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Cavs owner doesn’t regret ripping LeBron James in letter

10.27.10 at 8:22 pm ET
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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said that he had not second-guessed himself for his open letter to the team’s fans in the wake of LeBron James departure over the summer. Gilbert slammed his former superstar, suggesting that James had “deserted” the team and his native Northeast Ohio region in a “narcissistic” act of “cowardly betrayal.”

On Wednesday, before his team tipped off against the Celtics in its season-opener, Gilbert appeared on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland. In comments relayed on ESPN.com, he suggested that he had no reservations about what he had said about James.

“I don’t regret it. I think that’s the feeling that I had and most of Cleveland had. …I can’t back off on that,” said Gilbert. “What I can say is that we’ve tunneled and now are focused on the future. To dwell on something like that, you’re just wasting energy.”

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Yankees drop 2011 option on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood

10.27.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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The New York Yankees will not pick up the 2011 options on big name free-agent signees Lance Berkman and Kerry Wood, the Newark Star Ledger reports. The Yankees will also not pick up the option on Nick Johnson, who was added before the start of the 2010 season. Berkman’s contract included a $15 million team option or a $2 million buyout for 2011, but when he was traded to New York it was changed to a mutual option.

Berkman played in 37 games for the Yankees after the trade was finalized, only hitting .255.

Wood’s 2011 deal was worth $11 million with no buyout required. During the season, Wood had been a target of the Red Sox at the trade deadline, but the Yankees made a more aggressive salary bid for the right-hander, which led him to New York. Wood ended up being a key member of the Yankees bullpen, forging a 0.69 ERA in 26 appearances. Given the Sox’ interest in him during the regular season, if he is open to a middle relief role next year and becomes available on a short-term deal (one or possibly two years), it would seem a decent possibility that the Red Sox would be interested in him.

Johnson had a $5.25 million mutual option for 2011, but the Yankees chose a $250,000 buyout after the first baseman missed nearly the entire season after having wrist surgery. The $5.25 million would have been slightly less than what Johnson made this season.

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Rare Honus Wagner card on auction after surfacing in Baltimore convent

10.27.10 at 4:53 pm ET
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Sister Virginia Muller and the School Sisters of Notre Dame discovered a rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, worth between $150,000 and $200,000, in their possession at the Baltimore-based school. The Roman Catholic nuns are auctioning off the card, which was produced between 1909 and 1911, and the proceeds will go to their ministries located in 35 countries around the world, the Associated Press reports.

About 60 Wagner cards are known to exist today. Wagner was a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1900’s, and is one of the most recognizable names in baseball history. The card came into Sister Muller’s possession when the brother of a nun died earlier this year, and left all of his belongings to the order. Among those possessions was the Wagner card.

Back in 2007, a mint-condition T206 Wagner card sold for $2.8 million, the highest price ever paid for a baseball card. The T206 card is one and a quarter inches wide by two and a half inches tall.

“It just boggles your mind,” Muller told the Associated Press. “I can’t remember a time when we have received anything like this.” 

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UCLA replicates John Wooden’s den for Athletics Hall of Fame display

10.27.10 at 3:39 pm ET
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UCLA recently opened an exhibit on its campus to honor the late John Wooden by recreating his den in the Athletics Hall of Fame, ESPN.com reports. Wooden coached the Bruins basketball team and was a staple in the program since 1975. Wooden was 99 years old when he died this past June.

Since June, Wooden’s children, Nan and Jim, sorted through letter after letter sent from all over the nation, asking for a piece of their father’s memorabilia.

“But UCLA is where he spent most of his time,” Nan told the university recently. “We really wanted them to have the den. I think they did a great job on it.”

Wooden and his late wife Nell moved to Encino in 1972, where they set up the den that is now replicated in the UCLA Hall of Fame. 

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Former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington sentenced to six-month home detention

10.27.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was sentenced on Wednesday to six months of home detention for making false statements in his bankruptcy case in Southern California, the Associated Press reports. Pocklington was also sentenced to two years probation, 100 hours of community service and given a $3,000 fine.

Pocklington pleaded guilty to a single perjury count in May and could have served a 10-year prison sentence. Prosecutors said that the former Oilers owner concealed assests during bankruptcy proceedings. Pocklington said in a statement that he accepts full responsibility for signing bankruptcy statements without fully examining them.

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Report: NBA moving draft from New York to Newark

10.27.10 at 1:24 pm ET
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The NBA draft is moving from New York City to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., The Associated Press reported. An announcement is expected before the Nets‘ opener Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, their home for the next two years before a planned move to Brooklyn. The draft had been held in New York City since 2001.

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Tigers ‘deeply interested’ in Carl Crawford

10.27.10 at 12:30 pm ET
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Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Tigers are “deeply interested” in free-agent-to-be Carl Crawford, and suggests that the Tampa Bay All-Star could be an excellent fit for Detroit’s spacious Comerica Park. Rosenthal notes that a pairing of Crawford and AL Rookie of the Year favorite Austin Jackson in left and center would allow the Tigers to cover tremendous ground. Meanwhile, the roomy gaps could play to Crawford’s speed, representing a good fit for the four-time AL leader in triples. (Crawford’s 105 triples since he broke into the majors in 2002 are 20 more than any other player.)

Both the Red Sox and Angels are also expected to be interested in Crawford. The Yankees, however, are expected to concentrate their resources on pitching rather than outfielders, in part because the team is very pleased with the offense and defense of its current outfield alignment. For more on that, click here.

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Friend of Jenn Sterger confirms Brett Favre’s texts

10.27.10 at 11:17 am ET
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A college friend of Jenn Sterger told a magazine that she was with Sterger when Brett Favre sent lewd photo photos via text message, and that the quarterback isn’t the only celebrity to have sent such images.

Allison Torres said of Sterger, “She could make millions if she ever cashed in on all the naked photos she gets from friends.”

Torres said Favre and Sterger texted back and forth, and the Jets media personality seemed to enjoy the attention. When the lewd photos arrived, “I actually saw it when he sent it,” Torres said. “We just laughed when he did it.

“We talked about it like girlfriends talk about that kind of stuff. You have to understand that Brett Favre isn’t the first celebrity that tried to hook up with her.”

Torres said Favre invited Sterger to his hotel room on at least one occasion.

“I did think that was kind of weird,” Torres said. “He would say to her, ‘Come over.’ She would keep saying to me, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ ”

Added Torres: “Even when they were talking back and forth, I was wondering what he was thinking. It was so risky to do what he did. When you send naked pictures of yourself to a 20-year-old girl, you’re just asking for trouble.”

Torres reportedly met with NFL investigators last week. Sterger has yet to talk to the league about the incident. Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, told the New York Post about the women’s relationship that they are “not exactly close friends and haven’t spoken in quite some time.” Added Reese: “This is someone who is clearly trying to exploit an unfortunate situation and capitalize on the opportunity to see her name in print.”

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Tom Brady listed as the 26th most influential man of 2010

10.27.10 at 11:00 am ET
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AskMen.com has come up with a list identifying who they believe have been the 49 most influential men in the world for 2010. Coming in at No. 26 on the list is Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.

The following is what the publication writes about Brady (who resides between Google’s Andy Rubin and actor Ben Affleck on the list):

Tom Brady is the subject of more envy than nearly any man in America. Whether it’€™s his $72 million contract, his three Super Bowl rings or his marriage to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, it’€™s clear to all that ‘€œTom Terrific’€ is leading a dream life. And yet, his charmed existence nearly came to an end on September 7, 2008, when Brady tore his anterior cruciate ligament and his medial collateral ligament in the first quarter of the Patriots’€™ season opener. He spent the remainder of the year in rehab, slowly but surely working himself back into game shape. ‘€œSometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing my teeth was the hardest part of the day,’€ he now admits. ‘€œIt all just hurt.’€

Luckily, Brady managed to fight through the pain, and he returned with a vengeance in 2009, throwing for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns en route to winning the NFL’€™s Comeback Player of the Year award and earning his fifth All-Pro selection. Brady is off to another stellar start in 2010, as he attempts to lead the Pats to their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 10 years. Given his resilient spirit, we’€™re certainly not about to bet against him.

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Report: Yankees ace CC Sabathia to have surgery

10.27.10 at 10:37 am ET
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The New York Post is reporting that Yankees ace CC Sabathia will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The tear was reportedly diagnosed Tuesday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and Sabathia is expected to undergo surgery in the next few days. The Yankees are referring to the procedure as minor, and expect Sabathia to recover within three weeks and be fully ready to go come spring training.

This past season, Sabathia was 21-7 with 3.18 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 237 2/3 innings, which puts him in the running for the American League Cy Young Award. Although the Yankees won all three of his postseason starts, Sabathia struggled a bit, posting a 1.81 WHIP and 5.63 ERA, failing to pitch more than six innings in any game.

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