Michael Vick's future remains in limbo. As expected, the Eagles will take advantage of a provision in [Vick's] contract and won't release the quarterback before a Wednesday deadline guarantees him $3 million, sources close to the situation said. The clause permits the Eagles to keep Vick on the roster until the start of free agency on March 12 without having to pay the guaranteed figure as long as another team picks him up or pays him more than $3 million. Wednesday was once thought to be D-Day for Vick and the Eagles, but the provision buys new coach Chip Kelly some time before he has to make a decision on the 32-year-old quarterback. The Eagles are not expected to bring Vick back at the $15.5 million salary in his contract. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment
For one moment Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Kobe Bryant rose above it all. [Bryant] had some fun with a rim-rattling dunk he treated the world to when he drove the lane and scored between two defenders and defied age, a sore elbow and the toll of 17 NBA seasons. "After a play like that, you really can't grab your arm," Bryant said. "You're messing up the swag of the moment. You've got to kind of suck it up for a while." That's what [Dwight Howard] will have to do now, Bryant hinted. Suck it up. Asked if [Pau Gasol's] injury would apply pressure for Howard to return to the lineup, Bryant said, "Maybe." ... "When you have an injury that hurts you, but you can play through, that's something that you have to balance out and manage." (CBS Sports) Comment
In Tampa, Derek Jeter started the week taking some swings off a tee and fielding a few dozen slow ground balls. "I probably won't be out there playing in a game the first game," Jeter said of the Feb. 23 spring-training opener against the Braves in Orlando. "I guess we have to sit down with our trainers and doctors to see what our plan is when I start playing games." But he remains confident he is heading in the right direction. "You've got to progress and I've been progressing just fine," Jeter said. ... His primary focus remains being back at shortstop for the regular-season opener against the the Red Sox. "The goal is April 1 when we start our season, so I'm right where I need to be," Jeter said. (New York Post) Comment
Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland competes during the men's Super-G event of the 2013 Ski World Championships in Austria (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images).
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