He's in! Cleveland QB—and birthday boy, as he turned 26 last week—won a three-way battle for the starting job and gets to face the Steelers on Sunday. "Obviously," said the third-year Brown, "I'm excited."
Typically middling righthander's 2.37 August ERA was nice—even toiling for the lowly O's. Still nicer: the 22-game leap in the standings he got by being dealt to the first-place Cubs, his team from 1993 to '99. "The situation," he said, "is definitely something to take advantage of."
BC quarterback (and long-shot Heisman candidate) is slingin' already: 408 passing yards and five touchdowns helped the Eagles beat Wake Forest, and it made for a sweet debut for head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. Ryan, describing Jag's new offense: "It's a lot of fun."
A week after guard Pete Kendall got the trade he wanted—he went from the Jets to the Redskins, who bumped up his salary by $1 million—Steelers guard Kendall Simmons (right) got the new deal he wanted: a four-year extension worth $23.1 million.
He's out! After a many-pronged battle—involving newcomers Randy Moss and Donte' Stallworth—the Patriots' top receiver last year (61 catches) got cut. Those dropped passes in the AFC title game didn't help.
Typically excellent righthander went 0-for-August, with a gruesome 8.49 ERA, to help fuel the White Sox' swift descent to the cellar. His contract up next year, he'll be off-season trade bait. What to do? Said Garland (left): "I'm definitely going to try and finish as strong as possible."
Former BC coach feeling low after his N.C. State debut. The Wolfpack gave up an 80-yard TD on the first play, fell behind by 22, killed a comeback with a substitution penalty (!) and lost, at home, to underdog Central Florida. O'Brien, who faces BC next: "We have no one to blame but ourselves."
Last year's cornerstones—Nate Clements, London Fletcher, Takeo Spikes—are all playing elsewhere, and this year's bunch is crumbling. Already undermanned Buffalo lost starting linebacker Keith Ellison to an ankle injury. Head coach Dick Jauron: "It's not good."
SI PLAYERS TENNIS POLL
What is your favorite tournament?
U.S. Open .... 47%
French Open .... 25%
Wimbledon .... 10%
Australian Open .... 7%
No other tournament received multiple votes.... Current TV analyst John McEnroe (right) has won a record eight U.S. Open titles (four singles, four doubles) since the Open era began in 1968.... One male player said of the U.S Open: "You have really perceptive fans. It's a tennis-inclined environment." ... Added a female U.S. Open supporter: "It's the energy here. It's amazing."
[Based on a survey of 24 ATP and 28 WTA players]
For an expanded version of the poll go to SI.com/players.
THOMAS E. WITTE (FRYE)
CLIFF WELCH/ICON SMI (CALDWELL)
CHUCK RYDLEWSKI/WIREIMAGE.COM (GARLAND)
ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES (SIMMONS)
ADAM STOLTMAN/AP (MCINROE)
ED DEGASERO (LOGO)