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Karl: Nuggets will be good with or without Carmelo

George Karl is back, and he believes both that Carmelo Anthony will stick with the Nuggets, and that, if he doesn't, they're still a good team. "For some reason, our P.R. in the summer, it seems like people like to think that we're going to be awful. And I just go, why? Why do they think this? We've put three 50-win seasons on the board. Even without Melo I think we're a good basketball team. I think we're going to work something out with Melo and it's going to come out positive for Denver Nugget basketball." (The Denver Post)Comment

Penny-pinching catching up to Cards?

Are the Cards now being exposed for building a roster on the cheap? Yes, Bill DeWitt signed off on the $120 million contract extension for left fielder Matt Holliday. And he approved of the one-year, $7.5 million salary for starting pitcher Brad Penny. But then the Cardinals went cheap in assembling the rest of the roster. ... Through 66 home dates, attendance is up compared to last year. DeWitt and general manager John Mozeliak claimed that there was money to spend to improve the team in-season as needs emerged, but no additional investments materialized. The three-way trade that netted starting pitcher Jake Westbrook and sent right fielder Ryan Ludwick to San Diego was a financial wash. The Cardinals' payroll is actually down from last season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Comment

Bradshaw 'praying' NFL upholds Big Ben's six-game suspension

It's probably a good thing Terry Bradshaw isn't part of Ben Roethlisberger's character witness effort. The NFL should not lower the suspension imposed on Roethlisberger by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, Bradshaw told reporters at the AdvoCare V-100 kickoff luncheon. "Oh, my God. I pray they don't cut it to four games, I hope they leave it at six," Bradshaw said. "There's no excuse for that. What happens is, these guys -- their egos get out of hand." (

Must-See Photo

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor stiff arms Mario Harvey of the Marshall Thundering Herd during the teams' season opener at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-7. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

After a somewhat sluggish first half, Team USA dominated in the second in its game against Tunisia. Eric Gordon scored 21 points in Team USA's 92-57 victory.

Game To Watch

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 8:10 p.m. ET

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SI Vault: Andre Agassi

This Day in Sports

  • 2006 -- After winning 60 career titles, tennis star Andre Agassi retires.
  • 1981 -- The longest game in Fenway Park, a 19-inning match-up between the Mariners and Red Sox is suspended at a score of 7-7.
  • 1957 -- Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn sets record for a lefty with 41st shut-out. He would become the winningest left-hander in baseball history.