What in the name of Lou Holtz has become of the once-fabled Notre Dame football program? Notre Dame has not won a national title since 1988, when Holtz coached the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 season. Perhaps expectations for a perennial contender are unrealistic in this era of college football parity. Yet Holtz says the task should be easier than it was when he coached in South Bend."I don't think there is any reason Notre Dame cannot win the national championship," Holtz said before watching coach Charlie Weis' Irish lose 24-23 to Syracuse on Saturday. "I hope that Charlie Weis will bring them to the national championship level. They should be a lot better next year because [the nucleus] is coming back for a third year," Holtz said. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Now that he's returned to the Dallas Cowboys practice facility, suspended cornerback Adam Jones doesn't need to make an apology. Several players said they would welcome him back. However, they agreed Jones is probably down to his last chance. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would not confirm whether Adam Jones would face more discipline, possibly a lifetime ban, if he gets into trouble. (Dallas Morning News) Comment
The Angels, unwilling to meet Mark Teixeira's desire for a 10-year contract, are in discussions with CC Sabathia and could offer him a contract that approaches the $140-million bid extended to him by the New York Yankees. The Angels appear reluctant to guarantee more than seven years in a contract for Teixeira, said a source familiar with the club's thinking. They appear more likely at this time to pursue Sabathia, with an offer in the range of Johan Santana's six-year, $137.5-million contract with the New York Mets. Teixeira remains the Angels' top priority -- the club would sign him but does not want to miss out on Sabathia while waiting to see whether Teixeira's asking price falls. The Angels are not believed to have made a formal offer to either player. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Aaron Rodgers dives for the endzone, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Saints in Monday Night Football.(AP)
Chaminade kicked off the Maui Invitational last night with a loss to North Carolina.
1983 -- Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in one for heavyweight boxing title 1981 -- Rollie Fingers becomes the first relief pitcher to win AL MVP 1970 -- Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year 1930 -- Sporting News picks Bill Terry as NL MVP and Joe Cronin as AL MVP
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