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'Boys' Williams: 'I'm still a Pro Bowler'

Being awarded a game ball on Thursday gave Roy Williams a chance to take the high road. [Williams] gracefully refused to take a potshot at former Cowboys' wide receiver Michael Irvin, who said before the season that the Cowboys were playing one man short with Williams on the field. ... In the first three games this season, he has 12 catches for 191 yards. "I want to be part of the puzzle and show that I'm worthy of everything I've gotten," Williams said. "I'm still the same player. I'm still a Pro Bowler. I want to continue what I've been doing." (Dallas Morning News) Comment

Epstein: Yankees outbid us for Wood

Theo Epstein said during a Thursday radio appearance that the Red Sox were pushing to sign Kerry Wood at the deadline before being outbid by the Yankees. "We scouted [Wood] on rehab, we liked what we saw. He was available last minute at the deadline ... and we put in what I thought was a pretty aggressive financial bid for him and we were outbid by the Yankees when they were willing to take on just a little bit more of his salary. It ended up being a great move for them and cost us." ( Comment

Vols to ride true freshman RB

Tennessee may not know what it has in true freshman running back Rajion Neal, but the Vols don't seem to want to waste any time in finding out. With or without a healthy Tauren Poole in the backfield, Neal figures in coach Derek Dooley's game plan more heavily this week. And getting a feel for what he can do against tougher competition won't be a problem against No. 12 LSU (4-0, 2-0 SEC) and one of the stoutest defenses in the nation on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) at Tiger Stadium. "We've got to get the young buck going a little bit," Dooley said. "We're going to play Rajion, we're going to give him some touches and see how he handles it." (Knoxville News Sentinel) Comment

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Must-See Photo

What's the early story of the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales? Rain, and a whole bunch of it. Tiger Woods braves the weather before play was suspended on Friday. (AP)

Must-See Video

Much-maligned Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth tells his side of the story on repeatedly failing the team's conditioning test, his relationship with Mike Shanahan and more.

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SI Vault: Roger Maris
  • 1945 -- Heavyweight champion Joe Louis is discharged from the army.
  • 1961 -- Roger Maris sets record of 61 home runs (off of Tracy Stallard).
  • 1975 -- Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in the 15th round for the heavyweight boxing title in "The Thrilla in Manila."
  • 2004 -- Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.

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