August 20, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Potential Mariners-Mets deal
Word in baseball circles is that ex-Twins pitcher Carlos Silva, placed on the disabled list by the Mariners, has been lost without pal Johan Santana, traded to the Mets. Silva has won just once in his past 21 starts. Don't think the Mariners wouldn't love to unload the right-hander, who has a $48 million, four-year guaranteed contract, on the Mets so he could rejoin Santana. (St. Paul Pioneer-Press)
Bengals owner, coach at odds
Check out this quote from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis when asked about the possibility of Chris Henry re-joining the team. "I'm not interested," Lewis said at the team's annual preseason luncheon on July 22. "I don't think it would be productive for our football team. You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player, and there's responsibilities to being an NFL player. It's a privilege, it's not a right. There's a lot that comes with being an NFL football player." Yes, there is a lot more. Unfortunately, Lewis' employer, team owner Mike Brown, doesn't see eye to eye with the head coach about just how much more. Which is why the Henry signing might ultimately be the wedge that drives Lewis out of town after the season. (Newsday)
Ratliff nixes offers to join Sixers
In what should be the final move of a hectic summer, the Sixers are expected to add veteran center Theo Ratliff. According to a source familiar with the situation, the 6-foot-10 Ratliff has accepted a one-year contract for the veterans' minimum of $1.4 million. Ratliff, 35, had offers for more money but would prefer playing for the Sixers, the source said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Must-See Photo
The Chinese duet team of Jiang Tingling and Jiang Wenwen compete during the final of the duet free routine in synchronized swimming during the Beijing 2008 Olympics. (LYNNE SLADKEY/AP)
Must-See Video
Crazy 172-Foot High Dive
Game To Watch
Angels at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET -- Tampa goes for sweep
Los Angeles Angels
Tampa Bay Rays
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Brooklyn Dodgers
1945 -- Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.
2000 -- Tiger Woods wins PGA Championship in playoff over Bob May, becoming first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year.
2005 -- Thomas Herrion (San Francisco 49ers) collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver.

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