November 13, 2013
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Thanksgiving return for Rodgers (or before?)

If it were up to Aaron Rodgers, he'd be starting this Sunday's game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium -- even though coach Mike McCarthy has already said Scott Tolzien will start. Speaking on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and, Rodgers acknowledged that he has a game in mind for his return. Asked if it was the team's Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit, Rodgers replied, "I would like to be back this week. Now, whether that's realistic or not remains to be seen. I would never rule myself out on a Tuesday. Now, Mike probably already has, I think." ... Without explicitly saying so, though, Rodgers hinted that his goal is to play Nov. 24 against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field -- which would be 20 days from the injury. "I haven't given up hope on playing any week." (ESPN Wisconsin) Comment

Alabama fighting 'relief syndrome'

Spirits were understandably high in the Alabama locker room Saturday night, courtesy blowing past rival LSU for a 38-17 win. Coach Nick Saban's speech dealt mostly with that, but there was something extra at the end. "He came in there and said told us he was real proud of us and then he mentioned about last year, after we won this game, what happened after we won that game," linebacker Trey DePriest said. "So we can't have that relief syndrome." ... "You cannot take things for granted," Saban said. "There can't be any kind of relief syndrome that, 'We got by that game.' I think the most important thing -- and I think this last game sort of showed that -- the team we want to be is the team we were in the second half, an aggressive team that's trying to control the line of scrimmage, playing aggressively." ( Comment

Cards are ripe for a blockbuster deal

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak just may be ready to make a deal. If [Mozeliak] wants to make a so-called blockbuster deal for a shortstop this winter, he's in the best position of any general manager in baseball. The Cardinals' pitching surplus makes it easily doable. Easy, that is, in terms of having the pieces to pull off such a trade. What isn't so easy: deciding who to give up. That's the hard part. ... The Cardinals have an abundance of pitching -- starters and relievers, and relievers who could easily convert into starters. This is the best commodity a team can have when it goes to the market to make a deal. ... The Cardinals have twice as many starters as rotation slots. And that bodes well for the future. It also gives Mozeliak enviable flexibility as he ponders moves to be made this winter. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon goes nearly horizontal to try to complete a pass behind him as Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill applies pressure. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Must-See Video

The Lakers' Xavier Henry elevates for an emphatic dunk on the Pelicans' Jeff Withey, who probably wishes he didn't try to draw a charge.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Greg Maddux
  • 1900 -- The Baltimore Orioles, who later become the New York Yankees, are founded and enter the American League.
  • 1964 -- With 13 points against the New York Knicks, St. Louis Hawks big man Bob Pettit becomes the first players in NBA history to score 20,000 points in a career.
  • 1995 -- Atlanta Braves ace Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
  • 2000 -- Michigan State beats the Harlem Globetrotters 72-68, giving the Globetrotters their first loss in 1,271 games.

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