October 27, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Rockies shop MVP candidate Holliday
The Rockies have informed teams that left fielder Matt Holliday has joined fellow NL West standout Jake Peavy of the Padres as available. An executive who speaks regularly to Colorado officials described the Rockies as very motivated to do a deal. "This is not payroll driven," the executive said. "They can afford him next year for sure. They just understand that there is no way they can keep him long-term and want to maximize his value." The Rockies, still living in regret over the mega-deals they gave Mike Hampton and Todd Helton, will not go to those contractual lengths to retain Holliday. In fact, there are only three scenarios Colorado is weighing now: 1) Trade Holliday this offseason. 2) Trade him in July, especially if the Rockies are not contending. 3) Play out next season with him, let him leave for free agency and recoup the draft pick compensation. (New York Post)
Bush crashes Kardashian's birthday
So how does Reggie Bush spend the time off, not being with the New Orleans Saints? Apparently in Vegas. And what happens there doesn't always stay there. According to E! network, Bush crashed girlfriend Kim Kardashian's 28th birthday party: Someone crashed Kim Kardashian's 28th birthday party Saturday night in Las Vegas, but she definitely didn't mind. Kim spent her actual birthday on Oct. 21 in a New Orleans hospital as her NFLer boyfriend Reggie Bush recovered from knee surgery. So Bush, whose New Orleans Saints played without him today overseas in London, decided to repay the favor. Kim, sisters Khloe and Kourtney, Robin Antin and others, were partying in Kim's hotel room at the Luxor on Saturday night when the doorbell rang just a half hour before they were to head down to the nightclub LAX. When Kim opened the door, there stood Reggie, who the Saints coaching staff had given the OK to fly to Vegas at the last minute. "He is doing better than expected and returning to the field soon," says an insider. Of the surprise, Kim tells E! News exclusively, "We had the best time! It was a birthday I will never forget. He wins the best boyfriend award!" (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Donovan wants to play in Europe
On the same day that he won Major League Soccer's scoring title while helping the Galaxy tie FC Dallas, 2-2, in its season finale, striker Landon Donovan on Sunday signaled that he is ready to move on. If Europe comes calling, Donovan is prepared to answer the call. "Obviously, there's a lot of ifs," Donovan said. "If the Galaxy is OK with me going. If the league is willing to accept an offer. If an offer comes. "In my situation, I can't be super picky, but if it's the right offer and makes sense and if it's the right team ... from my standpoint, I'm ready to take that step and I want to. "Competitively, I have that itch and I want to do it, and I'll make that very clear to people." Donovan, who has had two stints with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany sandwiched between MLS title-winning seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes and the Galaxy, has said he would like to play in England, Spain, or even Germany again. (Los Angeles Times)
Must-See Photo
Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton hits a solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Edwin Jackson during the fifth inning of Game 4 of the World Series in Philadelphia on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Must-See Video
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Game To Watch
Rays at Phillies, 8:29 p.m. ET -- Scott Kazmir opposes Cole Hamels in Game 5 of the World Series.
Tampa Bay Rays
Philadelphia Phillies
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Red Sox
2004 -- Red Sox sweep Cardinals to win first World Series since 1918.
1992 -- Don Baylor hired as first manager of the Colorado Rockies.
1986 -- Mets defeat Red Sox in seven games to win the 83rd World Series in seven games.
1973 -- Alabama sets mark with 828 yards of offense in beating Virginia Tech 77-6.


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