Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden revealed Tuesday that he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer (and successfully treated) in 2007, but he kept it secret because he was afraid opposing coaches would use it against him in recruiting. "People used to get on me that 'He's too old; he's 77 -- ought not even be coaching,' " Bowden said. "Now you add cancer to that and I didn't have a chance." The 81-year-old Bowden now says it's "my moral duty to bring it out in the open."

Despite increased security at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sunday night because of the 9/11 anniversary and the appearance of former President George W. Bush, there was an altercation in the stands in which a man used a Taser gun to injure three people.

The NBA might be close to resolving its labor dispute, if you believe reports of a text message from union president Derek Fisher. According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, the Lakers guard texted some players last week telling them to be physically prepared in case the season starts on time. This was one of a few signs that the sides might finally be close to a breakthrough.

This isn’t a story about healing. It’s not about politics or war. It’s simply a story about someone I used to know.

It’s odd that I can vividly remember so much about that day, but I can’t remember how I found out about Marty – only that he was in one of the Towers.



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Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett was arrested last week on family violence charges in Texas, the latest run-in with the law for the controversial baseball player. The 40-year-old, who was arrested in April for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife's head, was taken into custody last Friday morning at the home he shares with his wife in Colleyville, Texas. He was charged with assaulting and injuring a family member.

Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of the most valuable franchises in the NFL. Based on 2010 evaluations, the Patriots are worth $1.4 billion and rank third behind the Cowboys ($1.85 billion) and Redskins ($1.55 billion).
The Cowboys are second in the world to only the English soccer team Manchester United, valued at $1.9 billion.

Terrell Owens has some advice for Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson: Sit out Week 1. Jackson, making $600,000 in the final year of his rookie deal, was late in reporting to Eagles camp because he wants a new deal, but he has been with the team since early August. Said Owens: "I guarantee you, if he goes out and gets hurt, God forbid, he's not going to get the contract that he probably would have gotten if he held out."

Jets coach Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, face off against each other when their teams open the season Sunday night in New Jersey. On Monday, Rob was asked about the foot-fetish video of his brother that surfaced in December, which Rex never directly commented on.

NORTON -- Webb Simpson beat Chez Reavie on the second playoff Monday to win the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Simpson birdied the 18th hole in regulation as well as in the playoff and then birdied the 17th (the second playoff hole) to earn the victory. Both golfers finished the tournament at 15-under par.

Patriots fans interested in seeing their team open the season in Miami next Monday might want to check for bargains. According to Barry Jackson in The Miami Herald, Dolphins season ticket sales are in the 40,000s, the worst in 28 years. It continues a downward trend, as the team sold 51,000 season tickets last season, 10,000 less than in 2006.