June 22, 2009
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Goodell plans to berate Burress
I talked to some of the teams that might be interested in former Giant Plaxico Burress if he's free to play this year, and all of them are concerned about the ruling from the commissioner. No one in the league takes the personal conduct ruling lightly, but what concerned one team most was Burress' five brushes with the law as a result of driving since the gun incident. Everyone I spoke to seems to feel the commissioner will come down hard on Burress and is fearful that he might not be able to play. The delay game Burress is attempting is not really helping his situation.
(National Football Post)
Why the Angels don't want Pedro
The Angels have "no interest" in pitcher Pedro Martinez, General Manager Tony Reagins said Sunday. Reagins said the Angels chose not to pursue Martinez for baseball reasons and not financial ones. The Angels scouted Martinez at his workout last week in the Dominican Republic. The Dodgers did not scout the workout, and Manager Joe Torre said that the team has not discussed Martinez since spring training. Reagins did not elaborate on his comments, but a baseball source familiar with reports from the workout said Martinez's fastball was clocked most often in the 85-mph range. The source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to publicly discuss scouting reports, said Martinez had good arm speed and quality off-speed pitches but said teams would have to consider whether he could pitch effectively at that velocity or whether he might regain enough velocity in time to help this season.
(Los Angeles Times)
Grizzlies question Thabeet in L.A.
Turns out the Grizzlies weren't snubbed by Hasheem Thabeet after all. After learning late Friday that Thabeet canceled his visit to Memphis because of a "shoulder injury," the Grizzlies dispatched executives and coaches to Los Angeles for a meeting with the 7-3 center out of Connecticut. Griz general manager Chris Wallace, scouting boss Tony Barone Sr., head coach Lionel Hollins and assistant coach Johnny Davis hopped an afternoon flight on Saturday and headed for Hollywood. They spent about three hours in Los Angeles and returned to Memphis late Saturday night. Is this the strongest signal yet that the Griz want to take Thabeet with the No. 2 overall pick? Well, I'm told the purpose of the meeting - the Grizzlies' third with Thabeet - was twofold. Hollins wanted to meet Thabeet and the Grizzlies had specific areas of concern they wanted Thabeet to address after studying him over the past month.
(Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Must-See Photo
Brazil's Luis Fabiano (left) falls after challenging Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, on the ground, during their Confederations Cup. (AP)
Must-See Video
The tallest and most popular men in all of Southern California joined Jimmy Kimmel.
Game To Watch
Cardinals at Mets, 7:05 p.m ET, ESPN and SNY
St. Louis Cardinals
New York Mets
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Wimbledon
1938 -- Joe Louis knocks out Germany's Max Schmeling at 2:04 of the first round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.
1994 -- The Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, win their first NBA title, beating New York 90-84 in Game 7 of the finals.
1994 -- U.S. beats Colombia 2-1 in 1994 soccer World Cup (first win since 1950)
1999 -- Top-ranked Martina Hingis loses 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round to Jelena Dokic, a 16-year-old qualifier ranked 129th, at Wimbledon.

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