Morning Jolt: Tuesday, October 28

Tuesday, October 28
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Al Sharpton calls Plaxico column 'racist'
An outraged Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for the New York Post to take immediate action to address a column in Monday's editions that he called "blatant racism" and a "media lynching." Post columnist Steve Serby began his column in Monday's editions with "Good for Tom Coughlin. Good for Coughlin for tightening the noose around Plaxico Burress." Burress has been fined and benched by the Giants for infractions including tardiness and missing practices. On Saturday, the wide receiver skipped a treatment for his neck, and was benched during the first quarter of the Giants' win in Pittsburgh Sunday. In criticizing Burress, Serby used a racially loaded and offensive term, Sharpton told the Daily News. "To make such a blatant racist statement about an African-American football player with a neck injury is completely unacceptable," Sharpton said. "Clearly, the racial connotation is very disturbing. ... This is the verbal reflection of a hanging noose." Sharpton said he was willing to consider that Serby did not intend to make a racially loaded statement. But the impact of the columnist's words troubled Sharpton regardless of the intent. "Intent certainly makes a difference," Sharpton said. "As long as they understand the effect." (New York Daily News)
Potential White Sox-Angels trade
A natural fit for the White Sox would be the Angels' Chone Figgins, who could bat leadoff and play third. But the Angels will need a first baseman if they can't re-sign free agent Mark Teixeira. Paul Konerko came close to signing with the Angels after the 2005 season and is friendly with Angels manager Mike Scioscia dating to their days in the Dodgers organization. But Konerko has two years left on his contract and full no-trade rights. He also hit nine home runs in September and two in the American League Division Series after coping with slumps and injuries. The Angels have plenty of youth in their infield but could use some fresh legs in the outfield. It's a safe bet that any deal with the Angels would involve multiple players. Colorado, with speedy but injury-prone center fielder Willy Taveras and third baseman Garrett Atkins, presents another potential match. (Chicago Tribune)
Cavs to skip Celtics ring party
So much for that theory about the Cavaliers getting motivated by watching the Boston Celtics receive their championship rings and hoist another championship banner Tuesday night in T.D. Banknorth Garden. LeBron James revealed on Monday that the Cavs will sit this one out. They'll wait in the locker room until the hoopla is over. "We don't need to be out there watching that, we need to get ready for the game," James said before the team left for Boston. Congratulations to them. But we're not [like] the fans of Boston. We don't need to be out there clapping for them getting rings." James brushed off the notion of using the ceremony for motivation. "It's stupid," he said of that idea. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Must-See Photo
The Phillies grounds crew brings out the tarp during a rain delay in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night. The game, tied at 2-2, was suspended until Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Must-See Video
Greg Oden illustrates his game face
Game To Watch
Cavaliers at Celtics, 8:29 p.m. ET -- LeBron James opens the NBA season against the reigning champs.
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Boston Celtics
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Athletics
1989 -- Oakland completes sweep of Giants top win 1989 World Series.
1997 -- NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer, the first female officials in a major-league sport.
1975 -- Calvin Murphy begins record 58-game free-throw streak.
1928 -- First nationwide broadcast of a college football game.

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