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How much Super Bowl ring was auctioned for

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How much Super Bowl ring was auctioned for

From Comcast SportsNet Friday, August 5, 2011

A Super Bowl ring belonging to Green Bay Packers great Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston sold for 50,788 at an auction in Rosemont, Ill. on Thursday night. The sale was ordered by the U. S. government, which says Thurston owes about 1.7 million in back taxes. Heritage Auctions said the buyer wishes to remain anonymous. It is not clear what the buyer intends to do with the ring. The ring originally was expected to sell for about 20,000. "A price realized like this, and with such spirited bidding, just shows how beloved Fuzzy Thurston still is," said Chris Ivy, director of vintage sports memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. "While the circumstances surrounding the auction of this ring are sad ones, we all hope that it works out for Fuzzy and that somehow the ring can make it back to him." After news of Thurston's tax troubles were made public earlier this year, some Packers fans expressed hope that somebody would buy the ring and give it back to Thurston. Thurston, 77, was an offensive lineman for the Packers during the team's glory years under coach Vince Lombardi. The tax fight stems from Thurston's post-Packers days, when he and his business partners opened a chain of restaurants. According to a federal complaint, Thurston and the others withheld federal income taxes from employee salaries but failed to turn all the money over to the Internal Revenue Service. After a court fight, Thurston was ordered to pay about 190,000 in 1984. With interest, the debt now stands at just over 1.7 million, according to court documents.

Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

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Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

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On Friday morning, the Warriors announced that Draymond Green is going to play on Friday night against the Pelicans.

After shootaround, Draymond talked about the left knee strain he sustained on Tuesday.

"It didn't lock up. I tweaked it. I was concerned. I honestly thought it was my meniscus. It was a big relief," Draymond told reporters in New Orleans. "The next day when I woke up, the pain was a little better.

"As that day went on -- once I got the MRI, I got it early - -and then I went and got treatment and it felt a lot better.

"I hadn't even got the results but I was pretty confident at that point."

Draymond sustained the injury late in the third quarter against Houston and did not play in the fourth quarter.

He registered nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before exiting.

Dusty Baker out as Nationals manager

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Dusty Baker out as Nationals manager

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals say manager Dusty Baker won’t be back next season.

The team announced the move Friday.

Baker led the Nationals to the NL East title in each of his two years with the club. But Washington lost its NL Division Series both times.

His contract expired at the end of this season.