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Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic engaged to Maria Sharapova

10.22.10 at 6:42 am ET
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Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic said he is engaged to tennis star Maria Sharapova, and the agent for the three-time Grand Slam champion confirmed the news to The Associated Press. “We’re engaged and are both really happy,” Vujacic said before Thursday night’s preseason game vs. the Warriors. “It’s good now and we can focus on other things.”

Vujacic returned to action Thursday, a week after teammate Lamar Odom elbowed him in the face at practice, causing a concussion.

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Agent: Vincent Jackson set to return to Chargers

10.22.10 at 6:36 am ET
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The agent for Vincent Jackson said the wide receiver will return to the Chargers next week and sign his contract tender. Jackson will then serve a three-game team suspension then play in the final six games so that he gets his sixth season of credit for unrestricted free agency.

“With the landscape of labor uncertainty, we wanted to create, at this point in time, certainty,” agent Neil Schwartz told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Schwartz had said earlier in the fall that Jackson likely would not play this season. But last week, the NFL Players Association recommended that Jackson and Patriots holdout Logan Mankins report to their teams in time to get credit for a year’s service.

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Heat’s Mike Miller suffers serious hand injury

10.21.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller has an injury to his shooting hand that could sideline him for several weeks, and may keep him out of action when Miami opens the regular season against the Celtics. Miller appeared to injure his right thumb in practice on Wednesday. The Heat are also without guard Dwyane Wade, who suffered an injury several weeks ago.

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Browns linebacker Scott Fujita calls NFL ‘hypocritical’

10.21.10 at 1:06 pm ET
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Cleveland Browns defensive captain Scott Fujita said that the NFL is being “hypocritical” after recently implementing new helmet-to-helmet hits and forthcoming suspensions for them. Fujita cited the league selling photos of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. “That’s the whole point about hypocrisy,” Fujita said. “It’s unbelievable.” The photos have since been pulled from the NFL’s website.

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Attorney for Jets reporter Jenn Sterger met with NFL officials

10.21.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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Joseph Conway, a former federal prosecutor who now represents former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, met with NFL officials investigating the controversial photos that Brett Favre allegedly sent the reporter, and spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday. Conway told the New York Daily News that the conversation he had with NFL officials took place just hours after Favre held a news conference in Minnesota and refused to answer questions on his meeting with league officials.

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James Harrison returns to practice, not retiring

10.21.10 at 10:56 am ET
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison returned to the team’s practice facility on Thursday, just one day after saying that he was contemplating retirement after being fined $75,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Harrison was excused from practice on Wednesday by head coach Mike Tomlin.

Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that his client was “very serious” about retiring after the fine was handed to him by the league.

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Deanna Favre, wife of Vikings QB Brett Favre, appears on GMA

10.21.10 at 10:30 am ET
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Deanna Favre, wife of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her new book, titled The Cure for the Chronic Life: Overcoming the Hopelessness That Holds You Back. This was Deanna’s first appearance since the allegations that her husband sent inappropriate photos to Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger surfaced.

Deanna Favre said it was faith that got her through her struggles, which was her inspiration to co-write the book. “I can tell you that faith . . . has gotten me through many difficult struggles,” she said.  “It will get me through this one, and that’s the reason Shane [Stanford] and I wrote the book.”

To watch the interview, check out http://abcnews.go.com/gma.

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Magic Johnson wants NFL team in Los Angeles

10.21.10 at 10:17 am ET
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Basketball legend Magic Johnson told the L.A. Times that he would be interested in bringing an NFL team back to Los Angeles, but hasn’t had any official talks with the league yet. Johnson recently sold his ownership stake in the Lakers and his Starbucks outlets, leading to speculation about his financial future.

The Times reported that Johnson, “Really, really wants the NFL to come back to L.A.” Johnson also refuted rumors that the Hall of Famer was interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers, or stakes in the Golden State Warriors or Detroit Pistons. He did say that he will “look at every opportunity” to become a majority owner of a professional sports team in the future.

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NFL policy change won’t stop Channing Crowder from helmet hits

10.21.10 at 8:30 am ET
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Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said Wednesday in an interview with reporters (including the Palm Beach Post) that if the NFL wants to stop helmet-to-helmet hits, then the league should eliminate helmets altogether. Crowder went on to add that the league gave him a helmet for a reason, and that he intends to use it and take whatever punishment the league hands out.

“If I get a chance to knock somebody out, I’m going to knock them out and take what they give me,” Crowder said. “They give me a helmet, I’m going to use it.”

The comments made by Crowder were sparked from an NFL policy change in an attempt to reduce hard helmet hits, which was the cause of several injuries over the weekend. To read the entire story click here.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mayo Clinic conference recommends banning head hits in hockey

10.21.10 at 7:31 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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 THURSDAY:
NHL: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLS: Revolution at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ At a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in ice hockey, a panel recommended banning hits to the head at every level of the game ‘€” from youth to the NHL ‘€” and eliminating bodychecking under the age of 13. “The clock is ticking,” said conference co-organizer Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey and the father of three sons who have played in the NHL (including Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart). “If we say we need additional long-term injury research to validate any kind of recommendation, there will be a lot of athletes who’ll suffer.”

‘™¦ In the wake of the immediate and indefinite suspension handed out to Canucks forward Rick Rypien for pushing a fan, Wes Goldstein at CBSSports.com looks at hockey’s latest black eye.

‘™¦ At the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, Alex Koenig and Michael Owen attempt to distinguish if there is a correlation between dunking and winning in the NBA. Their conclusion is yes.

‘™¦ Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has been coming under heavy criticism in Chicago. David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune explains that Martz still has his sense of humor and patience.

‘™¦ In The Wall Street Journal, Darren Everson writes about college’s football’s “rising middle class,” with the likes of Michigan State, Missouri and Oklahoma State contributing to the parity across the country.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 21, 1975, the Red Sox won Game 6 of the World Series thanks to Carlton Fisk‘s home run in the 12th inning. The game also is remembered for Bernie Carbo‘s pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning that tied the game at 6. Which Red Sox player provided Boston with its other runs with his three-run home run in the first inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is a very emotional thing for James. He’s a very disciplined and regimented guy who’s passionate about the game of football. It bothers him maybe that he’s being perceived as a dirty player. He doesn’t desire to be. He simply wants to play the game and play it extremely well.” ‘€” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, after giving linebacker James Harrison the day off Wednesday because the player was upset about being fined for his hit to the helmet of a Browns receiver on Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 ‘€” Predicted finish for the BC men’s basketball team in the ACC preseason poll announced Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS: A fan at Yankee Stadium nearly douses Cal Ripken with a drink during the pregame show Tuesday.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Fred Lynn

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Manfred Mann is 70 Wednesday.

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