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Yes, NCAA president Mark Emmert has felt the heat. [Emmert] agrees with major-college football commissioners demanding substantial change in the Indianapolis-based association and has called a summit of Division I schools in January. ... At issue is the ability of the richest athletic programs --- which attract the massive television rights fees --- to set policy without the smaller D-I programs stopping them because of financial concerns. ... "There's no one talking about this being some incremental change," Emmert said. "I think there's an interest in some pretty fundamental change in the way decisions are made, both to [accommodate] those (financial) differences but also to deal with concerns people have about representation ... in the policy debates." (Indianapolis Star) Comment
Jay Cutler says it's just fine with him that Phil Emery has insisted he won't negotiate contract extensions for any players during the 2013 season. The decision by Emery could work in Cutler's favor if he has a big season under first-year head coach Marc Trestman, who, like Cutler's first NFL head coach, Mike Shanahan, is an offense-oriented coach. ... Cutler praised Trestman, but acknowledged that "not everybody" has bought in to his system. "He's got high expectations," Cutler said. ... "He knows the direction he want to go into. I think with him being in the NFL for so long and being out of the NFL, when he got back in he got his chance he definitely wanted to do it his way and head in a direction he thought was right. Guys are buying in. Not everybody's bought in, but that's OK." (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
Only a few months ago, Dodgers fans were wondering whether their manager would be fired -- but times have changed. [GM] Ned Colletti said Thursday as the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches that he isn't optimistic his team will make a late-season splash similar to the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett last year. "I don't see it happening, there's not that type of group of players out there," Colletti said. ... Pitchers Jake Peavy of the last-place Chicago White Sox and Ervin Santana are on the market, but Peavy is owed $24 million, and the traditional seller Kansas City Royals might be reluctant to part with an ace with an elusive .500 season in reach. "We'll be looking aggressively, but you need the other half," Colletti said. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
A member of Acrodunk got some serious air at halftime of he USA Basketball showcase game in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
Peter King breaks down the training camp storylines to watch.