Friday, September 9, 2011

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Plaxico rips Coughlin, Manning and fans

Plaxico Burress may finally have fully burned the bridge between himself and the Giants. [Burress] fires shots at more than himself in an explosive interview to be published next week. The Jets wide receiver blasts Giants coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning as well as the team's management, fans who celebrated his incarceration and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the October issue of Men's Journal, which hits newsstands on Sept. 16. Burress' biggest target is Coughlin, the coach he butted heads with for four years with the Giants. When Burress shot himself accidentally in the leg in November 2008, he said Coughlin showed no concern. (New York Post)Comment

Astros on way to American League?

Houston may find itself in a bit of a pickle as it attempts to resolve its ownership situation. If the Astros are forced to move to the American League, they shouldn't go quietly -- or cheaply. Since a move to the junior league could cost the Astros major dollars, they should hold out for, well, big bucks, or at least a big return. Some believe that Jim Crane doesn't have much wiggle room since the other 29 owners could essentially decide his fate even before approving him as the owner of the Houston Astros. But if lame duck owner Drayton McLane has any stroke, he should be championing the Astros 50-year-old status in the National League or serving the list of demands on MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. (Houston Chronicle)Comment

Kobe leads with weak first tweet

Kobe Bryant has been around the league a long time, but his entry into the the world of microblogging was a quick on -- for now, anyway. For a short time Wednesday night, [Bryant] was a presence on Twitter. His account even offered up an inaugural Tweet: "Can you hear me now?!?!" A pretty weak inaugural Tweet. The account was shut down after that, but it is expected to resume communication at some time in the future. Whether Bryant can bring enough individual effort and personality to Twitter remains to be seen. To compete with the likes of Twitter mainstays Justin Bieber or Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant will have to offer a lot more flair and originality than "Can you hear me now?" within 140 characters. (The Orange County Register)Comment

Must-See Photo

The NFL, specifically Randall Cobb (108-yard kickoff return) and the Packers, got a very warm welcome back from the fans on Thursday night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay where the hometown heroes bested the New Orleans Saints, 42-34, in what you might call a real pigskin thriller. (Photo by Mike Roemer/AP)

Must-See Video

The truth about Cam Newton?

Panthers Name Cam Newton Starting QB Because Everybody Seems To Think They Should

Game To Watch

Missouri vs. Arizona State (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  1. Missouri Tigers
  2. Arizona State Sun Devils

SI Vault: More Arthur Ashe

This Day in Sports

  • 1965 -- Sandy Koufax hurls his fourth no-hitter, a perfect game, beating the Cubs 1-0
  • 1968 -- Arthur Ashe wins U.S. Open
  • 1971 -- NHL great Gordie Howe retires ... for the first time
  • 1987 -- Nolan Rysn records 4,500th strikeout
  • 1991 -- Mike Tyson indicted for rape of Desiree Washington