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Truth & Rumors: Sept. 24, 2004

Posted: Friday September 24, 2004 11:00AM; Updated: Friday September 24, 2004 3:18PM
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Will Baron Davis (right) and Vince Carter swap places? The Hornets say don't count on it.
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Contrary to original reports, Michael Jordan says he has no intentions of joining the Miami Heat or any other NBA team as a player.
-- Miami Herald

Although Ron Artest's status with the team has been in question all summer, Pacers team president Larry Bird says he's not looking to trade the NBA's defensive player of the year.
-- Indianapolis Star

Hornets GM Allen Bristow scoffed at the reports of a Vince Carter-for-Baron Davis trade, stating simply that New Orleans is not trading Davis. 
-- New Orleans Times-Picayune

Yao Ming would like to remain with the Rockets for his entire career. "I'd like to stay here," he said. "I like Houston's people. They've been nice to me. I'm lucky I'm not here in the summer."
-- Houston Chronicle

The Cavaliers are not going to offer a contract to former Jazz center-forward Keon Clark, but they have turned their interest to veteran free-agent center Scott Williams and former Nets guard Lucious Harris.
-- Akron Beacon Journal

An MRI revealed a herniated disc in Lakers center Vlade Divac's back which could sideline him for a month.
-- Los Angeles Times

Rick Fox's publicist says the 13-year veteran is close to announcing his retirement.
-- Los Angeles Daily News

The Bucks signed Jelani McCoy to compete for minutes at center.
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former Magic GM John Gabriel is expected to join the Trail Blazers in the team's scouting department.
-- Orlando Sentinel

MLB

Despite comments to the contrary, you shouldn't count out Lou Piniella as a possible replacement for Art Howe as Mets manager.
-- New York Post

Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra may not even get an offer to remain with the Chicago Cubs when he becomes a free agent after the season.
-- Chicago Tribune

Kevin Brown had the pins removed from his left hand and might be able start one of the Yankees' final three games of the regular season.
-- Newsday

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz became the first teammates in baseball history each with 40 home runs and 40 doubles in the same season.
-- Boston Globe

Negative comments aside, White Sox general manager Ken Williams is still trying to re-sign outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
-- Chicago Sun-Times

The Florida Marlins could undergo a shakeup in the offseason with several key players, including third baseman Mike Lowell and pitcher Carl Pavano, in jeopardy of not returning.
-- Miami Herald

 After grappling with the decision for weeks, Shawn Green decided he will play this Saturday on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.
-- Los Angeles Times

Baseball is formulating a compensation plan for Orioles owner Peter Angelos that would help pave the way for the Expos to move to Washington D.C. Angelos once again expressed his opposition to the move at Thursday's owners' meetings, but baseball seems resolved to move the team to the nation's capital.
-- Washington Post

NFL

The Dolphins, Steelers and NFL are discussing contingency plans for their game in Miami this weekend if it is postponed because of the effects of Hurricane Jeanne. The Steelers will be in South Florida today, but have been guaranteed that the game will not be played on Saturday. Rescheduling to Monday or Tuesday is a possibility.
-- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

According to two NFL sources, at least one NFL team is interested in acquiring Packers cornerback Mike McKenzie, who was a holdout in training camp. The team, identified by another source as the Saints, reportedly is preparing a package that will meet Green Bay's demands and could have an official offer on the table in a "very short period of time."
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington is expected to miss two to four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in Birmingham on Thursday.
-- Washington Times

Patrick Ramsey is the Redskins' likely starter at quarterback for Washington's Monday night game against Dallas.
-- Washington Post

Should the Dolphins be successful in collecting the $8.6 million they say they're owed by Ricky Williams, who retired suddenly, they would lose his NFL rights. According to a leading Miami bankruptcy attorney, if Williams declared for bankruptcy, the Dolphins might only get a small portion of what they're owed.
-- Miami Herald

The Lions reportedly are attempting to sign defensive tackles Stockar McDougle and Shaun Rogers to contract extensions.
-- Detroit Free Press

Now that he has Terrell Owens as a target, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb may be the best quarterback in the NFL.
-- Philadelphia Inquirer

Columnist Mike Bianchi speculates that the rift between holdout wide receiver Keenan McCardell and head coach Jon Gruden is evidence that something is wrong in the way the Buccaneers are being run. It also could validate some of Keyshawn Johnson's recent claims about Gruden.
-- Orlando Sentinel

Patriots assistant coach Charlie Weis is expected to be a candidate for the Dolphins' job if Dave Wannstedt is fired. He also could be a top candidate for the University of South Carolina job when Lou Holtz retires.
 -- Boston Globe

Defensive tackle Larry Smith, one of Green Bay's final cuts of the preseason, is having his agent, Norm Nixon, negotiate his return to the team.
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The NFL and the Players' Association is starting a program to certify approved supplements and drugs that don't violate the league's substance abuse policy.
-- New York Times

NHL

Jeremy Roenick may be forced to retire because of problems he's experienced as a result of concussions.
-- Philadelphia Daily News

Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray is the latest NHL player to sign with the Swedish Elite League. He joins Magnus Arvedson and Rickard Wallin with Farjestad.
-- Montreal Gazette

Olaf Kolzig has become the goaltending coach for his old junior team, the Tri-City Americans of the WHA.
-- Washington Post

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