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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Scott Boras’ loans to Dominican baseball prospects questioned

11.23.10 at 7:14 am ET
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‘™¦ Elite agent Scott Boras is in the middle of a controversy involving baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic, and he could face sanctions from the Major League Baseball Players Association. Boras’ company allegedly provided tens of thousands of dollars in loans and payments to families of teenage prospects in an effort to secure them as clients. However, there are restrictions on such behavior, and it’s up to the players union to determine if Boras crossed the line. Stated a union spokesman: “This is a serious issue that raises concerns about the business practices of agents who have played a prominent role in the game.”

‘™¦ The Vikings finally fired coach Brad Childress on Monday. In the Minneapollis Star-Tribune, Sid Hartman writes that the problem is with the players, not the coach. At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole writes that it’s time to end the Brett Favre experiment, and it’s up to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to pull the plug.

‘™¦ In The Wall Street Journal, David Biderman explains how NBA players are cutting back on their expenses as they prepare for a potential work stoppage after this season.

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Giants WR Hakeem Nicks out at least three weeks

11.23.10 at 6:43 am ET
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Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to miss at least three weeks after being treated for Compartment Syndrome in his right leg. Nicks was injured Sunday night during New York’s 27-17 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia. When the leg swelled on Monday, he was immediately taken to The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There, doctors were scheduled to perform a fasciotomy, an emergency procedure in which the fascia (the tight covering over the muscles) is cut to relieve the pressure on nerves and blood vessels.

Nicks leads the Giants in catches (62), receiving yards (800) and touchdowns (9).

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Fanthropology: Harvard-Yale tailgate

11.23.10 at 12:12 am ET
By   |   Comments’s Jerry Thornton headed to Harvard Stadium to check out the scene before Saturday’s Harvard-Yale game. Here is his report.

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Vince Young to undergo season-ending surgery

11.22.10 at 6:03 pm ET
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Titans coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that quarterback Vince Young will require season-ending surgery to repair the flexor tendon on his right thumb. Young and Fisher had what was described as a heated exchange following a loss on Sunday that ended with Young throwing his shirt and shoulder pads into the stands.

After the game, according to the Tennessean, Fisher decided that no matter the extent of Young’s thumb injury, he would be benched in favor of rookie Rusty Smith. Titans owner Bud Adams told the Tennessean that Young and Fisher “are going to have to work together.”

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Richard Seymour fined $25,000 for smacking Ben Roethlisberger

11.22.10 at 6:01 pm ET
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Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour has been fined $25,000 by the league for smacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during Sunday’s 35-3 Steelers’ victory over Oakland.

After completing a pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Roethlisberger celebrated with tackle Flozell Adams. It was at that point that he appeared to say something to Seymour, who promptly slapped the quarterback and was tossed from the game.

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Athletics, Mariners, Tigers, Royals on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

11.22.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the four teams on Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton‘s no-trade list are the Athletics, Mariners, Tiger, and Royals. Rosenthal notes that the Mariners‘ presence on the list is noteworthy because Seattle has interest in acquiring the 23-year-old.

Upton, who was chosen with the first overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft, hit .273/.356/.442 with 17 homers and 69 RBI last season in 133 games. The Red Sox are among the teams interested in acquiring the young star, but a source told’s Rob Bradford recently that there was “nothing even close” regarding a deal for the player.

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Update: Toddler who died at Lakers game crawled out of parents’ sight

11.22.10 at 1:26 pm ET
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According to a blog post on The Los Angeles Times‘ website, the 2-year-old who fell to his death after the Lakers’ game at Staples Center on Sunday night had crawled out of his parents’ sight, and they were looking for him when they discovered he had fallen 50 feet.

The boy was identified as Lucas Anthony Tang, and he had been crawling around the suite during the game, a source told the Times.

The death was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s abused-child unit, a standard practice in situations such as this.

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Report: Lions RB Jahvid Best expected to miss Thanksgiving game vs. Patriots

11.22.10 at 1:05 pm ET
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Lions running back Jahvid Best, who has been plagued with turf toe in both feet, reportedly is a “long shot” to play on Thanksgiving against the Patriots, according to the Detroit News. Best made quite a splash into the league, scoring five touchdowns in his first two games while showing off a second gear only few players possess. But since suffering the injury in Week 3, Best has yet to consistently show any of the explosiveness he had originally flashed, and the pain reportedly is getting worse.

“This was different,” said Best, who had three carries for 2 yards and four catches for 15 yards in Sunday’s contest against the Cowboys. “It bothered me more this week, so my role was reduced. I just tried to go out there and make something happen.”

Despite his decreasing effectiveness and increasing pain, Best says he will do all he can to get on the field. “The kind of person I am, I never want to sit down,” the rookie said. “I always want to be in there. I am just going to get in the training room and hope for the best.”

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Report: Vikings fire Brad Childress, appoint Leslie Frazier interim coach

11.22.10 at 12:17 pm ET
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According to a report from, the Vikings fired coach Brad Childress on Monday and named Leslie Frazier interim coach. Frazier had been serving as the team’s defensive coordinator.

The Vikings are coming off a 31-3 humiliation at the hands of the Packers that dropped them to 3-7.

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Update: Toddler dies after fall from luxury suite at Lakers game

11.22.10 at 9:33 am ET
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A child believed to be 2 or 3 years old died after falling 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite following the Lakers-Warriors game Sunday, according to an Associated Press report. The boy fell from the third-level top tier of the luxury suites shortly after the Lakers beat the Warriors, 117-89, Sunday night. KTLA-TV reported that the child was believed to be taking pictures when he fell to the concrete floor. Witnesses said the boy was moving his arms legs and head before paramedics took him out on a stretcher and to a local hospital.

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