Morning Jolt: NBA gives Kobe Bryant a free pass

Monday, September 21
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NBA's double-standard for Kobe?
A disturbing story was the absurd fine levied against Golden State Warriors forward Stephen Jackson for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." According to NBA rules, players aren't allowed to request trades publicly. The league, in its statement, pointed out that Ron Artest was fined for such a demand in 2006. Yet the league did nothing when Kobe Bryant said he wanted out of Los Angeles on a radio show in May 2007.
(Boston Globe)
Pennington's starting job in danger?
I hear the Monday night game is a big one for Chad Pennington, who has to show the Dolphins he can do more than just manage the game. He must prove he can make big plays in the passing game. Pennington needs to show up or the Chad Henne era might be starting in Miami sooner than later.
(National Football Post)
Three teams on Zambrano's trade list
At some point this offseason, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein will get a phone call from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry about a deal for Carlos Zambrano. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune first reported that the Cubs will explore a deal for Zambrano, who will consider going only to the Red Sox, White Sox, or Dodgers.
(Boston Globe)
Must-See Photo
Malcolm Floyd of the San Diego Chargers and Fabian Washington of the Baltimore Ravens both catch the ball during Sunday's game in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Toronto's Jason Allison rips Darroll Powe's helmet in half durink a skirmish in Saturday's game.

Game To Watch
Colts at Dolphins, 8:30 p.m ET
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Oakland A's
1970 -- Oakland ace Vida Blue becomes the 11th rookie in baseball history to throw a no-hitter as the A's beat the Twins, 6-0.
1982 -- NFL players begin their first regular-season walkout, which last 57 days.
2008 -- The New York Yankees play their final game at Yankee Stadium.


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