Thursday, August 25
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Carlos Pena in pinstripes? The Yankees are one of the teams that have claimed [Pena] on waivers. The 33-year-old Pena, who entered yesterday hitting .223 with 23 homers, 67 RBIs and a .342 on-base percentage, is on a one-year $10 million deal with Chicago. He spent the bulk of his career with the Tigers and Rays and was a Yankees minor leaguer for four months in 2006. According to Foxsports.com, the Cubs likely will take Pena off waivers, thus ensuring that there isn't a trade with the Yankees (or anyone). "I'm not optimistic of doing anything," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said yesterday, regarding the possibility of adding a player via waiver trade without speaking specifically of Pena. "I think this is mostly what we've got." (New York Post)Comment
Plaxico Burress didn't really see the Giants in his future. His meeting with ownership and team officials was just a long kiss goodbye, a nostalgic sit-down with familiar people. Never mind that the Jets offered more guaranteed money or others involved were under the impression they were negotiating a contract, Burress said Wednesday his goal was "closure." He laughed with Jerry Reese, John Mara and his good buddy, Steve Tisch. He enjoyed a photo of himself on the wall of the Giants' offices. Then he signed with the Jets. [Barring injury], Burress will line up against his former team in Saturday night's preseason game, the second consecutive week the Jets receiver will take center stage. "Personally, I think I just needed a fresh start," Burress said. (New York Daily News)Comment
The leadership at USC would caution those who read much into a headliner's return. USC tailback Marc Tyler, suspended for the Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota, made his first practice appearance Wednesday and worked nearly exclusively with the scout team. "He's done what we've asked him to do to be able to come back and practice," said Athletic Director Pat Haden, who attended the early part of practice. "He's not playing. He's on the scout team. He still has a lot more hurdles to overcome." Tyler, USC's leading rusher last season, was suspended during the summer after a series of off-the-field incidents. ... "It's the next step in the process [of] Marc hopefully coming back," USC Coach Lane Kiffin said. "This isn't a major step." (Los Angeles Times)Comment
Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, of Australia, rides in the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. (AP)
Behind the scenes at the most anticipated summer league game ever.
Game To Watch
Redskins at Ravens, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Washington Redskins
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SI Vault: More Carl Lewis
This Day in Sports
- 1922 -- The Phillies leave the bases loaded in the ninth inning and lose to the Cubs 26-23 after trailing 25-6 in the fourth inning.
- 1991 -- Carl Lewis wins the 100-meters at the world championships in a record 9.86 seconds to regain his title of World's Fastest Man.
- 2006 -- Yusaku Miyazato becomes the first golfer to make two holes-in-one in the same round.