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Cards bowing out of Oswalt race?

The Cards are reportedly out of any Roy Oswalt sweepstakes. Shortly after the Los Angeles Angels announced their acquisition of Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for four pitchers, general manager John Mozeliak dampened expectations of a major pitching move in the Cardinals' near future. Mozeliak described any move as "certainly not imminent at this time," then hinted that the market may be too steep to find any significant upgrade for the rotation. He relayed the sentiment after a brief dugout meeting with manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. "At this point, it's entirely possible that there may not be a deal out there" for pitching, Mozeliak said. "We're continuing to explore avenues, but as we speak I can't say I'm encouraged." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment

Report: Brady already at camp

Seems Tom Brady is willing to make a statement about his commitment to the Patriots. Despite various rumors about whether [Brady] would show up when veterans are required to report to the team on Wednesday, a source told that the star signal caller reported to the New England Patriots on Sunday. The quarterbacks were required to report with the rookies on Sunday. Brady, who is heading into the final year of his contract, carries a base salary of $3.5 million for this season. He was paid a $3 million roster bonus earlier this year. ( Comment

Top college football conference to be ACC?

This may be the ACC's year ... really. Many ACC teams have brutal non-conference schedules this season. A decade of sitting at the little kid's table could start to be forgotten if these four games can be won: 1. North Carolina defeats SEC power LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 4. 2. Virginia Tech defeats Boise State in a Monday-night battle of top-five teams on Sept. 6; 3. Florida State defeats Big 12 power Oklahoma in a game between two teams that will likely be in the top 25 on Sept. 11; 4. Miami defeats Big Ten power Ohio State in Columbus on Sept. 11 in another battle of top-25 teams. Yes, it's that easy. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Comment

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En route to winning his 15th career title, Mongolian grand champion Hakuho (left) slams Estonian ozeki Baruto in the final day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Aichi Prefecture. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

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SI Vault: More Greg Maddux
  • 1859 -- The first intercollegiate Regatta is held in Worcester, Mass., with Harvard beating Yale and Brown.
  • 1928 -- Gene Tunney beats Tom Heeney on a technical knockout in the 11th round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.
  • 1996 -- American swimmer Amy Van Dyken wins the 50-meter freestyle to become Atlanta's first quadruple gold medalist and the first U.S. woman to win four in a single Olympics.
  • 2005 -- Greg Maddux records his 3,000th career strikeout against San Francisco, striking out Omar Vizquel in the third inning of a 3-2, 11-inning victory for the Giants.

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