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Report: Tennessee receives notice of allegations

02.23.11 at 9:54 am ET
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The NCAA handed Tennessee its notice of allegations Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. Sources told the site that the notice detailed infractions by the men’s basketball, football and baseball teams.

Basketball coach Bruce Pearl, a Sharon, Mass., native and Boston College graduate, is expected to be charged with unethical conduct, one of the most serious charges that can be brought against an individual. Pearl allegedly mislead investigators about a barbecue at his house that involved prospective student-athletes who were then juniors in high school.

Tennessee will go in front of the NCAA committee on infractions at a hearing June 10-11 in Indianapolis, meaning Pearl will not learn of any further sanctions until then.

The football and baseball teams are also part of the notice. The university could be charged with a lack of institutional control in its athletic department because multiple programs are involved.

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Donnie Walsh, Knicks turn attention to finding a center

02.23.11 at 8:35 am ET
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A day after finalizing a deal for Carmelo Anthony, Knicks president Donnie Walsh told ESPNNewYork.com that the team will try to trade for a center before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

The Knicks had to part ways with Timofey Mozgov, a rookie who had been starting at center recently. Ronny Turiaf is their starting center now, but they don’t have much depth up front. Shelden Williams, a former Celtic whom the Knicks acquired in the Anthony deal, is the only big body they have to spell Turiaf and power forward Amar’e Stoudemire.

Coach Mike D’Antoni said the team could use another shooter, too.

“We think we moved the rock ahead a little bit, but let’s don’t get carried away and think now we’re challenging Miami, Boston and all these teams,” D’Antoni said. “We’re just not there yet.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Derek Jeter downplays critical comments by Hank Steinbrenner

02.23.11 at 7:39 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 WEDNESDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Yankees star Derek Jeter and owner Hank Steinbrenner downplayed Steinbrenner’s comments from Monday that some players weren’t focused enough last season after the World Series title in 2009. Steinbrenner referenced unnamed players “building mansions and other things, not concentrating on winning.” Jeter has been building a 30,000-square-foot home in the Tampa area for the past three years.

Steinbrenner reportedly got word to Jeter on Tuesday that the captain was not the target of his ire, and Jeter laughed off the comment. “I have no problem with Hank ‘€” he didn’t say it to me. I don’t think my name came out of his mouth,” Jeter said. “Don’t make it out that I have a problem.”

‘™¦ UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun was given a three-game suspension next season, but the Huskies avoided major sanctions when punished by the NCAA on Tuesday. Calhoun said he’s talking to his lawyer about his next move, but Jeff Jacobs in the Hartford Courant writes that the longtime coach should be satisfied with the minor penalty. At FanHouse, David Steele laments the NCAA’s light penalty and compares it to the organization’s handling of players.

‘™¦ The Caltech basketball team ended a 310-game conference losing streak with a 46-45 victory over Occidental on Tuesday night. The Beavers, who broke an overall losing streak of 207 games (an NCAA record) in 2007, had not won in league play since 1985. “I hope that everyone who has participated in Caltech men’s basketball is able to celebrate a little bit tonight,” coach Oliver Eslinger said.

‘™¦ According to a report on Bloomberg.com, YouTube is in negotiations to broadcast live NBA and NHL games next season. YouTube already streams Japanese baseball games and Indian cricket contests.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 23, 1986, which Red Sox player lost in arbitration but was awarded a $1.35 million salary, the largest ever in an arbitration case?

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Champ Bailey re-signs with Broncos

02.23.11 at 6:17 am ET
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Cornerback Champ Bailey signed a four-year contract worth $40 million to remain with the Broncos. The team had offered him a four-year deal in October but pulled it off the table. Bailey, who played in his 10th Pro Bowl this year in his 12th NFL season, said he was willing to move past that in order to avoid the uncertainty of free agency.

“One thing I’ve learned, the grass ain’t always greener,” Bailey said Tuesday. “I could go to an organization that looks like they’re ready and then they’re not ready and then I’m miserable because I’m around a lot of unfamiliar faces and in an unfamiliar place.

“I thought about that and I thought about being on the market. But all in all, it didn’t really take me to forgive them. There’s new people in charge up there. I know that I could have gotten something worked out. Once Josh McDaniels left, things did work out, didn’t it?”

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Saints release Jeremy Shockey

02.22.11 at 9:48 pm ET
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The Saints on Tuesday released veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey, who had one season left on his contract. The 30-year-old Shockey is a nine-year NFL veteran, having played his first six seasons with the Giants.

Shockey had 41 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.

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UConn’s Jim Calhoun suspended three games by NCAA

02.22.11 at 9:45 pm ET
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The UConn basketball program avoided a major sanction by the NCAA, but coach Jim Calhoun received a three-game suspension next season for recruiting violations under his watch. The NCAA said Tuesday that Calhoun failed to create an atmosphere of compliance and it penalized the school with scholarship reductions for three years, recruiting restrictions, permanent disassociation of an unnamed booster and three years probation, in addition to Calhoun’s suspension from the first three Big East games next year.

“I am very disappointed with the NCAA’s decision in this case,” Calhoun said. “My lawyer and I are evaluating my options and will make a decision which way to proceed. In the meantime, I will not make any further statements about the case as our program prepares for what I hope will be an exciting and successful postseason.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman throws BP to major leaguers

02.22.11 at 7:13 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 Flames, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Justine Siegal is believed to be the first woman to throw batting practice at major league spring training. Siegal, who was an assistant coach on the Springfield College baseball team the past four seasons and a first-base coach for the minor league Brockton Rox two years ago, pitched to a few Indians players on Monday in Goodyear, Ariz. The 36-year-old Cleveland native proposed the idea at the winter meetings in December, and her hometown Indians agreed. On Wednesday, she will pitch BP for the A’s as well.

“I thought she did great,” said Indians catcher Paul Phillips after facing Siegal. “She would fit right in. Had you not seen her pony tails, you would not have thought anything of it.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant‘s performance at the NBA All-Star Game earned him MVP honors, but in scoring 37 points he needed to take 26 shots (one short of an All-Star Game record) and admitted to having “nothing left” in the fourth quarter. Jason Whitlock at FoxSports.com writes that Sunday was Kobe’s last stand, predicting the 32-year-old will not have another shining moment in the playoffs or an All-Star Game.

‘™¦ With the NBA the the players’ union discussing a new collective bargaining agreement, Ashley Fox in The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests revamping the freshman rule. Fox proposes following baseball’s model (and, to some degree, the NFL’s): High school graduates can either sign with an NBA team or go to college, but if they go the college route they need to commit for at least three years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 22, 1995, which former Canadien made his first appearance for the Bruins after a five-year absence from the NHL?

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Hornets guard Jarrett Jack arrested for DUI

02.21.11 at 2:18 pm ET
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Hornets backup point guard Jarrett Jack was arrested early Sunday and charged with drunken driving, according to police in Snellville, Ga. The former Georgia Tech star failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over for speeding. He was released from jail Sunday night.

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NFL, union talk for more than 20 hours over weekend

02.21.11 at 10:50 am ET
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The NFL and the players’ union met before a federal mediator for about eight hours Sunday, according to The Associated Press. It was the third straight day the two sides had talked for six hours or more.

The talks over the weekend came after months of sparse negotiations. The two sides had gone more than two months without meeting before Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl. They met again the next week, but it didn’t go well and they canceled another meeting scheduled for the next day.

Neither side had much to say after Sunday’s meeting because they are abiding by mediator George Cohen‘s request that they not publicly comment on the negotiations.

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Minor league hockey coach rips off shirt and tie during tirade

02.21.11 at 9:41 am ET
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You know that scene in “Slap Shot” when Ned Braden strips down to his jock strap during a brawl? Well, Colorado Eagles assistant coach Greg Pankewicz decided to re-enact that scene Saturday night, although he thankfully didn’t go quite as far as Braden.

In the third period of a 5-1 Central Hockey League win over the Mississippi River Kings, Pankewicz became irate when linesman Chris Wilson tackled Eagles player Joe Grimaldi during a fight, according to the Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald. Pankewicz began yelling at the official and apparently wasn’t satisfied with the explanation he got.

He proceeded to rip off his shirt, tie and undershirt and chuck them onto the ice along with his shoes in a display that will surely earn him a spot in the pantheon of great coaching tirades.

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