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Feb092012

Magic Owner Devos Doesn't Want to Trade Dwight Howard

Christian Petersen/G​etty Images(ORLANDO) -- Another day, another chapter in the Dwight Howard trade drama. Despite the All-Star center's desire to be traded from the Magic, if you ask Magic owner Richard Devos, he doesn't want Dwight going anywhere.

"I don't want to trade him," Devos said when referring to Howard's trade status.

Howard is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but Devos isn't ruling out the possibility of bringing Howard back.

"You never give up, Devos said. "We've got a great talent, a great young man. He's got to look at his options (and) what's best for him and I have to tell him what I think is best for him. I'm selfish."

The 26-year old Howard is averaging 20 points and a NBA leading 15.4 rebounds per game. He has won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award the past three seasons.

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Thursday
Feb092012

Terrell Owens Still Wants To Play In the NFL

MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/​Getty Images(ALLEN, Texas) -- Even though he didn't play for anyone during the 2011 season, former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens still wants to play in the NFL. Whether anyone wants him, however, is a whole different subject.

The 38-year old Owens recently signed with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Owens will have 50 percent ownership group of the team, and can earn as much as $500,000 with the Wranglers. Despite his new IFL fame, Owens still thinks he can play at a high level in the NFL.

"It was an opportunity for myself and my family," Owens said. "It's a way for myself to keep in shape. I haven't retired from the NFL. I want to play a couple more years. This right here will allow me to do that and assess where I am. I know I'm physically fit to play the game still."

After suffering a knee injury in the off-season, Owens worked his way back to make a return to the NFL, but never garnered the interest he thought he would get.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/8/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Syracuse (24-1) defeated (12) Georgetown (18-5) in overtime, 64-61.

(10) Duke (20-4) rallied back to stun (5) North Carolina (20-4), 85-84.

(7) Kansas (19-5) beat (6) Baylor (21-3), 68-54.

(11) Michigan State (19-5) pounded Penn State (10-15), 77-57.

Boston College (8-16) stunned (15) Florida State (16-7), 64-60.

(19) Virginia (19-4) bounced Wake Forest (11-13), 68-44.

(22) Michigan (18-7) topped Nebraska (11-12), 62-46.

NBA: The Orlando Magic (16-10) vanquished the Miami Heat (19-7), 102-89.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-14) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (15-8), 99-92.

The Dallas Mavericks (15-11) cruised past the Denver Nuggets (15-11), 105-95.

The Houston Rockets (15-11) got past the Portland Trail Blazers (14-12), 103-96.

The New York Knicks (11-15) zapped the Washington Wizards (5-21), 107-93.

The Milwaukee Bucks (11-14) tamed the Toronto Raptors (8-19), 105-99.

The Detroit Pistons (7-20) blew past the New Jersey Nets (8-19), 99-92.

The San Antonio Spurs (18-9) lassoed the Philadelphia 76ers (18-8), 100-90.

The Chicago Bulls (22-6) trampled the New Orleans Hornets (4-22), 90-67.

The Atlanta Hawks (17-9) outpaced the Indiana Pacers (17-8), 97-87.

The Memphis Grizzlies (13-13) took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13), 85-80.

NHL: The Buffalo Sabres (23-24-6) shutdown the Boston Bruins (33-17-2), 6-0.

The Detroit Red Wings (36-17-2) doubled up the Edmonton Oilers (21-28-5), 4-2.

The Anaheim Ducks (21-24-8) edged the Carolina Hurricanes (20-25-10), 3-2 in overtime.

The Calgary Flames (25-22-7)  scorched the San Jose Sharks (29-16-6) 4-3.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Jets Sticking With Holmes

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Santonio Holmes is staying put in the Big Apple. The New York Jets wide receiver remained on the roster Wednesday, which means Gang Green is on the hook for his 2013 salary of $7.5 million. He was already guaranteed his 2012 salary of nearly $8 million dollars.

“They signed him to a huge deal before the season started,” ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini told ESPNews. “It was five years, $45 million. They have to eat a lot of money to cut him. They would have to eat $8 million out of their own pocket plus not to have him on the team this year would have been a $12 million cap hit, which would have really restricted their ability to improve other areas on the team.”

The 27-year-old Holmes finished the 2011 campaign with 51 receptions for 654 yards and eight touchdowns. He was benched at one point during the Jets' regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins, with some teammates reportedly upset with his effort.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Yankees Sign Russell Branyan To Minor League Deal

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Infielder Russell Branyan has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Branyan will compete for a big league job.

The 36-year-old split time between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels last season, batting .197 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 127 at-bats.

In 2009, Branyan walloped 31 homers for the Seattle Mariners.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Ravens' Williams Discusses Retirement

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview Wednesday morning on "Mike and Mike" on ESPN Radio, Baltimore Ravens' running back Ricky Williams spoke about why he chose to retire.

The 34-year-old Williams -- who retired once before in 2004 -- didn't rule out that he was officially going to stay retired, and said he would pick up a phone if someone came calling.

But for now, Williams is hanging up his spikes after playing 11 seasons in the NFL.

"It's been a long process, I think people from the outside just say, 'Oh he went through all these things and all these troubles' but it's gotten me to this point where I have clarity about my future," Williams told Mike and Mike this morning.

Williams’ new passion will be his charity and said that football limited him at certain points during his life.  He'll be on a new journey now and has already gotten permission from his wife.

"If I could be doing anything in the whole entire world, the answer was, I'd be traveling around the world and taking classes because I love to learn," said Williams. "I asked myself if I would be able to do that now and I talked to my wife and she said she'd give me permission. I looked at my bank account and I had enough money to do it.  So I said, 'Huh. That's what I'm going to be able to do.'"

For teams that may be in need of a backup running back, Williams said they'll have to call long distance to reach him for now.

Williams started with the New Orleans Saints in 1999, followed by two stints with the Miami Dolphins. His final stop was in Baltimore with the Ravens.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Lions' Suh Ranked Fourth on 'Forbes' Disliked List

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to a poll with Forbes Magazine, Detroit Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh ranked fourth on its list of most-disliked NFL players.

Just four months ago, Suh led the poll of most-liked players but his actions during the Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers -- when he stomped on offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on national television -- may have had something to do with this recent poll performance.

Suh had an appeal score of 71 percent in the most-liked category but now sits at 51 percent disliked, according to the magazine.

"He went from being so popular to being a pariah in one season," said Stephen Master, Nielsen's vice president of sports, according to Forbes.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Kentucky Cruises Past Florida, 78-58

Thinkstock(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Doron Lamb had a game to remember in front of a packed Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. He dropped in 18 points in their 78-58 win over Florida (19-5), but he wasn't surprised of the outcome.

"I told somebody we were going to blow them out today. I just felt it coming," said Lamb. "I knew it was coming for some reason. I don't know why."

Kentucky (24-1) put on a stellar effort and treated their fans to a 49th straight home win and matched their best start in league play since 2005.

With such a dominant performance even their opposing head coach Billy Donovan was impressed.

"The one thing I like about their team is I love their disposition on the floor," said Donovan. "There's a certain disposition you have to have and I'm not talking about arrogance or cockiness, but there's like a focus level in terms of what really goes into winning at that level. There's a mentality there."

Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the victory for the Wildcats.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Source: Andrus and Rangers Agree to a Deal

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, TX) -- The Texas Rangers have agreed to a three year deal worth approximately $14.5 million dollars with shortstop Elvis Andrus, according to a source.

The deal stops the Rangers from having to go into arbitration with the 23-year old.

Andrus has played three seasons in the majors, all with Texas. He is a career .271 hitter and has averaged 34 stolen bases and just over 85 runs a year.

 

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Memphis Will Join Big East

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- It looks like Rick Pitino will get his wish. Memphis will announce Wednesday that they will join the Big East in all sports starting in 2013. 

Pitino has been on record saying the Big East should pursue Memphis and Temple since they will be losing Syracuse, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh.

Memphis is most valuable to the conference in men's basketball. The program has made 23 NCAA tournament appearances and has played in two national championship games.

Memphis previously tried to enter the Big East in 2005 when Louisville, DePaul, Cincinnati, South Florida, and Marquette joined the conference, but they were denied.

Memphis will have to pay a $500,000 dollar exit fee to the Conference USA and forfeit their share of television right revenue valued at approximately $6.13 million, according to a league spokeswoman.

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