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Tuck: Plaxico had it coming
Having players on board when a key decision is made by a coach and an organization is critical for team harmony. When it comes to the suspension of Plaxico Burress for violating team rules, one of the most forceful voices on the Giants is giving his support. "I can't speak for Plaxico, but as a team it's indicative of our coaches trying to make a statement as far as every guy on this football team is equal and I think [Tom Coughlin] got his point across," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I hope he got his point across." The decision made by Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese came after Burress did not show up for work - and did not call in until late that night to explain his absence - the day after the victory over the Bengals. "If anything, we say to Plaxico don't put yourself in that position," Tuck said. Asked if he supported the suspension, Tuck said "Absolutely."(NY Post)
Can Karate hottie pack punch?
To the naked eye, Michelle Waterson looks more like she should be gracing the pages of Maxim rather than beating up on opponents in caged combat. Just like the old cliche "looks can be deceiving" goes though, it turns out that the petite, 22 year old, otherwise known as the "Karate Hottie," packs as much firepower as she does gorgeous looks. Waterson, a former bikini model and native of Aurora, Colorado, has been throwing kicks and punches since the age of 10 when she took her first Karate class and, on Friday, she will attempt to give her hometown fans a dose of brutal theatrics when she makes her seventh professional start in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition at Broomfield Event Center. (
Bailout has NASCAR track tax breaks
A tax break for NASCAR tracks and other motorsports facilities is among the "sweeteners" tucked inside a 450-page financial services bailout bill to make the package more palatable to lawmakers. The Senate-approved bill includes an array of so-called "tax extenders" and other projects that added about $110 million to the $700 billion bailout -- now up for a vote in the U.S. House. One sweetener extends for two years a tax policy that expired in December 2007 classifying motorsports facilities as amusement parks and other entertainment complexes. That classification allows tracks to write off their capital investments over a seven-year period. The motorsports industry feared that without a specific clarification in law, they would be required to depreciate their capital investment over 15 years or longer because of a recent Internal Revenue Service inquiry into the matter. The provision would reduce their overall tax bill in the years immediately following their investment. (Charlotte Observer)
Must-See Photo
Edwin Jackson and Rocco Baldelli express their well-justified feelings for teammate Evan Longoria, who cracked homers in his first two at-bats to power the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field. (J. Meric/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
This kid's got game. Well, maybe not. But one still suspects that New York Knicks fans will be seeing him holding up a jersey on Draft Day before too long.

Game To Watch
Red Sox at Angels, 9:30 p.m. ET -- The Angels are on an eight-game postseason losing skid as they try to avoid going to Boston in an 0-2 hole. On the hill for the Red Sox: Dice-K (18-3).
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Frank Robinson
1993 -- Giants need to beat the Dodgers to force a playoff game with Atlanta for the NL West title, but lose 12-1, ending the season with a 103-59 mark.
1974 -- The Indians make Frank Robinson baseball's first black manager.
1970 -- Major League umpires call their first strike (labor stoppage, not pitch call).
1965 -- Whitey Ford's 232nd career victory makes him the Yankees' winningest pitcher of all time.
1951 -- Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world" beats the Dodgers in a playoff game as the Giants win the pennant.


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