Monday, July 21
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Redskins expect Taylor for long-term
Jason Taylor, who was not available for comment and is expected to take a physical today in Washington, has talked about playing just one more season before pursuing acting options, but Washington's executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said he is "100 percent confident he'll play more than one year." The trade capped a whirlwind series of events after Phillip Daniels and Alex Buzbee were injured. Immediately after the second practice, Cerrato told the media, "We haven't talked with anyone yet on anything," and roughly an hour and a half later, the deal was announced. (Washington Post)
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Will Red Sox bench Ellsbury?
David Ortiz's return may have broader implications on the lineup than Terry Francona writing Ortiz's name back in the No. 3 spot and dropping J.D. Drew back to seventh. It may give Francona an opportunity to address the alarming decline in production from rookie leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury. When Ellsbury looked at a called third strike in the third inning then whiffed again to end yesterday's 5-3 loss after an 0 for 5 day, it was the sixth straight game in which he had struck out at least once. In his first 25 games this season, Ellsbury struck out just seven times in 92 plate appearances and walked 13 times. He had an on-base percentage of .396. In his last 26 games, Ellsbury has struck out 22 times in 119 plate appearances, and walked just four times. He still leads the league in stolen bases with 35, but with a .234 on-base percentage over the last 26 games, the chances to run have been few, and he has just one stolen base and has been caught stealing three times in that span. He has not hit a home run in his last 28 games, and has just one in 48 games. He also has knocked in just five runs in his last 35 games.(Boston Globe)
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New OKC team name will be...
Oklahoma City's team -- formerly the Seattle SuperSonics -- will be called the Thunder, according to a television report. KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City cited a source close to the ownership group for its report that the team's name will be the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to The Oklahoman newspaper's Web site, team spokesman Dan Mahoney said Saturday night no one with the basketball organization would comment on KOCO's report. The Oklahoman had a name-the-team contest, using a 64-name tournament-style bracket, and Thunder defeated Outlaws in the final.(Associated Press)
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Must-See Photo
 
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo signs autographs after playing in the final round of the Tri-Course Championship golf tournament on Sunday. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg).
 
Must-See Video
You don't want to sit next to this guy at an Angels game.

 
Game To Watch
Brewers at Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee Brewers
St. Louis Cardinals
 
This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Althea Gibson
1957 -- Althea Gibson becomes the first African American to win a major U.S. tennis tournament
1963 -- Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA championship
1989 -- Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title.
 
 
 

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