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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: New England hosts longest D3 basketball game ever

11.24.10 at 7:13 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNEE; WEEI)


‘™¦ New England played host to the longest Division 3 basketball game in history Tuesday night as Southern Vermont fell to visiting Skidmore, 128-123, in seven overtimes. The game broke the previous Division 3 record by two OTs and tied the Division 1 mark (1981 Cincinnati-Bradley game). Skidmore hit a tying basket near the end of four of the overtimes, and Skidmore had an advantage in bench scoring of 65-9 . Southern Vermont guard Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes. The senior captain from Pittsfield hit 10-of-40 shots (0-for-13 treys) and finished with 31 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.

“I kept telling the guys as each overtime passed to really enjoy the moment,” Skidmore coach Joe Burke said. They will never be involved in anything like that in their lives again. I kept telling them, ‘This is fun isn’t it?’ But by the sixth overtime I think that wore out.”

Said Southern Vermont coach Mike McDonough: “It’s difficult to reconcile your emotions when you have just participated in such an epic event and lost. But to a man, both teams will take a way something from tonight that they will never forget.”

‘™¦ With Joe Paterno announcing Tuesday that he plans to return to the sideline next season, Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the 83-year-old is being arrogant and holding Penn State hostage.

‘™¦ The Yankees continue to talk tough regarding their negotiations with Derek Jeter. In The New York Times, Tyler Kepner wonders why things had to get nasty.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 24, 1972, which Bruins goalie recorded the only shutout of his NHL career in a 4-0 victory over the Flames?

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Terrell Owens: Darrelle Revis ‘just an average corner’

11.24.10 at 6:25 am ET
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Bengals receiver Terrell Owens revived his war of words with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in the lead-up to Thursday night’s game by labeling the defender “just an average corner to me.”

Speaking with Cincinnati reporters Tuesday, Owens said: “Everybody has assessed his abilities as far as what he did last year, shutdown corner, this and that. He did very well last year. But I think I’m looking forward to the challenge, just like he’s looking forward to the challenge.”

Revis, who said Monday he would be assigned to cover Owens and not Chad Ochocinco, did not take the bait Tuesday. “I’ll see him on Thursday night,” he said. “Everybody knows T.O. He’s going to be T.O.”

Last season, when Owens was a member of the Bills, Revis held Owens to six catches for 44 yards in their two meetings.

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Brian Cashman to Derek Jeter: ‘Test the market’

11.23.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN Tuesday that the team made a “fair and appropriate” offer to Derek Jeter and if the shortstop is not satisfied he should see what else is out there in the free agent market.

“We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account,” Cashman said to ESPN. “We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works.”

It is believed that the Yankees have offered the 36-year-old Jeter a three-year, $45 million contract, though Cashman would not confirm that to ESPN, but he did confirm that Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, “have asked for more. More years and more money.”

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Vince Young not allowed into Titans facility

11.23.10 at 4:11 pm ET
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Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported Tuesday that Titans quarterback Vince Young was asked to leave the team’s practice facility on Monday, a day after Young and coach Jeff Fisher had a verbal confrontation in the locker room following an OT loss to the Redskins.

Young, who was angry that he was not allowed to return to the game after leaving with a thumb injury, reportedly told Fisher, ‘€œI’€™m not running out on my teammates, I’€™m running out on you,” before storming out of the locker room on Sunday.

The Titans plan to place Young on IR with the right thumb injury, which will require surgery.

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Report: Andy Pettitte leaning toward 2011 return to Yankees

11.23.10 at 4:00 pm ET
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Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweeted on Tuesday that Andy Pettitte is leaning toward a return to the Yankees in 2011.

The 38-year-old Pettitte said last week that he was unsure if he would pitch next season, but told a Houston television station that if he did it would be “one more year and that would be it.”

Pettitte posted an 11-3 record with a 3.28 ERA for the Yankees in 2010.

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Aubrey Huff signs two-year deal to stay with Giants

11.23.10 at 1:48 pm ET
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First baseman Aubrey Huff agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with the Giants, keeping him with the team he helped capture the World Series this season. Huff, 33, will receive $10 million in each of the next two seasons, and the team has a $10 million club option for 2013 with a $2 million buyout, according to The Associated Press.

Huff hit .290 and led the Giants with 26 home runs and 86 RBIs in 157 games this season. He hit .268 with a home run and eight RBIs in the postseason.

“He was an integral part in the team’s success last season, not only with his outstanding play in the field, but also providing a great clubhouse presence,” general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement.

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Report: Yankees will not offer arbitration to Derek Jeter

11.23.10 at 1:43 pm ET
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According to a report at, the Yankees will not offer arbitration to Derek Jeter as they continue contract negotiations with the veteran shortstop. Tuesday is the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their Type A and B free agents, guaranteeing a high draft pick if the player signs elsewhere.

The Yankees reportedly had yet to make a decision as of Tuesday midday whether to offer arbitration to free agents Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Kerry Wood.

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Joe Paterno says he will coach Penn State in 2011

11.23.10 at 1:35 pm ET
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno, speaking at his weekly Tuesday news conference, said he plans to return to the sidelines next season. As he prepares for the Nittany Lions‘ regular-season finale Saturday vs. Michigan State, Paterno ended any speculation that he might retire this year. The 83-year-old will enter the last year of a three-year contract in 2011.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Paterno said. “I think we can be a pretty good football team next year, and I’d like to be a part of it. … It’s been a good situation and I don’t see any reason to leave it right now.”

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Staples Center luxury box where toddler fell to death meets city codes

11.23.10 at 11:14 am ET
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Los Angeles building officials, speaking one day after a 2-year-old boy fell to his death from a luxury box at Staples Center after a Lakers game, said the luxury box complied with all city codes. L.A. Department of Building and Safety spokesman David Lara said the barriers in front of the box ‘€” at their lowest point consisting of a 10-inch concrete wall and a 16-inch piece of synthetic glass ‘€” comply with building codes.

Lucas Anthony Tang went over a guardrail Sunday night and fell about 30 feet, landing on a row of plastic seats. The Los Angeles Times reported that the boy’s family stopped to take pictures after the game, and the boy disappeared as the parents looked at the pictures on a digital camera.

After practice on Monday, Lakers players expressed their sadness.

“When our fans come to the game to support us, the last thing we want to happen is for someone to be injured or, in this case, a child to lose a life,” Derek Fisher said.

“I’ll say a prayer for the family today,” said Lamar Odom, whose son died of sudden infant death syndrome four years ago.

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Fired Cowboys coach Wade Phillips: ‘I just want to coach’

11.23.10 at 9:11 am ET
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Wade Phillips, who was fired as Cowboys coach two weeks ago, discussed his future during an appearance on “The Bruce Smith Show” on WXTG radio in Virginia Beach on Monday night, saying he wants to ‘€” and deserves to ‘€” return to football.

‘€œThe perception is once you’€™re fired that you’€™re not a very good head coach,’€ Phillips said. ‘€œIt happened to me in Buffalo. We were 29-19 in Buffalo. Once I was fired there I couldn’€™t get a head coaching job because they thought, you know, I wasn’€™t a good enough coach. They didn’€™t look at my record, they just said, ‘€˜Oh, gosh, he’€™s fired, so we’ve got to get somebody else.’€™ It took me a long time to get another head coaching job.

“You know, we went 34-22 [in Dallas], which is pretty good. I went out as the same winning percentage of Tom Landry, so I don’€™t feel bad about my head coaching career. I think they’€™re going to look at me more as a coordinator, and that’€™s fine with me. I just want to coach.’€

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