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Eight-year-old Jets fan tackled outside Browns Stadium after overtime win

11.17.10 at 2:42 pm ET
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After the Jets defeated the Browns in Cleveland, 26-20, in overtime, a Browns fan tackled an 8-year-old boy wearing a Jets jersey as he and his family were leaving the stadium. The boy, who was holding his father’s hand while walking out to the parking lot, was tackled from behind by an adult Browns fan, who was reportedly drunk, the boy’s mother told ABC affiliate WEWS of Cleveland.

During the game itself, fans at the stadium were “calling him a bad word, to my husband and to my son, throwing food at them,” Danielle, the boy’s mother, told WEWS. Danielle did not want her last name revealed. It was after the game that things escalated for the family.

The young boy was left crying on the ground with a scraped and bruised ankle. Danielle said that neither she nor her husband called police, because the family wanted to get out of the area as soon as possible.

The mother wrote a letter to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the incident. Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis, when reached by the television station asking for comment, called the situation unfortunate and disappointing, and said that the team is looking into the matter.

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Panthers place RB DeAngelo Williams on injured reserve while Jimmy Clausen sits out of practice

11.17.10 at 2:31 pm ET
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The Panthers placed running back DeAngelo Williams on the injured reserve list with a mid-foot sprain, ending his season. The Panthers (1-8) placed Williams on the IR on Wednesday, the same day the team sat quarterback Jimmy Clausen out of practice with a concussion, the Associated Press reports.

Panthers coach John Fox told reporters that Williams wouldn’t have been able to go for another two to three weeks, and the team needed that roster spot. Jonathan Stewart will be the go-to guy in the Panthers’ running game.

Fox said that either rookie quarterback Tony Pike or former Boston College standout Brian St. Pierre would get the start for Carolina this Sunday against the Ravens.

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Report: Tigers agree with Joaquin Benoit on three-year deal

11.17.10 at 1:50 pm ET
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The Tigers, according to The Associated Press, have agreed to a preliminary three-year, $16.5 million agreement with relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit. An anonymous source close to the contract negotiations spoke on Wednesday, saying that the agreement had nearly been finalized.

Benoit, 33, was 1-2 in the 2010 season with the Rays with a 1.34 ERA and 75 strikeouts in over 60 innings of work.

The Tigers have also reached agreements this offseason with Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta, both of whom played for Detroit last season.

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Dolphins will start Tyler Thigpen after failed Chad Pennington experiment

11.17.10 at 1:46 pm ET
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The Dolphins prepare to take on the Bears this weekend without the first two quarterbacks on their roster. Getting the start this weekend will be Tyler Thigpen on Thursday night, The Associated Press reports.

The latest Dolphins flop came when the organization named Chad Pennington the starter in last Sunday’s win over Tennessee. Pennington stepped in for only a single offensive play before suffering a season-ending injury.

Former starter Chad Henne returned to the game, only to suffer a left knee injury later in the game. Thigpen stepped in and threw a touchdown on four of six passing.

Thigpen is 1-10 as an NFL starter, and has taken practice snaps with the offense just once this season. The Dolphins (5-4) face the 6-3 Bears at 8:20 Thursday on NFL Network.

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Eva Longoria files for divorce from Spurs guard Tony Parker

11.17.10 at 1:43 pm ET
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According to The Associated Press, Eva Longoria has filed for a divorce from Spurs guard Tony Parker, citing irreconcilable differences. The two were married on July 7, 2007, and have no children together.

Longoria filed for divorce on Wednesday morning with the Los Angeles Superior Court. The filing stated that the two had a prenuptial agreement. She also wants to restore her name to Eva Jacqueline Longoria, after taking Parker’s name when they were married.

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Allen Iverson makes Turkish debut in loss

11.17.10 at 9:48 am ET
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Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson scored 15 points in his debut for Besiktas Cola Turka, while Turkish fans were shouting “Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka” during the game. Iverson, however, was unable to carry his team to victory on Tuesday, losing 94-91 to Hemofarm Stada in a European Cup game in Istanbul.

A 14-year NBA veteran, Iverson agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal with Besiktas after no NBA team offered him a contract for the 2010-11 season.

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Canadiens’ Andrei Markov out indefinitely with knee injury

11.17.10 at 9:48 am ET
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The Canadiens announced that Andrei Markov will be out for a “prolonged” and “indefinite” amount of time with a right knee injury. The star defenseman collapsed to the ice Saturday night during a 7-2 win over the Hurricanes when he got tied up with Eric Staal going after a loose puck behind the Canadiens net. Markov had to be helped off the ice, putting no weight on his right leg as he left. This is the same knee Markov had surgically repaired last summer, causing him to miss the first 10 games of regular season while recovering. In his seven games back before re-injuring the knee, Markov had one goal and two assists.

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Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka to enter MLB

11.17.10 at 9:47 am ET
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Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka is free to enter MLB through the posting system, which allows big league clubs to bid for negotiating rights to Japanese players who have yet to become free agents. The announcement came from Nishioka’s team in Japan on Wednesday morning, and MLB teams have four business days to bid for the negotiating rights to the 26-year-old.

Nishioka helped the Chiba Lotte Marines win the 2010 Japan Series and led the Pacific League with a .346 batting average this season. He had 206 hits, becoming the first Pacific League player to get 200 hits since Ichiro Suzuki.

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Pitcher Jake Westbrook agrees to stay with Cardinals

11.17.10 at 9:03 am ET
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Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook decided to stay in St. Louis, agreeing Tuesday to a two-year, $16.5 million contract, including an $8.5 million mutual option for 2013. The right-hander is the first starting free agent pitcher to sign a deal this offseason.

“Having Jake signed is a great start to our offseason,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We witnessed first-hand last season what a terrific competitor he is and how well he fits in with our pitching staff.”

Westbrook, 33, was acquired from the Braves on July 31 and was 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts for the Cardinals.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Unlikely savior for UConn women

11.17.10 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NESN, VERSUS)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ The UConn women edged Baylor, 65-64, in a thriller Tuesday night in Hartford to improve their record winning streak to 80 games. In the Hartford Courant, Jeff Jacobs writes about UConn’s surprise savior, Bria Hartley, who was playing in just her second college game and missed her first six shots before hitting two 3-pointers and an inside basket down the stretch.

‘™¦ On the heels of Michael Vick‘s impressive performance Monday night, Mike Sielski in The Wall Street Journal looks at the quarterback rating stat and questions its accuracy.

‘™¦ Following the latest news about Los Angeles’ plans to build a new stadium, Nick Canepa in the San Diego Union-Tribune addresses the rumors that the Chargers are not long for San Diego.

‘™¦ The Braves‘ acquisition of Dan Uggla from the Marlins is the first move this offseason by teams to improve their home run potential, writes Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 17, 1973, Bobby Orr had four assists in an 8-0 victory over the Red Wings to give him 456 career assists in 458 games, breaking the record for career assists by a defenseman. Whose record did he break?

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