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Colt McCoy could start for Browns on Sunday

12.15.10 at 1:03 pm ET
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Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will take first-team snaps in practice Wednesday and could start against the Bengals on Sunday. McCoy hasn’t played in three weeks since sustaining a high ankle sprain on Nov. 21 against the Jaguars. Coach Eric Mangini wants to see how McCoy looks Wednesday before naming him or Jake Delhomme as the starter for Week 15. McCoy is 2-3 as a starter and Delhomme passed for just 86 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Mangini said he will announce his choice on Thursday.

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Bulls concerned about Joakim Noah’s hand

12.15.10 at 12:47 pm ET
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The Bulls are concerned there may be ligament damage in center Joakim Noah‘s right thumb. General manager Gar Forman told ESPNChicago.com before Wednesday morning’s shootaround that the Bulls are still evaluating the situation and Noah will be re-examined once he returns to Chicago on Thursday. If an examination reveals the need for surgery, Noah would most likely be out for a minimum of eight weeks.

Noah originally hurt the thumb back on Nov. 27 in a 96-85 win over the Kings, and he tweaked it again in a 119-116 win over the Rockets on Dec. 4.

When asked specifically on Wednesday if there was any structural damage in his thumb, Noah said: “I’m not sure yet. We’ll find out [Wednesday night].”

Noah, who has been averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds, is expected to still play Wednesday against the Raptors.

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Giants receiver Steve Smith out for rest of season

12.15.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Giants receiver Steve Smith is out for the rest of the season with an injury to his left knee. Smith was tackled from behind in the 21-3 win over the Vikings on Monday night, and an MRI on Tuesday revealed injury to the articular cartilage. The Giants announced Wednesday that Smith will need season-ending surgery on the knee. The Monday night game was Smith’s first after missing the previous four with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle. The fourth-year receiver had 48 catches this season for 529 yards.

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Bills place WR Lee Evans on IR

12.15.10 at 11:38 am ET
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Bills wide receiver Lee Evans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after sustaining a sprained ankle in the 13-6 win over the Browns. Evans was hurt in the second quarter when attempting to hold off a defender from catching Jonathan Stupar from behind. Evans appeared to trip over his teammate’s leg and fell awkwardly onto the field.

The former first-round pick had a disappointing season, finishing with a career low 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns. Part of the reason for Evans’ diminished role this season has been the emergence of Stevie Johnson, who leads the team with 66 receptions for 874 yards and nine touchdowns.

Evans is the second Bills receiver to have his season cut short because of an injury, as Roscoe Parrish has been out since breaking his wrist in a loss to Chicago in Toronto on Nov. 7. The Bills also placed tight end Shawn Nelson on the reserve, non-football injury/illness list because of migraine headaches. The team’s receiving corps now consists of Johnson and undrafted free agents David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt. The Bills (3-10) play at the Dolphins (7-6) on Sunday.

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Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight likely to happen May 7

12.15.10 at 11:09 am ET
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Eight-division king Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 7 in an HBO pay-per-view televised bout from Las Vegas, the fighter’s adviser Michael Koncz told AOL’s FanHouse on Tuesday. “I’m assuming that it will be at the MGM,” Koncz said, “but all that we’ve talked about is having it in Las Vegas. Which casino, I don’t know.” The 32-year-old Pacquiao is 9-1-1, with seven knockouts overall in Las Vegas, and 4-1-1 at MGM.

Aside from six-time champion Floyd Mayweather, with whom negotiations for a fight with Pacquiao have twice reached an impasse, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has indicated that his top choices for Pacquiao’s opponents are five-time champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley, WBO and WBA lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez and WBC welterweight belt-holder Andre Berto. Arum left for the Philippines on Sunday to present the three proposals to Pacquia and Koncz for consideration, with a decision expected to be made no later than Dec. 19. The 39-year-old Mosley told FanHouse on Monday that he believed that he would fight next against Pacquiao, and both Arum and Koncz have indicated that they would suggest Mosley to Pacquiao as his most beneficial adversary, economically.

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Video: Florida HS basketball player attacks referee

12.15.10 at 10:34 am ET
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A player for Desoto County High School in Arcadia, Fla., took his frustrations out on the referee on Tuesday, picking up the official and throwing him to the ground. The player had been assessed a technical foul and thrown out of the game following a push on an opposing player. The game was forfeited following the incident.

Here’s the video. Skip to the 1:20 mark and follow the player in white who inbounds the ball.

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Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin to appear on ‘Price is Right’

12.15.10 at 9:42 am ET
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NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will put aside their rivalry for at least a day in a bid to promote the Winter Classic. The Penguins and Capitals captains will appear together on the game show “The Price is Right” on Monday. Crosby and Ovechkin, along with former NHL player Jeremy Roenick, will introduce an NHL-themed showcase that includes a trip to Pittsburgh for the highly anticipated 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to be played outdoors at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day. The show will air on CBS at 11 a.m.

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Wizards’ Yi Jianlian to have MRI on sprained right knee

12.15.10 at 9:41 am ET
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Wizards forward Yi Jianlian was scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday on the right knee he sprained in Tuesday night’s loss to the Lakers. Yi was hurt while fouling Ron Artest during a layup in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Afterward, Yi said the injury is on the “same spot” as the knee bruise that caused him to miss nine games earlier this season and that it will probably “take some time” before he can play again.

Yi, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Nets, is now just another name to add to the list of knee problems the Wizards are having this season. Point guard John Wall has tendinitis in his right knee, and forward Andray Blatche has been out with a sore left knee.

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Broncos’ Perrish Cox could face up to life in prison

12.15.10 at 9:40 am ET
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Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox could face up to life in prison if convicted of sexual assault charges filed by prosecutors last week. A portion of the case unsealed by a Douglas County judge Tuesday shows the sexual assault charges are Class 3 and Class 4 felonies. These charges involve a helpless victim and carry a sentence of between two years to life in prison. Other details of the case remain sealed. In addition to a lengthy prison sentence if convicted, Cox could also face 10 years to life on probation. The alleged offense occurred Sept. 6 and was reported Oct. 28.

The 23-year-old Cox could face a four-game suspension from the NFL next season for violating the league’s personal conduct code. Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t need for a player to be convicted to punish him. Cox, who played in the Broncos’ loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, is free on $50,000 bail.

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Vikings change venue as Metrodome undergoes repairs

12.15.10 at 9:39 am ET
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Inspectors found that damage from the weekend snowstorm, which dumped more than 17 inches in Minneapolis and busted through the Metrodome’s roof, is worse than initially thought. Officials from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said Tuesday that the Metrodome’s torn roof won’t be ready for Monday night’s matchup against the Bears, forcing the game to move to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

Commission president Roy Terwilliger could not immediately estimate how long the process would take but said he hopes to know more in two to three days. “Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the Vikings fans and players, the hundreds of youth sports, community and other groups that use the Metrodome throughout the year and our employees,” Terwilliger said.

Meanwhile, at the university, workers began the daunting task of clearing 20-inch-deep snow drifts from throughout the facility. Garry Bowman, the university’s director of athletic communications, said that because plows may damage the stadium’s floors, most of the snow will have to be removed through shoveling. The snow removal plan is to have groups of 100 workers, working four-hour shifts, for 16 hours a day.

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