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This Week in Sports :: September 22-26, 2008

On Thursday, the L.A. Dodgers clinched the NL West.
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Joe Torre does it again! In his first year in Southern Cali, the legendary manager led the Dodgers to a NL West title this week! See what else happened!

Dodgers Make Playoffs

Dodgers manager Joe Torre proves once again why he is one of the best in the game. On Thursday his Dodgers clinched the National League West title on Thursday after defeating the San Diego Padres. This will be Torre's 13th straight playoff appearance. For the Dodgers, this will be their third postseason in the past five years. This season has had its share of ups and downs for the boys in blue. Although the Dodgers struggled at times, they went on a tear at the end of the year winning 18 of their last 23 games beating out the Arizona Diamondbacks for the top spot in the NL West. It is still unclear who the Dodgers will face in the first round of the playoffs. Depending on how the season ends, they will play either the Mets, Phillies or Cubs.

Burress Suspended

The hero of last year's Super Bowl run has been suspended. On Wednesday, Plaxico Burress, the New York Giants' star wide receiver has been suspended for this Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks for missing a practice on Monday and could not be reached by phone for two days. This is not the first time, Burress' poor attendance has gotten him in trouble. In 2004, he was suspended by the Pittsburgh Steelers for missing a Monday practice. In the summer, Plaxico signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension. Burress' could lose up to $400,000 in lost salary and fines as a result of the suspension. On Thursday, Plaxico's agent Drew Rosenhaus claimed the absence was due to a family emergency and they plan to appeal the decision.

Monta Hurt on Moped

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis is in some hot water over a little fib he told. Over the summer, the rising young star told the team that he injured his ankle playing pick up basketball in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. The status of Ellis'ankle was so severe it required surgery and will force him to miss at least half the season. The Warriors, who just signed Ellis to a $66 million contract over the offseason, didn't buy the excuse because of the severity of the injury and conducted an investigation. Ellis fessed up and admitted that he hurt his ankle riding on a moped - which is on the list of vehicles he is not allowed to ride. His violation of his contract could cost him his $66 million. However, it looks like the Warriors will keep Monta, although you can expect him to receive a hefty fine!

Notes Around the Sports World

  • In order to lose weight for the upcoming season, Baron Davis of the Los Angeles Clippers announced that he used the Jenny Craig diet.
  • On Thursday, the number one ranked college football team, the USC Trojans were upset in their Pac 10 opener as they lost to Oregon State 27-21.
  • The San Francisco 49ers announced they would retire legendary quarterback Steve Young's jersey at halftime of a game between the 49ers and Patriots on October 5. Young is a two-time league MVP and retired in 1999.
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