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Was Urlacher critical of Cuter?
Is Bobby Wade already trying to get the Vikings an edge over NFC North rival Chicago by creating friction in the Bears locker room? He started a controversy Wednesday when he told a Twin Cities radio station that Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher used a derogatory word to describe new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Urlacher denied making the comments in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Chris Paul bulking up
Chris Paul has begun most days this offseason with workouts aimed at improving his strength, and his new bulk was evident at his basketball camp. Last season, he often logged close to 40 minutes a game and was worn out by the playoffs, when New Orleans appeared punchless in a lopsided first-round loss to Denver. Paul estimated that he is now between 10 and 15 pounds heavier than he was as a rookie in 2005-06.(New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Francona, Dice-K clear the air
Red Sox manager Terry Francona yesterday cleared the air with disgruntled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, one day after the right-hander complained about the team's training regimen in a published report. Francona spoke with Matsuzaka at length over the phone, noting that he appreciated the hurler's efforts to address him in English. The team had made no secret of its disappointment with Matsuzaka for telling a Japanese web site on Tuesday that his shoulder is weak because of the team's throwing program.
(Boston Herald)
Must-See Photo
On the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays: Dwight "Superman" Howard. (AP)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Bruce Jenner
1932 -- The 10th modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles.
1976 -- Bruce Jenner sets the world record in the Olympic decathlon with 8,618 points, breaking Nikolai Avilov's mark by 164 points.
1996 -- The American softball team wins the gold medal, beating China 3-1 behind a controversial two-run homer from Dot Richardson in the first Olympic competition in that sport.


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