Albert Pujols homered for a career-best fifth consecutive game, leaving him three games shy of the major league record. Another milestone, he has to himself. The St. Louis slugger became the first player in major league history to hit 30 homers in his first seven seasons, leading the Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.
Jerome Bettis, the No. 5 rusher in NFL history, claims in a new book that he faked a knee injury during training camp in 2000 so the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn’t cut him and install Richard Huntley as the starter. Bettis was worried offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride favored Huntley over him and the Steelers were ready to let Bettis go, partly so they wouldn’t have to give him a new contract.
Daunte Culpepper will be Oakland’s starting quarterback in the Raiders’ preseason game Friday night against St. Louis. Culpepper, who signed with the Raiders as a free agent July 31 after being released by Miami in the offseason, has been taking the majority of reps with Oakland’s starters in practice this week but coach Lane Kiffin didn’t announce his plans until Wednesday.
Randy Moss strolled through the Patriots’ locker room with a smile and without a limp. When it came time for the start of Wednesday’s practice, though, he was a no-show — again. The New England wide receiver is one of several key players who, because of physical woes or contract problems, haven’t practiced much, if at all, this summer.
There’s good reason Street Sense is the overwhelming 3-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course: The 3-year-old colt won the Kentucky Derby, and is coming off a solid victory in the Jim Dandy Stakes that boosted his record to five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 10 races.
New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting. Marbury spoke Monday about the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges against Vick while promoting his basketball shoe in Albany, N.Y. “I think it’s tough,” Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9.
The Atlanta Hawks shook up their coaching staff on Wednesday, hiring Alton Lister as an assistant coach and giving two assistants new duties. Herb Brown and Greg Ballard, who had been on the bench with coach Mike Woodson, will work as a consultant and a scout, respectively. Lister, who had a 16-year career as a center in the NBA, will work with inside players.
Johnny Benson postponed a pit stop and then held off Brendan Gaughan to win the NASCAR Trucks Series’ O’Reilly 200 on Wednesday night.
Things have turned around for onetime NASCAR bad boy Kurt Busch.
India are 316-4 after day one of the third and final Test against England at The Oval.
B.J. Upton made the most of a rare mistake from Dice-K. Upton hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Daisuke Matsuzaka for the third time this season, as the Devil Rays edged the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. “A lot of his pitches look the same,” said Upton, who had struck out four times and was hitless in seven previous at-bats against the Japanese right-hander.