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Strasburg's 2011 MLB debut could be Sept. 6

Stephen Strasburg topped out at 98 on the gun, and most accounts had him breezing through much of his five innings of a weekend rehab start, this one for Class AAA Syracuse. Cumulatively, Strasburg has thrown 14 1/3 innings on his rehab assignment, and has allowed 13 hits and eight earned runs (giving him a 5.02 ERA), with 25 strikeouts against only three walks. Although the Nationals have not revealed a specific timetable for Strasburg's return to the majors, it is believed he will make another minor league start on Sept. 1 -- most likely for Class AA Harrisburg, the only Nationals affiliate with a home game that day -- then possibly make his season debut at Nationals Park as soon as Sept. 6. (Washington Post)Comment

Grant encourages other RBs to take pay cut

On the surface, Ryan Grant took a pay $1 million cut, and the fact he's not complaining suggests there's more to the contract than the bottom line. In fact, Grant has accepted the reduction almost as an occupational hazard for a running back in the National Football League. "When you don't take that personal it makes football easy," Grant said Sunday. "I wasn't the first and I won't be the last. That's how it goes." ... In the deal, Grant's base salary of $3.5 million was reduced to $2.5 million. In return, his $2.5 million base salary was fully guaranteed against both skill and injury, something his previous base had not been. "I also understand both sides," said Grant. "That's why I'm in favor of other people doing it. I think you'll see it with a lot of running backs (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)Comment

Should D'Antoni be worried?

When Mike Woodson touches down in New York, he may do so as part of the Knicks longterm future. Woodson's credentials are unquestioned, but there is also no denying that his presence on the Knicks' bench is an ominous sign for [Mike D'Antoni], who is entering the final year of his contract. Besides Woodson's long-time working relationship with [Larry Brown], the former Knicks' first-round pick also has strong ties to Isiah Thomas and current Knicks GM Glen Grunwald dating back 30 years when they were teammates at Indiana University under Bob Knight. Additionally, D'Antoni was never in favor of altering his staff until he was ordered to do so in May, as initially reported by The News. (New York Daily News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (fourth from bottom) false starts during the men's 100-meter final at the the World Championships on Sunday in Daegu, South Korea. (AP)

Must-See Video

Nick Pratto singled in the winning run with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to spark California to a 2-1 victory over Japan for the Little League World Series championship.

Game To Watch

Phillies at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN

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This Day in Sports

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  • 1977 -- Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals steals two bases against the San Diego Padres to bring his career total to 893, breaking the record Ty Cob set 49 years earlier.
  • 1994 -- Mario Lemieux announces he will be taking a medical leave of absence due to fatigue, an aftereffect of his 1993 radiation treatment.