Asked specifically whether Shawne Merriman would be here through the 2009 season, general manager A.J. Smith neither answered the question nor denied the possibility Merriman wouldn't. "I've already addressed the Shawne Merriman situation," Smith said. "I'm sure when the legal process runs its course, Shawne will update you. As far as his future with the Chargers, which appears to be an ongoing debate, we will let you know right away if his status should change." (San Diego Union-Tribune) Comment
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against his estranged stepmother over the 2007 death of his father. The suit, filed Sept. 4 in North Carolina Superior Court in Salisbury, does not allege how Lisa Mayfield was involved in her husband's death. It claims only that her "intentional actions" played a direct role in Terry Mayfield's death. A police investigation determined Terry Mayfield fatally shot himself in the chest. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Ice Edge Holdings no longer intends to bid for the Coyotes, according to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday afternoon. Bettman filed a sworn statement that explains why the league decided to bid for the bankrupt franchise. The group of Canadian and American investors included team minority owner John Breslow and was working with coach and minority owner Wayne Gretzky. Ice Edge hoped to renegotiate an arena-use deal with Glendale ahead of Thursday's auction. (Arizona Republic) Comment
How sweet it is for Nick Swisher of the Yankees, who received his team's customary cream pie to the face after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
With Patriots great Tedy Bruschi on the way to a new career in broadcasting, it's time for an early glimpse at a guy who looks like a small-screen natural.
1895 -- The American Bowling Congress is formed in New York City. 1936 -- Lou Gehrig's Yankees sweep a doubleheader in Cleveland to clinch an A.L. pennant they would win by 19-1/2 games. 1962 -- Margaret Court beats Darlene Hard (9-7, 6-4) in Hard-Court U.S. Open women's singles final. 1971 -- NHL great Gordie Howe, 43, announces his retirement, for the time being. He returned with the WHA's Houston Aeros in 1973. 1975 -- Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova, 18, asks for political asylum in the United States. 1984 -- Mike Witt of the California Angels pitches a 7-0 perfect game against the Rangers.
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