July 16, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Did A-Rod spy on his wife?
The wife of Alex Rodriguez wants to know if the New York Yankees star hired private detectives or installed wiretaps to spy on her. Cynthia Rodriguez's lawyers demanded evidence of any such surveillance as part of a routine request filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last week in their divorce case. Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce last week after more than five years of marriage, citing her husband's alleged infidelity. She wants their $12 million waterfront mansion in Coral Gables, a luxury SUV, alimony and financial support for their two young daughters. Alex Rodriguez has been linked in various tabloid reports to Madonna, though both have denied a romantic relationship. He has also been photographed out at night with a former Las Vegas stripper. (Associated Press)
NFL crackdown on gang signs
Hand signals captured on videotape are once again being scrutinized around the NFL. Only this time, it's not the New England Patriots studying them for a competitive advantage, but league officials in search of a more sinister message. The NFL, concerned that some players might celebrate by flashing the hand signals of street gangs, has hired experts to examine game tapes and identify the gestures. "There have been some suspected things we've seen," said Milt Ahlerich, the league's vice president of security. "When we see it, we quietly jump on it immediately, directly with the team and the player or employee involved to cease and desist. Period." (Los Angeles Times)
Knicks trying to push Marbury out?
The Knicks have agreed in principle on a two-year contract to sign free-agent guard Anthony Roberson, with the deal likely to expediate the departure of Stephon Marbury, The Post has learned. Knicks president Donnie Walsh appeared to be waiting to add another backcourt player before he made a move with Marbury. The Knicks insisted there is no truth to a summer-league rumor that Marbury would be released by week's end. Marbury, who still could be traded, said yesterday he hasn't been approached. In fact, interestingly, Marbury has not yet dined with coach Mike D'Antoni, who has consulted several other veterans on whether they view Marbury as a divisive force in the locker room. (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann sits on the ground after Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau scored the winning run for the American League during last night's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
Must-See Video
Dick Butkus' "Wanna Get Away" Moment"
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Wayne Gretzky
1988 -- Wayne Gretzky weds Janet Jones.
1990 -- Steve Lyons drops his pants during game.
1995 -- Annika Sorenstam wins U.S. Open.

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