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Thrashers’ Ondrej Pavelec returns to ice after scary incident

10.19.10 at 6:06 pm ET
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Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec returned to practice Tuesday for the first time after he lost consciousness Oct. 8 in the team’s season opener. Pavelec suffered a concussion after he lost consciousness and the team has no timetable for him to return to live-game action.

“I’m no doctor, but they say I just faint[ed],” Pavelec said. “They said there are so many reasons it could have happened, but they couldn’t find it.”

Less than two minutes into the team’s opening game, Pavelec lost consciousness and fell and hit his head on the ice, causing him to suffer a concussion. Pavelec was kept overnight for two nights in an Atlanta hospital overnight.

“It was the first time that it happened and hopefully it will never happen again,” Pavelec said. “It could have been worse if I was driving or something.”

The 23-year old Czech Republic native went 14-18-7 as a rookie with the Thrashers last season. The team’s original plan was to split time between Pavelec and Chris Mason this season.

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A.J Burnett late to press conference because he went shopping

10.19.10 at 5:05 pm ET
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A.J. Burnett, the man that will pitch the most important game of the 2010 Yankees season, was an hour late to his press conference Monday because he went Halloween shopping. Steve Popper of the New Jersey Record tweeted:

“Sorry for being late,” Burnett said. “(I) was at the Halloween Store and lost track of time. Getting zombie hands, vampire teeth.”

Burnett who has not started a game since Oct. 2, will get the start in game 4 of the ALCS tonight with the Yankees trailing two games to one.  Over the last two months of the regular season Burnett went just 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA. Tommy Hunter will get the start for the Rangers.

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Cubs name Mike Quade manager

10.19.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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Mike Quade was named Cubs manager Monday after leading the team to a 24-13 record over the last six weeks of the season as the club’s interim manager. Quade had no major league managing experience before this past season but has previously managed for 17 years in the minor leagues.

The move comes a day after Eric Wedge, a finalist for the job, agreed to terms with the Mariners to become their manager. It also ends any speculation of  Yankees manager Joe Girardi coming back and running his hometown team.

Quade was given a two-year deal with a club option for 2013, after spending the past four years as the Cubs third base coach. The former Cubs Triple-A manager was originally drafted in 1979 by the Pirates and spent four years in their minor league system before going into coaching.

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James Harrison, Dunta Robinson fined for hits

10.19.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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Brandon Meriweather was not the only player fined by the NFL Tuesday for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 for his hit on Cleveland wideout Mohamed Massaquoi and Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson was docked $50,000 — the same amount as Meriweather — for his hit on Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson.

There were no suspensions handed out. Harrison’s fine was the largest because he, unlike Meriweather or Robinson, is a repeated offender. Harrison was reportedly fined $5,000 for his hit on Vince Young in a Week 2 Steelers win over the Titans.

Tiger Woods says he is feeling more at peace with himself

10.19.10 at 10:14 am ET
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Tiger Woods, in a video conference call for the Chevron World Challenge on Monday, said he never learned more in a year in which he won less, and that he is more at peace with his personal life now than when he returned to golf back in April.

“I learned a lot about myself, and I learned how things went wrong, why they went wrong, and had to take a pretty deep and introspective look at myself,” Woods said. “And there wasn’t a lot of things I like about it, but I had to do it, and I did it, and grateful that I did. I think that I come from a much better place, much more grounded place now than I ever have before.”

Still without a victory in 2010, the Chevron World Challenge, to be played Dec. 3-6 at Sherwood Country Club, will be Woods’ final tournament of the year. He next plays on Nov. 4 at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, which will be his last chance to win an official PGA Tour event this year. Woods will also have an opportunity to defend his title in the Australian Masters Nov. 11-14 in Melbourne.

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Magic Johnson sells ownership stake in Lakers

10.19.10 at 10:13 am ET
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NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson sold his small ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, in what Johnson referred to as strictly a “bittersweet business decision.” Johnson bought shares representing about 4.5 percent of the Lakers back in June 1994 for a reported $10 million.

This sale clears the way for Johnson to own a bigger portion of another NBA franchise in the near future. The five-time league champion expressed interest last month in taking a significant role in a group attempting to buy the Detroit Pistons. Mike Ilitch, who also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, is leading the group that has yet to publicly make any connection with Johnson.

Johnson, who spent his entire 13-year playing career with the Lakers and also had a brief stint coaching the team, said this decision “will in no way affect” his dedication and support for the Lakers franchise. New stakeholder Soon-Shiong is an innovative physician, a businessman, a philanthropist, a UCLA professor and a 25-year Lakers season ticket holder.

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Randy Moss’ daughter continues to receive scholarship offers

10.19.10 at 9:04 am ET
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According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Sydney Moss, the daughter of wide receiver Randy Moss, has added the University of Florida to the list of schools which have offered the high school junior scholarship offers to play collegiate basketball. Moss has also drawn interest from Louisville, Dayton, Xavier, Kansas, and West Virginia. The Boone County (KY) High star averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds a game as a sophomore.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan declares Jets best in NFL

10.19.10 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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 TUESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan is feeling good after New York squeaked out a controversial win on Sunday in Denver, its fifth straight victory. On Monday, Ryan said: “It’s hard to say we’re not the best team in the league.” With the Jets heading into a bye week, Ryan gave the team the week off.

“When you win five games in a row, you kind of just wish you keep playing, to be honest with you,” Ryan said. “But it is good to have the bye right now. We can enjoy it. Give them a little time off. And then they come back ready to go. … We know that this is just the start of our mission.”

‘™¦ Tim Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday in the Broncos‘ loss to the Jets. Dave Krieger in The Denver Post wonders when Tebow will throw his first pass.

‘™¦ Tebow’s alma mater, the University of Florida, started the season ranked third in the nation. After losing three straight games for the first time since 1998, Urban Meyer‘s Gators are unranked. George Diaz in the Orlando Sentinel looks at the reasons for the fall from grace.

‘™¦ When he was a player with the Knicks in the 1970s, Phil Jackson did not seem the type of person likely to become a basketball lifer. In The Los Angeles Times, DeAntae Prince looks at how Jackon ended up one of the most successful coaches in NBA history. Meanwhile, Jeannie Buss, Jackson’s girlfriend and the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has a book coming out in which she discusses her relationship with Jackson.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 19, 1996, which Massachusetts native became the 116th NHL player (and fifth American-born player) to appear in 1,000 career NHL games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If that’s what we’ve got to do to get our team going and to get our defense to be more aggressive and be better on third down, then I’ll take it.” ‘€” Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather, speaking on the Dale & Holley show Monday, about his head-to-head hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap that drew a 15-yard penalty Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 7-0 ‘€” Cliff Lee‘s career postseason record, after the Rangers ace pitched his team to an 8-0 victory over the Yankees on Monday night

‘NET RESULTS: Pepperdine basketball player Keion Bell shows off his dunking skills at the school’s Midnight Madness. The highlight is a dunk over seven people.

A college football official mistakenly signals that a field goal is good.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bobby Carpenter

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George McCrae turns 66 Tuesday.

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Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish says he’s not coming to United States

10.19.10 at 7:44 am ET
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According to yakyubaka.com, star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish has written on his blog that he will not be pitching in the United States next season, instead choosing to stay with his team in Japan. According to the site, Darvish wrote:

A lot has been mentions about the Majors.

I received a lot of comments, both on Twitter and on my blog.

I don’t know if this will match everyone’s guess.

Next season…

I will be wearing a Nippon Ham Fighters uniform.

There had been speculation that Darvish, a 24-year-old righty who is considered the most high-profile pitcher in Japan since Daisuke Matsuzaka, would take his talents to the Major Leagues in 2011. He pitched in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the ’09 World Baseball Classic.

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Tony La Russa staying in St. Louis

10.19.10 at 7:26 am ET
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has agreed to terms for a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2012, the team announced Monday. La Russa returns for his 16th season in St. Louis and his 33rd season overall.

La Russa and the Cardinals dealt with controversy this past season with disgruntled outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 2005 first-round pick requested a trade this season reportedly due to a rocky relationship with La Russa.

The seasoned manager has the most wins in Cardinals history with 1,138 wins since 1996. In his first 15 years with the Cardinals, he has led the team to eight division titles, two pennants and the 2006 World Series title.

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