10.3 points and 1.8 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game over his five-year career.

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Blues extend Hensick

07.16.10 at 2:09 pm ET
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Executive vice president and general manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday that the Blues have signed forward T.J. Hensick to a one-year extension.

St. Louis acquired Hensick for Julian Talbot on June 17, 2010, from the Avalanche, who orignially drafted him in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Hensick scored a goal and had two assists last season in seven games with Colorado. He also played 58 games in the American Hockey League for Lake Erie, totaling 70 points on 50 assists and 20 goals.

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Oilers ink Stewart to one-year deal

07.16.10 at 1:49 pm ET
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The Oilers have agreed with free agent left-winger Gregory Stewart on a one-year contract, general manager Steve Tambellini announced Friday.

Last season, Stewart played 45 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League and collected 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and 90 penalty minutes.

Stewart was drafted in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens and has played in 26 NHL games. He’s recorded one assist and 48 penalty minutes for his career.

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Redick will stay in Orlando

07.16.10 at 11:52 am ET
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The Bulls have been doing their best to improve their roster, having signed Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver to free agent contracts. Their next move was to go after sharpshooter J.J. Redick, but the Magic have decided to keep the 26-year-old shooting guard.

The Bulls offered Redick a three-year, $19 million offer sheet, but the Magic matched it Friday.

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Cavs’ Williams could be latest LeBron recruit

07.16.10 at 11:48 am ET
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LeBron James is doing his best to shore up the Heat roster with former teammates — Zydrunas Ilgauskas signed with the team on Wednesday — and his newest target is Jawad Williams.

According to Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst, James is interested in luring the 27-year-old forward to South Beach, but Williams remains a restricted free agent, and the Cavs have expressed interest in bringing him back.

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Warriors reportedly interested in Spoelstra

07.16.10 at 11:43 am ET
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It was announced on Thursday that the Warriors have been sold for a record $450 million to Celtics minority partner Joe Lacob and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber. Now the team reportedly is looking to add a new coach to the mix.

Reports out of the Bay Area have the new ownership group considering Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to take the reins of the team. Although Spoelstra is currently the coach of the Heat, the rumor has it that Pat Riley is interested in returning to the bench, leaving the door open for the 39-year-old to head west.

His father, Jon Spoelstra, who has served as an NBA executive for teams such as the Nuggets and Nets, currently serves as the chairman of marketing for baseball properties, as part of the Mandalay Group.

While Don Nelson still has one year left on his contract with the Warriors, it is also being reported that he may not begin the year as the coach of the team.

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Lin holds his own against Wall

07.16.10 at 11:36 am ET
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Playing for Dallas’ Summer League team in Las Vegas, former Harvard star Jeremy Lin held his own against the top pick in the NBA draft, John Wall. Wall finished with 21 points, but shot just 4-of-19 from the floor, while Lin netted 13 points. Thanks to The Big Lead here is video showcasing Lin’s performance:

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Nuggets won’t match Kleiza offer

07.16.10 at 10:58 am ET
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The Raptors offered restricted free agent Linas Kleiza a four-year, $18.8 million offer sheet, and it is being reported that his former team, the Nuggets, will not match it.

The 6-foot-8 forward was chosen 27th overall in the 2005 draft by the Trail Blazers but has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far. His best statistical season came in the 2007-08 campaign when he averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the floor.

Because the Nuggets agreed to a deal on Tuesday with forward Al Harrington, there was no urgency to bring back the 25-year-old Lithuanian. The Nuggets also signed former Celtics big man Sheldon Williams on Wednesday.

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