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Report: Broncos LB D.J. Williams arrested for DUI

11.12.10 at 12:25 pm ET
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According to thedenverchannel.com, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Williams reportedly was driving a Hummer when he was pulled over at 2:50 a.m. at Broadway and 9th Avenue, and he was arrested at the scene.

Police turned the case over to the Denver district attorney’s office to determine whether or not the linebacker should be charged. This is Williams’ second arrest for DUI in Denver, his first coming in 2005.

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Report: Eagles want Michael Vick in ’11 and beyond

11.12.10 at 11:54 am ET
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Amidst a crazy quarterback carousel this season, the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News reports that there are indications the Eagles “want Michael Vick for next season and beyond.” Depsite the team’s interest in the dual-threat quarterback, there have been no official contract discussions yet. In the next few weeks, the Eagles reportedly will meet internally to discuss Vick’s future, as well as any other player they would like to extend or re-sign.

If the team can’t lock something up with Vick midseason, he would become one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. His 105.3 passer rating tops the league, and the team has won every game in which Vick has played all four quarters. Plus, turnovers, one of the biggest complaints about Vick’s game, have not been a concern with the quarterback this year ‘€” he has not thrown a pick in his last 154 attempts, despite flinging plenty of deep balls.

Still, even if he hits the market, Vick suggested he’d lean toward Philadelphia due to its loyalty during tough times. “I think so,” he said. “When nobody else wanted me, they did. I definitely have to take that into consideration when it’s time to make a decision on something.”

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman ‘impressed’ after meeting with Cliff Lee

11.12.10 at 11:43 am ET
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After meeting with pitching ace Cliff Lee in Arkansas, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was reportedly “impressed” with the prize of this year’s free agent market. Cashman believes Lee would fit perfectly in New York’s high-pressure environment.

“That was a question I thought he probably answered when he went from Cleveland to Philly,” Cashman said of the 2009 trade in which Lee was sent to the Phillies. “He was phenomenal in a big market, big stage, World Series, all that stuff. Nothing affected him. He seems like a pretty steady person. If healthy, I think he’ll be fine.”

Although no offer has been extended yet, Cashman’s comments suggest it is forthcoming.

“Although it’s the first time I’ve met him, I’ve seen enough of his interviews,” Cashman said. “He’s the same guy. Pretty easy demeanor, just seemed like a great guy that’s not very excitable. Excellent at what he does, knows what he wants to do, wants to put his family in the best position possible, wants to be happy, wants to be successful and wants to be part of a winner.”

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Brett Favre insists he will not play in 2011

11.12.10 at 8:52 am ET
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In an interview that will air in its entirety on Sunday on the NFL Network, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reiterated that he will not return for a 21st season in 2011.

“No,” said Favre, when asked about a potential return next season. This echoed his sentiment from the summer when Favre stated, “I can promise you this: Not that I have ever set out as a goal to play 20 years, it’s 20 years and I’m done. This is the last year of my contract.”

Most recently, Favre passed for a career-best 446 yards in the Vikings’ comeback victory against the Cardinals last week. Yet, the Vikings are 3-5 headed into an important NFC North game at Chicago Sunday. Still, Favre is focused on recovering from the slow start and making the playoffs in his “final” year.

“That’s my goal,” said Favre, when asked by the NFL Network if the postseason was a possibility. “But I am thinking we have to win this game and that gives us hope for the next one. Small step right now.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets staffers join in on pushup punishment

11.12.10 at 7:33 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 FRIDAY:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups ‘€” 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday’s practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. “In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him,” explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.

‘™¦ At the National Football Post, Jack Bechta explains why voting for the Pro Bowl is so flawed, and he uses Wes Welker as an example.

‘™¦ Former NBA star Allen Iverson arrived in Turkey this week and is being treated adoringly. In The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon looks at Iverson’s situation and wonders how good a fit it will be.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history at the age of 16 years, 11 months?

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Officer won’t be disciplined after asking for Ray Rice’s autograph

11.12.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Baltimore county police say they won’t discipline an officer who, after stopping Ravens running back Ray Rice for the tint on his vehicle’s windshield, asked for Rice’s autograph, The Associated Press reports. Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough said that investigators found Rice was not given special treatment.

Rice had tweeted that he had gotten out of a ticket in exchange for an autograph, then retracted the post, saying that the tweet had been poorly worded. McCullough said that the officer who stopped Rice gave him a verbal warning about the windshield tint.

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After Rockets talk about increasing his minutes, Yao Ming injured again

11.12.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Rockets center Yao Ming left Wednesday night’s game against the Wizards with what trainers say are sprained tendons in his left ankle, Yahoo! Sports reported. Early indications showed that the injury is not serious, and Yao was scheduled to undergo further testing on Thursday to determine the extent of it.

The injury, Yahoo! Sports reported, came one day after the Rockets organization had discussed increasing the center’s minutes. Yao has been plagued with injury throughout his NBA career. The Rockets also have Brad Miller and Jordan Hill listed as second and third centers on the active depth chart.

Yao is averaging 10.2 points per game this season to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in five games for Houston.

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Antonio Margarito, trainer apologize for video mocking trainer with Parkinson’s Disease

11.12.10 at 6:34 am ET
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Professional boxer Antonio Margarito issued an apology on Wednesday at his news conference at Cowboys Stadium for mocking Freddie Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, in a video interview posted by FanHouse, The Associated Press reports.

Margarito will be fighting Pacquiao on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium for the WBC junior middleweight title. In the video, Margarito and Brandon Rios, both of whom are trained by Robert Garcia, appear to mock Roach and his illness. Garcia apologized before making any other statements and taking questions at his news conference.

“This was nothing to do with the disease that Freddie Roach has. We know it’s something that we don’t wish [on] nobody,” Garcia said. “It’s something personal, something between Team Pacquiao and Team Margarito. I just wanted to make that clear.”

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Nets officials deny rumors that team will change name after relocation

11.12.10 at 6:33 am ET
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Despite rumors that the Nets would rename the team when the organization relocates to Brooklyn, northjersey.com reports that any rumors of renaming the team were shot down and will in all likelihood remain the Nets after relocation. Team officials denied the rumors after an NBA writer tweeted that the new team name would be the “Brooklyn Ballers.”

The team is scheduled to relocate to Brooklyn before the 2012-13 season. The Nets did file paperwork over the summer with the league to change the team name, but expect to keep the team name the same.

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Jenn Sterger meets with NFL in Brett Favre investigation

11.11.10 at 6:01 pm ET
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Jennifer Sterger, the former Jets sideline host who allegedly received inappropriate communiques from Brett Favre, met with the NFL on Thursday to discuss the investigation into the Vikings (and former Jets) quarterback. Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, told The Associated Press in an email that “we cooperated fully by providing them with substantial materials in our possession. We now await the NFL’s decision.”

The NFL, through spokesman Greg Aiello, declined comment.

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