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Cuban to buy Steelers?
Mark Cuban grew up near Pittsburgh and once wore a Ben Roethlisberger jersey on the Late Show with David Letterman. Just don't expect to see him in the owners box for Steelers games. Reports have surfaced that the NFL club may be for sale. Native son Cuban would seem to a possible buyer. But he told CNBC's Darren Rovell that he wasn't interested, and questioned whether a small-market team could excel under the NFL's salary cap. Asked by e-mail Wednesday evening if that was his position, Cuban responded: "It is." (Dallas Morning News)
Huskers fan behind OU hoax
James W. Conradt, a Nebraska football fan living in Austin, Texas, says he didn't mean to hurt Oklahoma quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones with his Internet hoax. So what was Conradt thinking Wednesday when he lifted a template off The Oklahoman's web site,, wrote and pasted a bogus story about the Sooner pair's arrest on cocaine distribution charges, then posted it on a message board? The 36-year-old Conradt says he wasn't thinking. "I want to express my deepest apologies to the families," Conradt said. "That's the thing I'm regretful about. I didn't want to hurt anyone." An apology might not be enough to sooth this over. "I'm going to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law," said Kevin Jones, Landry's father. "I've got deep enough pockets to do it." (Daily Oklahoman)
Knicks noncommittal on Marbury's future
On the day Donnie Walsh welcomed Chris Duhon to the Knicks at a Garden press gathering, the team president didn't say the magic words - that Stephon Marbury will be a member of the Knicks this season. While trying to defuse speculation Marbury is finished here, Walsh remained noncommittal on whether the point guard will be bought out. It's a saga that could drag into October's training camp. "I haven't said anything about that, not even to my confidants," Walsh said. "I haven't projected it that far. The players that are on this team are on this team." (New York Post)
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Gerald Laird (center) and the rest of the Rangers wait at home plate after Josh Hamilton capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally with a walkoff home run off Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez on Wednesday night. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Babe Ruth
1914 -- Boston Red Sox purchase Babe Ruth from Baltimore Orioles
1953 -- Ben Hogan wins the British Open at Carnoustie Dai Rees. It's his ninth and final major championship win.
1980 -- Tony Romo's girlfriend, Jessica Simpson, is born.

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