It was in the best interest of free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano to find a team besides the Yankees willing to make him a serious offer. Even if Cano preferred to remain in New York, he'd need a second team to up his price, in case the Yankees realized that bidding against themselves was unwise. Cano is represented by Jay Z's new sports agency, and it appeared that Jay Z and fellow agent Brodie Van Wagenen had found their team: The Mariners reportedly made Cano an offer of $200 million over eight years, and according to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, they were willing to go as high as $225 million for nine years. Then Jay Z screwed it all up. Or so Feinsand claimed.
When Roger Ailes banished his one-time confidante Brian Lewis from the Fox News headquarters over the summer, potentially for leaking insider info, the company charged that Lewis had engaged in “financial irregularities” and “multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.” The fired top executive’s lawyer played hardball, noting, “Ailes and News Corp. have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis,” and things got momentarily exciting. Since then, though, nothing, probably because Fox News ponied up.
Mayor Bloomberg announced on the radio this morning that a high school in Bed-Stuy, Boys and Girls HS, will be renamed in honor of the recently deceased Nelson Mandela. This school in particular has a special connection to Mandela — the anti-Apartheid crusader visited it in 1990 during an eight-city U.S. tour five months after his release from prison. A news segment from the visit to the school shows large crowds lining the streets, admirers singing Mandela's praise, and several pairs of enormous eyeglasses:
Even the New York Post played things extremely straight this morning. The death of Nelson Mandela is resonating around the world, from Taiwan to Sweden to South Africa, and every country and culture is doing its best to honor the anti-Apartheid leader. The outpouring is apparent on newspaper front covers from across the globe, a huge number of which feature Mandela's unmistakable visage. Take a tour with the gallery below — you may not understand the words, but the images are iconic.
They still have one of the league's worst records, but the Knicks got a much-needed morale boost last night by demolishing their intra-city rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, 113-83. The Knicks ran up the score early, and passions were running high: Iman Shumpert and Andray Blatche had to be separated, Andrea Bargnani and Kevin Garnett scuffled, and Bargnani was later thrown out of the game for trash-talking Garnett (poor Kevin!). "I don’t understand Italian," Garnett told reporters after the game. "I wasn't speaking Italian," Bargnani says.
The U.S. government has renewed its effort to shut down Guantánamo Bay, but the two men who were recently released aren't celebrating. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced two detainees were transferred to their home country of Algeria, though they said they fear persecution and would rather stay in Cuba. A State Department spokesman said they're confident that Algeria will "abide by lawful procedures." Wells Dixon, a lawyer for one of the men, countered that they're just "numbers on a spreadsheet" for the agency. "I think the State Department doesn’t care if it ruins their lives," he added. They've been held since 2002 and never charged, so that seems like a good bet.
In his remarks on the death of the South African icon, President Obama described himself as "one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life." While the outpouring of condolences affirmed that everyone from John Boehner to Justin Timberlake was touched by the story of the prisoner turned president, many stars shared personal recollections of the man himself, and how his work impacted their lives. Read on for some of the most interesting tributes, from Joe Biden on visiting South Africa under apartheid to Ian McKellen on lobbying Madiba about gay rights.
The class of 242 newly minted New York City firefighters that graduated from the fire academy on Thursday was the most diverse one ever to do so, consisting of 62 percent minorities. 24 percent are black and 36 percent are Hispanic, the New York Times reports. Good news for the fire department, which has not always had the best image in this area.
When we first heard that New Jersey waitress Dana Morales, who claimed a family had stiffed her on a tip and left a homophobic note instead, had made the whole thing up, we tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. Morales had claimed she was donating the contributions people sent her in solidarity to the Wounded Warrior Project, so whatever her motive for the hoax, it didn't look financial. But now it seems not even that part was true, as Bridgewater Patch discovered on Thursday (h/t Gawker): "A Wounded Warrior representative checking for donations by her name and the ZIP codes for Bridgewater, where the restaurant is located, and Bedminster, where Morales said she lives, was unable to find any matching donations." If we still wanted to give Morales the benefit of the doubt, we'd point out she could have donated anonymously from elsewhere. But we don't.
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