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Ex-teammate: Luck can be NFL's best ever

Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, having played at Stanford with Andrew Luck, certainly has some familiarity with the Colts quarterback. [Baldwin] believes Luck can become the best quarterback ever. "I'm on the record as saying Andrew Luck can be the greatest quarterback who ever played the game of football," Baldwin said Wednesday. "I've seen him do some unbelievable things that I still can't believe a quarterback was able to do. I have tremendous respect for that guy." Luck also has the utmost respect for Baldwin. The Colts host the Seahawks on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. "I always admired Doug's work ethic and his football smarts," Luck said Wednesday. "I remember Doug's last year at Stanford really developing a good rapport with him." (ESPN.com) Comment

Bob Stoops mocks SEC defenses

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is at it again, taking another shot at the Southeastern Conference. During a small session with beat reporters Wednesday afternoon, Stoops smiled while sarcastically discussing performances by SEC defenses so far this season. "Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks," Stoops said. "And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can't play defense. Funny how people can't play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we've had. They're all playing in the NFL right now." When it was pointed out that Georgia's Aaron Murray has a high pass efficiency rating, Stoops said, "How's that happening? They're playing all those SEC defenses." (The Oklahoman) Comment

Yankees won't let Joe Girardi go

These days, it's good to be Joe Girardi, who reportedly has two very wealthy baseball clubs interested in his services. While reports surfaced Wednesday that ownership in Chicago believes the Yankee skipper is someone who could inject life and excitement into the moribund Cubs franchise and the disenchanted Wrigley faithful, a source said the Yankees aren't willing to even give them a chance to lure Girardi from them. Chicago, which fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday, is believed to be very interested in Girardi, according to multiple sources. The Cubs are in the midst of a rebuilding process, but according to a source, the club believes hiring a big-name manager could help ease the minds of frustrated fans while also showing potential free agents that they're serious about contending in the near future. (New York Daily News) Comment

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Cleveland Indians fans packed Progressive Field for the AL Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Delmon Young hits a home run on the first pitch he sees in the third inning of the AL Wild Card game. The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 and will face the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS.

Game To Watch

The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the NLDS, 5:07 p.m. ET.

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