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Former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington sentenced to six-month home detention

10.27.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was sentenced on Wednesday to six months of home detention for making false statements in his bankruptcy case in Southern California, the Associated Press reports. Pocklington was also sentenced to two years probation, 100 hours of community service and given a $3,000 fine.

Pocklington pleaded guilty to a single perjury count in May and could have served a 10-year prison sentence. Prosecutors said that the former Oilers owner concealed assests during bankruptcy proceedings. Pocklington said in a statement that he accepts full responsibility for signing bankruptcy statements without fully examining them.

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Report: NBA moving draft from New York to Newark

10.27.10 at 1:24 pm ET
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The NBA draft is moving from New York City to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., The Associated Press reported. An announcement is expected before the Nets‘ opener Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, their home for the next two years before a planned move to Brooklyn. The draft had been held in New York City since 2001.

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Tigers ‘deeply interested’ in Carl Crawford

10.27.10 at 12:30 pm ET
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Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Tigers are “deeply interested” in free-agent-to-be Carl Crawford, and suggests that the Tampa Bay All-Star could be an excellent fit for Detroit’s spacious Comerica Park. Rosenthal notes that a pairing of Crawford and AL Rookie of the Year favorite Austin Jackson in left and center would allow the Tigers to cover tremendous ground. Meanwhile, the roomy gaps could play to Crawford’s speed, representing a good fit for the four-time AL leader in triples. (Crawford’s 105 triples since he broke into the majors in 2002 are 20 more than any other player.)

Both the Red Sox and Angels are also expected to be interested in Crawford. The Yankees, however, are expected to concentrate their resources on pitching rather than outfielders, in part because the team is very pleased with the offense and defense of its current outfield alignment. For more on that, click here.

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Friend of Jenn Sterger confirms Brett Favre’s texts

10.27.10 at 11:17 am ET
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A college friend of Jenn Sterger told a magazine that she was with Sterger when Brett Favre sent lewd photo photos via text message, and that the quarterback isn’t the only celebrity to have sent such images.

Allison Torres said of Sterger, “She could make millions if she ever cashed in on all the naked photos she gets from friends.”

Torres said Favre and Sterger texted back and forth, and the Jets media personality seemed to enjoy the attention. When the lewd photos arrived, “I actually saw it when he sent it,” Torres said. “We just laughed when he did it.

“We talked about it like girlfriends talk about that kind of stuff. You have to understand that Brett Favre isn’t the first celebrity that tried to hook up with her.”

Torres said Favre invited Sterger to his hotel room on at least one occasion.

“I did think that was kind of weird,” Torres said. “He would say to her, ‘Come over.’ She would keep saying to me, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ ”

Added Torres: “Even when they were talking back and forth, I was wondering what he was thinking. It was so risky to do what he did. When you send naked pictures of yourself to a 20-year-old girl, you’re just asking for trouble.”

Torres reportedly met with NFL investigators last week. Sterger has yet to talk to the league about the incident. Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, told the New York Post about the women’s relationship that they are “not exactly close friends and haven’t spoken in quite some time.” Added Reese: “This is someone who is clearly trying to exploit an unfortunate situation and capitalize on the opportunity to see her name in print.”

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Tom Brady listed as the 26th most influential man of 2010

10.27.10 at 11:00 am ET
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AskMen.com has come up with a list identifying who they believe have been the 49 most influential men in the world for 2010. Coming in at No. 26 on the list is Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.

The following is what the publication writes about Brady (who resides between Google’s Andy Rubin and actor Ben Affleck on the list):

Tom Brady is the subject of more envy than nearly any man in America. Whether it’€™s his $72 million contract, his three Super Bowl rings or his marriage to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, it’€™s clear to all that ‘€œTom Terrific’€ is leading a dream life. And yet, his charmed existence nearly came to an end on September 7, 2008, when Brady tore his anterior cruciate ligament and his medial collateral ligament in the first quarter of the Patriots’€™ season opener. He spent the remainder of the year in rehab, slowly but surely working himself back into game shape. ‘€œSometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing my teeth was the hardest part of the day,’€ he now admits. ‘€œIt all just hurt.’€

Luckily, Brady managed to fight through the pain, and he returned with a vengeance in 2009, throwing for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns en route to winning the NFL’€™s Comeback Player of the Year award and earning his fifth All-Pro selection. Brady is off to another stellar start in 2010, as he attempts to lead the Pats to their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 10 years. Given his resilient spirit, we’€™re certainly not about to bet against him.

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Report: Yankees ace CC Sabathia to have surgery

10.27.10 at 10:37 am ET
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The New York Post is reporting that Yankees ace CC Sabathia will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The tear was reportedly diagnosed Tuesday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and Sabathia is expected to undergo surgery in the next few days. The Yankees are referring to the procedure as minor, and expect Sabathia to recover within three weeks and be fully ready to go come spring training.

This past season, Sabathia was 21-7 with 3.18 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 237 2/3 innings, which puts him in the running for the American League Cy Young Award. Although the Yankees won all three of his postseason starts, Sabathia struggled a bit, posting a 1.81 WHIP and 5.63 ERA, failing to pitch more than six innings in any game.

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Report: Manny Ramirez expresses interest in Blue Jays

10.27.10 at 10:35 am ET
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According to a foxsports.com report, 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez is eyeing a return to the American League East with the Blue Jays. Ramirez, who will soon be a free agent, made comments on Tuesday praising the club’s decision to hire former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their manager.

“John has tremendous knowledge of the game, a very pleasant man, and he trains ballplayers,” Ramirez said. “Toronto has made a great acquisition. Farrell is a manager for whom I would like to play, and Toronto is a team I’ve liked since they had all those Dominican players in the ’80s.”

Farrell became the Red Sox pitching coach after the 2006 season. Ramirez played for the Red Sox from 2001-08, before being dealt to the Dodgers at the ’08 trade deadline. In the middle of 2010, the Dodgers then moved Ramirez to the White Sox for the remainder of the season. In a season shortened by injuries, he hit nine home runs with 42 RBI in 90 games. The 38-year-old had surgery two weeks ago for a hernia suffered during the season.

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Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon arrested on DUI complaint

10.27.10 at 10:27 am ET
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Oklahoma State star wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday on a highway just outside of Dallas for a misdemeanor DUI complaint. According to police spokesman Dustin Bartram, Blackmon was arrested at 3:45 a.m. after officers used radar to determine he was driving 92 mph in a 60 mph zone along Interstate 35 in Carrollton, Texas. Officers had the 20-year-old perform field sobriety tests, and under Texas law, drivers under 21 can be arrested for having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, and Blackmon fell into that category, Bartram said.

Coach Mike Gundy did not announce any immediate decisions regarding discipline for Blackmon. “I’ve got two sides of the story,” Gundy said. “But as always, in fairness to everybody involved, we gather all of the information before we make any decisions.” Gundy is expecting to have more information and be able to make a decision around noon on Wednesday.

Blackmon leads the Bowl Subdivision with 158.9 receiving yards per game. He has 62 catches for 1,112 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly flagrantly violated NBA rules on pre-draft workouts

10.27.10 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ According to a Yahoo! Sports report by Adrian Wojnarowski that includes admissions from a number of players, a Knicks representative has routinely flaunted NBA rules regarding workouts of college players the past four seasons. East Coast scout Rodney Heard, who was hired by former team president Isiah Thomas, allegedly conducted illegal workouts for a number of prospective draft picks ‘€” including one for then-Kansas star Brandon Rush in 2007 in which Rush suffered a major knee injury. Another player who is said to have participated is Wilson Chandler, whom the Knicks selected 23rd overall in 2007 after allegedly making a promise to agent Chris Luchey. Luchey represents several of the accused players and is said to be close to Heard, further complicating the situation. An NBA spokesman said the league will be investigating.

‘™¦ The Broncos are struggling and are coming off a 59-14 embarrassment vs. the rival Raiders that has put coach Josh McDaniels in the hot seat. In The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that rookie quarterback Tim Tebow might be the only one who can save McDaniels’ job.

‘™¦ With the Rangers and Giants starting the World Series on Wednesday night, Thomas Boswell in The Washington Post writes that this offers hope for mid-budget franchises.

‘™¦ Cliff Lee‘s wife says she was harassed at Yankee Stadium, but the soon-to-be free agent standout indicated he won’t hold the behavior of “two, three or four people acting like fools” against the entire city.

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Cliff Lee: Unruly Yankees fans won’t affect free agent decision

10.27.10 at 12:03 am ET
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Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee, speaking to reporters on the eve of Game 1 of the World Series, said that the boorish behavior of fans at Yankee Stadium that troubled his wife, Kristin, will not affect his coming decision about where to play. Lee, who is 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight career postseason starts, will be a free agent following the World Series.

Kristin Lee told USA Today that Yankee Stadium fans “did not do good things in my heart” while shouting obscenities and throwing objects in the stands during the American League Championship Series, in which Lee’s Rangers vanquished the Yankees in six games.

But Cliff Lee, as reported by The Associated Press, did not feel that the issue would influence where he will play. From the article:

“I brush that off as fans being fans. You can’t control 50,000 people and what they’re going to do,” Lee said Tuesday, the day before pitching Game 1 of the World Series for Texas. “There were some people that were spitting off the balcony on the family section and things like that, and that’s kind of weak, but what can you do?”

The Yankees are expected to be one of the bidders for Lee when he is eligible to be a free agent after the World Series.

When asked, Lee said what happened last week during the ALCS wouldn’t have any impact on his offseason decision.

“No, I don’t know the guy that did it. It could be anyone. Who knows? Who cares?,” Lee said. “They’re at home right now.”

Lee’s wife, Kristen, was sitting with other Rangers family and friends in the visiting family section at Yankee Stadium during the playoffs.

“Some people get a little alcohol in them and act inappropriate,” Cliff Lee said. “There’s so many people there you can’t control them all. I know it’s been made into a big deal, but that’s really all it is, just two or three or four people just acting like fools, and 50,000, you can’t group them all together. But there’s always going to be a couple goofballs in the crowd that think they have a right to do that stuff.”

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