October 22, 2012
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Chargers may lose draft pick for Stickum

Strike up the "sticky situations" references in San Diego. The Chargers could face NFL discipline after it allegedly used Stickum, or a similar banned adhesive, to gain a competitive advantage during at least one game, according to an ongoing league investigation. "We are looking into it," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in a Sunday email. At the team's Oct. 15 game against the Broncos, line judge Jeff Bergman confiscated a sticky substance from a member of the Chargers equipment staff, Aiello confirmed. The substance has been sent to both the Broncos and league office. The details were first reported by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Potential discipline includes a fine with the possible loss of at least one draft pick. (U-T San Diego) Comment

Yanks GM says A-Rod not a superstar

The hits keep on coming for Alex Rodriguez, though these aren't the ones that might keep him from the arrows of his critics. [Brian Cashman] hastened to add Sunday that it's "unrealistic" to think the team will move A-Rod -- and the five years and $114 million remaining on his contract -- this winter. "If anybody wants to call me on anything, I will listen to anything about any player," Cashman said. ... Cashman made it clear he's not banking on the aging three-time American League Most Valuable Player's regaining his luster. "Is he still a superstar? No," Cashman said in a telephone interview with the Daily News. "Is he still an above-average player at his position? Yes. He was this year and we expect him to be one moving forward." (New York Daily News) Comment

Allen tired of life as decoy

Ray Allen's beef with Boston wasn't so much about his routinely coming off the bench, but more about respect. In the end, Allen didn't feel appreciated in Boston. In his final two seasons there, he was made to feel old. "In Boston, they were telling me they were going to bring me off the bench -- 'We're going to play you less minutes' -- and all I asked was, 'How are you going to use me because the last two years you've been using me as decoys,'" Allen said. "You're running all these plays for me just to pass it to somewhere else." ... Old and in the corner, pushed to the periphery and collecting dust like a forgotten household appliance, or maybe an old bowling trophy: Allen wasn't going out like that. (Miami Herald) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Dwight Howard made his debut for the Lakers Sunday night. Western Conference, you've been warned. (AP)

Must-See Video

Count how many Bills touch Chris Johnson on this 86-yard touchdown scamper. The answer: None.

Game To Watch

The debate that may settle who becomes leader of the free world starts at 9 p.m. ET. That gives you an hour to catch a Game 7 showdown for a trip to the World Series, Cardinals at Giants, 8:07 p.m. ET

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More World Series
  • 1975 -- The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games to win the World Series
  • 1985 -- The Kansas City Royals clinch their first World Series title with a win over the Cardinals
  • 1973 -- Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki born

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