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Truth & Rumors
Steinbrenner rips MLB playoff system
Many people have been impressed with the Dodgers' recent turnaround, one which will likely land Joe Torre's club in the postseason next week. Just don't count Hank Steinbrenner among them. Steinbrenner, the Yankees' co-chairman, ripped Major League Baseball's divisional system in a column in this week's Sporting News, saying that the format allows teams to make the postseason even if their records don't warrant such an honor. "The biggest problem is the divisional setup in major league baseball. I didn't like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now," Steinbrenner wrote. "Baseball went to a multidivision setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement. But it isn't fair. You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we're not. "This is by no means a knock on Torre - let me make that clear-but look at the division they're in. If L.A. were in the AL East, it wouldn't be in the playoff discussion. The AL East is never weak." (New York Daily News)
Knicks: Marbury coming to camp
Stephon Marbury's tenure with the Knicks remains shaky at best, but it appears that he will be with the team for at least another week. "He's coming to training camp," Donnie Walsh, the team president, said Tuesday night. It was the most forceful declaration that Walsh has made on the subject, and it came in the wake of a report by Newsday that Marbury would be waived by the end of this week. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Knicks would try to negotiate a buyout of the final year of Marbury's contract. He is due $21.9 million this season. (New York Times)
Kitna: I'm not the problem
Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said the first priority is winning. So if the Lions coaching staff replaces him at quarterback, he'll abide by the decision but also believes it would be a mistake. "I don't think I am the problem," Kitna said Tuesday before breaking for a five-day vacation during the Lions' bye week. "I am all about winning. If they feel that it's necessary, then so be it, but I don't think I am the problem. I think I am into these games." Kitna did not appreciate comments from Michael Strahan, a new Fox commentator and former Giants defensive end who said the Lions looked like they had no heart and were not giving maximum effort. "You can teach technique. You can teach a guy to catch. You can't teach heart," Strahan said. "They don't want to play." (Detroit News)
Must-See Photo
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell showers fans with champagne after his team's 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians, which clinched Boston's fifth playoff berth in the last six seasons while simultaneously eliminating the Yankees. (Elsa/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Dwight Howard seemed to really enjoy revealing the new Orlando Magic jerseys.
Game To Watch
Cubs at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET -- The Mets look to stay alive in the playoff race by following up Tuesday's clutch victory with another win against the Cubs.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Bjorn Borg
1982 -- Tennis great Bjorn Borg retires at 26.
1974 -- The Detroit Tigers' Al Kaline becomes the 12t player to get 3,000 hits.
1957 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pirates 2-0.

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