With a favorable schedule, and the lunacy hype that accompanies all Notre Dame rises and falls, and home station NBC never wavering in its flag waving, the Irish appear locked and loaded for nine wins and a Bowl Championship Series bowl berth. At least fifth-year Coach Charlie Weis had better hope so -- if he wants to keep coaching on Saturdays. The incandescent glow of Irish football following that indelible Bush Push loss to USC six games into Weis' first season in 2005 has given way to the kind of five-year mediocrity stretch that cost Bob Davie his job after going 35-25. Weis is 29-21 through four seasons and can't afford another 6-6 year that ends with a post-bowl luau in Waikiki. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
The wait for David Ortiz to explain himself will end here this weekend. The pressure building on Ortiz may dissipate after tomorrow, when he, along with incoming Major League Players Association director Michael Weiner, will address the media to elaborate on the positive test result from 2003.(Boston Globe) Comment
First, he left her at the altar -- then NBA star Richard Jefferson kicked his jilted bride to the curb. Just days after he boasted about how he intended to help Kesha Nichols ease into a fresh life without him, the former Net barred her from the Hudson Street apartment they had shared for a year -- telling doormen she couldn't even retrieve her belongings, sources said yesterday. Jefferson -- who jettisoned his July 11 wedding by e-mail -- has also reneged on the six-figure settlement he told The Post he was giving Nichols, her pals say. (Boston Globe) Comment
Dodgers outfielder Andre Either rounds first base after hitting a three-run walk-off home run to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 Thursday in Los Angeles. (AP)
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1972 -- Hall of Fame inducts Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn. 1983 -- Grete Waitz of Norway wins first all-women marathon in Helsinki. 1907 -- Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 major league wins.
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