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With the A-Rod negotiations taking a complete 180 in the past 24-48 hours the coverage from around the media world is rather mixed. Both ESPN and Fox Sports are reporting that A-Rod has taken on the negotiating duties himself, leaving out his agent Scott Boras.

Here’s the statement Rodriguez released to the media…

After spending time with Cynthia and my family over these last few weeks, it became clear to me that I needed to make an attempt to engage the Yankees regarding my future with the organization.

Prior to entering into serious negotiations with other clubs, I wanted the opportunity to share my thoughts directly with Yankees’ ownership. We know there are other opportunities for us, but Cynthia and I have a foundation with the club that has brought us comfort, stability and happiness.

As a result, I reached out to the Yankees through mutual friends and conveyed that message. I also understand that I had to respond to certain Yankees concerns, and I was receptive and understanding of that situation.

Cynthia and I have since spoken directly with the Steinbrenner family. During these healthy discussions, both sides were able to share honest feelings and hopes with one another, and we expect to continue this dialogue with the Yankees over the next few days.

Translation: Since my super agent mis-read the market place and no other team is willing to pay my astronomical asking price, I unfortunately must crawl back to the Yankees with my tail between my legs. On the flip side, I am still the highest paid player in baseball so to everyone laughing at this event I will now go and figure out a way to spend $300 million dollars.

With mega-agent Scott Boras apparently on the outside looking in during the A-Rod negotiations, Ken Rosenthal has the baseball world enjoying Boras’ failure.

Buster Olney asks how much negative publicity has A-Rod garnered over the past 18 days?

Reputed Boras buddy Jon Heyman has his take on the negotiations, telling us the contrary..

“Yankees people denied suggestions in a report that Rodriguez was handling the situation solo, saying Boras, his longtime agent, was intimately involved. Boras has been with A-Rod in Miami the past four days.”

Wallace Matthews of Newsday says this is all just a negotiating ploy, premeditated by A-Rod’s agent Scott Boras.

The Big Lead has an A-Rod FAQ to help guide you through the negotiations.

Around The Web

As far as the other big free agent 3B on the market, Rob Bradford shoots down the Channel 7 report, saying the Braves and Cardinals have not made 4-year offers to Mike Lowell.

A few NFL teams blew past the Colts in Dr. Z’s weekly Power Rankings. The Jets managed to move into the #2 spot during their bye week, #2 from the bottom that is. J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS!

Within his weekly 32 Questions, Michael Silver wonders if the Jets can surpass the Dolphins in the race for the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.

John Czarnecki, a.k.a. The NFL Czar takes on the part of a miracle worker as he attempts to fix the NFL’s 5 worst franchises.

Mike Reiss has the Pats preparing for a cold, wet game on Sunday night.

Peter King leads off his weekly mailbag with his theory on the revolving door that is the running back position in the NFL. Peter argues that a team does not need to spend inordinate amounts of money on a free agent “franchise” running back.

Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders has the weekly NFL Rundown.

Over on Ed Berliner’s Speeding Bullet Network, Jonathan Comey of Cold Hard Football Facts discusses Sunday’s Pats-Bills matchup.

ESPN is dominating in the ratings.

Manny was able to sell his car, getting a nice premium on the asking price.

According to this story, Tony Kornheiser is big amongst incarcerated men.

If you can come up with a caption for this Kevin Garnett picture, you can win a free t-shirt.

Colts GM Bill Polian takes on the officials and answers some questions in his weekly Q & A.

Joe Sports Fan is back with this week’s Media Circus.

Awful Announcing has your announcing schedule for the NFL Week #11.

Tonight on TV

The Bruins will skate tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden in search of their 9th win. Standing in their way are the 7-7-3-2 Toronto Maple Leafs. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00PM on NESN.

In case you were wondering who the #2 college football team in the BCS Standings is, you will have your chance to see them tonight. The #2 ranked Oregon Ducks (8-1) head to Arizona to take on the (4-6) University of Arizona. Kickoff is at 9:00PM on ESPN.

For the boxing fans, former World Champion Hasim Rahman (44-6, 35 KOs) takes on Sherman Williams (33-10, 19 KOs) in a 10 round Heavyweight bout. The bout is being broadcast on the Versus network beginning at 9:00PM