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Trainer of Manny Pacquiao says boxer could retire after Saturday’s welterweight fight

11.11.10 at 6:54 am ET
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According to a post featured on Yahoo! Sports, world-class boxer Manny Pacquiao may retire after his welterweight title fight with Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said in a news conference at Cowboys Stadium, where the fight will be held this Saturday.

Roach said that if Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t available to fight Pacquiao in the near future in what would be arguably a fight featuring the two best fighters in the world, Pacquiao would hang up the gloves after Saturday’s World Boxing Council fight.

“I think this could be it,” Roach told reporters. “Where else do we have to go? … Without Mayweather, there is no challenge.”

Pacquiao is 31 years old, and in May of 2010, was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani, where Pacquiao is from.

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Torii Hunter: Bidding war for Carl Crawford will be between Angels, Red Sox

11.11.10 at 6:32 am ET
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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are prepared to make outfielder Carl Crawford their primary free agent target, and will be prepared to pay him in excess of $100 million. The report goes on to quote LA outfielder Torii Hunter as saying, “I think Boston and the Angels, that will be the bidding war.”

Hunter, who asked the Angels to put his locker next to Crawford’s during the 2010 All-Star Game, went on to say, “We’ve got the weather, the sun shining, and 40,000 fans every night, win or lose. When you get off turf, this is where you want to be.” To read the complete story, click here.

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Autopsy of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright reveals he was shot at least five times

11.10.10 at 5:16 pm ET
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An autopsy of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was discovered in July, shows that the basketball player was shot at least five times, the Associated Press reports. The report was released on Wednesday by the Shelby County Medical Examiner, and says that Wright was shot twice in the head, twice in the chest and one time in the right forearm.

The body was severely decomposed when found on July 28, in the woods outside of Memphis. The autopsy was first reported by broadcaster WMC-TV, and said that, since the body was so decomposed, the body could have sustained more gunshots.

Wright was 34 years old when he died, and had been missing for 10 days before his body was discovered. No arrests have been made by the police. Wright played 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for five teams during his tenure. He averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 games.

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New Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett holds full-pad practice

11.10.10 at 5:15 pm ET
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Newly appointed Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett opened up the new Dallas coaching era with a bang on Wednesday, having his team practice in full pads for the first time since training camp.

Garrett took over as the head coach of the Cowboys on Monday after former coach Wade Phillips was fired. The Cowboys are 1-7 on the season, all under Phillips, and prepare to face the NFC East-leading Giants this Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Garrett told reporters that he expects a completely different effort from his team, an effort opposite of that put forth under Phillips that led to the team’s last-place standing.

Garrett also had players jogging to drills and stretches on the field during the 20 minutes the media was allowed to observe practice on Wednesday.

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Browns rookie Colt McCoy likely to get fourth-straight start

11.10.10 at 3:52 pm ET
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According to the Associated Press, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is likely to get his fourth-straight start this weekend after receiving the majority of snaps in practice. Browns head coach Eric Mangini will not yet name McCoy his official starter, however, as the Browns prepare to face the Jets, Mangini’s former team.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace did practice for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain in early October, but Mangini said that he would only receive about 25 percent of the workout. Mangini added that there has been discussion about placing quarterback Jake Delhomme on injured reserve.

McCoy is 2-1 in his first three starts of his career. He passed for 174 yards last weekend against the Patriots while adding 20 yards rushing with a touchdown.

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Dolphins bench QB Chad Henne, will start Chad Pennington against Titans

11.10.10 at 3:27 pm ET
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The Miami Dolphins have decided to bench starting quarterback Chad Henne and start backup Chad Pennington this Sunday against the Titans, NEpost.com reports. Pennington hasn’t started a game since Week 3 of the 2009 NFL season.

Henne, who threw three interceptions last weekend in a 26-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, has led the underachieving Dolphins to a 4-4 record thus far in the 2010 season, good enough for third place in the AFC East.

Henne this season has thrown for 1,900 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, with a passer rating of 78.2.

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League won’t issue a fine given in Le’Ron McClain spitting incident

11.10.10 at 3:24 pm ET
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After allegedly spitting on Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder during last Sunday’s matchup, Baltimore Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain will not be handed a fine by the NFL, a league spokeman said. NEPost.com reported that McClain was not handed a fine after he reared his head back, appearing to spit on Crowder, but the fullback denied actually spitting on him.

The league announced on Wednesday that Director of Football Operations Merton Hanks has reviewed the tape from Sunday’s game, as well as had several conversations with John Parry, the referee in the area of the alleged incident, and has decided that there is no conclusive evidence that the spitting incident ever occurred. Therefore, no disciplinary actions will be taken following these allegations.

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Rookie cornerback and former teammate Joe Haden says Cam Newton is being targeted

11.10.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Joe Haden, who lived with current Auburn quarterback Cam Newton during Newton’s tenure at the University of Florida, said that he talked to Newton through a phone conversation on Tuesday night, and that Newton is not personally worried about the allegations against him.

Haden told the Associated Press that he considers Newton his best friend, and that Cam is, “not letting this stuff get to him too much. He said, ‘Joe, I got a plan and everything is going to work out for the best.'”

Newton is accused of academic cheating while with the Gators, and having phone conversations with his father about asking a MIssissippi State recruiter for money in order to play at that school.

Haden told the AP that he believes Newton is being targeted because he is playing so well for Auburn right now.

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Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal could play against Heat

11.10.10 at 3:14 pm ET
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After sitting out five games due to a knee injury, Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal has returned to practice and said he may play Thursday night against Miami in South Beach, the Associated Press reports. O’Neal, who wore a leg sleeve and knee pads in practice on Wednesday, said that he is still experiencing pain just below his right knee.

The center is averaging 8.7 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds per game this season. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he isn’t sure whether Shaquille O’Neal and fellow center Jermaine O’Neal, who is currently experiencing pain in his left knee, will be playing for the team against the Heat.

“Likely neither, maybe both,” Rivers told the Associated Press. “Who knows?”

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Vikings players call for coach Brad Childress to be fired

11.10.10 at 1:43 pm ET
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According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, six players on the Vikings  have expressed their dislike of coach Brad Childress and their request that he be fired from his position. The players who expressed their feelings towards their coach were not named but made statements to the paper showing the team’s disapproval.

“We got too many good football players, and we won’t lay down like Dallas,” a player said.

“As much as I hate Childress, I will keep playing,” another player said.

The Vikings are 3-5 on the season and sitting third in the NFC North, just one year after playing in the NFC championship game. Minnesota travels to Chicago to face the 5-3 Bears this Sunday.

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