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NCAA grills Manziel for hours

With the 2013 college football season dawning, another high-stakes game unfolds. NCAA investigators spent a large chunk of Sunday with Johnny Manziel, questioning the Texas A&M quarterback about allegations from memorabilia dealers that he accepted payments for autographs, a source familiar with the investigation told ESPN.com on Monday night. The governing body's officials met Sunday with Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, for nearly six hours on the College Station, Texas, campus, the source said. It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore. Texas A&M's season begins Saturday, at home against Rice. (ESPN.com) Comment

Harvey's injury inevitable

Of all the uncertainties in baseball, the constitution of a pitching arm remains among the most confounding. There is one truth about the pitching arm, and it is the most unsatisfactory sort: nobody fully understands it. ... None could figure it out in time to save Matt Harvey. The breakout star of 2013 is broken, the ulnar collateral ligament that holds together his right elbow partially torn. ... It is devastating not just for Harvey and the poor, poor Mets but all of baseball. No sport loses as many players to the same catastrophic injury as baseball does the elbow. Among pitchers, there is almost an inevitability to their elbow blowing out, to the point of engaging in gallows humor when it does. Said one person close to Harvey: "The rite of passage with big arms." (Yahoo! Sports) Comment

Eagle's fumbles draw attention again

Thankfully, that pop Bryce Brown heard Monday was not the broken left ankle he might have feared. Turns out it was just a scare. Brown was able to put pressure on it and after a brief once-over from the medical staff, he had the ankle taped up and was sent back on the field. He needs to be further evaluated, but plans on playing Thursday in New York. Crisis averted, and onto the next relevant topic -- his fumbling tendencies. The 22-year-old had four fumbles (three lost) as a rookie, and gave one up against the Jaguars on Thursday as well. ... Brown says that he has been putting in the time to clean up that area of his game. "I've spent a lot of time on traffic," he said . "That's the main thing I have put my emphasis on is really keeping the ball tight in traffic." (PhillyMag.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

An ominous thunderstorm sent a huge dust cloud through Phoenix before the Diamondbacks game at Chase Field on Monday. The D-backs later blew away the Padres, 6-1. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Rafael Nadal hits the shot of the day at the U.S. Open.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Packers
  • 1921 -- J.E. Clair, the owner of Acme Packing Company of Green Bay, WI, is awarded an NFL franchise. Fittingly, it is named the Packers.
  • 1976 -- Transsexual Renee Richards, who had competed as Dr. Richard Raskin, is barred from the U.S. Open tennis tournament for refusing to take a chromosome test.
  • 1982 -- Rickey Henderson of the A's breaks Lou Brock's single-season stolen base record (118).
  • 1990 -- A Brewers vs. Blue Jays game in Toronto is delayed 35 minutes due to a gnat infestation.
  • 2012 -- The New England Patriots sign tight end Aaron Hernandez to a five-year contract extension.
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