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Reid's personal life influenced Vick deal
The Eagles' decision to sign Michael Vick was driven by coach Andy Reid, who made it clear after the 27-25 loss that he felt as though Vick deserved a chance to turn his life around. "I'm a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance," Reid said. "Michael has done that. I've done a tremendous amount of homework on this, and I've followed his progress. He has some great people in his corner, and he has proven that he's on the right track." Reid also admitted that his personal life influenced his strong feelings about Vick, referring to the arrests of his two sons, Britt and Garrett, on drug charges.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
Piniella on Cubs hot seat?
As the Cubs continued their mid-summer swoon Thursday with a 6-1 loss to the Phillies at Wrigley Field, manager Lou Piniella is beginning to receive heat for his underachieving ballclub. The Cubs have lost seven of eight after being swept by the Phillies, falling 4 1/2 games behind the idle Cardinals. Before the skid, the Cubs had won 16 of 22 to move from fourth place and 4 1/2 games back into a first-place tie. Does Piniella's track record keep him immune from being a target of criticism, or is he in danger of receiving the same kind of scrutiny Dusty Baker had in his final two seasons with the Cubs?
(Chicago Tribune)
D-Wade: I won't play for Knicks, Nets
If the Knicks and Nets are thinking of perhaps using Dwyane Wade as a lure for the like of LeBron James, they might want to re-think the position. That's because Wade isn't even thinking of them. "Not in my mind," Wade said yesterday when asked if the Knicks and Nets had a shot at his services. "I'm not thinking about the Knicks or the Nets. Only when we play them."
(New York Post)
Must-See Photo
Kytra Hunter dismounts from the parallel bars during her routine yesterday on the first day of the women's competition at the U.S. gymnastics championships in Dallas. (AP)
Must-See Video
Donovan McNabb reacts to the Eagles' surprise signing of Michael Vick.

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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Bob Gibson
1903 -- James Jeffries successfully defends his world heavyweight title against former champion James J. Corbett in San Francisco.
1936 -- The United States wins the first Olympic basketball tournament at the Berlin Olympics.
1971 -- Bob Gibson of the Cardinals throws a no-hitter against the Pirates -- the first at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field in 61 years.


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