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Magic plan to offer Dwight Howard extension after season

09.29.10 at 11:16 am ET
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According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic will offer center Dwight Howard a contract extension next summer, one year before he can opt to explore free agency. Howard, 25, has two seasons (including 2010-11) left on his five-year, $80 million contract before he can opt out. General manager Otis Smith told the Sentinel “of course” the team would offer Howard a new deal. “We want Dwight to be in a Magic uniform for as long as he plays basketball,” Smith said. “That’s in the best interest of our franchise and, we hope, it is in the best interest of Dwight.”

During the Magic’s media day on Monday, Howard indicated to the Sentinel that he wants to remain in Orlando. “I plan on being here forever,” he said, according to the report. “I love Orlando.” So does that mean Howard plans on signing the extension then? “I can’t answer that,” Howard said, according to the Sentinel. “I mean, I love Orlando. I don’t want to leave.”

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Dez Bryant foots Cowboys’ $55K dinner bill

09.29.10 at 11:08 am ET
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Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant got the retribution that Roy Williams had been promising him since training camp. Bryant made news during training camp when he refused to carry Williams’ pads after practice as part of the hazing by veteran players of rookies. Bryant later said he didn’t know about such tradition. “I’m not doing it,” Bryant said then. “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads.”

Williams let it slide, saying then that Bryant, who received $8.3 million in guaranteed money from his rookie contract, would just have to take the team out to dinner and get him some new shoes instead. Well, that dinner happened Monday night. Bryant planned to take just the offensive players out to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, but Williams wanted to make sure Bryant got the message, so he invited the defensive players as well. The final tab came to $54,896. “They got the young fella,” said Bryant’s adviser, David Wells. “What could he say? He had to pay it unless he wanted to wash dishes for a month.”

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LEEinks List: Biggest names to leave Boston via free agency

09.29.10 at 10:15 am ET
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Although the season is not yet over for the Red Sox, speculation already has begun about whether or not the team will resign All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre. Because Beltre undoubtedly will warrant top dollar, there is a good chance the Sox may pass on locking him up long-term. Good players come and go through a city all the time; it is the nature of the game. A player performs well during a contract year, or finishes up a long deal with the team, and decides a change of scenery is necessary.

With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of the best players who have played here and then decided to leave for greener pastures via free agency.

10. Jason Bay

Bay came to the Red Sox in the Manny Ramirez deal in 2008, showing fans right away why he was an All-Star outfielder for the lowly Pirates. In his two years in Boston, he batted .274 with 45 home runs and 156 RBI. He seemed to be a perfect fit on the team. Instead, he joined the Mets in the offseason, and has struggled in New York, battling both injury and inconsistent play.

9. Luis Tiant

Tiant made his MLB debut with the Indians in 1964, and in 1968 led the league in ERA (1.60) and shutouts (9). The Cuban right-hander then came to Boston in 1971 and became one of the more popular players in the team’s history. Unfortunately for Sox fans, Tiant joined the Yankees at the end of the ’78 season, playing two years with the Bronx Bombers.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks deny tampering with Carmelo Anthony

09.29.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL Preseason: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m.
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ While a rumored Carmelo Anthony trade appears to be losing steam to the point of being dead, the Knicks are denying accusations of tampering. New York was not involved in the reported four-team deal, but the Knicks come into play because Anthony has expressed an interest in making Madison Square Garden his new home, and he becomes a free agent next offseason ‘€” assuming he doesn’t sign a contract extension with a team that might acquire him in a trade. Anthony spent last week hanging around with new Knick Amar’e Stoudemire. Then, at Nuggets media day earlier this week, Anthony insisted he never asked for a trade.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News looks at some recent Jets castoffs who starred over the weekend, including new Patriot Danny Woodhead.

‘™¦ The Rays’ lack of fan support has become a hot-button issue after players complained about the small crowds. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan writes that Major League Baseball shares in the blame for expanding into Florida.

‘™¦ With a new cry for college athletes to get paid, Gregg Doyel at explains that they already do get some form of payment. One of his examples is the $41 off-campus meal allowance for Boston College athletes. Meanwhile, the University of California dropped five sports, including baseball, for financial reasons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox played their final game of the season. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski finished with an average of .301, which ranks as the lowest average ever to lead the league. Which Red Sox player finished first in the AL in RBIs, with 109.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Watching the games on TV is going to feel weird.” ‘€” David Ortiz, following the Red Sox’ elimination from postseason contention Tuesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 17,891 ‘€” Attendance at Tuesday’s game in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Rays clinched a playoff spot with a 5-0 win over the Orioles one day after players criticized fans for a lack of support

‘NET RESULTS: A 17-year-old with Down syndrome, Ike Ditzenberger, scored a memorable touchdown in a high school football game in Snohomish, Wash.

Caleb Jennings of Division 3 Emory & Henry College has the early lead on touchdown run of the year.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Harrelson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jerry Lee Lewis is 75 on Wednesday.

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Jaguars claim Trent Edwards

09.29.10 at 7:05 am ET
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One day after his release from the Bills, quarterback Trent Edwards was picked up by the Jaguars. Jacksonville has been frustrated with starter David Garrard, who threw four interceptions before being benched in a Week 2 loss to the Chargers and completed just 13-of-30 passes for 105 yards with an interception on Sunday vs. the Eagles.

Jags backup Luke McCown tore a knee ligament in Week 2 and is on injured reserve. Jacksonville had signed 38-year-old Todd Bouman as a replacement.

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Agent: 46-year-old John Carney returning to Saints

09.29.10 at 7:00 am ET
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According to his agent, 46-year-old kicker John Carney will return to the NFL, signing with the Saints. Carney worked out for his former team Tuesday after Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime Sunday in an eventual loss to the Falcons. A source told The Associated Press that Hartley, 4-for-7 this season after starring in last season’s playoffs, will remain with the club.

Carney played for the Saints last season when Hartley was suspended four games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, and he remained active for 11 games before becoming the team’s kicking consultant.

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NFL investigating incident between Packers safety and fan

09.28.10 at 9:51 pm ET
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The NFL is investigating a confrontation between Packers safety Nick Collins and a fan after Monday night’s game in Chicago. A Milwaukee television station has video of Collins yelling at a fan as he leaves the field, and he appeared to throw his mouth guard into the stands. The station reported that Collins said the fan spit on him and used a racial slur, and the player apologized for “losing his cool.”

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Report: Nets pull back on Carmelo Anthony trade

09.28.10 at 9:39 pm ET
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The Nets are no longer actively pursuing a four-team deal that would land them Carmelo Anthony, according to an ESPN report. The story cites sources who indicated the Nets did not want to wait on Denver, and Nets general manager had set a Tuesday deadline for the Nuggets to accept the proposal. Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that the deal was “dead,” according to a source.

The proposed deal would send Anthony to New Jersey, Nets rookie Derrick Favors and Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko to Denver, Nets guard Devin Harris to Charlotte and Bobcats forward Boris Diaw to Utah.

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1998 near Triple Crown winner Real Quiet dies

09.28.10 at 5:38 pm ET
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Real Quiet, the small horse who was less than a length away of becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, died Monday at age 15. The bay was found lying in his stall after his left shoulder hit the ground, breaking his neck.

In 1998 Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Mike Pegram in two heated races with Victory Gallop. In the Belmont, Victory Gallop edged Real Quiet in a photo finish that revealed Victory Gallop had won the race by a nostril.

“He gave us a lot of thrills and excitement,” Baffert said. “Just winning the Kentucky Derby for Mike Pegram was pretty amazing. … I like to think it was meant to be.”

Real Quiet continued to race successfully as a four year old with victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pimilico Special. Eventually he was retired to stud and was moved to the Penn Ridge Farm in Pennsylvania, a farm created specifically for the horse.

“He was a great champion and is a great champion,” said Mike Jester, owner of the farm. “It’s a pretty big blow for us.”

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Houston’s Case Keenum unsure on future

09.28.10 at 5:38 pm ET
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Houston quarterback Case Keenum has not made a decision on his future after having surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Due to graduate in December, Keenum is weighing whether to come back for a fifth season and attempt to set the NCAA passing yards and touchdown passes record or prepare for the NFL draft in April.

Keenum, the fifth-leading passer in NCAA history, was injured in the team’s September 18th game against UCLA while trying to make a tackle. He currently stands just 3,487 yards behind former Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang and 28 touchdown passes behind Graham Harrell. If Keenum decides to return to school he would have to petition the NCAA for a medical waiver.

Keenum had put his name in the draft pool this past spring but decided to stay for his senior season. ESPN college football analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected Keenum as the third best senior quarterback entering the season.

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