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For most, pitching 94 wouldn't be cause for alarm, but Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is a different story. [Chapman] thinks five days to a week of rest will get him over the fatigue he's dealing with. He will be shut down for at least a few days with shoulder fatigue. "A little of bit of fatigue," Chapman said through translator Tomas Vera. "For a couple games back, I feel like I haven't been myself. I felt a lot of fatigue. I don't think it's anything major. I just feel weak." Chapman has had it before. ... Chapman's velocity has been down noticeably in his last two outings. He was throwing 94 to his first two batters [Tuesday] night. "It affects the speed," he said. "If the muscle is fatigued, you don't have the strength you want." (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment
In a way, Michael Vick is both Andy Reid's meal ticket and, possibly, ticket out of town. Those of you who are eager to see [Reid] become the former head coach of the Eagles might be wise to root for [Vick] to be the picture of health this season. Because if he continues to play as poorly as he did in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Browns, he not only will shatter George Blanda's 50-year-old record for interceptions in a season (42), he'll also get Reid fired. ... Ever since he was selected by the Falcons with the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, Vick has teased people with his talent. That cannon of an arm. The catch-me-if-you-can running ability. But the cannon never has been very accurate, as evidenced by his .559 career completion percentage. (Philadelphia Daily News)Comment
Now that Dwight Howard's in the fold, when will Lakers fans see him? On the court. In real games. The Lakers don't know either, but they're starting to get a better idea. Details are scarce and Lakers spokesman John Black declined to comment, but Howard on Monday had his first hands-on session with Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Judy Seto at the team's training facility in El Segundo. Howard is rehabilitating after April 20 spinal surgery, and no one has been ready to commit to a day, week or even month when Howard will make his Lakers debut. But the level of mobility and strength Howard is already showing has to be encouraging for anyone hopeful he'll be jumping for that opening tip-off Oct. 30. (The Orange County Register)Comment
An American Flag drops over Fenway Field's Green Monster as the Yankees and Red Sox honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks before Tuesday's game.
Herculez Gomez rips a free kick from 28 yards out, lifting the U.S. 1-0 over Jamaica in World Cup qualifying.
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This Day in Sports
- 1982 -- Jimmy Connors drops Ivan Lendl in four sets to win U.S. Open
- 1984 -- Mets' Dwight Gooden sets rookie strikeout record at 251
- 1987 -- Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf to win U.S. Open
- 1988 -- The Cardinals play their first game in Phoenix after moving from St. Louis