July 19, 2011
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Can NBA players file for unemployment?

Ty Lawson recently posed an interesting thought on his Twitter account. "I wonder if I can file for unemployment." So we asked. Can an NBA or NFL player currently apply for unemployment due to the lockouts in each sport? The short answer is no, not yet anyway. Larry Parker, a spokesman for the N.C. Employment Security Commission, sent the following explanation in an email to the Observer: "The answer right now is no, NBA players would not be eligible for benefits, mainly due to fact the NBA season is not in session. There is a reasonable expectation on the players part that they may play once the season begins." Certainly the league will reinforce that impression Tuesday when all 30 teams release regular-season schedules. (Sacramento Bee) Comment

Price set for Kolb? Rodgers-Cromartie

The Cardinals, who may pay dearly for a new quarterback, believe they have much to offer in return. That's one of the things Ken Whisenhunt has said this offseason after the club passed on drafting a quarterback in April. Arizona is in the market for a quarterback when the new league year begins, and it sounds like the Cardinals are preparing to offer plenty for a new quarterback. [According to a report] Kevin Kolb is the passer the Cardinals are poised to pursue. ... [The Cardinals] are prepared to offer cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie "straight up" for Kolb. ... The Eagles are believed to be seeking help at cornerback. (National Football Post) Comment

Angels out of luck on Ramirez ... until August?

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez doesn't have to go anywhere. [Ramirez] is on the Angels' wish list, but as of now he is unwilling to approve any trade, according to his agent, Paul Kinzer. However, Ramirez's stance could change once his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic for the start of school, something that probably will not occur until August, according to Kinzer. "I don't see it happening," Kinzer said of a deal before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. "When his family goes back, and his kids go back to school, that could possibly loosen it up. As of now, he has no interest. He loves Chicago. He always wanted to finish his career there." (FOXSports.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Several members of the New York Yankees look skyward with a Tampa Bay Rays groundskeeper after a power outage delayed the game in the fifth inning. (Mike Carlson/AP)

Must-See Video

Yao Ming will officially announce his retirement on Wednesday. The 7-foot-6 center had many highlights throughout his career, but this block from Nate Robinson is not one of them.

Game To Watch

Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran return to the lineup as the Mets look to get to .500 against the St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. ET, SNY.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Pete Rose
  • 1990 -- Pete Rose, MLB's all-time hits leader (4,256), is sentenced to five months in medium security prison in Marion, Ill. for tax evasion.
  • 1973 -- Willie Mays is selected to his 24th National League All-Star team, tying Stan Musial's MLB record.
  • 1927 -- Ty Cobb smacks his 4,000th hit. Cobb ended up with 4,189 hits to go along with a .366 career batting average.
  • 1927 -- Ty Cobb smacks his 4,000th hit. Cobb ended up with 4,189 hits to go along with a .366 career batting average.
  • 1910 -- Cy Young records his 500th win. The all-time leader in wins finished his illustrious career with a record of 511-316, along with a 2.63 ERA.

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