After their season-opening 24-17 loss to the Cowboys, three days off didn't do much for the Giants' collective disposition. "I think every guy in this locker room is disgusted with how we played," Justin Tuck said [Monday]. ... He was disappointed to see that in a Week 1 game against a familiar NFC East rival. "With everything that was riding on that game, the first week of the season, against a division foe, a team we have a lot of history against, you want to come out and play your best game and say "You beat us playing our best.'" Tuck said. "But we didn't do that. That irks me. That really bothers me. Considering the fact we had a lot of time to prepare for that team, we should have been more ready, I guess the right word is." (The Star-Ledger) Comment
Down the stretch, Jaime Garcia's numbers are becoming harder to ignore for the Cardinals, who turned a 2-0 second-inning lead Monday into an 11-3 loss. Monday represented the 12th consecutive road game in which the defending World Series champion failed to receive a quality start -- at least six innings pitched with no more than three earned runs allowed. [Mike Matheny] remained noncommittal about what may happen Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers -- Garcia's next scheduled start. ... The Cardinals suddenly grope for a stopper within their shifting rotation. Garcia's unsightly road splits contrast with impressive numbers at home. The rotation's current alignment projects his next three outings fall away from Busch Stadium. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment
Among a crowd of players that included Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Dahntey Jones, Mavs owner Mark Cuban fielded perhaps Monday's toughest question for a gathering of season ticket holders. He had said all summer that the Mavericks were better off without Deron Williams. To that, I had to ask him: If that's the case, why did you make such a hard-core run to get him? "You know, (it was) on the advice of our basketball people," Cuban said. "No disrespect to Deron, but sometimes from a team perspective, the best deals are the ones you don't get done. We would have made it work with Deron. But I think it's better for our team the way it turned out." (The Dallas Morning News) Comment
Andy Murray won his first career major at the U.S. Open, dispatching Novak Djokovic in the final.
The ball-hawkin' Ed Reed strikes again, picking off Carson Palmer and taking it back to the house for six.