In the latest press conference rant sure to become a YouTube classic, Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson reacted angrily to a reporter's question about why he was spotted laughing in the fourth quarter of Arizona's blowout loss to the 49ers on Monday night. "I take this [expletive] serious. Real serious." Anderson said shortly before storming off the podium. "I put my heart and soul into this [expletive] every single week. ... It's not funny.

The Internet is abuzz with speculation and analysis regarding LeBron James' bump of coach Erik Spoelstra as the pair crossed paths during a timeout in the Heat's loss to the Mavericks on Saturday night. After the game, the Heat had a players-only meeting to discuss their 9-8 start. Meanwhile, Pistons forward Tracy McGrady said the reason Miami is struggling is because James and Dwyane Wade are too similar. "Both of those guys need the ball and they don't shoot the ball like Ray Allen," McGrady said, noting how Allen is a good complementary player to Paul Pierce.

In the lead-up up to Thursday's Bengals-Jets game, Terrell Owens called Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis "average" and said he had yet to prove he was more than a one-year wonder. Thursday night, Revis let his actions do the talking, helping to hold T.O. to three catches for 17 yards in New York's 26-10 win. "Just trying to make ends meet out there for an average corner," Revis said. "They stuck me on the best receiver, Terrell Owens. I was kind of shocked that they put an average corner on one of the best receivers in the league.

It might be Thanksgiving, but there are some sports people who don't seem to be in a holiday mood this week. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy came to the defense of his division rival, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, before Orlando beat Miami on Wednesday night. One day earlier, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in a radio appearance that Spoelstra could eventually be replaced by Pat Riley if the Heat continued to struggle, making reference to when Riley replaced Van Gundy as Heat coach and led them to the 2006 championship.

 

New England played host to the longest Division 3 basketball game in history Tuesday night as Southern Vermont fell to visiting Skidmore, 128-123, in seven overtimes. The game broke the previous Division 3 record by two OTs and tied the Division 1 mark (1981 Cincinnati-Bradley game). Skidmore hit a tying basket near the end of four of the overtimes, and Skidmore had an advantage in bench scoring of 65-9 . Southern Vermont guard Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes.

There can be no doubt that Thanksgiving in the greatest holiday ever invented. There’s minimal shopping involved, no gifts, no wrapping or running around. It consists of nothing but football, drinking, eating to excess, more football and leftovers. Minus a half-dozen lingerie models, it really is the perfect day.



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Elite agent Scott Boras is in the middle of a controversy involving baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic, and he could face sanctions from the Major League Baseball Players Association. Boras' company allegedly provided tens of thousands of dollars in loans and payments to families of teenage prospects in an effort to secure them as clients. However, there are restrictions on such behavior, and it's up to the players union to determine if Boras crossed the line.

Last week, Jets coach Rex Ryan challenged fans to get to their seats by kickoff and help his team get off to a fast start. Apparently, the fans didn't realize Ryan also would like them to stay until the finish. Thousands of fans headed for the exits after the Jets squandered a fourth-quarter lead Sunday vs. the Texans, and they missed the Jets' game-winning touchdown drive engineered by Mark Sanchez. Meanwhile, the news got worse for five Jets fans who were sent to the hospital after an escalator accident at the Secaucus train station.

Red Sox owner John Henry has hired Damien Comolli, a friend of A's general manager Billy Beane, to do a "Moneyball"-style analysis of his new soccer team, but there is skepticism that it will work with Liverpool FC. "I don't think there's a business anywhere in the world which is not using metrics, not as a template for success but as a tool," Beane insisted.

The Jets are 5-0 on the road but just 2-2 at home. Rex Ryan hopes to change that trend, starting with Sunday's game vs. the Texans, and he's asking for the fans' help. The Jets coach on Wednesday said he wants his team to get off to a fast start, and the crowd can help by ending the tailgating early enough to be seated in the stadium before kickoff. "I’m just asking that we start tailgating earlier so by the time the introductions come out, we’ve got a butt in every seat," he said.