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Cambridge Ringe Latin star Rumeal Robinson sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail

01.08.11 at 10:05 am ET
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Rumeal Robinson, who starred at Cambridge Ringe and Latin School before helping to lead the University of Michigan to a national championship in 1989, received a 6 1/2 year jail sentence and was ordered to pay approximately $1.2 million in restitution for financial fraud, according to The Associated Press. From the story:

“A jury found Robinson guilty in September of 11 charges, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution.

“Prosecutors say Robinson schemed between 2004-05 to borrow more than $700,000 from a bank in Ankeny, Iowa, with the help of a loan officer. They say he claimed the money was for a business but that he actually bought a condominium, cars, furniture and invested in an energy company.”

After starring at the University of Michigan (Robinson made the game-winning free throws in the NCAA championship game against Seton Hall in 1989), Robinson played six seasons in the NBA with the Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Suns.

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Titans to keep Jeff Fisher as head coach

01.07.11 at 5:54 pm ET
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In a statement released by the Titans (and conveyed by The Associated Press), Tennessee owner Bud Adams said that he planned to keep Jeff Fisher as the team’s coach for a 17th season. Fisher is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL, with his time in charge of the team dating back to its days as the Houston Oilers. Under Fisher, the Titans have reached the playoffs six times, getting as far as the Super Bowl once.

The 2010 season was one in which the Titans were split by controversy — largely created by the handling of quarterback Vince Young, whom the Titans decided to shed following the season. Fisher has a career 142-120 record in the regular season, and a 5-6 mark in the playoffs.

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Report: Jim Harbaugh agrees to five-year deal to coach San Francisco 49ers

01.07.11 at 4:00 pm ET
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According to, Jim Harbaugh has agreed to leave Stanford University in order to become the coach of the 49ers. The report states that Harbaugh has a five-year deal, $25 million deal in place to coach San Francisco.

Harbaugh reportedly had also been courted by the Dolphins, and John Elway (a Stanford alum) had also contacted him to see if he would be interested in the Broncos‘ coaching vacancy. The 49ers have missed the playoffs for the last eight years. After their elimination from contention in a terrible NFC West division, coach Mike Singletary was fired, resulting in the search that led San Francisco to Harbaugh.

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Tampa Bay trades Matt Garza to Cubs

01.07.11 at 2:18 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Rays have traded pitcher Matt Garza, along with Fernando Perez, to the Cubs in exchange for Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos, Hak-Ju Lee and Sam Fuld. Baseball America ranked Archer, a 22-year-old pitcher, as the Cubs’ top prospect, while Lee came in at No. 4 and Guyer at 10.

The 27-year-old Garza posted a 3.91 ERA in 2010, having pitched in 204 2/3 innings. The pitcher is in the second year of being arbitration eligible, having made $3.35 million last season.

For more updates, see MLB Trade Rumors.

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Billboards pop up near Ohio State congratulating TCU

01.07.11 at 1:22 pm ET
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Earlier this season, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee made headlines when he said that teams from non-BCS conferences such as TCU and Boise State do not deserve to play for the national title because teams from BCS conferences have to play “murderer’s row every week” and “do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

In case Gee was not being called out enough for that remark already, now he will be reminded of it as he drives around Columbus. A few days after TCU’s 21-19 victory over Big Ten power Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, 20 electronic billboards popped up around the city with the message, “Congratulations to TCU for their BCS Rose Bowl victory ‘€” Little Sisters of the Poor.”

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Devils trade captain Jamie Langenbrunner to Stars

01.07.11 at 12:20 pm ET
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Jamie Langenbrunner is returning to Dallas following a deal Friday that sent the Devils captain to the Stars in return for a conditional third-round pick in 2011. The 35-year-old winger spent his first five-plus seasons with the Stars before being traded to the Devils in 2002.

“He hits the mold of the type of players we want on this roster ‘€” strong work ethic, tough, passionate, and hard to play against,” said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, who played with Langenbrunner in Dallas and New Jersey. “We are thrilled to be able to bring him back to Dallas.”

Langenbrunner has four goals and 10 assists this season for the Devils, who have the worst record in the NHL. He registered a career-high 42 assists last season and also served as the captain of Team USA in the Vancouver Olympics.

The Stars are first in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference.

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Rays are close to trading Matt Garza to Cubs

01.07.11 at 11:39 am ET
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The Rays and Cubs are closing in on a trade that would send pitcher Matt Garza to Chicago as part of a multiplayer deal, reports Bruce Levine of

Levine writes that the Cubs were one of at least four teams pursuing the 27-year-old right-hander and that the deal could include eight or more players.

Garza posted the best season of his career in terms of wins in 2010, going 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA. Red Sox fans might recall his spectacular 2008 ALCS, when he went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA.

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Report: Broncos will not interview Jim Harbaugh

01.07.11 at 11:17 am ET
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Another team has dropped out of the running for Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. The Broncos, previously believed to be one of the front-runners, will not interview Harbaugh, according to the Denver Post.

Earlier in the week, John Elway, the Broncos’ new president of football operations, told Harbaugh he was interested in talking to him. But the two sides could not work out a time to meet, and the team’s interest in the coach “seems to have cooled,” the article says. Part of the reason for that could be that Harbaugh “seemed to only show back-burner interest in the Broncos.”

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Cowboys give new coach Jason Garrett authority over staff hires

01.07.11 at 9:40 am ET
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Jason Garrett was introduced as Cowboys coach Thursday, and owner Jerry Jones said Garrett will have authority to choose his coaching staff and players.

“Jason will have the final say on any person that leaves the coaching staff or comes to the coaching staff,” Jones said. “There won’t be a player on this team that Jason does not want on the team. … That’s the way we’re going to operate.”

Garrett avoided a question about whether he requested such power. Jones said it is not written into the coach’s contract.

“Ultimately, we’re going to feel good about the decisions we make as an organization,” Garrett said. “We’ll communicate, we have very similar football values and we’ll come to the right conclusions together.”

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby expected to miss at least a week

01.07.11 at 9:32 am ET
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Penguins star Sidney Crosby is expected to miss at least one week due to effects from a concussion. Crosby, who missed Thursday night’s shootout loss to the Canadiens in Montreal, was injured in Wednesday’s victory over the Lightning, four days after he received a blistering hit in Saturday’s Winter Classic vs. the Capitals.

The Penguins also were without forward Matt Cooke on Thursday, as the winger returned to Pittsburgh for personal reasons.

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