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Steinbrenner willing to spend
It was music to the ears of free agents, and their agents. With typical Steinbrennerian certitude, new New York Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner indicated his team is ready to open its wallet in the offseason, especially if the current downturn is not corrected and the team misses the playoffs for the first time since 1995. "We're going to win it next year," Steinbrenner said. "If we need to add a top veteran pitcher, we'll do that. We'll do whatever we need to do. Next year we'll be extremely dangerous." CC Sabathia looks like the best starter in the free-agent market that includes Derek Lowe, Brad Penny and Ben Sheets next winter, and his price appears to keep shooting up as he pitches Milwaukee toward the playoffs. Then there is Adam Dunn, who seems perfect for Yankee Stadium. Bobby Abreu's contract is up after this year, Jason Giambi is owed a $22 million option the Yankees seem unlikely to pick up, and Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon will be in the last year of contracts in 2009. With all that left-handed power leaving, it seems like a hole Dunn could plug. (East Valley Tribune)
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Suns to sign Nash successor
If the Suns' belief in Goran Dragic as a Steve Nash successor proves as reliable as their hunch that they could sign him this year, then the four-year search for a reliable Nash backup has found its man. The mystery of the 22-year-old Slovenian's potential can begin to unravel now that the puzzle of bringing him to Phoenix was solved. Dragic reached a buyout agreement with his Spanish club, Tau Ceramica, on Saturday and spent Sunday on a flight to Phoenix with intentions of signing a four-year contract with the Suns, his agent, Rade Filipovich, said. The fourth year is a team option. (Arizona Republic)
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Manning in doubt for opener?
Peyton Manning had the infected bursa sac near his left knee removed July 14, and he hasn't practiced in the five weeks since. It is one of the cloudiest injuries in sports. I am writing about it because I think there's a chance -- oh, maybe a 30, 35 percent chance if I had to guess -- that the removal of the infected bursa sac could prevent Manning from playing in the Colts' opening game against Chicago Sept. 7. Would I bet on it? Not a chance. At the time of the injury, it was announced as a four-to-six-week injury. Today is the five-week anniversary of the surgery, and Manning practicing is not imminent. If we get a week from today and Manning hasn't practiced, I'd say that's a bump in the road. (SI.com)
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Must-See Photo
 
Germany's Laura Ludwig dives to return the ball against Austria in their women's round of 16 beach volleyball match at Beijing's Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
 
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Game To Watch
Angels at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET -- American League Pennant preview?
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Earl Campbell
1964 -- South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies.
1983 -- Samantha Druce, age 12 years, 119 days, becomes youngest woman to swim English Channel.
1987 -- Houston Oilers RB Earl Campbell retires from NFL.
 
 
 

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