The search that will never end: The Mets 3B coach is now one of the Nats' top candidates, and a new name emerges, while Terry Pendleton pulls himself out of the running and could be a top candidate for the Braves job one day. Meanwhile, the new labor agreement ensures that if Soriano leaves via free agency, the team will get compensation; the deal should also help the Orioles.
Players and coaches at Shawne Merriman's old high school defend him, while former coach Ralph Friedgen declines to comment. Here's an anatomy of the Skins defensive problems, which mostly blames injuries and the new guys, and here's a recommendation to bench Andre Carter. Portis still has a boot on but says he won't miss any games. The Caps depart for one of the NHL's newly shortened road trips, Etan Thomas states his case for the starting center job and the Wizznutzz offer a season preview.
The annual Notre Dame game provides about 15 percent of the operating budget for Navy's entire athletic department, Maryland D-lineman Conrad Bolston switched positions last weekend as his team seemed to reclaim its swagger, and Clemson's James Davis, the ACC's leading rusher, is now probable for Thursday's game vs. Va. Tech.
On the A-10's NCAA tournament hopes, the Dayton AD discusses his new scheduling guidelines, Travis Ford says three or four teams need to dominate the league, Phil Martelli says it's surely a multiple-bid league and that the conference tourney needs "an electric feel," and Sportsline picks GW to finish fourth, one spot ahead of their placement in the preseason poll.