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Burnett plunks teammates in simulated game

A.J. Burnett hasn't pitched since Oct. 2, but, in some ways, he's picking up where he left off. Among other issues, hitting batters has led to trouble for [Burnett] all year since he led AL hurlers with 19 hit batsman. That problem surfaced on Burnett's third pitch of a simulated game at Yankee Stadium when he drilled Greg Golson. Later he grazed Austin Kearns' uniform. ... Burnett hit Golson and Kearns with sliders and felt bad about it. "It stinks because they are our guys and they take time to hit," said Burnett, who faced starting center fielder Curtis Granderson without incident. (New York Post) Comment

Cuban rooting for work stoppage?

Mark Cuban may be a minority partner in the United Football League, but, never shy with an opinion, sees the upside of NFL labor strife. He believes the presence of the UFL -- and what it could do -- will factor into the stalled, NFL labor/management negotiations that likely will lead to a lockout/work stoppage next fall. "A work stoppage (in the NFL) would be a huge plus for the UFL. There will be a lot of great players with bills to pay and the UFL will be there to hire them." (FanHouse) Comment

Vick: 'Don't count me out'

Under most circumstances, Michael Vick brushing his hair Wednesday would not make headlines. At this time last week he couldn't lift his arm over his head. "All I can say is I'm making progress," Vick said. So much progress that he hasn't ruled himself out for Sunday's game against the Falcons even though he didn't practice Wednesday and remains day to day, according to head coach Andy Reid. "Don't count me out," Vick said. "That's all I could really tell you right now." (Camden Courier-Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
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Buffalo's Cody McCormick (right) fights with New Jersey 's Mark Fraser during the first period of Wednesday's Sabres-Devils game in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP)

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New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the shorthanded Devils to their first win of the season, 1-0, over the Buffalo Sabres.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Joe Montana
  • 1905 -- Christy Mathewson shuts out the Philadelphia A's for the third time in six days in the World Series, winning the decisive Game 5 and leading the New York Giants to a title.
  • 1976 -- Chris Chambliss' walk-off homer in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Royals leads the New York Yankees to their first pennant in 12 years.
  • 1990 -- Joe Montana passes for 476 yards and six touchdowns against the Falcons, including five to Jerry Rice.

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