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With Paul Silas as head coach, Bobcats could pursue former Hornets guard Baron Davis

12.23.10 at 11:38 am ET
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Now that Paul Silas is back in the driver’€™s seat in Charlotte, this time coaching the Bobcats instead of his former team, the Hornets, the coach would like to bring back one of his former players in point guard Baron Davis, Yahoo! Sports reports. Davis played for Silas while he started in Charlotte with the Hornets.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Michael Jordan, the majority owner of the Bobcats, is considering a trade that would send guards D.J. Augustin and Matt Carroll, as well as forward DeSagana Diop to Los Angeles in return for Davis, the current Clippers guard.

Yahoo! Sports wrote that the Clippers have been trying to trade Davis for a number of years, and have even included Davis in deals with center Chris Kaman, league executives said. Silas immediately becomes the underlying factor if Jordan and the Bobcats decide to pursue Davis as a trade option.

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Devils fire coach John MacLean, rehire Jacques Lemaire for third stint with team

12.23.10 at 11:17 am ET
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ESPN.com reported on Thursday that the Devils have fired head coach John MacLean and have rehired Jacques Lemaire, who coached the team to the Stanley Cup in the 1994-95 season. This is Lemaire’€™s third coaching stint with the team.

Lemaire told ESPN.com’€™s Pierre LeBrun that he plans on being behind the bench on Thursday night when the team will host the Islanders in Newark. Lemaire said that he received a call from Lou Lamoriello, the general manager of the Devils, on Wednesday, offering him the coaching job.

‘€œJohn has done an exceptional job. I have no issue with him,’€ Lamoriello said. ‘€œOur record certainly isn’t what any of us like, but it has nothing to do with coaching.’€

The Devils are 9-22-2 on the season, and are tied with the Islanders for last place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 20 points this year. According to ESPN, MacLean still had the support of Lamoriello in late October, when the team opened the 2010-11 season with a 2-6-1 record. There was ‘€˜no thought’€™ to dismissing MacLean from his coaching duties.

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Top stories of 2010, No. 9: The Patriots’ playoff loss to the Ravens

12.23.10 at 8:32 am ET
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For the final 10 days of 2010, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year. In what was a memorable 12 months for all four of Boston’s major professional teams, there was a plethora of compelling storylines. Our second entry in the countdown is No. 9: The Patriots’ blowout loss to the Ravens in the playoffs.

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Rowdy and fired up, even amidst the blistering cold in Foxboro, Jay and I raced up the aisles to our nose-bleed seats. We had already missed the opening kickoff, but the crowd was in an uproar as Matthew Slater had just tackled Ravens kick returner Jalen Parmale at the Baltimore 17-yard line, seemingly laying a good foundation for what was sure to be a physical slugfest between two evenly matched teams.

Prior to the kickoff, Ravens running back Ray Rice told his team that he would be the tone-setter. “I’m going to bust it open,” he told backfield mate Willis McGahee. “I’m going to set the tone.”

Determined not to miss another snap, we desperately climbed and climbed until we finally reached the 300 level. We emerged from the underpass in the nick of time, catching the first offensive play of the game and entering a nightmare that would never let up. A punch to the gut of both the Patriots and the capacity crowd at Gillette might be the only way to describe it ‘€” one that neither party could ultimately recover from.

Quarterback Joe Flacco took the snap and handed the ball to Rice. “A simple zone run, about as fundamental as it gets,” according to Ravens center Matt Birk, the Harvard graduate who drove the “immovable” Vince Wilfork nearly five yards out of the play, planting him flat on his back. With their stopgap defensive lineman out of the picture, the guards were then free to move to the next level, sealing off the linebackers that were a step too slow to fill a gaping hole.

The resulting running lane was enormous, and, after patiently allowing the play to develop,  Rice exploded through it. Before the snap, Rice had noticed safety Brandon Meriweather dropping back about 15 yards deep ‘€” and that was the one man he would have to beat. With Meriweather filling too fast, all Rice needed was a simple cutback move, and soon the only thing standing between him and the end zone was about 75 yards of grass. The defense couldn’t catch up, and in the blink of an eye Rice had covered 83 yards for the opening score, the longest of his career and second-longest touchdown run in playoff history.

Not even 10 seconds into the game, Patriots players and fans were gasping for breath that couldn’t be found in the icy January air.

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Randy Moss wants to return to Titans next season

12.23.10 at 8:10 am ET
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Despite his lack of production since joining the Titans, former Patriots receiver Randy Moss said he’s enjoying his time in Tennessee and would like to return next season.

“This organization has been good to me,” he said Wednesday. “My production has not been where I want it to be or where the organization wants it to be. But when it comes down to it, I think they are happy with where they are at with me and I am happy with where I’€™m at.

“Next year, hopefully, if the opportunity presents itself for me to be here, I would love to. I like the city and I like the people. There’€™s a lot of history here and football is one of the many things they have going on around here in this city and I am a country boy in a country city. I love it. I can’€™t speak enough about the city and the fans.”

Moss has just five receptions for 62 yards since the Titans claimed him off waivers from the Vikings on Nov. 3. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

“At 33 I am still running with the 20-year olds. It might take me a little longer to warm up,” Moss said with a smile. “But other than that, I still have fun with the guys. I still can compete and I still can get open. The bad thing about me being so old at 33 is I still have a lot of football left to be played. So we’€™ll see what the future holds.”

Moss did his part to avoid sounding like the selfish player he’s been accused of being in the past. Asked if wanted a promise that more balls would be thrown to him next season, he refused to take the bait.

“Man, this is a business. It is really not my call or for me to say, ‘Throw me every ball or throw me balls,’ ” he said. “Earlier in my career if I think you’€™d have asked me that question I would have probably been a little more biased and a little more as an individual. But I’€™ve always understood the concept of team.

“I’€™ve always felt I could take over a game and things like that. Now I am a little older and there are younger guys coming into the league with a little bit more pizazz and determination. But I am still determined ‘€¦ to go out there and make it happen. Last week I told [teammate] Kenny [Britt], ‘There is only one Moss,’ and when I leave this league there will never be another Moss come through this league. The last couple of years I want to finish out I want to give the league something to remember me by, and hopefully if it is not here in Tennessee it would be somewhere else.

“But I wouldn’t mind staying here in Tennessee. I really wouldn’t.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ohio State football players allegedly traded autographs for tattoos

12.23.10 at 7:39 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: Thrashers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Some Ohio State football players reportedly are being investigated for allegedly trading signed memorabilia for tattoos from a parlor near the campus in Columbus. The players’ eligibility for the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas could be in jeopardy, although the investigation might not be completed by then. Quarterback Terrell Pryor denied being involved, writing on his Twitter page: I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks.

‘™¦ Rex Ryan chose not to address the foot-fetish videos that apparently feature his wife, calling it “a personal matter.” In the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes about the latest example of the Jets being in the headlines for the wrong reasons. In the New York Post, Steve Serby writes that Ryan deserves sympathy instead of scorn.

‘™¦ With Larry Brown out as coach of the Bobcats, Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports writes that owner Michael Jordan has himself to blame. He points to Jordan allowing Brown to talk him out of drafting Brook Lopez in 2008 and allowing the veteran coach to rip apart the roster.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 23, 1986, which player left the Red Sox to sign with the Mariners after seeing his battling average decline all seven seasons he played in Boston?

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Read More: Larry Brown, Michael Jordan, Rex Ryan, Terrell Pryor

Drunk driver who killed Angels pitcher gets 51 years to life

12.23.10 at 6:41 am ET
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The drunk driver who killed Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others was sentenced Wednesday to 51 years to life in prison.

“You’re right. I am a horrible person, a drunk driver who took your beautiful kids away,” Andrew Gallo said in court, addressing the relatives of his victims although he faced the judge while speaking because he was not permitted to look at the audience in the courtroom.

Gallo was convicted in September of three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. Judge Richard F. Toohey gave Gallo 15 years to life on each of the murder counts and six additional years for the other crimes.

Gallo already was on parole for a felony DUI conviction when he ran a red light and hit Adenhart’s car on April 9, 2009.

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Paul Silas replaces Larry Brown as Bobcats coach

12.23.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Former Celtic Paul Silas, who coached in Charlotte with the Hornets but had been out of the NBA since 2005, was named interim coach of the Bobcats on Wednesday. He replaces Larry Brown, who was in his third season with the team and had struggled to a 9-19 start.

“I met with coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it,” owner Michael Jordan said in a statement Wednesday. “We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary.”

Brown’s agent said the 70-year-old, who was coaching his 13th pro or college team, is not finished.

“Larry is going to coach again,” Joe Glass said. “He’s got plenty of strength and energy.”

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Johnny Damon discussing return to Yankees

12.23.10 at 1:00 am ET
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According to Newsday, which cited four sources, free agent Johnny Damon is in talks with the Yankees about a possible return to the Bronx. According to the story, the two sides are discussing a scenario in which the 37-year-old would get “occasional at-bats” as a designated hitter and left fielder, spelling Jorge Posada as a DH and either filling in for Brett Gardner in left or permitting Gardner to slide to center on days when Curtis Granderson gets the day off.

While the article suggests that Damon would prefer a job that had more certain playing time, making it unclear whether there is a deal to be struck, it also notes that “neither Damon nor the Yankees are thrilled with their other options.”

Damon spent the 2010 season with the Tigers, hitting .271/.355/.401/.756. That followed four years with the Yankees (.285/.363/.458/.821) from 2006-09 and four years with the Sox (.295/.362/.441/.803) from 2002-05.

Damon told WEEI.com earlier this month that he would welcome a return to the Red Sox, but the team has subsequently signed Carl Crawford, leaving it without an outfield need.

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Phillies looking to trade pitcher Joe Blanton, but can afford to wait if no deals open up

12.22.10 at 2:57 pm ET
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After adding Cliff Lee to an already impressive starting pitching rotation, the Phillies have said that they are willing to trade 30-year-old starter Joe Blanton, who will make $8.5 million this year and next year, Newsday reports. However, Newsday also reports that there isn’€™t much of a market for Blanton, since he has a guaranteed contract.

According to Newsday, the only remaining free agent that figures to impact Blanton is pitcher Carl Pavano, who has drawn interest from teams including the Nationals, Rangers and Twins, which would make adding Blanton irrelevant.

Newsday said that the Phillies might be wise to wait until spring training to trade Blanton to see if any surprises present themselves. But with Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels as the top four starters, the Phillies can afford to wait on dealing Blanton.

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Donovan McNabb says he wants to stay with Redskins next season

12.22.10 at 2:55 pm ET
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Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said that he told coach Mike Shanahan he would like to remain in Washington and in a Redskins uniform next season, The Washington Post reports. McNabb was benched last weekend in favor of Rex Grossman.

McNabb told Shanahan Tuesday he ‘€œdoesn’€™t want to go anywhere.’€ He acknowledged on his weekly ESPN 980 radio show that the decision was ultimately not up to him, but he has made it clear that he would like to remain in Washington, despite the uncertainty of his status with the team.

Grossman, in his first start with the Redskins on Sunday against the Cowboys, threw for 322 yards on 25 of 43 passing. Grossman threw for four touchdowns in the 33-30 loss.

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