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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees to unveil George Steinbrenner monument

09.20.10 at 7:53 am ET
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MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ The Yankees will unveil a monument of George Steinbrenner at Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park before Monday night’s game vs. the Rays. With the Dodgers having an off day, Los Angeles manager Joe Torre and his recently announced replacement for 2011, Don Mattingly, have indicated they plan to attend the ceremony. It will be Torre’s first visit to the Bronx since he left the Yankees following the 2007 season after reportedly being offended at a low-ball offer from management. “There are no issues with Joe Torre and the Yankees,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “The issue was his rejecting the offer. Without question he is welcome.”

‘™¦ A huge number of Major League Baseball teams could be changing managers at the end of the season. Phil Rogers in the Chicago Tribune looks at the 13 teams that face a possible turnover. Meanwhile, Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times questions the Dodgers for handing the job to the inexperienced Mattingly .

‘™¦ It’s been under the radar because he plays in Colorado, but Troy Tulowitzki has been on a record tear for the Rockies. On Saturday, he became the third player in the modern era to hit 14 home runs in a 15-game stretch. Evan Drellich at MLB.com looks at Tulowitzki’s Barry Bonds-like month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 20, 1994, in the midst of Major League Baseball’s work stoppage, who was fired as Red Sox manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We couldn’t do anything in the second half. ‘€¦ We couldn’t run it. We couldn’t throw it. We just sucked.” ‘€” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, following Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 ‘€” Players in NFL history with 150 career touchdown receptions, after Randy Moss became the fourth following his one-handed grab in Sunday’s loss to the Jets

‘NET RESULTS: In case you missed it, here’s Michigan State’s game-winning touchdown on a fake field goal in overtime vs. Notre Dame on Saturday.

Here’s a great soccer goal, as a player uses his back heel to deflect a corner kick into the goal.

From late last week, new Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry injured FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman when Henry went to celebrate a teammate’s goal. Henry went up to kick the ball back in the goal after it came out, and Hartman was preparing to kick it to midfield. Hartman injured the MCL in his right knee on the play.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: On this date in 1973, Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Louisiana at the age of 30.

Read More: Don Mattingly, George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre, Troy Tulowitzki

LEEInks list: Top 10 trick basketball shots

09.20.10 at 6:31 am ET
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Trick basketball shots have always been an intriguing hobby. Whether you the play the sport or not, it is always fun to go out in the street or in the front driveway with a basketball, trying and make a collection of ridiculous and crazy shots.

With the “Dude Perfect” sensation taking over the ‘net (the members have found themselves on CBS and even a series of commercials for GMC), we thought it would be a good time to present a list of some other interesting trick basketball shots that have been popular hits on YouTube.

So, in honor of all the creative minds out there, here are some of the other unique creations that have hit the web.

10. “Ridiculously Amazing Basketball shot”

These kids chose the requisite distance shots, as well as one-handed lobs and off-angle shots. The drop-kick may have been the most impressive out of the selection, and the bounces off the house and railing were a nice touch.


This kid went with varying distance shots at first, but heated up a bit at about the 1:30 mark, when he used a bike ramp to launch a perfect shot at the hoop. He definitely ran the gamut of trick shots, using behind-the-back, under-the-legs, and behind-the-hoop shots to make a pretty interesting video.

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Report: Werth now a Boras client

09.19.10 at 9:56 pm ET
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According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, who had been represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council, has now hired Scott Boras as his agent. Werth, who is playing the second season of a two-year, $10 million contract, is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason.

The 31-year-old entered Sunday hitting .289/.379/.514/.894 with 23 homers, an NL-leading 44 doubles and 73 RBI. Over the last three years, he is hitting .277/.372/.507/.879 with 83 homers, 239 RBI and 50 steals.

Read More: Jayson Werth, Rumor Mill, Scott Boras,

Steelers cut Byron Leftwich

09.19.10 at 9:48 am ET
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The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich Sunday but he is expected to return to the 53-man roster Monday.

The move was made in order for Pittsburgh to add an additional defensive lineman to the roster for Sunday’s game vs. the Titans.

Leftwich is suffering from a left knee injury and was not expected to play vs. Tennessee.

Read More: Byron Leftwich, Steelers,

Jets chastised for Ines Sainz affair

09.18.10 at 10:25 am ET
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reprimanded the Jets for unprofessional conduct toward Ines Sainz, the TV Azteca reporter who was at the center of a controversy over athletes and female reporters in the locker room, but the team escaped further punishment. One outcome from the incident is that the NFL will implement a training program for all 32 teams and that Jets owner Woody Johnson will underwrite the program.

Read the full report here.

Read More: Ines Sainz, Rumor Milll, Woody Johnson,

Bulls eyeing Brian Scalabrine?

09.18.10 at 9:20 am ET
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In a mailbag on NBA.com, Sam Smith reports that the Chicago Bulls have had discussions with free agent forward Brian Scalabrine. Smith surmises that the fit would be a good one because of the former Celtics‘ forward relationship with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. He also notes Chicago wouldn’t have any interest in another former Celtic, Michael Finley, because of his age. Writes Smith:

I think Finley is too old at this point, but Scalabrine is a guy the Bulls have talked with a lot this summer and especially with Thibodeau I can see him as possible depending on what goes on regarding Fernandez. I know guys like Steve Novak have been at the Berto working out more in pickup type games, which the Bulls do with guys before the season. The job, for now unless it’€™s Fernandez, is a 12th or 13th man who might play a day a week. You need a good team guy willing to root a lot and Scalabrine would be that. If they can’€™t get Fernandez, I’€™d take a shot at him if the price is right, though for now I’€™d guess the Bulls add someone from training camp as a non guaranteed guy to hold space for a trade.

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Rumor: Vikings interested in Vincent Jackson

09.17.10 at 12:11 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Vikings have significant interest in disgruntled Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson. Minnesota joins a rumor whirlwind that had already been spinning with the Seahawks, Rams and Redskins.

The rumor makes sense to anyone who watched the season opener last Thursday night. With Sidney Rice sidelined on the PUP list for at least six weeks due to hip surgery, Brett Favre was visibily out of sync with all his wide receivers and could use a target of Jackson’s 6-foot-5 stature, particularly in the red zone. And if this offseason was any indication, the Vikings don’t shy away from accommodating their old gunslinger.

Rumors picked up steam after an official hearing on Jackson’s suspension on Thursday. According to the report, if traded by next Wednesday, Jackson will be eligible to play in Week 5, essentially reducing what was originally a six-game suspension to four games. If he remains in San Diego, the six-game suspension holds, which might not matter because Jackson appears unlikely to play if he stays put.

As Adam Schefter cautioned on D&C Friday morning, though, a trade remains unlikely given Jackson’s contractual demands and suspension.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Suspension, Vikings, Vincent Jackson

Mike Singletary has no doubt his team will stop Drew Brees

09.17.10 at 11:58 am ET
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Mike Singletary is annoyed but confident. Check out the 49ers coach’s quote from the video: “We will not try to stop Drew Brees. We will stop Drew Brees.”

“Hat tip to Hot Clicks”

Read More: Drew Brees, Mike Singletary, Rumor Mill,

Mark Cuban rips LeBron

09.17.10 at 10:24 am ET
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn’t think highly of the way LeBron James handled his free agency announcement. Piling on the much-derided “Decision,” Cuban told The Dunham and Miller radio show in Dallas, “It turned out to be the largest public humiliation in the history of sports. He humiliated the organization, he humiliated the state of Ohio , the city of Cleveland. All of a sudden he became a bad guy, he lost a billion dollars in brand equity, give or take a couple bucks here or there.”

Read the whole report here.

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Former owner: McCourts should sell Dodgers

09.17.10 at 9:31 am ET
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Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley broke his silence and called on current owner Frank McCourt to sell the team. O’Malley told the Los Angeles Times, “the current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the city.” McCourt is going through a high-profile divorce from his wife Jamie and court documents have shown that the couple took $108 million from the franchise for personal use.

O’Malley, who has been quiet throughout the proceedings, suggested that he would be willing to serve a transitional role if there were new owners. McCourt, however, has maintained that the team is not for sale.

Read the whole report here.

Read More: Dodgers, Frank McCourt, Peter O'Malley, Rumor Mill