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Crabtree won't sign until September
A source said that Michael Crabtree almost certainly will sign, unless he's crazy enough to start skipping game-checks, which he probably isn't, but that it won't be until in the weeks or days before the 49ers' Sept. 13 regular-season opener. The key: agent Eugene Parker doesn't want to budge, well, at least until September, on his demands for a slot-busting deal that would get Crabtree something close to one of the biggest guarantees among the rookie deals of '09, despite his being drafted 10th. Parker's reputation, for now and in recruiting for future No. 1 picks, is at stake.
(San Jose Mercury News)
Vick spotted in Chicago
Multiple league sources say that Michael Vick came into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday night but that has visit has nothing to do with the Bears. Vick is believed to be in town to take part in some type of charity work related to the time he spent in federal prison for his role in a dog fighting ring.(Chicago Sun Times)
More details to come in Pitino saga?
There is a morals clause in section six, page eight of Rick Pitino's lucrative contract that allows the school to fire him with just cause for acts of "moral depravity" or being dishonest with the university. It also allows him to be terminated with cause for generating disparaging publicity, if it is caused by his "willful conduct that could objectively be determined to bring the employee in public dispute or scandal, or which tends to greatly offend the public." Louisville president Dr. Ramsey will have the final say on this one and has indicated he will meet with Jurich and others on the matter. But, if we are to believe the prepared statement Ramsey made Tuesday night after the story broke in which he indicated he had "been informed that there may be other details, which if true, I find surprising," he may feel Pitino was not totally forthcoming in his mea culpa. Ramsey had a chance to give Pitino a public endorsement at a press conference for another topic yesterday, but chose not to comment.
(New York Daily News)
Must-See Photo
Benny Feilhaber, center, of the US national soccer team, reacts after being hit by Nery Castillo of Mexico in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier game. (AP)
Must-See Video
Jim Zorn and more at the 1981 Seattle Seahawks training camp.

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1991 -- Michael Ray Barrowman sets a world record in the 200m breaststroke.
1988 -- The Boston Red Sox win an AL record 24 straight home games.
1961 -- Louise Suggs wins the LPGA Kansas City Golf Open.


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