Thursday, September 15
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A very favorable schedule -- in terms of putting people in the seats, anyway -- is coming to Miami. Only one thing would be better for the Marlins' new stadium than the coming schedule of two Yankees exhibitions, a Red Sox series and the league-wide opener next April against St. Louis and Albert Pujols, as announced Wednesday. Here's the one thing: [Albert Pujols] playing that game in a Marlins uniform. I know, I know: That's insane. It'll never happen. The Marlins don't work that way. Club owner Jeffrey Loria doesn't spend money like that. Why would Pujols come to this team? ... These are the Marlins we're talking about! Isn't that what you're thinking? Well? And that explains why it's the perfect move. It would be a bold stroke. (Sun-Sentinel)Comment
A day after former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi took aim at Chad Ochocinco, two current Bengals were critical, though less direct. When asked about the differences between last year's offense and this one, especially when it comes to getting out of the huddle earlier, Cedric Benson pointed out one reason. "Because you had some challenges out on the edges you had to deal with," Benson said. "You don't have those anymore. Guys line up and generally know what they need to do and what the task is on each play." ... [Andrew Whitworth] was asked if losing big-name players ended up [making the team better]. "Sad to say, as much as I love you guys, sometimes stars are born from y'all, not necessarily success on the football field," Whitworth said. (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment
For all the positive energy coming from the Rick Adelman news comes an unfortunate headline. [Adelman] faces the task of battling the organization's losing tradition -- no playoff appearances since 2004. Even more unusual for Adelman, who ranks eighth among NBA coaches in all-time wins, is the possibility he will do most of his communicating with Wolves owner Glen Taylor instead of team president of basketball operations David Kahn. A report on Yahoo Sports claimed Adelman was wary of dealing primarily with Kahn in the interview process, prompting Taylor to take a more active role in the talks. "Rick would never agree to anything with Kahn," a league official connected to Adelman told Yahoo Sports. "This had to be a deal with Taylor. Rick has talked many times of his dislike for Kahn." (Pioneer Press)Comment
Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman flips the ball to starting pitcher Wade Davis (not pictured) during the Rays? 6-2 loss to the Orioles. (CSM /Landov)
The Golden State Warriors will retire Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey on Jan. 20. In honor of the famous flat top, we present a look back at his illustrious career.
Game To Watch
Fresh off a win over Oregon, No. 3 LSU opens SEC play against No. 25 Mississippi State, 8:00 p.m. ET.
- Louisiana State Tigers
- Mississippi St Bulldogs
SI Vault: More Ken Griffey Jr.
This Day in Sports
- 1998 -- In a 12-7 win over Twins, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the fourth-youngest (28 years and 10 months) player to reach 1,000 RBIs.
- 1998 -- Rolando Arrojo (14-12) sets a record for wins by an expansion pitcher as the Devil Rays defeat the Angels, 8-1.
- 2004 -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.