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QB Cutler angry about trade rumors

| Monday, March 2, 2009

Trade talks involving Jay Cutler have strained the relationship between the Denver Broncos' franchise quarterback and new coach Josh McDaniels.

Before Matt Cassel was traded from New England to Kansas City on Saturday, Cutler's name came up in a proposed three-way deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that would have brought Cassel to Denver and landed Cutler in South Florida.

McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator last season when he helped guide Cassel, a career backup since high school, to an 11-5 record following Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury on opening weekend.

Cutler, the 11th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2006 draft, told The Denver Post he was angry that his name even came up in trade talks and said he still feels he's on the trading block — something McDaniels denies.

• The Seattle Seahawks and free agent defensive tackle Colin Cole have agreed to a five-year, $21.4 million contract that includes $6 million in guaranteed money, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press yesterday.

• The New York Giants gave new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan some reinforcements along the line, signing free-agent defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and free-agent defensive lineman Chris Canty. Bernard signed what is believed to be a four-year, $16 million deal on Saturday night, hours after the Giants signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

• The Seton Hill women's basketball team will play host to their first West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) playoff game at 7 p.m. today. The Griffins (17-10, 14-6) will meet Glenville State (9-18, 7-13). Seton Hill defeated Glenville, 78-66, on Jan. 26 behind a 27-point effort from Katie Lintner.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

• Two Ohio State offensive linemen have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing drug paraphernalia. Eighteen-year-old Mike Adams and 19-year-old J.B. Shugarts were cited Jan. 14. Court records did not specify what type of paraphernalia police found.

• Fayetteville police arrested Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett on a public intoxication charge early Sunday outside a nightspot near campus.

MOTOR SPORTS

• Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves is set for trial today in Miami federal court on charges he used shell corporations and offshore accounts to evade paying taxes on millions in income.

SOCCER

• Manchester United won the League Cup with a 4-1 penalty shootout victory over Tottenham yesterday that kept the English Premier League leaders on course for an unprecedented five trophies this season.

TENNIS

• Mardy Fish became the first top seed in the 17-year history of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships to win the title, beating Russian qualifier Evgeny Korolev, 7-5, 6-3, yesterday.

TRACK

• Lolo Jones, the top-ranked woman in the 60-meter hurdles last year ran a 7.84 to to capture the $25,000 bonus in the Visa Championship Series yesterday, and Terrence Trammell captured the men's $25,000 Visa bonus, setting a meet record with a 7.37 in the men's 60-meter hurdles.

WINTER SPORTS

• Lindsey Vonn won her fourth straight super-G race yesterday, in 1 minute, 14.49 seconds, sweeping aside concerns caused by an injured thumb and a bruising fall in training three days ago.

• After collecting six, including four golds, the U.S. ski team has stirred up the traditional order in the sport and finally shed its image as a fringe team. In the 35 previous world championships since 1925, the U.S. won a total of three medals.

• American Steven Holcomb won the four-man bobsled title at the world championships, the first gold medal for the United States at worlds in 50 years.

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