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ESPN.com has picked up on that Golf Digest article I picked up on a couple weeks ago. Inside it has a couple nuggets:

1) President Obama and former President Clinton both made personal calls of encouragement

2) Elin DID visit Tiger at rehab — confirming what tabloids had reported for week

3) Tiger and Elin spent Christmas together with the kids in SoCal, and while there Tiger and his mom did their yearly visit to the Buddhist monk.

The link is here.

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Both ESPN.com and the NY Daily News are reporting that Jets starting RB Thomas Jones will get cut this week. $$ seems to be the reason. My favorite Jets beat writer, Rich Cimini disagrees with this decision, saying

On the most important running play of the 2009 season — fourth-and-1 in the San Diego divisional playoff game — who did Rex Ryan want to have the ball? Jones. Despite all the Greene fireworks, the coach wanted Jones.

I rest my case.

I agree completely. You can’t trust that Shonn Greene can be your everyvdown back in his second year. Jones deserves better and could have been insurance for one more year — insurance that, as Cimini points out — could be very useful if Leon Washington is not 100% by season’s start.

This is, unfortunately the sad state of football: a business.

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They got help. They did their job. After Mount St. Mary’s upset Robert Morris the Quinnipiac University Men’s Basketball team went out and beat FDU tonight, clinching the NEC Regular Season conference title, the #1 seed in the conference tournament, home court advantage in that tournament, and if they should lose there, a bid in NIT.

Great, great stuff.

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TIGER WOODS: Gatorade Says No

Tiger Woods is no longer a representative of Gatorade. From ESPN.com:

“We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship,” a Gatorade spokeswoman said. “We wish him all the best.”

The spokeswoman said Gatorade would continue its relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

She declined to say whether his contract was terminated early because of trouble with his public image.

“We have been in discussions with Gatorade, and while we are disappointed they have decided to not continue with Tiger in their marketing plans, we appreciate their continued involvement with Tiger through his foundation,” Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg of IMG, said in an e-mail.

Surprised? Not at all. Prediction: Tiger picks up a new beverage sponsor rather quickly after he returns.

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Rich Cimini thinks one of the most popular Jets may be on the chopping block:

It’s looking and sounding more and more like Thomas Jones will get released unless he takes a pay cut. It’s one of the sad realities of the NFL. I noticed that some shrill voices are suggesting that he take a pay cut. Why should he? The man put up career numbers. Jones has too much pride to take a cut after a 1,400-yard season. Barring a last-minute change of heart, Shonn Greene will be your tailback next season. I know this: Dumping Jones will be a very unpopular move in the locker room.

This is a mistake. But unfortunately unless one side gives in I’m not sure what can be done. Greene would be a nice primary running back, however.

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With Bill Schweizer and Bill Mecca appearing on Teeing It Up this week we had 0 time for Luke Mauro’s weekly segment on the air. Here it is:

My fluke this week comes out of college basketball and the Missouri Conference Valley. That’s right, the MVC and their first place team, Northern Iowa. The Panthers are, some how, ranked 22nd in the country, but will most likely drop out of next week’s rankings. Granted, NIU is 24-4 on the year, and 14-3 in the MVC, but it’s a wonder how they cracked the top 25 when their biggest win was at home against (13-13) Boston College. Meanwhile, they lost at home to (8-18) Depaul, the last place team of the Big East, a conference that has many bubble teams and a few that deserve the ranking more than NIU. The Panthers just suffered a lost at the hands of (8-20) Evansville, who is in last place in a weak MVC conference with a 2-15 conference record. This lost, as well as others to Wichita State and Bradley, will most likely knock them out of the rankings. However, it’s a fluke that they’ve even been ranked for this long. Imagine Northern Iowa being a five or six seed in the tournament while other teams, like UConn and Louisville, may have to settle for the NIT. I’m all for small conferences being represented and getting a fair shot, but it’s odd to see NIU at number 22 while Virginia Tech (21-5), 8-4 in a good ACC conference, is on the outside looking in like many other talented teams. In my mind, NIU being ranked as high as 22 is a real fluke and they should consider themselves lucky.

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Here we go from Scottsdale:

A: Phil Mickelson (Backup: Kenny Perry)
B: Geoff Ogilvy (Backup: David Toms)
B: J.B. Holmes (Backup: Sean O’Hair)
C: Brandt Snedeker (Backup: John Merrick)

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