Alert, Jerry Jones. Adrian Peterson wants to come home to Texas. The 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings through 2017, but the league's most dynamic running back wouldn't mind playing in the Lone Star State. "You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson said on ESPN's SVP and Russillo. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston." Peterson is a native of Palestine, Texas and played two seasons at the University of Oklahoma. (FOX Sports Southwest) Comment
Losing to the Knicks, on the surface, isn't so bad, but being the worst team in New York really is saying something this year. Things are now so bad for Jason Kidd that postgame quotes from the Nets' locker room no longer really matter. Instead, we'd much rather hear from Mikhail Prokhorov, wherever he is, and maybe read a few lines from Lawrence Frank's game report, if the exiled assistant ever bothers filing one. Or perhaps an honest take from P.J. Carlesimo. ... But for the moment, until the Knicks and Nets produce a real basketball pulse, that is Kidd's villainous fate in New York. Some of the Knicks still hold him accountable for their struggles, because of his retirement. Meanwhile, he gets blamed, at least in part, for the Nets' problems, because of his presence on the bench in Brooklyn. (New York Daily News) Comment
Robinson Cano traveled to Seattle on Thursday, and the pitch was, of course, for a lucrative deal. [Sources] told CBSSports.com that the Mariners offered the superstar second baseman a nine-year, $225 million contract in hopes of forging a deal with the top free agent and setting themselves up for a big winter. The Yankees are said by sources to be willing to go only to $175 million for seven years, if they're not there yet, and Yankees people have suggested many times they have no plans to top $200 million (or even $175 million). ... The Mariners, for years offensively weak, were said by a source to have "bumped" a first bid of around $200 million, and one person familiar with the talks said they intended to be $50 million above the Yankees, who are known to be drawing the line at around $175 million. (CBS Sports) Comment
Australian and English fans at the Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide observe a moment of silence to mark the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela at age 95. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)
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