The Niners are down, but, according to their team president, not broken. Jed York said the 49ers' season ends with them rallying from an 0-5 start to make the playoffs. "We're going to win the division," York said in a text message sent to ESPN on Monday morning. Such a turnaround would make the 49ers the only team in NFL history to reach the postseason after losing its first five games. (San Jose Mercury News) Comment
Not long ago the thought of Bobby Valentine managing in Miami seemed absurd. But more than three months later, he has emerged as the frontrunner to manage the club in 2011. Valentine, who managed the New York Mets in the 2000 World Series, is Florida's "leading candidate,' a person familiar with the process said Sunday. Valentine has been in touch with the Marlins over the last two weeks, a source said, although he has not had a formal interview. More important, the Marlins' job might not be Valentine's top priority. Seven other teams have managerial vacancies, so he could be keeping his options open. (Palm Beach Post) Comment
By the end of the week, Allen Iverson may be signed to play in Turkey. [Iverson] is moving closer to an agreement with Turkish team Besiktas on a one-year contract that could pay him as much as $2 million with bonuses, sources told Yahoo! Sports. "We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas]," Iverson's business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. "Istanbul is beautiful from everything we've learned. It's not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive. Allen wants to play basketball." (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Monday night's Game 4 of the National League Division Series. After a half-century in baseball, most of it in uniform, Cox is leaving the dugout. (AP)
The Braves suffered a season-ending loss to the Giants ... and said goodbye to Bobby Cox.
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