Plaxico Burress armed himself because he was afraid that the flashy bling he wore would get him held up, he told employees at the Latin Quarter nightclub. The weapon fired into Burress' leg as he fumbled for it after it fell down his pant leg. The bullet tore through his already injured right thigh. Burress initially refused to let his pals call 911 after the shooting, but relented two hours later, and went with his wife, Tiffany, and a friend to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell at 2 a.m., sources said. He was released hours later. Teammate Antonio Pierce, 30, who was with Burress, initially stashed the gun for his pal, police sources said, but it is believed he later gave it to Burress' wife. Cops drove to Burress' Totowa, N.J., mansion Sunday night to get the piece, a source said. (New York Daily News) Comment
The Big 12 will consider changing its tie-breaking procedures after this season's three-way deadlock in the South between Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech, commissioner Dan Beebe said Sunday. The Sooners won the tiebreaker on the basis of being the higher team in the BCS standings. "The tiebreak process currently in place was carefully considered and voted upon by our athletics directors years ago, although I doubt they envisioned the scenario we have this year with a tie including the No. 2 and 3 teams in the country in one of our divisions," Beebe said in a statement. "The use of the BCS standings is one of multiple steps used and occurs when other steps in the process are unable to break the tie. As part of our season review, other tiebreak options will be assessed, and presented for consideration." Texas coach Mack Brown had suggested using a model like the Atlantic Coast or Southeastern Conferences, which use the BCS only to eliminate one team and then shifts to head-to-head competition. (Dallas Morning News) Comment
Earlier this offseason, the Mets asked the Rangers about catcher Gerald Laird, just as they did last year, a person familiar with the situation said. There hasn't been much discussion there lately; the Mets, as we all know, have prioritized the renovation of their pitching staff. But the fact that the Mets checked in speaks to how difficult it is to build a good catching crew. Last year at this time, the Mets thumped their chest about putting together the tandem of Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro. After suffering through nearly a full decade of Mike Piazza and Paul Lo Duca behind the plate, the Mets looked forward to having strong defense at catcher. The tradeoff, not shockingly, was poor offense. Laird put up a .329 OBP and .398 SLG in 95 games for the Rangers, a rare team with catching to trade. They have Laird, Max Ramirez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden and are looking to trade from this surplus in return for young pitching. (Newsday) Comment
Falcons tight end Justin Peele leaps over San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie during Atlanta's 22-16 win on Sunday. (Icon SMI)
1984 -- Boston College QB Doug Flutie wins the Heisman Trophy. 1992 -- Bullets guard Michael Adams sets a professional record for career three-pointers with his 795th in his team's win over over San Antonio. 2003 -- Sylvester Croom becomes the first black head football coach in the SEC, accepting an offer to take over Mississippi State. 2004 -- McKendree College coach Harry Statham tops Dean Smith with his 880th career victory
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