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This Week in Sports :: September 1-5, 2008

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Obviously Tatum Bell does not take rejection well! After getting cut by the Detroit Lions, Bell stole the luggage of the player brought in to replace him!

Bell steals Luggage

This has to be one of the most bizarre and comical stories of the week! After the Detroit Lions released running back Tatum Bell, he decided to get revenge. Immediately after getting the pink slip, Tatum stole the luggage of Rudi Johnson - the man brought in to replace him. Johnson, whom the Lions signed after he was cut by the Bengals, set his luggage down outside of the coach's office while he met with him to discuss his role on the team. Bell saw Johnson's luggage, and picked it up and took it home. Needless to say, Bell didn't get away with it, as security tapes caught him in the act. Even though Johnson is opting not to press charges, the incident won't help Bell's cause for getting signed to another team.

Jaguars' Collier Shot

Richard Collier, a defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars was shot in his car on Monday night. Collier who was parked in a car with teammate Kenneth Pettway outside of a Jacksonville apartment complex when a gunman fired into the car. Collier was shot several times, while Pettway was unharmed. Now, the 26-year-old is in critical condition. For the past week, team members have been holding vigils at the hospital daily. This is the third NFL shooting in the past 18 months. In January 2007, Darrent Williams of the Denver Broncos was shot and killed inside a limousine outside a club in Denver on New Year's eve. Last November, Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins was shot and killed inside his home during a robbery.

Serena Tops Sister

On Wednesday, sisters Venus and Serena Williams met for the 17th time as professionals at the US Open quarterfinals. Coming into the sibling series, both Serena and Venus were 8-8 against each other, but on this night, Serena took a series lead. The 4th seeded Serena barely beat the 8th seeded Venus 7-6(6), 7-6(6), Serena was down 5-3 in both sets before coming back each time. Serena will go on to face the 6th seed Dinara Safina in the semifinals.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • The USC Football Team jumped two spots to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll on Tuesday. The Trojans went on the road last weekend and dismantled Virginia 52-7 in their season opener.
  • Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls might be the latest NBA player to sign overseas. A team in Russia has offered him $3.5 million to play there next season. Gordon is still deciding whether to take it.
  • The former Seattle Sonics officially became the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. The new logo and uniforms were unvailed for the first time since the team moved from Seattle.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are making a push for the NL West title and playoff berth. The Dodgers have won four straight games and are only two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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