Quote of the Day

"Loyalists are such frauds because they talk incessantly about the tradition of college football. There’s no tradition … that says any school in Texas should be in the SEC."
-- ESPN's Michael Wilbon, on Texas A&M's rumored move to the SEC. ("PTI," ESPN, 8/15)
Tuesday August 16, 2011 Vol. 17 — No. 234 Print This Issue

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  • Sign On The Dotted Line

    Pirates gave No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole a record $8M signing bonus

    The deadline for signing '11 MLB draft picks was midnight last night, and "when the dust settled, nearly every team got the players they wanted," according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. The day began with 23 of 33 first-round picks "unsigned and ended with all but one coming to terms with the team that drafted them back in June." The Pirates gave No. 1 overall pick P Gerrit Cole an $8M signing bonus to "set a record for a Minor League deal." The team also gave a $5M bonus to second-round pick Josh Bell. In total, the Pirates spent more than $17M in draft bonuses, a "new record." Each of the 22 first-round picks who signed on deadline day ended up getting a deal "above the recommended slot" from MLB. The Blue Jays "were not able to agre ...

  • UFC Lands On Fox

    Breakthrough deal would see up to four events on broadcast net.

  • Stepping Up

    Can Emmert find more “collegial” way to conference realignment?

  • Eastern Promises

    Is NBA behind China's likely ban on signing players with NBA opt-out clauses?

  • Making A Star Turn?

    Keegan Bradley seen as the latest hope on PGA Tour to follow in Tiger's and Phil's footsteps.

  • Singapore Sling

    ManU prepping an IPO on the Singapore Stock Exchange in Q4 in hopes of raising $1B.

  • Apple Turnover

    As Jets gain in N.Y., Giants said to rank in top three in both sponsorship, ticket revenue.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    NHL looking into Islanders' plan to have a party around fight-filled game.

  • Enter The Snake Pit

    Numbers suggest fans starting to notice D’Backs’ surge.

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