Sixers center Andrew Bynum, already on the sidelines, has found an unnecessary way to land himself in the headlines, too, on Sunday confirming reports his left knee began swelling after he went bowling on Nov. 10. ... A prominent, highly respected orthopedic surgeon who is not involved in Bynum's treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that Bynum has likely been diagnosed with osteochondral lesions. The condition may heal on its own, but will likely keep Bynum from practicing until March or April, at the earliest. If it doesn't heal, Bynum will require surgery that could sideline him for up to a year. He should find out if he needs surgery by as early as December, the surgeon said. (Courier Post) Comment
If timing is everything, this would be a bad offseason to be looking for work as a quarterback -- mostly because it could be a crowded lot, beginning with the likely availability of Michael Vick, to the possibility of at least one Jets quarterback, one Cardinals quarterback and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The success of some of the quarterbacks could also put their backups in play, from Matt Flynn in Seattle to Matt Hasselbeck in Tennessee to Matt Moore in Miami, whose contract expires after this year. And if the Ravens decide to play chicken with Joe Flacco, opting not to use the franchise tag in the hopes that he won't get a better offer elsewhere, Flacco could be available if someone wants to outbid Baltimore. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
After Toronto's blockbuster, some might have been wondering, "What would George do?" The Boss never would have had the discipline to stick with long-range plans to stay under a $189 million payroll in some future date as his son, Hal, has mandated for 2014. ... Hal has insisted the team can stay a championship contender with a huge payroll, but one south of $189 million. Maybe. But does he double down on that theory and chance two straight playoff-less years if the club is playoff-less in 2013? Does he gamble that a fan base used to the constant importation of stars will tolerate every Tom, Dick and Hamilton going elsewhere? Is Hal risking a brand worth billions to recoup the millions that would come from being under $189 million in 2014? (New York Post) Comment
Brad Keselowski celebrates his first Sprint Cup title with an adult beverage out of an adult-sized glass. (AP)
We're not sure Ray Lewis remembered he was talking to the Clemson football team before their game against N.C. State, but we're pretty sure we'd do anything the Ravens linebacker asked after listening to this pregame speech.
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Bears and Cowboys fighting to gain ground in their divisions