Wednesday, November 3
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"Unbelievable," Edgar Reneria would say later. Turns out, Renteria's story is more unbelievable than anyone knew. Amid the dewy celebration, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner revealed that Renteria came within an eyelash of being replaced on the postseason roster after popping his left biceps tendon in Game 2 of the NL division series against the Atlanta Braves. Renteria sat in an MRI chamber at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, assuming his season -- and probably his career -- was over. "We were talking about what we'd do on the roster," Groeschner said. "It was torn all the way through." (San Jose Mercury News)Comment
Randy Moss' epicurean side had much to do with leaving a bad taste in Minnesota. Tinucci's Restaurant and Catering, which operates out of Newport and Woodbury and has been in business since 1958, hosted a buffet for Vikings players Friday afternoon. "We had the whole buffet set up, and we had a nice spread -- chicken, ribs, round of beef with a carving station, the whole deal," Tinucci's co-owner Gus Tinucci said [Tuesday]. "(Moss) he comes in, and I'm helping one of the guys and didn't look up, and all of a sudden I heard, 'What the (expletive) is this? I wouldn't feed this (expletive expletive) to my (expletive) dog!'" ... Tinucci said the locker room, filled with players, got quiet. "Nobody said anything except for one (player) who said, 'Shut the (expletive) up, Randy,'" he said. (Pioneer Press)Comment
Gasol vs. Gasol turned out to be a runaway win for Pau. [The] story was Gasol's surge a day after Jackson ribbed the three-time All-Star by saying, "A lot of times we say we traded the wrong guy and tell him that Marc is a tougher, more powerful player than he is." ... Gasol seemed surprised, if not mildly irritated, that he was told to reenter the game with 5:24 to play and the Lakers ahead, 112-93. "Ask Phil," he said. "I didn't put myself back in there. I'm a professional player and I follow the orders of my coach." (Los Angeles Times)Comment
Twente's Luuk de Jong (center) celebrates a goal during Tuesday's Champions League group-stage match against SV Werder Bremen in Bremen, Germany. (AP)
The Wizards' Cartier Martin nails a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation (off an assist from John Wall) to force overtime against the Sixers.
Game To Watch
Lakers at Kings, ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET
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This Day in Sports
- 1899 -- James J. Jeffries defends the world heavyweight championship with points victories after 25 rounds against Tom Sharkey.
- 1993 -- Greg Maddux becomes the first player to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards for different teams.
- 1996 -- San Francisco's Jerry Rice becomes the first NFL player to log 1,000 career receptions.