December 24, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Source: Cops find guns at Plax's house
Authorities searched the New Jersey home of Plaxico Burress last night and found two guns and the clothes the Giants wide receiver was wearing when he accidentally shot himself in the leg last month, according to multiple reports. Sources cited in those reports said detectives from the NYPD, officers from the Totowa, N.J., Police Department and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney's office discovered at least two weapons -- a 9-mm gun and a loaded rifle -- along with ammunition and the clothes from the Nov. 29 incident at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan. Sources also said that no permits for the weapons were found. According to one report, Burress was not at home at the time of the search. (New York Newsday)
Why Angels don't want Manny
He is the slugger who could elevate the Angels into a class with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, a difference-maker who could be acquired without giving up any top prospects, and the Angels have absolutely zero interest in him. General Manager Tony Reagins made that point perfectly clear Tuesday when, in the wake of the team's failed attempt to retain first baseman Mark Teixeira, he was asked if there was any chance of signing free-agent left fielder Manny Ramirez. "Manny will not be an Angel," Reagins said. "We're going to give our kids an opportunity to play. We signed [outfielder] Juan Rivera to a three-year deal, and we think, given at-bats, he can be a productive player." (Los Angeles Times)
Source: Mets talking to Lowe
Last night a baseball source indicated MetsGM Omar Minaya is having discussions with Scott Boras about the top starting pitcher remaining on the free-agent market, Derek Lowe. The source said, however, that no offer has been extended to Lowe, a 35-year-old right-hander who spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers. (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
Kobe Byrant of the Lakers rises for two points while Devin Brown and James Posey of the Hornets contest. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Must-See Video
Alabama's Nick Saban was named the AP coach of the year in college football.
Game To Watch
Hawaii vs. Notre Dame, 8:00 p.m. ET -- The Fighting Irish fly east for the Hawaii Bowl.
Notre Dame
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Joe Namath
1967 -- Joe Namath of the New York Jets becomes the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a single season.
1977 -- Ken Stabler's 10-yard touchdown pass to Dave Casper early in the second overtime ends one of the most memorable playoff games in NFL history, as the Raiders earn a 37-31 victory over the Colts.
1981 -- Reggie Jackson announces his intention to join Gene Autry's California Angels for the 1982 season.

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