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Morning Jolt: Tuesday, January 25

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Tuesday, January 25

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Herschel Walker making NFL comeback?

Nearing 50, Herschel Walker is talking about an NFL comeback. To hear him tell it, Walker can still give a boost to any NFL team willing to ignore the date on his birth certificate. He turns 49 on March 3. "If I continue to stay in the shape I'm in now, I know I can play when I'm 50," Walker insisted [Monday]. ... "Right now, if you asked me if I can play today, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind I can play football, that I can help a team out," said Walker, whose spent his final three NFL seasons primarily as a receiver and kick returner for the Giants and Cowboys. "I can 100 percent guarantee you I can help a football team out." (Philadelphia Daily News)Comment

Bird ready to make a splash

A Hall-of-Famer on the court may be looking to end his front office career on a high note. Larry Bird was one of the best clutch players the game ever has seen. So with Bird perhaps being in the final months of his three decades in the NBA, wouldn't Bird look for a final shot? Of course. With expiring contracts of Mike Dunleavy ($10.56 million), T.J. Ford ($8.5 million) and Jeff Foster ($6.66 million), Indiana is finally in position this summer to have oodles of cap room. But Bird, the Pacers president, said his preference is to use his assets to swing a deal by the Feb. 24 trade deadline to acquire a key player. "I would do that," Bird, 54, who is contemplating retiring from the NBA after this season, said in an interview with FanHouse. (FanHouse)Comment

Morneau still a work in progress

In an effort to remain in his workout routine, Justin Morneau will miss Minnesota's TwinsFest event this weekend. The decision was made by General Manager Bill Smith, who said Morneau is on a specific workout program and it's more important for him to keep on track. "It's still a work in progress," Smith said, "but he has made tremendous progress since the end of the season. That's why I don't want to set that back." ... Smith is confident that Morneau will be ready to start the regular season with the club -- but wants Morneau to stick to his workout plan. And the next few weeks are important. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)Comment

Must-See Photo

Novak Djokovic kept his eye on the ball during his quarterfinal win at the Australian Open. (AP)

Must-See Video

Why the Steelers are the early favorite over the Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

Game To Watch

No. 12 Purdue at No. 1 Ohio State, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

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SI Vault: More Brett Hull

This Day in Sports

  • 1924 -- The first Winter Olympics are held in Charmonix, France
  • 1991 -- Brett Hull of the Blues becomes just the third NHL player to score 50 goals in less than 50 games.
  • 2001 -- Andrew Magee makes what's thought to be the first hole-in-one on a par-4 on the PGA Tour.