November 14, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Auburn's Tuberville in trouble?
By all accounts, Auburn's football recruiting has held up well despite a disappointing record and talk about Tommy Tuberville's future, but that good fortune figures to last only so long without some sort of resolution. Circle Dec. 1 on your calendar. That's the Monday after the Auburn-Alabama game, the first day coaches can visit recruits in their homes and perhaps the day Tuberville sits down with university President Jay Gogue to map the future of the football program. All three are intertwined and could have lasting impact on the football program. Gogue has said he will talk with Tuberville after the season, and that means enemy agents have another two weeks to raise doubt in the minds of recruits. Gogue could stop such talk next week, well before the Iron Bowl, by meeting with Tuberville if he chose to do so. Would a win over Alabama change anyone's opinion, considering Tuberville has beaten Alabama six straight times? Would an endorsement next week help recruiting? Sure it would. (Birmingham News)
Is Gallinari's injury in his head?
According to those who may not know how to read the results of Danilo Gallinari's two non-fictional MRIs (administered by a New York physician paid by the Knicks, and by a Los Angeles doctor hired by agent Arn Tellem) but who passed English comprehension, the two specialists fully agree the 20-year-old Italian is not a remote candidate for an operation. "It's unclear what's causing the pain to linger and why it keeps re-occurring, which is why we intend to focus on different elements," a Tellem confidant said. "As for the MRIs, both doctors read them the same way, and both concur Danilo does not need to go under the knife." A bloated bulging disc is apt to hit a nerve in the spine, thus the contractions of pain when the body moves or is jarred. X-rays show Gallinari's disc is hardly bulging. Just to be on the safe side, additional MRIs are planned by the Knicks. In view of the findings, some people within the Knicks organization are wondering - not in a wicked way, honest - if Gallinari's distress might be as much mental as physical. (New York Post)
Yanks unlikely to chase Teixeira
Free agency began at midnight today. The raging speculation has been that the Yankees will sign CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and another high-end free agent or two such as Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe or A.J. Burnett. General manager Brian Cashman termed that conjecture "crazy talk." In fact, in an exclusive interview with The Post, Cashman strongly indicated the Yankees will not even sign Sabathia and Teixeira in tandem. The plan is to concentrate on starting pitching, namely Sabathia, and - at best - Teixeira is a backburner issue in case all the rotation avenues prove fruitless. Teixeira was pushed further to the backburner yesterday when the Yanks obtained Nick Swisher, who, as of now, projects to be the starting first baseman. (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
Miami running back Craig Cooper (2) gets away from Virginia Tech's Nekos Brown (47) and John Graves (91) for a first down during the second half of Miami's Thursday night win. (J. Pat Carter/AP Photo)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Don Shula
1993 -- Don Shula becomes winningest coach in NFL history.
1981 -- Paul 'Bear' Bryant ties Amos Alonzo Stagg with 314 football wins.
1986 -- Doubleday Publishing sells N.Y. Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon.
1974 -- Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long loses his steroids appeal and is suspended without pay by NFL for 4 weeks.


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