August 19, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Dolphins may dump Brown
ESPN's Chris Mortensen has just reported (sort of) that the Dolphins might get rid of Ronnie Brown before this season begins. I'm saying Mortensen sort of reported it because, frankly, he backed into the whole subject. The Monday Night Countdown show was doing one of its cheesey segments, this one called 'Sink or Swim,' in which the pundits were giving their opinion whether certain players would succeed or fail this year. Mortensen was asked about Ricky Williams and while talking about how he would "swim," he went on to say that the Dolphins are so pleased with Williams he "would not be surprised if Ronnie Brown sinks," to the point where "he is playing with another team this season." Mortensen's reason for Brown being out of here is that the player is "struggling" this preseason. Wow. Before I go on, let me tell you that Mortensen was at Miami's preseason game against Jacksonville Saturday evening and he did spend time talking to general manager Jeff Ireland. So one presumes this comes from Ireland as the source and not just out of sheer speculation. Having said all that, it is true that Brown is clearly not Miami's best RB now. That is Williams. (Miami Herald)
Dolan: Knicks not for sale
Speculation has been simmering for weeks that the Dolan family business, Cablevision, might be willing to sell Madison Square Garden, the Knicks, and Rangers, as a way to placate shareholders and investors unhappy with the company's flagging stock price. Knicks fans, unhappy with Dolan for reasons related to his flat-lining basketball team, no doubt rejoiced upon hearing the news. Not so fast, though. James Dolan's gesture to investors - allowing them to voice concerns during a "listening tour" last week - seems to have been little more than a head fake. People knowledgeable about MSG in particular, and the sale of sports franchises in general, tell Newsday that it's premature to run out onto Seventh Avenue traffic and celebrate Dolan's departure from the Garden of Ills. (Newsday)
Yanks may call on Pavano
There could be a Carl Pavano sighting for the Yanks this weekend. General manager Brian Cashman acknowledged the Yankees are considering either Phil Hughes or Pavano to assume the fifth starter's role Saturday in Baltimore. Hughes seemed like the probable choice as Pavano's 30-day rehab run is up Aug. 27, one week from tomorrow. But Cashman has been impressed with Pavano's rehab progress from Tommy John surgery. Pavano threw six innings Sunday for Double-A Trenton and Cashman said: "He's close to being ready." (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
USA's Henry Cejudo, wearing blue, wrestles Azerbaijan's Namig Sevdimov during their men's wrestling 55 kilogram freestyle match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. (ED WRAY/AP)
Must-See Video
Olympics: The Agony Of Defeat
Game To Watch
Angels at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET -- Santana vs. Shields
Los Angeles Angels
Tampa Bay Rays
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Ty Cobb
1921 -- Detroit Tigers' Ty Cobb recorded his 3,000th career hit.
1983 -- LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 years for counterfeiting.
2002 -- John Madden debuted on "Monday Night Football."

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