Wednesday, September 17
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Truth & Rumors
WR Jackson tries to explain screw-up
DeSean Jackson blamed his youth after he dropped the ball at the 1-yard line on what should have been his first career touchdown midway through the second quarter. "I thought I was in the end zone," he said. "You know, sometimes things happen like that, and I'm still young. I still have to learn. It definitely won't happen again, though." Jackson was guilty of a similar offense in a high school all-star game when he leaped for the end zone and came up short. "In high school, I dove into the end zone," Jackson said. "That was a totally different thing." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Angels facing new '09 lineup?
Even if the Angels win the World Series in October, it will be impossible, based on the financial parameters laid out by Arte Moreno on Tuesday, to keep this entire team together for 2009. That much became clear when the Angels owner emerged from two days of organizational meetings here with no plans to boost next season's payroll significantly beyond its current $123 million. The upshot: Don't expect all five of the Angels' potentially pricey free agents -- first baseman Mark Teixeira, closer Francisco Rodriguez, outfielder Garret Anderson, pitcher Jon Garland and outfielder Juan Rivera -- to be back in 2009. (Los Angeles Times)
Tiger: I will not attend Ryder Cup
The world's top player has ended speculation that he will show up at Valhalla: "I plan to watch the Ryder Cup this week, but I will not attend," Tiger Woods said. "U.S. captain Paul Azinger has my cell phone number, and he or any U.S. player can call me any time. If I can offer any assistance, I'm happy to help." Woods, though, wasn't sure what input he could provide. Although he won the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla, he said he hasn't been paying attention to the PGA Tour since his knee surgery. "I doubt I can do much, since I can't play practice rounds and am not privy to their team chemistry," Woods said. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Must-See Photo
Liverpool's Ryan Babel draws a penalty from Marseille's Ronald Zubar in a Champions League match at the Stade Vélodrome. Steven Gerrard converted the ensuing PK to secure a 2-1 win. (Claude Paris/AP)
Must-See Video
This incredible catch from Georgia freshman A.J. Green's high-school highlight reel is making the rounds.

Game To Watch
Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET -- First-place Tampa looks to open some ground in the AL East race.
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Carl Yastrzemski
1983 -- Carl Yastrzemski plays his 3,299th game, breaking Hank Aaron's major league record for games played -- a mark later bested by Pete Rose.
1984 -- Reggie Jackson hits his 500th career home run.
2004 -- Barry Bonds becomes the third player in history to reach 700 home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.


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