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Truth & Rumors
Will Favre, Mangini return in '09?
That it has come to this after an 8-3 start is additional evidence that Brett Favre is simply too old to do it, and that coach Eric Mangini is in over his head and should not be retained if the Jets don't make the playoffs. With a $140-million makeover and a future Hall of Fame quarterback, Mangini thought he had the right group of players to make a meaningful run through the season. And at 8-3, it certainly looked as if that would be the case. Barring a playoff berth and at least two postseason wins, Favre is at the end. Mangini should be, too, especially if at this time next week, the Jets are putting their equipment in black plastic bags and explaining how it all went so horribly wrong. If Mangini doesn't get to the playoffs, the Jets need to show him the door. No excuses. No explanations. He was on board with the Favre decision, and he must pay the price if the collapse is completed next week. (New York Newsday)
Angels out of Teixeira chase
The Angels are out of the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, has confirmed. "We have withdrawn our offer as of this afternoon," team spokesman Tim Mead said Sunday. The Angels made their contract offer, reportedly for eight years and about $160 million, during the winter meetings in Las Vegas earlier this month. Yahoo! was the first to report the Angels' decision. The Red Sox said last week that they "are not going to be a factor" in signing the 28-year-old slugger. The Nationals, Orioles and Yankees are believed to be still in the running for Teixeira's services. (
Richt wants college playoffs
Mark Richt has become an outspoken advocate for a college football playoff. Listen to him from a couple of days ago: "For the longest, I was like, 'I like it the way it is. I'm fine with it.' I'm not that way any more. I'm ready. I'm ready for a playoff. I'm ready for a four- or eight-team playoff. Having to live through last year and feeling like you've got to have this big filibuster or whatever you want to call it to go out there and try to convince people to vote for your team - I mean, it shouldn't be that way in sports, especially in major-college football. And [there's] the effect it has on the nation, which loves college football and probably deserves a better way of doing it." Richt went on to say that he senses sentiment shifting among coaches and even college presidents toward a playoff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Must-See Photo
Southern Mississippi's Mike McGee blocks a field goal attempt by Troy's Sam Glusman in overtime of the New Orleans Bowl yesterday at the Superdome. Southern Miss won 30-27. (AP)
Must-See Video
Umpire Garth DeFelice makes the tackle on St. Louis running back Kenneth Darby.

Game To Watch
Packers at Bears, 8:30 p.m. ET -- Chicago looks to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Kordell Stewart
1962 -- The 1,000,000th point in NBA history is scored.
1996 -- Pittsburgh'sKordell Stewart runs 80 yards for a score against Carolina, the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history.
1998 -- The American Basketball Association announces it's suspending operations and filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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