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Mississippi State football player Nick Bell dies of cancer

11.02.10 at 9:19 pm ET
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Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. Bell, a 20-year-old sophomore, was diagnosed in late September and had surgery Oct. 1 to remove a mass from his brain. He had emergency surgery on Monday morning after the cancer was discovered to have spread throughout his body.

“Nick was a son and he was a brother to everyone in this football family,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Tuesday night. “I know he’s looking down on us right now and I’m sure he’s already been picked for a team up in heaven to play football again ‘€” the game that he loved.”

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Report: Seahawks not interested in Randy Moss

11.02.10 at 5:37 pm ET
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The Seahawks are not interested in adding wide receiver Randy Moss, a league source told profootballtalk.com. The Seahawks are thought by some insiders to be a possible destination for Moss, who was officially released by the Vikings on Tuesday.

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Mets name J.P. Ricciardi special assistant to GM

11.02.10 at 5:17 pm ET
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The Mets announced Tuesday that former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi has been named special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson.

Ricciardi, who served as general manager of the Blue Jays from November 2001 to October 2009, worked as analyst for ESPN last season. He worked with Alderson for 12 years (1986-97) in the Oakland A’s organization. Several reports had Ricciardi also weighing an offer to join the front office of the Red Sox.

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Mike Holmgren on Browns starting QB: ‘A coaching decision’

11.02.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren was asked Tuesday who he thought should start at quarterback Sunday against the Patriots. Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme and Colt McCoy are the candidates to get the call under center.

“That’s a question I’m not going to answer,” Holmgren said. “That’s a coaching decision.”

Wallace and Delhomme have both been sidelined with ankle injuries but appear to be ready for action this week. McCoy has started the last two games, throwing for 281 yards vs. the Steelers and just 74 yards in a road win over the Saints.

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Knicks-Magic game postponed due to asbestos debris

11.02.10 at 4:34 pm ET
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The Knicks-Magic game scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed due to asbestos debris falling from the Madison Square Garden ceiling Monday evening. During the scheduled overnight cleaning of the ceiling, the debris began falling, causing the team to cancel Tuesday night’s game with no decision on future games.

‘€œFollowing last night’€™s Rangers game, during overnight maintenance of Madison Square Garden, which included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling, some debris fell into the arena,’€ Garden officials said in a statement.

Two outside companies have been brought in to decide the best way to proceed. The Knicks have home games scheduled for Friday and Sunday and the Rangers who played Monday night, have home contests on Sunday and Monday.

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World Series champion Giants could start season in Taiwan vs. D-backs

11.02.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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Now that the World Series is over, the champions can focus on the beginning of the 2010-11 season and a potential two game series against the Diamondbacks in Taiwan. The Giants met with MLB International representatives throughout the World Series and said that there could be a decision soon.

“We have to have this done in the next couple of weeks, that’s my understanding,” Giants president Larry Baer said. “We’re trying to work it out and I think it’s somewhat close to happening. We’ve had conversations and there aren’t any big disagreements.”

While there are still logistics to be worked out,t he D-backs have agreed to make the trip and will sacrifice two of their home games in Arizona to serve as host, if it does occur. The season opening series would be the first time MLB has opened in Taiwan, and first season-opener abroad since the A’s and Red Sox started the 2008 season in Tokyo.

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Penguins forward Jordan Staal to miss up to six weeks

11.02.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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It has been a rough start to the season for Jordan Staal. After finally overcoming infections in his right foot that kept him out of the Penguins first 12 game, Staal will miss up to six weeks with a broken right hand.

Staal, who planned to make his debut Wednesday, broke his hand on Monday when he was hit with a puck in practice. Staal had been practicing with the team since October 11 but had not been able to workout over the summer due to the foot infections.

“It’s disappointing on a couple of levels,” coach Dan Bylsma said of the latest injury. “But mostly it’s personal for Jordan, because he’s had a difficult offseason and training camp. And then to get to the point where you’re looking to coming back to play, having to deal with another injury is disappointing.”

During the offseason Staal underwent two operations and three other procedures in his recovery from the foot infections. The infections began after P.K. Subban of the Canadiens sliced Staal’s tendon when his skate blade cut through Staal’s skate during the second round of the NHL playoffs.

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Wizards’ John Wall to play, while Gilbert Arenas will miss home opener

11.02.10 at 2:35 pm ET
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According to the Washington Post, basketball fans will get their first chance to see the top two picks in the 2010 NBA draft, as John Wall and Evan Turner face off Tuesday. Wizards coach Flip Saunders indicated that Wall will likely play in the Wizards’ home opener against the 76ers despite a right ankle sprain.

In his first two NBA games, Wall has averaged 21 points and nine assists in two Wizards losses. Wall set a dubious record in the team’s opener, as the Wizards’ 29-point-loss was the worst ever losing deficit for a No. 1 overall pick in NBA history.

While Wizards fans can look forward to Wall’s regular season debut in D.C., they’ll have to wait to see Gilbert Arenas, who was ruled out of Tuesday’s game. Arenas has yet to make his 2010-11 debut because of a sprained tendon in his right ankle that he suffered during the preseason. The team’s starting point guard has not played a regular season game since Jan. 5.

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Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman could be released Tuesday

11.02.10 at 2:34 pm ET
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Randy Moss may not be the only Pro Bowler to hit the waiver wire Tuesday, as fosxports.com reports that Shawne Merriman will be released if he passes a physical. Merriman has not played since Week 5 when he suffered a calf injury.

If Merriman does pass the physical, he would become available to teams through the waiver wire, with the Bills having the first shot at the former Pro Bowler. He has between $1.7 million and $1.8 million left on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Merriman recorded just six tackles this season before being placed on the special injured reserve list. The sixth-year player out of Maryland recorded 10 or more sacks in each of his first three seasons.

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Redskins bring in JaMarcus Russell for workout

11.02.10 at 2:33 pm ET
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Fresh off criticizing and benching Donovan McNabb for his cardiovascular fitness, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins brought in JaMarcus Russell, a quarterback who has dealt with his own fitness issues. Russell was one of several free agents to work out with the Redskins on Tuesday before the team broke for its bye-week vacation.

In his three seasons in Oakland, Russell threw for 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 31 games before being released this offseason. The Redskins current backups to McNabb are Rex Grossman and second-year player John Beck out of BYU.

McNabb was suffering from lingering hamstring issues heading into Sunday’s game vs. the Lions and was told in advance he might be pulled.

On Tuesday McNabb said, “Coach makes the decisions.”

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