A day after promising that the Yankees will be busy in the offseason addressing their needs, Hank Steinbrenner Thursday named two pitchers in which the Yankees have interest. "Everybody's looking at Sabathia and Burnett, not just us," Steinbrenner said during Thursday's game against the Red Sox. "We'll see. The main concern is, are their arms going to be OK after this season?" Once again, Steinbrenner predicted a flurry of offseason activity to make improvements to a Yankees team that may miss the postseason for the first time in other than strike years since 1993. (Newsday) Comment
On the day his mother, Deborah, and daughter, Zaniyah, arrived in Dallas, Adam Jones had his best day in a long time. Seventeen months after he was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy and 20 months after his last game, Jones was reinstated by the NFL, officially making him a Cowboy. It ended months of wondering and started what he and the Cowboys hope is a fruitful relationship, beginning with the Sept. 7 season opener at Cleveland. Former Cowboys Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders have served as mentors to Jones. He also has a four-person security team on-call 24 hours a day. His teammates were happy the league made the decision. (Dallas Morning News) Comment
Back home from the Olympics, where he was an assistant coach for Team USA, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan on Thursday could finally reveal the two-week struggle he endured in Beijing. There were sleepless nights. A self-imposed muzzle on his emotions. And the uneasiness of choosing an allegiance. All because of Rudy Fernandez. The high-energy shooting guard for Spain, who will join the Blazers this month, excelled during the Olympics, which included a team-high 22 points in the gold medal loss to the Ameicans. And after getting a front-row view for many of Spain's games, McMillan said Fernandez, 23, is so talented that he will "definitely" play, and play a lot, for the Blazers. (The Oregonian) Comment
Minnesota Vikings running back Maurice Hicks (43) leaps over a tackle attempt by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins in the first quarter of their preseason game in Texas. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sharon M. Steinman)
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