Wednesday, August 27
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Truth & Rumors
Are Brady's crutches a practical joke?
Following up on quarterback Tom Brady, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last night that Brady's injury is a deep bone bruise on his right foot. Mortensen's report came on the "Monday Night Countdown" program. When media members filed into the Patriots' locker room today, a pair of crutches was seen in Brady's locker, one day after a walking boot was spotted there. Don't jump to conclusions, however. Members of the offensive line have been known to play practical jokes with Brady, while Brady himself is often quick with a prank. (Boston Globe)
Sanchez cleared for USC opener
It was no surprise Tuesday night when USC's team physician cleared quarterback Mark Sanchez to start the Trojans' opener against Virginia. The word came down, however, after Sanchez's most uneven practice performance since returning from the knee injury he suffered nearly three weeks ago. The junior had two passes intercepted during the Trojans' final scrimmage drill. Coach Pete Carroll said Sanchez otherwise looked good and praised his mobility, but added, "There's some rust in there and we've got to hopefully get him clean by the weekend." (Los Angeles Times)
Yankees: No plan for Joba return
Before the season started, the Yankees meticulously planned every step of Joba Chamberlain's development. But now that he is injured, the Yankees insist there is no plan beyond Thursday, when Chamberlain will throw his third bullpen session. Chamberlain, who has been out since Aug. 4 with a rotator cuff problem, said he felt fine after Monday's session and would not need to face hitters before returning to the team. Manager Joe Girardi said there would still be time in the minor league season for Chamberlain to pitch there first, if that is what the Yankees choose. Chamberlain may return as a reliever, although the Yankees still view him as a starter. Their standing in the pennant race has no impact on his timetable, according to General Manager Brian Cashman. (New York Times)
Must-See Photo
Shay Given of Newcastle is beaten by a header from Scott Dann of Coventry during the Carling Cup, Second Round match between Coventry City and Newcastle United at the Ricoh Arena in England. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
The elite athletes who never quite made it to Beijing.

Game To Watch
Mets at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET -- Johan Santana and the Mets look to avenge their fall from No. 1 in the NL East.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Stefan Edberg
1996 -- Stefan Edberg stuns Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek at the U.S. Open, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in his record 54th straight and final Grand Slam event.
1999 -- With his win in the 200 meters at the World Championships, Maurice Greene becomes the first sprinter to win the 100 and 200 at a major global meet since Carl Lewis swept both at the 1984 Olympics.
2006 -- Marco Andretti, 19, becomes the youngest winner of a major open-wheel event, beating Dario Franchitti by 0.66 seconds to take the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

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