Friday, September 21
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It wasn't all that long ago that a tense negotiation had some wondering the same thing about Derek Jeter. He was always destined to be a Yankee-for-life, wasn't he? Only when Jeter was a free agent, it turned out it wasn't so easy. ... So who is surprised now when Jeter sits in the dugout at Yankee Stadium, as he authors another superstar season, with ESPN's Rick Reilly and serves the Yanks a taste of their own business theory. As part of a 15-minute powwow last Friday before the Rays series, Reilly asked: "Peyton Manning changed teams this season after 14 seasons with one team. Could you see yourself doing that?" "Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes," Jeter replied. "It's a business. People forget that." (New York Daily News)Comment
Credit FAU defensive end Cory Henry for his optimism. [Henry] just made Nick Saban's job a little easier. When asked what stood out about Alabama, the No. 1 team in the country that has won two of the last three national championships and is a 51-point favorite over the Owls on Saturday, Henry glossed over its suffocating defense and offensive efficiency. "They ain't what people think," Henry said. "They're good and everything but they can beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you." ... And Henry was not through. He was then asked if FAU had any kind of advantage. "We got speed against them," he said. "You got speed you can win." Memo to Nick Saban: Send that thank you note to 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL, 33431. (The Palm Beach Post)Comment
Brian Urlacher tried Thursday to steer clear of the controversy related to Jay Cutler's sideline run-in with tackle J'Marcus Webb, but he did weigh in with an opinion. "I didn't pay attention to it locally or nationally," Urlacher said. "Everyone was asking me about it, but I still haven't seen what happened. And I don't really care what happened." ... Someone told me there was a mutiny against Jay in our locker room. If there was, I didn't know about it. I guess we're supposed to be mad at him, but things happen on the sideline." Cutler gave Webb a slight shove and yelled in the left tackle's face during last Thursday night's 23-10 loss at Green Bay. Culter said he talked to Webb and all the members of the offensive line individually. (Chicago Tribune)Comment
Boise State's Jamar Taylor intercepts a pass intended for BYU's Ross Apo. (Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods nails a 21-foot chip shot on the 12th hole for a birdie three in the opening round of the 2012 Tour Championship. Woods shot four-under 66 and currently shares the lead.
Game To Watch
The Brewers look to extend their six-game winning streak against the Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET.
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SI Vault: Warren Spahn
This Day in Sports
- 1959 -- Warren Spahn earns his 20th victory for the fourth consecutive season, and the tenth time in his career.
- 1970 -- Vida Blue becomes the 11th rookie in baseball history to throw a no-hitter.
- 1985 -- Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 rounds to become the first world light heavyweight champion to win the world heavyweight title.
- 2006 -- David Ortiz breaks the Red Sox's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single season.