Not only are there all manner of reasons to tie Sean Payton to the Cowboys, but also to disconnect the two parties -- beginning with this being a land of opportunities for the coach. I'm sure Payton could get the best out of [Tony Romo] if anyone could. But consider a better alternative in the NFC East alone. If Washington continues to founder, Danny Snyder might be inclined to trade Mike Shanahan for Payton. ... None of this is to say that Payton wouldn't want to coach in Dallas. But why limit himself to the Cowboys when he could conceivably resurrect Philip Rivers' career in San Diego? Or finally realize the offensive potential in Detroit? Or work for an Eagles owner who has demonstrated uncommon loyalty to his head coach? (The Dallas Morning News) Comment
The specific makeup of both Cincinnati's 2013 rotation and bullpen rides heavily on one decision: What to do with Aroldis Chapman. "We haven't made a decision on Chapman as a starter or as a reliever," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We're talking about it." Part of what determines if Chapman starts involves how well the Reds navigate their way around the free-agent market for closers. "It depends on if we re-sign [Jonathan] Broxton and [Ryan] Madson," Jocketty said. "Or if we get another closer." Chapman, who will turn 25 in February, had one of the most successful seasons as a closer in Reds history during 2012. It was all the more remarkable considering the left-hander didn't move into the role until May 20. (MLB.com) Comment
Damian Lillard seems to have picked up right where he left off after the preseason. Lillard has walked into a perfect situation in Portland. The team needed a point guard so he is starting and playing 38 minutes a game. While he???s a focal point of the team, he has talent around him so he isn't the only option on the floor. Lillard became just the third rookie in NBA history, joining Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas, to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in his first game. While scoring was expected, Lillard wasn't supposed to get noticed as a playmaker, but nine assists per game suggests Lillard may be better than advertised. It's early, but the rookie point guard has jumped out to big lead. (HOOPSWORLD) Comment
J.R. Smith dunks on a fast break in the second half of Monday's Knicks-76ers game. The Knicks won 110-88. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Cleveland's Donald Sloan earned a warning from the league office for this play, which they say was a flop and not an actual foul.