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Report: Marlins plan to trade Dan Uggla

11.14.10 at 11:16 am ET
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According to the indefatigable Ken Rosenthal of, the Marlins plan to trade second baseman Dan Uggla after failing to reach an agreement with him on a contract extension. The 30-year-old hit .287/.369/.508/.877 with 33 homers and 105 RBI en route to a Silver Slugger award as the top hitting second baseman in the National League in 2010. But, Rosenthal reports, Uggla turned down the team’s offer of a four-year, $48 million deal, resulting in a decision to trade the second baseman and reinvest the money that would have been allocated for him in other players, perhaps a catcher and first baseman.

Rosenthal said that the Tigers, Blue Jays and Nationals have been in touch with the Marlins, while the Red Sox could view him as a fallback option in left field or at third base, depending on the results of their attempts to re-sign third baseman Adrian Beltre or sign free agent outfielders Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford. But Rosenthal said that the Marlins might want to move quickly to trade Uggla, before teams commit their available payroll to free agents.

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LeBron Being Randy Moss? King James addresses minutes controversy

11.14.10 at 10:03 am ET
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Two days after Heat star LeBron James sparked controversy in the wake of his team’s loss to the Celtics by suggesting that he and teammate Dwyane Wadw were playing too many minutes — a comment interpreted in some corners as criticism of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra — the forward clarified his remarks to reporters. As relayed by the Palm Beach Post, James (who played 44 minutes against the Celtics), said that his remarks were misinterpreted in a fashion that made him sympathize with wide receiver Randy Moss declaration while with the Vikings that he was going to stop answering questions other than his own. 

‘€œIt got blown up out of proportion,’€ James told reporters. ‘€œSaying that I told Coach Spo that he is playing me too much and he’€™s a bad coach. You kind of understand sometimes what Randy Moss is talking about, when he says I will not be answering any more questions. Because every time I say something it gets turned out of character. But it’€™s a conversation that me and Coach Spo had, and that’€™s what I was basically saying, that he’€™s still trying to figure out rotations. That’€™s what it was all about. And the rotations will be figured out through the course of the year, where I don’€™t have to play 44 minutes and D-Wade doesn’€™t have to play 40 minutes. I do think there will be games where we will both have to play high minutes.’€

On Saturday, in their first game since losing to the Celtics, the Heat beat the Raptors, 109-100. James played 39 minutes, while Wade tallied 35.

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Phillies making a big push to keep Jayson Werth

11.13.10 at 8:04 am ET
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According to a tweet from’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies are “making [a] big push to keep Werth.” The report goes on to state that any deal isn’t expected to be done quickly. Earlier Friday the Philadelphia Enquirer wrote that Philadelphia wants to know soon if it has a legitimate shot at re-signing the outfielder. “I don’t think it’s something we’re going to let go on for a while,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told the Enquirer.Hopefully we’ll find out if he’s a viable option to bring back in a short period of time. Regardless of what happens with Jayson, there are things we need to do.”

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Allen Iverson’s Turkish debut delayed

11.12.10 at 5:01 pm ET
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Allen Iverson told his Turkish team, Besiktas, that he’s not ready to play, pushing back his debut until next week. Iverson was supposed to play Friday, but he watched the game from the stands instead.

The former NBA MVP was not able to get a job stateside after a disappointing, injury-plagued run with Philly last season. He was also waived by the Grizzlies. Iverson signed a two-year $4 million contract with the Turkish team.

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Mets’ manager search continues

11.12.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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The Mets have slowly evaluated their pool of potential replacements for manager Jerry Manuel, and three candidates have emerged prominently: Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin. Third base coach Chip Hale and ex-Met Jose Oquendo are also possible candidates.

General manager Sandy Alderson and the rest of the Mets organization have already conducted first-round interviews with multiple candidates including bench coach Dave Jauss, former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and Class-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman.

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Updates on Vikings WRs Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin

11.12.10 at 1:17 pm ET
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After he was away visiting doctors the past two days due to migraines, Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin returned to Winter Park on Friday. ESPN Twin Cities columnist Tom Pelissero tweets that there “doesn’t sound like there’s any additional concern about the latest flare-up with Percy Harvin’s migraines,” and that he “should play on Sunday.” Pelissero also noted that Harvin was practicing Friday.

Also practicing Friday was Sidney Rice, who has yet to play this season due to hip surgery. This comes a day after coach Brad Childress said Rice had “practiced very hard” on Thursday, noting he would “be interested to watch him come back again tomorrow.” Even if Rice returns on Sunday, his snaps would likely be limited as the team eases him into game action.

Harvin has a team-high 40 catches for 519 yards, inheriting the lead receiver role in Rice’s absence.

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Giants WR Steve Smith not at practice, Sunday status in doubt

11.12.10 at 1:15 pm ET
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New York Post beat writer Paul Schwartz tweeted that wide receiver Steve Smith was not at Friday’s practice, and that “He’s not playing Sunday vs. the Cowboys.” Smith has missed time with a pectoral strain. This echoes Star-Ledger beat writer Mike Garafolo‘s earlier tweet that Smith will likely miss a game or two. Garafolo added that the strain “isn’t great but not terrible.”

Smith led the Giants in receiving last season but has since taken a back seat to Hakeem Nicks. Fantasy-wise, Mario Manningham will fill in for Smith and becomes a quality WR2 against a Cowboys defense that has surrendered 18 passing touchdowns this season and appears to have given up.

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Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with broken hand

11.12.10 at 12:31 pm ET
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The Lightning will be without captain Vincent Lecavalier for the next 3-4 weeks after he broke his hand in Thursday’s contest against the Capitals. The break occurred in the upper portion of the hand, near the knuckle of the index finger. Coach Gary Boucher indicated that he did not know whether the fracture would require surgery.

Lecavalier continued playing into the second period, skating for nine shifts, until he could no longer grip his stick. The first overall pick in the 1998 draft has nine points in 10 games this season (three goals, six assists).

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Report: Broncos LB D.J. Williams arrested for DUI

11.12.10 at 12:25 pm ET
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According to, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Williams reportedly was driving a Hummer when he was pulled over at 2:50 a.m. at Broadway and 9th Avenue, and he was arrested at the scene.

Police turned the case over to the Denver district attorney’s office to determine whether or not the linebacker should be charged. This is Williams’ second arrest for DUI in Denver, his first coming in 2005.

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Report: Eagles want Michael Vick in ’11 and beyond

11.12.10 at 11:54 am ET
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Amidst a crazy quarterback carousel this season, the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News reports that there are indications the Eagles “want Michael Vick for next season and beyond.” Depsite the team’s interest in the dual-threat quarterback, there have been no official contract discussions yet. In the next few weeks, the Eagles reportedly will meet internally to discuss Vick’s future, as well as any other player they would like to extend or re-sign.

If the team can’t lock something up with Vick midseason, he would become one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. His 105.3 passer rating tops the league, and the team has won every game in which Vick has played all four quarters. Plus, turnovers, one of the biggest complaints about Vick’s game, have not been a concern with the quarterback this year ‘€” he has not thrown a pick in his last 154 attempts, despite flinging plenty of deep balls.

Still, even if he hits the market, Vick suggested he’d lean toward Philadelphia due to its loyalty during tough times. “I think so,” he said. “When nobody else wanted me, they did. I definitely have to take that into consideration when it’s time to make a decision on something.”

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