Jim Tressel was hoping for the best with Beanie Wells today. He didn't get it. Ohio State's No. 1 running back did not practice Thursday morning after experiencing too much soreness after practicing Wednesday afternoon. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he considers Wells doubtful for Saturday's game against USC. Tressel's hope was that Wells would improve after practicing Wednesday night at about 75 percent, thinking he might get closer to 90 percent. Wells carried the ball about 20 times without getting hit Wednesday in his first real practice since injuring his right foot at the base of his big toe against Youngstown State on Aug. 30. Tressel said if Wells' soreness continues Friday, they could make a decision to hold him out before gametime. Ohio State has a walkthrough planned in Los Angeles on Friday, but Tressel said the trainers could put Wells through some drills to test him again.(Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment
The Japan Times reported that the Red Sox are one of a number of teams interested in Japanese righthander Junichi Tazawa, a top prospect who announced yesterday he will try to sign with a major league team in the United States rather than pitch in his native country's top professional league. If Tazawa does come to the US, it would be the first significant instance in which a major league team signed a pre-draft amateur player away from Japan. (Boston Globe) Comment
Confirming rumors that have been circulating in the New York/Jersey area for years, New York Mets vice president David Howard revealed that the Mets are interested in buying an MLS franchise in New York. Howard also stated that a Mets-owned MLS team would have its own stadium, and would not share the Mets new Citi Field. MLS Vice President of Communications Dan Courtemanche told Bloomberg that a Mets-owned New York franchise could be one of the league's expansion teams in 2011. (Soccer by Ives) Comment
North Carolina's Charles Brown tackles Rutgers wide receiver Tim Brown during the fourth quarter of Thursday's night game.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
1984 -- Doc Gooden sets MLB rookie strike out record at 251. 1981 -- Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for eight innings before Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off ninth with back-to-back doubles. 1981 -- Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6).
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