Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

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Terps' helmets inspired by roller girls?

Maryland's uniforms inspired much conversation -- both good and bad -- but what inspired those uniforms? When the Terps' revealed a new uniform and helmets before Monday's game, there was much oohhing and ahhing over the all-white look with the Maryland state flag motif. But at least one corner of Baltimore reacted with a dismayed pang of recognition: for the Charm City Roller Girls All-Stars team, the Terps' new helmet looks much like the one they've been using for the past three years. "They're not identical, but they're shockingly similar," said Hillary "Rosie the Rioter" Rosensteel, the roller derby team's captain. Both helmets are patterned after the Maryland State flag and contain gold, black, red and white elements. (The Baltimore Sun)Comment

Brother Rob vows misery for Rex's Jets

Rob Ryan, in his short tenure in Dallas, has become media gold. In a session with reporters Monday, Ryan indicated that he's well aware that the defense's poor performance during the preseason has been used as ammunition for pundits eager to point out the Cowboys won't make the playoffs this season. "I've been an assistant coach of the year in pro football and in college football, so apparently I'm pretty good," Ryan said. "No one else believes it, but they all will after this game." Sounds like a guarantee of sorts that the Cowboys defense will have its way with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Co. on Sunday night. (San Antonio Express-News)Comment

Ovechkin: My body is perfect

Fear not, Caps fans. Labeled as overweight, out of shape and one of the primary reasons for the Capitals' second-round playoff exit last season, [Alex Ovechkin] conducted his first news conference of the new season Tuesday and sounded like a man in the best shape of his life. "People were a little bit scared about what happened to my body, but my body is perfect right now," Ovechkin told reporters after announcing a six-year endorsement agreement with Bauer Hockey. "It was interesting for me, because that's never happened to me, people saying I'm in bad shape." True or not, Ovechkin said he adjusted his summer workout regimen but failed to give specifics. (

Must-See Photo

Winnipeg Jets (left to right) Eric Fehr, Mark Stuart, Nik Antropov and Andrew Ladd introduced the team's eagerly awaited new Canadian Air Force-inspired sweaters on Tuesday. (Fred Greenslade/Reuters)

Must-See Video

You can have your rod and net. This here's the manly way to fish.

Game To Watch

Braves vs. Phillies, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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SI Vault: More John McEnroe

This Day in Sports

  • 1969 -- Rod Laver bags his second Grand Slam by winning U.S. Open
  • 1975 -- Cincinnati Reds clinch division title at earliest date in NL history
  • 1980 -- John McEnroe, 21, defeats Bjorn Borg in classic U.S. Open final
  • 1986 -- Cleveland Browns become first NFL team to have play reviewed by instant replay
  • 1988 -- Guy Lafleur, Tony Esposito and Brad Park inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 1992 -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Faye Vincent resigns