Morning Jolt: Raiders DE: We're NFL's laughingstock

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Raiders DE: We're NFL's laughingstock

There, Raiders defensive end Greg Ellis said it. If the Raiders want to prove otherwise, it's on them to do it on the field starting Sunday against the Eagles. Raiders sack leader Greg Ellis said the Raiders should feel like the laughingstock of the NFL. "The mood we're going to be in or should be in, right now we're kind of the laughingstock of the NFL," Ellis said Thursday. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment

Mo skips workouts for personal reasons

Mariano Rivera was absent from a Yankees workout today for the second straight day with the club's blessing, The Post has learned. "It's nothing physical, it was for personal reasons and he will be here (Friday)," GM Brian Cashman said of his stud closer. (New York Post)Comment

Has Stoops lost his mojo?

Last week's news conference included questions about conservative play-calling, shoddy tackling and the leaky offensive line. This week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops faced a fresh barrage of darts, most of them tossed from strategic angles or camouflaged with a smile. One pleasantly phrased zinger pierced the heart of the matter. Could Stoops comment on the perception that the "mojo" he once had over Texas counterpart Mack Brown has turned entering Saturday's A&T Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl? Some would say it's impudent to question a coach who has won more games this century, 105, than any other coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision. But Sooners fans are far from content. (Dallas Morning News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Phillies slugger Raul Ibanez hits a three-run homer to increase Philadelphia's lead to 8-4 in the top of the eighth. The Phillies ended up winning Game 1 of the NLCS 8-6. (AP)

Must-See Video

Redskins legend John Riggins tears into Washington coach Jim Zorn.

Game To Watch

ALCS Game 1: Angels at Yankees, 7:57 p.m. ET, Fox

  1. Los Angeles Angels
  2. New York Yankees

SI Vault: Tommie Smith

This Day in Sports

  • 1909 -- Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12th round for heavyweight title.
  • 1968 -- During Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos give Black Power salute.
  • 1969 -- Mets pull off huge upset against Orioles, winning 66th World Series in five games.
  • 1987 -- Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in seventh round for heavyweight title.
  • 1991 -- Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes seventh player to be banned from NBA for life under league's anti-drug agreement.