Tuesday, December 29

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Tuesday, December 29

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Cable throws Russell under bus

Tom Cable's Monday news conference felt like a rerun of a comedy classic. The Raiders' head coach, sensing a looming pink slip, gets an opportunity to defend his administration and takes it. Asked whether the Raiders would be playoff-bound if they had received an average or better performance from their quarterback, Cable quietly and succinctly made the strongest statement of the afternoon: "Without even asking that question, you know that we would have." If JaMarcus Russell has something to prove, he probably won't get a chance until next season. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment

Leach refused to apologize

Texas Tech completed an initial investigation before suspending Mike Leach. The Avalanche-Journal learned during that investigation Leach did not dispute the facts, but did not believe he had done anything wrong. Leach also told officials Adam James was a slacker and his father, Craig James, was always calling and acting like a Little League dad. Leach had until Monday to write an apology and when he did not, the university officials felt they had to take action. Leach has been suspended indefinitely, with pay, from his role as head coach. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)Comment

Coughlin: Leaders have no answers

It should not have been surprising that when coach Tom Coughlin met with the Giants' leadership council yesterday, the dozen or so players offered little insight as to why a team with so much to play for Sunday ended its playoff hopes and its era at Giants Stadium with an embarrassing 41-9 loss to the Panthers. "Nothing that you could say was a great benefit that I could use, for example in a planning way going forward," Coughlin said. Later, he added, "There were a couple of things that were said that might be answers or something that I might be able to dwell on at the right time. That will remain private." Then the coach apologized to Giants fans for Sunday's performance, just as Eli Manning had done in front of his locker a few minutes earlier. (New York Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Germany's Martin Schmitt looks like an airliner coming in for a landing during the men's qualifiying competition at the Four Hills FIS ski jumping championship in Oberstdorf, Germany, on December 28. (Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

An evergreen classic observation by George Carlin on the differences between football and baseball.

Game To Watch

Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

  1. Miami FL Hurricanes
  2. Wisconsin Badgers

SI Vault: More Wayne Gretzky

This Day in Sports

  • 1934 -- The first regular-season college basketball game at New York's Madison Square Garden, with NYU beating Notre Dame, 25-18.
  • 1937 -- Babe Ruth returns as manager of the De Land Reds of the Class D Florida State League. Ruth had retired as a player in 1935.
  • 1961 -- Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors pours in 60 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 1965 -- CBS buys the rights to the NFL regular-season games for 1966 and 1967, with an option for 1968, for $18.8 million per year.
  • 1984 -- Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores his 100th point of the season in only his 35th game.