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La Russa: Pirates meant to hit Pujols
Matt Capps, the Pirates' closer, insisted he did not intend to hit St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols in the eighth inning yesterday, but he acknowledged the obvious: It sure looked bad. "I wasn't happy about it," Capps said. "He's Albert Pujols. He's one of the classiest guys in baseball, the guy you want to compete against. I understand how it looked. But that wasn't the plan." Pujols said he did not think it was intentional, but his manager, Tony La Russa, said he thought it was. La Russa appeared to blame Pirates pitching coach Joe Kerrigan for the matter, though without mentioning him by name. "I think the umpire read it exactly right. I think it was an intentional hit," La Russa said. "And there's no doubt in my mind it came from the bench. I really believe it didn't come from the manager. Don't ask me to expound on that. That's my comment."
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Who's winning the Browns QB race?
Just like the final score of Sunday's Brown and White Scrimmage on Family Day at Cleveland Browns Stadium, there wasn't much separation between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, the two players vying for the starting quarterback job. Quinn, playing for the White team, and Anderson, on the Brown squad, were up and down with their performances in a 17-14 Brown victory. So the open competition is still pretty much even.(
Recruit picks Knoxville over SEC 'cow pastures'
Tennessee was late to land on Michael Taylor's radar. But once it did the Volunteers' combination of location and adoration resulted in the linebacker's sudden decision to commit to their 2010 class. Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound rising senior at Atlanta's Westlake High, committed to coach Lane Kiffin while on an impromptu unofficial visit to Knoxville this weekend. And he clearly the liked the school's location near downtown Knoxville. "It's a beautiful city," he said. "It's a college town but it has life. It's not dead with cow pastures and horses all around it. It has a city; it has something I can do. It's a great place. I'm from California. I'm not trying to go to the middle of nowhere. I'm used to the city life. So Knoxville is a great place for Michael Taylor to be."
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Must-See Photo
Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Roy Williams flips safety Courtney Brown off his back on a pass play during training camp.(AP)
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