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BASKETBALLBryant: Italy is 'very possible'

Kobe Bryant said it's "very possible" he will play in Italy during the NBA lockout. Virtus Bologna has made several contract offers to the Los Angeles Lakers star. Bryant discussed the offer with the Gazzetta dello Sport during a sponsor's appearance in Milan yesterday. "It would be a dream for me," Bryant said, according to the Gazzetta. Virtus told The Associated Press that the latest talks are centered on a $2.5-million offer for 10 games over 40 days from Oct. 9 to Nov. 16. The deal would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends. The 33-year-old Bryant spent several years in Italy when his father, Joe Bryant, played on five teams from 1984-91. "It's a huge honor for me to return to Italy. It's home for me," Bryant said in fairly fluent Italian in a video posted on the Gazzetta website.


Atlantic 10 tourney at Barclays

The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that its men's basketball tournament would move to the Barclays Center, the new Brooklyn home of the Nets. The five-year deal starts in 2013.


Vick says he will start

Michael Vick practiced and said there's a "100 percent" chance he will start when the Eagles host San Francisco on Sunday. He was initially diagnosed with a broken, non-throwing hand that was hurt in the loss to the Giants four days ago. But tests on Monday revealed he had a contusion on his right hand. -- AP

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