As is often the case on Tuesdays, Antrel Rolle took the occasion of a radio appearance to call it as he sees it. The Giants safety continued his "Believe" campaign on Tuesday, reiterating that the Giants can win once they believe they can win. But does the team believe it can win? Rolle does, but he couldn't say for sure that all of his teammates do. "No, I really don't," he said. "Honestly speaking, I really don't believe that everyone believes we can win within our locker room." Not that Rolle was being critical of his teammates, though. He added that believing is "hard," especially because these Giants haven't had a win in quite awhile. ... "There's guys that haven't been there before," he said. "I really don't expect every guy to believe, to have the same beliefs that I have." (New York Daily News) Comment
The Aggies have an open weekend upcoming, but Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin managed to land in the news. [Sumlin addressed on Tuesday] his name surfacing as a potential candidate for the USC gig that came open this week with the firing of Lane Kiffin. "It means you're winning and doing things the right way," Sumlin said during his weekly press conference of his name being thrown (high) in the mix by the likes of CBSSports.com and USA Today, among others. Sumlin, 49, said it comes down to being one of two types of coaches: When rumors abound you're going be fired, or hired by someone else. ... Sumlin added that he doesn't address the rumors with his players, but such speculation is just part of the gig, and means him and his staff are doing things right. (San Antonio Express-News) Comment
Reading between the lines, Yankees fans have to appreciate that Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi chatted earlier this week. In a hour-long media briefing Tuesday, the general manager avoided predictions on whether the manager will be back or not. ... But Cashman did say this: "I think [Girardi] likes it here and we are going to give him a good reason to stay." Translated, that sounds like an offer Girardi can't refuse. Mike Scioscia, with his 10-year, $50 million contract, is currently the highest-paid manager. The Yankees aren't about to do a 10-year deal. However, my gut says they would be willing to bump Girardi from the $3 million he makes annually toward the $5 million Scioscia receives. A contract in the range of three years at $12 million to $16 million -- or maybe even a fourth year -- is plausible. (New York Post) Comment
The Chicago Blackhawks prepared to lift their Stanley Cup champions banner in a ceremony before the first game of the season. The Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals 6-4. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Last night the Pirates secured their first playoff victory in Pittsburgh since 1992, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2, and they will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.