Nearly since the NFL left Los Angeles, its return has been a topic of speculation. And here it comes again, competing stadium proposals elbowing for the spotlight, teams making it known they are unhappy in their current cities, and now the head of the league's stadium committee, Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II -- typically shy to crank up the hype machine -- predicting an imminent NFL return to L.A. "I would think that, within five years, L.A. would have a team," Rooney recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I wouldn't be surprised if it's two teams." ... Are we this close to getting a team? No. Until the right deal's on the table, the NFL isn't putting a team here. And the right deal is not on the table. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Can the Cards string together a stretch drive that will not only lock up a playoff spot but also make a postseason run similar to the 20011 edition? Well, I believe they'll reach the postseason but acknowledge they'll see hugely difficult road series approaching at Washington and LA that could complicate the math. ... The league fears this lineup when Beltran, Craig, Holliday and either Molina or Freese are hitting at once. I dare say the Cardinals are the team the other 4 qualifiers would least likely want to see. That said, the Cardinals have put themselves in a vulnerable spot given the likelihood of having to win a 1-game play-in, probably against Atlanta or Washington. This team looks good when it hits. It's hitting now. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment
There may be a place in the NBA this season for Brian Scalabrine, after all -- though perhaps not as a player. According to sources familiar with the situation, the fan favorite is in line to join Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff for the upcoming season, CSNChicago.com has learned. Since former Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson departed for a position with the Charlotte Bobcats in the offseason, the organization has had an opening and while the likes of former Magic assistant Steve Clifford was considered--the member of Stan Van Gundy's staff in Orlando recently accepted a job with the Lakers, where he'll be reunited with All-Star center Dwight Howard -- it appears that Scalabrine is now a front-runner for the spot. (CSN Chicago) Comment
The U.S Open kicked off yesterday at New York's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Simon Bruty/SI)
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche found himself on the wrong end of a questionable call during Washington's date with the Phillies.