Five games into the 1998 season, Joe Torre's job was in jeopardy. The Yankees were 1-4, and despite winning the World Series just two years earlier and reaching the postseason the previous fall, the poor start was enough for the chair in the manager's office to start heating up. Joe Girardi remembers that time well. As a catcher on that team, he played a significant role in both the 1-4 start and the 113-44 record that followed, culminating in the second of Torre's four championships. Now, more than a decade later, Girardi is the one on the hot seat. And his team hasn't even played a game. "I watched Joe go through it in '98, and I was part of that team so I could do something about it in a sense," Girardi said. "Until you sit in that seat, you're not going to know what it's like. But I've been fired once, so I know what that's like." (New York Daily News) Comment
The Washington Redskins were actively pursuing a trade for disgruntled Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler last night, according to NFL sources. One source said the Redskins were trying to complete the deal as quickly as possible although at least two other teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets, were also reportedly interested in acquiring Cutler. The two-year starter became available Tuesday night when the Broncos announced they would trade him. Denver officials could not be reached to comment last night. The Redskins are declining to comment. The source said Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder has been pushing for the trade in an attempt to finally solve the team's decades-long pursuit of a franchise quarterback. Another NFL source said a high-ranking Redskins official contacted one NFL team yesterday about the possibility of trading quarterback Jason Campbell for a second-round pick in the upcoming draft. That source said he interpreted the Redskins' overture as an attempt by Washington to put together a package to acquire Cutler.(Washington Post) Comment
Sports fans will hear a lot about Magic Johnson this Final Four weekend, about how Johnson's Michigan State team defeated Larry Bird and Indiana State 30 years ago for the national title in one of the most celebrated games in college basketball history. But in Brooklyn, they'll be talking about how Johnson is the face of companies that take advantage of working-class families. "It's a disgrace to see Johnson actively promoting businesses that we believe hurt low-income communities," said Kyle Bragg, vice president of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which represents 70,000 New Yorkers. Johnson's real estate firm, Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, is one of the companies that converted Brooklyn's Williamsburgh Savings Bank into a luxury condo building. Local 32BJ officials said more than 90% of city luxury buildings hire union doormen, porters and gardeners, but Johnson and his partners in the building - rechristened One Hanson Place -- have resisted efforts to unionize staff at the iconic building. One Hanson Place workers have to pay $360 a month for health care for each member of their family; they are also not offered pensions, job training and other benefits offered to union workers.(New York Daily News) Comment
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore celebrates the second of his three goals against Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifying match in Nashville, Tenn. Wednesday night. the U.S. won 3-0. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, George Walker IV)
Ray Allen shoots down the Bobcats in double overtime with a cluth three-pointer.
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