According to ESPN's Joe Schad, college football players who accept improper extra benefits at the end of their amateur careers could be subject to financial penalties upon entering the NFL draft, the NCAA said on Monday. Two sources involved in collaborative discussions between the NFL, NFLPA, NCAA and AFCA said that another option being discussed is 6- or 8-game suspensions in a players' rookie season. This means that if a college players' eligibility has ended under NCAA penalty, a player such as Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State or Marvin Austin of North Carolina could be subject to penalties that extend well beyond the loss of college eligibility. Of course, the NLFPA will be involved in these discussions and might argue against those type sanctions. Penalty monies could conceivably go to charity, one source said.
GM Brian Cashman said in his news conference today that the reason was personal and the decision was his. Cashman also said he expected to have a meeting tomorrow with Joe Girardi's agent. He said Girardi indicated he wants to stay as manager and the Yankees want to retain him.
(Credit: Yahoo! Sports): Iverson has agreed in principle to sign an incentive-laden, two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night. Iverson plans to sign the contract this week, the sources said, and is expected to report to Besiktas the week of Oct. 31. Iverson's contract will give him an opt-out clause after this season. There's no escape clause during the season for Iverson to leave Turkey and return to the NBA.