Wednesday, August 31
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Broadway Joe engaged in a little Jets-on-Jets crime Tuesday while comparing Plaxico Burress to Braylon Edwards. [And] that's not a flattering comparison coming from Namath. The New York Jets' legendary quarterback was occasionally critical of Edwards during his two seasons with the Jets. ... "When I see Burress, certainly in the past, and Edwards, their route running and adjusting, I didn't like it -- and I still don't," Namath told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday. "I'll be surprised if Burress and (quarterback Mark) Sanchez click well and I'll be even more surprised if Burress, after being laid off for two years and change, is going to make it through the season." (ESPNNewYork.com)Comment
Frank Beamer probably thought he'd seen int all in his quarter-century tenure at Virginia Tech ... until Monday. A female kicker, Lauren Luttrell, tried out for Virginia Tech's football team and performed so well that Beamer decided to invite the freshman back to kick in spring practice. "Right now it's kind of tough to come out there and get a lot of attention. Things are happening so fast right now," Beamer said. "But I was impressed with her and we'll bring her back out there in the spring." Luttrell kicked at Spotsylvania High last year. She is a converted soccer and volleyball player who only began kicking field goals during the spring before the 2010 football season. (Washington Post)Comment
You can probably hear the gnashing of teeth among the NHL's GMs. If you're wondering what two middling seasons in the NHL is worth, check out James van Riemsdyk's new six-year extension in Philadelphia. The 22-year-old Flyers' winger had 35 points his first full season and 40 last year. He just got $4.25 million a year, for six seasons from Flyers' owner Ed Snider, who has money to burn because he also owns the cable giant Comcast. This is a giant leap of faith for a kid who has size (6'3", 200 pounds) and skill but has blown by the intermediate stage in salary. ... All we know is, GM's on other teams with similiar young players must be privately cursing the Flyers because agents will certainly use the JVR deal as their comparable. (Edmonton Journal)Comment
Britain's Jessica Ennis makes an attempt Tuesday in the heptathlon long jump at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. (AP)
Kevin Durant scored 59 points as he joined LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul in an exhibition game at Morgan State.
Game To Watch
Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN
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This Day in Sports
- 1959 -- Sandy Koufax ties Bob Feller's major-league single-game strikeout record of 18 in a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
- 1969 -- Former world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano dies in an airplane crash in Iowa.
- 1970 -- Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union wins two gold medals and one silver in the individual gymnastics competition, turning it into one of the Olympics' marquee events almost overnight.