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Isiah Thomas said his mind never left basketball during a three-week trial on sexual harassment charges.

I believe it. The guy's definitely been doing a lot of hand-checking.


Former Wizard Kwame Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft, has been charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer in Valdosta, Ga.

The Lakers filed a suit against Brown, charging him with interfering with their chances of winning.


Switching the baseball, the Giants are looking to add a bat to their lineup and are expected to tangle 14-game-winner Noah Lowry because Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are untouchables.

I'm just saying…

Johan Santana could be available in a trade. Just not sure what it would take to get him.

The Braves are expected to raise their $84 million payroll slightly, but about $65 of that bundle goes to Mark Teixeira, Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson, John Smoltz and Mike Hampton.

Jones told Atlanta reporters that if there's a better defensive outfielder than Andruw Jones, "I can't imagine it and certainly haven't seen it."

The Braves could offer Andruw Jones arbitration, but aren't expected to do so. They got burned once when another Scott Boras client, Greg Maddux, accepted it in 2003 and reeled in a $14.75 million salary that forced the Braves to trade Kevin Millwood to stay within their budget.

Boras said on Tuesday there's no way Jones would have accepted arbitration, but the Braves aren't taking any chances. They want to sign Mark Teixeira to a long-term deal before he becomes a free agent after next season. They need the financial flexibility. And sadly, I see it happening.

Not long ago, someone in the Orioles' organization who spoke to Teixeira said the Severna Park native expressed how he wanted to play here. I'm not confident.


I asked Buck Martinez, part of the MASN broadcast team who phoned into The Anita Marks Show yesterday, about rumors he could be the next Royals manager. He implied they're just a media creation. But I'd like the see the guy get another shot after being burned in Toronto.

You think the Mets wish they still had Manny Acta in the organization?

In case you missed it, the Orioles outrighted J.R. House, Rob Bell and Gustavo Molina to Triple-A Norfolk. And the White Sox outrighted former Oriole Luis Terrero to Triple-A Charlotte.