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Rob Ryan takes a shot at Cowboys

Among worthy bets, it's a virtual lock that Rob Ryan will speak his mind, something he did pointedly on Monday. After [Ryan] was fired by Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys finished last season ranked 25th in overall defense, there was one place the shaggy-haired, edgy defensive coordinator hoped to land. It so happened that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, returning from his year-long Bountygate suspension, wanted a respected, ultra-confident teacher like Ryan. ... [Ryan] swears he holds no grudge toward the Cowboys. "There's no bitterness at all because I was fortunate enough to be part of a historic franchise," Ryan said. "And I was fortunate enough to be around some great players." And then Ryan delivered the expected zinger. "My time might have been short, but if you don't think I improved that Cowboys defense, you're (expletive) crazy," Ryan said. (USA TODAY Sports) Comment

Jerry Stackhouse says LeBron James is misinformed, anyway

Jerry Stackhouse would like to have a word with the NBA's best player. Calling LeBron James "misinformed" about the state of the National Basketball Players Association, executive committee member [Stackhouse] told CBSSports.com on Monday that the union "is in a good place" and "moving in the right direction." "He's the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved," Stackhouse said in a phone interview while in New York on union and other business. "But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business." James, who has decided not to follow through on a contemplated run for NBPA president, said in an ESPN interview this week that the union was "going backwards," and added, "My voice could be huge in that situation." (CBS Sports) Comment

Roy Halladay nearing return

Since his shoulder surgery on May 15, the clock has been ticking for Roy Halladay. There's at least a chance [Halladay] could make his return to the Phillies rotation in less than two weeks. On Monday at Turner Field, Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Halladay will begin an official rehab assignment when he starts a game for the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday. Halladay threw a bullpen session on Monday, two days after facing hitters for the first time since May in a simulated game in Clearwater. Halladay is expected to throw between 70 and 80 pitches on Thursday. His rapid rehab could be nearing a finish line. ... So he could return before the end of August? "A lot of that depends on how he feels." (Philadelphia Daily News) Comment

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Niki Panetta of Greece competes in the triple jump qualifications at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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SI Vault: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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  • 1993 -- Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his No. 24.
  • 1997 -- The Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the New York Yankees.

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