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Morning Jolt: Title may keep Pujols in St. Louis

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Wednesday, October 19

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Holliday: Title might help keep Pujols

While Prince Fielder chose a candid answer after the Brewers bowed out of the playoffs, Albert Pujols, still in the midst of his postseason, remains mum on his future plans. "It would be really hard to see him in another uniform," Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire said. ... In the absence of any recent illumination from Prince Albert, baseball players, executives, writers, fans and all others outside the Pujols Circle are left to ponder one mesmerizing question before the start of this year's World Series. If the Cardinals beat the Rangers, would it increase the odds that Pujols will stay? "Hard to say," teammate Lance Berkman said. "I don't have any idea, honestly," Matt Holliday replied. "I would think it would help." (

League, players still nowhere near deal

Time, apparently, was not yet able to heal this wound. NBA owners and players will resume their labor negotiations with a federal mediator on Wednesday following a 16-hour session that generated minimal progress, a league source involved in the talks told Yahoo! Sports. The league and players union emerged from their longest labor meeting of the 111-day lockout "still not anywhere near a deal," a league source said. Representatives from both sides refused to comment publicly on the nature of talks, citing a gag order from mediator George Cohen. Asked if the sides had closed any gaps between them, a source in the meeting told Y! Sports: "On small stuff. Hard to see where this is going." (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Titans will look at T.O.

Welcome back to the NFL grist mill, Terrell Owens. Titans coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday on his radio show on 104.5-FM that when Owens is healthy enough to pass a physical, the team would likely take a look at him. Owens, a 15-year veteran, suffered a knee injury that required surgery during the offseason. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 7 that Owens should be medically cleared to return to the NFL in two to three weeks. ... Munchak said the amount of the Titans' interest in Owens would hinge on a couple of factors. "A lot is going to depend for us on how we are producing at that (wide receiver) postion three weeks or two weeks from now, and how we're doing (overall)," Munchak said. (The Tennessean)Comment

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American swimmer Elizabeth Pelton (top) and Mexican swimmer Patricia Castaneda begin their leg of the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Pan American Games. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters)

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