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Posted: Wednesday September 15, 2004 11:19AM; Updated: Wednesday September 15, 2004 2:42PM
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Mike McKenzie's holdout appears to be over. The disgruntled Packers cornerback flew to Green Bay on Tuesday night with his agent and was scheduled to meet with Packers coach and GM Mike Sherman first thing this morning.
 -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Eagles tried to trade safety Clinton Hart to the Chargers, probably for an offensive lineman. The Eagles signed former Giants offensive tackle Ian Allen to fill injured rookie Shawn Andrews' roster spot.
 -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Steelers coach Bill Cowher yesterday defended his strategy of split duties between running backs Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis, saying "I think it's important to keep everybody involved."
 -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's possible defensive tackle Grady Jackson will miss a significant amount of time after suffering a dislocated left kneecap, so Green Bay is considering bringing back Larry Smith.
 -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Woody Johnson will wait to see how the season turns out before extending the contract of Jets GM Terry Bradway, who is signed through 2005.
 -- New York Daily News

Former Jets defensive end Matt Walters and former Cardinals defensive end Dennis Johnson worked out for the 49ers yesterday.
 -- San Francisco Chronicle

The Titans worked out quarterbacks Casey Clausen and David Rivers earlier this month and there's still a chance one will be signed for their practice squad.
 -- The Tennessean

Several Dolphins aren't convinced A.J. Feeley will be an upgrade over Jay Fiedler.
 -- Miami Herald

Facing the threat of threat of Hurricane Ivan, the Saints flew to San Antonio on Tuesday night and planned to conduct practices this week at Alamo Stadium before returning to New Orleans on Friday night. Rescheduling or relocating Sunday's game vs. the 49ers at the Superdome isn't being considered.
 -- New Orleans Times-Picayune

MLB

Art Howe essentially was fired as Mets manager yesterday but was given the choice to step down today or manage through the end of the season.
 -- Newark Star-Ledger

Lou Piniella may very well be interested in becoming the next Mets manager, but he doesn't like being mentioned for a vacancy that isn't yet vacant. If the Mets can't get Piniella, either ex-Mets Gary Carter or Wally Backman might be a good fit.
 -- New York Daily News

If Devil Rays management is unwilling to show a commitment to winning through increased payroll, Piniella's future with the organization could be in jeopardy despite the two years remaining on his contract.
 -- Tampa Tribune

Orioles VP Mike Flanagan gave manager Lee Mazzilli a ringing endorsement this week, but team owner Peter Angelos still isn't convinced Mazzilli should return.
 -- Baltimore Sun

The Blue Jays simply won't have the money to re-sign Carlos Delgado.
 -- Toronto Sun

Al Pedrique, the Rockies' interim manager, isn't expected to be retained. One team insider will recommend bench coach Jamie Quirk if the job opens.
 -- Denver Post

NBA

The Nets and Portland have discussed parameters of a trade that would involve Jason Kidd and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Discussions of a trade involving Abdur-Rahim began at least six weeks ago. The Nets made an initial offer of Kerry Kittles, Lucious Harris, Aaron Williams and a draft pick.
 -- New York Times

Karl Malone has not fully recovered from knee surgery and is expected to sit out part of the exhibition season, possibly more, if he decides to come back for a 20th NBA season. Malone is coveted by San Antonio, Minnesota and Miami.
 -- Los Angeles Times

The Rockets sent notices this week to the NBA and to agents for Yao Ming that they would pick up the option on the fourth season of Yao's rookie contract. 
 -- Houston Chronicle

Kevin Garnett's recent physical confrontation with rookie Rick Rickert won't affect Rickert's chances of making the Timberwolves roster.
 -- St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Shaquille O'Neal began Heat workouts this week, impressing teammates not only with his physical condition but his passing skills.
 -- Miami Herald

NHL

Sharks president Greg Jamison realizes a fan base can be fragile, especially in some of the newer markets, but the league's owners are willing to risk the consequences that might result from a lockout. "If you start losing games, or months or a season, then there is an absolute and strong sense there could be a PR issue with sponsors and fans,'' Jamison said.
 -- SF Chronicle

The possible sale of the Vancouver Canucks to local investors is being hampered, in part by the stalemate in negotiations over a new collective labor agreement.
 -- Globe & Mail

Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, 41, inked a new one-year deal Tuesday, but whether he has a chance to play again is up in the air.
 -- Tampa Tribune

If, and when, the regular season ever begins, Steve Yzerman will be back in a Red Wings uniform. The Wings haven't been able to sign Chris Chelios or Pavel Datsyuk.
 -- Detroit News

Rumors last night had the Canadiens close to signing Ottawa junior star Corey Locke, the 2003 Canadian Hockey League MVP and Ontario Hockey League's most outstanding player the last two years. The two sides faced a deadline of midnight to get the deal done.
 -- Ottawa Sun

Soccer

Blackburn has signed Wales national team manager Mark Hughes as it manager, replacing Graeme Souness, who replaced Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle. The Welsh FA is, in turn, considering Robson to replace Hughes.
 -- The Guardian (UK)

Manchester City defender Danny Mills has slammed a newspaper report that claimed he had to be dragged apart from manager Kevin Keegan after a bust-up.
 -- Manchester Evening News

B'nei Sakhnin, an Arab football club with Jewish and Muslim players and the least prosperous team in the Israeli Premier League, plays Newcastle tomorrow night in the UEFA Cup tournament.
 -- The Guardian (UK)

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