July 17, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
McGrady interested in Pistons
At least it seems everybody can agree on this: Tracy McGrady is happy. Whether the Houston Rockets will trade him to, say, the Pistons, is another matter. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith stirred that pot Tuesday when he said McGrady wouldn't mind coming to Detroit and joining Team Dumars. Said Smith: "Is Tracy McGrady interested? Yes, he is. I spoke to Tracy McGrady earlier. His basic thing is he's very happy in Houston, but he wants to win. So whatever is a winning situation for him is something he is more than willing to entertain." (Detroit Free Press)
Packers-Vikings rivalry gets hotter
The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings just got a lot hotter. A National Football League source said Wednesday night that the Packers had filed a tampering charge with the league against the Vikings in connection with alleged contact with Brett Favre. The source said the Packers had provided evidence and information about the alleged contact. At this point, investigators for the league will look into the matter and decide what, if anything, to do. The source added that the Packers feel the case against the Vikings is strong. According to FoxSports, the report alleged that Favre had what it termed "inappropriate" dialogue with Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a close Favre friend and former assistant coach with the Packers. (Daily Oklahoman)
Phillies eye Giants pitcher
The latest has the Phils hoping San Francisco, an NL West pretender, will shop 23-year-old right-hander Matt Cain. Word is the Giants might part with Cain, who is 5-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 20 starts, if offered an intriguing package of young talent. Meantime, a Phillies source shot down continued rumors that they're hot for Toronto righty A.J. Burnett. The Phils apparently do have interest in acquiring lefty reliever John Grabow from Pittsburgh, which isn't asking for much in return. (phillyburbs.com)
Must-See Photo
The pack with Cadel Evans of Australia on the second row, wearing his overall leader's yellow jersey, is seen during the 11th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Lannemezan and Foix, southern France on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
Must-See Video
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Game To Watch
Mets at Reds, 7:10 p.m. -- Can the Mets continue their nine-game winning steak?
New York Mets
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Tom Watson
1983 -- Tom Watson wins the British Open
1987 -- Don Mattingly homers in his seventh straight game.
1988 -- Florence Griffith Joyner sets a world record in the 100.

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