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Jan 13th 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Wednesday’s Water Cooler – January 13, 2010

Here we go with today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter topics…well, the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.

Enjoy!

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First Big Mac lands a new job. Then Lane Kiffin does. So what’s the message to our children this week – corruption pays? Let’s catch up on the news.

NCAA football news: Kiffin spurns Tennessee for Southern Cal

Lane Kiffin’s tumultuous run as Tennessee head coach lasted just one season. He couldn’t resist the allure of USC.

So, after he went 5-15 with the Oakland Raiders and went 7-6 in his first season as a college head coach, he earns one of the most coveted jobs in sports? Hmm. Hey, on the bright side, every kid wants to attend USC. That means Kiffin won’t need any special help recruiting this time around.

NCAA basketball news: Kansas coming apart at the seams?

The news wasn’t all bad at Tennessee this week, as the Volunteers stunned No. 1 Kansas last Sunday night. The ripple effect could be the start of a locker-room rift in Kansas. Sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor hinted to the media that he and perhaps some teammates were unhappy with their roles. It seems there’s a drawback to having so much talent on one team after all; everyone wants the ball all the time. Coach Bill Self has to nip this in the butt quickly.

MLB news: Canseco challenges McGwire to public polygraph test; FOX interested?

OK, so FOX hasn’t officially expressed interest, but it’s only a matter of time. Still claiming that he injected McGwire with steroids in bathroom stalls, Jose Canseco challenged Mark McGwire, who called him a liar, repeat his claim under a nationally televised polygraph test. He also lambasted Cardinals manager Tony La Russa for saying he only discovered Big Mac’s steroid use this week. La Russa, of course, managed both McGwire and Canseco during Oakland’s glory days in the late 1980s.Online Sports Betting at Sportsbook

What do we do with this one? Canseco speaks with such conviction about his steroid exploits. But he also plays beer league softball. And fights 7’2” guys in MMA. It’s tough to take him seriously.

It seems baseball’s first financial intervention has occurred. Major League Baseball and the Players Union teamed up to slam the Florida Marlins for never, ever spending any money. The Marlins stinginess has gotten so bad that the MLB began to wonder if Florida ownership was tucking its chunk of league-shared revenue under its mattress.

You’d think the Pirates had the same problem. But no – they probably lost the money. Or had it stolen at lunch time. Or gave it to Manatee College.

NBA News: Grizzlies rally from poor play, building evacuation to beat Clippers

Late the third quarter of last night’s Clippers/Grizzlies game, a broken water main forced everyone – players, broadcasters and fans – out of the FedEx Forum in an emergency evacuation. The Clippers, who led by 12 at that point, waited on their team bus while the hometown crowd moved across the street.

Eventually, play resumed and the break helped Memphis. They rallied past a discombobulated Clippers team to steal the game 104-102. Could this happen to any team other than the Clippers?

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