August 9th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

Sports Update: Smith, Rice become Hall of Famers

Emmitt Smith speaks on stage after he was announced as one of the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame.

With NFL training camps underway, the sport took time to recognize seven of the game's finest, including all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith and receiver Jerry Rice.

The pair (along with greats John Randle, Dick LeBeau, Rickey Jackson, Russ Grimm and Floyd Little) were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

"This is finally it," Rice said. "There are no more routes to run, no more touchdowns to score, no more records to set. That young boy from Mississippi has finally stopped running.  Let me stand here and catch my breath."

But while the seven legends accepted their place in the Hall, other potential NFL stars fell victim to first-year hazing and a veteran finally passed a test.

In other sports, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, days removed from crushing his 600th homer, was forced to the bench after his newest teammate, Lance Berkman, drilled him with a ground ball in batting practice; Alabama earned the No. 1 preseason ranking in college football; American sprinter Tyson Gay upset world record-holder Usain Bolt in the 100 meters in Stockholm on Friday; LeBron James decided to ride a bike in Akron, Ohio, just miles from where Tiger Woods played the worst tournament of his pro career on Sunday.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees (2:05 p.m., YES) On Saturday, the Yankees pulled out a win over Boston even without Rodriguez, who sat out nursing his bruised shin.

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals (7:10 p.m., ESPN) - The Cards and Reds have alternated atop the NL Central 17 times this season, and after their three-game series, which starts tonight at the Great American Ballpark, we may see an 18th switch.

Team USA training in New York, Aug. 10-15 - All is on the line for the 15 finalists who hope to make the FIBA World Championship roster. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and head of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo, will make the last round of cuts after this week following the team's training at Madison Square Garden and double-header exhibition games against France and Puerto Rico on Aug. 15.

BY THE NUMBERS
23-59 - The Knicks' record in 2007-08, Isiah Thomas' final season as coach. The organization announced on Friday that Thomas would return as a consultant and recruiting specialist.

113 - Races Juan Pablo Montoya lost before winning at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, his first Cup win since 2007.

17 - Strikeouts for Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow, who was inches away from throwing a no-hitter against the Rays on Sunday. Though he gave up one hit in the ninth, Morrow tossed his first complete game and shutout as Toronto won 1-0 to sweep the Rays.

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