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Following up from yesterday’s first-round discussion: “The Browns talked deep into Thursday night to try to close a deal with No. 1 pick Alex Mack. An agreement with the center from the University of California is expected to be completed Friday. Mack was scheduled to fly to Cleveland from California Friday morning. By the end of the day, he should sign his first contract with the Browns.” [Tony Grossi/Plain Dealer]
Was the LeBron James book release pushed to the forefront to help toss another blanket on the video release? [Barkley’s Mouth]
Second verse, same as the first: “For the second straight year, a Michigan offensive lineman is transferring, and not before firing a few parting shots toward head coach Rich Rodriguez and his assistants. Kurt Wermers’ words weren’t as pointed as those of Justin Boren in 2008, but he made similar statements about the changes in the Michigan program as he prepares to join Ball State. Wermers was initially recruited by Lloyd Carr’s staff but never played for Carr.” [Adam Rittenberg/ESPN Big Ten Blog]
Smoked weed. Got dunked on. Wears pompous t-shirts. But LeBron James also does this… [Fear the Sword]
And thoughts on the Betancourt trade: “And now we’ve come full circle. Last season, Casey Blake was dealt to the Dodgers, as he was approaching free agency. And now, Betancourt has become too expensive to hang onto. He has a 2010 option that very few teams would pick up, and there was no chance the Indians would bring him back. For a club already committed to paying Kerry Wood $10.5M in 2010, paying a declining setup man $5.4M was out of the question. He had his first bad season as a major-leaguer in 2008, and he missed over 30 games with a groin injury this year. He’s still an effective reliever, but not good enough to keep at that salary.” [Ryan/Let’s Go Tribe]