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Report: Brady to have surgery

Tom Brady's foot became a quickly trending topic in New England on Wednesday. [Brady] is expected to undergo foot surgery [Thursday] afternoon at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a source close to the situation. The operation, to be performed by Patriots team physician George Theodore, will address a lingering stress fracture in the quarterback's right foot. There is a small chance Brady will push back the surgery to Monday but no further. Brady dealt with the injury throughout the season, receiving treatment from the team's medical staff, but since the stress fracture remains, it was determined that surgery was the best option, said the source. (Boston Globe) Comment

Pettitte throwing? Girardi optimistic

Andy Pettitte may not be off the grid, after all. [It] may be an encouraging sign for the Yankees that the left-hander has at least picked up a baseball this winter. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday that he had spoken to Pettitte in the last week and that the hurler was starting to get into baseball shape, just in case he decides to pitch in 2011. "I believe he is throwing," Girardi said at Yankee Stadium. "He wants to be prepared, whatever his decision is." ... For now, Girardi said he is looking at his rotation on paper without Pettitte, but holding out hope that won't have to be the case in three weeks. (MLB.com) Comment

Broncos, Eagles taken for ride by Mora

Presented with the options, hot assistant coach prospect and former head coach Jim Mora may have decided he was better off not working at all. The Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, may feel like they were taken for a ride. Mora, a former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach, declined defensive coordinator offers Wednesday from the Broncos and the Eagles. One factor in Mora's change of heart, according to an NFL source, is that the Seahawks are still paying him a head coaching salary for one more season. He wouldn't get that full payout from Seattle if he accepted another job. ... With Mora out, the Broncos' new list of defensive coordinator candidates could include Mike Trgovac, who is the Green Bay Packers' defensive line coach. Trgovac was Fox's defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers from 2003-08. (Denver Post) Comment

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Arsenal's Robin van Persie (left) scores past Leeds goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during an FA Cup third-round replay Wednesday at Elland Road Stadium. (AP)

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The Packers-Bears rivalry is heating up at the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Elvin Hayes
  • 1950 -- The NFL Rules Committee votes to allow unlimited free substitutions.
  • 1968 -- Houston's Elvin Hayes pours in 39 points to lead the Cougars past top-ranked UCLA and Lew Alcindor.
  • 1980 -- President Jimmy Carter proposes that the Moscow Olympics be moved, postponed or canceled if the Soviet Union refuses to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, an ultimatum that leads to the United States' boycott of the event.

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