Morning Jolt: Eli: I'm in Brady's class

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Wednesday, August 17

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Eli: I'm in Brady's class

Eli Manning is an elite NFL quarterback ... just ask him. The New York Giants quarterback, who does have a Super Bowl MVP award to his name, said on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 1050 on Tuesday that he considers himself to be a top quarterback who belongs in the same class as New England's Tom Brady. "I consider myself in that class and Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year." ... While Manning is regarded as a very good quarterback by most, as he's led the Giants to the playoffs in four of his seven seasons as the full-time starter, there is usually a hesitation to place him among the elite in the game. (

Thome may yet land in a pennant race

The Twins gave the newest member of the 600-homer club a rest Tuesday, and Jim Thome can now turn his attention to other matters. As much as Thome doesn't want to address it, the possibility that he could end up in a pennant race -- with another team -- exists. With the Aug. 31 trade deadline approaching, a team looking for some lefthanded punch could be interested in acquiring Thome for the stretch drive. And Thome wants to win. ... If Thome clears waivers, the Phillies, Angels and Indians could be among teams interested in dealing for him. All three are in pennant races. He played for the Phillies from 2003 to '05, and he broke in with Cleveland in 1991 and was there until 2002. (Star Tribune)Comment

West applying for work at Home Depot?

Delonte West has made nearly $15 million in his career. Now, though, with the NBA and the NBA Players Association unable to settle on a new labor deal, the league has locked out the players. If the lockout continues into the season's scheduled start in late October, players won't get paid. He's not yet missed any paychecks, but West is preparing for such an event. With the national unemployment rate at 9.1 percent -- and much, much higher than that when including the people who have stopped looking for work -- and with West's savings from his modest income maybe running dry, he's taking action. On his @CharleeRedz13 Twitter account, West tweets: It's official.. Pride 2 the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout aint a game.. (The Plain Dealer)Comment

Must-See Photo

Peter Bourjos of the Los Angeles Angels (left) upends Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers to break up a double play during the second inning of Tuesday's game. The Angels' Alberto Callaspo was safe at first. (AP)

Must-See Video

Lyle Overbay's ninth-inning double off Roy Halladay pushed the D-backs past the Phillies 3-2.

Game To Watch

Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN

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This Day in Sports

  • 1920 -- Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman dies after being hit in the head by a pitched ball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Giants.
  • 1938 -- Henry Armstrong wins the world lightweight title in a 15-round split decision over Lou Ambers, becoming the first boxer to hold titles in three different divisions at the same time. (He also held the welter and featherweight championships.)
  • 1973 -- Lee Trevino gets the first hole in one of his career at the USI Golf Classic in Sutton, Mass.