March 25, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Jacobs: Plaxico fears prison stretch
Plaxico Burress will be back in court next week, staring at the possibility of spending the next 3-1/2 years in jail. And that's a frightening thought for the troubled Giants receiver, according to one of his best friends on the team. "When you've got 3-1/2 years of your life and you don't know where you're going to live them, it can get a little scary," running back Brandon Jacobs said Tuesday. "Being in that situation can be hard. Someone who hasn't been in that situation before doesn't know what it's like. There are ups and there are downs." It's been like that with Burress for months, according to Jacobs, who said he exchanges text messages with his friend every day and spoke to him last week. There are days when Burress seems fine, Jacobs said, and days when the uncertainty seems too much to bear. (New York Daily News)
Selig takes flak for WBC crack
Matt Thornton rejoined the White Sox and scoffed at Commissioner Bud Selig's allegations that the U.S. team lacked intensity at the World Baseball Classic. "For someone to say that, and I heard other people say that, no one was in the dugout but us," Thornton said Tuesday, two days after the U.S. was eliminated in the semifinals of the WBC in a 9-4 defeat to eventual champion Japan. "And our team was into it, every single game. Everyone was prepared, ready and battling. And they wanted to win it all. The intensity was there. We didn't win it, but you couldn't say the energy and life wasn't there because it was. "[Selig] was never around. He wasn't in our clubhouse, he wasn't in our dugout. It was a great experience for everyone. I think everyone in the game was trying to win. -- I hear these comments people are making, and it's like 'What are you talking about?' We were going after it."(Chicago Tribune)
City to chop up old Yankee Stadium
The old Yankee Stadium will be chopped up and sold to fans in little pieces as part of a $10 million-plus deal the team struck with the city, The Post has learned. The payment will give the team the right to sell city-owned portions of the ballpark, including all 57,000 seats, the foul poles, dugouts and even the urinals sources familiar with the deal said. The team already owned the grass, dirt, lockers, bases and outfield walls. (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
The only way to travel: Johan Nungary of Mexico soars during the Red Bull X-Fighters motocross exhibition in front of the Metropolitan Catedral in Mexico City on March 24, 2009. (Alfedo Estrella/Getty Images)
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Game To Watch
Celtics at Magic, 8 PM ET -- Orlando's Magic number for clinching the Southeast for the second straight year is one, and the winner takes possession of second place in the East behind LeBron James and Co.
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This Day In Sports History

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1934 -- Horton Smith fires a 284 to win the first Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament.
1972 -- Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks joins Gordie Howe as the first two NHL players to score career 600 goals.
1988 -- Robin Givens demands full access to her husband Mike Tyson's money.

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