October 02, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Pacman offers support for Henry
There was a touching moment in the Valley Ranch locker room today when Adam "Pacman" Jones was asked about his ex-West Virginia running buddy Chris Henry, the Bengals WR who happens to be making his return from suspension against the Cowboys this week. "That's my boy," Pacman said. Pacman added that he talks to Henry often, offering wisdom gained by coming back from an unpaid, involuntary, season-long vacation. Henry had the first half of last season off, too, but apparently needed another four-week session in Sheriff Goodell's Scared Straight program. Pacman implored his pal, whom the Bengals cut while pretending to try to clean up their act and picked back up weeks later, to keep his head up while he was unemployed. "We're best of friends," Pacman said. "He made some bad decisions and he has to deal with consequences, same way I did. He manned it up and he took all the responsibilities and now he's ready to play."(Dallas Morning News)
Report: Mob fixed UEFA semifinal
A Spanish judge has sent German prosecutors information suggesting that Russian mobsters fixed a UEFA Cup semifinal game last season between Russian team Zenit St. Petersburg and Bayern Munich, a leading Spanish newspaper reported yesterday. El Pais said a probe by Judge Baltasar Garzon has turned up a taped telephone conversation of suspected Russian gang member Gennady Petrov mentioning that 50 million of an unspecified currency had been paid to Bayern. Previously, in a call in May, one of Petrov's aides, Leonid Khristoforov, boasted to Petrov that he knew the result of the match in St. Petersburg would be 4-0 in Zenit's favour. The final score was in fact 4-0, with Zenit winning. Bayern and Zenit had drawn 1-1 in the first leg in Munich. Zenit went on to win the UEFA Cup, beating Rangers 2-0 in the final in Manchester, England. (AP)
Police: Met kills two in hit-and-run
Troubled Mets relief pitcher Ambiorix Burgos struck and killed two women in a hit-and-run accident in the Dominican Republic, cops told a local paper. Burgos, 24, who missed the entire season with an elbow injury, was driving a 2009 Hummer that hit the two women Tuesday night near his north coast hometown of Nagua. The hit-and-run was not his first brush with the law. Just last month, Burgos was arrested on charges of manhandling his girlfriend in a Queens hotel. The 6-foot-3, 244-pound hurler allegedly punched, bit and slapped 26-year-old Maria Lopez in a Holiday Inn room on Sept. 8, cops said. (New York Daily News)
Must-See Photo
Centerfielder Jim Edmonds and the Cubs were brought to their knees by a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. Here, Edmonds watches fans grab for a home run ball hit by Russell Martin in the top of the ninth inning. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Even pooches are jumping on the Rays bandwagon as Tampa Bay gets spruced up and stoked for the first playoff series in the team's history.
Game To Watch
White Sox at Rays, 2:30 p.m. ET -- It was 11 seasons in the making: the first postseason game in the history of Tampa Bay's long-downtrodden Major League team.
Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Steffi Graf
1991 -- Steffi Graf becomes the youngest woman to win 500 pro tennis matches.
1980 -- Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
1978 -- Bucky Dent's three-run blast over Fenway Park's Green Monster helps Yankees top Red Sox 5-4 in playoff game to decide AL East champion.
1963 -- Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers strikes out a World Series record 15 Yankees.
1950 -- Bob Shaw of the Chicago Cardinals sets an NFL record with 5 TD receptions.


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