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Why the NFL really wants longer season
Sentiment among NFL leaders to reduce the preseason to two or three games per team and lengthen the regular season to 17 or 18 games, up from the current 16, is growing, and it seems generally accepted that such an adjustment likely will be made within the next few years. And while they regret having their product diminished by injuries to players in games that don't count in the regular season standings, the real impetus for Roger Goodell and the owners to act on the issue is economic. More regular season games would mean more revenue in television rights fees, which are worth about $3.7 billion per season in the current deals with NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and DirecTV. (Washington Post)
Dodgers eye Rockies closer
A National League source confirmed Willy Taveras and closer Brian Fuentes were placed on waivers to inspect their trade value. Fuentes went on Monday and would clear today, though it's almost certain he will be claimed. Taveras is eligible to clear Thursday and might since Boston is heading in another direction for an outfielder and Washington, which likes Taveras, will not add payroll. The Dodgers are likely to claim Fuentes, along with the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays, the two teams that pushed hardest to acquire him last month. If Fuentes is claimed, the Rockies can work out a trade or pull him back. They have made it known they want a premium young starting pitcher. (Denver Post)
Penn State backup won't transfer
The seconds ticked off. One, two, three . . . eight seconds elapsed before Pat Devlin finally answered the money question. Would you consider transferring? Two days after being told he wasn't the starting quarterback for Penn State's opener Saturday, Devlin was openly disappointed, yet candid, in a conference call yesterday. When he was asked if he would entertain the idea of leaving State College - since starter Daryll Clark will also be eligible in 2009 - the redshirt sophomore gave a measured response. "I don't think so," Devlin said carefully. "Right now, I've been consumed with this, fighting for the job. As of now, I'm just going to work hard and do my thing." It's important to note that Clark has not been guaranteed the starting job past Week 1. However, coach Joe Paterno said Tuesday that he doesn't want the senior "looking over his shoulder" and has emphasized his desire to stick with a one-quarterback system. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Must-See Photo
Andy Roddick jumps as he returns to Fabrice Santoro, of France, at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Roddick breezed past Santoro with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Must-See Video
The quickest path to an Olympic gold medal.

Game To Watch
Red Sox at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET -- The last time the rivals will meet at the old Yankee Stadium.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Monica Seles
1949 -- The United States wins the Davis Cup, beating Australia 4-1.
1994 -- Tiger Woods, 18, becomes the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship.
1995 -- Monica Seles, plays in her first Grand Slam tournament in more than 2 1/2 years and beats Ruxandra Dragomir 6-3, 6-1 in first round of the U.S. Open.

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