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With less than two months before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S.' striker situation remains a major question mark.

Other than Jozy Altidore and possibly Brian Ching, who currently is battling a hamstring injury, no other forward is a lock to be named to the 23-man roster. Charlie Davies, who was nearly killed in a one-car accident in October, is trying to make a stunning return in time for the Americans' trip to South Africa.

But if Davies can't make it back to full fitness in time, what should U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley do to bolster his strike force?

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In light of umpire Joe West's recent criticisms of the Yankees and Red Sox, a controversy has erupted over the pace of play in baseball. In the offseason, commissioner Bud Selig convened a panel of experts to discuss on-field issues, one of which was pace of play. No new rules have been put in place, but a few measures have since been discussed, from enforcing existing rules to limiting the number of mound visits per inning for both catchers and coaches.

Is pace of game a problem for you? If so, what should be done to improve it? Should there be a limit on mound visits? Should batters be allowed to step out of the box if they didn't swing at a pitch? Should umpires encourage pitchers to throw whether or not the batter is in the box?

 

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Just as he did in 2009, Red Sox icon David Ortiz is off to another slow start in Boston. After five games he has only two hits, one RBI and no home runs while striking out an AL-high nine times. He had similar difficulties at the start of last season, failing to hit a home run until late May and batting just .196 with three home runs and 55 strikeouts in his first 53 games. He eventually rebounded to hi 25 home runs and drive in 75 runs in his final 97 games but his early-season struggles are renewing fears that at age 34, Ortiz's best days are behind him.

What do you think? Should Red Sox manager Terry Francona bench one of the most popular players in franchise history? Should he be a platoon player? Or should the Red Sox stick with Ortiz and hope he returns to the Big Papi of old?

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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season, Jon Heyman is reporting. ""I did make a mistake and I regret that I did it," Washington said. Tell us what you think: Should the Rangers have fired Washington immediately? Should they fire him now? Should MLB be testing players, as well as coaches and managers, for recreational drugs?

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As the regular season comes to a close, awards season starts in earnest. And when it comes to national player of the year, two players appear to stand out above the rest: Ohio State's Evan Turner and Kentucky's John Wall.

While Stewart Mandel thinks Turner deserves the honor for his all-around dominance, Andy Staples stumps for Wall and his uncanny ability to single-handedly break down a defense.

The question is, what do you think: Turner or Wall? Or do you have someone else in mind, such as No. 1 Syracuse's star player, Wes Johnson? Is there an overlooked candidate who deserves heavy consideration (Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin, New Mexico's Darington Hobson or BYU's Jimmer Fredette)?

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