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Black players may boycott Rush's Rams

Mathias Kiwanuka loves his former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, but the Giants' defensive end says he will never play for Spagnuolo's Rams if Rush Limbaugh purchases the team. Kiwanuka and the Jets' Bart Scott made it clear Thursday that they would never play for the Rams or any team owned by the controversial conservative radio host. "All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama's America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting 'right on,'" Kiwanuka told The Daily News. "I mean, I don't want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play." (New York Daily News)Comment

Mets to make play for Lackey

While John Lackey pitched like an ace last night, Lackey is truly more of a No. 2 starter, durable and fiercely competitive, and capable of gems like this one when he is at the top of his game. In other words, he'd be perfect riding shotgun for someone like Johan Santana. Hey, the Mets made a show this week of saying they're willing to make whatever moves it takes to become, in Jeff Wilpon's words, "a championship-caliber" ballclub, and while they have significant holes in the lineup to fill, they're kidding themselves if they think they don't need another top-flight starter. We'll find out how serious they are by whether they make any kind of serious play for Lackey. (New York Daily News)Comment

JaMarcus denies Raiders fines

Boomer Esiason said on on the air Sunday JaMarcus Russell had been fined "heavily" for being late for meetings, missing one entirely, and for being overweight. Asked if he had been fined, Russell said, "Not at all." Asked if he had missed a meeting, Russell smiled, looked over at media relations director Mike Taylor and said, "Ask Mike on the side." (Contra Costa Times)Comment

Must-See Photo

Matt Holliday watches the potential game-clinching out roll away in the 9th inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 comeback win in Game 2 of the NLDS. (AP)

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The Twins look to tie up the ALDS in Yankee Stadium, 6:07 p.m. ET, TBS

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  • 1966 -- Baltimore Orioles sweep the L.A. Dodgers in the 1966 World Series
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