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La Russa expecting 'impact' help
Just over three weeks remain in the first installment of his two-year contract. Tony La Russa says he likes his team and likes his job. But with the Cardinals listing toward a second straight postseason miss, the third-winningest manager in the game's history would also like to believe the organization will again prove its commitment to fortifying itself this winter via an aggressive search for what he considers "impact" help. Asked if he chagrined at the lack of movement, La Russa said, "I would never answer that question. That's a private opinion I would share with the organization. There are no points to be made by saying I agree or disagree." Others within the clubhouse are privately less politically correct, construing a lack of movement as a vote of no-confidence in a team that arguably overachieved for four months. La Russa does make clear that he does not see all the answers to his team's numerous holes arriving from within the system.(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Cousin's book rips Marbury
Stephon Marbury has carried the stigma of being a selfish player for the majority of his 12-year NBA career. Now, his older cousin is saying Marbury is even more self-centered off the court and is dishing details on the Knicks point guard in his autobiography, "The Beautiful Struggle," the Daily News has learned. The book, due out in late September from Xlibris Publishing, has former NBA pro and current overseas player Jamel Thomas alleging that Marbury ruined a potential deal for him with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In it, Thomas includes a conversation that he allegedly had with Kevin Garnett, in which Garnett tells him how Marbury's presence on the team spoiled his cousin's chances of signing with Minnesota. (New York Daily News)
Ocho Cinco calls out Ravens
The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, who reportedly changed his legal surname to his previously self-promoted nickname - Ocho Cinco - would not be baited much yesterday in a conference call with reporters at the Ravens' complex in Owings Mills. Asked about the name change, Johnson declined to discuss it. "I don't want to talk about any names," he said. That didn't stop Johnson from talking trash about Ravens linebacker Bart Scott and safety Dawan Landry. "The last time we played, he [Scott] cussed me out and told me to stay out of his huddle, and I took offense to that, so this Sunday I am going to hit him in the mouth," Johnson said. "He's really rude." As for Landry, Johnson said, "He's always trying to be a he-man when there's a running play." (Baltimore Sun)
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New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, left, tackles Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis during the fourth quarter Thursday night at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 16-7.(AP Photo/Elsie Amendola)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Jerry Rice
1994 -- Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers becomes the NFL's all-time touchdown king with 127.
1998 -- Mark McGwire hits his 60th home run of the season, the third MLB player ever to reach that mark.
2003 -- Mike Maroth of the Detroit Tigers becomes the first pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games in a single season.

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