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Report: Auburn’s Cam Newton admitted pay-for-play plan

11.10.10 at 6:31 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father admitted in phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited last year.

Another source said the current Heisman Trophy favorite called another recruiter to say that his father, Cecil Newton, chose Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”

Cecil Newton denied comment Tuesday night but told the allegations are a “witch hunt.”

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Free agent Carl Crawford ‘just kind of waiting’

11.09.10 at 10:19 pm ET
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Free agent outfielder Carl Crawford, who on Tuesday became the first American League left fielder since Rickey Henderson in 1981 to win a Gold Glove, told reporters on the conference call to discuss the award that there was little to report in terms of his talks with suitors.

‘€œJust kind of waiting around to see what happens,’€ he told reporters (as relayed by the Tampa Tribune). ‘€œMy agent hasn’€™t told me anything yet, so we’€™re not rushing. We’€™re just kind of sitting back waiting.’€

Crawford is expected to be pursued by several clubs, including the Red Sox and Angels. (Jon Heyman of reported via Twitter that the Sox have expressed interest in Crawford.) While the Yankees feel that their current offensive and defensive outfield alignment offers more than adequate production, it is possible that New York could make a play for Crawford, especially if they fail to land pitcher Cliff Lee.

Crawford hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with a career-high 19 homers and 90 RBI this year.

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Ex-Patriots Wheatley, McKenzie land with new clubs

11.09.10 at 9:40 pm ET
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A pair of ex-Patriots have landed in new destinations.

Cornerback Terrence Wheatley, who was waived on Saturday, was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2008 second-rounder was inactive for six games this season, and started just one game in his Patriots career.

Meanwhile, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a 2009 third-rounder who was released from the practice squad this weekend, joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Boston Globe reported.

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Report: Six teams inquire on Victor Martinez

11.09.10 at 9:20 pm ET
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According to the Boston Globe, six teams (including the Red Sox) have expressed interest in free agent catcher Victor Martinez. The 31-year-old (who turns 32 next month) is a free agent for the first time in his career. While he said on numerous occasions this season that he would be happy to return to the Red Sox, he also made clear that he was looking for more than the two years that the Sox offered during the season.

Martinez, a four-time All-Star, hit .302/.351/.493/.844 with 20 homers in 2010, despite missing a month due to a broken left thumb. Questions about whether he can remain at catcher for the long-term hover over the kind of contract that he will be offered in free agency.

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Falcons receiver Roddy White says he will play despite injury

11.09.10 at 6:18 pm ET
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Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said Tuesday that he will play Thursday night against the Ravens, despite a knee injury. White sustained a bruised right knee in the second quarter of the Falcons 27-21 win over the Buccaneers Sunday.

He did not practice Monday or Tuesday, but did not show any signs of a limp in the locker room Tuesday. The Falcons leading receiver, left the game twice due to the injury, before finishing out the game with four receptions for 49 yards.

“I came down kind of funny,” White told NFL.Com.  “[The medical staff] did some good things for me, put my brace and just see if I can go. I went out there and didn’t feel much pain, so I kept going.”

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AL Gold Gloves announced: Ichiro, Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer head the list

11.09.10 at 5:43 pm ET
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Ichiro Suzuki earned his 10th straight Gold Glove Award, Derek Jeter received his fifth overall, and three new players were rewarded when the awards were announced by Rawlings Tuesday.

Other repeat winners include: Twins catcher Joe Mauer (3rd),  Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (2nd straight, fourth overall), White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle (2nd) and Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (2nd).

First-time winners include: free agent outfielder Carl Crawford, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.

With his 10th award, Ichiro is now tied with Ken Griffey Jr., Al Kaline and Torii Hunter for most  Gold Gloves won by an AL outfielder. The only player with more outfield Gold Gloves is Roberto Clemente, with 12.

Jeter earned his second consecutive award at shortstop. Only four shortstops have more Gold Glove awards than Jeter, including Ozzie Smith, Omar Vizquel and Luis Aparacio.

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Donovan McNabb: Speculation he doesn’t know offense ‘hilarious’

11.09.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said that he found it absurd that people thought he did not know the playbook and offense, in his weekly appearance on ESPN980 in Washington, D.C.

“That is hilarious to me. That is really funny to me,” McNabb said. “For everyone who may not have heard any of this, it’s probably a shock to them.”

McNabb was benched at the end of Washington’s Week 8 loss to the Lions. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that the benching was due to a lack of conditioning and lingering hamstring issues.

“It’s over to me, and I just look to move on,” McNabb said in trying to downplay the situation.

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NHL GMs reject coaches challenge proposal on goal calls

11.09.10 at 5:40 pm ET
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NHL head coaches won’t get to throw the red flag anytime soon. NHL GMs rejected a proposal Tuesday to give coaches the ability to challenge calls involving goal calls. Panthers GM Dale Tallon proposed the item, after his team lost a game earlier this season to the Maple Leafs on a blatant, missed, goaltender interference call.

Other items for discussion at the GM Meetings included the league’s new rule on hits to the head, which the GMs were happy with at this point.

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NBA could suspend Isiah Thomas, penalize Knicks for draft violations

11.09.10 at 5:39 pm ET
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The NBA has hired an outside law firm, to investigate accusations that the Knicks under Isiah Thomas, held illegal draft workouts according to The report stated that the Knicks could face fines or even the loss of draft picks, depending on the results.

Thomas, who currently is the head coach at Florida International University, could face a suspension if it’s proven he was aware of the actions. Thomas told last week, that he would like to return to the Knicks as team president when Donnie Walsh retires.

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Report: Yankees willing to ‘overpay’ Derek Jeter

11.09.10 at 4:13 pm ET
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According to a story by Wallace Matthews of, the Yankees will make Derek Jeter an offer in the coming weeks, for more than his market value.

A source close to both sides in negotiations said, “”The Yankees are going to overpay him… The question is, how much are they going to overpay him?”

Two sources told Matthews that the offer will be for three years, between $15 million and $20 million a year. The proposed deal would signify a pay cut for the All Star shortstop, who made $21 million this year in the last year of his 10-year deal.

One source stated, “Jeter’s numbers are exactly the same as Marco Scutaro’s.”

Jeter had an MVP caliber two years ago hitting .334, with 18 home runs and 30 stolen bases, before struggling in 2010. Jeter hit just .270 last year, his lowest total since his rookie season, when he hit .250 in 50 games.

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