Fires burn across the NFL map. Yesterday, the league dispatched two vice presidents to put out a growing blaze in Pittsburgh, and another one popped up in Baltimore. Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, met with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, his captains and Troy Polamalu to try to ease their concerns about recent comments players have made about the league. Anderson emerged from that and revealed the NFL is investigating comments made by Baltimore's Terrell Suggs that the Ravens had a "bounty" on Steelers Rashard Mendenhall and Hines Ward. Suggs agreed recently with a syndicated sports radio talk-show host who asked if the Ravens had a bounty on Mendenhall, the Steelers' rookie halfback who was knocked out for the season when Ray Lewis tackled him and broke his shoulder Sept. 29 in Heinz Field. "The bounty was out on him and the bounty was out on 86 [Ward]. We just didn't get him between the whistles," Suggs said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment
If the Red Sox do not get Mark Teixeira, their options for improving the lineup might be best served via trade, with the Colorado Rockies being a potential match. The Rockies need pitching and have both third baseman Garrett Atkins and outfielder Matt Holliday to deal, with Holliday being eligible for free agency at the end of 2009. Holliday, too, is represented by Scott Boras, however, which makes it unlikely that he would sign with a new team before hitting the open market. Because the Rockies have Ian Stewart ready to take over at third, Atkins seems like the team's preferred candidate to deal. (The Rockies would love to deal Todd Helton and move Atkins to first, but Helton's contract is prohibitive.) (Boston Globe) Comment
Donnie Walsh loves David Lee, but he's not ready to marry him. The Knicks president prefers a summer wedding. Agent Mark Bartlestein told The Post that Walsh has decided against giving Lee a contract extension by the Oct. 31 deadline, making Lee a restricted free agent July 1. Bartlestein and Walsh spoke yesterday and agreed to put off contract talks until summer. (New York Post) Comment
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria dives for a ball during Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss in Game 1 of the World Series. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images )
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Game To Watch
Phillies at Rays, 8:29 p.m. ET -- Brett Myers opposes James Shields in Game 2 of the World Series.
1988 -- Dan Marino throws for 521 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions in the Dolphins' 44-30 loss to the Jets. 1993 -- Joe Carter's three-run homer off Mitch Williams in the ninth inning lifts the Blue Jays past the Phillies 8-6 in World Series-clinching Game 6. 1996 -- The Yankees rally from a six-run deficit to beat the Braves 8-6 in Game 4 of the World Series. 1998 -- The Canucks' Mark Messier becomes the 10th NHL player to score 600 goals.
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