June 16, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Joking Mediate warns Tiger
Rocco Mediate was just finishing up his news conference when he spied Tiger Woods waiting in the wings. "You better watch yourself tomorrow," Mediate cracked before turning back to the media. "He looks a little nervous." Even Tiger had to smile at that one. No one is more deadly serious about winning than Woods. And few seem to have more fun on the golf course than Mediate. So what does it all mean when the two crank up their 18-hole playoff Monday at noon ET? "He wants to kill me," Mediate said. "I want to kill him ... It's going to be a very entertaining day." (PGA Tour.com)
Young Miami receivers impress
Gone are veterans Chris Chambers and Marty Booker, so Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan will have plenty of opportunity for playing time. Hagan, 23, needs to shed a budding reputation for dropping easy catches while making spectacular ones. Coach Tony Sparano has gone out of his way to commend Hagan for his offseason work ethic. Hoping to "play faster" than last season, in which he had 34 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns, Ginn has impressed Karl Dorrell with his desire to create separation on the field and from those who criticize him for not living up to his lofty draft status as the ninth overall pick. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Mets coaches may go first
Sources have told the Daily News that principal owner Fred Wilpon and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon have authorized Omar Minaya to fire Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto. Bench coach Jerry Manuel would ascend to manager if Randolph is ousted, while Triple-A New Orleans manager Ken Oberkfell and pitching coach Dan Warthen would join the major league staff. A team insider speculated that Randolph could survive a first round of firings, saying: "I think the coaches are in trouble. That may be the compromise for now." (New York Daily News)
Must-See Photo
Czech Republic's David Rozehnal (left) Turkey's Semih Senturk (center) and Turkey's Tuncay Sanli go for a header at Euro 2008. (AP Photo)
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This Day In Sports History

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1909 -- Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut
1975 -- Bucks trade Kareem Abdul-Jabber and Walt Wesley to LA
1995 -- Salt Lake City awarded 2002 Olympics
1996 -- Bulls beat Supersonics to win NBA title, four games to two

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