The Giants shouldn't feel bad. They weren't alone in having a hard time getting in touch with Plaxico Burress. He also has dodged calls from Khoury Alternative Claims Management, a San Antonio-based third-party administrator trying to catch up with the Giants receiver about some damage he did to a rental car. Burress returned a Suburban on June 2 to Epic Car and Truck Rental in Clifton, N.J., with scratches and dents in the bumper. He paid $996.95 for the rental but owed another $1,759 in damages. Burress dropped the car off after hours and never informed anyone of the damages. "A lot of people do that," said Randy Harris, president of Khoury Alternative Claims Management. "Because of the damage they just split." The Giants confirmed they had been contacted by Harris about the issue but refused comment. This is similar to what the Giants often deal with regarding Burress, who has frustrated the team when he has blown off his responsibilities. Epic could not get the money from Burress and sent the matter to Khoury. "He put down Allstate as his insurance and when we contacted them they said they don't have a policy for him," Harris said. Repeated attempts by Khoury to contact Burress were unsuccessful and representatives from Khoury finally called the Giants, getting hold of Charles Way, the team's director of player development. "He said he'd try his best to speak to Plaxico and get it paid," Harris said. "When we called him back he said, 'Man, I'm trying.' " If no payment is secured, Khoury will send the file to a collection agency. Epic can take Burress to small claims court if it so desires. "No response at all," a disgusted Harris said. "He's a bum."(New York Post) Comment
The Angels could be a much different club next season. The Angels will make a strong push to re-sign free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, but there is no guarantee the high-priced slugger will return. The Angels will not meet Francisco Rodriguez's desires for a five-year, $75-million deal, and the record-setting closer is expected to leave as a free agent. There is a good chance veteran outfielder Garret Anderson has played his last game as an Angel, and it's doubtful pitcher Jon Garland will be retained, as owner Arte Moreno sheds payroll to make a possible run at free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia.(Los Angeles Times) Comment
The fight to become the SEC's standard bearer is never a delicate one. No one knows this better than LSU defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois, who says his defensive line getting a clean shot on a player can equate to "a car wreck without a seat belt." Apparently that goes for any Gator, including quarterback Tim Tebow. Let Florida-LSU week officially begin. "If we get a good shot on [Tebow], we're going to try our best to take him out of the game," Jean-Francois said. "With his size and his heart, it's hard to get a clean shot." When asked how Tebow might deal with the pain of the perfect LSU hit, Jean-Francois said, "If he does get hurt, there's a trained medical staff at Florida, so you can go to the training room on Sunday."(Atlanta Journal Constitution) Comment
Kobe Bryant and Larmar Odom look glum in unity as the Lakers drop their first preseason game, losing to the Jazz by nine (AP).
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1956 -- Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitches the onlyperfect game in World Series history, a 2-0 triumph over Brooklyn. 2006 -- Randy Moss become the seventh receiver NFL history to record 100 TD catches. 2005 -- Baylor wins a Big 12 road game for the first time in theleague's 10-year history, beating Iowa State 23-13. 1993 -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks lose 7-2 to the Detroit Red Wings in their first NHL game. 1961 -- Leo Paul Hornung scores 33 points, with fourtouchdowns, six extra points and a field goal, to lead the Packersto a 45-7 rout of the Baltimore Colts.
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