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Restraining order against Shannon Sharpe dropped

09.16.10 at 3:38 pm ET
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A restraining order against former NFL star and current TV analyst Shannon Sharpe was withdrawn Wednesday in Fulton County, Georgia.

Michele Bundy, who was granted a temporary restraining order by the court against Sharpe earlier in the week, voluntarily withdrew the complaint.

Sharpe had taken a leave of absence from his work as a studio analyst on CBS until the case was resolved, but the network announced Thursday that Sharpe will return for Sunday.

“We are pleased that Shannon will be in his usual position with The NFL Today on Sunday,” CBS spokesperson LeslieAnn Wade said.

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New team in Carmelo Anthony derby: Philly?

09.16.10 at 10:05 am ET
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You can add another team to the race to acquire Carmelo Anthony: Philadelphia. CBSsports’ Ken Berger writes that the Sixers might have the pieces to make a play for Melo. They have expiring contracts — Willie Green and Jason Kapono — and young talent in Thaddeus Young and maybe even Andre Iguodala. The Sixers are now run by Rod Thorn, who just happened to come over from New Jersey, thought to be the leader in the chase.

Either way it’s looking more and more likely that the Nuggets will be broken up soon.

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Detroit Lions step up and finally get cheerleaders … sort of

09.16.10 at 9:35 am ET
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The Detroit Lions, who haven’t had cheerleaders in their 76-year history, are bringing in a group of pom-pom waivers, although there will be some stipulations.

According to the Detroit News, the Lions will be allowing a group called the “Detroit Pride” to cheer on the sidelines of Ford Field Sunday. But, as Terry Foster writes, the Lions are easing into things a bit.

They’re not recognized as the Lions official cheerleaders. In fact, team officials and the Pride had to agree on a few rules of etiquette before the group was allowed inside Ford Field.

‘€¢ They are not allowed to perform organized cheers.

‘€¢ They cannot obstruct the view of fans.

‘€¢ They are not allowed to take group photos with fans. Only two girls may appear in photos, so they plan to walk through Ford Field in rows of two.

‘€¢ They cannot wear Lions logos or team colors. Although there is blue in their uniforms, it will not be “Honolulu blue.”

The Pride will be like any of the other 60,000 fans, just differently.

“We are not going to do anything that would cause us to be asked to leave and we do not want them (the Lions) mad,” said Andrea Wiliamowski, director of operations for the Pride. “We want them to like us. We want to show the Ford organization and the Lions that this is something people want.

“We want to support the team because we believe they deserve it. We believe they are going to do well and we want to make them happy.”

To read the complete report click here.

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Could Laurence Maroney be part of Broncos’ long-term plans?

09.16.10 at 9:05 am ET
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Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was asked about his team’s thoughts on working out a contract extension with newly-acquired running back Laurence Maroney. This is what he said (according to the Denver Post):

“Certainly we would love to have an opportunity to keep a young player at that position around for more than a year,” McDaniels said. “I think that would be the goal for sure ‘€” to give us some guys that really have an opportunity to be here for a long time.”

Maroney is the final year of his rookie contract and will become eligible for free agency following this season.

For the complete report click here.

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NFL stands to lose $8.2 billion with lockout

09.16.10 at 8:39 am ET
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This from BusinessWire.com …

The NFL is expected to account for 40 percent of the $20.3 billion sports franchising industry in 2010, reaching $8.2 billion. Having experienced tremendous growth over the past five years, increasing at an average annual rate of 7.5 percent since 2005, the league would suffer a colossal revenue loss of roughly $7.6 billion if a lockout occurred; however, IBISWorld projects that long-term repercussions would be minimal.

The report goes on to say that the players stand to lose 30 percent of their careers considering the average career length for the sport is 3.3 years with a median salary of  $770,000.

For the complete report click here.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Namath feuds with Jets receiver

09.16.10 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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:
No local games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was the subject of some critical comments from Joe Namath after New York’s Monday night loss to the Ravens. The former quarterback said Edwards “can’t catch the ball … or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches.” On Wednesday, Edwards responded. While he said he respected the Jets legend, Edwards was not pleased, saying: “Tell him next time he’s here, stop by my locker and tell me that.”

‘™¦ In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ashley Fox writes that reporter Ines Sainz “brought the Jets’ behavior on herself” and explains how women should act in the locker room, recounting her own run-in with members of the Eagles. Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan said he volunteered to talk to the NFL about the situation.

‘™¦ In Los Angeles Times Magazine, Baxter Holmes writes about the downfall of the USC football and blames the program’s arrogance.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 16, 1965, which Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter to beat the Indians, 2-0? Bonus question: Which future Red Sox pitcher was the hard-luck loser for Cleveland?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “By law, women must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such.” ‘€” The NFL, in a memo to teams in the aftermath of the Jets controversy

STAT OF THE DAY: 2.48 ‘€” Clay Buchholz‘ ERA, second-best in the American League, after Wednesday’s 5-1 win over the Mariners

‘NET RESULTS: A high school football player ‘€” University of Kentucky-bound Ashley Lowery ‘€” has one of the best leaps over a defender ever. And he scores a touchdown on the play.

From the Canadian Football League, a defensive player recovers a fumble, only to drop the ball while running into the end zone and watch the other team recover it.

St. Louis Cardinals players Adam Wainwright and Skip Schumaker perform a strange pregame ritual in the dugout.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Morehead, who beat Luis Tiant

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Betty Kelly of Martha & the Vandellas is 66 today.

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Soccer, fake? Couldn’t be.

09.15.10 at 6:20 pm ET
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I’m not sure which is worse: that the country of Togo sent a fake soccer team, or that Bahrain only beat the faux Togo team 3-0. And isn’t all soccer fake by the way?

What’s your Sports Twi-Q? Episode 3

09.15.10 at 11:50 am ET
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Welcome back to ‘€œName that Tweet’€–the game show where everybody’€™s a loser (including the host)! If you didn’€™t catch the first or second episode, here’€™s the deal: An athlete or celebrity posted the following 140-character thought on his/her twitter account over the last week. It’€™s your job to figure out who produced these Shakespearean efforts.

1. ‘€œI can’t believe September is here, crazy! This is always my favorite time of year, I’m lovin’ it :)’€

Landon Donovan or Queen Latifah?

Landon plays for the Galaxy, kicking balls. Latifah is as big as a galaxy, kicking rhymes. Donovan reportedly fathered a child out of wedlock, but I’€™m guessing Queen isn’€™t the mother, since she, ahem, lives with a personal trainer named Jeannette.

Answer: Click here.

2. ‘€œWe lost our first game Cowboys?!?!?!?.I have carpet burn!’€

Martellus Bennett or Jessica Simpson?

They’€™re two of Tony Romo‘€™s favorite tight ends. Romo dumps Simpson the night before her birthday, and he dumps it to Bennett on Sundays. Martellus gets carpet burn from the Cowboys Stadium turf. Jessica gets carpet burn from, well, use your imagination.

Answer: Click here.

3. ‘€œhow good of a job was it for the guy who just talked in a deep voice in all the boyz 2 men songs?’€

Andy Roddick or Jennifer Hudson?

Roddick dates Brooklyn Decker, and Hudson eats double-decker sandwiches. Roddick smashes overhands, and Hudson smashes cheeseburgers. OK, OK, enough fat jokes. How about this: She took home an Oscar for Dreamgirls, and he just takes home dream girls.

Answer: Click here.

4. ‘€œWho watched the VMA’s? How funny was the little intro skit? Restraining orders never stops me! LOL‘€

Terrell Suggs or Kim Kardashian?

Both legitimately have experience with restraining orders. Terrell had one taken out on him; Kim took one out on a stalker. Oh, and they’€™ve both been on top of Reggie Bush.

Answer: Click here.

5. ” Yeahhhh the bears won, I might do a superbowl shuffle. Haha”

Danica Patrick or R. Kelly?

Both Illinois natives, these two have a ton in common. As a NASCAR driver, Patrick is a girl among men; meanwhile, Kelly is a man among girls. Danica dresses up and poses for Go Daddy, while R. makes girls dress up, pose and call him daddy. Kelly recorded ‘€œTrapped in the Closet‘€, and Patrick just might be trapped in the closet? They’re practically the same person.

Answer: Click here.

Thanks for playing again, folks. Two more terrible Twitter puns this week: If you got four or more wrong, you’€™re a Twignoramus; if you got four or more right, you’€™ve got Twisdom. Until next week, and, as Ron Burgundy said, ‘€œStay classy’€ New England!

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Report: C’s work out Adam Morrison, plan to hire Roy Rogers

09.15.10 at 11:24 am ET
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According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Adam Morrison is in town this week working out for the Celtics. The report indicates Morrison worked out on Tuesday and had a second session scheduled for Wednesday. The third overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Bobcats, Morrison spent 2½ seasons in Charlotte ‘€” missing one season with a knee injury ‘€” before being traded to the Lakers, where he played limited minutes while his team won two NBA titles.

Yahoo! also reported that the Celtics are set to hire Nets assistant Roy Rogers to coach the big men. He would replace Clifford Ray. Rogers briefly played for the Celtics during his three seasons in the NBA in the late 1990s.

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New Twitter controversy for Chad Ochocinco

09.15.10 at 10:16 am ET
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In between taunting the Ravens and complaining that he was selected for a random drug test for the third time in a month, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco created some controversy Wednesday morning with what was supposed to be an inspiring post. At about 9 a.m., Ochocinco tweeted encouragement to the world in general, specifically mentioning prostitutes and teachers.

Wrote Ochocinco: “Hello world, be great today, find a way to be productive at something? If u a hoe, be a great hoe, teacher, be a great teacher n so on.”

About 20 minutes later, Ochocinco apologized with this tweet: “Excuse my language this morning, but I touched on a negative n a positive but want them both to aim for greatness at their professions.”

On Tuesday, Ochocinco put out a series of tweets taunting the Ravens, who visit Cincinnati for an AFC North battle on Sunday. The receiver tweeted Ravens running back Willis McGahee that he will “cave your face in with my first boy,” and “when I see you on the field I am going straight to the jaw, I will take the fine 4 beatin u up.” He tweeted to fullback Le’Ron McClain: “i will whoop yo ass to!!!!” Ochocinco was more careful about teasing Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, although he did write, “i am gonna be talking so get yo ear plugs!!”

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