Stephen Strasburg announcement expected at 10:30
At 10:30 a.m., the Nationals have said they will hold a conference call in which they'll describe the results of the arthrogram on the precious right arm of Stephen Strasburg.
It may reveal the need for ligament replacement surgery, it may reveal a healthy arm that will allow Strasburg to pitch again this year, it may reveal a message to Rob Dibble that Strasburg just needs to take the rest of the season off.
What is known at the moment is the reason for doing an arthorgram (an enhanced MRI in which dye is injected into the area. Adam Kilgore writes: It is a test teams use to detect the need for Tommy John surgery -- last year, an arthrogram given to Jordan Zimmermann revealed he required the ligament replacement surgery.
Blasts from the future (mid-video):
How Pujols got to 400
While we're on the topic of the Nationals, the St. Louis Post-Disptach breaks down Albert Pujols' march to 400 home runs (the 400th came Thursday night).
Woods and the Nicklaus number
After shooting a 6-under 65 for a share of the first-day lead in The Barclays, Tiger Woods, despite a tumultous year, still thinks Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships is within reach.
"I look at it this way," Woods said, "[Ben] Hogan won all nine of his [majors] at my age and older. I think for every kid out there, the goal is to get there. That is the benchmark in our sport, and that's still my goal."
At 34, Woods has 14. He tees off shortly after noon EDT today.
A Carmelo Anthony trade out of Denver has moved up the probability meter, according to Adrian Wojnaroski. The Clippers and Nets may be the most likely destinations because, in the line of the night, Woj writes: The geography works for Anthony because of his wife LaLa Vazquez's entertainment career.
Don Fehr to NHL Players Association? Not yet
The Sports Business Journal report that Donald Fehr, best known for leading the Major League Baseball Players Association for 26 years and work issues of one ilk or another (the collusion decision, the '94-'95 strike) would become executive director of the NHL Players Association appears to be premature.
A deal reportedly is in the works, however, and Fehr has been an advisor to the NHLPA since retiring from the MLBPA last summer. Mike Ouellet, the NHLPA chief of business affairs, told Nick Cotsonika that the hiring process has not been completed, but praised Fehr.
"He's got a tremendous wealth of experience in this area," Ouellet said Thursday as the World Hockey Summit concluded. "I don't think there's anybody on the planet that has the type of experience he has working for a professional sports union. That's been very valuable for the players as they work through the process over the past year."
Donnie Avery may have 'significant' injury
Just as you started to think maybe the St. Louis Rams wouldn't be so bad this fall -- what with quarterback Sam Bradford's performance in a 36-35 preseason victory over the New England Patriots (15 of 22, 189 yards and two touchdowns) -- comes word of a serious injury to wide receiver Donnie Avery.
"He probably has a significant knee injury," Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Most interesting factoid of the Rams-Patriots game? The Rams' 43:46 to 16:14 lead in time of possession.
August 27, 2010; 7:28 AM ET
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