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LEEInks list: Biting incidents in sports

06.02.11 at 12:18 pm ET
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Alexandre Burrows appeared to bite Patrice Bergeron during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Although it was dirty, it has not been the only biting incident in sports, especially in hockey. Here is a list of 10 biting occurrences in sports.

10. Senators Jarkko Ruutu bites Sabres Andrew Peters

In January of 2009, Ruutu and Peters got engaged in a fight. Peters’ hands ended up in Ruutu’s face and that is when Ruutu bit down on Peters’ hand. He was suspended two games.

9. Robert Horry bites Jerry Stackhouse

In 2006, Horry, a Lakers forward and Stackhouse, a Mavericks forward were involved in a confrontation on the court. The two were battling for a rebound and got tangled. The Mavericks said that Horry bit Stackhouse on the arm. Horry was suspended two games for the accident, but denied that he actually bit Stackhouse.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez allegedly rekindles relationship with steroid-buying cousin

06.02.11 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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‘™¦ Two years ago, during his public confession about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Yankees star Alex Rodriguez explained that his cousin, Yuri Sucart, purchased steroids for him in the Dominican Republic. Now, Sucart ‘€” who was banned by the Yankees from any team-related function or facility ‘€” has resurfaced at A-Rod’s side, allegedly accompanying the player on road trips this year and last, according to the New York Daily News.

“We have been in contact with the Yankees about this matter,” Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive VP of labor relations, said Wednesday. “We are looking into it.”

‘™¦ Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson fired back at LeBron James for comments the Heat star made last week denigrating his former teammates for not being clutch players. “I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great,” Gibson said. “Great players shouldn’t have to do that.

“So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”

‘™¦ NFL coaches ‘€” who this week filed a brief with the court in support of players ‘€” are caught in the middle during the lockout. At Forbes magazine, Andrew Brandt examines their conflicted situation.

‘™¦ Having conquered team sports, Nike is moving into action sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. The New York Times looks at the company’s strategy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 2, 1989, which Blue Jays player hit the only inside-the-park grand slam by an opposing player in Fenway Park history?

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Read More: alex rodriguez, Daniel Gibson, LeBron James, Rob Manfred

Niners told to stop talking about free agents

06.01.11 at 4:53 pm ET
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According to The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the NFL has sent the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh a memo instructing them not to discuss quarterback Alex Smith or any free agent during the lockout period. Harbaugh had spoken freely about Smith in previous press conferences, saying, “I think he’s going to come back to the team.”

However, when Harbaugh was asked about the free agent quarterback last week, he responded, “I’m not answering any questions about Alex Smith. The league has mandated that we do not talk about him. The NFL has mandated that we don’t talk about players who are not under contract.”

Harbaugh is in his first year at the helm in San Francisco.

Read More: Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh, NFL lockout, Rumor Mill

Heat-Mavericks Game 1 draws best ratings in seven years

06.01.11 at 4:30 pm ET
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Tuesday night’s series-opening matchup between the Heat and Mavericks produced a 10.7 overnight rating on ABC, the most for an NBA finals Game 1 since the Lakers and Pistons squared off in 2004. The ratings are up 3 percent from Game 1 of last year’s Celtics-Lakers showdown, and up 15 percent from the Heat-Mavericks matchup in 2006.

Miami and Dallas were, predictably, the two highest-rated markets, followed by San Antonio, Memphis, New Orleans and Cleveland. This isn’t the first time Miami’s Big Three has drawn a crowd in the opening game of a playoff series. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Chicago on TNT was the most-watched NBA game in cable TV history.

Last season’s NBA finals Game 7 between the Celtics and Lakers was the most-watched NBA game since Michael Jordan‘s last game with the Bulls in 1998.

Read More: Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Rumor Mill, TV ratings

Yankees dominate early AL All-Star voting

06.01.11 at 3:56 pm ET
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The first weekly update on the American League All-Star voting bodes well for the AL East, but not necessarily for the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista leads all candidates in the majors with 1,261,659 votes, thanks to his league-leading 20 home runs through Tuesday. Bautista likely is the only Toronto player who will start in the All-Star Game, while six different Yankees are in line to be starters.

If the All-Star Game were to start tomorrow, the AL squad would have an all-Yankee infield, with Mark Teixeira at first, Robinson Cano at second, Derek Jeter at shortstop, Alex Rodriguez at third and Russell Martin behind the plate. Curtis Granderson is second in the outfield voting behind Bautista, so he’s in line to start as well.

The closest Red Sox player to a starting job is David Ortiz, who is 30,000 votes behind Michael Young at designated hitter. Adrian Gonzalez is more than 200,000 votes behind Teixeira, and Dustin Pedroia is nearly 500,000 votes behind Cano.

Fans can vote here until June 30 at 11:59 p.m.

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World Baseball Classic adds 12 new teams for 2013

06.01.11 at 3:13 pm ET
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World Baseball Classic Inc. announced Wednesday that it will allow 12 new countries to compete in 2013 as part of the new play-in round.

France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil, Israel, Thailand, the Czech Republic and the Philippines are the 12 new participants, and all will play in the 16-team play-in round.

Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama and South Africa also will be placed in the play-in round after going winless in 2009.

The 16 teams will be divided into four pools, and the winner of each pool will go on to play in the WBC.

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Cleveland fans start ‘Cavs for Mavs’ campaign

06.01.11 at 3:11 pm ET
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To no one’s surprise, basketball fans in Cleveland are rooting for a royal collapse from LeBron James and the Heat in this year’s NBA finals. Many fans of other teams around the league might feel the same way, but Cavaliers supporters have taken it one step further with the “Cavs for Mavs” campaign.

In what some Cleveland bloggers are calling “brilliant,” T-shirt designer Greg Vlosich has designed a “Cavs” shirt with an “M” covering the “C” to spell “Mavs.” You can check out a picture of the shirt (or buy one for $24) here.

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Lance Armstrong’s lawyers demand apology from ’60 Minutes’

06.01.11 at 2:17 pm ET
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Switzerland’s anti-doping laboratory has denied the performance-enhancing drug allegations against Lance Armstrong, and now the cyclist’s attorneys want an apology from “60 Minutes,” the news program that reported the allegations.

On May 22, “60 Minutes” produced a segment on Armstrong and interviewed former teammate Tyler Hamilton, who said that Armstrong had used performance enhancing drugs in 2001.

In a letter sent Wednesday, Armstrong’s attorneys accused CBS News executives of using false information.

“Your story was either extraordinarily shoddy, to the point of being reckless and unprofessional, or a vicious hit-and-run job,” Armstrong’s lawyer Elliot Peters wrote. “In either case, a categorical on-air apology is required.”

CBS and “60 Minutes” have yet to formally respond to the letter, but CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Wednesday, “We consider this the most thorough investigation into doping in the sport of cycling ever done.”

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Report: NHL’s Panthers hire Kevin Dineen as coach

06.01.11 at 12:39 pm ET
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According to a person familiar with the negotiations, the Panthers have hired Kevin Dineen as their new bench boss.

Dineen scored 355 goals in his 19-year NHL career, and has coached the AHL’s Portland Pirates for the last six seasons.

Dineen would replace Peter DeBoer, who was fired one day after the Panthers finished last in the Eastern Conference this season.

“These decisions are always tough to make, but we felt strongly that it was the right time to make a change,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said.

The Panthers have failed to make the playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons.

Read More: Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers, Kevin Dineen, Peter DeBoer

Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf has benign tumor removed from brain stem

06.01.11 at 12:37 pm ET
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The second pick of the 1998 NFL draft, Ryan Leaf had a benign tumor removed from his brain stem recently. He had been experiencing headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision before he saw a doctor on May 18. He had the surgery a week later, and was released from the hospital last Saturday.

Leaf only played four seasons in the NFL. Three for the Chargers from 1998-2000, and then one year for the Cowboys in 2001. In April of last year Leaf pleaded guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas. He received 10 years of probation.

“I am looking forward to resting a bit and being with my family,” Leaf said in a statement. “This was just another bridge for me to cross, and I will continue to live each day to the fullest and give back where I can!”

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