August 31st, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Manny Ramirez, McCourts, Polamalu’s hair, U.S. Open

Manny Ramirez is gone, but the circus remains very much a part of the Dodgers, writes SI.com’s Lee Jenkins.

The mercurial slugger is now with the White Sox after being picked up off waivers, and while “Mannywood” made its share of headlines, including testing positive for a female fertility drug, Jenkins says that after the McCourts divorce trial “Ramirez will look down-to-earth by comparison.”

The trial, which began Monday in downtown Los Angeles, has both sides arguing over ownership of the team and is expected to be among the most expensive in the history of California. Many are speculating it could result in the franchise being sold.

While the McCourts wage their battle in the courtroom, there’s plenty of on-field action, with the U.S. Open, baseball and soccer. Here are a few highlights, all times Eastern.

U.S. Open (11 a.m, ESPN).
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are in action, along with Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic as first-round play continues in Flushing Meadows.

Blue Jays at Rays (7:10 p.m., SNET-1, Sun Sports). The Rays will try to end their deadline atop the AL East with the Yankees as Jeff Niemann tries to return to form after coming back from the disabled list. In his first game back he didn’t make it through the fourth inning, but will attempt to give Tampa bay its 13th win in 17 games.

White Sox at Indians (7:05 p.m., CSN, STO). The Manny Ramirez era will begin for the White Sox and it will come against the team that drafted him as he’s expected to be in a Chicago uniform against the Indians. He’s expected to play DH as the ChiSox look to eat into the Twins’ four-game lead in the AL Central.

By The Numbers

1 – Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, who spent 3/12 years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding to people outside a Columbus, Oh., bar, has signed a one-year contract with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

$1 million – Amount Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu’s trademark flowing black hair is insured for by Head and Shoulders, the shampoo brand that endorses the safety.

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