September 25, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Cops came to Plaxico's house
Totowa police responded to two domestic disturbance calls at Giants receiver Plaxico Burress's home the past few months, borough police Chief Robert Coyle confirmed. In both instances, Burress's wife, Tiffany, had phoned the police, reports show. Temporary restraining orders were obtained in each but were later dismissed in state court. It could not be determined whether the incidents had anything to do with Burress's suspension by the Giants today for the team's Oct. 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Pat Hanlon, a spokesman for the Giants, said the team will "not comment on a player's personal life." (
Rockies GM wants Hurdle to change
General manager Dan O'Dowd isn't saying that who manages will change. But he made it clear Wednesday that Rockies manager Clint Hurdle needs to change how he does his job next year after the most disappointing season in club history. O'Dowd and Hurdle will meet in a few weeks for their annual season review, and how well Hurdle explains how he'll re-create the edge of his 2007 team might determine whether he remains the right man for the job. O'Dowd said he believes Hurdle is up to the challenge. Both Hurdle and O'Dowd agree that the Rockies failed in the simple execution of the game, whether it being throwing strikes, moving runners over or hitting with runners in scoring position. Colorado is 73-85 after Wednesday night's win. The challenge for Hurdle is to convince O'Dowd that he can get his team to play the right way again. (Denver Post)
Willingham feeling heat in Washington
Few days go by in Seattle without a discussion about Tyrone Willingham's future as the Huskies' head coach. And this week, with Washington coming off a bye, the topic is back with a vengeance. The Huskies are 0-3 after losses to Oregon, BYU and Oklahoma - all Top 25 teams at the time (Oregon has since dropped out). And the view from up north is that an 0-4 start, with a home loss to Stanford on Saturday night, would be a disaster, sealing Willingham's fate as a soon-to-be-fired coach. If the Huskies lose to the Cardinal, who are 3 1/2-point underdogs, it will be the first 0-4 start of Willingham's coaching career. Willingham said Tuesday he hopes his team's first three games, perhaps the most difficult opening stretch in the country, will be useful over the final nine games. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Must-See Photo
Alexi Casilla and Carlos Gomez celebrate after the Minnesota Twins' 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, which brought the Twins within a half-game of the division-leading Sox. (AP)
Must-See Video
Ryan Parker Songs pays "tribute" to fired Lions GM Matt Millen with a parody song.
Game To Watch
White Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET -- The Twins look to complete the three-game sweep and overtake the White Sox for first place in the AL Central.
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Ty Cobb
1984 -- New York Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb as the second player to hit home runs in his teens and 40s.
1982 -- Northwestern football ends its 34-game losing streak by beating Northern Illinois 31-6.
1965 -- 60-year-old Satchel Paige pitches three scoreless innings for the Kansas City A's.


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