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Revenge on McNabb's mind

Brian Mitchell knows a little something about facing a division rival for whom he once played, and he can see how playing for revenge might enter the equation for Donovan McNabb. Shortly after news broke of his trade from Philadelphia to Washington, McNabb spoke to Mitchell on the phone. "In his voice I heard a lot of enthusiasm," Mitchell reported on Comcast SportsNet. "And you know, he may not be exactly like me, but I could hear he had a little revenge in that voice, too. And he wants to go to the Eagles and show them that they made a mistake." He'll have two chances a year. (The Washington Post) Comment

Issues for Yankees bullpen?

Early season losses shouldn't be cause for alarm, especially considering the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry of 2009, though it appears after one game that Joe Girardi has some figuring to do. In any case, no matter who's pitching, it seems these Yankees-Red Sox games seem to come down to the bullpens, and on this night, that was enough to make you ask: Chan Ho Park? He's the guy you want in the game holding a 7-5 lead in the seventh inning? Wasn't David Robertson supposed to be the next big thing in the Yankee bullpen? ... Hey, it's only one game, but it's not the way the Yankees wanted to start a defense of their championship, blowing a big lead against their archrivals, and the worry is that when the bullpen becomes an issue, it tends to stay an issue. (New York Daily News) Comment

LeBron ready for Celtics rematch

After nearly shocking the Celtics in a game Boston seemed to have wrapped up, LeBron James sounded like a guy who wanted to go out there and play another one right away. The Cavs certainly have some issues to deal with but it didn't take the Celtics to remind him. It just gave something for Boston to chirp about and it seems LeBron is welcoming it. "This game has lost a little bit of that over the years," LeBron said, "All the talking and teams not liking one another. That is what I figured out last year when I walked off the court in Orlando. People were mad that I didn't shake hands. Why should I be happy? I'm disgusted that I lost. That is what the game has lost." Translation I: "I look forward to seeing these gentlemen again and getting into it with them full bore." (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment

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Tadashi Ebunuma (bottom) throws Shogo Maeno at the Men's 66kg Final during the day two of the All Japan Selected Judo Championship on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Sankei via Getty Images)

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Eagles fans boo the selection of Donovan McNabb during the 1999 NFL Draft.

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  • 1999 -- Barry Bonds is walked intentionally for the 270th time of his career, passing Hank Aaron on the all-time list.

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