For fans of America's Team, he's polarizing, and he's likely to be around for a while. Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team wants a long-term contract with quarterback Tony Romo because he's the key piece to moving toward a championship. "Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward," Jones said Tuesday. ... [Romo], in the last year of his contract, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $11.5 million in 2013. His salary cap figure is a team-high $16.8 million. ... Jones wouldn't get into specifics about how much the team wants to pay, but Romo could command a three- to five-year deal with an average salary of at least $12 million, slightly more than what he received in his last contract. (ESPN Dallas) Comment
Is there a chance Derrick Rose won't play this season? Rose oddly broached that possibility himself in a USA Today exclusive Tuesday that demanded everybody's attention because it raised questions that go beyond the stability of his knee -- questions perhaps not even the Bulls can answer. ... The broader issue involves how much influence [B.J. Armstrong] and others at Wasserman will wield in determining whether Rose returns in late February or March or waits to re-launch his career next fall. If you accept the premise that Rose raising the possibility that he might miss the entire season represents an choreographed move by his agency, then it's not hard to imagine Rose's handlers having input into when he returns. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Josh Hamilton said Tuesday he's been juicing -- fruits and vegetables. Hamilton, 31, also cut out bread and processed foods and is eating gluten-free, a diet that helped the team's new right fielder reduce his weight to 225 pounds, some 20-30 pounds lighter than his usual reporting weight with the Texas Rangers. "My body feels better," said Hamilton, a five-time All-Star who signed a five-year, $125-million deal in December. "My energy level is up." Hamilton typically entered camp weighing between 245 and 255 pounds, but after playing summers in the stifling heat and humidity of Texas, he'd weigh about 225 by season's end. A more moderate climate in Anaheim should allow Hamilton to maintain a consistent weight. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Juventus' Alessandro Matri beats Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forsterto score the opening goal during the Champions League Round of 16 match. (Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel went down screaming in pain after injuring his knee in last night's game against Florida.