Buckeyes' young guns
Ohio State is 8-0 heading into Saturday's showdown with No. 18 Penn State, yet coach Jim Tressel still holds his breath on every pass headed in the direction of his young cornerbacks. Ohio State's No. 4 ranking, unbeaten record and national championship hopes may all rest on the slight shoulders of two freshmen and two sophomores. C5.
As if the Breeders' Cup Juvenile wasn't demanding enough for 2-year-old colts, they'll have to run even farther this year. The race is stretching out to 11/8 miles, a sixteenth of a mile longer than it was in 15 of the previous 18 World Thoroughbred Championships. None of the 14 starters Saturday at Arlington Park has run more than 11/16 miles. C5
Art Howe will be the next manager of the New York Mets, three newspapers reported today. Howe, who guided Oakland to three straight playoff appearances, agreed to a four-year contract worth $9.4 million, according to the New York Daily News and New York Post. Newsday reported the same financial terms, but said the deal was reached in principle.