Talking Points: Trophy sock

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Curt Schilling wants to unload his bloody sock on one lucky (?) fan.

According to an Associated Press report on Thursday, Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher, plans to auction the sock he wore during the 2004 playoffs.

The white athletic sock gained prominence while Schilling pitched against the New York Yankees. His injured right ankle began to bleed, staining his sock. The same thing happened while Schilling won Game 2 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and that particular sock is set be sold through Heritage Auctions.

Online bidding begins on Feb. 4 for the bloody sock that previously has been on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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The best response during Chip Kelly's introductory press conference as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach on Thursday came after an inquiry on his commitment to the NFL ranks.

"I'm all in," said Kelly, who coached the Oregon Ducks for four seasons before accepting his first NFL job. "I think it was (Hernán) Cortés who burned the boats. I've burned the boats. I'm not going back. I'm in. I'm an NFL coach and this is where I want to be."

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News that should make Trail Blazer rookie Joel Freeland proud: the NBA plans to schedule more preseason games in the United Kingdom, Freeland’s home country. Before the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons played Thursday in London, deputy commissioner Adam Silver even addressed the long-shot possibility of the league expanding to the UK.

“The potential is there,” Silver said. “It’s a complex issue, as to whether the NBA should be expanding or if we should relocate franchises.”

“It’s a long horizon in 20 years. The international opportunity is a huge one for the NBA.”

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