James Dolan, apparently, remains resolute in his championship expectations. According to several sources, Dolan was ready to erupt after the Knicks surrendered 40 first-quarter points [on Sunday] and as the deficit ballooned to 23 Dolan went hunting for Steve Mills, the team's new president and general manager. ... [Mills] knows Dolan means business -- as does Mike Woodson. ... Being the Knicks coach under Dolan has never been a walk in the park, but it's especially difficult now with Dolan expecting a championship. Perhaps the only group that has it worse than Woodson's staff is -- and I can't believe I'm typing this -- the Knicks City Dancers. Dolan has become such a hands-on owner -- figuratively speaking -- that, according to a source, he doesn't want the dancers dancing. (New York Daily News) Comment
The past 48 hours in the life of Richie Incognito have been nothing short of a whirlwind -- one that may land him out of work. The incident likely spells the end for Incognito in Miami; according to the Miami Herald, the 30-year-old lineman, who is playing for his third team, is "done" as a Dolphin. And none of this surprises Giants kicker Josh Brown, who has known Incognito for years. "I know Richie very well," Brown said Monday. "None of it shocks me. I don't know any details obviously. The league hasn't released anything. But Richie seems to be a person with a tortured soul. He's had these issues for quite awhile, and it's sad." ... The Giants kicker played with Incognito at the University of Nebraska, and reunited with the lineman as a member of the St. Louis Rams from 2008-09. (New York Daily News) Comment
It seems that on the first weekday of the offseason, Chicago's manager search was put on pause. Their plan to ask formal permission to talk with bench coach Torey Lovullo was delayed because of the Red Sox's intent to enforce an agreement made two years ago that prevents any employees from leaving for the Cubs as part of the terms that brought President Theo Epstein to Chicago. ... A major league source confirmed the Diamondbacks have maintained interest in pitcher Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks initially were interested in Samardzija before the July 31 trade deadline. The Cubs would have to replace Samardzija's 213 2/3 innings and 33 starts if they were to move him, but they could get multiple players in return. Samardzija, 28, is expected to receive a healthy raise from his $2.64 million salary. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Bears lineman Shea McLellein sacks Aaron Rodgers, who left the game with a shoulder injury. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala offers up this Assist of the Year nominee with a behind-the-back pass.