Morning Jolt: Bears' 2010 message: Win or else
Training camp isn't just about optimism. Most NFL teams have a lot to prove when they report to training camp, but that's especially true about a Bears team that likely will be dismantled if the playoffs remain out of reach for a fourth consecutive season. General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith already have been given notice: Win or else. But they aren't the only ones with much at stake. For the entire Bears organization -- from ownership to administrators to coaches to players -- the buck stops in 2010. (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
As Miguel Tejada's name swirls around in the possible trade blender, St. Louis, apparently, is out. The Cardinals contacted the Orioles about Tejada, reports [the St. Louis Post-Dispatch], but there was "no traction" for a trade. ... Tejada is drawing lukewarm interest from the Yanks, according to [the New York Post]. The former AL MVP is Philadelphia's top infield target, according to [an ESPN.com report] and the Padres are interested in the longtime shortstop, too. The 36-year-old makes $6MM this season (about $2.3MM remains) and he projects as a Type B free agent, though he's close to Type A status. That likely won't matter, since Tejada is hitting .271/.309/.364 and an arbitration offer seems unlikely. (MLB Trade Rumors) Comment
Things may get worse for the Timberwolves before they get better. If the Nets had won both games against the T-Wolves last season, rather than vice versa, Minnesota would have owned the league's worst record. There's an excellent chance that will happen this season, especially after Minny gave up on supposed franchise player Al Jefferson, giving him to the Jazz for draft picks. That may be a smart long-term move as the 'Wolves try to become a running team. But even after adding Michael Beasley and drafting Wesley Johnson, they may give the 1972-73 Sixers a run for their money as the worst team in NBA history. (FOXSports.com) Comment
MLS All-Stars keeper Nick Rimando fails to save a shot by Manchester United's Darron Gibson in an exhibition game at Reliant Stadium on Wednesday. Man. U. won, 5-2. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Dads and their babies catching foul balls.
- SI Vault: More 1996 Olympics
- 1986 -- The United States Football League wins and loses in its lawsuit against the NFL. The jury finds that the NFL violated antitrust laws, as the USFL claimed, but awards the USFL only $1 in damages.
- 1996 -- Record-setting sprinter Michael Johnson sweeps to victory in an Olympic 400-meter record 43.49 seconds, while Carl Lewis leaps into history in Atlanta. Lewis' long jump of 27-10¾ earns him his ninth gold medal, equaling the American mark held by swimmer Mark Spitz.
- 2008 -- Disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy admits that he'd brought shame on his profession as a federal judge sentenced him to 15 months behind bars for a gambling scandal.