Maybe Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was intending to show his respect for injured quarterback Tom Brady. Matt Cassel probably won't appreciate the kind gesture. On Wednesday, Porter sounded confident about the team's ability to defeat Cassel, who has been charged with the tall task of replacing Brady, to the point where Porter noted, "it'll be good to go out and get our first victory." "I just know [Cassel] is not a Tom Brady," said Porter, when asked how difficult it will be to prepare for a quarterback he has never seen. "If it's not Tom Brady, it shouldn't be that hard. They won last week, but it's not like they were putting up the crazy 40 points they were when they had Tom." (Miami Herald) Comment
Walking across the clubhouse to his locker, Manny Ramirez literally went out of his way to say that he didn't deserve to be the NL most valuable player and that Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals did. "I voted for Pujols," Ramirez said. The vote that Ramirez was talking about was for the player of the year of the Players Choice Awards, for which the Dodgers were handed ballots Wednesday. The MVP award is voted on by baseball writers. "It's nice that some people think I deserve it," Ramirez said. "I'd like to win it. But I have to be realistic. Someone who was only here for two months doesn't deserve it. It should go to someone who played the six months of the season." (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Ed Hochuli is a stand up guy. After blowing a call late in Sunday's game that allowed the Broncos to rally and beat the Chargers, the long-time NFL referee admitted his mistake during the game and now is reportedly facing up to angry Chargers fans who have been flooding his e-mail with hate mail. According to several Internet reports, Hochuli feels so badly about his mistake that he is taking the time to write these fans back. "I'm getting hundreds of emails -- hate mail -- but I'm responding to it all. People deserve a response," he wrote to several Chargers fans according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. (Newark Star-Ledger) Comment
Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Zenit St. Petersburg during a Champions League group stage match. (Massimo Pinca/AP)
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Phillies at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET -- NL East leader Philadelphia looks to win ninth straight at Turner Field.
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