September 14, 2011
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Former Cowboys star rips Dez

Though he did say he wasn't pinning Dallas' Week 1 loss entirely on Dez Bryant, a former Cowboy sure was hard on the wide receiver. Drew Pearson, the former Cowboys receiver who famously wore the No. 88 that Bryant is currently sporting, was highly critical of the way the second-year standout finished the season opener. "You saw what happened in the fourth quarter," Pearson said on 103.3 FM's Ben and Skin show. "We had wide receivers that couldn't finish the game. Come on! Jeez! The first quarter was spectacular. Great job, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. But now we need you in the fourth quarter and you can't even run?" ... Pearson added: "Let's not be so high on this guy who hasn't really done anything." (The Dallas Morning News) Comment

Surgery looming for Youkilis

The Red Sox has clearly suffered recently in the absence of Kevin Youkilis. The Sox scored just eight runs in the three contests Youkilis missed. And so, it was with some relief that manager Terry Francona was able to put the third baseman back in the fifth spot of the batting order on Tuesday. Youkilis will be playing through discomfort, but the Sox are optimistic that he will still be able to produce. "Because he knows where he's at physically, he's probably able to try to get through this a little bit," said Francona. ... Youkilis said that he will need surgery in the offseason for the hernia, unlike 2006, when he played through a similar condition but was able to heal with rest during the winter. ( Comment

Sooners-to-Pac 12 not a done deal

Oklahoma's leadership is reportedly interested in a move to the Pac-12. [But] such a move is far from a done deal, as the school's overriding concern remains assuring a stable future for its athletic programs, a source said Tuesday. "There is strong interest within the leadership of Oklahoma about the Pac-12, really strong, but to characterize it as already (having) been done, well, that's going too far," said the source. "It is fair to say there is strong interest, but that doesn't mean the Big 12 is not an option anymore. The concern is long-term stability." However, Texas officials left the weekend meeting with Oklahoma officials convinced the Sooners plan to apply for Pac-12 membership, a Texas source told ESPN. ( Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Sheep on the outskirts of Dunedin, New Zealand, show who they're rooting for in the upcoming Rugby World Cup. (Marcos Brindicci/ Reuters)

Must-See Video

The NBA lockout is dragging on. Here's some Blake Griffin to tide you over until it gets resolved.

Game To Watch

Phillies look to clinch a playoff spot against the Astros behind Roy Halladay, 2:05 p.m. ET.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Detroit Lions
  • 1930 -- Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans) play first NFL game, win 13-6.
  • 1987 -- Cal Ripken's streak of 8,243 consecutive innings is broken.
  • 1989 -- Calgary Flames become first NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2.
  • 1994 -- All 28 baseball owners vote to cancel rest of 1994 season.

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