Truth + Rumors
Posted: Monday August 23, 2004 11:06AM; Updated: Monday August 23, 2004 12:40PM
Miami has Denver's Mike Anderson on a list of possible replacements for retired running back Ricky Williams.
Miami, Minnesota, Arizona and Philadelphia have all phoned the Browns about trading for running back James Jackson.
Besides Anderson and Jackson, other potentially available running backs the Dolphins might consider are from Minnesota, Oakland and especially Pittsburgh, where Verron Haynes and Dante Brown are logjammed behind Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis.
The relationship between the Chargers and unsigned center Jason Ball has deteriorated to the point that Ball no longer is interested in a multiyear deal with the club.
Giants WR James McKnight won't be with the team much longer.
The Eagles will announce a one-year deal with the veteran back Dorsey Levens today if he passes a physical.
A resolution to cornerback Mike McKenzie's holdout in Green Bay could be on the horizon.
Ravens officials want to lock up defensive back Gary Baxter before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in March, but they can't complete a deal until they can free up cap room.
A radio station reported that linebacker Julian Peterson likely will end his holdout Monday, but 49ers GM Terry Donahue said he was not aware of that development.
The Jaguars waived defensive end Tony Brackens and kicker Jeff Chandler on Sunday. Coach Jack Del Rio said the Jags will continue to search for a kicker.
A proposed deal between the Rangers and Yankees fell apart after Esteban Loaiza gave up four-runs in three-plus innings against Anaheim on Saturday.
Rockies reliever Jeff Fassero is expected to be placed on waivers by the end of the month, and pitching-hungry contenders such as the Yankees, Rangers and Giants might claim him.
Twins pitcher Brad Radke is reconsidering his earlier talk of retirement.
Marlins pinch-hitter Lenny Harris, who turns 40 in October, said he wants to play next season.
If outfielder Ruben Mateo, designated for assignment Sunday, clears waivers, the Royals want to keep him.
The Heat are pursuing Memphis point guard Jason Williams.
The proposed trade of Erick Dampier to Dallas could become official Monday. Christian Laettner, Eduardo Najera, cash and two future first-round draft picks are going to be shipped to the Warriors for Dampier and journeymen Evan Eschmeyer and Dan Dickau.
Dallas will sign point guard and soon-to-be assistant coach Avery Johnson in the next few weeks. The Mavericks don't consider Lithuania's Sarunas Jasikevicius to be an option for helping out their point-guard position.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he had tried to sign Jasikevicius a while back, but could not make a deal. Asked if he thought Jasikevicius belonged on an NBA roster, Popovich said, "Without a doubt. Absolutely."
Magic president Bob Vander Weide downplayed speculation his team would move to Kansas City.
Don't be surprised if the Senators announce the signing of leftwinger Vaclav Varada in the next 10 days. Talks with rightwinger Martin Havlat are ongoing.
Jarome Iginla's agent Don Meehan had "a good discussion" with Flames GM Darryl Sutter last week.
Bet on free agent center Jason Allison ringing up old pal Pat Burns about playing for the Devils once Allison feels healthy enough to return,
Predators GM David Poile is ''optimistic that something will be done soon'' in contract talks with defenseman Marek Zidlicky.