September 07, 2009
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Merriman denies hurting reality star
The Labor Day weekend arrest of Chargers LB Shawne Merriman has seen comments from attorneys, police officials and even Chargers GM A.J. Smith, but none of the parties involved had commented -- until now. Merriman has sent a statement exclusively to regarding the events surrounding the incident that led to a citizen's arrest filed by reality TV star Tila "Tequila" Nguyen against Merriman. In his first comments regarding his arrest, Merriman says he did not assault the reality TV star and was trying to prevent Nguyen from leaving his home in an intoxicated state. According to Merriman: "On September 6, 2009 the San Diego Sheriff's Department responded to a citizen's complaint that was initiated by Tila Nguyen (aka Tila Tequila). I was taken into custody based upon that complaint. At the time, I was concerned about her welfare given the intoxicated state she appeared to be in and I encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided."
Will NHL shortchange Coyotes owner?
Saying the NHL needs to come to its senses, lawyers for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes urged the league to sweeten its offer for the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, by about $80 million or so. That's roughly the difference between what the NHL is willing to pay ($140 million, all figures U.S.) to keep the team in Phoenix and what Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is willing to pay (212.5 million) in his bid to move the team to Hamilton. "The real decision to be made here is hardly a contest: $212.5 million from PSE (Balsillie's company) and $140 million from the NHL," said a brief filed by Moyes' estate lawyers. "(The NHL) is $80 million short of the ticket to buy this team. The NHL should step up to the bar. ... All it has to do is propose a bid that is better for all of the estates' creditors than the one proposed by PSE. It really is that simple." Jerry Moyes and his wife, Vickie, would receive no money from the sale of the team that will be auctioned this Thursday and Friday if the NHL prevails.
(Toronto Star)
Why the Patriots traded Seymour
And so Richard Seymour is gone. In a New England Minute. Dispatched to Oakland, which is only a pooch punt from Alcatraz. Thanks for the three Super Bowl rings and the five Pro Bowls, big fella. Now take a hike and see how you like things at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. On paper, this makes a lot of sense. For the future. Seymour makes big dough ($3.685 million) and is in the final year of his contract. The Patriots figured they wouldn't be able to sign him after this season. He turns 30 next month and his best speed rushing is behind him. The Patriots have some depth in their defensive line and are looking to score a top-10 draftee in 2011. The trade presupposes that the Raiders are going to stink for another couple of years, a safe bet with calcified Al Davis at the helm. There's also a chance that there will be a rookie salary cap by 2011 -- which makes a top pick far more attractive to the ever-fiscally responsible Patriots. Nonetheless, it's a shocker. More shocking than trading Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs. More shocking that the retirements of Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. Patriots fans, ever worshiping at the altar of Hoodie, are stuck with thousands of XXXL No. 93 jerseys. And New England's pass rush is weakened. The defense is dented. The 2009 season starts a week from tonight and the Patriots just got worse. For this year.
(Boston Globe)
Must-See Photo
Russia's Vera Zvonareva looks like a hospital patient as she grabs a drink during her fourth-round match with Flavia Pennetta of Italy at the U.S. Open. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
A Pirate fan's anguish as the proud old National League franchise teeters on the edge of a record 17th consecutive losing season.
Game To Watch
Cubs at Pirates, 12:35 p.m ET
Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Bjorn Borg
1963 -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio.
1970 -- The White Sox use a record 41 players in a doubleheader against the Oakland A's and lose both games.
1978 -- The Yankees rout the Red Sox, 15-3, in the opener of the four-game Boston Massacre series at Fenway Park.
1980 -- French Open and Wimbledon-winner Bjorn Borg is again denied in his ultimately futile quest to win the U.S. Open, this time falling in the finals to rival John McEnroe (7-6 6-1 6-7 5-7 6-4).
1992 -- Fay Vincent resigns as Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

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