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Truth & Rumors: Oct. 26, 2004

Posted: Tuesday October 26, 2004 11:56AM; Updated: Tuesday October 26, 2004 4:04PM


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Jackson's trying to see where he fits in the NBA coaching puzzle.
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The longer Phil Jackson remains a free agent, the more his name will be linked to the Knicks' coaching job. Jackson, a protégé of former Knicks coach Red Holzman, has never tried to hide the fact that coaching the Knicks appeals to him. But Jackson reiterated yesterday that he is in no rush to get back into coaching.
  -- New York Daily News

Former NBA forward Jayson Williams, who was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in the shooting death of a limo driver, worked out for the Cavs on Thursday. Coach Paul Silas said Williams, who broke his leg and hurt his knee in 1999, looked good in his workout "but I don't see us doing anything with him right away."
 -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Wizards are facing the possibility of starting the regular season without center Brendan Haywood and shooting guard Larry Hughes following a third-quarter melee in the Wizards'  preseason loss to the Bulls.
 -- Washington Post

The Nets are moving closer to signing center Jason Collins to a four-year, $24 million extension.
 -- New York Post

Power forward Marcus Fizer may work out for the Nets this week.
 -- Bergen Record

Can coach Eddie Jordan and president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld coexist for another season? Yes, if the Wizards win. If the Wizards struggle out of the gate, NBA logic says the coach would be the first to go.
 -- Washington Post

Nikoloz Tskitishvili's latest injury, which he hopes will not need surgery, presents a tough choice for the Nuggets. The deadline to pick up the option on his contract for next season is Sunday night; either the Nuggets pick up the $3.7 million option, or he will be eligible to become a free agent.
 -- Denver Post

Decision time is coming up for Suns officials on the fate of Yuta Tabuse, the 5-9 point guard who is trying to become the first Japanese player to crack an NBA roster.
 -- East Valley Tribune

Suns guard Howard Eisley has said he would not be happy as the No. 3 point guard. He appears to trail Steve Nash, Leandro Barbosa, Joe Johnson and Tabuse on the latest depth chart.
 -- Arizona Republic


Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez has never complained publicly about being relegated to No. 2 status -- in fact, he has been humble and gracious in his public praise of Curt Schilling. But he has told friends the decision chafed him.
 -- Washington Post

The first Yankee steps in recovering from the darkest moment in franchise history will be taken today when George Steinbrenner gathers his inner circle to Tampa for two or three days of meetings. On the agenda will be manager Joe Torre's coaching staff next year, plus acquiring more pitching  with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Eric Milton, Kevin Millwood, Carl Pavano and Tim Hudson among the chuckers under consideration.
 -- New York Post

If you want no part of Martinez in pinstripes, which surely must be the general sentiment among Yankee fans, then you should be rooting hard for the Cardinals to smack him around tonight.
 -- New York Daily News

The Yanks also will talk about pursuing big-name free agent position players, notably Carlos Beltran, the Astros' center fielder whom some baseball executives are already conceding to the Yankees.
 -- New York Daily News

The Yanks will make every effort to rid themselves of Kevin Brown, even if that means paying his entire $15 million salary for next season. If they are able to do that, they have a vacant spot they can use to sign a New York-tested free-agent left-hander such as David Wells or Al Leiter, if he doesn't go back with the Mets.
 -- Newark Star-Ledger

Willie Randolph aced his interview with Mets brass yesterday. But two surprise darkhorse candidates have emerged to add intrigue to the search. GM Omar Minaya plans to interview Jim Leyland and Wally Backman. Leyland, who in recent months indicated he wasn't interested in a return to managing, apparently has regained the bug and may be a factor in the Phillies' search, too.
  -- New York Daily News

Rudy Jaramillo, the Texas Rangers' hitting coach, was interviewed by the Mets on Oct. 15. He and Randolph could be brought back for second interviews. Minaya will interview the Dodgers' bench coach Jim Riggleman tomorrow.
 -- New York Times

Phillies GM Ed Wade called Buddy Bell a "great baseball guy" after interviewing Bell for the managerial vacancy.
 -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Asked yesterday whether he thought the presence of his son David on the Phillies' roster will affect the decision, Buddy Bell fixed a puzzled look on his face and replied, "David?"
 -- Philadelphia Daily News

The Phillies made a contract offer to left-hander Eric Milton, but Milton's agent indicated that his client wants to see what the Phillies' coaching staff looks like first. The Phillies also expect to contact right-hander Cory Lidle in the next few days about a contract.
 -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Al Pedrique won't return as Diamondbacks manager next season but could be invited back as the club's third base coach under the yet-to-be-named manager.
  -- Arizona Republic

Former major league first baseman and GM Bob Watson has been offered what could be a temporary job as GM of the Expos.
 -- Washington Post

The preliminary talks White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has had with management about the one vacant spot in the rotation have centered on top-level talent.
 -- Chicago Sun-Times

The Marlins' search for two coaches is under way, with former Phillies manager Larry Bowa and retired All-Star catcher Joe Girardi among at least two candidates who have interviewed.
  -- Palm Beach Post

Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola is scheduled to meet with the agent for first baseman Richie Sexson today in what could be the most pivotal talks to date concerning a new contract for the club's cleanup hitter.
 -- Arizona Republic


Dolphins wide receiver David Boston struck a 59-year-old gate agent in the face last week at a Vermont airport, three witnesses told police. Boston was taken into custody after the incident
 -- Palm Beach Post

Vikings coach Mike Tice said Randy Moss strained his right hamstring Sunday but hinted that Moss could have an expanded role against the Giants, perhaps playing in red-zone situations. Tice acknowledged that he allowed Moss to play Sunday mainly to keep intact his streak of playing in every game of his NFL career.
 -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Steelers QB Tommy Maddox did not practice, but he did throw a football for the first time since his elbow was injured in the second game of the season.
 -- Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Coach Lovie Smith ruled Tim Couch out as an option at quarterback for the Bears and all but anointed Craig Krenzel the new starter.
 -- Chicago Sun-Times

Bears officials left open the possibility of pursuing Couch as a free agent in the offseason if his ailing right shoulder heals.
  -- Chicago Tribune

Bears GM Jerry Angelo must keep searching, probably in the winter months, for a co-starter type, whether it's signing Drew Brees as a free agent (and keeping him away from Green Bay) or inspecting Jon Kitna and Kurt Warner.
 -- Chicago Sun-Times

If Bucs quarterback Brian Griese continues to succeed, coach Jon Gruden said Griese will remain the starter after Chris Simms' bruised left throwing shoulder heals.
 -- St. Petersburg Times

The Seahawks are going to simplify their offense in order to take pressure off quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, whom coach Mike Holmgren feels has "too much of the weight of the world on his shoulders."
 -- Seattle Times

The Ravens are planning to go without injured left tackle Jonathan Ogden, injured tight end Todd Heap and suspended running back Jamal Lewis when they face the undefeated Eagles on Sunday.
 -- Baltimore Sun

Bucs running back Mike Alstott sprained and partially tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday's 19-7 victory over the Bears. But the A-Train vowed to return to the lineup in four weeks, possibly in time for the Nov.21 game against the 49ers.
 -- St. Petersburg Times

Running back Tellis Redmon worked out for the Ravens last week and will work out today for the Redskins. He is expected to sign with one of the two teams soon.
 -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson is expected to get a contract extension this season.
 -- East Valley Tribune


Sources say the 4-on-4 Original Stars Hockey League, which has canceled its game Sunday in Ottawa, is on the verge of collapse. The word is a recent tour through the Maritimes was a disaster.
 -- Ottawa Sun

The NHL's top defensive forward, Red Wings center Chris Draper, has talked with teams in Switzerland. He will attend the NHL Players' Association meeting next week in Toronto, and if it appears the season will be lost, or at least a large chunk of it, he will sign with a Swiss team.
  -- Detroit News

New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez signed a $500 a week contract with the ECHL Alaska Aces for the duration of the NHL lockout.
 -- Associated Press

Coyotes center Krys Kolanos has signed with Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League. Reports that Coyotes center Mike Comrie has agreed to play in Sweden are premature. Comrie has been negotiating with Farjestads BK of the Swedish Elite League but a deal has not been completed, he said.
  -- Arizona Republic

Senators defenseman Chris Phillips expects to sign a contract with a Swedish Elite League team within the next 48 hours.
 -- Ottawa Sun


British football matches are facing a press blackout starting next Monday following the breakdown of negotiations over an agreement regulating newspaper coverage of games. National newspaper owners are refusing to accept Premier League and Football League demands that digital publishing of match photographs is subject to a two-hour time delay and that up to 7 percent of revenues from "fantasy football" competitions is returned to clubs.
 -- The Guardian (UK)

England's Football Association stepped up the probe into the now infamous Battle of the Buffet in the tunnel after Manchester United's Old Trafford showdown with Arsenal. Players, as well as managers Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, will be quizzed over the fracas that saw United boss Ferguson showered with soup and pizza.
 -- Manchester (UK) Evening News

The FA also made an impressively swift start at clearing the air yesterday on the events surrounding the tunnel fracas. Ruud van Nistelrooy, the United striker, faces a three-match ban for serious foul play after appearing to rake his studs down Ashley Cole's shin during the game. Wenger, the Arsenal manager, was asked in writing to account for his critical comments about referee Mike Riley.
 -- The Independent (UK)

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