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FISHER TELLS FANS TO CHILL OUT OVER COLTS JERSEY

Out of bounds

Jeff Fisher's attempt at humor by donning a Peyton Manning Colts jersey at a charity fundraiser isn't being received well by fans upset over an 0-6 start. But the Titans coach isn't backing down. Fishersaid Wednesday that he wanted to bring some levity to his introduction of former Colts coach Tony Dungy at a fundraiser. While saying, "I just wanted to feel like a winner," he revealed the jersey. "It was for a very, very worthwhile cause, charity," Fisher said on his radio show. I really apologize if I offended anybody. But if you're offended over the nature of that type of thing, then I think you need to rethink things."

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Making news

ESPN analyst goes off the air over affair

ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips acknowledged having an affair with a co-worker and has taken a leave of absence. ESPN said it took "appropriate disciplinary action" when it happened in August but did not specify. Police say Brooke Hundley, 22, a production assistant, began calling Phillips' wife on Aug. 5 after he broke off the affair. She also allegedly sent her a letter graphically describing their relationship and saying "we both can't have him." Marni Phillips has since filed for divorce. Phillips, 46, is a former Mets GM. In 1998, he admitted having sex with a team employee, who sued for sexual harassment. That case was settled out of court.

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Quotable

"Mr. President, as you have publicly stated on multiple occasions, the BCS system is in dire need of reform."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a 10-page letter to President Barack Obama calling for an antitrust probe of the BCS; Hatch held a hearing in July after Utah went unbeaten last season but didn't play in the title game, and Obama has previously stated his dislike for the BCS

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Check it out

There are Bowdens all over television

Don't want to watch Bobby Bowden coach FSU tonight vs. North Carolina? How about sons Terry (head coach) and Jeff(WR coach)? They lead Division II North Alabama against Valdosta State at 8 on CBS College Sports. The Lions' QB is former Countryside High star Harrison Beck.

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Number of the day

12 Browns players who missed practice with the flu. None have been tested for swine flu, but the NFL on Wednesday said in a memo it sent Oct. 2, teams with six confirmed cases can get roster exemptions.

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