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    “Have we been cons and frauds before?”

    — Prospective Grizzlies investor Christian Laettner, on many being skeptical of Brian Davis’ and his bid to buy the Grizzlies (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 12/2).

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    Intriguing Pitch
    Nike makes offer to replace adidas as supplier of German national soccer team.

    Call For Action
    NBPA files unfair labor complaint with NLRB over new synthetic ball, conduct rules.

    Cutting Horse
    CDI eliminating almost 30% of full-time corporate positions.

    Freedom Fighters
    China eases restrictions on foreign journalists in advance of ’08 Games.

    Honors Role
    AmEx becomes USGA’s first corporate partner in 112-year history.

    Flying High
    Comcast bends policy to allow Verizon to put SportsNet on fiber-optic TV service.

    Hard To Bear
    Bruins’ struggle at the gate emblematic of attendance issues in hockey hotbeds.

    Riding Giants
    NFLPA willing to cut salary cap by $800M over 15 years to build new N.Y. stadium.

    Katz Out Of The Bag
    Yahoo Sports exec leaving company after reported conflicts with Braun.

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    Cowboys-Giants Makes For Excellent
    Lead-In For Fox' BCS Selection Show
    Boosted by an eye-opening 19.1 overnight Nielsen rating for Cowboys-Giants, Fox pulled a 9.4/14 overnight for its first BCS Selection Show last night. Interest in the show was surely piqued by UCLA’s upset of USC on Saturday, but Fox’ “exclusive” unveiling of the BCS matchups at 7:50pm ET was trumped by Internet reports Sunday afternoon that Florida beat out Michigan for the opportunity to play Ohio State in the national championship game. NBC didn’t miss its chance to jump on the news as early as possible, as Bob Costas cited an L.A. Times report about Florida as “Football Night In America” came on the air at 7:00pm ET.

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