Posted: Fri January 31, 2014 7:42AM; Updated: Fri January 31, 2014 8:20AM
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Nets are targeting Durant

On Friday in Brooklyn, Nets fans can hope they're getting a look at their future in the form of Kevin Durant. The impending Durant free agency bonanza should start picking up steam next season. ... And make no mistake: the Nets are targeting Durant, the 25-year-old offensive juggernaut, even if it's too early to predict their odds. The Nets could be committed to no salary when Durant becomes a free agent, depending on whether Deron Williams picks up his one-year option for the 2016-17 season. Everybody else is off the books. Durant, who hired former Nets minority owner Jay Z as his agent last year, plays in one of the NBA's smallest markets, if not the smallest, with a dedicated fan base and an owner who has been intent on avoiding the luxury tax. The Nets are pretty much the opposite. (New York Daily News) Comment

Faulk still mad at Spygate Pats

Thankfully, for Philly fans, there's a capable Nick Foles, but it could have been different. It's become the stuff of legend, how close the Eagles were to drafting Russell Wilson. A year ago that miss looked like a fatal mistake. Now, not so much, even though the second-year quarterback will be playing against the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. ... The Eagles passed on Wilson in the second round, watched the Seahawks snatch him early the next round, and ended up taking Foles 13 picks later. "Yeah, there was definitely tons of interest from the Eagles and several other teams," Wilson said this week. "I had met with them several times and all that. I liked where the Eagles were from. I'm from the East Coast, so it wasn't far away from home." (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

Time running out for Wildcats

Tick-tock. It has to happen now. Not this summer. Not this fall. Not next winter. Not next year. Next year, they'll be gone. That's the downside of this one-and-done track Kentucky has ridden since John Calipari arrived at UK five years ago. To be sure, the business model has had plenty of upside. There was the Elite Eight in 2010, a Final Four in 2011, an eighth national championship banner in 2012. But the past two seasons have shown the downside of the strategy. ... You could say this young Kentucky team has plenty of time to get it right, but it doesn't. Not when you know that no matter how they play, the likes of Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Harrison and his twin brother Andrew are all headed to the NBA at season's end. That was the bargain all along. (Herald Leader) Comment

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Eli Manning seen throwing a frisbee to 'Rampage' during the Purina Pro Plan MANning vs. DOG Challenge on Wednesday. No word on whether an opposing dog intercepted this pass.(Amy Sussman/AP for Nestle')

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