Morning Jolt: Moss-Pats end brewing for months

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Moss-Pats end brewing for months

The fate of Randy Moss may have been sealed over the winter. Last February, when Randy Moss told reporters in Florida that he expected this season to be his last with the Patriots, the comment seemed to come out of left field. Fitting, since he was talking at former teammate Heath Evans's charity softball game. But according to a source close to Moss, the receiver already had been told by coach Bill Belichick that he wasn't part of their future plans. As is the case in the breakup of many marriages, the divorce between Moss and the Patriots -- which seemed to happen swiftly last week, when the 33-year-old receiver was sent to Minnesota for a third-round draft pick -- actually had been coming for some time. (Boston Globe)Comment

Minaya still in Mets' future?

Mets fans, Omar Minaya may wind up sticking around in Queens. If Sandy Alderson becomes the next general manager of the Mets -- and at this moment it is hard to imagine a different outcome -- [his predecessor] could be well-positioned to remain active in the organization. ... Minaya is not expected to make a decision about his future for at least another month, several weeks after the Mets name a new GM (that will likely happen before the World Series). Some time this winter, though, the team and Minaya will discuss his future. Still owed more than $2 million over the next two seasons, Minaya has built many strong relationships with other executives in the league, and is generally respected as a talent evaluator. (New York Daily News)Comment

Lakers may open without Bynum, Kobe

The Lakers have returned from their globetrotting, but the team is facing injury issues. Kobe Bryant still is trying to get his right knee stronger after having surgery in July. Andrew Bynum hasn't begun to practice after surgery on his right knee and might not play until late November or early December. Luke Walton is dealing with a right hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two exhibition games. He's expected to be reevaluated this week. "I just don't think that Andrew, that there is a chance he's going to possibly be ready for the season," said Jackson, who added that the Lakers also aren't sure how ready Bryant will be when the season starts. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Must-See Photo

Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) loses his helmet as Cowboys linebacker Bradie James (56) tackles him during the first half of Sunday's Tennessee-Dallas game in Arlington, Texas. (AP)

Must-See Video

Wideout Miles Austin hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Cowboys' 34-27 loss to the Titans.

Game To Watch

Giants at Braves, 7:37 p.m., TBS

  1. San Francisco Giants
  2. Atlanta Braves

SI Vault: More Mario Lemieux

This Day in Sports

  • 1972 -- Cincinnati's Johnny Bench leads off the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying home run, helping the Reds to a series-clinching victory in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Pirates.
  • 1984 -- Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes his NHL debut against the Bruins, scoring a goal on his first shot on his first shift.
  • 1999 -- Boston's Pedro Martinez, who did not start because of a back injury, enters the game and pitches six no-hit innings of relief to help the Red Sox to an ALDS-clinching victory over the Indians.