Friday, October 17
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Truth & Rumors
Curry: Tattoo didn't cause infection
Despite comprehensive scrutiny by doctors, it remains unknown what caused Eddy Curry to become so sick he required immobilization at the Knicks' Saratoga hotel (and two trips to the hospital) for the team's entire five-day training camp. Team officials stated he had contracted a bacterial infection, whatever that means. "At first they thought I had strep throat. Then doctors were worried the infection might attack my heart. But they never identified for sure what hit me. I still don't know," I told Curry word had it a contaminated needle may have been the origin of his mysterious illness, that a trip to the tattoo parlor three or four days prior to the Knicks' assembly triggered the trouble. Confirmation denied! "You're telling me something I haven't heard before," Curry said. "I did get a tattoo, but it was three or four weeks before camp, not days." (New York Post)
Steinbrenner: Joba will be starter in '09
Yankees honchos gathered at George M. Steinbrenner Field yesterday in Tampa. When the afternoon session was over, co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said one of the first off-season decisions was that Joba Chamberlain will be used as a starter next year. Steinbrenner said that before last year, but Chamberlain opened in the bullpen, was converted to a starter for 12 games, suffered a shoulder problem and finished the season in the bullpen with a tight right shoulder. Strengthening the rotation is the Yankees' top priority and many believe Chamberlain possesses ace-like stuff. (New York Post)
Law to Cowboys or Packers?
In the wake of a few signs of weakness from the Dolphins' secondary, including the need to manage cornerback Will Allen's knee injury, Miami has shown a preliminary interest in Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law, a source said Thursday. However, in an interview with on Thursday, Law, a free agent, sounded as if the would prefer to play for either Dallas or Green Bay if one of the teams was interested in him. The Cowboys are dealing with cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' suspension, and the Packers recently lost Al Harris to injury -- two scenarios that could make both teams interested. (Miami Herald)
Must-See Photo
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dioner Navarro stands at the plate as Boston Red Sox's Mark Kotsay slides in to score on a single by Coco Crisp in the eighth inning in Game 5 of the ALCS. (AP)
Must-See Video
Girl vs. Table. Girl loses.

Game To Watch
Maple Leafs at Rangers, 7 p.m. ET -- We know ... it's a slow sports night, but an Original Six matchup is always fun.
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Pittsburgh Pirates
1971 -- In the seventh game of the World Series, Steve Blass pitching a complete-game, four-hitter as the Pirates beat the Orioles, 2-1.
1989 -- As the Giants and A's get ready to play Game 3 of the World Series, the Bay Area is hit by a massive earthquake.
1991 -- Pittsburgh Penguin Paul Coffey sets the NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points.


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