It can't hurt to ask about Alex Rodriguez, right? [The] fact that a player who was considered one of the best in baseball as recently as a few years ago might be available is at least interesting. The fact that said player happens to play third base is at least intriguing if you're the Philadelphia Phillies. In case you've managed to forget all about the 2012 season - which might be a good thing -- you might recall that third base was a black hole in the infield at Citizens Bank Park this season. If you knew New York was shopping Rodriguez -- and that the deep-pocketed Yanks were willing to eat a large portion of the contract -- would you place a call if you were Ruben Amaro Jr.? Of course you would. (Philadelphia Daily News) Comment
Despite a nice plug from Nick Saban, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley likely feels some heat on him -- heat that's being passed down. Starting quarterback Tyler Bray will be benched in favor of backup Justin Worley if he continues to throw interceptions, [Dooley said Monday] during his weekly press conference. "If he's loose with the football, he's coming out of the game and we're going to play Justin," Dooley said. "I told him that." Bray threw two interceptions in Tennessee's 44-13 loss to Alabama on Saturday. The Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) play No. 17 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) on Saturday (TV: ESPN, noon). Dooley strongly criticized Bray for failing to meet with reporters after the Alabama loss, saying his quarterback needs to "man up." (Knoxville News Sentinel) Comment
Marty Hurney's departure may merely be the beginning of the moves in Carolina, which could worry Ron Rivera, I'm pretty nervous right now. ... More changes are coming. [Jerry Richardson] met with Rivera Monday morning and while Rivera wouldn't reveal much of that conversation, it's apparent that everything is on the table. Rivera said he will coach like his job is at stake over these next 10 games. Richardson, 76, isn't known for his patience and is tired of losing like everyone else. If he will fire his close friend Hurney -- and remember this is the same owner who had a fallout with his own two sons that ended up with Mark and Jon Richardson "resigning" from their high-profile roles with the team in 2009 -- than anything is possible. (Charlotte Observer) Comment
The Giants' Javier Lopez weathers the downpour during San Francisco's 9-0 victory over the Cardinals. With the win, the Giants advanced to their 19th World Series. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Hunter Pence pulled off a rare feat last night: a double hit. Scroll to 0:48 for a slow-motion replay.