Thursday, December 10
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Mark Sanchez came to work yesterday fired up and ready to go. He left ticked off. Sanchez arrived to work flush with hope and expectation, ready to rebound from the sprained right knee he suffered in the Jets' 19-13 win over the Bills last Thursday and prepare to start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa. He left work enraged by coach Rex Ryan's decision not only to keep him out of the Buccaneers game but keep him from making the trip at all. Ryan told Sanchez yesterday that he was starting Kellen Clemens against the Buccaneers, because he wanted Sanchez's right knee to heal completely for the last three games of the season. (New York Post)Comment
The Red Sox last night were on the verge of sending third baseman Mike Lowell to the Rangers for a minor leaguer, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. Multiple sources, meanwhile, indicated that the Red Sox have "significant" interest in Adrian Beltre on the free agent market. The Lowell deal was for catcher Max Ramirez. (Boston Herald)Comment
As coach Alvin Gentry talked to reporters after practice, Suns center Robin Lopez unleashed his fiery temper again in the practice area. After his team lost a three-on-three game, Lopez slammed open the exit door so hard that its glass panes shattered upon the door hitting the wall. Gentry ended the interview to address Lopez. "His actions can't be tolerated," Gentry said on his KTAR-AM show. "It's something he's going to have to get under wraps if he's going to continue to improve and become a good player." Gentry said Lopez will be fined and pay for the door. Lopez, 21, has shown moments of frustrated rage during practice and even foot rehabilitation, screaming at himself for missed shots. He lost his cool last month with media present to the point that assistant coach Dan Majerle pulled him off the court for a pointed discussion. (Arizona Republic)Comment
Lim Eunji of South Korea clears the bar in the women's pole vault finals during the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. Lim won the gold medal. The East Asian Games, which feature 3,000 athletes competing in 22 sports, takes place in the southern Chinese territory through Dec. 13. (Antony Dickinson/AFP/Getty Images)
Chris Paul hit a game-winning lay-up for the Hornets on Wednesday night. Here are some of his best plays from last season.
Game To Watch
Steelers at Browns, 8:20 p.m.
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SI Vault: Nolan Ryan
This Day in Sports
- 1971 - The Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the Angels for six time all-star third baseman Jim Fregosi.
- 1972 - The American League voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule in a three-year experiment. In December of 1975 the American League voted to permanently adopt the designated-hitter rule.
- 1972 - The longest non-scoring pass in NFL history was made when Jim Hart (St. Louis Cardinals) threw a pass from his own one yard-line to Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad). Moore was tackled on the Rams' one-yard line. The pass was officially 98 yards.
- 1994 - Art Monk (New York Jets) set an NFL record of 178 straight games with a reception.