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Dez out for Dallas?

Dez Bryant may not be an option for Tony Romo this weekend. Continued problems with a high ankle sprain could keep [Bryant] out of Sunday's game at Minnesota. Bryant missed the majority of Thursday's practice because of discomfort in the ankle. Coach Wade Phillips admitted he is "worried" Bryant won't be able to play. Bryant injured the ankle on July 30, during training camp. He missed all five exhibition games and has come up limping several times during the regular season. (Dallas Morning News)Comment

Anthony deal on hold until December?

As Carmelo Anthony says some of the right things in Denver while sources are free to say otherwise, the Nuggets are ever more likely to have the former Syracuse star around for a while. League sources said the Nuggets could eventually revive the [Derrick] Favors talks, but, for now, they prefer to shop for a better offer. Team officials aren't close on a deal and will likely wait until after Dec. 15 when their options could expand because free agents signed this summer will be eligible to be traded. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Rockies targeting Berkman for '11?

Coming off career lows in home runs and RBIs, a current Yankee may find a high-altitude fix. Asked a few weeks ago about the Rockies' most pressing need, he blurted "an impact bat." The options range from fascinating ( Victor Martinez, hello) to reclamation (Conor Jackson). Here's a name to file under intriguing: Lance Berkman. The Yankee will soon be a free agent, and he won't be returning to New York. The Rockies kicked the tires on Berkman at the trading deadline. "That's a place that I would definitely have interest in," Berkman said here Thursday. (Denver Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

New Zealand's Shea McAleese celebrates after scoring the winning penalty shot against England in Thursday's men's field hockey bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India. (AP)

Must-See Video

Simon Gagne, a longtime member of the Flyers who was traded to the lightning in the offseason, received a warm welcome from the Philadelphia fans upon his return last night.

Game To Watch

Yankees at Rangers, 8:07 p.m. ET, ESPN

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SI Vault: More Kirk Gibson

This Day in Sports

  • 1968 -- Al Oerter wins the gold medal in the discus throw at the Mexico City Olympics, becoming the first track and field athlete to win four golds in the same event.
  • 1988 -- Kirk Gibson hits an unlikely pinch-hit, walk-off home run to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a stunning victory over the favored Oakland A's in Game 1 of the World Series.
  • 1989 -- Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings breaks Gordie Howe's NHL record of 1,850 points with a third-period goal against the Edmonton Oilers.