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  • NBA rules could bench Kobe Bryant Wednesday

    US PresswireThe Los Angeles Lakers will play their first game back from the All-Star break Wednesday, but the team may take the floor without 14-time All-Star Kobe Bryant.

    "A new NBA policy could prevent Bryant from playing Wednesday after a neurologist diagnosed him Tuesday with a concussion from a hard foul by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade in Sunday's All-Star game," the Los Angeles Times wrote.

    The paper points out that the league's new policy says that "a player must be symptom-free for 24 hours and then complete a series of steps to confirm he was healthy enough for competition." It isn't clear if Bryant has gone through these steps, but he will visit with a neurologist Wednesday.

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  • Raptors decline offers for Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa

    uspresswireThe NBA trade deadline is March 15 and the 10-24 Toronto Raptors, who have the fourth-worst record in the league, have already had a "multitude of offers" for point guard Jose Calderon and guard Leandro Barbosa.

    However, the team has said no to everything so far, according to the Toronto Sun. The paper also notes that "Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo has said in the past that he is interested in extended Barbosa, who will be unrestricted this season."

    If Barbosa does get dealt, though, sources tell the paper that it could be in an "extend-and-trade scenario."

    Meanwhile, the Sun reports that even though the Raptors would love to have swingman Wilson Chandler on the roster, it isn't likely that the team will make an offer to the restricted free agent before the Thursday deadline because Toronto doesn't "have the cap space to submit an offer Denver would not match."

    Sources tell the paper that "Toronto has balked at Chandler's asking price, but has not completely closed

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  • Plaxico Burress wants to play for Eagles

    US PresswireThe New York Jets would like to have wide receiver Plaxico Burress back on their roster next season, according to the New York Post, but he says he would like to pull on the uniform of the Philadelphia Eagles next year.

    Burress gained himself some lifelong fans in the Big Apple when he scored the Super Bowl-winning touchdown for the New York Giants back in 2008 with the clock running down, but also then got himself a lot more attention when he shot himself in the leg in a nightclub and got sent off to the slammer. He told a Philadelphia radio station Tuesday that he'd love to join the Birds next season, the Post reports.

    "Nothing else would make me happier," Burress told the station, according to the paper. "Obviously, coming to Philadelphia and instituting myself to the offense it just adds a unique dynamic to what's already in place."

    The 34-year-old Burress, who was selected eighth overall in the 2000 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Michigan State, caught the ball 45 times

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  • Jazz open to trading Devin Harris

    US PresswirePoint guard Devin Harris has appeared in 49 games for the Utah Jazz since being traded there from the New Jersey Nets at the deadline last year as part of the Deron Williams deal.

    The Jazz have already seen enough of Harris. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the team is "open to moving" the 29-year-old Harris and reserve small forward C.J. Miles "could be made available in the right situation."

    No deal is imminent, the paper notes, and "Utah also doesn't feel pressure to move starting big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to make room for young power forward Derrick Favors and center Enes Kanter in the near future."

    Harris, an All-Star back in 2009, is averaging 9.3 points, 4.6 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game for the 15-18 Jazz, who are only 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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  • Patriots ask Chad Ochocinco to restructure deal

    US PresswireNew England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco had career lows of 15 receptions, 276 yards and one touchdown last season, and the team is on the hook for a $3 million base salary in 2012 and 2013.

    The Patriots would like to find a way to change that financial burden, though. Sports Business Journal reports that the team has gone to the six-time Pro Bowler to ask if he will restructure his contract at all. Details of the proposal remain unclear, NESN notes.

    Ochocinco joined the Pats after spending a decade with the Cincinnati Bengals. For his career, he's had 766 receptions for 11,059 yards and 68 touchdowns.

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