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Steelers cut Byron Leftwich

09.19.10 at 9:48 am ET
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The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich Sunday but he is expected to return to the 53-man roster Monday.

The move was made in order for Pittsburgh to add an additional defensive lineman to the roster for Sunday’s game vs. the Titans.

Leftwich is suffering from a left knee injury and was not expected to play vs. Tennessee.

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Jets chastised for Ines Sainz affair

09.18.10 at 10:25 am ET
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reprimanded the Jets for unprofessional conduct toward Ines Sainz, the TV Azteca reporter who was at the center of a controversy over athletes and female reporters in the locker room, but the team escaped further punishment. One outcome from the incident is that the NFL will implement a training program for all 32 teams and that Jets owner Woody Johnson will underwrite the program.

Read the full report here.

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Bulls eyeing Brian Scalabrine?

09.18.10 at 9:20 am ET
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In a mailbag on NBA.com, Sam Smith reports that the Chicago Bulls have had discussions with free agent forward Brian Scalabrine. Smith surmises that the fit would be a good one because of the former Celtics‘ forward relationship with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. He also notes Chicago wouldn’t have any interest in another former Celtic, Michael Finley, because of his age. Writes Smith:

I think Finley is too old at this point, but Scalabrine is a guy the Bulls have talked with a lot this summer and especially with Thibodeau I can see him as possible depending on what goes on regarding Fernandez. I know guys like Steve Novak have been at the Berto working out more in pickup type games, which the Bulls do with guys before the season. The job, for now unless it’€™s Fernandez, is a 12th or 13th man who might play a day a week. You need a good team guy willing to root a lot and Scalabrine would be that. If they can’€™t get Fernandez, I’€™d take a shot at him if the price is right, though for now I’€™d guess the Bulls add someone from training camp as a non guaranteed guy to hold space for a trade.

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Rumor: Vikings interested in Vincent Jackson

09.17.10 at 12:11 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Vikings have significant interest in disgruntled Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson. Minnesota joins a rumor whirlwind that had already been spinning with the Seahawks, Rams and Redskins.

The rumor makes sense to anyone who watched the season opener last Thursday night. With Sidney Rice sidelined on the PUP list for at least six weeks due to hip surgery, Brett Favre was visibily out of sync with all his wide receivers and could use a target of Jackson’s 6-foot-5 stature, particularly in the red zone. And if this offseason was any indication, the Vikings don’t shy away from accommodating their old gunslinger.

Rumors picked up steam after an official hearing on Jackson’s suspension on Thursday. According to the report, if traded by next Wednesday, Jackson will be eligible to play in Week 5, essentially reducing what was originally a six-game suspension to four games. If he remains in San Diego, the six-game suspension holds, which might not matter because Jackson appears unlikely to play if he stays put.

As Adam Schefter cautioned on D&C Friday morning, though, a trade remains unlikely given Jackson’s contractual demands and suspension.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Suspension, Vikings, Vincent Jackson

Mike Singletary has no doubt his team will stop Drew Brees

09.17.10 at 11:58 am ET
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Mike Singletary is annoyed but confident. Check out the 49ers coach’s quote from the video: “We will not try to stop Drew Brees. We will stop Drew Brees.”

“Hat tip to Hot Clicks”

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Mark Cuban rips LeBron

09.17.10 at 10:24 am ET
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn’t think highly of the way LeBron James handled his free agency announcement. Piling on the much-derided “Decision,” Cuban told The Dunham and Miller radio show in Dallas, “It turned out to be the largest public humiliation in the history of sports. He humiliated the organization, he humiliated the state of Ohio , the city of Cleveland. All of a sudden he became a bad guy, he lost a billion dollars in brand equity, give or take a couple bucks here or there.”

Read the whole report here.

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Former owner: McCourts should sell Dodgers

09.17.10 at 9:31 am ET
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Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley broke his silence and called on current owner Frank McCourt to sell the team. O’Malley told the Los Angeles Times, “the current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the city.” McCourt is going through a high-profile divorce from his wife Jamie and court documents have shown that the couple took $108 million from the franchise for personal use.

O’Malley, who has been quiet throughout the proceedings, suggested that he would be willing to serve a transitional role if there were new owners. McCourt, however, has maintained that the team is not for sale.

Read the whole report here.

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Mural of Kings’ Omri Casspi defaced for second time

09.17.10 at 8:19 am ET
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A mural of Sacramento Kings player Omri Casspi, the only NBA player born in Israel, was defaced with a swastika for the second time in eight days. The second occurrence was discovered Thursday morning.

Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said the team will match the $1,000 reward offered by the Anti-Defamation League for information leading to the arrest of a perpetrator, and he called the offenses “sickening acts of intolerance.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Derek Jeter a cheater or gamer?

09.17.10 at 7:47 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:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Rapids, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NFL: Patriots at Jets, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In Wednesday night’s Yankees-Rays game, Derek Jeter gave an Oscar-worthy performance faking injury after a pitch hit his bat and not his arm as he indicated. At USA Today, Mike Lopresti continues the debate about whether Jeter is a cheater or a gamer. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Jeter hadn’t oversold the call and accepted medical treatment. For what it’s worth, Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected arguing the incident, later called it “a heady play.”

‘™¦ Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock writes that Redskins running back Clinton Portis should not have had to apologize for his comments about the Jets-Ines Sainz controversy. David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune writes that Sainz is a poor example of women covering sports.

‘™¦ Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley weighed in on the Frank and Jamie McCourt controversy, suggesting that the team would be better off with new ownership. “The current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the city,” O’Malley told The Los Angeles Times.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 17, 1953, which Red Sox pitcher broke a 45-year-old American League record by appearing in his 67th game of the season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can sum it up like this: The Patriots hate the Jets, but I still think the Indianapolis Colts [are] the bigger rivalry. The simple fact is: The Patriots respect the Colts, the Patriots hate the Jets.” ‘€” NBC Sports NFL analyst and former Patriot Rodney Harrison, on Thursday’s Dale & Holley show

STAT OF THE DAY: 30 ‘€” Arrests of players during the tenure of Urban Meyer as University of Florida football coach

‘NET RESULTS: Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer adds to his controversial legacy when he takes a dive after apparently being brushed by his opponent’s racket.

Nice soccer goal by Germany’s Thomas Muller.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ellis Kinder

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimmie Rodgers turns 77 Saturday.

Read More: Clinton Portis, Derek Jeter, Frank McCourt, Ines Sainz

Report: Michael Vick to start Sunday

09.16.10 at 5:51 pm ET
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Sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Michael Vick will start for the Eagles on Sunday against the Lions.

This would be Vick’s first NFL start since December 31, 2006.

Vick played well for the Eagles in relief of Kevin Kolb (concussion) in a Week 1 loss to the Packers, throwing for 175 yards and a score and rushing for 103 yards.

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