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  1. BBQ Pulled Pork

     

    Prep time: 10 minutes

    Cook time: 4 hours on high [8 hours on low]

     

    Ingredients:

    2-3 lbs lean boneless pork roast

    1 large walla walla onion or vidalia onions, sliced

    2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

    28 ounces barbecue sauce (whatever your favorite one is)

    8 hamburger buns

    1 c. of ginger ale

     

    Directions:

    1. Place pork roast in crockpot.

    2. Add onion and Worcestershire sauce.

    3. Cover roast with water.

    4. Crock on high for 4 hours [low for 8 hours].

    5. Remove roast and onions and place in a large bowl, discarding the ginger ale and meat juice.

    6. Fork-shred the pork, discarding any fat (if necessary).

    7. Return shredded meat and onions to crockpot.

    8. Dump the sauce over it and crock an hour or so on low until heated thoroughly.

    9. Serve on toasted buns.

     

    *I threw some shredded ginger and diced dried cherries in there for some extra kick and sweetness.

    *I plan on trying this again with pineapple juice, cayenne pepper, and a couple shots of Jack Daniels

    Pulled pork is good.

  2. I still can't believe we gave up Kotsay to the Padres for Dan Miceli. What was the reason behind that? Educate me. Seriously?

    We didn't

     

    We traded Kotsay for Eric Owens and Matt Clement

    Owned.

  3. Wildcard Weekend (Jan. 5-6)

    Pittsburgh

    San Diego

     

    Divisional Weekend (Jan. 12-13)

    New England

    Indianapolis

     

    AFC Championship Game (Jan. 20)

    New England

     

    NFC Schedule:

     

    Wildcard Weekend (Jan. 5-6)

    Washington

    Tampa Bay

     

    Divisional Weekend (Jan. 12-13)

    Dallas

    Tampa

     

    NFC Championship Game (Jan. 20)

    Tampa

     

    Super Bowl XLII (Feb. 3)

    Tampa

     

    WC 1 + D 2 + C 4 + SB 0 = 7

  4. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dw...e.3b085d1a.html

     

    The Texas Rangers spent most of 2007 trying to build up the starting pitching depth in the organization. Friday, they put that depth to use.

     

    The Rangers reached into their stock of young starters and used one, Edinson Volquez, to address one of their more pressing needs, the outfield. The Rangers, sources confirmed, have agreed to send Volquez and minor league pitcher Daniel Herrera to Cincinnati for power-hitting Josh Hamilton.

     

    In a way, it's a trade of one successful rebuilding project for another. While Volquez worked his way back from Class A last year to have a successful September for the Rangers, Hamilton overcame a long history of injuries and addiction issues to have an impressive rookie season for the Reds.

     

    Hamilton, who will turn 27 in May, hit .292 with a .922 on-base-plus-slugging average in 90 games. He also hit 19 home runs and drove in 47 runs.

     

    It was the latest chapter in a comeback for the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft that included going three seasons without playing due to recreational drug problems. Failed drug tests also led to a year-long suspension by Major League Baseball in 2004. Hamilton has said in the past that drug problems arose after several seasons in the minors ended prematurely because of injuries that left him with lots of time on his hands.

     

    After getting clean in 2006, he started on the road back by playing 15 games at short-season Class A ball. His talent was judged mature enough that Cincinnati traded up during the December Rule 5 draft to get him when the Tampa Bay declined to put him on its roster. Hamilton then won an outfield job. He missed two weeks in May with gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the intestines), another month with a sprained wrist and the final three weeks of the season with a sore hamstring.

     

    But in the time that he was healthy over the final four months of the season, he appeared to refine his game even more. He batted .313 with a .389 on-base percentage and a .964 OPS. Among the 144 NL players with at least 200 plate appearances in that span, Hamilton ranked 15th in the league in OPS.

     

    Hamilton gives the Rangers options in the outfield. An above-average fielder, defender, he could be used in center field. But the club could also opt to move him to a corner to try to lessen his the wear and tear on his body. Marlon Byrd and David Murphy could split time in center. Milton Bradley or Frank Catalanotto could split the left field and DH duties, depending upon Bradley's health.

     

    The trade also opens the door for another young pitcher ? Luis Mendoza, Armando Galarraga, Josh Rupe, A.J. Murray or even Eric Hurley ? to win a spot in the starting rotation. Mendoza, Murray and Galarraga all had brief but impressive auditions as starters. Rupe went to camp last year with a good chance to win the fifth starter's job. Hurley is the club's top pitching prospect. The Rangers have also expressed at least mild interest in veteran free agents Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Jason Jennings, all of whom are recovering from injury.

  5. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3157227

     

    West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez informed his players at a 1:30 p.m. meeting Sunday that he was leaving to become the new coach at Michigan.

     

    Rodriguez met with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin on Friday to talk about the Wolverines' coaching job.

     

    Rodriguez and his agent were in Toledo to talk with Martin and university president Mary Sue Coleman, according to Sporting News Radio, which cited unidentifed sources.

     

     

    The meeting was confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday afternoon by a source close to the situation.

     

    Rodriguez, 44, was back in Morgantown on Friday after taking a flight from Ohio, and unwilling to talk about any possible interest in the Michigan job.

     

    "Going to practice. I'm going to practice," he told The Associated Press on Friday, getting into his car after a trip to Toledo.

     

    Rodriguez again refused to discuss Michigan's vacant coaching job on Saturday.

     

    At the opening of a previously scheduled news conference about West Virginia's trip to the Fiesta Bowl, Rodriguez said he would only talk about the game against Oklahoma (No. 4 BCS, No. 3 AP).

     

    "It may be disappointing to you, but I am not going to talk about any rumors or innuendo or jobs or what else is floating out there," Rodriguez said.

     

     

    "I'm not going to address the rumors or anything of that nature," Rodriguez said. "If any questions are asked about that, the press conference will be over."

     

    The questions about Michigan persisted, and Rodriguez fired back.

     

    "You all have not understood what I just said. One more question and this conference, unfortunately, and you all have been super, but if the questions persist outside of that then this thing will be over," he said.

     

    A reporter then asked whether Rodriguez would coach the team in the Fiesta Bowl.

     

    "You're a tricky guy," Rodriguez said.

     

    Some players indicated Rodriguez hadn't spoken to them about Michigan and that they were under orders to keep quiet.

     

    "I'm not supposed to talk about that. I'm sorry," offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek said Saturday.

     

    West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong spoke with Rodriguez on Saturday.

     

    "We talked about general issues within the football program," Pastilong told The Charleston Gazette, declining to be more specific.

     

    Pastilong, who didn't immediately return a telephone message to The Associated Press, told the newspaper "we'll know something very fast" in regard to Rodriguez's decision.

     

    Michigan, which lured basketball coach John Beilein away from West Virginia last April, is looking for a replacement for football coach Lloyd Carr, who announced his retirement Nov. 19 after 13 seasons.

     

    Pastilong said he was unaware Rodriguez, who has a hefty buyout clause in his contract, was in Toledo.

     

    "He has not shared that with me," Pastilong told The Associated Press.

     

    Pastilong would not say whether West Virginia had given Michigan permission to talk to Rodriguez, citing university policy.

     

    When asked further whether he knew Rodriguez was talking to Michigan, Pastilong said, "Rich has not mentioned anything of that nature to me. Secondly, we have a strong commitment with Rich, a strong contract. We're strongly committed to him and he's strongly committed to us.

     

    "I think it would be unusual that he would be doing that without sharing it with us."

     

    Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said he was unaware of any talks.

     

    On the day Carr announced he was stepping down, Martin said he hoped to complete the hiring process quickly.

     

    But LSU's Les Miles withdrew from consideration before he was scheduled to meet with Martin and signed a contract extension with the Tigers.

     

    Rutgers' Greg Schiano said last week after being contacted about the Michigan job that he was staying with the Scarlet Knights.

     

    After a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale knocked West Virginia out of the national championship game, Rodriguez said he wasn't going to be on the move.

     

    "The impact of your name being thrown about is sometimes a little overrated. It probably makes for a lot of angst among families and we don't want that," he said. "Sorry but you all are stuck with me here."

     

    Rodriguez has a 60-26 record at West Virginia. The Big East champion Mountaineers (10-2) play No. 3 Oklahoma (11-2) next month in the Fiesta Bowl.

     

    Last December, Rodriguez agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2013 after he turned down a lucrative offer from Alabama. The extension includes a $4 million buyout clause if he leaves before August 2008. That doubles the amount from the previous contract.

     

    Beilein had a $2.5 million buyout clause in his West Virginia contract, but under an agreement with the university he agreed to pay $1.5 million to the WVU Foundation for leaving for Michigan with five years remaining in his contract.

     

    Information from ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel and The Associated Press and was used in this report

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