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Cowboys to Pacman: Keep a low profile
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is back in the NFL and by all accounts is doing well. He leads the team in pass deflections with eight. He is eighth on the team in tackles with 15. And he has one of the team's only two forced fumbles. However, according to those inside the Cowboys' organization, he remains a work in progress in the team's attempt to keep him from falling back into the destructive lifestyle that led to his yearlong suspension from the league for repeated violations of the personal conduct policy. One of the stipulations of Jones' reinstatement was that he stay away from parties and nightclubs as well as gentlemen's clubs, according to a source. He was even reprimanded for going to a Hooters restaurant in August. Jones has been pushing the envelope a little too much, according to a source. He was recently seen on stage at a Nelly concert with several of his teammates. Last Friday, he was scheduled to be a headliner along with Dallas Mavericks forward Brandon Bass at Celebrity Beach Volleyball at the Yucatan Beach Club in Coppell. But the Cowboys put their foot down and told him he couldn't participate. Team owner Jerry Jones said they want Adam Jones to carry a low profile off the field.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Why Davis wanted Kiffin gone
Raiders owner Al Davis admits it: He was wrong. He should not have hired 31-year-old Lane Kiffin to coach his team last year, and he was wrong to think Kiffin would fall in line if warned sternly enough this year. So four games into this season, Davis tried to make things right by firing Kiffin on Tuesday, saying it was "with cause" - as he accused Kiffin of being a "flat-out liar" who undermined players, coaches and Davis himself. He said the relationship first soured in December, when he found out Kiffin was showing interest in the Arkansas job. According to Davis, both sides agreed Kiffin would be free to leave after the Raiders' season ended. He even had a resignation letter drafted for Kiffin to sign. However, Bobby Petrino left the Falcons during the NFL season to take the Arkansas job, leaving Davis and Kiffin stuck together. Their relationship was never the same. Kiffin wanted to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and replace him with his father, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Davis overruled him. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Wall Street crisis imperils Nets arena
Four months ago, Goldman Sachs assured all financing would be in place for a $950 million professional basketball arena in Brooklyn by today. Bruce Ratner, owner of the New Jersey Nets and developer of the ambitious, $4 billion Atlantic Yards project, said he was "inches away from completing the deal." That was before prestigious investment firms started to fall and credit markets went into full-scale panic, triggering a financial crisis on Wall Street unseen since the Great Depression. Atlantic Yards -- 16 skyscrapers, an 18,000-seat basketball arena for the Nets, and thousands of apartments at a site at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues -- has been delayed by a string of legal challenges and questions about financing. That leaves the Nets playing at the aging Izod Center in the Meadowlands for at least the next three years, which will perpetuate competition with the Prudential Center hockey arena in Newark. The latest delay may complicate the $400 million naming-rights deal with Barclays Bank, which is expected to help offset the cost of the arena, according to published reports. The deal with Barclays was contingent on Ratner's financing for the project to be in place by the end of November. (Newark Star Ledger)
Must-See Photo
Steven Stamkos (left), the top overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, watches preseason action in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a former ESPN TV analyst celebrated for his tonsorial splendor who returned to coaching this season. Barry Melrose and his Tampa Bay Lightning beat Slovan Bratislava, 3-2, in a shootout. (Getty Images)
Must-See Video
He's not the Belushi who was a Blues Brother, but that didn't stop Jim from belting out "Sweet Home Chicago" at a rally for the Cubs at Daley Center. Paging Dan Aykroyd...

Game To Watch
Dodgers at Cubs, 6:30 p.m. ET -- Here they go again: the Cubs begin their quest to reach the World Series and finally win it after a 100-year drought.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Pele
1984 -- Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as the sixth Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
1978 -- The Yankees lose 9-2 to the Indians, forcing the Bucky Dent playoff game with Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1977 -- Brazilian soccer great Pele retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 career games.
1932 -- Babe Ruth's "called shot" at Wrigley Field in the fifth inning of World Series Game 3.
1903 -- Baseball's first official World Series opens in Boston with the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the Americans.


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