Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners continue to discuss the possibility of adding a 17th regular season game and perhaps shortening the preseason by a game. Goodell said the possibility is "on the table," but the league is not yet ready to present a proposal to the players' union, which would have to approve such a change. "We are not satisfied with the quality of the preseason right now," Goodell said. "We'd like to improve on that." Goodell said that the additional home game could alternate annually by conference, meaning AFC teams could get nine home games each one season and NFC clubs could get nine apiece the next. Comment
Willie Randolph finds himself in the spotlight these days, with his job status in question and his demeanor in the dugout under a microscope. Despite the reprieve provided by two weekend victories against the Yankees, that spotlight followed Randolph to Atlanta on Tuesday, where he was asked to clarify remarks that appeared Monday in a column by Ian O'Connor in The Record of Hackensack, N.J. In those remarks, Randolph questioned the way he was portrayed during broadcasts on the Mets' television network and wondered whether he was held to a different standard than some of his white counterparts. Although Randolph did not say anything particularly inflammatory in O'Connor's column and did not suggest that the Mets' organization was not supporting him, the fact that he brought up the issue of race and challenged the Mets' TV outlet created a new distraction for a club that has had a bunch of them lately. Comment
With documentary filming all but finished, fans will soon be able to see the uncensored version of country singer Mindy McCready. The no-holds-barred look into McCready's life will include what the film's producer calls "her side of the Roger Clemens story." McCready does not deny accounts of her long-term relationship with the Rocket, as first reported in the Daily News last month. Sources told The News that McCready, 32, met Clemens when she was a 15-year-old aspiring singer in a Fort Myers, Fla., bar and he was already married with children and an established Red Sox ace. The two were romantically involved up until 2006, although there were breaks in the relationship when McCready was involved with other men. Clemens was also supporting McCready financially as recently as last year. Comment
Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar collides with New York Mets' Ryan Church as Escobar throws to first to complete a double play on a ball hit by Damion Easley to end the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Atlanta on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
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