Morning Jolt: Jamal Lewis rips Mangini

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Friday, November 13

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Lewis rips Mangini's methods

Everybody says the Browns work hard under coach Eric Mangini. Jamal Lewis is the first player to say they work too hard to win. "The talent is there. There's talent all over this room, young and old," Lewis said of the 1-7 team. "At the same time, that talent's got to be able to be ready for Sunday and to be fresh for Sunday and be ready to go out and be efficient on Sunday. You can work hard as you want. You can work all day, seven days a week all the way up to Sunday in practice. But at the same time, if you're going to work like that, then maybe on Sunday you're probably not going to get what you want out of your players." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)Comment

LeBron changing number to honor MJ

Basking in the glow of a victory over the Heat, Cavs superstar LeBron James looked over at his idol sitting in the stands at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night and made a command decision. Out of respect to Michael Jordan, who sat courtside and watched James score 34 points, James said he is planning on switching his number after this season from No. 23 to No. 6. It just sort of came out, but it was obvious he's been thinking about it for a while. And James wants to lead a movement to get every player who wears No. 23 in the league to give it up as a tribute to Jordan. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)Comment

Trouble with Red Sox catchers?

Jason Varitek has decided to come back as the Red Sox backup catcher. Now, newly anointed catcher Victor Martinez won't be looking over his shoulder to just chat with the umpire. This won't end well. For Varitek, sitting on the bench for at least four out of every five games and watching Martinez handle the pitching staff is going to be like having your Mercedes repossessed and then finding out your next door neighbor bought it at an auction. You'll still see the car every day, and he might even let you take it for a spin for old time's sake every once in a while, but the keys belong to him now, not you. (Boston Globe)Comment

Must-See Photo

Seeing red: Guard Tony Wragge (69), tight end Delanie Walker (46) and defensive tackle Ray McDonald (91) of the San Francisco 49ers wait to be introduced with their teammates before their game against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on Nov. 12. The 49ers won 10-6. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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  • 1900 -- Baltimore Orioles (now New York Yankees) enter the American League
  • 1951 -- Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to a Japanese Pacific League all-star squad
  • 1964 -- Bob Petit of the St. Louis Hawks becomes the first NBA player to score 20,000 points
  • 1991 -- Roger Clemens of the Red Sox wins the AL Cy Young Award for the third time