<h4>Going right over him </h4>
Texas forward Damion James (above) collides with guard LaceDarius Dunn and another Baylor player for an offensive foul during Monday's game in Austin, Texas.
GLENDALE – We rarely pass up an opportunity to stick the needle in Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, the Bidwill family or Ken Kendrick of the Arizona Diamondbacks when they go cheap.
We generally have left Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes alone because the guy’s team is bleeding something like $30 million a year, and he can’t even charge for parking.
Anyway, we understand that these ultimately are businesses they run.
However, we always have figured that, if you aren’t willing to pay what it takes to compete, then this should not be your business.
Go open a bank or a mortgage company, where the government will bail you out if you make a mess of it.
That’s why, when it comes to money battles in pro sports, The Heat Index typically comes down on the side of the player, especially if that player also happens to be a great person on and off the field.
It also is what makes this whole Kurt Warner situation so bothersome.
As you probably know, the Cardinals offered Warner a two-year contract extension reportedly worth a total of $20 million.
Seeking a two-year, $28 million deal, he did not sign, became a free agent and now is visiting other teams, including the San Francisco 49ers.
“I don’t know that he has a choice,” Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said.
No choice? Right.
It’s a classic agent maneuver, putting the screws to the Cardinals, who are under pressure to keep a Super Bowl team intact.
He knows everybody loves Warner and that the Cardinals would get ripped if they don’t pay.
But this is no the time for that stuff.
Not when the people who ultimately make all of those millions available to pro athletes – fans – are hurting so badly.
Not when people are losing their jobs and homes.
Not when businesses large and small are going under.
Not when the very league that allowed Warner to hone his decision-making and polish his quick delivery – the Arena Football League – is on the verge of going belly up.
No, we don’t want to hear it right now.
This is no time to be greedy, and that goes for ownership and players.
In fairness to Warner, what he and his teammates pulled off has aided the Cardinals financially in a big way.
Had the Cardinals lost their first playoff game to Atlanta, season-ticket renewals likely would have been dismal in this economy.
And Warner will be 38 in June. Because he had to play his way into the NFL instead of coming in as a high draft pick, he didn’t get big money upfront.
But everybody is getting squeezed right now. We’re all making choices. Despite what his agent says, Warner has one, too.
Rich or richer.
Sanchez gets full ride
Pima men’s soccer player Travis Sanchez has received a scholarship to play for Oregon State University.
“I am really excited about this opportunity,” Sanchez said in a news release. “After I visited the campus, I knew this was going to be a good place for me. I liked the coaches, the facilities and the players seemed like really good guys.”
Sanchez, from Las Cruces, N.M., was voted to the first-team All-ACCAC in both his seasons with the Aztecs.
Citizen Staff Report
Serena tops Venus in N.Y.
NEW YORK – Serena Williams wore down sister Venus to win the Billie Jean King Cup on Monday night, finishing off the return of women’s tennis to Madison Square Garden with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
The Williams sisters gave the crowd exactly what it wanted by advancing to the championship of the one-night exhibition but Venus was never the same after she was broken in a marathon game in the first set.
Serena Williams won $400,000 of the $1.2 million purse as women’s tennis returned to the Garden after a nine-year absence.
Venus Williams reached the final by beating Jelena Jankovic 6-4, and Serena advanced with a 6-3 win over Ana Ivanovic.
The Associated Press
Marshall could miss time
DENVER – Denver Broncos star receiver Brandon Marshall faces a possible suspension even though a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a fight with his fiancée was dismissed in an Atlanta court Monday.
Municipal Judge Clinton Deveaux dismissed the case after Marshall and his fiancée, Michi Leshase Nogami-Campbell, both of whom were charged with disorderly conduct, refused to testify against each other.
Despite being in the clear from a legal standpoint, the Pro Bowl receiver might still be disciplined for repeated violations of the league’s personal conduct code, which gives commissioner Roger Goodell the authority to punish players.
The Associated Press
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Big East schools ranked in the men’s AP Top 25 this week, the most of any conference. Other top leagues:
Big Ten 3
Big 12 3
Five leagues tied with 1
'It's really good to get (Sunday) behind me - another one of the big steps.'
Yankees third baseman, on meeting with MLB representatives Sunday about his past use of banned performance-enhancing substances
ON THIS DATE
1984: Peter Ueberroth, president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of baseball by major league team owners.
1987: Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavyweight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over James “Bonecrusher” Smith in Las Vegas.
2001: Maurice Greene equals his world record in the 60-meter dash, running 6.39 seconds in a semifinal heat at the USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta.
Cats need to learn how to finish off opponents
Re: UA men’s basketball
• Ya know, we are good. The problem is we need to learn to finish right now. If we are so bad like all of you think we are, then I don’t think we would have beaten both Washington schools, Kansas, UCLA, Gonzaga, USC, Houston, etc. So please spare me the lecture on how “bad” we are. You look at our losses and I think two out of the 11 were blowouts and the rest we had a chance to win. So please! We will be fine for Thursday and Saturday. ASU may have 21 wins, but with their cupcake schedule to be only one game over 20 wins is ridiculous.
JUST A FAN
• I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no heart.
They seemed at times desperate, aloof and nonchalant. No sense of urgency, no desperation, no killer instinct.
• It has been a long season thus far, but there are still games to be played and this group will be playing in every game this year. As opposed to recent years when some of the players obviously threw in the towel before Valentine’s Day and the rest were left to limp into the postseason.
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