September 17, 2009
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Agents steering clients away Browns?

Though the Cleveland Browns were able to lure to town today a couple of players with connections to coach Eric Mangini (safety Ray Ventrone and guard Billy Yates), multiple sources have told us that some agents plan to steer their clients away from the Browns. Right or wrong, there's a sense of discontent regarding the new regime in Cleveland, where coach Eric Mangini and G.M. George Kokinis are running the show, with Mangini serving essentially as the man in charge. In the offseason, feathers were ruffled when Mangini took first-year players on a ten-hour bus ride to Hartford, Connecticut to work a youth football camp. Also, the lingering contractual impasse regarding receiver Josh Cribbs could be creating trust issues, given Cribbs' strong belief that owner Randy Lerner promised to re-work Cribbs' below-market deal, and the fact that Mangini/Kokinis have denied the allegation. profootballtalkComment

UNC edging Duke for top recruit?

Harrison Barnes, of Ames, Iowa, is considered the best high school basketball player in the country. Barnes recently listed his final six schools and two others wear blue, too -- Kansas and UCLA. Also in the six are Oklahoma and Iowa State, the hometown school and the first to offer him a scholarship. Duke was considered a frontrunner for Barnes, only to have UNC come on strong. And the Heels all but rolled out the red carpet at the Smith Center when Barnes made his official recruiting visit and took in UNC's Pro Alumni basketball game on Sept. 4. Charlotte ObserverComment

Curry seeks Chris Paul's counsel

With enormous expectations to start this upcoming season as a rookie with the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry sought out Chris Paul for help this summer. They worked out together this past week at the Alario Center. New Orleans Times-PicayuneComment

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Edmonton Oilers center Jordan Eberle (14) misses a shot on-net against New York Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson (52) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton. (AP)

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SI Vault: More Jackie Robinson
  • 1937 -- First NFL game in Washington, D.C. Redskins beat N.Y. Giants, 13-3.
  • 1947 -- Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by The Sporting News.
  • 1954 -- Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title.

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