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Browns name Pat Shurmur coach

01.13.11 at 1:06 pm ET
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The Browns on Thursday named Pat Shurmur coach, handing the job to a 45-year-old with no head coaching experience.

Shurmur guided the Rams offense the past two seasons and previously was an assistant for the Eagles for 10 years.

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Former NBA star Allen Iverson returns to U.S. to have growth in leg removed

01.13.11 at 12:55 pm ET
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Former NBA star Allen Iverson plans on returning to the United States to have a growth removed from his right leg. Iverson currently plays for Besiktas, a Turkish team. An MRI originally showed a shadow between the two bones in Iverson’€™s lower leg, but the guard continued to play. Business manager and longtime friend of Iverson Gary Moore said the growth could be anything from a lesion or a cyst to a tumor, ESPN reports.

Iverson signed a two-year, $4 million dollar contract with the Turkish squad after no NBA team gave the veteran a look. He plans on returning his team overseas in time for the playoffs.

ESPN reports that Iverson was en route back to the United States and unavailable for comment, but that the Besiktas guard hopes to find out more about the injury, including the severity by having surgery within the next few days. Moore said that two things have to happen: The lesion must come out, and it then must be tested to find out whether it is malignant or benign.

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Ex-coach of Michigan’s Denard Robinson says quarterback likely will remain at school

01.13.11 at 12:54 pm ET
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The high school coach of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson said on Wednesday that he believes ‘€œif the right things are said,’€ then Robinson will return to school and play in the 2011 NCAA season, ESPN.com reports.

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School coach Art Taylor said that he thinks Robinson wants to stay at school, and will meet with new Wolverines coach Brady Hoke to determine his future with the team.

‘€œI think if the right things are said at Michigan, I think he wants to stay,’€ Taylor said on Wednesday. ‘€œWill they put you on the edge and roll you out? Denard does not want to sit out a year.’€

Taylor said that coming out of high school, Robinson was also interested in going to school at Florida or UCF. But Michigan drew him in with the style of offense the Wolverines run. Robinson’€™s decision could come if any significant changes are made to the offense following the hiring of Hoke.

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Knicks could target free agent centers Marc Gasol or DeAndre Jordan in offseason

01.13.11 at 12:53 pm ET
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Taking a pending Carmelo Anthony trade into account, Knicks president Donnie Walsh told the New York Post on Thursday that the team wouldn’€™t be willing to give up too much in a trade for the Nuggets forward. Right now, the biggest names on the Knicks’€™ radar for the upcoming summer are free agent centers Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan. The Post emphasized the team’€™s need for a legitimate center, and both Gasol and Jordan are 7-footers who have already proven themselves this season before the All-Star break.

The Knicks have been involved in trade talks with the Timberwolves regarding Minnesota’€™s first-round draft pick. But New York reportedly would have to part with Anthony Randolph, along with two or three other prospects like Danilo Gallinari, Landry fields or Wilson Chandler. Walsh expressed to the Post that he isn’€™t sure he wants to part with any of those players because of the team’€™s need for a center.

As it stand right now, Amar’€™e Stoudemire is the starting center, but would be moved back to his natural power forward position if the team acquires a proven center.

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Vikings reportedly will offer Adrian Peterson $50 million contract extension

01.13.11 at 11:09 am ET
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The Vikings are expected to focus their priority offseason signings on linebacker Chad Greenway and wide receiver Sidney Rice, depending on if the NFL labor issue falls into place. But the Vikings also are reportedly expected to give running back Adrian Peterson a $50 million extension over five years as part of a remodeled contract, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Secondary signings are expected to be Ryan Longwell and Brian Robison, after Peterson’€™s contract is reconstructed.

Peterson rushed for 12 touchdowns in 2010 on 1,298 yards. Half of the money Peterson is expected to receive will be guaranteed money from the Vikings. Peterson will be entering his fifth season in 2011.

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Cowboys running back Tashard Choice could be traded before 2011 season

01.13.11 at 11:01 am ET
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After Tashard Choice‘s disappointing season for the Cowboys in Dallas in 2010, The Dallas Morning News suggested that the running back could be moved out before the start of the 2011 season, since his trade value is higher than ever. In a question-and-answer segment, SportsDayDFW.com’€™s Gerry Fraley wrote that Choice’€™s value on the market is high, and that Cowboys fans shouldn’€™t expect him to return to the team next season.

With Marion Barber and Felix Jones ahead of Choice on the depth chart, the No. 3 back probably will seek a different role. Injuries to Barber and Jones this season gave Dallas a good look at Choice’€™s ability, and Fraley wrote that he believes the third-string back deserves more touches. When the offensive-minded Jason Garrett took the helm at the end of the 2010 season, Choice was rarely used until forced in by injuries.

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Joe Torre looking for a job with Major League Baseball under Bud Selig

01.13.11 at 10:57 am ET
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Former manager of the Yankees and Dodgers Joe Torre confirmed on Wednesday that he has been in talks with baseball commissioner Bud Selig about getting a job with Major League Baseball, ESPN.com reports. Torre said on Wednesday that he has not received an official offer yet, and he believes that Selig is still considering other candidates.

Torre has been attending quarterly owners meetings in Arizona as part of Selig’€™s competition committee. The next owners meeting is scheduled for Thursday, when Torre said he hopes to discuss the potential position with the commissioner, ‘€œif he has time.’€

‘€œThe commissioner and I have been talking. I’€™m just trying to figure out what feels right, I guess,’€ Torre said.

News reports in the past few days have indicated that the position for which Torre is applying is that of executive vice president for baseball operations, formerly held by new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Karma bites back as evasive LeBron James loses, suffers injury

01.13.11 at 6:51 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 LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Flyers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Following the Cavaliers‘ embarrassing 112-57 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night, a message was sent from LeBron James‘ Twitter account: Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’€™s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!

On Wednesday, karma apparently turned its attention to LeBron. First, James denied he wrote the original tweet in an evasive and confusing interview in which he denied wishing ill will on the Cavaliers, although he wouldn’t refer to his former team by name. “No hate toward that organization,” he insisted, adding: “It was just how I was feeling at the time. It wasn’t even a comment from me, it was something somebody sent me and I sent it out.”

Then, the Heat had their 13-game road winning streak snapped by the Clippers, 111-105, and James, who scored 27 points, sprained his ankle in the loss.

‘™¦ The attention around these parts is on Patriots-Jets, but there’s another pretty good matchup in the other AFC semifinal. In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gene Collier writes about the slugfest set to take place at Heinz Field between the Steelers and Ravens.

Tom Brady‘s good buddy Terrell Suggs showed he can spew venom at teams other than the Patriots, as he was pictured wearing a T-shirt with a drawing of a Raven giving the middle finger to Pittsburgh. “I put on for my city,” Suggs told The Baltimore Sun. “They rep their city, and I’m repping mine. So, here we go.”

‘™¦ Ted Williams, the formerly homeless Ohio man who has returned to doing voiceover work after becoming an Internet sensation, will enter rehab after an appearance on “Dr. Phil.” Williams’ family said his well-publicized Monday argument at a Los Angeles hotel concerned his drinking.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 13, 1983, the Red Sox traded which pitcher to the Mets?

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Vikings don’t want to pay for new stadium’s roof

01.13.11 at 6:27 am ET
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The Vikings have offered to pay for a third of the cost of a new stadium in Minnesota, but that doesn’t include the cost of a roof. Team vice president Lester Bagley told The Associated Press that the Vikings would prefer an outdoor stadium, although he understood an open-air stadium might not receive legislative approval when discussed next month.

“A roof does not provide any benefit to the Vikings,” Bagley said in the interview at team headquarters in Eden Prairie. “It also costs a couple hundred million dollars more in capital costs, in addition to the operating costs that are much higher for a covered facility.”

There is speculation that the team is posturing to avoid having to pay the additional costs.

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Brett Favre’s sister arrested in meth lab raid

01.12.11 at 8:30 pm ET
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Brett Favre‘s younger sister, Brandi Favre, was one of five people arrested in a raid on a suspected meth lab in Mississippi on Wednesday, the Biloxi Sun Herald reported.

The 34-year-old woman was charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and generation of hazardous waste, both felonies.

Two other individuals were arrested as part of the sting operation on charges of selling a controlled substance.

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