Ready for another round, Chicago? Here we go again. ... [It's] time for the semi-annual Joe Girardi Watch in the Chicago media and around Midwestern taverns. The default option as the next manager of the Cubs once again is fodder for public discussion, and there's a twist. This time, the Cubs will pursue Girardi, provided they get a chance. Will they get that chance? That's the question. It's also worth considering if they might pursue another alternative to manager Dale Sveum -- say Yankees bench coach Tony Pena -- if Girardi is not available. But clearly, the Yankees manager is atop the unpublished wish list. With Girardi at the end of his contract and the Yanks on the outside looking in at the playoffs, the timing is right for [Theo Epstein] to consider making a play. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
At the very least, Kobe Bryant was back in the Lakers' training room on Thursday morning. [Bryant] continued rehabbing on his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, the latest involving running at 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti expects Bryant remains a "few weeks away" before advancing to full-weight bearing running, though he added "there's no projected date" on whether Bryant could play in the Lakers' season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It all fits the Lakers' conservative approach in ensuring Bryant doesn't return from an injury he suffered April 12 before it fully heals. "He's doing well and has had no setbacks," Vitti said Thursday at his trainer's office at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. (Los Angeles Daily News) Comment
Suffice it to say former Browns president Mike Holmgren was no fan of this week's deal. [Holmgren], who traded up a notch to No. 3 to draft Trent Richardson last year, ripped the Browns for trading Richardson to the Colts for a first-round pick in 2014, saying he'd quit as a head coach if a team traded away his best offensive player and that it was a knee-jerk reaction. "I struggled with it," Holmgren said [Thursday] on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle with host Dave "Softy" Mahler. "Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I'd say 'OK, fire me, or I'm going to quit. Or we're going to both go into the owner and talk about this and the we'll see who's still standing.'" ... "How do you make your team better by trading your best player?" he said. (The Plain-Dealer) Comment
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles loses his helmet on a hit by Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans during Kansas City's 26-16 win on Thursday night. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)
Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharaoah has a conversation as both Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe.