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Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish says he’s not coming to United States

10.19.10 at 7:44 am ET
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According to yakyubaka.com, star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish has written on his blog that he will not be pitching in the United States next season, instead choosing to stay with his team in Japan. According to the site, Darvish wrote:

A lot has been mentions about the Majors.

I received a lot of comments, both on Twitter and on my blog.

I don’t know if this will match everyone’s guess.

Next season…

I will be wearing a Nippon Ham Fighters uniform.

There had been speculation that Darvish, a 24-year-old righty who is considered the most high-profile pitcher in Japan since Daisuke Matsuzaka, would take his talents to the Major Leagues in 2011. He pitched in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the ’09 World Baseball Classic.

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Tony La Russa staying in St. Louis

10.19.10 at 7:26 am ET
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has agreed to terms for a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2012, the team announced Monday. La Russa returns for his 16th season in St. Louis and his 33rd season overall.

La Russa and the Cardinals dealt with controversy this past season with disgruntled outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 2005 first-round pick requested a trade this season reportedly due to a rocky relationship with La Russa.

The seasoned manager has the most wins in Cardinals history with 1,138 wins since 1996. In his first 15 years with the Cardinals, he has led the team to eight division titles, two pennants and the 2006 World Series title.

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Report: Red Sox new spring training stadium to bring $30M to Lee County

10.19.10 at 7:23 am ET
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According to the Naples News, the new Red Sox spring training complex — which is currently under construction and is scheduled to be finished in time for Feb. 2012 — will bring the local community in Southwest Florida approximately $30 million. The number was reached via a study performed at Florida Gulf Coast University. The reports states:

Lee County’s expected income from the project is about $5.4 million in 2010, $23.4 million in 2011 and $1.5 million in 2012. And the stadium will bring the equivalent of 92 full-time jobs this year. Next year, that figure zooms to 396 jobs and 25 employees in 2012.

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Zack Greinke has a no-trade list, and the Royals will see it soon

10.19.10 at 6:46 am ET
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According to the Kansas City Star, Royals ace Zack Greinke must notify Kansas City after the World Series of the 8-10 teams on his no-trade list. It was reported last week that the Royals will be listening to offers for the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner. KC general manager Dayton Moore told the Star, “‘€œNothing has changed at all,’€ general manager Dayton Moore said. ‘€œWe know it’€™s going to make sense, at some point in time, to do something if we can’€™t sign him beyond 2012. We’€™ve just got to measure how (any deal) fits in today and long term.’€

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Dunta Robinson joins DeSean Jackson with concussion

10.18.10 at 4:45 pm ET
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Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson managed to knock DeSean Jackson out of Sunday’s game, unfortunately for Robinson he also sidelined himself on this play. Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Monday that Robinson had suffered a concussion and his status for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati is uncertain.

The play occurred with 14 minutes remaining in the second quarter when Robinson led with his head on Jackson coming across the middle. Both players remained on the ground for several minute before walking off the field with help from their coaching staffs.

Robinson in his first year with the Falcons after playing the first six years of his career with the Texans.

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Binghamton basketball cleared by NCAA of major violations

10.18.10 at 4:43 pm ET
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The NCAA has concluded its investigation of the Binghamton University men’s basketball program over a year after the program imploded. In a letter from NCAA assistant director of enforcement Mike Zonder to Binghamton’s athletic director, the NCAA concluded that the program should be cleared of any major infractions.

“The enforcement staff does not believe that the information developed during its preliminary inquiry supports allegations of major NCAA infractions and, absent the emergence of new information, is closing the case,” the letter stated.

Last fall, the program dismissed six players two months before the season started. Several of the players had previously been convicted for criminal acts while others only reportedly had behavioral issues.

On Oct. 14 the team put head coach Kevin Broadus on indefinite leave, citing possible performance distractions as an investigation of the program went on. Broadus has since been replaced by former Temple standout Mark Macon.

The $913,000 review of the program found many infractions, including a focus on athletics over academics, but no major violations were recorded. All of this occurred after the program made its first NCAA tournament appearance two years ago and was a preseason America East conference favorite heading into the 2009-10 season.

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Steelers’ James Harrison: ‘I want to hurt somebody’

10.18.10 at 4:41 pm ET
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In the wake of a brutal NFL Sunday for physical head-to-head hits, Steelers linebacker James Harrison said that physical play is part of his game Sunday night. The former Defensive Player of the Year sidelined two Browns wide receivers Sunday within a span of minutes and said that means he’s done his job.

“I want to hurt somebody,” Harrison said. “If you hurt somebody, they’ll be back the next play. I don’t want to see anybody injured. An injury will keep you out. But I’m not opposed to hurting anybody.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the NFL will review the second of Harrison’s hits, when he knocked Mohamed Massaquoi out of the game.

Harrison explained that while he does not want to end a player’s game or career, he wants to hurt anyone that comes near him on the field. On Sunday, Harrison knocked both Joshua Cribbs and Massaquoi out of the game in the second quarter with head injuries.

When asked about whether his hit on Cribbs was legal due to helmet-to-helmet contact, Harrison responded, “It doesn’t matter. He’s running [with] the ball, so that’s a legal hit.”

Sunday marked a day filled with helmet-to-helmet hits, as at least five players left games due to such contact.

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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered concussion

10.18.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is recovering but his status is uncertain after he sustained a concussion Saturday in his team’s 65-43 loss to Auburn. Arkansas released a statement on its website Sunday.

Ryan Mallett sustained a concussion yesterday and his symptoms are improving. We will continue to evaluate him.”

Mallett missed the entire second half after suffering a blow to the head. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Wilson replaced Mallett going 15-of-17 for 270 yards, four touchdowns and two costly interceptions.

The junior this season has thrown for 1844 yards and fourteen touchdowns in six games. Coming int0 the season, he was named a preseason All-American and All-SEC honoree.

The 21st-ranked Razorbacks take on Ole Miss at home Saturday in a key SEC West battle.

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Packers’ Jermichael Finley out for season

10.18.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that tight end Jermichael Finley will be placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury. Finley was injured in Week 5 against the Lions but was trying to make a comeback.

“Its like getting stuck with a needle in the eye,” Finley said in a tweet on Monday.

Finley was second on the team in receiving yards when he was injured and finishes the season with 21 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown. He becomes the seventh Packer this season to be placed on injured reserve, a list that includes Pro Bowl running back Ryan Grant and linebacker Nick Barnett.

The Packers will replace his spot on the roster with safety Anthony Smith if their proposed trade with the Jaguars goes through.

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Panthers to start Matt Moore at QB Sunday

10.18.10 at 2:46 pm ET
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Matt Moore will begin his second stint as starting quarterback this season for the Panthers Sunday at home against the 49ers. Coach John Fox announced the move Monday after the team finished its bye week. Carolina is one of two winless teams in the NFL as Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen have led the team to a league-low 52 points.

Moore started the Panthers’ first two games but was replaced in both games by Clausen after he turned the ball over six times. Clausen was not much more successful, with one touchdown and six turnovers in three games. Between the two quarterbacks, the Panthers have a league-low 136.4 passing yards per game, nearly 200 yards less then the league-best Chargers (316.2).

Last season, Moore was 4-1 after taking over the starting job for Jake Delhomme.

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