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Former Dolphin Zach Thomas says Jets sideline incident was ‘orchestrated’

12.15.10 at 3:04 pm ET
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Former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas said on Miami’s WQAM radio on Tuesday that he thought the Jets coaching staff orchestrated the whole ‘€œtripping on the sideline’€ incident, and that there was more to the story than was originally reported. Thomas said that he believes that Sal Alosi, the strength and conditioning coach, was ordered to stand as close to the sideline as possible to obstruct any player coming down the sideline.

Alosi tripped Dolphins rookie Nolan Carroll on a punt coverage as he ran down the Jets sideline. Alosi was suspended indefinitely by the organization and fined $25,000. Thomas said the fact that six members of the organization were standing toe-to-toe as close to the sideline as allowed had to be intentional, and probably ordered.

‘€œThey had to be ordered to stand there because they’€™re foot-to-foot,’€ Thomas said. ‘€œThey’€™re only out there to restrict the space of the gunner.’€ The gunner is the outside player on punt coverage that sometimes gets blocked out of bounds.

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New York Jets suspend Sal Alosi indefinitely

12.15.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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The New York Jets on Wednesday suspended strength coach Sal Alosi indefinitely after learning that he instructed five players to form a wall before Alosi tripped Miami gunner Nolan Carroll.

“Over the last day as we continued our investigation we discovered some new information,” said New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum. “The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were forcing the gunner in the game to run around them. Based on that new information we’ve suspended Sal indefinitely, pending further review.”

Tannenbaum told reporters Wednesday that Alosi – who was fined $25,000 on Monday – acted alone and could lose his job for his actions.

“All options are certainly on the table we’re going to complete the review and get all the information,” Tannenbaum said. “Mike Westhoff was not involved, Rex Ryan was not involved, but we just want to be thorough and get all the information.”

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With season all but over, Broncos could give Tim Tebow more playing time

12.15.10 at 2:49 pm ET
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With playoff hopes gone and the season all but over for the 3-10 Broncos, it’€™s a possibility that interim coach Eric Studesville would consider giving rookie quarterback Tim Tebow more snaps and game experience, the Denver Post reports. Studesville said on Monday that he and the offensive coaching staff will determine this week how they distribute the number of snaps Tebow, current starter Kyle Orton and backup Brady Quinn get in practice.

‘€œWe are not going to just throw him in without preparing him to do it,’€ Studesville told the Post. ‘€œBut we haven’€™t made those decisions [yet].’€

Tebow estimated on Monday that in a regular week of practice he receives about 5 percent of the snaps in goal-line and short-yardage situations. The Broncos take on the Raiders in Oakland this Sunday. The Raiders are seventh in the NFL in pass defense, giving up 202.5 yards per game through the air.

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Michael Vick lands first commercial endorsement since release from prison

12.15.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick landed his first commercial endorsement since his release from federal prison on dog fighting charges. The ad endorsement is with Woodbury Nissan, USA Today reports.

The commercial shows Vick running around the showroom in his No. 7 Eagles jersey, assisting showroom dealers and aiding in signing deals, as well as giving mock press conferences.

Executive manager of the dealership Tom McMenamin said that it is ‘€œ100 percent Vick’€™s first endorsement since he was released from prison.’€

Vick leads all voting in the Pro Bowl ballots. Vick has thrown for 2,513 yards and 17 touchdowns this season with a 104.3 passer rating.

Here’s the video of Vick’s commercial endorsement.

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Colt McCoy could start for Browns on Sunday

12.15.10 at 1:03 pm ET
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Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will take first-team snaps in practice Wednesday and could start against the Bengals on Sunday. McCoy hasn’t played in three weeks since sustaining a high ankle sprain on Nov. 21 against the Jaguars. Coach Eric Mangini wants to see how McCoy looks Wednesday before naming him or Jake Delhomme as the starter for Week 15. McCoy is 2-3 as a starter and Delhomme passed for just 86 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Mangini said he will announce his choice on Thursday.

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Bulls concerned about Joakim Noah’s hand

12.15.10 at 12:47 pm ET
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The Bulls are concerned there may be ligament damage in center Joakim Noah‘s right thumb. General manager Gar Forman told ESPNChicago.com before Wednesday morning’s shootaround that the Bulls are still evaluating the situation and Noah will be re-examined once he returns to Chicago on Thursday. If an examination reveals the need for surgery, Noah would most likely be out for a minimum of eight weeks.

Noah originally hurt the thumb back on Nov. 27 in a 96-85 win over the Kings, and he tweaked it again in a 119-116 win over the Rockets on Dec. 4.

When asked specifically on Wednesday if there was any structural damage in his thumb, Noah said: “I’m not sure yet. We’ll find out [Wednesday night].”

Noah, who has been averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds, is expected to still play Wednesday against the Raptors.

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Giants receiver Steve Smith out for rest of season

12.15.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Giants receiver Steve Smith is out for the rest of the season with an injury to his left knee. Smith was tackled from behind in the 21-3 win over the Vikings on Monday night, and an MRI on Tuesday revealed injury to the articular cartilage. The Giants announced Wednesday that Smith will need season-ending surgery on the knee. The Monday night game was Smith’s first after missing the previous four with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle. The fourth-year receiver had 48 catches this season for 529 yards.

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Bills place WR Lee Evans on IR

12.15.10 at 11:38 am ET
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Bills wide receiver Lee Evans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after sustaining a sprained ankle in the 13-6 win over the Browns. Evans was hurt in the second quarter when attempting to hold off a defender from catching Jonathan Stupar from behind. Evans appeared to trip over his teammate’s leg and fell awkwardly onto the field.

The former first-round pick had a disappointing season, finishing with a career low 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns. Part of the reason for Evans’ diminished role this season has been the emergence of Stevie Johnson, who leads the team with 66 receptions for 874 yards and nine touchdowns.

Evans is the second Bills receiver to have his season cut short because of an injury, as Roscoe Parrish has been out since breaking his wrist in a loss to Chicago in Toronto on Nov. 7. The Bills also placed tight end Shawn Nelson on the reserve, non-football injury/illness list because of migraine headaches. The team’s receiving corps now consists of Johnson and undrafted free agents David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt. The Bills (3-10) play at the Dolphins (7-6) on Sunday.

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Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight likely to happen May 7

12.15.10 at 11:09 am ET
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Eight-division king Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 7 in an HBO pay-per-view televised bout from Las Vegas, the fighter’s adviser Michael Koncz told AOL’s FanHouse on Tuesday. “I’m assuming that it will be at the MGM,” Koncz said, “but all that we’ve talked about is having it in Las Vegas. Which casino, I don’t know.” The 32-year-old Pacquiao is 9-1-1, with seven knockouts overall in Las Vegas, and 4-1-1 at MGM.

Aside from six-time champion Floyd Mayweather, with whom negotiations for a fight with Pacquiao have twice reached an impasse, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has indicated that his top choices for Pacquiao’s opponents are five-time champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley, WBO and WBA lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez and WBC welterweight belt-holder Andre Berto. Arum left for the Philippines on Sunday to present the three proposals to Pacquia and Koncz for consideration, with a decision expected to be made no later than Dec. 19. The 39-year-old Mosley told FanHouse on Monday that he believed that he would fight next against Pacquiao, and both Arum and Koncz have indicated that they would suggest Mosley to Pacquiao as his most beneficial adversary, economically.

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Video: Florida HS basketball player attacks referee

12.15.10 at 10:34 am ET
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A player for Desoto County High School in Arcadia, Fla., took his frustrations out on the referee on Tuesday, picking up the official and throwing him to the ground. The player had been assessed a technical foul and thrown out of the game following a push on an opposing player. The game was forfeited following the incident.

Here’s the video. Skip to the 1:20 mark and follow the player in white who inbounds the ball.

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