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Magic Johnson wants NFL team in Los Angeles

10.21.10 at 10:17 am ET
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Basketball legend Magic Johnson told the L.A. Times that he would be interested in bringing an NFL team back to Los Angeles, but hasn’t had any official talks with the league yet. Johnson recently sold his ownership stake in the Lakers and his Starbucks outlets, leading to speculation about his financial future.

The Times reported that Johnson, “Really, really wants the NFL to come back to L.A.” Johnson also refuted rumors that the Hall of Famer was interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers, or stakes in the Golden State Warriors or Detroit Pistons. He did say that he will “look at every opportunity” to become a majority owner of a professional sports team in the future.

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NFL policy change won’t stop Channing Crowder from helmet hits

10.21.10 at 8:30 am ET
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Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said Wednesday in an interview with reporters (including the Palm Beach Post) that if the NFL wants to stop helmet-to-helmet hits, then the league should eliminate helmets altogether. Crowder went on to add that the league gave him a helmet for a reason, and that he intends to use it and take whatever punishment the league hands out.

“If I get a chance to knock somebody out, I’m going to knock them out and take what they give me,” Crowder said. “They give me a helmet, I’m going to use it.”

The comments made by Crowder were sparked from an NFL policy change in an attempt to reduce hard helmet hits, which was the cause of several injuries over the weekend. To read the entire story click here.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mayo Clinic conference recommends banning head hits in hockey

10.21.10 at 7:31 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLS: Revolution at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ At a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in ice hockey, a panel recommended banning hits to the head at every level of the game ‘€” from youth to the NHL ‘€” and eliminating bodychecking under the age of 13. “The clock is ticking,” said conference co-organizer Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey and the father of three sons who have played in the NHL (including Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart). “If we say we need additional long-term injury research to validate any kind of recommendation, there will be a lot of athletes who’ll suffer.”

‘™¦ In the wake of the immediate and indefinite suspension handed out to Canucks forward Rick Rypien for pushing a fan, Wes Goldstein at CBSSports.com looks at hockey’s latest black eye.

‘™¦ At the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, Alex Koenig and Michael Owen attempt to distinguish if there is a correlation between dunking and winning in the NBA. Their conclusion is yes.

‘™¦ Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has been coming under heavy criticism in Chicago. David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune explains that Martz still has his sense of humor and patience.

‘™¦ In The Wall Street Journal, Darren Everson writes about college’s football’s “rising middle class,” with the likes of Michigan State, Missouri and Oklahoma State contributing to the parity across the country.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 21, 1975, the Red Sox won Game 6 of the World Series thanks to Carlton Fisk‘s home run in the 12th inning. The game also is remembered for Bernie Carbo‘s pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning that tied the game at 6. Which Red Sox player provided Boston with its other runs with his three-run home run in the first inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is a very emotional thing for James. He’s a very disciplined and regimented guy who’s passionate about the game of football. It bothers him maybe that he’s being perceived as a dirty player. He doesn’t desire to be. He simply wants to play the game and play it extremely well.” ‘€” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, after giving linebacker James Harrison the day off Wednesday because the player was upset about being fined for his hit to the helmet of a Browns receiver on Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 ‘€” Predicted finish for the BC men’s basketball team in the ACC preseason poll announced Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS: A fan at Yankee Stadium nearly douses Cal Ripken with a drink during the pregame show Tuesday.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Fred Lynn

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Manfred Mann is 70 Wednesday.

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Colts suspend Pat McAfee

10.20.10 at 5:51 pm ET
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The Indianapolis Colts suspended punter Pat McAfee for one game Wednesday, the same day he was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct after local police found him swimming in a canal. The team issued the following statement:

“After verifying the relevant facts, we today have suspended Pat McAfee for one game for conduct detrimental to the club. The suspension will take effect on Monday, October 25 and will run through the Houston game on Monday, November 1. We will have no further comment at this time.”

McAfee apparently went for a swim in a canal near the nightlife district and was found shirtless and soaking wet by police Wednesday morning. Police say McAfee’s blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving in most states, and that he admitted to being drunk before asking if he could walk home.

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Mark Teixeira taken off the postseason roster by the Yankees

10.20.10 at 2:55 pm ET
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The Yankees have taken first baseman Mark Teixiera off the postseason roster due to a strained right hamstring, replacing him with infielder Eduardo Nunez. Teixeira would now not be eligible for the World Series if the Yankees qualified. New York is currently in a 3-1 hole to the Rangers in the teams’ American League Championship Series. Teixeira told reporters the injury will need 6-8 weeks to heal. Lance Berkman will replace Teixeira at first base, with second baseman Robinson Cano moved up to the No. 3 spot in the Yankees’ batting order. For more on the story click here.

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Colts punter Pat McAfee released from jail after arrest for public drunkenness

10.20.10 at 2:49 pm ET
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Colts punter Pat McAfee was released from jail around noon on Wednesday after being arrested at about seven hours earlier on charges of public drunkenness. McAfee apparently went for a swim in a canal near the nightlife district and was discovered shirtless and soaking wet by Indianapolis police. Police say the player’s blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit for driving in most states, and that he admitted to being drunk before asking if he could walk home.

A woman in a car called police when she encountered the 23-year-old and was concerned for her safety. Before heading out on Tuesday, McAfee tweeted that he was planning to have a good time: “Bye week bye week bye week. Time to get some ish done. Happy Tuesday Party people.”

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Jenn Sterger hires lawyer in Brett Favre case

10.20.10 at 11:14 am ET
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Former Jets TV personality Jenn Sterger hired a Long Island law firm to adviser her and, in the words of lawyer Joseph Conway, “pursue any potential remedies that may exist” in the case of alleged sexual harassment by Brett Favre. Sterger has yet to meet with NFL investigators, and ESPN reports that the case could hit a dead end this week without her cooperation.

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Bill Parcells clears out office at Dolphins headquarters

10.20.10 at 11:08 am ET
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After giving up control of football operations to general manager Jeff Ireland shortly before the beginning of the 2010 NFL season, Bill Parcells has once again reduced his role with the team. Parcells cleared out his office and will no longer be working at the Dolphins team complex. However, the Dolphins say Parcells will continue as a consultant to Ireland and coach Tony Sparano.

“Whether he is physically here or not is really immaterial to the contributions that he will make on an ongoing basis,” Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee said Tuesday. “From the football operations point of view, it really is business as usual. Nothing has really changed.”

The Miami Herald is reporting that Parcells is referring to the situation as a “leave of absence” and that he plans to eventually come back to the Dolphins in some capacity. He has no intention of taking his services to another franchise at this time. Dee denied that the leave had anything to do with a rift or other issues between Parcells, owner Stephen Ross, Ireland and/or Sparano.

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Report: Knicks making progress on acquiring Carmelo Anthony

10.20.10 at 11:01 am ET
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According to Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com, the Knicks have made significant progress in the past few days in their efforts to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets. After the collapse of a four-team trade late last month between the Nuggets, Nets, Jazz and Bobcats, the Knicks made moves to get back in on the bidding for Anthony about two weeks ago. The small forward has been insistent with the Nuggets that he will not budge on his refusal to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension.

The Knicks have been eyeing Anthony since their failure to land LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh as free agents over the summer. The Knicks appear determined to add a second max-salary player to complement Amar’e Stoudemire. Sheridan’s source says the offers the Knicks have proposed center around packages that include Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick the Knicks would acquire from a third team. The Knicks also have softened their stance on including forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.

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NFL admits error in selling photos of illegal hits by Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison

10.20.10 at 10:42 am ET
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The NFL admitted it was a mistake to allow photos of illegal hits from Sunday’s games to be sold at NFL.com. Pictures of hits by Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather and Steelers linebacker James Harrison, which resulted in fines of $50,000 and $75,000, respectively, were made available by an outside vendor that used an automated process, the league said.

“We regret mistake,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Wednesday. “Those photos will be removed ASAP & we will ensure no photos of illegal plays r available again.”

Meanwhile, Harrison indicated he plans to appeal his fine, and he questioned if he could continue playing in the league following the “travesty” of his punishment.

“The way that things were being explained to me [Tuesday] and the reasoning for it, I don’t feel I can continue to play and be effective, and, like I say, not have to worry about injuring someone else or risking injury to myself,” Harrison said in a Fox Sports Radio interview Tuesday, adding, “I’m going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach [Wednesday] and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective. If not, I may have to give up playing football.”

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