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Tuesday, October 16

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RB controversy in New Orleans

Though the Saints picked up their first victory of the season, their running game remained in neutral. Tailbacks Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram gained a total of 55 yards on 19 rushing attempts. So once again, many fans have been urging that the Saints give third-year tailback Chris Ivory a chance to give the Saints a lift - especially against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ivory ran for a career-high 158 yards at Tampa Bay as a rookie in 2010, and he has four games with 99 rushing yards or more in his brief career. The theory makes sense. Ivory is a power runner at 6-feet, 222 pounds, who could be capable of pounding out a few more yards even if the holes aren't there. (The Times-Picayune)Comment

Threat of surgery increases for Nowitzki

Thanks to swelling that has returned to his right knee, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki's chances of avoiding arthroscopic surgery are slimming. After sitting out Monday night's preseason victory over Houston, Nowitzki revealed why, telling about a dozen reporters assembled around his locker that the only glimmer of positive news is that the knee didn't swell as much as it did during last week's trip to Germany and Spain. Nowitzki, 34, said his goal is still to avoid surgery, but this latest setback clearly has him feeling less optimistic. "I'm doing everything I can, conservatively, not to have surgery," he said. "I guess that's obvious, that I really don't want it done now." (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Will Girardi bench struggling Swisher?

Nick Swisher may wind up with a case of the Verlander flu. No singular lineup move is going to miraculously cure what ails the Yankee offense these days. But Joe Girardi has to keep trying to find something that works, and for Game 3 the move that makes the most sense is benching [Swisher]. Bad enough that he's having his fourth straight unproductive postseason as a Yankee, but now Swisher seems to be of a fragile state of mind as well, after complaining about how poorly he was treated by Yankee Stadium fans over the weekend. So if I'm Girardi, I'm sitting Swisher against Justin Verlander. He's struck out 20 times against the Tigers' ace in 55 career at-bats anyway, while hitting .200 against him. (New York Daily News)Comment

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