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Marlins place Josh Johnson on disabled list

05.21.11 at 1:18 pm ET
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The Marlins have placed ace starter Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling a right shoulder inflammation. Johnson, who is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in nine starts this season, left after throwing 85 pitches in five innings of work against the Mets in his last start.

The Marlins have recalled Jay Buente from their Triple-A team in New Orleans and he is scheduled to start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

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Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis millions to leave

05.20.11 at 4:51 pm ET
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Notre Dame was willing to pay former football coach Charlie Weis millions to just go away, according to the Chicago Tribune. The university fired Weis in November 2011, but that was just the beginning. The school made a “termination payment” of over $6.6 million and will be paying Weis in smaller, annual increments until December 2015.

After earning Bowl Championship Series bids in each of his first two seasons, Weis’ team floundered in its last three seasons, recording a mediocre 16-21 record. The former Patriots offensive coordinator spent one year in the same position with the Chiefs and is now the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

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Combination of alcohol, oxycodone toxicity lead to Derek Boogaard’s death

05.20.11 at 4:10 pm ET
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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office announced that Rangers forward Derek Boogaard died as a result of mixed alcohol and oxycodone toxicity and ruled that his death was accidental. Boogaard was taking the oxycodone for pain relief. However, when mixed with alcohol the addictive narcotic can cause severe injury or death.

Boogaard died on May 13 and his family has donated his brain to Boston University’€™s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. He missed most of last season with a concussion. He had been receiving counseling from the NHL’s substance abuse program before he died.

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Landon Donovan not interested in transfer to AS Roma

05.20.11 at 3:13 pm ET
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Thomas DiBenedetto will soon be granted controlling stake of Italy’s Serie A soccer team, AS Roma. He’s openly stated that he wants to bring over an American talent and previously named the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Aston Villa’s Michael Bradley as potential candidates. Unfortunately for DiBenedetto, Donovan said he has no interest in the transfer.

“Don’t waste my time with that,” Donovan told MLSSoccer.com Thursday when asked about the rumor.

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Cyclist Tyler Hamilton: Lance Armstrong injected EPO ‘more than one time’

05.20.11 at 1:31 pm ET
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Tyler Hamilton is the latest cyclist to accuse Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Hamilton, a Marblehead native and an ex-teammate of Armstrong, said that the seven-time Tour de France champion used EPO, a banned blood-booster, during the 1999 Tour and before the competition in 2000 and 2001 in an interview with “‘60 Minutes

”I saw [EPO] in his refrigerator. … I saw him inject it more than one time, like we all did. Like I did, many, many times,” Hamilton said.

Added Hamilton: ‘€œ[Armstrong] took what we all took. There was EPO ‘€¦ testosterone ‘€¦ a blood transfusion. I saw [EPO] in his refrigerator. I saw him inject it more than one time, like we all did, like I did many, many times.’€

Armstrong’s attorney Mark Fabiani was quick to disclaim the statements, saying that Hamilton is only looking for attention for the book he is writing. He also noted that Armstrong, the most tested athlete in sports history, has passed close to 500 drug tests.

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Report: Wrestling legend Randy Savage dies in car accident

05.20.11 at 12:55 pm ET
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According to the TMZ website, wrestling legend Randy Savage died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack and then losing control of his car, which crashed into a tree. He was 58. Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, confirmed the information to the website along with Florida Highway Patrol.

Savage’s wife, Lynn, was a passenger in the vehicle but escaped with minor injuries.

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UNC football faces more NCAA scrutiny

05.20.11 at 12:38 pm ET
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A University of North Carolina spokesman confirmed Thursday that NCAA officials visited campus this week to continue an “ongoing investigation” of illegal agent benefits.

The News Observer reports that the NCAA talked with defensive lineman Quinton Coples about an NFL draft party he attended this month. The investigators reportedly wanted to know how Coples paid for the trip.

The Tar Heels lost three players for the entire 2010 season for accepting illegal benefits on trips to Miami last May. All three players — Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, and Greg Little — were NFL draft picks this past April.

Last season, Coples led the team with 10 sacks and was a first-team All-ACC selection.

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Thunder’s Russell Westbrook fine with getting benched

05.20.11 at 11:32 am ET
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When Russell Westbrook was benched after a costly turnover and mindless foul in the Thunder’s Thursday night win over the Mavericks, the All-Star point guard did not look happy. Westbrook started shouting to himself as he trudged off the court, and continued yelling as he sat down. But after the game, the second-year player had a change of heart. Apparently, it wasn’t so hard to watch the entire fourth quarter from the sidelines.

“Not when we’re winning,” Westbrook said. “I’m good. I’m just sitting there hoping to get my name called.”

The Thunder were outscored by 10 points with Westbrook on the floor, and his replacement, Eric Maynor, hit 5-of-9 shots and committed no turnovers as Oklahoma City pulled away in the fourth.

“[Westbrook] is an incredible player. He’s out starting point guard,” coach Scott Brooks said. “But we weren’t getting things done, and it was his time to come out and I stayed with [Maynor].”

With the win, the Thunder tied up the Western Conference finals, 1-1.

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Report: Jerry West to join Warriors front office

05.20.11 at 10:15 am ET
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According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Jerry West has agreed to join the Warriors front office in an advisory role. The Hall of Fame player was the Lakers general manager from 1982-2000 and then ran the Grizzlies from 2002-07 before moving into a consulting role.

He is expected to report to co-owner Joe Lacob, the New Bedford native and former Celtics minority owner who purchased the team a year ago along with Newton native Peter Guber.

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Lawyer: Mets owners ‘refuse’ to return $300 million from Bernie Madoff

05.20.11 at 10:01 am ET
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Mets owners Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the Sterling Equities Inc. partners have $300 million from Bernie Madoff‘s ponzi scheme but will not return it, according to a lawyer involved in the $1 billion lawsuit against the owners.

David Sheehan, the lawyer liquidating Madoff’s estate, said the owners “refuse to return … other people’s money.” The statement was an attempt to convince a judge to continue hearing Irving Picard‘s billion dollar lawsuit against the Mets owners.

Picard claimed he has evidence proving the owners were “well aware” of Madoff’s scheme, which is a major factor in the lawsuit. Picard presented a note from one partner, Arthur Friedman, to Wilpon and Katz, that allegedly said they needed fraud insurance to protect their illegal investments with Madoff.

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