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Report: Mariners to name Eric Wedge as their manager

10.15.10 at 5:16 pm ET
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The Seattle Mariners will hire Eric Wedge to become their manager, SI.om reports.

Wedge was the manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009. He garnered the MLB Manager of the Year Award for the American League in 2007 after leading the Indians to a 96-66 record and the Central Division Title. The Indians team beat the Yankees to win the ALDS but lost to the Red Sox in a seven-game series. In Sept. 2009, the Indians announced that Wedge would not return to the team for the 2010 season, the final year of his contract. Wedge’€™s managerial record is 561-573 over his seven seasons with the Indians.

Wedge, 42, will be called on to revive a talented Mariners team that many analysts predicted prior to 2010 would reach the postseason. The Mariners under-performed expectations and finished the season with a 61-101 record, the second-worst record in the major leagues.

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Eagles to start Kevin Kolb; Michael Vick still unavailable

10.15.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb will start for Philadelphia in Sunday’€™s match up against the Falcons, ESPN reports. Coach Andy Reid made the announcement after it became clear that quarterback Michael Vick was unable to return to the starting lineup. Vick practiced with the scout team Friday but the former Pro Bowl quarterback will be unable to play for the second straight week after an injury to his ribs.

Vick suffered damage to his rib cartilage during the first half of a Week 4 loss to the Redskins in Donovan McNabb‘€™s anticipated return to Philadelphia. Kolb entered the season as the team’€™s starter until he suffered a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the Packers. With Vick at the helm, the Eagles won two straight games thanks to superb play by Vick.

Kolb performed well in last week’€™s win over the 49ers by going 21-for-31 with 253 yards passing, one touchdown, and a 103.3 passer rating. The timetable of Vick’€™s return is still unknown. The Eagles will play the Titans next week, followed by a Week 7 bye.

The report also ruled out left tackle Jason Peters (knee) and defensive tackled Brodrick Bunkley (elbow).

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Green Bay Packers Injury Report: Aaron Rodgers in, Morgan Barnett out

10.15.10 at 3:22 pm ET
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The Packers entered 2010 as a popular pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl while boasting a potent passing attack and a relentless defense led by coordinator Dom Capers. Five weeks into the regular season, the Packers are missing some key personnel thanks to early injuries. Starting running back Ryan Grant was placed on injured reserve after a Week 1 game against the Eagles left him with a season ending ankle injury. Starting safety Morgan Burnett was also placed on IR after suffering a torn ACL in Week 4.

The most recent addition to the Packers’ injured reserve is Nick Barnett who underwent surgery to repair an injured wrist, reports FanHouse. Coaches and doctors had been optimistic for Barnett’s return in 2o10 but his placement on injured reserve means that Barnett will miss the entire season for Green Bay.

If injuries to key players on offense and defense wasn’t enough, the Packers are still waiting to hear if starting tight end Jermichael Finley will be able to return to the team after suffering a knee injury against the Redskins. Finley had emerged as one of quarterback Aaron Rodgerstop targets with 21 receptions for 301 yards and one touchdown through the first four weeks of the season. Reports have indicated that Finley’s injury is more serious than originally though, which could mean the tight end is the next addition to the Packers’ injured reserve list.

Rogers received a concussion at the end of the 16-13 loss to the Redskins. It was the first concussion of Rogers’ career. Rogers passed all the concussion tests this week and participated in full practice on Friday, reports ESPN. Coach Mike McCarthy ruled the 26-year-old quarterback as probable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Other injury reports for Sunday’s game include right tackle Mark Tauscher (knee), linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder), and linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) who are all doubtful to play against the Dolphins.

Defensive linemen Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Mike Neal (shoulder) are questionable for the Packers as well.

Luckily for the Packers, Rogers is not the only injured player expected to return to the team against the Dolphins. Wide receiver Donald Driver, defensive end Cullen Jenkins (hamstring and hand), tackle Chad Clifton (knee), cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) and tight end Donald Lee (chest) are all probable for Sunday.

The Packers are 3-2, second in the NFC North behind the Bears.

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Bobcats waive Javaris Crittenton

10.15.10 at 2:06 pm ET
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Bobcats guard Javaris Crittenton was waived by the team on Friday. The 22-year-old from Georgia Tech was the 19th overall pick in the 2007 draft when he was selected by the Lakers. Crittenton was part of the Lakers’ trade to bring center Pau Gasol to LA in 2008. Crittendon spent time on the Grizzlies and Wizards as well.

Crittenton is probably best known for drawing guns with then-teammate Gilbert Arenas during an argument about gambling debts when both players were on the Wizards. Both Arenas and Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the season by commissioner David Stern.

The Bobcats signed Crittenton to a non-guaranteed contract on Sept. 22.

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Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis ticketed for speeding

10.15.10 at 2:05 pm ET
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All-star cornerback Darelle Revis was ticketed for speeding on Thursday morning in Livingston, N.J., while on his way to the team’s training facilities. The Star-Ledger reports that Revis was traveling at a speed of 81 mph in a 40 mph zone. Revis also was ticketed for reckless driving. Because of his excessive speed, the Jets cornerback is required to appear in court.

Revis’ court appearance is scheduled Nov. 4 at 9 a.m., however he is able to waive his first appearance if he decides to hire a lawyer. The report confirmed the citations with Livingston Police Captain Jefferey Payne, who described the citations as “uneventful.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan announced that Revis will travel with the team for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Revis (hamstring) played last week against the Vikings but is unsure of his status for Sunday. Linebacker Calvin Pace (foot) also will travel with the team although his status is uncertain as well.

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Reports: Antwan Odum suspended four games

10.15.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Bengals defensive end Antwan Odum began the season with a four-game suspension hanging over his head after testing positive for a banned substance. Odom refuted the charges and filed an appeal. Adam Schefter and others have reported that Odum has indeed been suspended without pay for four games. The Bengals have a bye week and then play Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.

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Brett Favre practices, likely to start

10.15.10 at 10:33 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre returned to practice Thursday and is likely to start Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Favre has suggested earlier in the week that he would be open to sitting out the game, and ending his record 289-game starting streak, if the time off would help heal the tendinitis in his elbow. Favre sat out Wednesday’s practice, putting his status in doubt.

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Gene Keady returns, as an assistant

10.15.10 at 10:27 am ET
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New St. John’s coach Steve Lavin once worked for Gene Keady, he of the legendary hair, while Keady was the head man at Purdue. Now, Lavin is bringing Keady to his staff to serve as “executive assistant.”

The 74-year-old Keady will provide Lavin with some X’s and O’s credibility, something that was in short supply while Lavin was the coach at UCLA, but will it be enough to make St. John’s fans forget Lou Carnesecca’s sweaters?

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Colt McCoy named Browns starter

10.15.10 at 10:16 am ET
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Congratulations, Colt McCoy. You’ve been named the Browns starting quarterback for the first time in your career. The bad news? You get to face the Steelers. It’s not an optimal situation for the rookie from Texas who was supposed to have the NFL equivalent of a “redshirt” season according to Browns president Mike Holmgren, but injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace hastened McCoy’s rise up the depth chart.

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Tweets of the Week: Brett Favre front and center

10.15.10 at 8:49 am ET
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This is the first edition of Tweets of the Week, where we’ll highlight the events of the past seven days with the funniest and most interesting tweets.

With a week full of drama and intrigue, from Brett Favre‘s alleged sexual harassment to a questionable report of a Tom Brady-Randy Moss feud and Deion Branch‘s return to New England, those in the Twitter world were busy this week weighing in with their reactions. Even the Columbus Day holiday elicited some interesting responses.

Brett Favre

The Vikings quarterback had quite the brutal week. From allegations that he sent naughty text messages to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger to losing on Monday Night Football and his lingering elbow tendinitis, this is a week Favre will want to forget.

JPosnanski Joe Posnanski: This lightning delay can only mean one thing: God has not heard enough about Randy Moss and Brett Favre yet.

sportsguy33 Bill Simmons: Jaws: ‘€œThey’€™re reeling right now from Brett Favre’€™s assault.’€ This game might break the all-time double entendre record.

kirkmin Kirk Minihane: To be fair, this is the best game I can recall a QB playing four days after pictures of his genitals were shown on Deadspin.

rainnwilson Rainn Wilson: Brett Favre texted me explicit pictures of his enormous ego. Read the rest of this entry »

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