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Wed. June 23, 2010

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The knock on Wall: He can't shoot

The annual talent grab that is the NBA draft occasionally leads to more questions -- for instance, how long will it take for a player to shine -- than answers. In the meantime, it all starts with the Washington Wizards' selection of Kentucky point guard John Wall. And while I don't mean to suggest that the Wizards should take his teammate DeMarcus Cousins or Ohio State's Evan Turner, I do think there are some knocks on Wall's game -- explosive as he may be -- that seldom get discussed. Like, well, he sort of can't shoot. Hey, but Rajon Rondo couldn't shoot coming out of Kentucky and still can't at times, and he's done OK for himself and the Celtics. (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Patriots plan Halloween outfit

Steve Grogan ... Andre Tipett ... Mosi Tatupu ... The Patriots have officially ditched the silver alternate jerseys (that kind of just looked like dirty whites), and will usher in throwbacks to replace them on a permanent basis. It will be a bit different than last year's unis, worn in celebration of the AFL's 50 anniversary. These are styled after the 1985 AFC Championship team. And the Patriots' official Twitter feed passed on word this morning that the team will break them out for the team's Oct. 31 game against the Vikings. Minnesota, everyone's betting, will be quarterbacked by Brett Favre, who was in the league when the Patriots actually wore those uniforms for real. No kidding. And not just for one year. (The Boston Globe)Comment

Piniella glad troubled Bradley got help

Lou Piniella may not be considered the most touchy-feely of managers, but he's rooting for Milton Bradley. "I'm glad that he's gotten some good help," Piniella said. "I'd like to see Milton do well. He was with us a year in Chicago and he did what he could. He came here to Seattle, and we like to see our ex-players do well, and Milton is no exception." Piniella was asked if he would speak to Bradley during the series. "If I see him," he replied. "But I'm sure he's doing the best that he can and I wish him the best." (

Must-See Photo

Contest-winner Adam Santarossa peers out of a giant replica World Cup ball in Melbourne, Australia, where he has been watching all games live from South Africa. Santarossa spends at least 22 hours a day in the ball and is allowed out for toilet breaks, food and excercise. (Photo by William West/AFP/Getty Images)

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This Day in Sports

  • 1894 -- The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • 1932 -- Lou Gehrig plays 1,103rd straight game in a Yankees uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland)
  • 1963 -- Jimmy Piersall of the Mets hits his 100th homer and circles the bases backwards
  • 1969 -- Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in eighth round to win heavyweight title
  • 1972 -- President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • 2005 -- Tim Duncan named NBA Finals MVP after his Spurs beat the Pistons in seven games