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Before he even arrives in Oakland, many are debating the position that Terrelle Pryor will play. Scouts have been critical of Pryor's passing skills and some have projected him as a wide receiver or pass-receiving tight end. In interviews before the supplemental draft, Pryor expressed a preference for quarterback but a willingness to play anywhere. The Raiders want to get a look at Pryor behind center before doing anything else. "The young man is a quarterback," Jackson said. "That's where we'll start and we'll go from there." Pryor won 31 of 35 starts at Ohio State and as a junior passed for 2,772 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, in addition to 754 yards rushing and four touchdowns. (Oakland Tribune)Comment
Casey Blake hit off a tee over the weekend, which was considered a start of his latest comeback attempt. But Blake, who has missed the Dodgers' last four games, is proceeding with caution. "Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious," he said. "I want to be able to move my neck when I'm 50." As recently as last month, the 38-year-old third baseman said he wasn't entertaining the idea of retirement. But he said this weekend that his condition was making him reconsider. "Sure," he said. "Obviously, I don't want to go out like this. Hopefully, with rest in the off-season this thing goes away and I can get ready to play another season. I'll cross that bridge when I get there." (Los Angeles Times)Comment
Though the lockout is an obvious drag on the NBA's momentum, it has done wonders for Drew League-Goodman League buzz. Though plans are far from definitive, Drew League officials intend to meet with Kobe Bryant's representatives Wednesday to discuss a possible appearance in a proposed exhibition game in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 between the Drew League and Goodman League. ... Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports Agency, didn't return calls for comment, but [Drew League Commissioner Oris "Dino" Smiley] holds plenty of optimism Bryant would play in the proposed Drew League-Goodman League game. Said Smiley: "I would be surprised that, if it's held in L.A., that he wouldn't show up and play for it." (Los Angeles Times)Comment
Hamamatsu City players Asuya Otsuka, Sotaro Yoshida, Ryoto Matsushita and Yoshiki Suzuki (from left) celebrate after Yoshida's home run in the sixth inning of a pool play Little League World Series game against Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Hamamatsu City won 13-4. (AP)
Justin Verlander picked up his MLB-best 19th-win a 5-2 Tigers' win over the Rays.
Game To Watch
Red Sox at Rangers, 8:10 p.m. ET, NESN/FSH
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This Day in Sports
- 1936 -- Bob Feller, 17, strikes out 15 batters in his first major-league start for the Cleveland Indians, a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns.
- 1982 -- Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners is thrown from a game for throwing an illegal spitball.
- 1989 -- Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from baseball after being accused of betting against his own team.