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Reports: Michigan fires football coach Rich Rodriguez

01.05.11 at 11:27 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, the University of Michigan fired football coach Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday morning. The school released a statement saying athletic director Dave Brandon will discuss the state of the program at 12:30.

Rodriguez has a 15-22 record in three seasons in Ann Arbor.

Meanwhile, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he does not think his brother, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will return to his alma mater as coach.

“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” John Harbaugh said Tuesday night on his Baltimore radio show. “I think the Michigan thing is done now. I don’t think he’s interested in doing that, which is hard for him because he loves Michigan. But it says a lot about Stanford, and we’ll just see what happens.”

Jim Harbaugh also has been mentioned in connection with most of the openings in the NFL.

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls Lakers coach Phil Jackson a ‘boy-toy’

01.05.11 at 11:05 am ET
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did not take kindly to Phil Jackson‘s analysis of Dallas forward Caron Butler‘s season-ending knee injury.

“He just leaves a vacuum that’s going to be very hard for them to fill,” Jackson had said in a Los Angeles Times article.

On Tuesday, Cuban responded with a comment that poked fun at Jackson’s romantic relationship with Jeanie Buss, who is the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and the team’s executive vice president of business operations.

“I love that Jeanie Buss’ boy-toy had something to say about us,” Cuban said. “I don’t know if it was his thought or Jeanie’s thought, but it’s nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams.”

When informed of Cuban’s comments, Jackson replied: “Mark must be really worried. If he’s got to comment on that, he must be really worried.”

Added the 65-year-old Jackson about the boy-toy reference: “I love it. I consider myself an old man, to hear that I’m a boy-toy? That’s terrific.”

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Bengals’ Jerome Simpson clarifies Terrell Suggs incident

01.05.11 at 10:38 am ET
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On Sunday, Terrell Suggs smacked Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson in the face as Simpson was handing Suggs his helmet after a play in Baltimore’s 13-7 victory. Explained Suggs, a noted Patriots-hater, after the game: “He came saying Tom Brady was his favorite quarterback.”

Simpson had a different take on the situation, and it does not include a mention of Brady.

“Those guys were chirping all night,” Simpson said Monday. “It was mostly Suggs. I don’t know why. He was telling me I’d be out of the league next year. He said he had more catches than me. It was all in fun.”

Simpson finished the day with 12 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, although he did have two fumbles, including one that led to a Ravens touchdown.

On the play leading up to the confrontation (watch the video here), Suggs was demolished on a block by Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who pushed Suggs back, knocked off his helmet, flattened him and then landed on top of him. While Suggs was on all fours, Simpson picked up Suggs’€™ helmet and handed it to him. Suggs got up and landed a hard right hand to Simpson’€™s facemask.

“I was going to give him his helmet,” Simpson explained. “I said, ‘€˜He got you on the ground.’ He got mad and hit me with his right arm. It landed, but it didn’t faze me.”

Simpson implored the referees to throw a flag, but Suggs wasn’t penalized.

“I said, ‘€˜Look, he blatantly hit me,’ ” Simpson said. “But that’s OK.”

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ESPN fires announcer Ron Franklin after sexist comment

01.05.11 at 10:13 am ET
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Play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin was fired by ESPN after his sexist comment toward a sideline reporter led to his being pulled from the network’s radio broadcast of Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl.

Franklin reportedly called Jeannine Edwards “sweet baby” (original reported as “sweetcakes”) in a production meeting and then swore at her when she objected.

Franklin, 62, had called games for ESPN since 1987. He reportedly referred to another sideline reporter, Holly Rowe, as “sweetheart” during a 2005 broadcast and later apologized.

In a statement Monday prior to the announcement Franklin had been terminated, ESPN said, “We’re not going to get into specifics other than to say adhering to our personal-conduct policies and showing respect for colleagues are of the utmost importance to our company and we take them extremely seriously.”

The network issued a statement from Franklin that said: “I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

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Report: Dolphins reach out to Bill Cowher, Jim Harbaugh

01.05.11 at 8:35 am ET
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Despite the fact that Tony Sparano still is coach of the team, the Dolphins have reached out to Bill Cowher and Jim Harbaugh, according to a Miami Herald report.

ESPN previously reported that Cowher has the Dolphins at the top of his wish list and that the former Steelers coach is willing to return to the NFL after four years in broadcasting if he finds the right fit. Reportedly, his list includes the Giants and Texans, both of whom decided this week to retain their coaches.

Harbaugh returned to the Bay Area from Miami on Tuesday after coaching Stanford to a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ron Artest confronts Lakers coach Phil Jackson

01.05.11 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Spurs at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ Ron Artest has tried to be on his behavior since joining the Lakers last season. On Tuesday, Lakers coach Phil Jackson confirmed that Artest reverted to his old ways recently, confronting the coach at a recent practice because he felt Jackson was embarrassing him in public.

Artest was not pleased that news of the incident was leaked. “I’ve worked too hard to have something like this come out,” Artest said Tuesday, prior to the Lakers’ win over the Pistons. “My image is very important to me ‘€” whatever image I have left ‘€” and this hurts, this really hurts.”

Added Artest, who apologized to the team for the confrontation: “I’ve tried so hard not to be part of any controversy, not to be part of any conflict, for this to come out now, that’s weird, and it’s really hard.”

Shortly after Tuesday’s game, Artest followed through on his promise to auction off his 2010 NBA championship ring, with the proceeds going to a mental health charity.

That wasn’t the only NBA team problem to be revealed this week. Former Celtic Tony Allen and Grizzlies teammate O.J. Mayo had an incident on a team plane Monday after gambling on a card game, and Mayo missed Memphis’ game Tuesday night reportedly because of it.

‘™¦ The NFL playoffs start this weekend, and with that comes the new overtimes rules. At, Steve Wyche takes a look at the new system, which allows the other team to get a possession if the first team scores a field goal on the opening drive.

‘™¦ With Eric Mangini fired as coach of the Browns, Clark Judge at talks to Mangini and finds a coach who is confident he had things turned around in Cleveland.

‘™¦ Voting for baseball’s Hall of Fame is Wednesday. Tyler Kepner in The New York Times writes that it’s not fair to leave off Jeff Bagwell based on assumptions but no proof that he used steroids.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 5, 1974, which Bruin became the oldest player in NHL history to score four goals in a game when he led the B’s to a 6-2 victory over the Islanders?

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Grizzlies Tony Allen, O.J. Mayo reportedly fight after card game

01.05.11 at 6:47 am ET
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According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Grizzlies teammates Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo brawled Monday following a card game on a team flight, and the team later confirmed a “brief altercation” occurred.

The pair reportedly had been playing “Boo-Ray” ‘€” the same game that led to the gun incident involving then-Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas last season. Mayo became belligerent and antagonistic after losing money to Allen and being asked to pay up.

‘€œTony warned [Mayo] to watch his mouth, and [Mayo] wouldn’€™t do it and just kept going off on him,’€ a source told Yahoo! Sports.

Mayo missed Tuesday’s 110-105 victory over the Thunder with what the team said was bronchitis, although sources told Yahoo! his absence was connected to the fight.

Allen, the former Celtic, replaced Mayo in the lineup and scored 19 points.

The two players reportedly talked on Monday and Tuesday and expressed regret about the incident.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace released a statement, admitting a ‘€œbrief altercation’€ took place. ‘€œThe club considers the matter closed and will not comment further,’€ Wallace said.

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No decision yet on Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez

01.05.11 at 6:35 am ET
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Despite rumors to the contrary Tuesday, the University of Michigan has not fired football coach Rich Rodriguez.

According to an Associated Press report, Rodriguez met Tuesday with athletic director Dave Brandon and the two were expected to meet again Wednesday morning to discuss the coach’s future in Ann Arbor.

Rodriguez is 15-22 in three seasons guiding the Wolverines.

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Marvin Lewis to return to Bengals

01.04.11 at 3:54 pm ET
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With the Bengals coming off a 4-12 season and earning the fourth overall pick in the coming NFL draft, the team has re-signed head coach Marvin Lewis.

In eight seasons with the Bengals, Lewis has led the team to a record better than .500 just twice, and the team has lost both of its playoff games under him.

The team had announced on its twitter account earlier on Tuesday that the sides had not reached an agreement to bring Lewis back, while ESPN reported talks had hit a snag. With his return to the Bengals, Lewis is now the league’s fourth-longest tenured coach, behind Jeff Fisher, Andy Reid, and Bill Belichick. Patriots reporter – and Cincinnati native – Mike Petraglia grew up with the Bengals and has his own unique perspective on how the Bengals could become the Patriots.

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Report: Michigan fires Rich Rodriguez

01.04.11 at 3:43 pm ET
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The Detroit Free-Press is reporting that Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has decided to fire football coach Rich Rodriguez after three seasons in which Rodriguez went 15-22 and 6-18 in Big 10 play. He also lost three all games against Ohio State and was at the helm for two losing seasons and the end of Michigan’s consecutive bowl-game streak, which had run from 1975-2008. When Rodriguez did make a bowl game, this year’s Gator Bowl, the Wolverines suffered their worst bowl loss in school history, 52-14.

Early speculation on possible replacements includes former Michigan quarterback, and current Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh (although the Free-Press also reported that Harbaugh wasn’t likely to take the job) San Diego State coach Brady Hoke and LSU coach Les Miles.

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