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Truth & Rumors
Hank Steinbrenner giving up on '08?
Hank Steinbrenner talking about next year was a strong indication he privately feels like a lot of other people: This year is gone. After explaining to the Associated Press that he wasn't giving up on this season and pointing to key injuries having played a huge part in the disappointing year, Steinbrenner made a prediction about 2009. "It's not making excuses. It's reality. That's part of the game. That's clearly our problem," Steinbrenner said of the injuries. "We're going to win it next year. If we need to add a top veteran pitcher, we'll do that. We'll do whatever we need to do. Next year we'll be extremely dangerous." What about the remaining part of this year? While time is running out, Steinbrenner's comments caused a few heads to shake. Joe Girardi avoided critiquing Steinbrenner's comments but didn't discount catching the Rays or Red Sox. (New York Post)
Is F1 in Kyle Busch's future?
He won the Nationwide Series race at Mexico City, the Sprint Cup race at Sonoma and the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. Kyle Busch, obviously, is a pretty good road racer. So what's next, Formula One? Well, maybe. Busch still plans to test a Toyota F1 car in Japan after the season. It's a publicity gimmick, but with Busch emerging as one of the top drivers in NASCAR and maybe even a special talent on road courses, who's to say he wouldn't get a second look for the world circuit if he fares well in his test? He's still young enough at age 23. And he's certainly brave enough. (Tampa Tribune)
Horn desperately wants out of Atlanta
Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn said he wants to be traded or cut so badly that he has "contemplated" restructuring or forfeiting part of the $2.5 million in guaranteed base salary he's owed. "I'm even contemplating giving some money back to further this thing along," the disgruntled wide receiver said Tuesday. "I'm ready to get it solved and move on. The longer I stay here, the worse it's going to get." Horn, 36, said earlier this summer that he wanted to be traded because he felt the team's approach under new GM Dimitroff and first-year coach Mike Smith is to use younger players as part of a rebuilding process. Horn said he felt younger receivers, such as second-year player Laurent Robinson and rookie Harry Douglas, were moved ahead of him on the depth chart and that the Falcons are keeping him as a "just-in-case" player. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Must-See Photo
Michael Phelps swims to the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Must-See Video
Rough night behind the plate for this Little League umpire.

Game To Watch
Brewers at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET -- CC Sabathia matches up against Jake Peavy.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Lou Brock
1969 -- The Orioles' Jim Palmer throws a no-hitter against the A's in Baltimore.
1970 -- The Cardinals' Lou Brock records his 3,000th hit with an infield single against the Cubs' Dennis Lamp.
1989 -- Payne Stewart wins the PGA Championship for his first career major.
1995 -- Mickey Mantle dies of cancer at age 63.

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