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Collison on the chopping block?

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Each week, KUSports.com will get you caught up on Jayhawks both former and current getting some ink from outside of the area.[Los Angeles Times: Kidd looks like the man for Team USA][1]Based on the first three days of workouts, the two most likely candidates to be cut are Seattle SuperSonics forwards Nick Collison and Kevin Durant. Although Team USA is already thin inside with Chris Bosh withdrawing from the team because of a foot injury and Collison's strength is his defense and willingness to bang inside, Krzyzewski seems to be inclined to feature more versatile perimeter players, including sharpshooters Michael Redd and Mike Miller.Local Take: Couldn't say you'd fault Coach K if he did opt for Redd or Miller over Collison. Those two probably fit a little stronger in international competition, and lets face it, Nick's no longer the same Nick who put an entire team on his back in the 2003 NCAA Tournament run...at least not offensively.[NBA.com: Celtics introduce Pollard, House at Boston Headquarters][2]Thursday, the team finalized deals with three-point specialist Eddie House and reserve big man Scot Pollard. Both players arrived in the Boston area Wednesday night, took physicals Thursday and signed their contracts with the team before meeting with the media at the Celtics' Boston office on Causeway Street.At 6'11", Pollard is a solid big man with nine years of playoff experience. A teammate of Pierce's at Kansas, Pollard knows how to bang in the paint with the big boys of the NBA and also provides depth and toughness for the Celtics in the front court."We've been talking about it all morning to each other about the teams that we have been on in the past where you get excited from the minute that you join the team or from the minute the team convenes and they get all the moves made. I'm not sure if they are done with all of the moves that they are going to make," Pollard said. "We both feel like, based on our careers, the teams that I have been on, probably three teams that I have thought from start to finish had a really good chance of being very, very good. And last year was one of them. And this team has already got that feel and we haven't even convened yet for practice. We haven't even got together. That's how I feel anyway. This is a team that from, definitely on paper and from the personnel that you see, not just on paper but the way they are. The way this veteran group is going to be together, it definitely looks very good.Local Take: Based on that picture, there wasn't the pageantry of when Garnett or Allen were introduced earlier this summer, but either way, both are good veteran adds for a team which before those moves looked on paper to be very top-heavy. It's just too bad that Pollard didn't show up in the green mohawk Paul Pierce had suggested last week.[AP: Phillies call up Yoel Hernandez to replace injured Mike Zagurski][3]The Philadelphia Phillies recalled right-hander Yoel Hernandez from Triple-A Ottawa on Sunday to replace left-hander Mike Zagurski, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.Zagurski (1-0, 5.91 ERA) was injured while trying to field a ground ball in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 11-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night._Local Take: Well, guess being on the disabled list and collecting a major league check is better than getting hurt in the minor leagues, huh? This is too bad for Zagurski, who was just recently called back up from Ottawa. He wasn't the only former Jayhawk to have a rough go at it in that Pittsburgh-Philly series though...[MLB.com: Phils use 16-hit attack to rip Bucs][4]_Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny suffered the loss, falling to 11-7 on the season. Coming into the game, the young lefty had been on a hot streak. He had given up two runs in his past 16 innings, with three walks and 13 strikeouts. He was coming off his first career shutout and his first career complete game in his last start against the Giants.Gorzelanny was tagged for five runs on nine hits in five innings of work._"We got to him, and he's got pretty good stuff," Manuel said of Gorzelanny. "[Aaron] Rowand got the big hit and [Pat] Burrell -- Rowand had a huge three-run homer and Burrell had a good night and [Jimmy] Rollins had a good night. We hit the ball good tonight. [Chris] Coste got three hits. We did some hitting."Local Take: Any starting pitcher who takes the mound 30-plus times in a season is bound to take some lumps, but as the reigning NL co-Player of the Week, it wasn't quite expected here.[The Oklahoman: Redhawks 5, New Orleans 4][5]_At the plate: The RedHawks moved within one game of division-leading New Orleans with 18 games remaining. Albuquerque (64-62) is a half game behind the Zephyrs. For the RedHawks, Nate Gold hit his 21st home run for a 3-0 lead, and Travis Metcalf had a two-out, two-run double in the fifth.Local Take: Maybe this big hit on Sunday will snap Metcalf from the funk he's endured since being sent down to AAA from the big club earlier this month. In 17 games with Oklahoma, the Jayhawks' all-time home run leader is hitting just .155 with six RBI and a .231 on-base percentage. [1]: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw-hoops18aug18,1,6093717.story [2]: http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/notes/notes080907-pollard-house.html [3]: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/baseball/mlb/wires/08/19/2010.ap.bbn.phillies.move.0133/ [4]: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070817&content_id=2154276&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb [5]: http://newsok.com/article/3106558

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