Monday, September 5
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Is the Kerry Collins era about to begin in Indy? The availability of quarterback Peyton Manning for the Indianapolis Colts' opener Sunday at Houston remains in doubt, and further uncertainty arose Sunday. Various reports mentioned the possibility of Manning missing the game. Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay could not be reached for comment. Colts vice chairman Bill Polian told Sports Illustrated's Peter King, "I don't know anything about that. I honestly don't." [A Sunday Twitter entry [from WFNI-AM] cited "multi sources" reported] that Manning "needs a 2nd neck procedure. Will remain out indefinitely . . ." Manning missed the preseason while continuing his rehabilitation. (Indianapolis Star)Comment
Mets fans may want to prepare for a payroll going down. Sandy Alderson recently established parameters when he insisted the team could be competitive in the $100 million-$110 million range. ... And actually for the first time this week, a top Mets official said to me what none had been willing to before, either for the record or for background: That one serious discussion being had at the upper reaches of the franchise is whether it would be wise to cut back greatly next year and make 2012 a rebuilding season in which club officials do not go through the annual game of trying to convince fans, if everything breaks right, they can be a playoff team. (New York Post)Comment
Portland is for the third time in three years looking for a new GM. [The Trail Blazers] have started the interview process for their vacant general manager's job, meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver in Portland on Thursday, NBA front-office sources told Yahoo! Sports. ... Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin's expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said. The Blazers are trying to solidify their basketball operations after firing two GMs -- Kevin Pritchard and [Rich Cho] -- in consecutive years. Pritchard was considered too brash for owner Paul Allen, and Cho was considered too reticent. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment
Rainy night in Georgia: Torrential rain from Tropical Storm Lee soaked Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, forcing NASCAR to postpone the AdvoCare 500 until Tuesday, but not before a concert by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the driver introductions and the national anthem. (Marty Bingham/ZUMA Press)
Milan Puskar Stadium was decidedly moist on Sunday night as the Marshall vs. West Virginia game was declared over with the Mountaineers up 34-13 in the fourth quarter after 4 hours 22 minutes of rain delays.
Game To Watch
Miami Hurricanes vs. Maryland Terrapins (8 p.m., ET ESPN)
- Miami FL Hurricanes
- Maryland Terrapins
SI Vault: More Cal Ripken Jr.
This Day in Sports
- 1901 -- National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues formed
- 1972 -- Palestinian terrorists kill 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics
- 1977 -- Cleveland Indians host "I Hate the Yankees Hanky Night"
- 1989 -- Chris Evert's last US Open match: loss to Zina Garrison
- 1995 -- Cal Ripken Jr ties Lou Gehrig's mark of 2,130 consecutive games