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Baseball's winter trade market is likely to feature one Cy Young winner. Or two Cy Young winners. The Rays will almost certainly trade David Price. But there's also a very real chance that the Tigers trade Max Scherzer, according to sources. Scherzer hasn't won a Cy Young yet, but he's the heavy favorite to win the award in the American League this year after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, leading the league in WHIP (0.97) and finishing second to Yu Darvish in strikeouts. So why would the Tigers trade him? Because Scherzer is one year away from free agency and is a Scott Boras client who is very unlikely to sign a long-term deal this close to being able to test the market. The Tigers may make an attempt to sign him after this season, but they realize that it's unlikely he would accept a deal now. (CBSSports.com) Comment
In the wake of Maryland ditching the ACC for the Big Ten, North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham expressed concern about the future of the ACC. [Joe Frierson], a former UNC tennis player and assistant tennis coach, wrote Cunningham on Dec. 7, 2012, about a lunch meeting Frierson had with an SEC athletic director. "He said the SEC pays out around $20 (million per) team right now," Frierson wrote. "Thinks it will approach $35 (million per team) when TV contract is renegotiated in a couple of years. "He said the SEC just signed a contract for the Sugar Bowl (between teams from the SEC and Big 12) for 2015 that will pay $40 (million) to each conference. ... That is ridiculous money." Cunningham's response was short and direct: "It really concerns me. If these trends continue I'm not sure how the ACC (can) compete financially." (News and Observer) Comment
Game over. Upset by the team's failure to win a game this season, Mike Tomlin has made another move he hopes will get the Steelers back on the winning track. He has banned all players, veterans included, from playing games in the locker room. Tomlin has taken away the pool cues, ping-pong paddles and shuffleboard discs that were as much a part of the South Side locker room as the players themselves. And, according to several veteran players, he won't return them until the Steelers get "back on track." "No more entertainment in the locker room," said one veteran player, who did not want to be identified. Several weeks ago, the 10 players who remain from the 2008 Super Bowl team decided to prohibit players with less than four years of experience from playing pool, ping-pong or shuffleboard in the locker room. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment
Golfers and caddies on a green in Portugal. (Francisco Seco/AP)
SI's Stephen Cannella and Ted Keith preview the NLCS between the Cardinals and Dodgers.