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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:03 am

McNamee Adds Prominent Lawyer to Legal Team

From the NY Times:

Richard D. Emery is a prominent New York lawyer who has made his mark in the area of civil liberties. Two months ago, he prevailed in a case against New York City’s Department of Correction, which agreed to settle a lawsuit that Emery had filed on behalf of tens of thousands of nonviolent inmates who had been wrongly strip-searched.

On Friday, Emery revealed he was preparing to take on a new, and quite different, opponent — Roger Clemens, the 45-year-old pitcher who now finds his once-certain Hall of Fame career jeopardized by the Mitchell report. The report directly links Clemens to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Emery has been asked by the lawyer for Brian McNamee, Clemens’s accuser and former trainer, to assist in defending McNamee against allegations that he lied to Mitchell’s investigators about Clemens’s use of steroids and human growth hormone.

The lawyer for McNamee, Earl Ward, said Emery had been recruited because he has particular experience in libel and defamation cases and would be in a position to bring a lawsuit against Clemens if the pitcher and his lawyer continue to insist that McNamee did not tell the truth about Clemens.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:07 am

darren mcfadden


the tale of the tape.
darren mcfadden- too tall, doesnt break tackles, fumbler, character issues
(just assk mike conley), skinny legs, doesnt look or run like any nfl tb. overrated speed (stewart will outrun him). runs too high.doesnt block, no experience in pass protect. will not be able to carry the nfl load. no passing game threat. a great college player who simply doesnt have the two main things that separates top nfl backs from all the rest. durability and tackle breaking ability. mcfadden is going to get killed. no gaping holes on sundays. if you cant break tackles, you will no way be atop nfl tb.if you dont have a body and running style that looks like the top nfl backs , you wont be a great one . stewart is the freak, mcfadden is a system runner. no wildhog in the nfl. im not even going to call mcfadden a bust because hes going to fall far

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:12 am

Giants priority of entering 2008 Nfl Draft next year

1) CB/S
2)Linebacker
3)Offensive Line
4)WR
5)Qb- to compete with Eli
6-TE

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Rangers' 'D' is key to 'W's

Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:19 am

Rangers' 'D' is key to 'W's

BY JOHN DELLAPINA
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2007/12/29/2007-12-29_rangers_d_is_key_to_ws-1.html


Saturday, December 29th 2007, 4:00 AM

It was at this point last season that the 2006-07 Rangers "got it."

It would be another six weeks before they got the player who catalyzed their stretch run to the playoffs. But it was the team-wide commitment to defense coming out of the Christmas break that provided the foundation for the Sean Avery-sparked 17-6-6 finish.

Tom Renney believes he has seen signs of another holiday transformation. And, going into Saturday's game in Toronto, his focus is not on Avery's grudge match with the Maple Leafs, but rather on the Rangers turning those first couple of steps forward into a sustained march.

"We're not in a lot different situation than we were a year ago," Renney said. "And the challenge for (the players) is: Do you want to experience what we had to last year and have to win 21 out of 30? Or do you want to continue to secure your status as a playoff contender right now?

"I think we did enough good things in the last two games - and certainly (in Wednesday's win over the Hurricanes), when the result was positive - to really kind of refresh them about that and to stay on top of the little things from a coaching perspective that I think are really important to our team."

Among those are finishing checks, driving hard to the net and simply refusing to lose races to loose pucks and battles along the boards. Avery's presence helps in all those areas, of course.

And it was suggested to Renney that, similar to his Feb.5 acquisition from Los Angeles last season, Avery is something of an addition to the Rangers again this year because he has been injured since the second game of the season.

"Yeah, sort of," Renney replied. "And we don't have to trade for him either. He's just back on our roster.

"There's no question that Sean is an influential player for us in lots of ways - and in a positive way. He puts the challenge out there to all of us to be better. And we all appreciate that."

SORE SPOT: RW Brendan Shanahan sat out practice Friday to receive treatment for a hamstring pull he suffered in the second period of Wednesday's victory over Carolina. He is expected to play tonight. ... LW Nigel Dawes was sent back to Hartford of the AHL.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:23 am

If The Rangers continue to struggle to score goals, and be Stanley cup contenders . The Rangers have to commit and play some defense If they can't score. I don't think right now Rangers Defense aren't Cup Worthy .

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:31 am

It sounds like the Twins are giving it one last shot on retaining Santana, they upped their contract offer to him to 20 mil per annum, according to XM Radio.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:32 am

I think it's fake and hoax. It's not true.

I just read the last paragraph.
"También coincidió con el Día de los Santos Inocentes que precisamente se celebra hoy y por el cual le extendemos nuestras felicidades."

Also, it coincides with the Day of the Innocent Saints (Spanish April Fool's Day), which is celebrated today, and of which brings much happiness.

http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com/

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:44 am

It states...

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The Yankees have signed Juan Gonzales to 2 years 2 million. Brian Cashman made the announcement that Juan will be in pinstripes the first day of the 2008 season, and quotes him... "We have been interested in Juan for a quite a few years now, and are aware his career has had a few slip ups. We now feel it is a perfect time for us and for him to help us mold a winning team."

Quote:
"Juan is an expert in RBIs, which is why we seeked him out. We are sure he can achive numbers that will place him among the best ever"

Then it goes on to say how the Yankees have made this move to save in the luxury tax... it also states how Puerto Rico (and many parts of Latin America) is currently celebrating the day of the Innocent Saints.. which is equivalent to April Fools Day in Latin American terms. We've been had.

Dang, I read that after I typed and translated all these quotes, haha.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:45 am

http://www.secret-tenerife.com/2005/12/day-of-innocent-saints.shtml

El Día de Los Santos Inocentes, falls on the 28th December. What does it mean? Well, it is the Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day.

And, just like it's counterpart, jokes abound and tricks will be played.





At Ibi, near Benidorm on the Costa Blanca on the Spanish mainland, the tradition is for the workers from the local toy factory (in fancy dress) to take over the administration of justice in the streets from 9 a.m. to midday on this date. Any 'fines' they collect (extort) will go to charities and, they are not subtle. They have been known to handcuff the bank manager and have removed the wheels from a vehicle. Even the police won't stop them.

December 28 in the Catholic church commemorates the assassination of all the male babies: thus The Innocent Saints, on Herod's orders in a vain attempt to kill the child Jesus. Since the Middle Ages, the sacrilegious have remembered this mournful event with humour and, the jovial tradition has continued.

In olden days, bakers made salted tarts, people nailed coins to the floor, etc. The most usual was to cut out a paper effigy and stick it to the back of a passer-by, which they would wear without knowing and, many people will make jokes in bad taste.

On TV and in the newspapers in Spain, bogus stories will appear (a UFO terrorizes the Royal Palace; the President runs off with the daughter of the opposition leader; a new planet has been discovered; all cars with registration ending in 7 must report to the police, etc., etc.), only some of which are later acknowledged to be "inocentadas" - hoaxes in the name of Los Santos Inocentes.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:52 am

Cano's agent, Bobby Barad?

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12292007/sports/yankees/yankees_to_cano__you_cant_play_ball_268065.htm
Cano's representative, Bobby Barad, confirmed Cano was "given permission to play six games to see if there were problems with nagging injuries."

"He would love to keep playing. He loves to stay in shape and play baseball," Barad said. "He was playing to make sure he was completely healthy. The Yankees don't want him to play anymore. He is their employee and so he has to do what he has to do."

Barad reported the Yanks have made neither a multi-year nor a one-year offer to Cano, who is eligible for arbitration for the first time this year.


Bobby Barad's also agent for Nats Gm Jim Bowden.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/leagues/independent/schramek111302.htm
Jim Bowden) in contact with Schramek and his agent, Bobby Barad.

And not the negotiations, which have been conducted almost exclusively between the Reds and Barad.












December 29, 2007 -- The Yankees ordered Robinson Cano to stop playing for his Dominican winter team because he had exceeded the agreed upon six games he was approved to play, the team and the second baseman's agent confirmed yesterday.

The Yankees and Cano had agreed that he could play a half-dozen games for Orientales Estrellas "to test some things physically," including a balky calf, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. Nevertheless, Cano had played nine regular-season games and one playoff game before the Yankees put a halt to his winter season.

"He was only supposed to play six games and that was it," Cashman said. "And, like everything else, if you are not paying attention, you will have players push the envelope. All of a sudden, I took a peek and he was at 10 games."

Cano's representative, Bobby Barad, confirmed Cano was "given permission to play six games to see if there were problems with nagging injuries."

"He would love to keep playing. He loves to stay in shape and play baseball," Barad said. "He was playing to make sure he was completely healthy. The Yankees don't want him to play anymore. He is their employee and so he has to do what he has to do."

Barad reported the Yanks have made neither a multi-year nor a one-year offer to Cano, who is eligible for arbitration for the first time this year.

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The Yanks refused to let Melky Cabrera play winter ball. Cashman said it is not because the switch-hitter is part of a potential deal for Twins ace Johan Santana.

"(Cabrera) is our starting center fielder now. He is not competing. That is the only analysis," Cashman said. "In the past, he might need at-bats, but now what would those 75 at-bats mean? There was no upside for us."

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:01 am

Can The Yanks Get Santana Without Giving Up Hughes?

From MSNBC:

Part of the problem is the size of Santana’s soon-to-be-negotiated contract extension. When you pay that kind of price, you don’t want to surrender the elite of your farm system, too. The Twins also find themselves in a position where they need big-league-ready talent, and not prospects who will pay off a few years down the road. So the right match has yet to be struck, although it will be soon enough. (It says here the Twins should grab a Yankees’ package of Ian Kennedy and Melky Cabrera if Phil Hughes is off the table.)

But the fact is, the Twins are backed into a corner and have to deal — and it is up to new general manager/longtime Ryan assistant Bill Smith to maximize the return. But Smith has a tough act to follow, as Ryan constructed rosters that posted four 90-win seasons and four division titles in five years 2002-2006.

It may just be speculation on the part of the writer, but if the Yankees can somehow acquire Santana without giving up Hughes it will be a great day in Yankee Land, and Cashman will deserve an extension immediately.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:09 am

HISTORY, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20071229-9999-lz1s29reflect.html
Joe DiGangi was ready for his close-up. On the glass-top coffee table in his Coronado condo sat neat piles of clippings and annotated photographs. DiGangi had told his baseball stories so many times that his narration was as lean as a Hemingway novel.

Because DiGangi had spent nine seasons catching batting practice for the New York Yankees, his 92-year-old fingers were a little harder to follow.

“Lou Gehrig always had a hitch (in his swing), and he tipped one,” DiGangi said, holding up his gnarled hand as Exhibit A. “If you look at the damn glove I (had), it was rawhide in those days. You couldn't catch with one hand because the ball would pop out.

“You see the guys now catching with one hand. If I had that, I would have made the Hall of Fame.”

DiGangi told of acting as a bullpen lookout when Babe Ruth wanted a drink between innings, of throwing batting practice to Joe DiMaggio the year of his 56-game hitting streak, of warming up a pitcher while Gehrig was calling himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

He could not have been more gracious or more helpful.

Among the blessings of old age is the opportunity to recount history through your personal prism, to “remember with advantages,” as Shakespeare put it. Among the treats of the journalism trade is the opportunity to hear history as told by the participants.

– TIM SULLIVAN

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:15 am

BASEBALL; Mets Grow Modest After Flirting With Guerrero

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By RAFAEL HERMOSO
Published: January 15, 2004

Still untangling themselves from their decision not to pursue Vladimir Guerrero more aggressively, the Mets moved closer yesterday to signing a right fielder who fits more easily into their budget and whose questions are legal, not medical, as they neared a one-year deal with the former Yankee Karim Garcia.

The Mets are still dogged by questions about Guerrero. The players association has not fully accepted General Manager Jim Duquette's explanation Tuesday that he misspoke in telling reporters Saturday that the Mets had access to medical records on Guerrero's back that caused them to limit their guaranteed proposal to three years. A herniated disk sidelined Guerrero for seven weeks last season and Andrew Rokito, the Mets' physician, had one conversation with Barth Green, the doctor who examined Guerrero this off-season and provided a clean bill of health.

''We're going to investigate through the commissioner's office to see if the basic agreement was violated and Vladimir's rights were respected,'' Michael Weiner, a union lawyer, said yesterday by telephone.

The basic agreement prevents teams from sharing medical information on free agents.

Duquette's comments would have been damaging had they interfered with Guerrero's negotiations with the Angels. But on Monday he passed a physical and signed a five-year, $70 million contract.

The Mets are close to making more humble announcements. They were nearing deals with Garcia and Todd Zeile, who would return to the team and serve as a reserve infielder. Duquette, monitoring the renovations at the team's spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., yesterday, said through a spokesman that negotiations with both players were moving forward.

Garcia, a left-handed hitter, hit .262 with 11 home runs for the Indians and the Yankees last season, including .305 with 6 home runs in 151 at-bats with the Yankees. He would most likely make Timo Perez a reserve outfielder and either platoon with Roger Cedeño or have the chance to win the everyday job.

''If they viewed him as what they already have, they wouldn't have signed him,'' said Garcia's agent, Bobby Barad, who said that a deal was close and that Garcia could take a physical next week.

The Bergen Record reported yesterday that the Mets had nearly completed a one-year, $850,000 deal with Garcia. Barad said that by combining guaranteed money and incentives, the contract was in that range.

Never graceful, Garcia should still be an improvement defensively over Cedeño. The Yankees were surprised at how much ground Garcia covered, but his best asset was a strong throwing arm.

Garcia, who was not offered a contract by the Yankees, needs to resolve charges that he fought with a groundskeeper in the Yankees' bullpen at Fenway Park during an American League Championship Series game on Oct. 11. Garcia, the former Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and the groundskeeper, Paul Williams, pleaded not guilty Jan. 7 to charges of assault and battery. A pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 5 for the players and Feb. 24 for Williams.

''I don't think anyone views this as anything that would affect his baseball life,'' Barad said.

Securing Garcia and Zeile would leave the back of the starting rotation as the Mets' only unaddressed need, and the Mets will probably attend workouts for the Cuban right-hander Maels Rodriguez on Jan. 22 in San Salvador and Scott Erickson, who missed last season after having elbow surgery, next week in Arizona.

The Mets and the Yankees were 2 of 26 teams that sent representatives to watch Shingo Takatsu, the career saves leader in Japan, throw yesterday in Irvine, Calif., the agent Joe Urbon said. Takatsu met with the Yankees in November and will decide by Jan. 26 whether to accept a $2.4 million offer to return to the Yakult Swallows or pitch in the United States, most likely as a setup man.

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