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Chris Bosh to Miami? LeBron James Hunting For NYC Pad?

July 1st, 2010
Tick, tick, tick, tick. With just hours before the official start of 2010 NBA free agency, players are making their intentions clearer. Meanwhile, reports continue to circulate as to where the biggest catches of the summer will sign. Could The King have found his palace in New York City, and does it mean he's making Madison Square Garden his home? And why is it looking like we're right to look to two original teams for a pair of much-talked about prizes? That's all coming up in today's NBA free agency scuttlebutt.

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Kyle Blanks May Need Surgery, Gives San Diego Padres Bad Break

July 1st, 2010

Through his years in the minor leagues, San Diego Padres officials were excited about young Kyle Blanks.

He was a monster of a young man, could hit the longest home runs, but could do something that a whole lot of people wouldn't expect from someone his size, he was fast.

Coming into his first major league season in 2009, the Padres had high hopes for Blanks and what he brought to the lineup. They were hoping that having someone of his size and talent would provide some form of protection in the lineup for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Not only that, but he was someone that could spell Gonzalez at first base when he needed a day off.

Blanks struggled through the first half of the season, but after the team returned from the all-star break he started to show his power stroke, even coming up with a few game winners during the second half of the season.

Fast forward to 2010 and there was even more promise for young Kyle Blanks. Most thought they would see the kind of potential most Padre fans expected after all the hype that had put behind him by Padre brass.

Unfortunately, Blanks once against struggled out of the gates and was never a factor at the plate.

He was put on the disabled list a few weeks ago with what the team called an elbow strain.

After finishing his stint on the disabled list, Blanks began his rehab assignment in the minor league, but that also was short lived as he would re-injure the same elbow that put him on the disabled list to begin with.

Now, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, via Twitter, Blanks and the Padres are discussing possible season-ending elbow surgery.

While a final decision has not been reached, it looks like a promising career could be on the shelf until next season. It's unfortunate, but you know he's going to come back more determined than ever.

The Padres are still going through other decisions, and playing the process of elimination game before they come to a final decision.

Arum Says Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Negotiations Completed

July 1st, 2010

Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, says the negotiations between him and Floyd Mayweather's handlers have ended and a final proposal has been sent to Mayweather for review and approval.

It’s now up to Mayweather if he wants to fight (Manny Pacquiao),” Arum told The Bulletin in a phone interview.

Arum said that if Mayweather decides not to fight, he has no other recourse but to “look for somebody else.”

It may be recalled that the negotiations for the highly publicized Mayweather-Pacquiao fight have been held almost in total secrecy as negotiators led by Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer were under gag order during the entire process.

Mayweather and Pacquiao were reportedly agreeable to a November fight date, and that the venue would be Las Vegas, Nevada.

At least two contentious issues have remained unresolved as of yesterday. These are the random drug test and fight purse issues. Arum did not say if he and Schaefer had agreed on the issues before sending the final recommendations to Mayweather for approval.

Arum announced earlier that he has lined up Miguel Cotto for a possible rematch with Pacquiao or a fight with Antonio Margarito if Mayweather declines the final proposal.


Ian Holloway: Don’t Write Off Blackpool

July 1st, 2010

Premier League new boys Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has dismissed claims that his side is weakest in the Premier League. He said that the stiff challenge will be met by management,fans, and players alike.

Blackpool finished sixth last season in the Championship and gained promotion having won in the playoffs. Holloway added that the spirit of fans and players will decide whether they avoid the relegation or not.

"You couldn't ask for any harder away games," Holloway said of Blackpool's first set of away fixtures to the club's website. "But no matter what happens, we've got to play them all by the end of the season at home and away.

"The reality has hit home now, we've seen ourselves in the division with the other names there, so it's totally real. It's fantastic for every one of us to have that challenge.

"Don't write us off too quickly with our lads, it was fantastic what they achieved last season and it's amazing what spirit can do.

"I'm just really pleased that our fans will have a home game to start with."

Blackpool will face Wigan Athletic on August 14 at Bloomfield road.

This article is also featured on: The Tangerines- Blackpool FC Blog

Miami Dolphins Get Three More Draft Picks Under Contract

July 1st, 2010

The Miami Dolphins are halfway home in terms of signing their 2010 draft picks, having inked three more of their rookies to bring the total signed to four.

Joining seventh-round linebacker Chris McCoy, who became the Dolphins' first draft pick to sign on June 15, are fourth-round linebacker A. J. Edds, fifth-round cornerback Nolan Carroll, and seventh-round linebacker Austin Spitler.

All players received four-year deals from the team with base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,000 in 2013.

Additionally, Edds received a signing bonus of $477,000; Carroll received a signing bonus of roughly $191,000; and Spitler brought in around $40,00 in upfront money.

Edds and Spitler are expected to compete for reserve linebacker spots and jobs on special teams, though Edds is far more likely to make the active roster in 2010 and have a significant role on defense.

Meanwhile, Carroll will be groomed as the nickel back of the future while competing with Jason Allen and Evan Oglesby for a roster spot. He could also factor into the return game.

Left unsigned are first-round defensive end Jared Odrick, second-round linebacker Koa Misi, third-round guard John Jerry, and fifth-round safety Reshad Jones.

The Dolphins will open their training camp July 30 in Davie, Fla.

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Chris J. Nelson is a journalism major at Georgia State University. He operates his own Miami Dolphins Web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and can be followed on Twitter here.

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