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Nobody asked me, but.........

13) Manny Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the A's; I was about to go puke when I heard this, then I heard A's are only in it for $500,000, so if he's washed up or doesn't try, then can cut him with not much of a loss. If he does well, then he's worth a lot more than $500,000.

12) It is February 21, the exhibition games start next week and baseball still doesn't know for sure how the playoffs are going to work, as far as whether or not there will be a one-game playoff between two Wild Cards in each league. Former used car salesman Selig wants this to happen, but no one else seems to think its practical to do this season.

11) College basketball officials are over-using replays, trying to get every call exactly right, as far as time left and stuff like that. Lot of the reviews are irrelevant; what did these guys do before replay?

Officials in Seton Hall-Cincinnati game Saturday called a technical foul on Bearcat Yancy Gates after watching the replay; it was ridiculous, and I'm rooting for Seton Hall to win. Over-officiating is becoming the norm.

10) Raul Ibanez hit 20 HRs LY, 15 in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park; now he's in another hitter-friendly park in the Bronx. Ibanez is 7-23 with with two homers in his games in the new Bronx bandbox.

9) Giants claimed LY that Buster Posey wasn't blocking the plate when he got hurt in a collision; now they've ordered him not to block the plate anymore. San Francisco needs a healthy Posey to contend this season.

8) Former big league catcher Paul Loduca is a handicapper on TGV, which is old news that I had forgotten about until I saw him on air Monday. I'm told by somebody who plays the horses a lot that he isn't a very good handicapper; he does sound knowledgeable on TV.

7) Celtics' PG Rajan Rondo got suspended for two games for tossing ball at an official; he missed Monday's loss to Dallas, and won't play in their next game either, Wednesday at Oklahoma City. Tough games to miss.

6) I had forgotten about Greg Oden; the big guy had another operation on his knees, this time his third microfracture, and his career seems to be in serious doubt. He's played only 82 NBA games after missing half of his one year at Ohio State. Hope he saved the money he's made.

5) Chiefs signed free agent DB Stanford Routt, who played for Oakland LY and signed a $31.5M deal with the Raiders. He led the NFL LY with 17 penalties committed, but is said to be a good cover corner.

4) Something to think about next month: In last nine years, Michigan St. has never played in the finals of the Big Dozen tournament; their record in the tournament seminfinals is an unsightly 0-6. Hmmmmm........

3) Six times this season a Big East home team was favored by 6.5 points in a conference game; all six home favorites lost SU.

2) Not for nothing, but Steve Novak better be in the 3-point shooting contest on Saturday night; him, Morrow, Kopono, Redick, Nash????

1) Guess I'm surprised that spring training has started and neither Roy Oswalt or Johnny Damon has signed up with a team yet. Scouts seem to be concerned that Damon isn't working the strike zone as much, because he is more concerned with getting to 3,000 hits than he is with walks.
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Tuesday's six-pack

Six of the Toronto Blue Jays' top minor league prospects......

27) Dickie Joe Thon, SS-- Dad played in big leagues; passed up chance to go to Rice on scholarship. Hampered by blood disorder last year.

23) Michel Crouse, OF-- Youngest player on Canadian National team LY; his dad played RB in NFLand CFL.

22) David Cooper, 1B-- Hit .364 in AAA LY, then only .211 in 71 AB in the big leagues. Doesn't have enough power for a 1B.

9) Drew Hutchison, P-- 16-8, 2.52 in 42 minor league starts, 3-0, 1.20 in three AA starts last season.

2) Anthony Gose, OF-- Had 70 stolen bases in Eastern League LY.

1) Travis D'Arnaud, C-- Hit .311 with 21 HRs in pitcher-friendly AA Eastern League; could get to big leagues in 2013.
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Tuesday’s betting tips: Kobe calls out Lakers' front office

Who’s hot

NBA: The under is 19-7 in Cleveland’s last 26 home games.

NBA: Miami has won and covered in each of its last six games overall.

NHL: Phoenix has won seven of its last eight.

NHL: Seven of Philadelphia’s last eight games have played over.

NCAAB: Seton Hall is 7-2 against the spread in its last nine home games.

NCAAB: Auburn has covered the number in nine of its last 11 overall.

Who’s not

NBA: The over is 7-20 in Sacramento’s last 27 road games.

NBA: Detroit is 7-17 against the spread in its last 24 road games.

NHL: Edmonton is 6-21-1 in its 28 games in Calgary.

NHL: Chicago is 3-9 in its last 12 overall.

NCAAB: The over is 2-10 in Michigan’s last 12.

NCAAB: N.C. State is 4-16-1 against the spread in its last 21 home games.

Key stat

38.4 – The Georgetown Hoyas sit 11th nationally in defensive field goal percentage, allowing opponents to hit just 38.4 percent of their shots. The Hoyas held Providence to just 25.9 percent shooting in last weekend’s 63-53 win and face a Seton Hall offense that ranks 195th in the country at 43.1 percent on Tuesday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers - Khabibulin is expected to be sidelined seven-to-10 days with a sore groin, the team announced on Monday. The veteran netminder exited Sunday's game against the Vancouver Canucks with the injury. Khabibulin allowed two goals on 17 shots in the opening period and was replaced by Devan Dubnyk to start the second. The 39-year-old Russian has posted a 12-16-5 record with two shutouts and 2.60 goals-against average this season. The Oilers visit Calgary Tuesday.

Game of the day

Kentucky Wildcats at Mississippi State Bulldogs (9.5, 139.5)

Notable quotable

"Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn't have that. Pau, it's hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it's hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he's hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him." – Kobe Bryant on the ongoing trade rumors surrounding teammate Pau Gasol.

Notes and tips

Detroit Red Wings starting goaltender Jimmy Howard (broken finger) will be back in the cage Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Howard owns a 2.03 goals against average with five shutouts this season. The Red Wings are set as +100 road underdogs.

The Florida Gators expect to have guard Mike Rosario back in the lineup Tuesday against Auburn after he missed three games with a hip pointer. Rosario, who averages 7.9 points per game, originally suffered the injury at practice and re-aggravated it Friday. He is still officially listed as questionable.

Carl Edwards was caught from behind in the final race of the season in 2011 to lose the Sprint Cup championship. He'll start 2012 as the driver to catch. Edwards won the pole for next weekend's season-opening Daytona 500, beating out teammate Greg Biffle during qualifying Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. A fast lap of 194.738 mph secured the pole for Edwards, who posted the fastest time in winning the pole since Jeff Gordon in 1999. Biffle turned a fast lap of 194.087 mph to join his Roush Fenway Racing teammate on the front row.
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Tuesday, February 21

#89 UMass lost last two games, with LaSalle loss their first home loss this season; Minutemen allowed 72+ points in four of last five games. Xavier won four of its last five games, with three of the four wins by 4 or less points; Musketeers are now 3-3 on A-14 road, losing at LaSalle-Dayton-Temple- they're 3-8 in their last 11 games against teams ranked in top 100. Atlantic 14 home teams are 8-6 vs spread when number is 2 or less points. Xavier is 0-3-2 vs spread as an A-14 road favorite.

Georgia Tech (+9) lost 64-62 at Clemson Jan 21, despite Tech's Rice Jr scoring 19 points in 26 minutes off bench, but Rice Jr is suspended for this game; Tech had 22 turnovers that nite (-9). ACC home underdogs of 5 or less points are 3-6 against the spread. Tech lost three games in row, by 9-9-1 point- they're 1-9 in last 10 games overall, 1-3 as a home dog. Clemson lost five of six ACC road games, with four of five losses by 4 or less points. Tigers covered their last two games as a favorite.

Missouri's first loss of season was 75-59 at Kansas State (-1.5) Jan 7, when Tigers shot 32.7% from floor and trailed 44-25 at half. Tigers won last seven games overall, are 6-1 as Big X home favorite, winning home games by 38-11-19-13-3-15-18 points. Big X single digit home favorites are 13-10 against the spread. K-State is 1-3 as road underdog, losing its conference road games by 18-9-2-11 points (3-4 SU). Wildcats are 3-4 in last seven games, with three of four losses by 6 or less points.

Georgetown won seven of last nine games, but is just 4-3 on road, losing last three road games vs top 100 teams. #47 Seton Hall is 5-2 at home in Big East, losing to Notre Dame/Louisville, winning its last two, against Pitt/St John's. Pirates won three of last four games overall, covering all four. Big East home teams are 15-17 against the spread if the number is 3 or less points. Seton Hall lost its last five games vs top 50 teams- their last five wins are against teams ranked #96 or lower.

Michigan won its last three games, allowing 52.7 ppg, with upset win over Ohio State in last game; Wolverines are just 2-4 on Big Dozen road, winning at Penn State and by hoop at Purdue. Northwestern (+7.5) lost 66-64 in OT at Michigan Jan 11, holding Wolverines to 33% for night, 7-30 from arc; Wildcats won last three at home by 10-19-11 points- they covered five of last six games overall. Big Dozen home favorites of 3 or less points are 2-6 against the spread.

Miami (+9.5) lost 71-67 at Kent, Jan 11; Flashes scoring last six points of game that Miami led by 4 at half. Red Hawks lost three of last four games, losing Bracket Buster game to Tennessee State Saturday, just as Kent did to Charleston. Miami is 3-3 at home in MAC, losing by 3-8-2 points. Kent had 7-game win streak snapped Saturday; they've won last three road games, by 16-7-4 points. MAC home underdogs of 5 or less points are 8-3 against the spread.

Creighton scored 88-81 points in winning last two games, after they had lost previous three games; Bluejays (-5.5) got upset 65-57 at Evansville two weeks ago. Purple Aces held Bluejays to 40.4% from floor, 4-22 on arc, while turning ball over only nine times (+7). MVC home favorites of 8+ points are 15-9 against the spread. Evansville is 7-0 against spread as an MVC underdog, 5-0 on road, losing five of its eight away games by 2-2-12-1-24 points. Creighton won tough game vs Long Beach Saturday.

Green Bay (+10) lost 78-68 at Cleveland State Jan 20, despite Vikings turning ball over 21 times (-8); UWGB won five of last seven games, is 6-1-1 vs spread as a Horizon home dog, 6-2 SU at home, losing only to Detroit by 7, Milwaukee by 6. Horizon home teams are 15-10 vs spread when number is 3 or less points. Cleveland State lost its last four games, scoring less than 50 points in three of the four; Vikings are 6-2 on road in conference play, losing only at Valparaiso/Milwaukee.

Maryland (+10) lost 90-86 in double OT at Miami Feb 1, in wild game where Hurricanes blew 16-point lead, had three players foul out, but it was Maryland coach Turgeon who was ejected for getting two technical fouls. Miami is 5-0-1 vs spread on ACC road, 3-3 SU with win at Duke; they're 4-3 as ACC favorites, 2-0 on road. ACC home teams are 6-10 vs spread if number is less than 5 points. Maryland is 4-2 in its ACC home games, losing only to Duke/North Carolina.

NC State (+13) lost 74-55 at North Carolina Jan 26, shooting 37% from floor in its 11th straight loss to Tar Heels. Wolfpack are just 3-3 in their ACC home games, despite being favored in all six games- they covered their other two games as an ACC dog, other than the loss in Chapel Hill. ACC home underdogs of 6+ points are 10-4 against the spread. Carolina won/covered its last three games since blowing late lead to Duke-- Heels are 4-1 on ACC road, with wins by 14-15-9-9 points (2-3 as AF).

Virginia Tech (+8) won 47-45 at Virginia Jan 22, as Cavaliers shot 33% from floor, 1-14 from arc; UVa outscored Hokies 14-4 from foul line; it wasn't enough. Virginia lost its last three road games, scoring average of 55-52-48 points. ACC home teams are 6-10 vs spread if number is less than 5 points. Hokies won their last three home games by total of four points- only one of their last five games overall was won by more than a basket. Virginia is 6-0 when it scores 60+, 1-5 when it doesn't.

Mississippi State is talented but erratic; they've lost last three games, by 2-2-10 points, and were favored in all three games, but they've covered five of six when an underdog this season, winning SU at Vandy, losing by hoop to Miss State, beating Arizona/Texas A&M on neutral floors. Kentucky is 12-0 in SEC, covering six of last seven games; they're 4-2 as an SEC road favorite, winning away games by 15-3-13-24-34-6 points. SEC home underdogs of 4+ points are 5-11 against the spread.

Colorado State (+11.5) got crushed 85-52 at New Mexico Jan 25, after Lobos had just lost to Aztecs/UNLV; now they face New Mexico after they've beaten those two teams and at home, where Rams are 5-0 so far in conference play. Home side is 8-2 vs spread in State's MWC games. MWC home underdogs are 8-6 against the spread. Rams shot 37% and turned ball over 20 times in first meeting, mkaing just 3-14 from the arc; they won Saturday with leading scorer Eikmeyer scoring only 4 points.
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Trade deadline needs for contending teams

A couple of interesting swaps have already been completed and there is bound to be many more coming with the NHL trade deadline looming just around the corner on Monday Feb. 27.

Here’s a look at five contending teams that could be active at the deadline.

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New York Rangers (+500)

The Rangers hoped that the addition of Brad Richards would fix their problems on the power play. That hasn’t happened. New York is converting on just 14.1 percent of its opportunities with the man advantage this year. The Blueshirts are in the market for a playmaker and possibly some veteran grit. They have a cupboard stocked full of young talent, but Glen Sather wants to keep as many of the team's prospects as possible - or so he says now.

Possible trade targets:

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

New Jersey Devils (+2200)

New Jersey has won eight of its last 10 and is quietly moving its way up the Eastern Conference standings. The Devils still don’t get enough pucks to the net and could use some help down the middle. They also never turn down a chance to improve on the blue line and this could be their last kick at the can with Martin Brodeur in goal. They could be active.

Possible trade targets:

Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers
Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs
Mikhail Grabovski, Toronto Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers (+1300)

Once again, the Philadelphia Flyers are looking for goaltending help at the deadline. Ilya Bryzgalov may still be the long-term solution, but the Flyers can’t depend on him at the moment and could look to grab a veteran netminder for the stretch run. They already added a stud in Nicklas Grossman to their blue line and are in the mix for Rick Nash, but his price tag is awfully high.

Possible trade targets

J.S. Giguere, Colorado Avalanche
Evgeni Nabokov, New York Islanders
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
Alex Semin, Washington Capitals

St. Louis Blues (+1300)

Even though St. Louis is getting healthier with David Perron and Andy McDonald back in the mix, the Blues might make a play for somebody like Zach Parise. He’s a free agent in the offseason and can play a defensive style like Hitchcock employs, while also filling the net. The Blues average just 2.5 goals per game and will jump at an offensive asset as long as they don’t have to mortgage the future. Jeff Carter might be another good option.

Possible trade targets:

Jeff Carter, Columbus Blue Jackets
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
Paul Gaustad, Buffalo Sabres

Nashville Predators (+1800)

The Predators are in a sticky situation. They don’t know what’s going to happen with Ryan Suter or Shea Weber in the offseason, so it’s hard to say whether they’ll be overly active. If Nashville decides to really go for it, the club will look to add some depth up front and possible look for a younger defenseman in case Suter and/or Weber bolt.

Possible trade targets:

Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres
P.A. Parenteau, New York Islanders
Johnny Oduya, Winnipeg Jets
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers

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