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Daily Jolt: October 16, 2013

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Yankees, Beltran share mutual interest

From Queens to the Bronx, via San Francisco and St. Louis? Carlos Beltran, who has become one of the most clutch players in postseason history (except for that one night at Shea), could be on the Yankees' radar this winter, a move the former Met, sources say, would strongly consider. According to multiple sources, the Yankees could be in the market for an outfielder this winter as they look to add some pop to a lineup that finished next-to-last in the American League in home runs and 10th in runs scored. Beltran would fit the bill, having averaged 28 homers during his past two seasons in St. Louis and 24 per year since making his full-time debut in 1999. A source familiar with Beltran's thinking said the 36-year-old -- he'll turn 37 in April -- would be interested in a potential move to the Bronx. (New York Daily News) Comment

Howard OK being an outcast

Yes, Dwight Howard knows what they're thinking -- from a villain in Central Florida to a coward in Los Angeles. But here's the thing: Even though he still cares what people think, he didn't let that stop him from doing what will make him happiest. ... "Everybody's saying I was a 'coward' for leaving [the Lakers], and I knew I was going to get that," Howard said Tuesday. "But I think with the situation I had to do what was best for Dwight. ... I thought that my decision took a lot of guts because everybody's saying, 'How could you leave the Lakers and six billion fans?' But I don't care about being an outcast or about being somebody that may look bad. All I've got to do is win now, and I'm in the right situation." On Wednesday night, Howard and the Rockets will face the Magic in a preseason exhibition. (Orlando Sentinel) Comment

Pats' leading tackler done for the year

So much for good news on the Patriots' injury fronts. Jerod Mayo will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery yesterday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, according to a source. It's another devastating blow for the defense, which already lost defensive lineman Vince Wilfork for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. Mayo is a force against the run and leads the team with 55 tackles. He left the game in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-27 win over the Saints, converging on a pass play. ... The Pats also lost in the game wide receiver Danny Amendola and guard Dan Connolly to head injuries, and cornerback Aqib Talib with a hip injury. The Pats could be without three of their best players -- Wilfork, Mayo, Talib -- Sunday against the Jets. (Boston Herald) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Adrian Gonzalez reacts after hitting a double in the fourth inning of Wednesday's LCS game between the Dodgers and Cardinals. St. Louis won 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

In honor of Manute Bol's birthday, here's a look back at the careers of Bol and his 5-foot-3 teammate Muggsy Bogues. The two played together with the Washington Bullets when they set the record for greatest height difference between teammates in NBA history.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More New York Yankees
  • 1968 -- During a medal ceremony at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously give the black power salute.
  • 1992 -- Magic Johnson plays his first professional game since coming out of retirement.
  • 2003 -- Thanks to Aaron Boone's 11th inning home run, the Yankees capture their 39th American League pennant beating the Red Sox, 6-5. The defensive replacement becomes the fifth player to end a post-season series with a homer.
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