Tennessee defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch had predicted the Titans would lose at least once this season.
Well, now they have, and all that talk of chasing perfection is over for Tennessee. The Titans face a new challenge of regrouping from a 34-13 loss to the New York Jets that was their first this season - and worst going back to November 2007. They are on a short week that features a trip to winless Detroit on Thursday.
"So now we've got a little more on the line," Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "The stakes are higher; turn up the heat a little bit. ... But football is a mentality, and I think a game like this toughens an already tough team. The great thing about it is we get to play on Thursday and see what's up."
The schedule plays in the Titans' favor as they recover from a loss that snapped a 13-game winning streak that started Dec. 16, 2007. Fly to Detroit on Wednesday and take some anger out on the 0-11 Lions. Take a long weekend to rest and heal up, then host Cleveland (4-7) on Dec. 7, followed by a trip to Houston (4-7).
Pirates sign pitching prospects from India
The Pittsburgh Pirates hope Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel really do have million-dollar arms.
The two 20-year-old pitchers, neither of whom had picked up a Baseball until earlier this year, signed free-agent contracts Monday with the Pirates. They are believed to be the first athletes from India, the second-most populous nation on earth, to sign professional sports contracts outside their country.
Singh and Patel came to the United States six months ago after being the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called the "Million Dollar Arm" that drew about 30,000 contestants. The show sought to find athletes who could throw strikes at 85 miles per hour or faster.
While neither pitcher threw hard enough to earn the $1 million prize, Singh made $100,000 from the contest and Patel made $2,500, plus his trip to the United States.
The contest was sponsored by a California sports management company that believed it could locate major league-worthy arms in a country of more than 1 billion. After working extensively with pitching coach Tom House since May, the pitchers staged a tryout in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 6 that was attended by 30 major league scouts.
"The Pirates are committed to creatively adding talent to our organization," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Monday. "By adding these two young men, the Pirates are pleased to not only add two prospects to our system but also hope to open a pathway to an untapped market. We are intrigued by Patel's arm strength and Singh's frame and potential."
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Cal Clutterbuck's first two career goals gave Minnesota a badly needed offensive boost and sparked the Wild, who hung on against the injury-depleted and travel-weary Washington Capitals for a 4-3 victory. ... Ryan O'Byrne put the puck in his own net on a delayed penalty to send the game into overtime, and Bill Guerin scored the shootout clincher for the New York Islanders in a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Christian Brothers basketball team has signed three players for next season. Austin Johnson is a 6-7 forward who averaged 11.5 points per game and shot 41 percent from 3-point range while leading Cabot (Ark.) to the Class 7A semifinals. Alex Rogers , a 6-2 guard, averaged 6.5 points as a junior for Oak Hills High in Cincinnati. Pat Graham , from Bowling Green High, is the 18th-rated wing forward in Ohio.
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