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I wouldn’t get your hopes up, but… “Here’s a stretch. Trying to convince [Chris] Paul to go to the Ruins of NBA Pompei would be a tricky feat. But if you look at the roster, it might not be impossible. The Cavs do feature a team with depth, with Antawn Jamison and J.J. Hickson still on roster. They have some flexibility in the coming years. They need a hero, and they’ve shown they’re willing to commit to spending. With Byron Scott on roster, who Paul has gone on record in support of multiple times, the Cavs could conceivably replace LeBron James with a new savior.” [Matt Moore/NBA Facts & Rumors]
On the future Indians lineup: “What we do know for sure is that Cabrera and Choo will both return to prominent spots of the lineup. But it doesn’t appear Cabrera will return to the leadoff spot. Acta said he’s leaning toward having Cabrera at No. 2 and Carlos Santana at cleanup, which means Choo would slot in at No. 3. Suddenly, that’s a much more potent punch early in the order, and Santana (9-for-his-last-48, coming into tonight) might begin to see some more pitches to hit than he’s been getting the last couple weeks.” [CastroTurf]
The Anti-LeBron: “Steven Gerrard is no LeBron James. And Liverpool fans couldn’t be happier. Gerrard, captain of Liverpool and England, decided this week to turn down the opportunity to “take his talents to South Beach,” I mean to a star-studded Real Madrid team, and remain at Anfield. Gerrard, a Merseyside native, joined his hometown team’s youth academy at age 8 and has been with them ever since.
This isn’t the first time Gerrard has turned down an opportunity to leave home. He almost moved to Chelsea – a wealthy, high-priced London team – in 2005 after leading Liverpool to the Champions League title in 2005. But rather than turn his back on home, Gerrard remained, realizing that winning titles as the leader of your hometown team is infinitely better than joining an all-star team that is trying to buy titles.” [Red Right 88]
About that D-Line: “This summer has been pretty quiet for the first time in a long time for the Browns. The news of Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert coming in as President and GM, respectively, has come and gone. There is no quarterback controversy to argue about, no 10-6 season to hang our hats on, and no coaching search. It has been a nice quiet summer, well except for Shaun Rogers getting popped for trying to board a plane with a loaded gun. Then news surfaced that Robaire Smith was tagged for exactly the same thing in November.” [No Logo Needed]
And finally, the Ohio State Buckeyes are listed as the victim of one of this year’s biggest potential upsets. At least Michigan is mentioned twice. [Rivarly Esq.]
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