August 20, 2010
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Cable on hot seat already

With John Fox's seat "no longer hot" because of Jerry Richardson's approach to his contract status, Tom Cable may sit on the hottest seat in football. [Pretty much] every Raiders head coach occupies a high place on the hot seat list. Cable got the job only after Lane Kiffin summarily was dumped early in the 2008 season, and then the Raiders had Cable twist in the wind after the campaign before deciding whether he'd be back for 2009. ... He'll continue to occupy a status that will at times feel like day-to-day employment, especially with Hue Jackson now on board as offensive coordinator. If/when owner Al Davis finally tires of Cable, Jackson will be in position to become the next guy on a chair that's perched over an eternal flame. ( Comment

Why Jim Gray hosted 'The Decision'

The author of GQ's LeBron James piece has a little insight on how Jim Gray wound up hosting "The Decision." My God, he's one of the biggest idiots in the business. "LeBron's known him for a long time," [J.R.] Moehringer said. "Jim interviewed him when he was in high school. So there was a comfort factor. LeBron's known him since he was a kid. That counts for a lot with LeBron. Jim Gray was someone he trusted. It also was Jim Gray's idea. He proposed it to LeBron's people courtside at the NBA Finals. Since it was his idea, he was the man to do the interview. People have just dumped all kinds of abuse on Jim Gray, but I don't think anybody would have wanted to be in that director's chair. That was like being the captain on the Titanic." (Sun-Sentinel) Comment

Pierce wants to play in Europe

Paul Pierce on a European vocation? [Pierce] told CSN New England that he wants to finish his playing career in Europe once his NBA days are done. Pierce signed a deal this summer to play three more years as a Celtic, with an option for a fourth. That means he would be age 36 or 37 when he went to play in Greece or Italy. "As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because eventually I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years. That's why this is a big contract for me, knowing I'm going to retire a Boston Celtic. I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years, before I settle into retirement." (CNS Philly) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Serbia's Nenad Kristic throws a chair during a brawl with Greece at a tournament in Athens. (Getty Images)

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Michael McCann on Roger Clemens' indictment.

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SI Vault: Tiger wins a thriller
  • 1995 -- In her first week back in tournamnet play, Monica Seles wins the Canadian Open
  • 2000 -- Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship in a playoff with Bob May to become the first golfer to win three majors in one year since 1953
  • 2004 -- Michael Phelps wins the 100-meter butterfly at the Athens Summer Olympics, his fourth individual gold medal of the Games.

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