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…Imagine the surprise Adrian Peterson got when told he would have to pay Nike more than $1 million to change his uniform from $28.  On Wednesday, the social networking sports star took to Twitter to let his fans know he would be sticking with #28. It was a decision Peterson was not happy with as he went off on a rant against Nike.  “So here is the deal with the number change! So I received a call and I was informed that I would’ve to buy all jerseys that’s been produced.  Thus far! N the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!!! Why? Ok so I see maybe ten thousand dollars of my total jersey sales! That’s it!!! In I know I’ve mostly likely been in the top ten When it comes to top sales ! Why in the hell do I have to pay a Million dollars to change my number! I don’t even get paid a million Dollars by my sponsors a year! Wow!!! N I’m talking about my nike deal! So people may not understand some of the things I say from MY POINT OF VEIW! But this situation says a lot! #1 I’m in the top jersey sales! # 2 I see maybe 10,000 from those sales#3 I get paid under 1million a year#4 but I oder to change MY number I have to pay a Million Bucks! Somebody’s winning in that situation & ITs not me! So clearly with that said I won’t be changing my number.”  Clearly.

…How soon they forget!  Pujols 5 Westport Grill in St. Louis is a thing of the past. Sales at the restaurant named for Albert Pujols have slowed since the former Cardinals slugger signed with Anaheim, so the owner made a name change. The restaurant is now calling itself Hall of Fame Sports Bar and Grill. They’re removing all Pujols-related items from the menu, though the Albert Pujols statue unveiled outside the restaurant in November will remain. Pujols was never an owner of the restaurant, but he had a licensing agreement with them where he lent his name in exchange for 5% of restaurant profits being donated to his foundation. Pujols’ agent says since business has dropped, “it didn’t make sense” for the owner to continue his relationship with Pujols.

…While most all news reports have Peyton Manning and the Colts parting ways, that doesn’t mean Peyton has thrown his last pass.  The Miami Dolphins and other QB needy teams may have one other QB to choose from. Chris Mortensen of ESPN tweeted that Peyton Manning has been medically cleared to return to the NFL. According to a report 2 different doctors agreed that clearing Manning to return was a safe move. One doctor went so far as to say that if Manning were his son, he would have cleared him to return. So what does being cleared mean? It means that Peyton Manning’s neck is healed to the point where he can return to the NFL. It does not, however, mean that the nerves have fully regenerated and his arm strength will return immediately (or ever). Peyton seems determined to return to the NFL, however it probably won’t be with the Colts. We’d expect the Dolphins, Redskins, and Cardinals to make heavy pushes for Manning. Of course, keep in mind that it was Manning’s doctors who cleared him and not the Colts’ doctors.

…Here’s a news flash that is guaranteed to not shock you or anybody elese.  Just like every other year, LeBron James says he is “on the fence” as it relates to whether or not he will compete in the upcoming dunk contest at the NBA All-Star Game. As reporterd in the excellent website www.sorrybrosports is the legitimate point that Nike will never let this happen unless they know for sure he will get 50s on all three dunks and win the first-prize in remarkable fashion. This is why Lebron James will always continue to say he is “on the fence” at participating in the NBA dunk contest: “I have thought about it before and a few times in the past I kind of had an ankle injury that kind of kept me out of it and a couple of times I was just like, ‘You know what, I’m going to go in here and rest my legs for this weekend and then get back to the regular season,” James said. “But, I mean, they say a lot of the greats have done it and I’ve watched it over the years.” Or hear this from King James: “I don’t know, I’ll be on the fence every year about it,” James said. “It’s always a fence year for me. I know they’re getting tired of me, though, so I’m not even going to start up nothing.”

…Jim Tressel will be returning to Ohio, just not Ohio State.  Jim Tressel will be returning to college in Ohio. The former Ohio State coach was named vice president of school engagement at Akron in announcement on Thursday. He will be paid $200,000 a year in the non-athletics position. Tressel was a graduate assistant at the school from 1975-78 and earned a Master’s degree there. Tressel resigned at Ohio State before the 2011 season amid scandal. He landed with the Indianapolis Colts as a game-day assistant. The decorated coach was hit with a five-year show cause penalty for his troubles in Columbus, effectively ending the possibility that he would coach until that penalty expired.

…Allen Iverson doesn’t see any reason to pracetice.  We know that.  But apparently he also doesn’t see any reason to pay his jeweler.  The top sports website www.lostletterman.com reports that Iverson is up to his ears in debt … with his jeweler. The former Georgetown and NBA star did not pay up on his $375,000 bill with Aydin & Company Jewelers, according to TMZ on Monday, which cited court papers . The company reportedly sued Iverson for the money  in 2010 – and now gets to garnish wages directly from his bank account. AI never responded to the lawsuit and the jewelers were given a default judgement, which ruled that Iverson must pay $859,896.46 for  court costs, interest, attorneys fees and the actual jewelery, TMZ said.

…A memento from an American hero apparently has a price. And that price is $3.2 million. Jerry Martin, 51 – who uses the eBay handle az-jt,” according to Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner – put game-worn cleats supposedly belonging to former Arizona State and NFL standout Pat Tillman up for auction on the buying-and-selling site. Tillman died in 2004 fighting in Afghanistan. “Out of respect for the Tillman family, I didn’t even put the shoes up for auction for years,” Martin told FOX Sports. “But now I’m hoping that someone will enjoy these and cherish them as much as I do.” As long as they pony up an absurd amount of cash first.

…Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was involved in a car accident on Wednesday, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. “It was kind of nasty, but everybody’s OK,” he told the newspaper in a cell phone interview.  The report said that Pelini was on his way to a recruiting dinner in Omaha when he was “struck on the driver’s side front corner” while entering an intersection. According to the AP, the woman who crashed into Pelini was also not injured but did receive a ticket.

…There are currently 30 teams in the NBA, but only 10 are actually worth watching — at least according to former NBA power forward and current TV personality Charles Barkley. Barkley ripped into the NBA for the low quality of play that’s been exhibited so far this season during a radio interview with ESPN Chicago. “As a NBA fan I want to apologize to the fans, I cannot believe how bad the NBA is right now. There are probably ten teams worth watching on a nightly basis,” Barkley said on air during the Waddle and Silvy Show. “They have all these built-in excuse about it’s the lockout. Let me tell you something if these teams played once a week they would still suck.”  Chuck isn’t the only one that feels that way.  Laker owner Jerry Buss has said that it would be worthwhile to simply buy out some of the weaker teams and contract the league.  Evidently Buss doesn’t like to have his income redistributed to the weaker ones.

…Former boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, best known for training Muhammad Ali, has died at the age of 90. He also trained Sugar Ray Leonard.

…I guess this belongs in the “What have you done for me lately?” department.  A year after Jerry Sloan’s sudden retirement from the Utah Jazz, former Jazz All-Star, Karl Malone, calls out the Jazz organization on a number of things. Including being denied tickets to attend a Jazz home game, one day after Sloan called it quits.  According to a report by Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake City Tribune. Last February Karl Malone was forced to purchase tickets to Jazz game from a scalper, after being denied complimentary seats from the Utah Jazz brass. That is ridiculous.

…Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol Monday night at a Dallas-area bar, according to baseball sources, marking his second known slip since returning to baseball after battling addictions to drugs and alcohol early in his career.  The Rangers have informed Major League Baseball of the situation, but had little to say Thursday night. “We are aware of a situation but have no further comment at this time,” a club official saidKTVT/Channel 11 reported Thursday that second baseman Ian Kinsler was seen with Hamilton at Sherlock’s Pub in North Dallas. A source, though, said that Kinsler went there only after receiving a call from Hamilton. Hamilton also had a relapse in January 2009 in a bar in Tempe, Ariz. Photos surfaced in August while the Rangers were in Anaheim, and he discussed the situation the next day. He said it was the first time he had slipped since Oct. 6, 2005, the day he says he found the strength to battle his addictions through religion.  Hamilton was candid about the problem in a press conference he had last Friday.

…Add Hamilton – The episode surely will impact negotiations about a long-term contract between the Rangers and Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye. Even more so than the money, the future of Hamilton’s relationship with a caring organization is at stake. It’s believed the sides talked as recently as this week. Hamilton, though, said those negotiations are now on the “back burner.” The timing of this could cost him millions.  With ongoing contract talks, the mere act of walking into a bar was incredibly self-destructive.

…The NFL has deflected rumors for a long time about putting another franchise in L.A.  Now even Commissioner Roger Goodell is dropping some pretty obvious hints.  Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night on Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl that when it comes to the national’s [sic] second-largest market, he’s now more inclined to expand than relocate existing clubs … even if it means expanding twice.  “Really, we want to keep our teams where they are, and that’s the dilemma because not only do we have to get the stadium in L.A., then we have to find out how to get the team,” said the commish. As for potential expansion plans, Goodell said, “We probably don’t want to go to 33,” adding he prefers 34. (Via the Tucson-Citizen) Does that translate to 2 teams for L.A.?

…Goodell had more to say about playing more games outside the United States in some place other than England.  Commissioner Roger Goodell would like to see the NFL playing another regular season game in Mexico. Goodell said at a news conference Friday that the league has a strategy to make the game ”more successful on a global basis.” The Rams and Patriots will play in London next season as part of that approach. Asked about playing games in Latin America, Goodell said there’s a great deal of interest there and he would like to get back to playing a regular season game in Mexico. He said it’s ”something we’d like to get done sooner than later.” Goodell said there are current discussions about setting up another game in Mexico. The NFL Players Association has concerns about playing games in London and how the travel will affect players.

…Prosecutors say criminal charges will not be filed against Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney, who was arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence. City attorney’s office spokesman Frank Mateljan said Wednesday that the office obtained a report from law enforcement and determined there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a case against Loney. Loney was arrested Nov. 14 after his Maserati hit three cars on a Los Angeles freeway. California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Tang says Loney apparently passed out, then awakened and tried to leave. He was arrested and given a blood test. The results were negative. Loney was under investigation for his role in a multiple-car accident on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks on Nov. 14. Loney sideswiped three cars, stopped in the fast lane, passed out, then awakened and tried to flee the scene only to crash again, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was arrested at the scene and taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital.

…I’ve got to get the name of Loney’s lawyer.  I figure if I sideswipped 3 cars and came to a stop in the fast lane, passed out, then took off and crashed again, they just might be inclined to file charges!

…UConn head coach Jim Calhoun is taking some time off.  Calhoun is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, as he has been suffering for several months from spinal stenosis, a spinal condition that causes him severe pain and hampers mobility.  Calhoun said he told university President Susan Herbst about it but had hoped to gut out the final weeks of the season. ”The bottom line is I’m going to need some work done,” Calhoun told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. ”In January the shooting pains were getting worse and after one plane ride I couldn’t even get up. I tried to hide it. I’m taking medicine right now for the pain. They are waiting for things to quiet down, and I’ll meet with the doctor next week.”

…Chapel Hill police say the son of new Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is among three former North Carolina athletes arrested for possession of cocaine.  Police say Shane Michael Mularkey was among the three arrested. The 21-year-old Mularkey played in all 13 games for the Tar Heels in 2009, but school spokesman Kevin Best said he left the team after the 2010 season.  A Jaguars spokesman says the team is aware of the arrest, adding that it is a personal matter and that Mike Mularkey has no comment at this time.

…Former Cowboys and Colts offensive lineman Kurt Vollers has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater sentenced Vollers in federal court in Dallas on Friday, almost two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to sell more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. He could have received a 40-year prison term. The 31-year-old played for Dallas from 2002-04 and appeared in two games for Indianapolis in 2005. Prosecutors say Vollers helped three other men in delivering marijuana to the Dallas area from January 2006 through May 2008. The alleged ringleader was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Two others received two-year and one-year prison sentences.




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