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Terrell Owens violates NFL Twitter policy

10.10.10 at 1:37 pm ET
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Terrell Owens violated the NFL’s rules against social media before games with a Twitter message sent before a Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday, ESPN reports.

@ Terrellowens –“A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!”

Owens posted the tweet roughly an hour before a 1 P.M. kickoff between the Bengals and Buccaneers.  NFL policy prohibits social media posts 90 minutes before a game. The rules state that even if someone posted on behalf of Owens, he is in violation of the rule. Owens appeared on the field shortly after the tweet.

Fellow teammate and reality T.V. compatriot Chad Ochocinco was fined $25,000 by the league for a similar violation before and during an August preseason game.

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Cliff Lee seeking CC Sabathia money?

10.08.10 at 4:26 pm ET
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According to SI.com, Rangers starter Cliff Lee might seek something in the vicinity of the seven-year, $161 million deal that former Indians teammate CC Sabathia received from the Yankees as a free agent following the 2008 season. The Yankees are expected to lead the charge in bidding for the left-hander, something that can help to drive up his value.

Pitching for the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS, Lee worked seven innings and allowed one run, improving his postseason record to 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. Over the last three years, Lee is 48-25 with a 2.98 ERA, ranking among the major league leaders in wins (6th), ERA (8th), innings (667, 5th) and walks per nine innings (1.28, 2nd).

The report suggests that while the Yankees are viewed as favorites for the Lee bidding, other teams — most notably, the Rangers and Red Sox — could also court the 31-year-old left-hander.

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle taken to hospital

10.08.10 at 3:24 pm ET
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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle collapsed during a team practice on Friday and was taken to a nearby hospital. The Mavericks were practicing at the American Airlines Center when Carlisle, entering his third season as coach, fainted after feeling lightheaded. The 50-year-old coach was conscious and answering questions when he was carried from the court on a stretcher for an ambulance that took him to Baylor Hospital.

Team spokeswoman Sarah Melton told reporters that members of Dallas’€™ management visiting Carlisle at the hospital report that the coach ‘€œseems to be feeling better.’€

Carlisle is entering the third year of his four-year deal with the Mavericks. The team will play the Suns on Saturday night.

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Dodgers cut ties with president Dennis Mannion

10.08.10 at 3:20 pm ET
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The Dodgers have decided to sever ties with president Dennis Mannion, reports Fox Sports. Owner Frank McCourt will assume the day-to-day operations of the team after a season filled with controversy. McCourt is in the midst of a highly publicized divorce with his wife, Jamie McCourt, which could decide the future ownership of the Dodgers. An issued statement by the team on Thursday claimed that McCourt would take ‘€œa more direct and active role’€ in the club’€™s management.

McCourt’€™s expanded rule will include being the head of baseball operations, a position that was filled mostly by Mannion over the past year. Mannion was promoted to team president in March after Jamie McCourt was promoted to chief-executive. Before joining the Dodgers, Mannion was a Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Phillies executive.

A written statement by McCourt was presented regarding Mannion’€™s dismissal.

‘€œDennis stepped into the role of president and provided leadership during a challenging period, and I am grateful to him for the job that he has done and the many contributions that he has made to the organization,’€ McCourt said.

Two administrative assistants, Kathryn Kuykendall and Debbie Levy, were also cut by the organization this week.

The Dodgers will certainly have an eventful offseason and the implications of the McCourts’ divorce trial could determine the ownership of one of baseball’€™s most popular franchises.

Read More: Dennis Mannion, Frank McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers, Rumor Mill

Eagles rule out Michael Vick against 49ers

10.08.10 at 2:15 pm ET
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An injured Michael Vick has been ruled out of Sunday’s game between the Eagles and 49ers by Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, reports Yahoo! Sports!. Vick injured himself while running downfield against the Redskins on Sunday, suffering a rib injury when sandwiched between two Redskins defenders.

Kevin Kolb will start for Philadelphia on Sunday. Kolb also started a Week 1 loss against the Packers until being sidelined with a concussion. While recovering with his injury, Kolb watched from the sidelines while Vick’s spectacular play earned national attention and the starting job.

Reid was able to declare running back LeSean McCoy as active for the game against the 49ers. McCoy had been expected to miss time with a broken rib but practiced Friday and should be in the starting lineup. McCoy’s return prompts a sigh of relief for Eagles fans as his replacements at running back have been unimpressive.

Philadelphia will also be without cornerback (and former Patriot) Asante Samuel with a concussion.

Read More: Andy Reid, Kevin Kolb, LeSean McCoy, michael vick

Players get offseason meeting with umpires

10.08.10 at 2:01 pm ET
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The Major League Baseball Players Association will bring together MLB players, umpires and league officials for a Dec. 3 meeting. The meeting will address player-umpire relations and possible instant replay implementation after another season of controversial rulings on the field. The MLBPA received an increased number of complaints this season about umpires, prompting the meeting, reports ESPN.

A season of high-profile mistakes brought the increased attention on the MLB umpires as more extensive video replay has brought many of the mistakes to national attention. Perhaps no mistake this season was scrutinized to a greater extent than Jim Joyce‘€™s missed call that ruined Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga‘€™s perfect game in the ninth inning of a June 3 game.

Earlier this week, in Game 1 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Twins, Yankees outfielder Greg Golson‘€™s ninth-inning catch  was ruled as a non-catch by game umpires although replay clearly showed the erred ruling. The next day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he’€™d like to see an expansion of instant replay. Another playoff Game 1 faced a controversial call in the NLDS matchup between San Francisco and Atlanta when Giants catcher Buster Posey was ruled safe on a stolen base, although replays once again proved the umpire ruling incorrect.

Already a few games into the 2010 postseason, replay controversy has remained a hot topic due to some close calls and umpire errors. It appears, however, that players and fans will have to play without replay, at least for now.

Read More: Instant Replay, MLB Playoffs, MLBPA, Rumor Mill

North Carolina hoops dismisses Will Graves

10.08.10 at 1:34 pm ET
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The University of North Carolina basketball team dismissed Will Graves, the team’s third-leading scorer last season, for a failure to comply with team rules. Coach Roy Williams did not explain further except to note in a statement that it had nothing to do with “any NCAA matters on campus,” an apparent reference to the scandal involving the football program.

Graves, a fifth-year senior, averaged 9.8 points and last season and was the team’s top 3-point shooter, making 73-of-197 from behind the arc. He was suspended in midseason during the team’s NCAA championship season in 2008-09 for not complying with team standards.

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UConn admits major violations, denies Jim Calhoun charges

10.08.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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The University of Connecticut announced Friday that its men’s basketball team committed major NCAA recruiting violations and will face self-imposed sanctions. The penalties include two years’ probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons. However, the school denied charges by NCAA investigators that coach Jim Calhoun failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance.

The violations include impermissable telephone calls and text messages, as well as impoperly provided game tickets to high school coaches and others.

UConn has a hearing before the NCAA next Friday.

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Albert Haynesworth’s half-brother killed in motorcycle accident

10.08.10 at 12:03 pm ET
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Following Sunday’s win over the Eagles, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the media that Albert Haynesworth had played “by far, [his] best game since I’ve been here.”

The news on Friday, however, was much more grim. According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Haynesworth’s half-brother Lance McCoy was was killed Thursday night in a motorcylce crash. McCoy, 23, was reportedly traveling at around 100 mph while weaving in and out of traffic when the accident occurred. He, along with Haynesworth, was one of three boys raised by Linda Haynesworth in Hartsville, S.C.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Umpires back in spotlight

10.08.10 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
No local games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Coyotes vs. Bruins, at Prague, noon (Versus, NESN)

SUNDAY:
NH: Bruins vs. Coyotes, at Prague, 10 a.m. (NESN)
NBA Preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 6 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Dynamo, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ It’s the baseball postseason, which means umpires’ blown calls are magnified and calls for instant replay get louder and louder. In Thursday night’s Twins-Yankees game, home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt struggled with the strike zone and ejected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for bringing it to his attention. In Game 2 of the Rangers-Rays game, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was tossed for complaining about an apparent missed check swing call that proved to be a turning point. Now, reports are emerging that the players union has requested an offseason meeting to discuss the umpiring problem.

‘™¦ Brett Favre brings the Vikings to New York on Monday night to play the Jets, the team he helped make relevant again in 2008. In Thursday’s conference call with New York media, the quarterback had no interested in addressing the Deadspin website post that claims to show him exposing himself on a cell phone video made for a Jets TV host.

‘™¦ The Bears will turn to Walpole’s Todd Collins at quarterback with Jay Cutler still feeling the effects of a concussion. In the Chicago Tribune, David Haugh looks at why the 38-year-old Collins got the call.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 8, 1967, which Red Sox pitcher became the youngest American Leaguer to appear in a World Series game when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Cardinals in Game 4?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years.’€ ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, denying rumors that Randy Moss‘ bed behavior contributed to his trade to the Vikings

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 ‘€” Consecutive postseason losses by the Twins, after Wednesday’s setback to the Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series

‘NET RESULTS: An Ohio State soccer player kicks the ball into an Akron player’s face after a foul. And yet, the Buckeyes coach questions the referee for handing out a red card.

Grant Hill of the Suns and Reggie Evans of the Raptors are ejected for slapping each other on the behind a little too aggressively.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 19-year-old Ken Brett

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & the Gang is 60 today.

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