September 10, 2009
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Demand for Roethlisberger sex list
A lawyer for a Nevada casino worker accusing Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her last year at a Lake Tahoe resort wants a list of every woman the Steelers quarterback has slept with and any who have claimed sexual misconduct on his part. Reno attorney Calvin Dunlap filed the request late Tuesday as part of a court filing opposing motions to have the civil lawsuit dismissed. Dunlap also requested, among other things, Roethlisberger's telephone and e-mail records and for him to undergo psychiatric and physical examinations. His lawyers have suggested the same for his accuser, calling her "disturbed and calculating" and a "sex addict."
(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Tampa Bay writer irks Tigers
He shouldn't have done it. That's not just what Fernando Rodney says, now that he's been suspended three games for throwing a ball into the press box at Tropicana Field after his 32nd save Friday night. The Tigers doubt the suspension would have been as long -- and maybe not levied at all -- if it hadn't been for a letter written to MLB about the incident by Marc Topkin, the chairman of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers Association. In this case, as is the norm, Topkin -- who covers the Rays as a beat writer for the St. Petersburg Times -- informed Pat Courtney, MLB's vice president of public relations, and copied the email to Jack O'Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America. "It was a factual letter," Topkin said. "I didn't advocate any kind of suspension. I just informed them of what took place and that Rodney did not apologize after the game. "Standard procedure." To the Tigers, however, it could be what caused the suspension to be as severe as it was, and possibly for there to be a suspension at all.
(Detroit News)
Teacher debunks MJ high school legend
Ruby Sutton has a distinct pet peeve when it comes to the subject of her former pupil, Michael Jordan: the oft-told story of how he was "cut" from the Laney High varsity basketball team as a sophomore, spurring him to greatness. "Back then, (most) 10th-graders played JV; that's just the way it was. Nobody ever 'cut' Michael Jordan," Sutton, who still teaches physical education, said this month, shaking her head as she retold the story for at least the 100th time. "Him not making the varsity that year was not his motivator -- he was motivated well before that. He just always wanted to be the best."
(Charlotte Observer)
Must-See Photo
The Car of Tomorrow? NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip drives a tank down the stretch before the Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on September 9. (Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for True Speed Communication)
Must-See Video
Derek Jeter ties Yankees legend Lou Gehrig for first place on the storied franchise's all-time hits list.

Blitzcorner | Derek Jeter Ties Gehrig Video
Game To Watch
Titans at Steelers, 8:30 p.m ET
Tennessee Titans
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Rod Laver
1960 -- Abebe Bikila sets Olympic and world records in the marathon (2:15:16.2).
1962 -- Rod Laver wins U.S. Open mens'singles title and his first Grand Slam by beating Roy Emerson (6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4).
1969 -- The Miracle Mets grab first place for the first time in their history, by beating the Montreal Expos, 3-2, at Shea Stadium.
1972 -- The U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Teams loses, 51-50, to the USSR in a disputed gold medal game.
1974 -- Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals ties (at 104) and breaks the major league single-season stolen base record.

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