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Rivers worries about chemistry in stacked Celts roster

Doc Rivers isn't yet sure he'll be able to make music from a Celtics roster that now includes Shaquille O'Neal and Delonte West. If chemistry really is such a big part of the success or failure of a team, like so many coaches say, then the Celtics admittedly are taking a chance. It could win them another championship. Or it could destroy what they have. [Said Rivers:] "Chemistry is a delicate thing. I understand that, and I'm as cautious as anyone with it. I guarantee you, I'll be keeping my eye on it. ... I don't know yet if we can make it work. It is going to be interesting, that's for sure." (FanHouse) Comment

Broncos still searching for run game

Fear the Broncos running game ... if you're a fan. Since the second hour of training camp, the Broncos' running game has become a trot. The top two tailbacks, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter, couldn't make it to lunch. Three of the top run blockers -- left tackle Ryan Clady, right guard Chris Kuper and tight end Daniel Graham -- have watched most of the preseason in street clothes. Buckhalter, Clady and Kuper are expected to put on pads for a few plays in the preseason finale tonight against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mall of America Field. Otherwise, the frightening state of the Broncos' running game has become ready-or-not, here comes the regular-season opener in Jacksonville. (The Denver Post) Comment

Saban: Ingram doing 'extremely well' after surgery

Though no timetable has been reported for a return, Mark Ingram's surgery, according to a report, is off to a good start. "Mark is doing extremely well," [Nick] Saban said Wednesday evening. "He didn't have a lot of swelling, which is a good sign. That has a lot to do with how soon he can come back." Ingram has been ruled out for Saturday's game against San Jose State and then will be judged on a week-by-week basis. ... Although he sustained the injury to his left knee near the end of Monday's practice, Ingram attended team meetings just hours after having the procedure. (Rivals.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Pittsburgh Pirate Garrett Jones stretches to catch a ball during the team's match-up against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs ultimately beat the Pirates 5-3. (Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

A bench-clearing brawl erupted between the Nationals and Marlins after Chris Volstad threw behind Nats hitter Nyjer Morgan. Needless to say Morgan isn't very popular in Miami anymore.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Ernie Banks
  • 1995 -- English boxer Frank Bruno beats Oliver McCall in 12 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1978 -- Graham Salmon sets world record for 100 meters by a blind person at the 1984 Summer Paralympic Games.
  • 1965 -- Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run off St. Louis' Curt Simmons. The Cubs won 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

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