A Fox spokesman apologized for an on-air mistake after the Vikings' 20-16 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. While a Fox camera crew taped owner Zygi Wilf presenting the game ball to coach Brad Childress, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was in the left side of the shot with a towel only partially covering him, leaving him partially exposed. "It was an obvious oversight on our part, and we apologize," said Dan Bell, the vice president of communications for Fox. The Web site deadspin.com posted pictures. Fox regularly goes to the locker room of victorious teams to capture the excitement and then quickly edits and posts the footage as part of their postgame coverage. A Vikings spokesman declined to comment. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment
Longtime Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is planning to reject Boston's offer to arbitrate by tonight's midnight deadline, SI.com has learned. Beyond a few relief pitchers, very few of the 24 players offered arbitration are expected to accept, but Varitek was seen as a possibility since he made $10.4 million last year and would likely beat that in arbitration, even after a poor season offensively. The Red Sox value his defense and leadership and believe the switch-hitter's problems offensively were limited to the left side of the plate. Varitek will still have the option of working out a contract and remaining in Boston if the sides can agree. (SI.com) Comment
Does Avery Johnson really believe anyone's fooled (other than ESPN execs) when he claims he developed Devin Harris when, in actuality, he crushed his confidence? Yes, parishioners, Avery called Devin his "son" on TV. (New York Post) Comment
Carlo Janka of Switzerland takes 9th Place during the Alpine FIS Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on December 07, 2008 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Zoom/Getty Images)
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