The odds of Carmelo Anthony playing for the New Jersey Nets this season are shrinking. This according to NBA front-office sources, who say the proposed four-team deal that would send 'Melo to New Jersey is no longer being actively pursued by the Nets.
Jay Bruce's dramatic swing ended a long drought for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Bruce drilled a Tim Byrdak pitch for a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros, securing the NL Central title.
The Yankees clinched their 15th postseason berth in the last 16 years by beating the Blue Jays 6-1 Tuesday night. CC Sabathia earned his 21st victory of the season and Derek Jeter scored three runs and drove in another during the win.
The 24th-ranked Spartans will have their leader Saturday at home against the 11th-ranked Badgers. Michigan State's Mark Dantonio plans to coach his team against Wisconsin, two weeks after he was hospitalized following a mild heart attack.
The Tampa Bay Rays are going to the playoffs. David Price earned his 19th win, giving the Rays their second playoff berth in three years after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Tuesday. Price allowed six hits over eight innings and struck out eight in the win.
Trent Edwards has found another NFL job. This according to league sources, who told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Edwards on waivers Tuesday. The 26-year-old had been the Bills starter coming out of camp, but lost his job Week 1 and was cut by the team on Monday.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will have to wait for a contract extension. The team plans to offer "Superman" an extension in summer 2011 -- a year before he can opt for free agency, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Tiger Woods doesn't appear to be intimidated as he prepares for the 2010 Ryder Cup. The world's No. 1 was asked about the comments made by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who said, "I would love to face him (Woods)," during an interview with the BBC last month. When asked for a reaction, Tiger said, "Me, too" and then declined the opportunity to elaborate.
The NFL is investigating a confrontation between Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins and a fan following the team's loss to the Chicago Bears Monday night at Soldier Field. Milwaukee's WITI-TV aired video of Collins yelling at a fan as he left the field. Collins then appears to throw his mouthpiece into the stands. According to the station's report, Collins said the fan spit on him and used a racial slur. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press the league is "in the process of reviewing all the facts" and Bears spokesman Scott Hagel said they are doing the same thing.
2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been retired. The 4-year-old filly won just 2 of 5 races this season, following a sensational year as a 3-year-old, where she won all 8 races entered, including the Preakness.
Note: The Elias Sports Bureau, ESPN Stats and Information group and The Associated Press contributed to this report.