Thursday, November 4
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A day after Hal Steinbrenner hit the airwaves to talk about, among other things, the future of Derek Jeter, the captain's agent let it be known that it is indeed a business. If Jeter approaches business decisions with the single-mindedness he exhibits on the baseball field, these talks between the Yankees and their captain, the face of the franchise and among the all-time Yankees greats, could get crusty. [Said agent Casey Close:] "Clearly, baseball is a business, and Derek's impact on the sport's most valuable franchise can't be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter." (New York Post)Comment
In addition to taking another opportunity to remind everyone that he doesn't always agree with Brad Childress, Brett Favre talked about losing Randy Moss on Wednesday. Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in four games with the Vikings but Favre went out of his way to say, "I think statistics are so deceiving, especially in Randy's case." Favre pointed out that aside from Moss' first game with the Vikings -- in which the Jets had corner Antonio Cromartie provide single coverage the whole game -- Moss consistently drew double teams. That made it difficult to get the ball to Moss but easy to find Percy Harvin. Harvin's numbers in those four games: 19 catches, 287 yards, two touchdowns. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment
Derrick Rose earned some off-the-court tabloid notoriety Wednesday. NBA star Derrick Rose sparked fury on the set of CBS's "The Good Wife" [Tuesday] when he didn't show up to film an agreed cameo appearance in New York. The Bulls point guard refused to come out of his house in Chicago when the crew sent a car to pick him up on Tuesday morning, sources tell us. Rose -- who helped the Bulls to victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago's United Center on Monday night -- also refused to give the show's producers an explanation for his no-show, even though they had him booked on a flight to New York, the source added. (New York Post)Comment
South Florida's Jacquian Williams sacks Rutgers quarterback Chas Dodd on fourth down late in the second half to help preserve a 28-27 victory on Wednesday night. (AP)
San Francisco celebrated the city's first World Series championship with a downtown parade Wednesday afternoon.
Game To Watch
Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Portland Trail Blazers
SI Vault: More Elgin Baylor
This Day in Sports
- 1954 -- The Philadelphia Athletics move to Kansas City.
- 1971 -- Elgin Baylor announces his retirement due to knee problems just two weeks into his 14th NBA season.
- 2001 -- The Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the New York Yankees, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series for the franchise's first title.