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08/02/2011 - 9:45am
Chinese teams 'dream of' signing Garnett

Following news that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is seeking $1.5 million per month to play in China during the NBA lockout, is reporting that Celtics forward Kevin Garnett "is another star various clubs in China dream of."

Garnett obviously has ties to the country as Chinese shoe company Anta sponsors the 14-time NBA All-Star, who already has a business trip to China planned later this summer. However, chances Garnett will be playing in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) when the league starts up again in January are minimal.

FIBA recently ruled that contracted NBA players could sign deals overseas as long as they immediately return to their respective teams once the lockout ends, and Garnett remains under contract...

08/02/2011 - 9:21am
NBA files federal lawsuit against players

Following NBA commissioner David Stern's first meeting with the players association since the lockout began on July 1, both sides remained as far apart as they were when the day began, according to As if that news weren't bad enough, revelations Tuesday morning may have strained matters even more.

"I don't feel optimistic about the players' willingness to engage in a serious way," Stern told reporters on Monday. Asked if he felt the National Basketball Players Assocation was negotiating in good faith, Stern added, "I would say not."

The NBPA had already issued a grievance to the National Labor Relations Board, lobbing the same allegations towards the league's owners in hopes that a federal judge could reinstate the collective bargaining agreement from the past five seasons, reported.

Stern's comments...

08/02/2011 - 9:05am
Rex Ryan: I'm challenging NFL to beat Pats

Rex Ryan, a man who is never afraid to tell the media his true feelings on things, has put out an ultimatum to the rest of the NFL.

"I don’t know what the experts say, I just know what I believe in my heart and that’s that this is going to be our year," Ryan said on Monday. "Again, I think we have to find somebody out there to beat New England besides us, and I think that would help. Anybody out there that wants to sign up for it? Are you good enough as a team to beat the New England Patriots? Forget about us, are you good enough to go out and beat the New England Patriots? I’m challenging the league."

Since Ryan joined the Jets in 2009, the two rivals have split their four regular-season contests with the only playoff matchup (last season's AFC divisional round game) going to New York.

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08/02/2011 - 7:58am
Mashup: Voters say no to Islanders

Voters on Long Island, who already have among the highest property taxes in the nation, rejected a proposal to borrow $400 million to build a new arena for the Islanders. Despite a low turnout that would seem to offer hope if enough Islanders supporters hit the polls, the proposal was rejected handily. "I'm disappointed," said Islanders owner Charles Wang, who has hinted the team might need to relocate if voters said no. "To put it bluntly, I'm heartbroken."

Also in New York hockey news, Rangers forward Alex Frolov insists he was misquoted when a Russian newspaper reported that Frolov said teammate Sean Avery has used racial slurs to agitate opponents. Frolov was quoted as saying Avery used the term "black monkeys," although it was in the context of saying that Avery no longer crosses the line like that. Said Frolov in response to the controversy: "He wouldn't say something bad about black people or Asian people or any...

08/02/2011 - 7:48am
Light deal could be worth $12 million

According to a report from the Associated Press, Matt Light's contract with the Patriots will be a two-year deal for $12 million, with $7 million in guaranteed money.

Light, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, started every game last season. The 33-year-old tackle has played 10 seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls. His contract has not yet been officially announced, but several reports have Light and the Patriots on the verge of agreement.

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