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Report: Giants outfielder Jose Guillen being investigated for HGH ties

10.29.10 at 12:05 pm ET
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So far this postseason, Giants outfielder Jose Guillen has been left off the playoff roster for all three series. San Francisco’s decision to exclude him was originally linked to a neck injury. Recent reports, however, suggest that there may be more to the story.

In a story first reported by the New York Times, Guillen is being linked to a federal investigation into shipments of performance-enhancing drugs, specifically HGH. The drug was reportedly shipped to Guillen’s wife in the Bay Area.

“I don’t know anything about it and right now I don’t have a comment,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

The search began right as the postseason began and is still ongoing, which makes Guillen’s curious roster absence even more intriguing. The Times reported that the Giants “had been directed” to keep the outfielder off their roster, but is reporting that Major League Baseball never issued such a directive.

This is not the first time Guillen has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2007 that he allegedly purchased more than $19,000 worth of HGH, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center between May 2002 and June 2005.

Guillen was acquired by the Giants in a trade with the Kansas City Royals, and batted .266 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 42 games with the team.

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LaDainian Tomlinson says this Jets team better than any of his old Chargers teams

10.29.10 at 8:11 am ET
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Talking to ESPN Radio, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said that his current team is better than any of the San Diego Chargers teams he played with prior to coming to New York. “Yes, I have been on some very fine teams,” said Tomlinson, who played nine seasons with the Chargers. “But I want to tell you this is the best team I’ve been on, top to bottom, talent-wise, coaching staff-wise, organization-wise. The whole nine. This is the best opportunity I’ve had to win the championship.” Tomlinson played on five Chargers teams that won the AFC West title.

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Report: Florida Marlins almost traded top prospect for Ozzie Guillen to be manager

10.29.10 at 8:00 am ET
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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Florida Marlins — who were granted permission to talk to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen during the season to be their skipper — talked about potentially dealing top prospect Mike Stanton for Guillen. Guillen has experienced a tumultuous relationship with White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and has one year left on his current deal. Stanton hit 22 home runs with 59 RBI in 100 games throughout his rookie season. To read the complete report click here.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Astros ban Roger Clemens from field

10.29.10 at 7:54 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: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

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

NFL: Vikings at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)


‘™¦ Roger Clemens signed a contract with the Astros in 2004 that locked him into a 10-year personal services deal with the team upon his retirement. Now, however, the Astros don’t want the disgraced ace around the club. “I think everybody is just on hold until they see where he is with the government,” Astros owner Drayton McLane told the New York Daily News on Thursday. “He doesn’t get involved in any way in our spring training or when he goes to where [his son] Koby is on one of our minor league teams. He doesn’t get involved in the activities of the team. He’s strictly a parent and a spectator.”

‘™¦ Fox Broadcasting has sold out its Super Bowl commercials, with 30-second ads selling for between $2.8 million and $3 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. The sellout comes earlier than in recent years.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Telander writes that adults are to blame in the death of Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan, who was videotaping Notre Dame football practice from a tower when it was blown over by a gust of wind Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 29, 1933, new Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey appointed a new manager who, despite lasting just one season in Boston, would eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his managing success. Who is he?

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LEEInks list: Memorable radio play calls

10.28.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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Florida Atlantic color commentator Dave Lamont was so offended by an unpenalized hit to the helmet of the FAU quarterback Saturday that he pounded his fists, screamed at the officials, yelled for the commissioner, then challenged everyone in the Arkansas State press box to a fight.

“I don’t really care if you people look at me in the press box,” he said. “You know what? I don’t care. That’s flag. And I’ll fight any one of you if you want to. That’s the mood I’m in at the moment. Apparently, the team isn’t the only one melting down here.”

Lamont later apologized for his actions.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 memorable radio calls from games of the past few years ‘€” both positive and negative.

10. Jan. 24, 2010: Brett Favre throws costly interception in NFC title game

Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen was not pleased with Favre’s poor decision that led to an interception toward the end of the NFC championship game vs. the Saints. Barked Allen: “This is not Detroit, man, this is the Super Bowl!”

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Barry Bonds wants to be a hitting coach

10.28.10 at 11:03 am ET
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Barry Bonds was in San Francisco for Game 1 of the World Series and he told reporters that he wanted to return to baseball as a hitting coach. “I have a gift and sooner or later I have to give it away,” Bonds said. “I have to share it. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity here.”

Bonds is scheduled to go on trail in March on allegations that he lied to a federal grand jury about knowingly took steroids. The man Bonds replaced as the single-season home run leader, Mark McGwire, just finished his first season as the Cardinals hitting coach.

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Report: Jeff Jagodzinski a candidate for Minnesota Gophers job

10.28.10 at 9:54 am ET
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According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Boston College head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski is being considered for the coaching position at the University of Minnesota. The report states:

“Jeff Jagodzinski, who was fired by Boston College last year for interviewing for the New York Jets‘ head coaching job after being told by BC not to interview. Jagodzinski is coach of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks.”

After leaving Boston College, Jagodzinski was dismissed from his job as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just 10 days prior to the 2009 season.

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Mike Tyson has sympathy for fellow actor Mel Gibson

10.28.10 at 9:43 am ET
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Speaking to the New York Post, Mike Tyson — who will be heading to Thailand to film ‘Hangover 2′ — said that he would have gladly worked with Mel Gibson in the movie. Gibson was originally scheduled to be part of the project, but is no longer in the mix. “I’m not going to ever in my life point my finger at anyone. I don’t live in a glass house. None of us do. I work with anybody, as long as they’re respectful.”

Gibson was forced out of the movie after castmates — including Zack Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Justin Bartha — complained about working with the actor, who is battling ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who is alleging that Gibson assaulted and made threats against her.

“We all have that guy — a Mel Gibson — in us,” Tyson told The Post. “We just don’t want people to be exposed to it. Maybe he needs to go get help. We all need help, and need someone to talk to. I’m not against him, but I’m not for him.”

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Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony: ‘It’s time for a change’

10.28.10 at 8:29 am ET
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Carmelo Anthony told Yahoo! Sports that he will not sign the the Nuggets’ contract extension offer of three years, $64 million, saying, “They want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it’s way beyond this year. It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM [Masai Ujiri], [team president] Josh [Kroenke], the players. For me, I feel it’s time for a change.” League sources tell Yahoo! that the Nuggets will attempt to trade Anthony rather than run the risk of losing him after this season. The forward is in the midst of five-year, $80 million contract. To read the entire story, click here.

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Student manager for Notre Dame football team dies while filming practice

10.28.10 at 7:58 am ET
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Declan Sullivan, a junior at the University of Notre Dame, died after falling from one of the four hydraulic, portable lifts used to film Notre Dame football practice. Sullivan, 20, was a student manager for the Irish football team, was taping the the team’s practice at the LaBar Practice Complex when the tower blew over amidst 50 mph wind gusts. To read more click here.

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