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Man falls and dies at Bears game Sunday

11.29.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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A man in his 20s fell from a ledge at least 20 feet to his death Sunday at Soldier Field stadium authorities said Monday. According to Chicago fire chief Joe Roccasalva, the man landed on a small rooftop outside the stadium during the Bears-Eagles game.

Authorities have not released the man’s name but said that witnesses say the man ran and jumped off the ledge. It is the second death at a sporting event in the U.S. in two weeks, as a young boy fell from a luxury box November 21 at a Lakers game.

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Report: Cortland Finnegan and Jeff Fisher plead to NFL for fine rather than suspension

11.29.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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According to Gregg Rosenthal of NBCSports.com, Titans coach Jeff Fisher and cornerback Cortland Finnegan spoke to the NFL office Monday arguing for a fine rather than a suspension  from the brawl Finnegan participated in with Andre Johnson Sunday. The two men stated that Finnegan did not throw any punches and would have only been penalized, not suspended, if Johnson had not thrown Finnegan’s helmet off.

This is not the first time that Finnegan and Johnson have been in trouble with the league. Finnegan was fined for his actions in Weeks 2-4 and warned after the Titans’ week 4 game that he could face “increased disciplinary action,” for  any further trouble. Last season, Johnson was fined $7,500 for pulling Finnegan to the ground by his facemask after a play.

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Report: Juan Uribe to sign three-year deal with Dodgers

11.29.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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Middle-infielder Juan Uribe is close to signing a three year deal for $21 million with the Dodgers according to sources close to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Uribe had one of his best seasons last year with the Giants, hitting .248 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs. The 10-year veteran will likely play second base for the Dodgers who still hold the rights to incumbent shortstop Rafael Furcal. It also means that the Dodgers will likely non-tender Ryan Theriot, who played in 54 games with the team after coming over in a trade with the Cubs.

While Uribe struggled in the playoffs with an injury, the move leaves the World Series champions with just one shortstop on the roster, Mike Fontenot another former Cub. In just 240 at bats last year, Fontenot hit one home run, 25 RBIs and hit .270.

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Buccaneers place Davin Joseph and safety Cody Grimm on injured reserve

11.29.10 at 2:17 pm ET
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Tampa Bay’s loss to the Ravens on Sunday proved costlier than just an ‘L’ in the loss column, after the Buccaneers announced Monday that they would have to place two starters on the injured reserve list. Right guard Davin Joseph suffered a broken foot and safety Cody Grimm broke his left fibula in the team’s 17-10 loss.

“That’s the nature of the beast in the NFL,” coach Raheem Morris said Monday. “Look forward to the challenge of getting new players ready for those positions.”

Grimm, the son of Redskins great Russ Grimm, cracked the starting lineup in Week 3 and recorded 57 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games this season. Joseph has been a starter since he entered the league five years ago and was a key part of a line that ranks in the top half of the league in sacks allowed and rushing yards.

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Bills receiver Steve Johnson questions God after series of drops

11.29.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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After dropping five passes in Sunday’s 19-16 loss to the Steelers, Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson blamed an odd culprit for his struggles. Johnson tweeted after the game:

“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…”

Johnson did manage to record seven catches but dropped a 40-yard pass in the end zone in overtime that would have given the Bills their third consecutive win.

The third-year receiver leads the Bills with 59 receptions, 796 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, Johnson had a career-high three touchdowns against the Bengals and celebrated by showing off his undershirt that quoted The Joker, reading “Why so serious?”

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra downplays LeBron James bump, talk of player criticism

11.29.10 at 1:12 pm ET
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Amid reports that Heat players aren’t happy with his coaching, coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed talk of problems with his team and said some frustration should be expected with the team off to a 9-8 start.

“A coach-player relationship in this league often will be confrontational at times. And other times, it’s smooth sailing,” Spoelstra said Monday. “But just the dynamic of the competitive nature of everybody, expectations, results ‘€” all these things combine, yeah, sometimes it will get testy. And that’s good. Especially when people have a pure heart and mind about getting better, that just shows that the sides want to make it right.”

In Saturday’s loss to Dallas, Spoelstra and LeBron James bumped into each other while James headed to the bench for a timeout. There was speculation that it showed James’ lack of respect for the coach. Spoelstra said he “didn’t even notice” the bump when it happened.

“Coming out of the timeout, it’s a pinball at the game, I’m colliding into a lot of people. So it’s probably a perfect case of overspeculation from this team,” he said Monday.

“I was fine with that timeout. The fact that guys are not happy about the play, tempers rose, you could see the fire and passion in people’s eyes. That’s the way it should be,” he added. “None of us should be happy about what was going on in the third quarter and taking it in stride.”

Dwyane Wade was asked Monday about Spoelstra’s performance.

“Right now, in my opinion, no one is doing a good job,” Wade said. “We’re 9-8. We’re all in this together. The players are not doing a good job. The coach is not doing a good job.”

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Report: Dodgers nearing three-year deal with Juan Uribe

11.29.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, free agent Juan Uribe is “closing in on a three-year deal with the Dodgers.” Uribe, 31, recorded 24 home runs and 85 RBI for the World Series champion Giants in 2010. Though he played shortstop for San Francisco, Uribe likely would start at second base next year in Los Angeles.

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly expected to play against Bills

11.29.10 at 1:01 pm ET
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Updating a previous report, Profootballtalk.com has been told Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is “expected to be available” when his team hosts the Bills on Sunday. This report surfaces a day after Peterson suffered an ankle injury in a win over the Redskins. Peterson had totaled 70 yards and a touchdown before exiting in the second quarter.

While the results of Peterson’s Monday MRI had yet to be released, this report creates optimism for fantasy owners of the third-ranked fantasy back just one day after the pain was “unbearable.” Managers all over the virtual world will be monitoring this situation closely, as the Bills boast the the worst rushing defense in the league. Toby Gerhart becomes a must-add for Peterson owners, as he would be a quality RB2 against Buffalo if “All-Day” can’t go. He rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Peterson’s absence.

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Cowboys’ Marion Barber expected to miss two weeks

11.29.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Cowboys running back Marion Barber will “most likely” be out two weeks with a calf injury, according to Bryan Broaddus of ESPN Dallas. Barber was hurt on Thanksgiving against the Saints after being stuffed on the goal line.

Consequently, Tashard Choice becomes an interesting name for fantasy football fans, as he steps in to Barber’s role and has been effective when given a chance in the past. He entered the game and punched in the score once Barber left. Given a juicy matchup with a reeling Colts rush defense, Choice should be rostered in most formats as a viable flex option this week.

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan engaged to former BC basketball player

11.29.10 at 10:03 am ET
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan announced on an Atlanta television station Saturday night that he is engaged to a fellow Boston College alum, former basketball player Sarah Marshall. Ryan said the two have been dating for about seven years and became engaged several weeks ago.

Here is Marshall talking about her last season at BC in 2007.

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