Archive for January 12th, 2007

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Barlow wants to remain a Jet

Jets Rumors & News

Despite falling to third-string status behind rookie Leon Washington and sophomore Cedric Houston, running back Kevin Barlow told the Newark Star Ledger he loves playing for coach Eric Mangini and hopes to remain a Jet. Said Barlow: “I know I can play in this league. I really want to come back and play for a coach like Eric Mangini. He’s going to be a great coach in this league and I want to be a part of it. He treated me great. I not only loved playing for him but I also liked him as a person. He’s very sincere, very genuine. He’s a man of his word.”

Barlow, hindered by a knee injury for much of the year, rushed for a career-low 370 yards this season on 131 carries, and was inactive in 4 of the Jets’ final 5 games. In 2003 while with the San Francisco 49ers, Barlow rushed for 1024 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. If healthy, Barlow could provide a healthy dose of power …

The Starbury Show

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Post is exclusively reporting today that Stephon Marbury will be hosting his own half-hour sports talk show on Fox SportsNet. The show – entitled “Stars on Stars” – will feature one-on-one conversations between Steph and guests such as Kobe Bryant, Isiah Thomas, and outspoken Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban.

Marbury told the Post that he hopes that the show can serve as an “outlet of expression” for him and provide a forum through which he’ll be able to show fans a different side of his personality than the increasingly negative portrait that’s been painted by the media.

Francis buyout appears legit

Knicks Rumors & News

Despite continued denials from both the Knicks and Steve Francis’ agent, the rumors of a buyout for the injured guard persist. Today the New York Daily News substantiates recent reports by the rival Post that a buyout is indeed in the works. According to the report, the two sides are negotiating how much of the nearly $50 million owed to him Francis will be paying back to the Knicks. In the buyout negotiated this week between Chris Webber and the Philadelphia 76ers, Webber let the team off the hook for 5 million of the remaining 43 million owed to him.

Francis would represent the third high-priced veteran that the Knicks have basically paid to get lost this season. Before the season, GM Isiah Thomas bought out the contracts of both Maurice Taylor (one year remaining at $9.8 million) and Jalen Rose (one year remaining at $16 million) – whom the Daily News reports is close to being bought out for the second time this season, this time by …

Giant snag? is reporting that today’s Barry Bonds bombshell could adversely affect the ongoing contract negotiations between Bonds and the San Francisco Giants. Because even the team of an offending player is not notified after a first positive test for amphetamines, the Giants learned of Bonds’ violation this morning along with the rest of the baseball world.

Bonds and San Francisco had reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year, $16 million contract over a month ago, however according to ESPN, the parties have been finalizing language in the deal regarding Bonds’ adherence to team rules, as well as contingencies that would protect the Giants should Bonds be indicted or suffer other legal woes. Bonds has yet to sign the deal, nor has he taken the mandatory physical that would make the pact official.

Lewis fired

Giants Rumors & News

As Hot Stove New York speculated earlier today, Tim Lewis’ days with the Giants are numbered. Lewis was fired today by Tom Coughlin, just one day after Coughlin himself found out he would be returning as head coach.

The Giants defense was ranked 25th out of 32 teams in overall yardage allowed, and 28th defending the pass. The defense allowed the opposition to score touchdowns on 30 of 46 opportunities in the red zone – a league worst 65.2 percent conversion rate. That number rises to 87 percent when also factoring in the 10 field goals the Giants defense allowed in the red zone this year.

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