Heading into Thanksgiving, Robinson Cano and the Yankees are, at long last, talking turkey. According to a source, the Yankees met Tuesday with Cano's representatives -- no, Jay Z was not there -- and while that's certainly a step forward in the negotiations, the Bombers and their longtime second baseman appear to still be on different pages when it comes to his new contract. "The gap is still very substantial," said a baseball official familiar with the talks. Yankees president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman took part in the meeting with Cano's team. ... The Yankees offered Cano a seven-year deal worth about $160 million during the season, though it was promptly rejected. Even if Cano's people have backed off the $300 million figure, they're likely still seeking something well north of $200 million. (New York Daily News) Comment
Maybe Mike Woodson and Iman Shumpert didn't kiss and make up Tuesday, but it seemed the pair come to an understanding. The Knicks coach angrily denounced the notion he doesn't like Shumpert, saying it's "bulls???t" after the two spoke during practice. Woodson's salty comments came one day after Shumpert played what may have been the worst game of his NBA career in Portland, when it looked as if he had quit on his coach. Woodson has been highly critical of Shumpert since preseason began, when he started eyeing J.R. Smith as a starter to replace Shumpert. Knicks president Steve Mills had spoken to several teams about the Georgia Tech defensive guard, fueling belief Woodson is trying to run him out of town following the summer-league fiasco when Shumpert played in just one game. (New York Post) Comment
Speculation about a coach's job safety brings a review of his contract. In the case of Bo Pelini, the Husker head coach in mid-December of last year received a "positive performance evaluation" that extended his contract a year to Feb. 28, 2018. The extension was given by outgoing athletic director Tom Osborne on Dec. 13 of last year based off the evaluation and "with the approval of the Chancellor," Harvey Perlman. That information, and updated data of assistants' contracts, was obtained this week from the athletic department at the Journal Star's request. Such one-year extensions are something of an annual procedure within the coaching profession. ... If Pelini were fired, the university would be on the hook for $7.65 million to him minus any salary guaranteed at his new employment. (Lincoln Journal Star) Comment
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch broke his own single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards against Western Michigan on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Nets coach Jason Kidd is relieved when Brooklyn ends its five-game losing streak.