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Being released by the Yankees (a cost-saving move) gives the starter a chance to play for a team that hasn't won 27 world championships. There's been interest in the two-time 19-game winner, but after a foot injury, shoulder surgery and a 1--6 record in 2009, he's unlikely to get the $5 million he made last season.
Twelve straight losses through Sunday may have ended playoff hopes early in Philly (14th in the East). The repatriation of Allen Iverson had done little to boost the offense (he shot 35.9% in his first three games) or stiffen one of the NBA's softest defenses (no surprise).
The English powerhouse and Premier League leader has hit a bit of a rough spot. On top of an unnerving four-game winless streak ("We must stay calm and quiet," said coach Carlo Ancelotti), star striker Luis Suárez nixed talk that he was going to Chelsea in a transfer from Ajax.
A weekend of steady decline in Val d'Isère: fifth in the super combined last Friday ("I didn't feel very good," he said), ninth in the Super G on Saturday and then out of Sunday's giant slalom with a sprained ankle. Did he get hurt on a bumpy run? Uh, no. Playing volleyball.