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NBA rumors: Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin will not hold out

10.03.10 at 4:41 pm ET
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Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin spoke to and emphasized that he will not hold out for a contract extension. It had been rumored that Martin’€™s absence from team activities could mean the former No. 1 overall draft pick would hold out.

‘€œIt is physically impossible right now for me to play basketball,’€ Martin said. ‘€œIf they brought $20 million cash here and put it in my locker, I couldn’€™t do nothing with it. I would have to give it back because I physically can’€™t go right now. It’€™s impossible.’€

Martin had surgery to repair a torn patella tendon in mid-June and has continued rehab throughout the summer. There is no immediate timetable for Martin’€™s return as he is entering the final year of a seven-year contract.

The Nuggets have had a busy offseason with the continuous trade rumors surrounding All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony reported to team activities although he has not accepted an extension with the Nuggets with free agency looming after the 2010-11 season.

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Bulls’ Carlos Boozer will miss eight weeks with broken hand

10.03.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is expected to miss eight weeks after suffering a broken right hand on Saturday. ESPN reports that the right hand will require surgery after Boozer injured it during the Bulls’€™ day off.

Boozer was Chicago’€™s high-profile addition after failing to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh; instead the trio joined forces in Miami during this summer’€™s heavily covered free agency period. Boozer, a veteran forward acquired from Utah, averaged 19.5 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game with Utah last year in his eighth NBA season.

Bulls teammates have praised Boozer in the first week of training camp but Chicago fans will have to wait until their offseason signing will be able to play alongside Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

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US has early Ryder Cup lead

10.01.10 at 5:21 pm ET
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The American side completed a day one comeback against the European side and hold a two-match lead as play was halted by darkness Friday. The story so far from Wales is the torrential rain that caused Cup play to be delayed more than six hours, the first Ryder Cup delay since the 1997 contest held in Spain. After the delay, the U.S. team leads three matches while the Europeans lead only one; Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are one down to Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer through 12 holes.

Play will resume tomorrow at 8 a.m. local time, 3 a.m. ET on Saturday. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker are one up over Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher through nine holes thanks to a Woods birdie on the ninth. The forecast for Saturday is favorable. The Celtic Manor golf course has a drainage system that allows for water to flow off quickly but players were unable to continue until the rain had finally stopped.

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Reds manager Dusty Baker agrees to extension

10.01.10 at 5:17 pm ET
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According to Sports Illustrated, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Reds. Baker, in his third year with the Reds, led Cincinnati to their first playoff berth in 15 seasons this year. The Reds clinched the NL Central crown and are 87-70 as of Friday. Cincinnati is two games behind San Francisco for the second-best record in the National League which would allow the team to open the playoffs at home in their first postseason appearance since 1995.

The Reds are the third team that Baker has led to the playoffs, including the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs.

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Barkley on LeBron: ‘It gets more stupid’

10.01.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Charles Barkley joined WIP in Philadelphia on Friday and was asked about the latest comments from LeBron James. The Heat forward told CNN Thursday that race played a role in the negative feedback he received following “The Decision.”

“It’s like watching a movie,” said Barkley of how James has handled himself. “Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”

Barkley later added, “”The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that Decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been The Decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he? This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”

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Report: Mets GM Minaya and manager Manuel will not return

10.01.10 at 3:21 pm ET
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The play of the New York Mets, who face a second straight losing season, apparently has not satisfied the club-owning Wilpon family. The Mets have now missed the playoffs for four straight seasons. According to a Sports Illustrated report, both general manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel will not continue their involvement with the team following the end of the season. Sources close to the team indicated to SI that the announcement will be made before the start of the playoffs.

The Mets hold an option on Manuel’s contract, but it is presumed that it will not be renewed. The Mets will most likely choose to hire a new GM from outside of the organization. Single-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman has been identified as a possible candidate to replace Manuel, but such a leap would be a rare occurrence. Although there is no timeline, it can be assumed that the Mets will attract a number of candidates in the offseason.

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LEEInks list: Most memorable Boston-New York games of 2010

10.01.10 at 1:11 pm ET
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The rivalry between New York and Boston has always been heated, and 2010 has been no different. With the Red Sox hosting the Yankees this weekend for three meaningless games, here’s a look at 10 that mattered this year.

10. April 6: Knicks 104, Celtics 101

Earl Barron, just out of the D-League, out-hustled the Celtics en route to 17 points and 18 rebounds and a disappointing loss for a Celtics squad still in the hunt for the third seed. Boston failed to get off a final shot as the Celtics lost their fourth game in five contests. After the game Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers questioned the team’s mindset. It turns out you can just turn it on in the playoffs.

9. May 8: Yankees 14, Red Sox 3

The expected pitcher’s duel between CC Sabathia and Clay Buchholz lasted less than five innings as the Red Sox were pummeled for a second day in a row. Mark Teixeira became just the second Yankee to hit three home runs in one game against the Red Sox, joining Lou Gehrig.  The Yankees used 11 unanswered runs to beat the Sox for the fourth time in five meeting on the season.

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Rockies targeting Victor Martinez?

10.01.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Rockies manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post that the Rockies are looking to add an “impact bat” this offseason. According to the report, the Rockies will target Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez if he is available, though the report also suggested that the switch-hitter could be out of Colorado’s price range.

Martinez, who will be a free agent following this season for the first time in his career, turned down a two-year offer from the Red Sox. Sox GM Theo Epstein, while declining to address details of the team’s talks with Martinez or fellow Red Sox free-agents-to-be Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz (who the Sox have a contract option on for the 2011 season), acknowledged interest in retaining players from that group.

“We do have a number of very important players who are eligible for free agency this year, and I have a strong interest in retaining those players,” he said on the Dale & Holley Show. (For a complete transcript, click here.)

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Running back training room: Injury news around the NFL

10.01.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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The sleepless nights for fantasy owners may be eased, but won’t exactly be cured, with the latest injury reports surrounding their stud running backs.

Ravens workhorse Ray Rice says the knee contusion he suffered against the Browns shouldn’t hold him out of a big conference matchup vs. the Steelers. “We have a great corps of backs, but I’m sure I’ll be ready to play,” said the Rutgers product, adding, “Right now, I feel great.” Even if he goes, running room will be scarce against a Steelers rush defense that has surrendered only 81.3 total yards to opposing rushers, who have averaged a paltry 2.6 yards per carry. Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain will carry the load if Rice can’t go.

On Thursday, Rams star running back Steven Jackson revealed to 101 ESPN St. Louis that his playing status for the contest against Seattle hinges on how his groin strain feels after he tests it during Sunday morning warmups. “Sunday we’ll definitely go out before the game, warm up, see how I feel,” Jackson said. Though he hopes to test it in the days leading up to the game, Jackson notes that, “say Friday or Saturday it doesn’t happen, I will be there early Sunday seeing if I can run and cut and seeing if I can go out there and give my team a lift.” If he is unable to go, Kenneth Darby will likely get the start in his place after entering last Sunday’s contest against the Redskins and compiling 57 total yards and a touchdown on 15 touches.

Meanwhile, explosive Lions rookie Jahvid Best, who suffered a toe injury last week, is “going to give it a go” Friday in practice, saying he hopes to play on Sunday while noting the toe has “gotten a lot better.” Though his availability looks increasingly likely, a toe injury can often drain a back of speed and shiftiness, two of Best’s greatest strengths. Even if he suits up, he faces a tough Green Bay run defense, and a workload reduction appears inevitable, with Maurice Morris picking up the slack.

The news on another rookie runner is much more optimistic. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews practiced fully for the second straight day and should get the start on Sunday barring something unforeseeable. The Downy soft, 31st-ranked run defense of the  Cardinals should provide a nice transition back into game action for the Fresno State product, though the bulky Mike Tolbert will likely steal any goal line work.

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Josh Hamilton set to return to Rangers lineup

10.01.10 at 12:06 pm ET
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Barring a setback, MVP candidate Josh Hamilton will return to the Texas Rangers lineup for six innings in the outfield Friday night. Hamilton will also DH on Saturday, followed by a full game on Sunday. He has been out since Sept. 4 due to small fractures in his rib, an injury he suffered crashing into the outfield wall while making a catch.

Hamilton’s .361 batting average leads the majors, and he’s also knocked 31 home runs and driven in 97 runs on the season. The Rangers hope he’ll be able to contribute as they attempt to win their first AL pennant in franchise history. Their playoff run will begin on Wednesday against either the Yankees or Rays.

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