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NFL considering 8-game season

Cris Collinsworth, may turn out to be right, after all. The NFL is considering season lengths for 2011 as short as eight regular-season games, half its normal number, as the league plans for the possibility of an abbreviated season because of the nearly three-month-long lockout, sources said. An eight-game season could start in late November. Allowing for five weeks up front for free agency, training camps and perhaps one preseason game, the contingency suggests that the league and players could reach a deal on a new labor agreement as late as mid- to late October and still salvage a season. For now, the league has said its focus remains on playing a full season. Key owners and executives met face to face with player representatives last week in hopes of resolving the labor strife. (Sporting News)Comment

Zambrano wants out of Chicago

It isn't quite adding up in Chicago. Carlos Zambrano is a liar. Not in assessing his Cubs teammates with a "We stinks," as he did after a 3-2, 10-inning loss Sunday to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that, he was 100 percent on the money. Not for calling the Cubs' play on the field "embarrassing." If it quacks like a duck, lies down like a duck and dies like a duck, it's either a duck or 102 seasons and counting of "embarrassing." Why he would fail a lie-detector test is because of the answer he gave Cubs beat writers when he was asked Monday if he wanted out of the North Side. "I don't want to think about that," Zambrano said, knee-deep in damage control. "I'm a Cubbie. I want to be a Cub the rest of my life. I want to focus on this team." (Chicago Sun-Times)Comment

Rodriguez returning to WVU?

In the event the current in-house options, from the coach-in-now to the coach-in-waiting are both unfit for duty in Morgantown, at least one creative suggestion for Oliver Luck at this late date involves a certain former Mountaineers head coach. Now, now, Mr. Luck: hear us out. Please put the phone down. We don't need to bring security guards into this matter and make it weird. Mr. Rich Rodriguez is the rare coach who has significant and successful BCS-level head coaching experience, is under 50 years old, and is available immediately for employment. Why, he even has seven years of experience coaching your very own West Virginia Mountaineers! Seven! Had he not made the fatal error of trusting Greg Robinson, Mr. Rodriguez would undoubtedly still be coaching the Michigan Wolverines today. (

Must-See Photo

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas revels in the jubilation at TD Garden following the Bruins' 8-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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We're not talking about practice anymore, but we are talking about Allen Iverson, who turns 36 today.

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The Mavericks try to even the series at 2-2 in Game 4 of the NBA finals, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

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SI Vault: More Washington Bullets

This Day in Sports

  • 1978 -- Led by Elvin Hayes, the Washington Bullets traveled to Seattle and defeated the SuperSonics 105-99 in Game 7 to win the NBA Championship.
  • 1989 -- Wayne Gretzky wins his ninth NHL Hart Trophy in 10 years.
  • 1993 -- New Jersey guard Drazen Petrovic, a 1993 All-NBA Third Team selection, was killed in an automobile accident in Germany.
  • 1998 -- The Baltimore Orioles retired Eddie Murray's No. 33 jersey.