On the upside, Fran Tarkenton said Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are "in the mix" of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks. But the former passing icon with the Minnesota Vikings says the two "are getting old" and showing it. "I saw Peyton do things Monday night against the Falcons that I've never seen him do," Tarkenton says of the 36-year-old Denver Broncos quarterback. "Brady hasn't looked like Brady in two years," he says of the 35-year-old New England Patriots quarterback. However, in his weekly video for TwinCities.com, Tarkenton lauds the new generation of quarterbacks, saying, "I think we've got more good young quarterbacks coming up than I've ever seen." That includes the Vikings' Christian Ponder. (Pioneer Press) Comment
Boston keeps going to the well that is Daniel Bard, and he continues to sink. Maybe the time has come to shut down [Bard]. The Red Sox reliever delivered his fifth consecutive miserable outing since being recalled from a three-month exile to the minors, allowing three runs on one hit and three walks and recording just one out in the sixth inning of [Wednesday] night's 13-3 rout by the Tampa Bay Rays. Bard has now allowed at least one earned run in all five of his outings since rejoining the Red Sox on Aug. 31. And with only 12 games remaining, the Red Sox and Bard may best be served by calling it a season. "He says he really wants to pitch," Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. (Boston Herald) Comment
In under half a minute, Lane Kiffin may have spoken volumes about the state of USC football in 2012. When asked about a player's participation in practice three days before USC plays Cal on Saturday, Kiffin adjourned his Wednesday press gathering in 28 seconds flat. ... The explanation might be as simple as the heat that he's feeling. The Trojans escaped bowl probation, but suddenly were ranked No. 1 nationally and expected to capture Heisman Trophies and BCS national championships. Watch one quarter of any Alabama or LSU game and you realize what a fantasy that was. And when injuries become termites that start chewing on a thin depth chart, the Trojans become vulnerable, especially on the road against an experienced defense. (Orange County Register) Comment
Brett Lawrie goes airborne to successfully throw out Casey McGehee, but the play didn't help the Blue Jays avoid being swept by the Yankees in their doubleheader yesterday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
The U.S. Women's National Team sends off head coach Pia Sundhage in style, scoring six goals in their victory over Australia.