Linebacker DeMarcus Ware took the occasion of a radio interview Thursday to discuss changing defensive coordinators, offseason moves and Tony Romo's recent extension, which came in at six years and $108 million through 2019. On Tony Romo's extension: "I feel like everybody is deserving to whatever is given to him, but at the end of the day, to me it's put up or shut up. I'm just being straight-up honest with you. Get out there and be productive, and that's with any player. Whatever they get, they're deserving of it. You just got to get out there and play and I know he can be and will be the quarterback that is going to be the quarterback that is going to take us to the next level." (The Dallas Morning News) Comment
By the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss at Oklahoma City, Gregg Popovich took the decision out of Tony Parker's hands. It was the way Parker was hobbling up and down the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena, looking more like 38-year-old Thunder guard Derek Fisher than Fisher himself. "I saw him come across half court actually limping at one time, so that's when we pulled him," Popovich said. "I said 'Tony, you've got to stop, so we can figure out what it is.' He just couldn't go." Heading into the game, Parker was dealing with a laundry list of bumps. ... [Popovich] described himself "very concerned" about his star guard's health. "We thought he had just kind of recovered from his ankle, so this was something new tonight." (San Antonio Express-News) Comment
You very likely remember the name, and, if you're an NFL franchise, he'd probably prefer you didn't remember his game. This from an NFC scout when asked about the formerly fat mess known as JaMarcus Russell: "I've been following his comeback story pretty closely. I think a lot of teams are. Good chance he gets a second shot." Whoa. What? You mean some teams think Russell has a legitimate shot, at a second shot? It sure sounds that way. ... After the Oakland Raiders dumped Russell, many team executives said he would never play professional football again. That could still be the case, but it seems teams are willing to give one of the great draft failures another look. A serious look. (CBS Sports) Comment
Andre Miller talks to the media after the Nuggets' thrilling win over the Mavericks. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit's Doug Anderson steals the show at Thursday night's college slam dunk contest.