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Vikings activate WR Sidney Rice

11.21.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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Minnesota activated wide receiver Sidney Rice for Sunday’s game against Green Bay. Rice had hip surgery in August and returned to practice two weeks ago. Rice was a breakout star and Brett Favre‘s favorite target in 2009 where he compiled 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Vikings have missed Rice’s presence all year as receiver injuries and the short tenure of Randy Moss have given Minnesota little offensive stability. Rice is in the last year of a four-year contract with the Vikings. Rice will be on Sunday’s active roster and if healthy, will be an effective fantasy option.

Colts were wary of being bugged the Patriots?

11.21.10 at 8:09 am ET
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According to’s Peter King, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his offensive coordinator Tom Moore used to step out into the concourse outside the locker room if they had anything of “strategic significance” to say for fear they weren’t “totally alone.” To read the entire report click here.

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Four teams on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

11.20.10 at 8:36 am ET
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According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the four teams that Arizona outfielder Justin Upton can’t be traded to without his permission are the Royals, Tigers, Indians and A’s. The New York Post also reported that 15 teams approached the Diamondbacks about potentially acquiring Upton.

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Heat guard Dwyane Wade: ‘We’ll be the Yankees of basketball’

11.19.10 at 4:36 pm ET
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Dwyane Wade spoke to Esquire Magazine on the upcoming years for the Heat, the best teams in the NBA, and the business acumen of Shaquille O’€™Neal. He even attempted to provide the history behind his unique spelling of Dwyane: ‘€œI have no idea. I’€™m a junior ‘€“ I got the name from my father. I asked him ‘€“ my grandma said that’€™s how she felt it was spelled.’€

Wade and Shaq won an NBA championship in 2006 and Wade garnered the honors of Finals MVP but he had kind words to say to his former teammate.

‘€œOne thing Shaq did for me when he came was give me knowledge that I needed. I was still a shy kid, and he pretty much told me to open up. He said, ‘€˜Let your creativity be seen, put your fingerprints on the things that you’€™re doing.’€™ It opened up so many more business opportunities for me.

The Heat are 7-4 and have lost to Boston twice, Utah, and New Orleans. However, critics of the team’€™s record have pointed out that Wade, LeBron James, and Co. have defeated unimpressive teams such as New Jersey, Minnesota, and Toronto while failing to beat their tougher opponents. Wade reflected on the season’€™s start and what teams pose a threat to the high expectations in South Beach.

‘€œThis team has a lot of work to do. I don’€™t look at the individual players right now and say, ‘€˜Oh, my God, this is amazing.’€™ I say, ‘€˜This team, we got a lot of work to do, because there’€™s a lot of teams out there ‘€“ L.A., Orlando, Boston, and so on ‘€“ that are better teams than the Miami Heat right now.

However, Wade was unable to hold back his own expectations of the star-studded trio that Pat Riley managed to bring to Miami. The Decision and other controversies surrounding LeBron James and the team have unleashed a wave of negative backlash at the all-star trio in Miami, but Miami has the talent to play with any team in the league. And perhaps in a subtle remark to Celtics fans, Wade issued his own warning to the league.

‘€œWe’€™ll be the Yankees of basketball. It’€™s already true ‘€“ a love/hate thing, but you know what? We’€™re fine with that. We understand that we did something we wanted to do. As an individual, you don’€™t get an opportunity to do that often in this game. That’€™s what it came down to with us ‘€“ myself and Chris [Bosh] and LeBron ‘€“ we all felt for the first time we were able to control our own destiny.’€

The Heat have only played in eleven games this year, and maybe comparisons to the 1996 Chicago Bulls have fallen a bit short, but Wade and the Heat seem prepared to push through in their quest to bring an NBA Championship back to South Beach.

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Fantasy Football: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates remains unsure about status for Monday

11.19.10 at 1:26 pm ET
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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that tight end Antonio Gates still remains unsure about his availability for Monday Night’s contest against the Broncos. The athletic tight end has been sidelined with a torn plantar fascia in his foot, which snapped his streak of 94 straight starts after he missed the game against Houston.

“I’ve never had to be 100 percent to play,” said Gates,  “But still there is a criteria which you need to meet to get out there on the field — that’s being able to run, being able to do something off the foot where it doesn’t bother me. I’ve got a ways to go … At this point, I’m trying to give myself a chance to play.

“It’s a tear. It’s brutal. It’s pain … This is probably as frustrated as I’ve been in my career based on the recovery time.”

Before suffering the injury, Gates was on pace for the best season of his career. He had recorded nine touchdowns in eight games, while also tallying 40 catches for 663 yards. Consequently, he’s a  tough player to bench. But given that he’s likely to be a game-time decision on Monday night, he should be riding the fantasy pine if any other viable options are available. Scour the waivers for players like Rob Gronkowski or Kevin Boss as potential replacements that may be available.

Fantasy Football: Panthers rule out Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson to start

11.19.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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The Panthers have officially ruled out running backs Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton for Sunday’s contest against the Ravens, paving the way for Mike Goodson to once again be the featured back. Goodson was solid filling in last week, rushing for 100 yards on 23 carries and catching three balls for an additional 13 yards.

But this all came against the 31st ranked Bucs rush defense. With BC product Brian St. Pierre, who has attempted a robust five career NFL passes, drawing the start against a tough Ravens defense, it’s hard to get excited about any Panthers players. Though he Ravens defense should make for an excellent fantasy start.

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Rumor: Preview of the 2012 Nike Patriots jersey

11.19.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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Back on Oct. 12, the NFL broke news that Nike would be replacing Reebok as the official jersey provider of the league. Dramatic changes were promised, and if these “leaked” photos are actually the models, then it’s true. Warning: Peter King tweeted this in regards to the jerseys: “New England’s are worse than hideous. Rebel, Bob Kraft.”

Without further ado …

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Indians outfielder Shin-Shoo Choo wins gold, earns military exemption

11.19.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has struck gold in more ways than one. According to an report, Choo and South Korea defeated Taiwan, 9-3, to earn the gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday.

Of particular note is the fact that the medal earns Choo and the rest of his teammates exemption from their home country’s required military service. According to Korean military regulations, athletes will receive an exemption from 30 months of military conscription if they capture a gold medal in the Asian Games

Choo’s budding talents were on full display throughout the series. Over five games in the tournament, Choo hit at a .571 (8-for-14) clip with three home runs, six walks, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs for his team, including a 2-for-4, two RBIs and stolen base performance in the championship. The 28-year old hit .300 with 22 home runs, 90 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 144 games for Cleveland last year.

I am kind of dreaming right now,” said Choo. If I [told you I] didn’t “think about the military service, I might be a liar.”

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LEEInks List: Most memorable Patriots-Colts games

11.19.10 at 9:57 am ET
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The history between the Patriots and Colts goes back to 1970, but the rivalry didn’t truly begin to thrive until 2001. Constant comparison and dominance of elite quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is what has made these clashes some of the most anticipated in the NFL. Together, the two have won five of the last seven NFL MVP awards and four of the last seven Super Bowls. They will meet next on Sunday in Foxboro.

Since 2001, the Patriots lead the Colts 7-5 in head-to-head matchups. Brady won the first six meetings before Manning began to take over, grabbing victories in five of the last six games. Here are the top 10 most memorable games between the teams.

10. Nov. 7, 2005: Colts 40, Patriots 21

Heading into this Monday night duel, Manning and the Colts (8-0) were looking for their first win against Brady and the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (4-3). The Patriots were dealing with key injuries while the Colts defense was quickly improving. Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison were unstoppable, shredding the Patriots defense on their way to a 40-21 rout. Brady was replaced by Doug Flutie in the game’s final minutes.

9. Nov. 5, 2006: Colts 27, Patriots 20

The Colts (7-0) entered Foxboro to take on the Patriots (6-1) in a Sunday night clash hoping to keep their perfect season alive. This game also marked the return of Adam Vinatieri to Gillette Stadium. Manning was spectacular, throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns with  one interception. Vinatieri was only mediocre, going 2-for-4 on his field goal attempts. The score was 27-20 in favor of the Colts when Vinatieri missed a 37-yard field goal with 1:55 left in the game, giving Brady a chance to spark a Patriots comeback. But on the Patriots’ second play, Brady was intercepted by Cato June to end the game. It was Brady’s fourth interception of the day.

8. Nov. 30, 2003: Patriots 38, Colts 34

The Patriots rushed to a 31-10 lead behind the solid play of Brady, who finished 26-of-35 for 236 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. But Manning valiantly rallied the Colts, throwing three touchdown passes in six minutes to tie the score at 31 at the end the third quarter. Brady responded by finding Deion Branch wide open in the back of the end zone to make it 38-31 with 8:36 left in the game. Manning rallied the Colts again, but with 3:27 to go they decided to settle for a 29-yard field goal to make it 38-34, hoping to get once more chance to win it. The Patriots obliged by throwing on each of the next four plays, taking only 30 seconds off the clock, before Ken Walter‘s punt went just 18 yards.

The Colts drove down to the 1-yard line with 14 seconds left before the Pats defense clamped down. On the final attempt, Manning handed off to James, but Willie McGinest got around the right side of the offensive line to tackle James in the backfield and preserve a 38-34 Patriots win. Manning was 29-of-48 for 278 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

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Report: Bucs rookie WR Mike Williams arrested for DUI

11.19.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to a report, Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested for a DUI Friday morning. The site reportedly received a tip in the morning and then confirmed on Hillsborough County Sheriff’€™s Office’s website that Williams had been arrested.

According to the available information, Williams’€™ blew a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.065 and 0.061 percent into the breathalyzer .  Notably, these counts are below Florida’s legal limit of .08, but urine testing was also being conducted. As of  Friday morning, Williams was still in custody.

Williams was having a stellar rookie season up to this point, starting in all of the Bucs nine games and recording 40 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns and emerging as thetop target in Tampa’s aerial attack. He fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft due to character concerns when he quit the Syracuse football team.

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