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Diana Taurasi’s Turkish contract voided terminated after second doping test

01.07.11 at 9:27 am ET
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Former UConn basketball standout Diana Taurasi had her contract with Turkish team Fenerbahce terminated Thursday after a second round of tests confirmed doping.

Taurasi, the Turkish Basketball Federation’s leading scorer at 24.6 points per game, faces an International Olympic Committee ban of up to two years, which jeopardizes her spot on Team USA for the 2012 London Olympics.

Taurasi was suspended Nov. 13 after testing positive for the banned stimulant modafinil, which is used to counter excessive sleepiness.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Tuesday that Taurasi told him she did not take modafinil.

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Dolphins reportedly will retain Tony Sparano

01.07.11 at 9:18 am ET
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Standford coach Jim Harbaugh and the Dolphins broke off talks Thursday, and Miami appears likely to retain Tony Sparano, The Associated Press reported. Harbaugh also met Thursday with the president and provost at Stanford, and the school reportedly enhanced its offer for Harbaugh to stay.

Sparano took a walk outside the Dolphins’ training complex in Davie, Fla., Thursday but would not share any inside information with the media. “You guys need to find a better hobby,” he said.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley angrily denies Cam Newton ticket accusation

01.07.11 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

No games scheduled


‘™¦ TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was in rare form Thursday night during halftime of the network’s broadcast of the Thunder-Mavericks game. The NBA legend and Auburn alumnus denied a rumor that he had given Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton ‘€” a rumor started after a reporter’s tweet was misconstrued ‘€” but then joked that he would have done more for Newton had he been asked.

Said Barkley: “I did not get him tickets, I have never met Cam Newton, but if Cam Newton had called me I would have put him in the Laker locker room if he wanted to go.”

Barkley also weighed in on a recent comment from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been “executed” for his role in killing dogs. Barkley called Carlson an “idiot,” and added that Carlson is “a nobody” who was fired by Turner Broadcasting “because he sucked.”

‘™¦ Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley announced that he is gay in a column Thursday. On The Big Show Thursday afternoon, Buckley received support from callers and celebrities, including former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling (audio link).

‘™¦ As the Fiesta Bowl prepares to host the BCS championship game Monday, Steve Wieberg at USA Today looks at the investigation into alleged improper political contributions orchestrated by Fiesta Bowl president John Junker that may jeopardize the Fiesta’s future with the BCS.

‘™¦ Paralyzed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has had some sensation throughout his body and was able to move his shoulder, the school announced Thursday. LeGrand, injured during a game against Army on Oct 16, was interviewed by ESPN, with the conversation scheduled for airing Friday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 7, 1991, who was named coach of the Patriots, replacing Rod Rust?

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Matt Hasselbeck will start for Seahawks in playoff game

01.06.11 at 3:30 pm ET
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Matt Hasselbeck has reclaimed his job and will be the starting quarterback when the Seahawks host New Orleans in their first round playoff game Saturday. Hasselbeck sat out Seattle’s final game of the season with a hip injury and backup Charlie Whitehurst led the team to a win over the Rams, which clinched their spot in the playoffs.

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Likely top NFL pick Andrew Luck will return to Stanford

01.06.11 at 3:15 pm ET
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Andrew Luck, who was the presumptive No. 1 overall draft pick in this spring’s NFL draft, will return to Stanford instead of entering the draft, the school announced. Luck, a draft-eligible sophomore and the son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and led the Cardinal to an 11-1 record capped off with a win in the Orange Bowl.

Luck’s decision may play a role in where Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh ends up next season. The Dolphins reportedly will offer Harbaugh $7 million to $8 million to become their coach.

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Report: Dolphins willing to make Jim Harbaugh highest-paid NFL coach

01.06.11 at 11:05 am ET
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According to, the Dolphins are making a huge recruiting pitch to Stanford University football coach Jim Harbaugh. The report says that Miami owner Steve Ross, GM Jeff Ireland and former NFL executive Carl Peterson have traveled to the West Coast to woo the Stanford coach, who led his team to a dominating Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech this week. The Dolphins have shown a willingness to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL, with an annual salary of $7 million to $8 million.

Harbaugh has also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Bert Blyleven says cheaters don’t belong in the Hall of Fame

01.06.11 at 10:27 am ET
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Recently inducted baseball Hall of Fame member Bert Blyleven feels no remorse for guys like Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro who tested positive for steroids during their playing careers, and who missed out on the Hall voting yesterday. Blyleven told the New York Post that guys like McGwire and Palmeiro who were caught cheating don’€™t deserve such an honor.

‘€œGuys cheated,’€ Blyleven said after his induction. ‘€œThey cheated themselves and their teammates. The game of baseball is to be played clean. I think we went through a steroid era, and I think it’€™s up to the writers to decide when and who should go in through that era.”

Blyleven and Roberto Alomar were the only two players inducted yesterday. It is required for a player to receive 75 percent of writers’ votes to be elected. McGwire appeared on 19.8 percent of the ballot votes cast, and Palmeiro received only 11 percent of the vote.

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Former Giant Antonio Pierce calls for NFL strike and playoff protest

01.06.11 at 9:23 am ET
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Former linebacker and Super Bowl champion Antonio Pierce, who played with the Giants during their Super Bowl XLII victory, said via Twitter that a smart move for the current NFL players to consider in hopes of resolving contract negotiations would be to strike and protest the start of this weekend’€™s playoff games, the New York Daily News reports.

Pierce called the idea ‘€œfood for thought,’€ saying that refusing to start the games this weekend on time would be a great way to gain leverage over ownership.

The NFL retaliated Pierce’€™s idea with a reminder that a ‘€œwalk out’€ would be a violation of the CBA, spokesman for the players union George Atallah Tweeted later. He added that the union has already guaranteed no strike. The message was directed to not only Pierce, but current NFL players as well.

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Texans hire former Dallas coach Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator

01.06.11 at 9:23 am ET
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The Texans hired former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips as the team’€™s defensive coordinator, announced on Wednesday, ESPN reports. Phillips was fired by Dallas mid-season in 2010 after leading the Cowboys to a 1-7 start.

Phillips emerges into the Texans’€™ organization just two days after cleaning out the defensive staff by firing former defensive coordinator Frank Bush, secondary coach David Gibbs, linebackers coach Johnny Holland, and assistant linebackers coach Robert Saleh.

A source told ESPN’€™s John Clayton that the deal Phillips signed with the Texans is worth $2.1 million over three years, which makes Phillips the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL.

Houston’€™s defense ranked near the bottom of the league in 2010, finishing 30th in yards allowed (386.6 yards per game) and last in passing yards allowed per game (267.5 yards per game).

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Homeless Ohio man with ‘God-given voice’ hits it big

01.06.11 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Wild at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ The homeless Ohio man with the “God-given voice” who became an Internet sensation has received a flood of job offers, including one from the Cavaliers to do voice-overs. AOL FanHouse looks more closely at Ted Williams, who has battled alcohol and drug problems and has a long criminal record but now is trying to get back on his feet.

‘™¦ At Sports Illustrated, Chris Ballard writes about the Pop-A-Shot arcade basketball phenomenon and profiles busboy Ricardo Reyes, who has defeated LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and other NBA stars on late-night TV.

‘™¦ Auburn star Cam Newton says he considers the NCAA investigation “a blessing” because it made him stronger. Speaking in the lead-up to Monday’s BCS title game vs. Auburn, Newton said his father, accused of soliciting payments for his son’s college commitment, nonetheless will attend the game.

‘™¦ Team Canada blew a 3-0 third-period lead to Russia and lost hockey’s World Junior Championship, 5-3, Wednesday in Buffalo. In The Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor looks at Canada’s shocking collapse.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 6, 1995, which former New England college star passed Red Auerbach for the top spot on the NBA’s career coaching wins list with 939?

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