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Report: Rangers 3B Michael Young wants trade

02.07.11 at 6:54 am ET
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Six-time All-Star Michael Young told the Rangers he wants to be traded, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. Young apparently is unhappy that the team wants him to be a full-time designated hitter in 2011.

The Rangers and Rockies reportedly discussed a trade during the winter meetings, and one month later Young said he would accept a move to DH so the team could sign Red Sox free agent Adrian Beltre to play third.

However, Young, who has three years remaining on his contract, has since changed his mind, the report notes.

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Desmond Howard says Phil Simms threatened to punch him

02.05.11 at 4:40 pm ET
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ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard, in a series of posts on his twitter page, said that CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms threatened to punch him over a disagreement about disparaging comments that Howard made about Simms’ son, Matt Simms, a junior quarterback at the University of Tennessee.

Howard wrote the following four tweets:

–At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him “LET’S GO!”

–I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!

–During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said “u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC” That’s what Phil did not like.

–It ended w/police stepping in between so I could continue my appearance w/fans.

Simms played in 11 games for Tennessee, finishing the year with a 132.7 QB rating after completing 57.9 percent of his passes while throwing eight touchdowns and five picks. The Vols finished the year with a 6-7 record, and Simms was ultimately replaced at quarterback by freshman Tyler Bray.

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Report: Sides ‘increasingly pessimistic’ in Albert Pujols talks

02.05.11 at 3:24 pm ET
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According to FoxSports.com, which cited major league sources, participants in the negotiations between Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals on a long-term deal are “increasingly pessimistic” about the early shape of negotiations. Pujols signed a seven-year, $100 million deal with St. Louis prior to the 2004 season that included a $16 million option for 2011. The slugger has informed the Cardinals that he will not negotiate once spring training gets underway, meaning that there are roughly two weeks to go for the two sides to reach an extension.

According to the story, Pujols — a three-time National League MVP who was runner-up for the award in 2010 — seeks a deal that “likely would vault him ahead of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who signed a 10-year, $275 million, free-agent deal at the same age.”

Though the Red Sox (Adrian Gonzalez) and Yankees (Mark Teixeira) both have players who are expected to occupy first base for them for years to come (Gonzalez is expected to sign an extension that would run through 2018, while Teixeira is under contract through 2016), the article suggests that the Cubs, Rangers and Angels could all bid heavily on Pujols, with the Mets and Dodgers looming as potential bidders for his services, depending on the resolution of the financial issues facing their current owners. Moreover, the article suggests, the Sox and Yankees “could get creative” and become involved in bidding on Pujols.

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Orioles agree to terms with Vladimir Guerrero

02.05.11 at 11:12 am ET
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The Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms with Vladimir Guerrero on a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical next week. The 36-year-old Guerrero will likely be slotted in for designated hitter duty, which would push Luke Scott to the outfield. Guerrero is the latest, and probably final, veteran addition signed by Baltimore this winter. He joins Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy.

Longtime Oriole fixture Brian Roberts told the Baltimore-Sun, “This is probably the most excited I’ve been in nine years, that’s for sure.”

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Kevin Love replaces Yao Ming on Western Conference All-Star team

02.05.11 at 11:01 am ET
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There was a mild outcry when Minnesota’s Kevin Love wasn’t named to the NBA All-Star team Thursday night, but the forward got his due when commissioner David Stern tabbed Love to replace the injured Yao Ming. West coach Gregg Popovich will determine who actually starts the game.

“I was totally shocked, I had absolutely no idea,” Love told the Star-Tribune. “I’m truly humbled. I’m truly blessed. It’s a goal of mine my whole life, and I’ve reached it. I was very happy.”

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Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth reportedly charged with assault in Virginia

02.04.11 at 1:14 pm ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault for an alleged road rage incident in Virginia, according to The Washington Post.

Officer Shelley Broderick told the paper that Haynesworth got into a dispute with another driver, approached the driver at a stop light and struck the driver after a brief exchange of words. She said Haynesworth has not been arrested but that he is planning to turn himself in next week.

But Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, said Haynesworth has not spoken to anyone yet and called the allegations “ridiculous.”

“Albert has yet to speak to the authorities at all on this matter,” Speck told the paper. “So only one side of this story has been told at this point in time. If contacted by the authorities, Albert will certainly cooperate in any way. This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money. Albert did not assault this man and looks forward to his day in court to refute these ridiculous allegations.”

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Poll: Who will win Super Bowl?

02.04.11 at 12:45 pm ET
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Who will win Sunday's Super Bowl?

  • Packers (73%, 172 Votes)
  • Steelers (27%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 236

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Stars make their Super Bowl predictions

02.04.11 at 12:43 pm ET
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With the Super Bowl now just two days away, it seems like people are throwing out predictions everywhere you look.

On the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter said he’€™s picking the Packers to win, 28-24. Schefter said one of the biggest reasons for making that pick is the play of Aaron Rodgers. “He has been the best quarterback in football over the last 5-6 weeks, period,” Schefter said. “He is as good as any quarterback in the game right now. He’s dominant.”

Schefter isn’€™t the only one picking that score. Former Red Sox pitcher and MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley picked the same 28-24 result and also cited Rodgers in his explanation. “Packers defense can stop Big Ben easier than the Steelers can stop Rodgers,” he said.

Donald Trump disagrees, though. He’s taking the Steelers, 21-14, and thinks Ben Roethlisberger‘s experience winning big games will play a vital role. “Steelers will win because Big Ben is a winning football player,” Trump explained.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer also likes the Steelers and their experience, and predicted a 28-14 Pittsburgh victory. Said Palmer: “The Steelers have a very good team and a great bunch of guys. Terrific defense and lots of experience in big games.”

Actress Alyssa Milano, picking a 27-10 Steelers rout, agrees. “The Packers are going to have a tough time running on the Steelers defense,” she said. “The Steelers core team has not changed, and many of them are veterans to the Super Bowl stage.”

Of course, not everyone’s prediction is based on their knowledge of the game. Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins picked the Packers, 35-28, because his brother Cullen is on Green Bay, while poet and author Maya Angelou is taking the Packers, 27-7, “because of the wonderful cheese and butter.”

Here is what other analysts, athletes and celebrities are predicting.

Patrick Willis, 49ers linebacker: Packers, 24-21

Heath Evans, Saints fullback: Steelers, 24-20

Leigh Bodden, Patriots cornerback: Packers, 28-23

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Super Bowl XLV will be first without cheerleaders in 43 years

02.04.11 at 10:24 am ET
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Sunday’s Super Bowl will be the first without cheerleaders on the sidelines since Super Bowl II, according to USA Today.

The Packers and Steelers are two of six NFL teams that don’t use official cheerleaders. The Packers use cheerleaders from nearby colleges, but only for home games. They did bring cheerleaders to Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII in 1997 and 1998, though. The Steelers haven’t had a cheer squad since 1970.

The famed Cowboys cheerleaders have made appearances this week, but they will not be at the game Sunday.

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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez won’t need shoulder surgery

02.04.11 at 9:49 am ET
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Mark Sanchez won’t need to rehab from surgery for a second straight offseason. The Jets quarterback said Thursday that doctors told him rest and mild rehabilitation would be enough to return his injured right shoulder to full strength.

Sanchez was injured in the Jets’ win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 19, but he was still able to help lead the Jets to the AFC championship game without missing any games.

Sanchez underwent knee surgery after last season, but he was able to avoid shoulder surgery this year when an MRI soon after the Jets’ playoff loss to the Steelers showed swelling and bruising in the shoulder had improved enough to make an operation unnecessary.

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