The Knicks may be struggling on the court but apparently they're not willing to mortgage their future for Carmelo Anthony.
According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks rejected a deal that would have landed them the Nuggets star, deciding the asking price was too "steep." Indeed the Nuggets were asking for a lot: Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry and at least one first-round pick, according to the newspaper. (The Knicks would have also received Chauncey Billups).
Apparently team president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D'Antoni both agreed the price was too high.
The newspaper reports that a deal may still get done before the Feb. 24 trade deadline but the Nuggets would have to lower their demands.
Trade rumors have linked Anthony to numerous teams, including the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks and Rockets. But according to the Daily News report, New York and Chicago are now the leading contenders to get the All-Star forward.
Citing a source, the newspaper says Pujols will announce Tuesday that he will not talk about his contract until after the season, "unless a dramatic change is made."
However, the Cardinals and Pujols' representatives have agreed to a 24-hour extension on contract extension talks out of respect for Stan Musial, according to the AP.
The Cardinals Hall of Famer will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington on Tuesday and general manager John Mozeliak said Monday the club did not want to distract from Musial's special day.
Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, originally set a Tuesday deadline, the first workout day for pitchers and catchers in Jupiter, Fla., to reach an agreement. Mozeliak said the new deadline is noon (EST) Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Pujols is seeking a contract, perhaps as long as a decade in length, that would make him one of the highest paid players in the major leagues and allow him to retire as a Cardinal.
Pujols is in the final season of his eight-year, $111 million contract.
What is a soccer team to do when they are languishing near the bottom of their division?
Hire a former "Playmate of the Year" to run the club.
That's exactly what Warta Poznan, one of Poland's oldest soccer teams, did - naming former Playboy cover star Izabela Lukomska-Pyzalska club chair.
According to AFP, Lukomska-Pyzalska, 33, currently runs a construction firm in the western Polish city. She said her no-nonsense approach has made her a success in that industry and has vowed to run a tight ship in the soccer world.
"I don't have a light touch in the construction sector. I'll be looking for the same things in football: order and discipline," she said.
Don't count on Lukomska-Pyzalska being intimidated by the mashismo of Poland's soccer culture.
"This isn't a problem for me. It's my meat and drink," she said.
Indeed, according to AFP, in addition to posing for adult magazines, Lukomska-Pyzalska also appeared in a Polish soap opera called "What Are Men Afraid Of?"
(CBS/AP) The New York Jets assistant coach who tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a game has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, and fined an additional $25,000.
Sal Alosi, the Jets' strength and conditioning coach, will begin serving his suspension immediately and have no access to the team's practice facility.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Monday that Alosi will also not be allowed to interact with any players or coaches "as it pertains to his job function."
Tannenbaum says the team spoke with the NFL about the incident throughout the day, and the league will issue no further discipline. Alosi said earlier in the day that his "actions were inexcusable and irresponsible."During a 3rd-quarter punt return, Alosi stuck his knee out as Nolan Carroll ran up the sideline, tripping up the Dolphins' rookie cornerback, who went down hard and appeared to hurt his knee on the play.
Not surprisingly, both the NFL and Jets announced Monday morning that they were reviewing the incident, which was caught on tape for all to see.Continue »
We've seen fisticuffs on the race track many times (as recently as three weeks ago).
A race crew says driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. pulled a gun on them Saturday night at the Highland Rim Speedway in Tennessee, TV station WSMV in Nasheville reports.
According to the report, the incident occurred after driver Anthony Walker and Scott Thompson, a member of his crew, got into a heated argument with Hamilton, who runs the track in Greenbrier, Tenn.. The argument apparently started after Hamilton disqualified Walker's stock car, which was entered in the race, for not being the proper weight.Continue »
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will be fined but not suspended for the punches he threw at Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan Sunday, Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports reports.
Berman does not say how large the fine will be or whether Finnegan will garner the same punishment. The NFL might view Finnegan as the instigator given that he reportedly warned the Texans bench of his actions seconds beforehand. The good news for the Texans is that they will have their most explosive offensive weapon on the field at Philadelphia Thursday night.
The fight between Johnson and Finnegan was part of an ugly NFL weekend that overshadowed the close finishes and individual heroics in Week 12.
(CBS/AP) Tiger Woods believes he finally is ready to move on after a self-destructive year that cost him his marriage, his mystique, millions in endorsements and, lastly, his No. 1 ranking.
What remains are relationships to repair, along with his golf game.
Still to come is Thanksgiving.
"I think it's going to be great," Woods said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I'm going to be with my family. My mom is going to be there. We're going to have a great Thanksgiving. We've turned the corner, turned the page, and it's time to move forward."Continue »
(CBS/AP) Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young might be out for the season after tearing a tendon in his right thumb and storming out of the stadium minutes after tossing his shoulder pads into the stands.
"Memo to Jeff Fisher: Start looking for another quarterback. I don't mean this season. I mean for next week. Vince Young's behavior Sunday convinced me the Titans ... and maybe anyone, for that matter ... can't win with the guy," Judge writes.
As players filed off the sideline, Young was seen undoing his shoulder pads, which he then threw into the stands. He and Titans coach Jeff Fisher talked in the locker room before Young left so quickly a security guard was nearly knocked over.Continue »
One team in Japan's Pacific League apparently has found a way to simplify its payroll calculations: paying for stats, reports CBSSports.com's David Andriesen.
According to a link on yakyubaka.com, the Nippon Ham Fighters (who do not fight ham) give young players raises based on performance. Pitchers get a million yen (about $12,000) per win, while position players get 100,000 yen ($1,200) per hit.
It's a perfect example of the kind of oddities you see in Japanese baseball that would never fly here. U.S. major-league teams are allowed to give incentives for pitching appearances, plate appearances and awards, but not directly for statistics. Can you imagine the chaos? If every lineup and pinch hit and pitching change had financial implications for the players involved, I'm not sure you'd find anyone who would want the hassle of managing.
(CBS/AP) This city of hills, fog and some of the most expensive homes in the nation is hosting a World Series for the first time since 2002 and the (dollar) signs are everywhere.
Bleacher seats are going for $600 a pop a bargain compared to the $6,000 asking price for a vantage point directly behind home plate for the first two games between the Giants and Texas Rangers.
Even parking near the ballpark will cost you close to $100 (see photo at left).
Nearby taverns are stocking up for record-shattering business and advising patrons desiring seats to arrive hours before Wednesday's first pitch.
"These couple of days and nights will rival, if not surpass, our previous sales records," said Peter Osbourne, owner of three establishments directly across the street from the ball park MoMo's, Pete's Tavern and Pedro's Cantina. "We are looking at a 30 percent to 40 percent increase over our busiest days."
(CBS/AP) Brock Lesnar has been suspended 180 days, pending clearance by an ophthalmologist, in the wake of his heavyweight title loss to Cain Velasquez on Saturday at UFC 121.
The six-foot-three, 265-pounder faces a minimum 60-day medical ban for a nasty cut on his left cheek.
Lesnar must have "no contact for 180 days due to possible eye injuries," according to the official website of Mixed Martial Arts.
The California State Athletic Commission says Lesnar's basic purse for the mixed martial arts main event was $400,000, although such figures do not tell the tale for marquee fighters.
The UFC routinely rewards top fighters well beyond the purse figures reported to the commission including a lucrative cut of the pay-per-view revenue.
Lesnar is one of the sport's biggest draws and his paydays have reportedly been pegged in the millions.
Velasquez, who won by first-round KO, made $270,000 including bonuses of $100,000 for the win and $70,000 for knockout of the night. That amount was undoubtedly sweetened considerably by the UFC.
With the win, Velasquez also became the first Mexican heavyweight champion in combat sports.
In other UFC news, heavyweight contender Shane Carwin says he's pulling out of a high-profile New Year's Day bout with a back injury.
Carwin (12-1) announced his decision on his blog Tuesday. He was expected to fight Roy Nelson in the co-main event at UFC 125 in the MGM Grand Garden.
He says he has unspecified damage to his back that may require surgery.
Carwin was unbeaten until his second-round submission loss to Lesnar last July.
The UFC has no obvious replacement for Carwin in his fight against Nelson, which could have set up the winner with a chance to face new heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez later in 2011.
Frankie Edgar will defend his UFC lightweight title against Gray Maynard in the main event at UFC 125.
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