49ers Michael Crabtree tears Achilles' tendon in practice: Crabtree had surgery on the tendon today after injuring it Tuesday. 49ers are optimistic he'll play sometime in 2013.
Milwaukee Brewers return to the postseason after a 26 year absence.: The Milwaukee Brewers are headed to the postseason for the first time in 26 years after clinching the NL Wild Card spot yesterday.
New leash on life: Raiders' Cooper dedicates himself to care of abused and mean dogs at animal shelter.: A heartwarming story about an undeniably dedicated volunteer.
Skating champion Christopher Bowman found dead in an L.A. hotel.: Bowman had a history of drug problems and run-ins with the law; the authorities suspect a drug overdose.
Martina Hingis reveals she tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon, announces retirement immediately thereafter.: Is there any possible reason why she'd retire immediately after this announcement hit the news? I'm just trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, I guess... whether or not it's warranted at this point.
Promises kept. : Matt LaChappa hasn't thrown a pitch professionally in 10 years. He is confined to a wheelchair, and constrained by the physical fallout from back-to-back heart attacks. Yet the San Diego Padres continue to pay him as if he were an active player. It might be the noblest thing they do. (courtesy of the mlb LJ community)
Brett Favre has the game of his life after losing his father the night before.: In his 205th consecutive start, Favre had a personal-best first half of 311 passing yards and lobbed four beautiful TD passes to cap the Raiders 41-7 in an extremely emotional game Monday night.
"I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play," Favre said. "I love him so much, and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight."
Brewers fire manager Davey Lopes, record win over division leaders the same day.: I know they're in the cellar, and noone really pays attention to the Brewers anyway, and the firing wasn't a surprise considering their abysmal start to the season, but I still hate it when this happens. Call me a big ole softy. This softened the blow a bit, though.
The Russian Pairs Skating Dynasty lives on in 2002.: The decision proved to be a controversial one, as a flawless performance by Sale and Pelletier seemed to lock a gold medal win for Canada when compared to a couple bobbles by Russians Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze. But they ended up with the silver after a tiebreaker by the Chinese judge.