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• Michael Phelps makes his first public comments on his photo controversy.
• Corporate sponsors are distancing themselves from Phelps -- but his mom's endorsements don't appear to be in jeopardy. [Sports Biz with Darren Rovell/CNBC.com]
• Why Derek Jeter should no longer be a shortstop or something. [The Big Lead]
• Sarah Palin says Bristol was, in fact, named after the ESPN studio location. [Wonkette]
• Ten ways to improve the Pro Bowl. (No. 1: Don't play it at all.): [Sporting News]
• Odds for who is going to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. [YepYep]
• Read Larry Fitzgerald Sr.'s game story from Super Bowl XLIII. [Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder]
• Why L.A. and the MLS will not miss David Beckham. [The Guardian]