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Golden Gophers could go after Dungy

As of Tuesday morning, Tim Brewster is still Minnesota's head coach. But if there is a change, speculation will immediately focus on two former Gophers quarterbacks, Tony Dungy and Marc Trestman. And count on it -- Dungy will be the first person contacted, as he was after the Gophers fired Glen Mason. People close to Dungy, who coached the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl championship, feel he would be more inclined toward the NFL than college if he were to try coaching again. But Dungy is different than most big-time coaches, and has a special affinity for his alma mater. A $5 million annual contract from a NFL team might not be as important to Dungy as the challenge to make his alma mater relevant in football. (Pioneer Press)Comment

Giants may tweak rotation

According to a Brian Sabean radio appearance, the Giants are not only hearing positive news in the form of Freddy Sanchez and Andres Torres, but also talking about their starting rotation. [Sabean] said he and Bruce Bochy have talked about moving Tim Lincecum up a day in the rotation ... "It's pretty obvious the flip-flop on the Timmy/Zito thing doesn't factor in either way because ... if we have a (one-game) playoff, they're pitching on short rest. One of the greater considerations would be maybe pitch Timmy on Wednesday which would keep him on time, allow him to have four days before a playoff if necessary and giving (Madison) Bumgarner the extra day." (San Jose Mercury News)Comment

Edwards better off as backup for Pats?

Though not particularly old, Trent Edwards may fit the suit of a veteran backup rather than someone who can take over a moribund offense. Another quarterback-starved NFL team -- perhaps Carolina, Cleveland or Jacksonville -- could be a landing spot for him, but those teams have similar problems to Buffalo. At this point, signing to be a backup behind a top quarterback on a well-established offense -- such as Tom Brady in New England -- would be much more beneficial to Edwards. (Sporting News)Comment

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The Phillies celebrate after clinching their fourth straight NL East title. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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This Day in Sports

  • 1919 -- Giants beat Phillies 6-1 in fastest major league game (51 minutes).
  • 1920 -- Eight White Sox players indicted for allegedly throwing 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal).
  • 1941 -- Ted Williams ends the baseball season with a .406 batting average.
  • 1974 -- Angels ace Nolan Ryan throws third no-hitter, beats Twins 4-0.
  • 1976 -- Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1996 -- Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended five games for spitting at ump.