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  1. By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer

    January 29, 2005

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Freddie Mitchell made fewer enemies when he just boasted about himself.

    Known more for his big mouth than making big plays, the Philadelphia Eagles' other loquacious receiver -- the one without the Pro Bowl pedigree and ankle injury -- offended some Patriots when he dissed their secondary in a television interview.

    Mitchell, starting only because All-Pro Terrell Owens is hurt, said he just knew the numbers -- not the names -- of New England's cornerbacks. He singled out Rodney Harrison, saying he ``has something'' for the veteran strong safety.

    ``If he doesn't (know the names), he will,'' Patriots tight end Christian Fauria said Friday, responding to Mitchell's comments from a day earlier.

    The Patriots' defensive backs will see Mitchell up close when the defending champions meet the Eagles in the Super Bowl next Sunday.

    ``It just shows he doesn't have respect for us,'' Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel said.

    Harrison called Mitchell ``immature.''

    ``You have so many young guys nowadays, so many young guys that don't have respect for the game,'' Harrison said.

    Mitchell shrugged off the Patriots' reaction.

    ``I was joking. I don't care. It'll all be solved on Sunday,'' he said.

    The Patriots have a patchwork secondary that includes a rookie free agent (Randall Gay), a converted wide receiver (Troy Brown) and a guy (Hank Poteat) who was taking college courses before the playoffs started.

    Starters Tyrone Poole and Ty Law have been sidelined with injuries most of the season, but the fill-ins shutdown Peyton Manning and the Colts in a second-round playoff game, and intercepted Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger three times in the AFC championship game.

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  2. January 29, 2005, at 12:27 AM ET

    Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs are reportedly on the verge of trading slugger Sammy Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles.

    ESPN reports the Cubs will send Sosa to the Orioles for second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. and at least two minor leaguers. The deal would have to be approved by commissioner Bud Selig and the Players' Association and would only be finalized if all players involved pass physicals.

    Sosa is due to make $17 million this season and his option for 2006 is worth $18 million. One thing apparently that's been holding up Sosa from being traded is another option. If he's traded, the option for 2006 would be automatically exercised, and then there would be a $19 million option for 2007. Both the 2006 and 2007 options could be bought out for $4.5 million.

    However, there have been reports that Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, would possibly void the option part of the slugger's contract so that a trade could be facilitated. The Cubs would also reportedly pay a large part of Sosa's salary to the Orioles for next season.

    Selig would have to sign off on the trade since more than $1 million is being exchanged between teams.

    The 36-year-old Sosa hit .253 with 35 homers and 80 RBI last season. His statistics took a big hit this past year, but Sosa played in only 126 games.

    His run of nine straight seasons with at least 100 RBI came to an end. Sosa was sidelined for a month with a back injury, which he suffered after a violent sneeze.

    Sosa then grabbed headlines at the end of the campaign for leaving Wrigley Field without permission during the season finale. The team fined the rightfielder $87,500, equivalent to a day's salary, and Sosa drew the ire of Cub fans. It got worse, as Sosa later criticized manager Dusty Baker, and the slugger also said he was humiliated by being dropped to sixth in the batting order.

    Baker tried to clear the air during the baseball winter meetings, but he and Sosa have yet to speak to each other since the season ended.


  3. January 28, 2005

    INDIANAPOLIS -- There's a shadow that hangs over the Indiana Pacers, gloomy, dense and pervasive. It's one the Pacers, who fell to the dark side of .500 Thursday in an 88-76 loss to the Detroit Pistons, can't shake.

    Moreover, it's not necessarily because of the memory of the November brawl in Auburn Hills, Mich., that was in the forefront again against the Pistons.

    The shadow is more because of the continued absence of Ron Artest, suspended for the season from that incident. His forced benching casts a pall over the Pacers' season and the future of a team that seemed on the brink of something special when it won 61 games last season.

    "I know they're feeling sorry for themselves," Pacers general manager Larry Bird said Thursday. "That's why they've been so up and down. They can look great, and then they struggle. Maybe they could have gotten [to the NBA Finals] this year. Maybe not. But they have to decide to do it together. Their body language is up and down. But the talent is here."

    But without Artest, an All-Star and the league's best defender last season, Bird isn't sure what this team can do.

    The Pacers talk of having the team they will play the rest of the season with now that Stephen Jackson is back from his 30-game suspension. But there are still court dates, injuries, absences and lethargy from the weight of a disappointing season.

    This doesn't all stem from what Artest brings on the court.

    He was allowed to practice with the team for the first time Monday, and with Jackson returning, reporters spent time asking Jackson what he thought of Artest practicing.

    It's not unlike what the Cubs are going through with Sammy Sosa.

    "They get frustrated with him," Bird said. "But they know how valuable he is for them to have success. With him they've had success. But can his teammates put up with Ronnie and, `Did he come to practice today? Why was he here an hour after you guys?' He has not been a model teammate with these guys. It's something we'll have to see."

    Or not.

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    The Arizona Cardinals today unveiled on Thursday a re-designed team logo, updating the classic Cardinal head that has been synonymous with the team for decades.

    “This is just the latest in a series of exciting changes for the Cardinals over the last year that reflect a positive new direction for the franchise,” said Michael Bidwill, Vice President/General Counsel. “Certainly the construction of the new Cardinals Stadium is a big part of that, as is the competitiveness and winning attitude that Dennis Green brought to the team in his first season. We want people to associate this new logo with the kind of aggressiveness and toughness they can expect from our team and throughout the organization but ultimately we want people to associate it with success.”

    The Cardinals also announced today that the team will have new uniforms for the 2005 season. The re-designed uniforms are in the final development stages and will be unveiled in the spring.


    This isnt really sports news but even if you don't like the team what do you think of the new logo compared to the old one. I like it even though this christmas i got 2 jerseys and a bunch of other Cardinals stuff now its all throwbacks which kinda pisses me off a tad but otherwise I dont mind the update.

  5. By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

    January 26, 2005

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Doug Mientkiewicz is bringing his good glove to the New York Mets. The ball is going to Boston, at least for a year.

    The Mets acquired the former Gold Glove first baseman from the Red Sox on Wednesday for minor league first baseman Ian Bladergroen.

    The 30-year-old Mientkiewicz won the 2001 AL Gold Glove with Minnesota and caught the final out of Boston's World Series sweep of St. Louis last October, the first Series title for the Red Sox since 1918. He kept the ball, which the Red Sox want back.

    Mientkiewicz said Boston asked to have it for one year, he intends to comply and the sides expect to reach an agreement within days. He caught the ball when it was thrown to him by pitcher Keith Foulke in St. Louis on Oct. 27.

    ``There was never a fight, there was never words exchanged. It was very cordial, and we worked something out,'' he said. ``I want the fans to see it, and that's what both the Red Sox and I agreed on. They waited a long time to see that ball and to live it. The fact that I had it was just so we could keep it and give it to the fans and let them see it.''

    Mientkiewicz said he will not receive any money under the deal and ``probably'' would get the ball back after a year. He emphasized that he's ``doing everything they asked me to do.''

    ``I didn't expect all of this with the ball,'' he added. ``Sometimes in life you think you're doing the right thing and it doesn't turn out that way. That's kind of what happened here. I didn't think it was going to come out to this. Like I said, I gave Derek Lowe the Game 7 ball from the ALCS, and no one seems to want that one.''

    He already knows what he would do if the Mets come within three outs of a World Series title.

    ``I'll probably ask before the ninth inning: `What do you guys want me to do with this?' he said


  6. January 26, 2005, at 04:43 PM ET

    Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday for using a cell phone to help set up a drug transaction in June of 2000.

    The sentence issued in federal court matched the terms of the agreement reached with prosecutors in October. That month, Lewis pleaded guilty to federal charges of using a cell phone to help arrange a drug deal.

    Under the plea agreement, charges of drug conspiracy and cocaine possession were dropped by prosecutors and Lewis agreed to a term of four months in prison, two months in a halfway house and 500 hours of community service.

    Lewis was also suspended for two games without pay and fined an additional two weeks' salary by the league for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. The Ravens ended the season with a 9-7 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

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  7. Police: Search continues for kidnapped mother of Venezuelan pitcher Urbina

    By JORGE RUEDA, Associated Press Writer

    January 25, 2005

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Kidnappers holding the mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina have demanded a $3 million ransom, but have not contacted the family in several weeks, Venezuelan police said Tuesday.

    Ten police detectives in an anti-kidnapping unit are on the case and believe 54-year-old Maura Villarreal is still being held hostage. Police said the strategy of making no contact is a common ploy used by kidnappers in the South American country.

    Urbina's mother disappeared from her home on the outskirts of Caracas on Sept. 1. Police have said they believe she was taken by four men who arrived wearing police uniforms.

    Police also have said they believe a mechanic who happened to be working on a motorcycle at the house was taken away along with Urbina's mother.

    A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it had been difficult for the family to accept police involvement because they fear for Villarreal's life.

    The official confirmed Venezuelan news reports that the amount of ransom demanded was about $3 million, but he also said the figure had varied over time and that initially the kidnappers had demanded $6 million.

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  8. By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer

    January 26, 2005

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was exaggerating when he said he broke two toes on his right foot during the AFC championship game, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Wednesday.

    Roethlisberger told reporters Tuesday he wore down physically during the lengthy NFL season and broke two toes while scrambling late in the first half of the 41-27 loss to the New England Patriots.

    Cowher seemed irritated Roethlisberger would go public with such a claim, that, in effect, suggested the Steelers gambled with the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year's health by playing him when he was hurt.

    ``We are unaware of any problems with his toes, OK?'' Cowher said.

    Roethlisberger didn't specify which toes were broken and wasn't walking with an apparent limp Monday or Tuesday.

    ``Ben does not have broken toes,'' Cowher said, talking publicly for the first time since Sunday night, when the Steelers lost an AFC title game for the fourth time in 11 seasons. ``At the end of the first half, while scrambling, he aggravated some toes he has broken in the past, in high school and college. He mentioned something to Ryan Grove, our assistant trainer, and said he may have broke his toe. When he came off, he said he was fine, and he went back out in the second half and didn't say anything to anybody else for the rest of the game.''

    Cowher said the injury was never mentioned during his meeting with Roethlisberger on Monday and nothing showed up during the rookie's physical exam Tuesday.

    ``I talked to Ben last night, and got it straight from his mouth, and that's that,'' Cowher said. ``He never broke his toes this season. ... Nothing more will be done with it; it's nothing that rest won't cure. It's sore.''

    Roethlisberger's statistics improved after the injury. He was 5-of-10 for 77 yards and two pivotal interceptions as New England opened a 24-3 lead by halftime, but he was 9-of-14 for 149 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the second half.

    Roethlisberger also brushed off rumors he hurt his right thumb late in the season. There was speculation he wore a glove on his throwing hand as protection, though he discarded the glove for Sunday's game.

    ``I'm fine. I'll be healthy by next year,'' he said.

    The vague answer was similar to that he offered after throwing two interceptions in a 20-17 overtime playoff victory over the New York Jets on Jan. 15. Then, asked about a possible thumb injury, he said, ``I'm not going to make excuses.''


  9. By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer

    January 26, 2005

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Terrell Owens might try to play in the Super Bowl, ignoring his doctor's orders.

    Philadelphia Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday that Owens plans to continue rehabbing his injured ankle in an attempt to suit up against the New England Patriots on Feb. 6.

    Dr. Mark Myerson, the surgeon who operated on the All-Pro receiver in December, said Tuesday he would not clear Owens to play in the Super Bowl.

    ``We understand Dr. Myerson's point of view. It's just that our risk-reward is different than his risk-reward,'' Burkholder said. ``He has great risk in clearing Terrell to play and no reward. We think there's some risk and we think there's great reward, so right now we're going to progress with his rehab.''

    Owens was at the Eagles' practice facility for rehab work Wednesday, but the team said he wouldn't be made available to reporters.

    On Monday, before hearing Myerson's bad news, Owens said: ``Spiritually I've been healed and I believe that I'll be out there on that field Sunday, regardless of what anybody says.''

    Myerson inserted two screws in Owens' right ankle and a plate on the outside of the ankle three days after he was injured against Dallas on Dec. 19. By not clearing Owens to play, Myerson should be absolved of any blame if Owens goes against his wishes and winds up re-injuring the ankle.

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  10. January 26, 2005, at 11:19 AM ET

    Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League and Players' Association are meeting once again in Toronto Wednesday, as time continues to run out on the chances of a season.

    The time and location of the talks have been kept secret by both sides, as they attempt to keep out distractions.

    As was the case last week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow will not be part of Wednesday's meeting. The union will be represented by president Trevor Linden, senior director Ted Saskin and outside counsel John McCambridge. The league will have senior vice president Bill Daly, Board of Governors president Harley Hotchkiss and outside counsel Bob Batterman on its side of the table.

    There were reports over the weekend that the league was preparing a new proposal to present to the players, but there is not expected to be any new offer at Wednesday's talks.

    This latest event comes after the two sides held small-scale discussions last week. Those meetings were initiated by the efforts of Linden, but failed to bring the parties together.

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  11. UPDATE

    Delgado agrees to sign $52 million deal with Marlins

    By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

    January 25, 2005

    MIAMI (AP) -- Free-agent first baseman Carlos Delgado agreed Tuesday to a $52 million, four-year contract with the Florida Marlins, who added the left-handed power they've lacked.

    The agreement, which could be worth $64 million over five seasons, was confirmed by a team official who spoke on condition of anonymity. It's expected to become official Thursday after Delgado undergoes a physical and the sides agree to contract language.

    Under the terms of the deal under discussion earlier in the day, Delgado would get just $4 million this year, another baseball official told The Associated Press, also on condition of anonymity.

    Delgado would get $13.5 million in 2006, $14.5 million in 2007 and $16 million in 2008, and the deal would include a $16 million option for 2009 that would become guaranteed based on how Delgado does in MVP voting and whether he earns postseason MVP awards.

    If the option doesn't become guaranteed, Florida would have the right to exercise a $12 million option. If the option is declined, Delgado would get a $4 million buyout.

    Delgado chose the Marlins over offers from the New York Mets, Texas and Baltimore.

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  12. January 25, 2005

    MIAMI (AP) -- Free-agent outfielder Magglio Ordonez met Monday with Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and his top staff.

    Tigers president Dave Dombrowski and manager Alan Trammell also attended the meeting, as did agent Scott Boras and associate Mike Fiore.

    ``We were going to go up to Detroit to meet with them. The owner apparently had a business meeting down in Florida,'' Boras said. ``We decided to move the meeting up a day.

    ``It went well. The Tigers talked about their plans for the future, their interest in Magglio, the advances they made last season.''

    Ordonez, a four-time All-Star who turns 31 on Friday, hit .292 last season with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 202 at-bats. A career .307 hitter with 187 homers, he missed 36 games after injuring his left knee May 19, then went on the disabled list for good on July 22 with bone marrow edema.

    ``We've actually had a number of calls prior to this meeting,'' Boras said after returning home to California. ``Their doctors have talked with Magglio's doctors. They're certainly comfortable he'll be ready to go by spring training.''

    When reached Tuesday morning, Dombrowski declined to provide any details about the meeting.

    ``Other than to say we met and had a nice visit, I don't have anything else to say,'' Dombrowski said


  13. By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

    January 24, 2005

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Terrell Owens says his recovery is way ahead of schedule, surprising even his doctor.

    Whether the All-Pro wide receiver will be healthy enough to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl remains a mystery.

    ``What a lot of people don't realize is that I've been doing a lot of rehab on my own, a lot of healing on my own, but spiritually God is healing me and I'm way ahead of where a lot of people expect me to be, even the doctor,'' Owens said Monday. ``He's even shocked at what he's seen. Spiritually I've been healed and I believe that I'll be out there on that field Sunday, regardless of what anyone says.''

    Owens was among several Eagles, including quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook, who sat courtside for Monday night's NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Owens, sidelined with an ankle injury since Dec. 19, was all smiles while talking about a possible return for the Feb. 6 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

    Eagles coach Andy Reid said earlier in the day that Owens has made great progress, and will try to run this week.

    ``I've been doing all my rehab in the pool,'' Owens said.

    He was back on the sideline Sunday for the NFC title game, only this time he served as head cheerleader, flapping his arms, waving a towel and encouraging the crowd to make more noise. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl with a 27-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

    Owens jogged onto the field and pumped up the crowd during pregame introductions, and jumped around on the bench during the game.

    ``I enjoyed it,'' Owens said. ``If I could have been out there, I would have been out there. I just showed my support where I can.''


  14. January 25, 2005, at 02:30 PM ET

    Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Future Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone is leaning towards retirement, according to a report in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times. The report also stated that he will decide on his future in the next week or two.

    "Probably toward retirement, just because that's what he is right now, theoretically," Malone's agent Dwight Manley told the paper. "Things usually go the direction of where you're at." If Malone does in fact retire, he will end his career second on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 36,928 points, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387. A 14-time All-Star and the league's MVP in 1996-97 and 1998-99, Malone averaged 25 points and 10.1 rebounds per season but posted career- lows of 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Malone underwent surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee over the summer that limited him to just 42 games during his one turbulent season in Los Angeles. He declined a 1.65 million contract option shortly after the Lakers lost in five games to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA finals.

    The 41-year-old Malone signed with the Lakers last summer for far below market value in an attempt to win the NBA title that has eluded him during his Hall of Fame career.


  15. January 25, 2005, at 04:45 PM ET

    New York, NY (Sports Network) - Free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado has apparently agreed in principle to a four-year deal with the Florida Marlins worth $52 million, according to Newsday.

    Delgado also had offers on the table from the Mets and the Orioles.

    Texas was also said to be in the running for Delgado's services, but pulled out after reportedly withdrawing their four-year, $48 million offer because the slugger would not come to the Rangers as a designated hitter.

    The 32-year-old Delgado has spent his entire 12-year career with the Blue Jays, but Toronto didn't offer the slugger salary arbitration this winter.


  16. for once now that i look at it I really want New England to win this I hate philly and I just like Tom Brady I think he is a great QB and proves it every year.

    I would rather see different teams in the super bowl no doubt just to see something new but for what we got I really want New England to win this.

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