Steven Jackson's days of headlining the St. Louis offense seem to be dwindling. Just as the Rams are embarking on what seems to be a sudden and fascinating football renaissance, Jackson's role is being reduced. ... Jackson has spent his entire career toiling at a near Hall of Fame level on some of the worst teams in the NFL, almost like some gifted blues singer working in anonymity in some out-of-the-way juke joint. He has sacrificed his body, played in wretched systems, endured game after game and season after season of losing, and kept churning out 1,000-yard seasons with amazing regularity. And now, just as the Rams seem to be on the verge of becoming legitimate again, it looks like the franchise might be ready to let him end his career in another town with another team. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment
John Calipari has done it again. [Calipari] issued more strong evidence for the case that he's college basketball's premier recruiter on Thursday when five-star twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Texas announced they'll play for the Wildcats. The identical 6-foot-5, 210-pound seniors chose the Cats over Maryland and Southern Methodist during an ESPNU-televised announcement at Houston-area Travis High School. "I think Coach Calipari presented a challenge for us, and he just told us from Day One it was going to be hard and going to be tough and he was going to push us every day," Andrew Harrison said during the broadcast before a gym full of applauding students. "That's what we really wanted to hear." (Courier-Journal) Comment
When it comes flopping, Dirk Nowitzki often finds himself as part of the conversation. He's not completely disagreeing with that, by the way. And it's why he's very much opposed to the new rule from the NBA that is going to start penalizing players who flop to try to get a referee to blow his whistle. "I never looked at myself as a big flopper," Nowitzki said Thursday after the Mavericks arrived in Germany. ... "If you play me physical then, obviously, I got to sell the call and get to the (free-throw) line. That's just part of the game. We'll have to see how they enforce that. I think it's a bunch of crap to be honest with you. Are they going to come back after a game and fine you for flopping? That's tough to do to me." (The Dallas Morning News) Comment
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