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Nike confiscates LeBron dunk tapes
It's not every day a college player is invited to the prestigious LeBron James Skills Academy and lays down a dunk on King James himself. That's exactly what Xavier's Jordan Crawford did Monday in Akron, creating an Internet buzz in the process. Crawford jammed a two-handed dunk over the Cleveland Cavaliers forward in a pick-up game at the University of Akron's James A. Rhodes Arena. Looks like he won't have a chance to review the slam, though, since Nike officials reportedly confiscated tapes from media on site. columnist Gary Parrish wrote that there were at least two cameras shooting the pick-up game and Nike reps allegedly secured the tapes.
(Cincinnati Enquirer)
Jeter calls out umpire
Derek Jeter doesn't believe umpire Marty Foster when the umpire claims he told Jeter that the Yankees captain was tagged out at third Monday at Yankee Stadium. Jeter and third-base coach Rob Thomson never heard Foster say that Toronto's Scott Rolen tagged Jeter out at third base. Shortly after the play on which Jeter was called out attempting to swipe third in the first inning with no outs, despite Rolen clearly never tagging him until Jeter's hand was on the base, Foster told him Rolen didn't have to tag him because the ball beat a sliding Jeter to the bag, Jeter said. "I was told by the umpire that I didn't have to be tagged to be out," Jeter said. Tuesday night at Citi Field, where Foster and the same crew called the Dodgers-Mets game, crew chief John Hirschbeck said Foster told him a different story. "The ball beat you, and I had him tagging you," is what Foster told Hirschbeck he said to Jeter. He didn't say that," Jeter told The Post in a firm voice. "He knows exactly what he said and he didn't say that."(New York Post)
Rice: Favre could backfire on Vikings
Jerry Rice said he applauds Brett Favre's desire to continue to play, but he questioned whether it is the best move for the Vikings, saying "this could really backfire." "You have two quarterbacks [Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels] who don't know exactly what is going to happen. All of a sudden these two guys thought they were going to be competing. To be honest with you, I thought Tarvaris would be the starting guy this year. I've watched him off and on. The most important thing for him is the consistency. He shows that at times 'OK, I can do this.' I think he was moving in the right direction, making progress. Now you have this saga, and everybody is sitting back wondering what is going to happen."
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Must-See Photo
Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (center), wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides Thursday during the sixth stage of the Tour de France from Girona to Barcelona in Spain. (AP)
Must-See Video
South African construction workers have begun an indefinite strike, halting work at stadiums being built for the 2010 World Cup.

Game To Watch
Cardinals at Brewers, 2:05 p.m ET, FSMW/FSWI
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Pete Sampras
1969 -- The Mets' Tom Seaver loses a bid for a perfect game at Shea Stadium when the Cubs' Jimmy Qualls, a light-hitting rookie, singles with one out in the ninth.
2000 -- Pete Sampras defeats Patrick Rafter at Wimbledon for his 13th Grand Slam title, passing Roy Emerson for the most all-time.
2002 -- MLB commissioner Bud Selig declares the All-Star Game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings after both teams run out of players.


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