Economic problems have forced Heat president Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and several members of the team's front-office to take pay cuts entering the season. Spoelstra said recently that he expected to open his second season as coach with his entire staff of assistants intact. But financial problems that led to reductions of about 20 employees on the business staff earlier this year have apparently spilled over to basketball operations. (Miami Herald) Comment
The Brian Urlacher era ended on the same night the Jay Cutler era began. Tick, tock. Urlacher isn't getting any younger, and the days when the Bears were built around middle linebackers have ended. Long term, given his age, contract and Cutler's acquisition, it's time for the Bears to consider life after Urlacher.. (Chicago Sun Times) Comment
The White Sox have seen Alex Rios chase down fly balls, make accurate throws and display the ability to hit home runs off formidable pitchers such as American League Cy Young Award candidate Zack Greinke. But in the eyes of three scouts who have seen him dating back to previous years in Toronto, those abilities might be as good as it gets for the Sox. "He's a teaser," one National League scout said Sunday. "He can get you fired." (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, sits in his court side chair while waiting for trophy presentations after his defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, in the men's finals championship at the U.S. Open. (AP)
1912 -- Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins. 1923 -- Bill Tilden wins US Lawn Tennis Open. 1969 -- Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game. 1978 -- Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. 2000 -- Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
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