Terrell Owens no longer is in Dallas, of course, and the explanation for that depends on whom you talk to. "Hey, I didn't see him as a distraction, not intentionally," a Cowboys official said. "But he was in the sense that every time something happened, it became a distraction. And whether there was truth to it or not, the distractions had their affect." The belief in Dallas was, by the time the offseason started, Jason Garrett and Owens no longer could co-exist. And when Garrett failed in his attempt to land the St. Louis Rams head coaching job ended, Owens' tenure in Dallas was all but done. Yet, Owens found comfort in a strong relationship with owner Jerry Jones, a trust he felt was violated when the Cowboys released him in early March. Asked to explain, Owens repeated himself: "Jerry, you ran for the woods." (Sporting News) Comment
High-ranking personnel within the Mets organization believe John Ricco ultimately will emerge as Omar Minaya's successor as GM, the Daily News has learned. During an upcoming offseason in which the Mets' payroll figures to decrease - limiting the team's maneuverability to fill several holes - installing Ricco as GM if Minaya is pushed aside makes financial sense, team insiders say.(New York Daily News) Comment
As the i-dotting and t-crossing between the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning continues, there's a rumor making the rounds that the delay in finalizing the six-year, $97.5 million deal arises from tensions between CAA and IMG. CAA handles Eli's football contract; IMG retained his marketing rights when Tom Condon left IMG for CAA a couple of years ago. As the rumor goes, IMG has thrown a wrench into the finalization of the deal. A source with knowledge of the situation says that the CAA-IMG dynamic has no impact on the ongoing negotiations between the player and the team, but that it's a "language issue" between the Giants and Manning. (profootballtalk) Comment
Espanyol fans at the Nuevo Estadio de Cornella-El Prat pay tribute to Daniel Jarque, the 26-year-old midfielder and captain who died of a heart attack during training camp. (Samuel Aranda/Getty Images)
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez will make his Phillies debut on Wednesday.
1929 -- Babe Ruth slams his 500th career home run. 1984 -- Carl Lewis wins his fourth gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. 1991 -- John Daly, a last-minute replacement for Nick Price, wins the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
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