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Mets’ manager search continues

11.12.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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The Mets have slowly evaluated their pool of potential replacements for manager Jerry Manuel, and three candidates have emerged prominently: Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin. Third base coach Chip Hale and ex-Met Jose Oquendo are also possible candidates.

General manager Sandy Alderson and the rest of the Mets organization have already conducted first-round interviews with multiple candidates including bench coach Dave Jauss, former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and Class-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman.

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Updates on Vikings WRs Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin

11.12.10 at 1:17 pm ET
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After he was away visiting doctors the past two days due to migraines, Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin returned to Winter Park on Friday. ESPN Twin Cities columnist Tom Pelissero tweets that there “doesn’t sound like there’s any additional concern about the latest flare-up with Percy Harvin’s migraines,” and that he “should play on Sunday.” Pelissero also noted that Harvin was practicing Friday.

Also practicing Friday was Sidney Rice, who has yet to play this season due to hip surgery. This comes a day after coach Brad Childress said Rice had “practiced very hard” on Thursday, noting he would “be interested to watch him come back again tomorrow.” Even if Rice returns on Sunday, his snaps would likely be limited as the team eases him into game action.

Harvin has a team-high 40 catches for 519 yards, inheriting the lead receiver role in Rice’s absence.

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Giants WR Steve Smith not at practice, Sunday status in doubt

11.12.10 at 1:15 pm ET
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New York Post beat writer Paul Schwartz tweeted that wide receiver Steve Smith was not at Friday’s practice, and that “He’s not playing Sunday vs. the Cowboys.” Smith has missed time with a pectoral strain. This echoes Star-Ledger beat writer Mike Garafolo‘s earlier tweet that Smith will likely miss a game or two. Garafolo added that the strain “isn’t great but not terrible.”

Smith led the Giants in receiving last season but has since taken a back seat to Hakeem Nicks. Fantasy-wise, Mario Manningham will fill in for Smith and becomes a quality WR2 against a Cowboys defense that has surrendered 18 passing touchdowns this season and appears to have given up.

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Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with broken hand

11.12.10 at 12:31 pm ET
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The Lightning will be without captain Vincent Lecavalier for the next 3-4 weeks after he broke his hand in Thursday’s contest against the Capitals. The break occurred in the upper portion of the hand, near the knuckle of the index finger. Coach Gary Boucher indicated that he did not know whether the fracture would require surgery.

Lecavalier continued playing into the second period, skating for nine shifts, until he could no longer grip his stick. The first overall pick in the 1998 draft has nine points in 10 games this season (three goals, six assists).

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Report: Broncos LB D.J. Williams arrested for DUI

11.12.10 at 12:25 pm ET
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According to thedenverchannel.com, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Williams reportedly was driving a Hummer when he was pulled over at 2:50 a.m. at Broadway and 9th Avenue, and he was arrested at the scene.

Police turned the case over to the Denver district attorney’s office to determine whether or not the linebacker should be charged. This is Williams’ second arrest for DUI in Denver, his first coming in 2005.

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Report: Eagles want Michael Vick in ’11 and beyond

11.12.10 at 11:54 am ET
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Amidst a crazy quarterback carousel this season, the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News reports that there are indications the Eagles “want Michael Vick for next season and beyond.” Depsite the team’s interest in the dual-threat quarterback, there have been no official contract discussions yet. In the next few weeks, the Eagles reportedly will meet internally to discuss Vick’s future, as well as any other player they would like to extend or re-sign.

If the team can’t lock something up with Vick midseason, he would become one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. His 105.3 passer rating tops the league, and the team has won every game in which Vick has played all four quarters. Plus, turnovers, one of the biggest complaints about Vick’s game, have not been a concern with the quarterback this year ‘€” he has not thrown a pick in his last 154 attempts, despite flinging plenty of deep balls.

Still, even if he hits the market, Vick suggested he’d lean toward Philadelphia due to its loyalty during tough times. “I think so,” he said. “When nobody else wanted me, they did. I definitely have to take that into consideration when it’s time to make a decision on something.”

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman ‘impressed’ after meeting with Cliff Lee

11.12.10 at 11:43 am ET
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After meeting with pitching ace Cliff Lee in Arkansas, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was reportedly “impressed” with the prize of this year’s free agent market. Cashman believes Lee would fit perfectly in New York’s high-pressure environment.

“That was a question I thought he probably answered when he went from Cleveland to Philly,” Cashman said of the 2009 trade in which Lee was sent to the Phillies. “He was phenomenal in a big market, big stage, World Series, all that stuff. Nothing affected him. He seems like a pretty steady person. If healthy, I think he’ll be fine.”

Although no offer has been extended yet, Cashman’s comments suggest it is forthcoming.

“Although it’s the first time I’ve met him, I’ve seen enough of his interviews,” Cashman said. “He’s the same guy. Pretty easy demeanor, just seemed like a great guy that’s not very excitable. Excellent at what he does, knows what he wants to do, wants to put his family in the best position possible, wants to be happy, wants to be successful and wants to be part of a winner.”

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Brett Favre insists he will not play in 2011

11.12.10 at 8:52 am ET
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In an interview that will air in its entirety on Sunday on the NFL Network, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reiterated that he will not return for a 21st season in 2011.

“No,” said Favre, when asked about a potential return next season. This echoed his sentiment from the summer when Favre stated, “I can promise you this: Not that I have ever set out as a goal to play 20 years, it’s 20 years and I’m done. This is the last year of my contract.”

Most recently, Favre passed for a career-best 446 yards in the Vikings’ comeback victory against the Cardinals last week. Yet, the Vikings are 3-5 headed into an important NFC North game at Chicago Sunday. Still, Favre is focused on recovering from the slow start and making the playoffs in his “final” year.

“That’s my goal,” said Favre, when asked by the NFL Network if the postseason was a possibility. “But I am thinking we have to win this game and that gives us hope for the next one. Small step right now.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets staffers join in on pushup punishment

11.12.10 at 7:33 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 FRIDAY:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups ‘€” 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday’s practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. “In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him,” explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.

‘™¦ At the National Football Post, Jack Bechta explains why voting for the Pro Bowl is so flawed, and he uses Wes Welker as an example.

‘™¦ Former NBA star Allen Iverson arrived in Turkey this week and is being treated adoringly. In The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon looks at Iverson’s situation and wonders how good a fit it will be.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history at the age of 16 years, 11 months?

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Officer won’t be disciplined after asking for Ray Rice’s autograph

11.12.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Baltimore county police say they won’t discipline an officer who, after stopping Ravens running back Ray Rice for the tint on his vehicle’s windshield, asked for Rice’s autograph, The Associated Press reports. Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough said that investigators found Rice was not given special treatment.

Rice had tweeted that he had gotten out of a ticket in exchange for an autograph, then retracted the post, saying that the tweet had been poorly worded. McCullough said that the officer who stopped Rice gave him a verbal warning about the windshield tint.

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