August 18, 2009
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Marbury confirms smoking pot on video
On Wednesday, the celebrity-watching posted video of Stephon Marbury appearing to smoke a joint. That speculation was put to rest when TMZ followed up with another clip Thursday showing Marbury laughing and telling his viewers: "I smoke marijuana ... yep ... you saw me." From there, the 32-year-old free agent who played last season for the Boston Celtics, added, "I'm not under contract ... I smoke weed occasionally. ... I'm not driving ... I'm following the rules."
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Marshall: Pay me or trade me
Two NFL sources said Kennard McGuire sought out Broncos management to get a feel for the team's position on giving Brandon Marshall a contract extension. The Broncos told McGuire that at this time they were not willing to rework the wide receiver's deal, which has one year and $2.2 million remaining. Marshall then reiterated his trade demand that he first issued in June. The Broncos again told Marshall on Monday that they would not trade him.
(Denver Post)
Bolt a future NFL deep threat?
Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward said he would like to see if Usain Bolt could catch on with the Steelers. Bolt, of course, is the speedy track star who ran a world record-setting 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash on Sunday. Ward wonders if Bolt would have the same success running pass routes. "In this game, you have to have great hips and great footwork to get in and out of routes," Ward told the Associated Press. "You can take a fast guy like a Bolt, he might be able to run only one way. He has to stop and turn. For me, I'll take a guy with quickness and great route-running ability over speed. But you can't teach speed. I'd love to have his speed."
(Associated Press)
Must-See Photo
Cuba's Yargeris Savigne competes in the final of the women's triple jump during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Monday. Savigne won the gold medal. (AP)
Must-See Video
Tommie Hill steals a win for the Giants with an unbelievable fumble return for a touchdown on the final play from scrimmage.
Game To Watch
Mariners (Felix Hernandez) at Tigers (Rick Porcello), 7:05 p.m. ET
Seattle Mariners
Detroit Tigers
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Tony Conigliaro
1958 -- Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in the 13th round for the heavyweight boxing title.
1964 -- South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies.
1967 -- Red Sox's Tony Conigliaro beaned by Angels' Jack Hamilton.
1983 -- Royals defeat Yankees, 5-4, completing "Pine Tar Game" (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out and Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order.
1986 -- Jim Kelly signs with Buffalo Bills ($75 million for five years).

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